Workshops to develop skills and confidence are tailored for educators. They could focus on a new app the school is introducing school or team wide, skill-specific for completing a particular task (e.g. formulas for spreadsheet assessment analysis), or general up-skilling on an existing program or app or device. See apps of interest for inpiration or below for a few ideas.
- iPad or laptop tricks and tips
- overview and intro to my Top 3 or Top 5 apps for junior/middle/senior classes
- up-skilling on various existing word processing and spreadsheet programs including Google Docs/Sheets, iWorks or Microsoft Suite.
- setting up a classroom blog or website with Blogger or Google Sites
- generating student information, completing analysis and decision making using online polling, forms and surveys
- creating interactive presentations for staff PD or classroom lessons (including how to integrate BYOD in both scenarios)
One of the most exciting parts of my job is sitting down with teachers to develop units; brainstorming and refining possibilities for digital technology to allow student choice, promote collaboration, inspire quality presentation, and accommodate learning styles. This begins with collaborative planning among team members and possibly students, meaningful links to curriculum requirements, then exploring the range accessible digital resources to meet those requirements in a creative and engaging way. Further meetings develop the specifics of rolling out the technology - either through discussion or in-class support. This process is very flexible and would be tailored for each team/school (weekly 2hr workshop, 1 day workshop etc).
A free of charge introductory visit to your school or organisation can explain the advantages of these opportunities and how they can be tailored to suit.
Templates / RTC portfolios / teaching as inquiry
Digital technology can provide solutions for many time-consuming or problematic tasks relating to organisation, planning, and tracking your RTC (Registered Teacher Criteria) progress.
- collaborative online teaching portfolios
- development of tailored interactive, collaborative weekly, term, or annual planning templates
- storing resources, staff and student files online in shared folders for easy access
- classroom management solutions (for assignment and task distribution, monitoring, and assessment) such as Google Classroom, Sites and Docs/Sheets.
Introducing a new app or device into the classroom can be challenging. After a skills workshop to develop understanding, I can provide staff and student support implementing the new technology into the classroom to reduce and problem solve inevitable unexpected issues. This is an effective way to maintain teacher confidence and student engagement.