Like last summer, I was brought in as part of the technology team to plan, present, and facilitate professional development for teachers in my district. Because of the size of our team, we were able to host a variety of technology PD for all teachers in our district K12. However, we were not able to host as many repeat sessions this year because we simply did not have the man-power or space to do so. In fact, I was told that the sessions quickly filled to capacity when Super Week sign-ups opened at the beginning of June. This was a good sign.
Last week was the start of Super Week (#superweek2015) for our district. I’m not sure how other districts run their PD, but in my 20 years we’ve always had PD before school starts. Some years it’s a full week, last year it was a week and a half (dubbed Super-Duper Week, no hashtag). But what I really enjoyed about this year’s Super Week was the addition of K6 teachers to the mix. Prior, we only concentrated on secondary teachers (7-12 Instruction) which made sense since we were all from the secondary level. But this year we added a few elementary teacher presenters and facilitators which brought new insight into how technology could effectively be integrated into the curriculum.
This year, I presented on a variety of topics:
- Presentations that Inspire – Slides, Prezi, PowToon, HaikuDeck
- Advanced Flipped Learning – EdPuzzle, Movenote, Educreations, Camtasia, Screencastomatic
- SAMRai – UpLeveling the Learning
- Let’s Get Appy – Web Apps for Everyone