We have been thinking and talking a lot about how professional learning can build the capacity of our teachers to provide strategically designed instruction for students. Engaging our staff in meaningful and relevant learning is critical and empowers them to design the same caliber of experiences for our kids. One area of focus this year has been engaging learners through the use of technological tools to access, create and share content as well as collaborate with other learners (LISD SD Goal #2). Our 1:X tools are a key part of success with the goal – in the hands of both students and teachers. With a group of campus design team members and the support of our design coach, we arrived at a plan for a day of learning for our teachers on February 17 that would provide opportunities to learn new tools, explore new ideas, share knowledge, and design student-centered learning experiences – a “Tech Buffet”.
Teachers chose from a variety of sessions throughout the day, making choices based their needs and instructional goals. They brought their district or personal devices or borrowed MacAirs and iPads – making sure they had the right tool for their learning. With sessions led by fellow teachers, design coaches, and even students, Marcus teachers enjoyed many “buffet” items such as iTunesU, Google Sites, Google Apps, Kahoot, Apps for Presenting, Apps for Collaborating, Creating a Digital Classroom, iMovie, Mac Academy 101, iPad Integration by subject, Advanced Searching with Google, Student Use of Notability and Evernote, and Flipped Learning.
We finished the day with a Build Your Own Technology Cohort. Our staff applied their new knowledge and skills by designing their own learning experience, choosing partners and a technology focus, and collaborating to create a new opportunity for their students.
A great day of learning for teachers that will lead to great learning experiences for students!