Free PD on Demand for Educators--What, Why, Where, How?
Co-presenters: Dr. Peggy George and Lorna Constantini
In these times of severe budget cuts and compelling needs for meaningful professional development for teachers, we need quality, no-cost/low-cost alternatives. We want/need to respond to the demands for transforming education to meet the needs of 21st century learners, but how? Classroom 2.0 Live co-hosts, Peggy George (retired elementary principal and university pre-service education instructor) and Lorna Costantini (educational consultant in Ontario, Canada) will share how they help educators use Web 2.0 technologies to support learning. Learn how they participate in (and host) free online webinars and conferences on a regular basis, and how they collaborate via Twitter/Facebook to learn from and share with educators in a professional learning network (PLN). In this presentation they will share their discoveries and specific resources to help you learn what's available, where to find it and possible ways to use it for your own "PD on Demand" in your districts/schools.
Livebinder to supplement presentation with many more resources: http://www.drawzit.com/pictures/backtoschool.jpg
Free PD on Demand for Teachers and Administrators What, Where, Why, How?A Presentation by Peggy George and Lorna Costantini Speaks VOLumes Virtual Conference 3:00pm Central August 2, 2012
Conversation Overview• WHAT/WHEN: What is "PD on Demand"?• WHY: Why would we want "PD on Demand"?• WHERE: Introduction to places you can find FREE PD opportunities and resources for yourselves as well as for your teachers and administrators o Webinars/Webcasts o Virtual Conferences o Twitter, Tweetdeck, Facebook and other social media sites• HOW: Suggestions for ways to think about using these resources as PD opportunities for your teachers and administrators (both face-to-face and online)• Questions/Answers
Free WebinarsPoll Question:Have you ever attended an online webinar prior to this conference? Yes No
How can you learn about these opportunities and keep track of them somehow?• Build a PLN of outstanding educators who are tweeting, posting to Facebook and Google +, writing blog posts• Subscribe to the RSS feeds for their blogs• Try TweetDeck for Twitter management to follow topics important to you• Share discoveries/learnings back out to your PLN and ask questions to interact with them to find events/webinars / resources on specific topics of interest to you• Share your discoveries with other teachers and your principal and invite them to join you
Tips and Considerations• Start small--pick one idea so you dont get overwhelmed with the possibilities• Provide alternatives and choices for varied learning styles• Invite your principal to participate WITH you• Celebrate and recognize sharing and active involvement among your colleagues
More Free Resources for PD Poll Question: Do you use the Internet to find free lesson plans and resources? Yes NoWWW.
http://az.pbslearningmedia.org OR http://pbslearningmedia.org
HOW: Suggestions for ways to think about using theseresources as PD opportunities for your teachers andadministrators (both face-to-face and online)• Hosted workshops• LAN Parties (small group/large group for viewing recorded online PD together)• Online PD for re-certification credit hours (Madison and K12 Online Examples)• Host your own virtual conferences--a day of back-to-back sessions hosted on a Learning Management System such as Moodle/Edmodo and record/ archive them for on-going reflection and discussion• TeachMeet, EdCamp or other Unconference model where participants meet face-to-face with everyone participating in suggesting and/or leading conversations on selected topics• Host a live webinar event using a web-conferencing platform such as Blackboard Collaborate with both face to face and/or virtual participants and presenters presenting virtually (example: AZ Humanities Festival)• Offer your own workshops using Skype video to bring in presenter virtually (Example: Teacher workshop in Cave Creek, AZ; Faculty Symposium Skype presentation with f2f audience in Illinois)
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