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Archive for the ‘Professional Development’ Category

From the Twittersphere – 3-16-2011

Posted by magnethart on March 17, 2011

Here are a few tweets that stood out to me this week from my PLN.  Thanks for sharing the great resources and announcements everyone.

Xtranormal starts the ball rolling towards an EDU version
posted by @TeachaKidd on  Monday, 3/14/2011 at 9:52pm

Helpful list of Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs (helps determine the level of response u r anticipating from studnts): #edu
posted by @technology_tim on Wednesday, 3/16/2011 at 12:15am

[Webinar AND Workbook] Getting the Most Out of Your Interactive Whiteboard via SimpleK12 Blogs
posted by @SimpleK12 on Wedneday, 3/16/2011 at 2:07am


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Tech Tools for Time Management

Posted by magnethart on November 12, 2010

235/365 Hair pulling stress

As an Instructional Technology Specialist for Young Middle Magnet School of Math, Science and Technology, I find myself pulled in many different directions with many different responsibilities.  I used to be the person with a myriad of post-it notes covering my desk full of tasks that needed to be done or notes about projects I was working on.  Over the last few years, web technology has improved drastically and along with it came some very handy tools that I find help me stay organized and keep on top of all of my projects.  I picked my top four tools (Google Calendar, Google Tasks, FirstClass Technology Conference, and Klok 2) to feature in a Prezi titled Tech Tools for Time Management.  If you have any you recommend, add them to the Google Doc linked after the Prezi.

Have some tools that you use?  Add them to the Google Doc here.

I was really hoping to embed my Prezi into my blog but WordPress does not allow the embedding of free-range Flash content.

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Free Edline Training for SuperUsers

Posted by magnethart on July 31, 2010

Did you know that you can get free training from EdLine on how to make the most of your school’s Edline account??  I participated in a live, online training today (ended up being just me and the trainer) and learned an amazing amount of information about what edline is capable of doing.  There are so many things that we are not using edline for such as school wide surveys, calendars for parents to see, online quizes and tests for individual classes and much more.  It looks like I’ll be developing a beginner level and adv/intermediate level training for teachers at Young on implementing edline into your classroom (beyond using it for grades).  Check out the link below for Edline’s online traing site and sign up for a training now.

EdLine Training Center

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Re-blog – Yeah, You’ve Got Problems. So Solve Them

Posted by magnethart on July 31, 2010

Great post from @willrich45 on his blog webblogg-ed.

Yeah, You’ve Got Problems. So Solve Them.

Also has a great clip from Apollo 13 at the end.

I tend to run into a lot of these same comments during my trainings.  And I agree, often times they are not thrown out as a problem to solve, but as a road block to say why something can’t be done.

As I embark on a new role and focus on providing professional development at Young Middle, I’m going to keep these comments in mind.  Instead of getting to the point of saying “what about the digital divide that is present at our school?”, I’m going to say, “Okay, so now what?  What are we going to do to fix it?”

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Free Webinars from SMART Technologies

Posted by magnethart on July 31, 2010

Check out the link below for a free webinar from SMART Technologies on creating interactive content for your SMARTboard.

“This free, on-demand webinar, A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Content for the SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard, is your opportunity to learn how you can create new revenue opportunities. You’ll find out how to convert your existing print content to digital formats that work on the SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard, the most widely used interactive whiteboard i the world.”
From SMART Technologies

Watch the webinar here.

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Tech Shy Teachers

Posted by magnethart on May 18, 2010

Originally posted by me on March 1, 2010 on my magnettech website.  It may be viewed here.

Through my parousing of my recent Google Reader feeds, I came across this post from Tech & Learning about training teachers who are “Tech Shy”.

The link to the real article can be found here but I’ve copied what main part below.

“Teaching Tech-Shy Teachers”, March 1, 2010, Tech & Learning

The conversations at the recent EduCon 2.2 conference at Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy were dynamic and ongoing, thanks to the tech savvy of the attendees and participants. One of the most interesting conversations involved the challenge of motivating teachers unenthusiastic about technology to use it.

Reading (PA) Public Schools’ Danja Mahoney, Michael Springer, and Beth Knittle asked the question, “Why is professional development such a challenge?” Here are highlights of the answers:

  • Training sessions are held at the worst time of the day.
  • Top-down decision making results in programs that aren’t helpful to teachers.
  • Training is usually a onetime thing.
  • There’s no real modeling from the administration.
  • PD opportunities are not of interest to teachers.
  • There is a lack of good leadership. The presenters then asked the participants what they would change to improve this experience and motivate those reluctant teachers. Here are highlights of their answers:
  • Give teachers hands-on workshops and make sure they have a product they can take home (e.g., demo wiki).
  • Make the training experience sustainable. Create some way to follow up with these teachers after the training event. Encourage the participants to continue the conversation after the PD event.
  • Encourage school leaders to join this conversation.
  • Do a survey before the PD event to make sure you are presenting what the teachers want.
  • Get the buy-in from the teachers.

These comments strike home for me since technology training is mostly what I do and I ofter come across teachers who would qualify as “tech-shy”.  I particulary like to comment about surveying teachers to make sure the PD is really what they are looking for.  This is something that I try and do using Google Docs forms when possible.  I also like the idea of giving them something to take away like a lesson they created during the training or a wiki/collaborative website (better after Firstclass 10 is available for teachers in the district).

All in all, good things to consider here for my next training.

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