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What Constitutes Good PD?

What Constitutes Good PD? via @zite #edchat

— kim powell (@powell4thgrade) July 23, 2013

Reading this post on twitter this morning validated the role of Instructional Technology.  We are striving to provide meaningful professional development for teachers that focus on student-centered learning.  This begins by creating a shared vision between our staff, administrators, instructional coaches, teachers, support staff, students, parents and community.

How will we provide PD that focuses on Common Core standards?
What technology projects could we integrate that will support higher level thinking?

I found this summer at UTC13 and ISTE that my favorite workshops were those that were designed with the goal of networking with others.  Sharing ideas, best practices, sample lessons, classroom management tips, online resources, and logistics of projects provided the most meaningful PD over the “sit and get” lecture type classes.

What constitutes good PD for you, your school, your district?

Lessons Learned at ISTE 13

How can I process all the great ideas I gleaned from ISTE 13?  I’ll begin with the highlights of my trip:  Meeting Alan November
and getting to see Kathy Schrock’s presentation about teaching with iPads. I was encouraged by Alan November’s way of thinking about student learning and felt affirmed as we share the same vision. His presentation motivated and inspired me to encourage teachers to post their students’ projects and screen recordings on their blogs and possibly on iTunes U for a global audience to see and learn from. Thoughts to ponder:

  • Teachers should talk less and listen more.
  • Students should create videos to teach students.
  • Unlearn locus of control.
  • Teachers who want to control entire curriculum every day, let them retire.
  • Who learns the most from creating the videos? The student replied: I do.
  • Make tutorials for homework instead of a quick 7 minute check off.

I was thrilled that I was able to present how the 1:1 iPad Initiative at Welcome Elementary School transformed learning at the SIGTE Playground.  I found that I enjoyed the attending the playground sessions much more than the regular conference type classroom setting.  I was able to walk around and hear fantastic teachers tell how they are using technology, see examples of student projects’ and hear a variety of presentations in a short amount of time. Some of the sessions that I enjoyed were at the  SIGDS Playground.

It was wonderful listening to Gwynneth Jones share her passion, great ideas,  and view the plethora of workshops on her blog and wiki, thedaringlibrarian, The Apple Distinguished Educator who talked about iTunes U and posting her units of study there for other teachers and students to view encouraged me to do the same with the teachers in GCSD.

The Ignite sessions were inspiring and affirmed my devotion to the teaching profession. Here are a couple of quotes I heard that I loved:  “Adults need to have fun, so children will want to grow up to be one.” Also, “Common core is not in books, it’s how you use the books. High interest trumps reading level every time, ”  by the author Vicki Cobb.

Finally, the closing session of ISTE was amazing with Adam Bellow  You are invited to change the world is a must see video to motivate you as you prepare for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year.

Good luck teachers as you enjoy your time to relax and rejuvenate this summer. You are much appreciated for all you do for your students!