Take A Bite Out of Professional Development


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    1. 1. Take a Bite Out of Professional Development! Professional Development Programs That Work Wendy Heller – ITC Heather Hurley – ITC Arlington Public Schools
    2. 2. Goals <ul><li>Learn what is needed to implement a realistic professional development program </li></ul><ul><li>Learn effective professional development strategies that we have used. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn how to access free and low cost online professional development resources </li></ul>
    3. 3. The Question? <ul><li>If I Won the Lottery... </li></ul><ul><li>How replicable is my work by someone other than me? </li></ul><ul><li>Why or why not? </li></ul>
    4. 4. Understanding the Context <ul><li>Why doesn’t everyone just do this? </li></ul><ul><li>Barriers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administrator Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Type of Adopter </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Adopter Types Rogers, 1971
    6. 6. Assess Your Needs <ul><li>You need to assess needs and create the means for on-going assessment and review. </li></ul><ul><li>Use this knowledge to create your professional plan and influence your choice of appropriate professional development strategies. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Tech Survey <ul><li>Wendy’s Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Heather’s Online Form </li></ul><ul><li>Poll Daddy </li></ul><ul><li>Content Management System </li></ul><ul><li>LOTI Scale </li></ul>
    8. 8. LOTI STEPS <ul><li>Level 0 Non-use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No visible evidence of computer access in the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Level 1 Awareness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom computers used exclusively for teacher productivity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Level 2 Exploration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology used in student projects focus on lower level thinking skills </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Level 3 Infusion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology used in student projects focus on higher level thinking skills </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Level 4a Integration (Mechanical) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers use existing or prepackaged materials to aid in technology integration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Level 4b Integration (Routine) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers create their own integration lessons with little or no outside help </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Level 5 Expansion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology is expanded beyond classroom walls. Global use of technology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Level 6 Refinement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student use of technology is used to solve “authentic real-world problems” </li></ul></ul>LOTI Lesson Evaluation
    9. 9. The Missing Link
    10. 10. Bite, Snack, Meal <ul><li>Bite: Small bits of information that can be used immediately. Less then 15 minutes. (Isolated Skills) </li></ul><ul><li>Snack: More substantial amount of information usually has curriculum implications. Can also be used immediately. 45 minutes or less. (Integrated Skills) </li></ul><ul><li>Meal: The most information over a longer period of time. (Workshops, Institutes, Inservices, Mentoring, Study Groups) (Long Term, Ongoing Skill Development) </li></ul>
    11. 11. Bites <ul><li>Tech Blog Podcasts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GCast </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Handbook </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wendy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heather </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blackboard Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>del.icio.us </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Snacks <ul><li>Modeling </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Training Sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Tech Breaks </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletter – Lessons </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology Integration for Teachers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Staff Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Discovery Educator Network </li></ul>
    13. 13. Meals <ul><li>In-services </li></ul><ul><li>Float Day </li></ul><ul><li>Modeling </li></ul><ul><li>Discovery Educator Network </li></ul><ul><li>Study Group </li></ul>
    14. 14. Grant Funded Professional Development <ul><li>Work Smarter Not Harder! </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Tech Camp! Kids Shouldn’t Have All the Fun </li></ul><ul><li>The World Outside My Window </li></ul><ul><li>Tech Club </li></ul>
    15. 15. 3 Things You Need to Know About Grants <ul><li>Read the Request for Proposals (RFP) </li></ul><ul><li>Specifically State Your Project's Impact on Teaching and Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate! </li></ul>More tips can be found at http://www.sun-associates.com/resources/10tips.html
    16. 16. Maximizing Your Bites, Snacks and Meals <ul><li>Schedule dedicated staff development days and time </li></ul><ul><li>Think about stipends or incentives for anything that goes beyond scheduled hours </li></ul><ul><li>Create your schedule way in advance </li></ul><ul><li>Use a combination of outside and in-house trainers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use new faces to build upon known expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Assign follow-up tasks (meals) </li></ul>
    17. 17. Benefits to Us and Our Program <ul><li>Collaboration – for ITC and Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>More seamless integration </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced technology skills </li></ul><ul><li>More consistent integration across the grade levels </li></ul>
    18. 18. Summary <ul><li>You need a strong professional development plan that is rooted in a strong vision for technology’s role in education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This role needs to be centered around the anticipated and desired student impacts (SOL’s) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Training must be adapted to the various needs of your staff at different stages in their technology “development.” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand the stages, and then pick the appropriate strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Think about your range of strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maximize your strategies... One size will not fit all! </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Remember... <ul><li>Utilize strategies that build confidence and comfort </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mentoring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modeling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Close support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Combine support and pressure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support = peer and bottom-up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pressure = top down administrative requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pressure = competition </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. <ul><li>Create rewards and responsibilities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accountability is the key! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Meal type activities should produce concrete products! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sample/Outlined lessons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Templates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples of actual student or teacher work </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Distribute the products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Produce a guidebook or facilitators guide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Publish materials on the web </li></ul></ul>
    21. 21. Reasonable Expectations <ul><li>You will not have 100% adoption </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember the 17% resister population </li></ul></ul><ul><li>At least try to move people to LOTI level 4 a/b </li></ul><ul><li>This takes time: 3 -5 years on the average </li></ul>
    22. 22. Other Free – Low Cost <ul><li>Thinkfinity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.thinkfinity.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Atomic Learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.atomiclearning.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lynda.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.lynda.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Education World </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.educationworld.com/a_tech / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LOTI </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.loticonnection.com/freeloti.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SMART Tech </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.smarttech.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Constant Contact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.constantcontact.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sun Associates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.sun-associates.com </li></ul></ul>
    23. 23. Contact Information <ul><li>Wendy Heller – ITC – Key School </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>703-228-8922 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Heather Hurley – ITC – Arlington Traditional School </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>703-228-2061 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http:// www.techstoup.edublogs.org </li></ul>