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E tech staff development ideas that work 2011


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Staff development ideas when you are starting a 1-to-1 computer program in your school

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E tech staff development ideas that work 2011

  1. 1. 1-to-1 Series: Staff Development Ideas that Work!<br />By<br />Sally Garza<br />Director of Technology <br />Lawrence Upper School<br />
  2. 2. <ul><li>Sally Garza
  3. 3. Director of Technology
  4. 4. Lawrence Upper School</li></ul>About ME<br />
  5. 5. <ul><li>Lawrence School is an independent school in Sagamore Hills and Broadview Heights, Ohio that specializes in teaching students with learning differences. </li></ul>About ME<br />
  6. 6. Philosophy of Technology Professional Development<br /><ul><li>Purpose is to assist teachers in integrating technology seamlessly into their curriculum
  7. 7. Technology should = E2
  8. 8. Efficient & Effective</li></li></ul><li>Major Steps inTechnology Professional Development<br />Step 1:<br />Make teachers aware of what technology and training are available<br />Step 2:<br />Make teachers comfortable in using technology including how to troubleshoot technology issues<br />Step 3:<br />Help teachers in being comfortable in assisting students with technology<br />
  9. 9. Lawrence School’s Technology<br />Grades 1-6 at Lower School Campus<br />Computer Labs <br />Teachers with laptops<br />AlphaSmart NEO’s available for checkout for 5-6th graders as needed (dsygraphia, written expression issues, ADHD…)<br />2-3 laptops available in each classroom for use in class<br />SmartBoards in all classrooms (just this year)<br />
  10. 10. Lawrence School’s Technology<br />Grades 7-12 at Upper School Campus<br />Tablet PC 1-1 program at high school grades<br />Student/parent purchased at 9th grade<br />Laptop 1-1 program at middle school grades<br />School owned computers<br />Teachers = tablet computers w/docks<br />
  11. 11. Whole Group Instruction<br /><ul><li>Theater/conference type setting gaining information through a lecture-style format
  12. 12. Topics range from:
  13. 13. Overviews of new policy, procedure, software, services, hardware
  14. 14. Not recommended for step-by-step instruction, unless they are very basic instructions and teachers all have computers with them
  15. 15. Tips:
  16. 16. Keep relatively short (10-30 minutes)
  17. 17. Use lots of pictures or visuals if available
  18. 18. Try to get audience participation if applicable</li></li></ul><li>Whole Group Instruction<br />Pros:<br />Usually best for introduction to new service, policy, software, hardware<br />Great for generating ideas amongst staff members on how to utilize technology <br />Cons:<br />Hard to make sure everyone understands new concepts <br />Not good for step-by-step instruction of tech skills<br />May need to do individual review with individuals lacking tech savviness<br />
  19. 19. Tuesdays Tech Tips of the Week<br /><ul><li>Weekly mini-lesson sent to all faculty on a quick technology tip
  20. 20. Topics range from:
  21. 21. Online grade book tips
  22. 22. How to use comment feature in Word
  23. 23. How to create a Photo Album in Power Point
  24. 24. How to add a printer to their computer
  25. 25. Tips:
  26. 26. Keep 1-2 pages long
  27. 27. Use lots of pictures and screenshots
  28. 28. Use simple steps
  29. 29. Distribute:
  30. 30. Email as text or attachment
  31. 31. Word/PDF ii
  32. 32. Post to blog, bulletin board and/or a website</li></li></ul><li>Tuesdays Tech Tips of the Week<br />
  33. 33. Tuesdays Tech Tips of the Week<br /><ul><li>Pros:
  34. 34. Allows simple instruction to be shared with faculty
  35. 35. Creates a library of skill/knowledge that builds over time
  36. 36. Is something tangible that faculty can refer to later on their own
  37. 37. Reduces questions about simple tasks
  38. 38. Cons:
  39. 39. Must be short and simple skills
  40. 40. Surprisingly, some faculty members prefer not to read and will not want to figure out tasks on their own</li></li></ul><li>Individualized / Small-Group Specific Instruction<br /><ul><li>Training for 1-5 faculty members on a specific step-by-step skill/tasks
  41. 41. Topics:
  42. 42. Learning specific software, hardware, or service
  43. 43. Learning how to integrate technology into specific subject area/type lesson
  44. 44. Tips:
  45. 45. Group by subject area or grade level
  46. 46. Have specific goals for individual or small group
  47. 47. Have them bring their needs for training to you
  48. 48. Keep short and specific; usually 45 minutes, longer if they are working on a specific project</li></li></ul><li>Individualized / Small-Group Specific Instruction<br /><ul><li>Pros:
  49. 49. Training becomes more meaningful because they are bringing needs to you
  50. 50. Smaller groups for instruction = less distracting
  51. 51. More specific training
  52. 52. Cons:
  53. 53. Time in the annual schedule
  54. 54. Need technology staff to fulfill training needs
  55. 55. $$$ - need a budget and an administration that supports the need for this type of training</li></li></ul><li>Individualized / Small-Group Specific Instruction<br /><ul><li>Lawrence Upper School had a rotating 1-1 training schedule for all staff members during the first 2 years of our 1-to-1 program
  56. 56. Each staff member received 1-1 tech training for 1 class period (45 minutes) once every two weeks
  57. 57. Topics vary each time based on Tech Director and staff member needs
  58. 58. Specific websites that might be useful for specific lessons
  59. 59. Specific software that can be implemented for a lesson
  60. 60. Specific instruction on how to use software, hardware, or services</li></li></ul><li>Optional Summer Workshops<br /><ul><li>Training for 1-10 faculty members on a specific step-by-step tech skills during summer months
  61. 61. Topics range from:
  62. 62. Learning a new piece of software, hardware, or service that is crucial for every day productivity
  63. 63. Tips:
  64. 64. Make it worth making the trip to school over the summer (include snacks, incentives like computer upgrades….)
  65. 65. 2-3 hour sessions to make attendance worthwhile
  66. 66. Have faculty sign up for specific times; give them at least a few options for times/days of week; be flexible with the summer training schedule</li></li></ul><li>Optional Summer Workshops<br /><ul><li>Pros:
  67. 67. Don’t waste training time during school year
  68. 68. Make sure everyone is trained on specific skills before next school year
  69. 69. Use small groups vs. large group training
  70. 70. Cons:
  71. 71. Resistant teachers
  72. 72. Time-consuming for tech training staff over summer
  73. 73. Won’t work unless you have total support of administrative staff </li></li></ul><li>Optional Summer Workshops<br /><ul><li>Look for collaborative workshops in your area
  74. 74. CCIS (Cleveland Council of Independent Schools) has been coordinating a ½ day technology showcase as a way for teachers to share technology ideas with each other</li></li></ul><li>Need Administrative Support for Technology Professional Development including:<br />Time in the School Calendar<br />Funding<br />Staffing<br />Clearly Stated Expectations<br />Incentives<br />Effective Strategies<br />
  75. 75. <ul><li>Distance learning
  76. 76. Online classes
  77. 77. Expert staff as technology trainers
  78. 78. Cloud computing in a 1-to-1 environment</li></ul>Looking Forward<br />
  79. 79. Sally Garza<br /><ul><li>Director of Technology
  80. 80. Lawrence Upper School
  81. 81.
  82. 82.
  83. 83. Twitter: smg421girl
  84. 84. Technology blog at
  85. 85. Handouts available at</li></ul>Questions?<br />