I created a virtual book discussion using Google Sites as my asynchronous platform. The majority of members came from my district, although we did represent 4 states. We were mostly media specialists, but also included administration, district level staffand retired/on-leave staff (total of 30 members). Satisfied multiple goals: 1) [Personal]-book discussion on a topic of personal interest, 2) [Academic]-requirement for graduation certification internship, and 3) [Professional]- district School Library Media Program initiative for media specialists to develop PLCs to satisfy their own PD.
I used my district’s Adobe Connect Webinar room to facilitate same-time, virtual discussion throughout the six weeks. This helped to cement bonds between members so that the discussion threads would be more honest and robust.
I leveraged the professional staff and collaborated with the staff development teacher and my co-media specialist in order to facilitate technology training for the staff throughout the school year. We supplemented the face-to-face training with a wiki that grew as more training was conducted. The trainings were also supplemented with 1-1 tutoring and content specific departmental training to focus the technology on a specific curricular area.
SIGMS at the TL Virtual Cafe
Creating a Community of Technology Learners in Your School or District<br />January 3 - 8pm ESTGuests: Lisa Perez, Laurie Conzemius, & Brenda Anderson of ISTE – Media Specialists SIG (SIGMS) <br />Host: Brenda Anderson <br />
Project ELITE & Project UPLIFTTechnology Training Programsby Lisa Perez<br />
Guiding Principles<br /> 1. All ELITE librarians contribute knowledge to our community of learners.<br />2. ELITE librarians are professionally committed to keeping informed about evolving educational technologies.<br />3. ELITE librarians are technology leaders in their schools.<br />4. ELITE librarians develop effective professional learning networks by leveraging various Web 2.0 technologies.<br />5. ELITE librarians share the goal of preparing information literate graduates who will experience success in higher education institutions and the work place.<br />
Wiki training materials</li></ul>Project UPLIFT is a modular professional development program which features training on a variety of Web 2.0 tools for use with students.<br />Featured Technologies 10-11<br /><ul><li> Wikis
Tips to Adapt to YOUR School or District<br />Find a small group of colleagues who want to improve their technology skills<br />Believe that EVERYONE can learn & use learned technologies w/students<br />Identify technology experts or have various teachers become “experts” on specific technologies<br />Set clear beginnings & endings for program<br />Commit to meeting regularly & to using with students<br />Low-cost/No-cost (BYOL)<br />Learn technologies that are free, safe, in compliance with district policies, & directly support students.<br />Use collaborative technologies to “share the wisdom”<br />Use Web 2.0 tools to build your PLN<br />
Leadership in Your School, Your District, and Your Stateby Laurie Conzemius<br />
Leadership in…Your School, Your District and Your State<br />Laurie Conzemius, SIGMS Communications Chair<br />
"Decisions are made by those who show up.” - Aaron Sorkin<br />
Which committees make the biggest decisions?<br />School-wide leadership teams<br />Curriculum committees<br />Grant committees<br />District-wide committees<br />RtI or Assessment teams<br />Technology committees<br />Building bond or <br />referendum committees<br />
Who could use your guidance and influence?<br />Your principal<br />Your superintendent<br />Your teaching staff<br />Your students’ parents/families<br />The school board<br />The community of school librarians<br />
How can you become indispensable?<br />Providing resources<br />Guiding professional development opportunities<br />Advocating for school/district change<br />Recognizing excellence in teaching<br />Promoting your school & district<br />Building student achievement<br />
How can you deliver your message?<br />Email signatures<br />Emails to individuals with cc’s where appropriate<br />Newsletters, bookmarks, websites, blogs, links for families<br />Text messages, social networking, etc.<br />Formal presentations and reports<br />Staff, administration, parent meetings<br />
How can you influence the profession?<br />Encourage good teachers to pursue school librarianship<br />Participate in online communities/build your PLN<br /><ul><li>Promote not only your own library, but school libraries in general: share positive press
Be involved in your state association, and beyond</li></li></ul><li>Why should you get involved beyond your local school?<br />We need positive school library experiences!<br />You can mentor others<br />It elevates your position/strength locally<br />It allows you to affect decisions well beyond the walls of your school or community<br />We need you!<br />
SLMP Philosophy and Rationale for PDby Brenda Anderson<br />
More about ISTE SIGMS…<br />SIGMS Wiki<br />ISTE Community Ning – SIGMS Group<br />http://sigms.iste.wikispaces.net<br />http://www.iste-community.org/group/sigmss<br />JOIN NOW!!<br />twitter.com/sigms<br />