Well, for my newer readers, I started this blog because of a requirement for a Technology Leader Program I am lucky to be a part of in my county. I am so glad that I did! It has changed the way I teach. (I think that may have been the whole point of having us start blogging.)
Like I said the program isn't just about technology, it's about being professional leaders in our school, so we are required to provide Professional Development for our staff (in exchange for lots of cool technology like a document camera, Smart Response Clickers, computers and lots of other goodies!)
I feel like this year has been "THE YEAR OF TRAINING" at my school. So, I wanted to make sure that my PD was meaningful, interesting and relevant to my staff. So I did two sessions, the first was "Increasing Student Achievement using Social Networking: Pinterest and Google Reader.
I think we all know what Pinterest is by now, it's just a great place to find ideas for teaching, or anything! I love it because it is so visual and the images link you to a blog or website for more information!
Google Reader is a Google App where you can place all of the blog and website feeds you read on a regular basis in one place. It makes life so much simpler when you are blog stalking!
I used a Google Presentation to present all of the information to my staff. It included step by step directions, pictures and links. I showed my staff examples of great pinboards to follow, as well as links to some awesome blogs (Thanks Teaching Blog Addict for having great linkys!) Here is the Google Presentation and Step by Step Handouts for Pinterest and Google Reader if you are looking for more information!
I spent a lot of time focusing on giving my staff resources and giving examples of how I have used the ideas I have gotten from blogs and Pinterest to improve student engagement and achievement in my classroom. It's my go-to resource whenever I am lesson planning!
I had my staff fill out a Google Form Survey about their experience with using the two sites. I heard great things! Most of the staff that attended the session have told me that they are now ADDICTED to Pinterest! Plus, they have all implemented lessons and ideas they have found through collaborating with teachers they don't even know! How cool is that? I really enjoyed seeing some of my staff get excited about using these tools in their classroom!
I was so nervous about doing Professional Development at my school, but I was prepared and it went great! If I present this information again, I think I will definitely break the session in two. It was a LOT of information at one time.
Well, that was my first session of PD! I'll be posting about the other session later this week!
Have a great tomorrow!