Professional Development and Teacher Training

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A.  In House Virtual Course Design

Have you ever used virtual curriculum, but found yourself frustrated that it wasn’t the right “fit?” Perhaps the material was too brief on a topic, or the skill level didn’t match your students? We can assist with training in basic course design on a variety of platforms that will allow you to design materials that fit YOUR needs. Training concentrates on design theory, primarily backwards design, not the technological aspects of LMS. Therefore, training can be software agnostic.

What:

Staff Training & Student Resource Development for virtual course design

How:

  • District completes survey on current practices in virtual courseware usage.
  • Consultant reviews survey results to identify strengths and areas of focus
  • Consultant works with district to design training and resources that meet the areas of focus with staff.
  • Consultant plans and delivers professional development for staff on course design.
  • Consultant provides information about online resources and OER (open education resources) for use in course design.

B.  Mentoring

Connecting with online students requires a deep toolbox of skills. Whether you mentor full time or part time students, face to face or via technology, we can advise you on the current methods, philosophies and trends in virtual mentoring. We can also assist you in various methods of tracking and recording mentor contact.

What:

Staff Training and Support for Mentoring Virtual students

How:

  • District completes survey on current practices and needs of mentoring
  • Consultant reviews survey results to identify strengths and areas of focus.
  • Consultant works with district to design training and resources that meet the areas of focus.
  • Consultant plans and delivers professional development for staff on mentoring.

 

C.  MOODLE 

Did you know Moodle can be a tool for K-12 education? With some administrative tweaks, Moodle can be swiss army knife of your classroom, whether it be a physical classroom or a virtual one. This training focuses on both the administrative settings to adapt Moodle for K-12 education and simple course design and tools for every teacher.

What:

Tech and Teacher support for developing a learning environment in Moodle.

How:

  • District completes survey on current practices and facility of use with Moodle or other LMS.
  • Consultant reviews survey results to identify LMS usage strengths and areas of focus
  • Consultant works with district to design training and resources that meet the areas of focus with Moodle for all involved staff.
  • Consultant plans and delivers professional development for all involved staff on Moodle

 

D.  Professional Development – Writers Workshop

What:

Full Day, Action Packed Hands-On Writer’s Workshop Professional Development Session (Tools can be used in any subject area!)

How:

Phase 1: Consultant meets with district leader or representative.

Phase 2: Full day (6 hour) session

  • Welcome Presentation
    • Tech Tools for Thinking/Idea Generating
    • Tech Tools for Drafting
    • Tech Tools for Collaborative Revising
    • Green Screen and AR, App Smashing
    • Finishing Touches
    • Tech Tools for Publishing
    • Authentic Group Sharing
    • Resources/Handouts

Phase 3: Follow up PD Session

Provide additional smaller group sessions for advancement or in-depth work and project implementation.

 

E.  G Suite for Education

Whether your school has been using G Suite (Google Apps) for some time now, or if you are newer to the platform, we can help your staff take their Google knowledge, skills, and abilities to the next level. Including a focus on web-based and native applications, we can provide customized training solutions for your staff

What:

Staff Training & Student Resource Development for G Suite

How:

  • District completes survey on current practices and facility of use with G Suite
  • Consultant reviews survey results to identify G Suite strengths and areas of focus
  • Consultant works with district to design training and resources that meet the areas of focus with G Suite for either staff or students
  • Consultant plans and delivers professional development for staff on G Suite