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  1. Focus Group Sessions
  2. Agenda <ul><li>Introduction/Overview – 5 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Focus Group Discussion – 10 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Affinity Diagram – 15 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Crafting professional development plans in groups of eight – 25 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Highlights – 5 minutes (if time) </li></ul>
  3. Ground Rules for Round Robin <ul><li>We will cover one question with your introduction embedded during the Round Robin portion. Each of you (if time allows) will have one shot – uninterrupted – at this question. </li></ul><ul><li>When each of you has had 1 minute (or less) to say what you want about the first question, we'll move on to our next agenda item. </li></ul>
  4. Facilitator’s Role <ul><li>As facilitator, I am going to stay neutral. </li></ul><ul><li>I may ask a couple questions that will stimulate the discussion and bring out concerns or views that need to be considered. </li></ul><ul><li>Please know I am not trying to put you on the spot. My questions are just trying to get as much information from you as I can. </li></ul>
  5. Any Questions?
  6. Get into Groups We may have to do this discussion as a whole group due to time restraints.
  7. Let’s Begin Choose someone to go first? <ul><li>Assume that you are convinced that change is needed and teaching with technology and emphasizing 21st Century skills is a better way to engage students with the content and provide a deeper learning experience than traditional methods- What barriers or constraints are keeping this from happening in your school or in your classroom? </li></ul>
  8. Affinity Diagram “Script” <ul><li>Now that we have discussed the challenges that have or could possibly prevent us from achieving the goal, let’s start to brainstorm some possible solutions to over coming these challenges. </li></ul><ul><li>Think in terms of: </li></ul><ul><li>“ What’s working now?” “What actions can be put into place to overcome the barriers mentioned?” “What can individuals do?” “Or what innovative ideas can you suggest that aren’t related to overcoming barriers?” </li></ul>
  9. Affinity Process <ul><li>Using the Post Its you have on the table, put one idea per sticky for potential solutions to the problems we have discussed, or innovations/ideas you have that could help you utilize technology in your instruction. </li></ul><ul><li>You will have 5-7 minutes to generate ideas– one per sticky note. </li></ul>
  10. Affinity Process <ul><li>Ok. Stop writing. Now I would like for you to get into pairs, working with the person next to you, and looking at your combined Post It notes start to categorize the ideas into chunks under 5-6 overarching topics. </li></ul><ul><li>You have 10 minutes </li></ul>
  11. Affinity Process Cont… <ul><li>Look around the room at the charts we have created. If you do not see a heading you have created while organizing your ideas please call it out. </li></ul><ul><li>The rest of you come put your Post It notes under the right topic heading. Some of you will have the same categories– this is intended. </li></ul><ul><li>The work you have done is amazing! Your ideas are incredible! We have 2-3 minutes to get your Post Its organized on the big charts. </li></ul>
  12. Crafting Recommendations <ul><li>Get into groups of 4-6. </li></ul><ul><li>Take one chart per table. (Group chooses based on passion for the topic) </li></ul><ul><li>As a group they look at the ideas represented on the chart and craft a bulleted plan or individual recommendations for implementing 21 st Century change in your classroom/schools. </li></ul><ul><li>You have 25 minutes. </li></ul>
  13. Highlights!