I am sometimes surprised when I talk to folks in other professions and how they deal/react/do/participate with/to so-called “professional development” in their organizations. Some have next to nothing; others have a regular volley of classes on a diverse range of topics.
This July I had the fortune of talking about our technology professional development efforts in San Antonio, and why I thought the combination of things we put together are “high quality.” This morning I realized one of the attendees of my conference session blogged about it, by taking her notes “online.”
Seeing all of your content–both what you said and what you placed in slides–was fun to read. It was fun because I think I got my message across, and that’s always satisfying. As we begin thinking about a new school year, I hope you are able to take advantage of many of the new course offerings and sessions that will be made available. For returning teachers and those new, just a re-cap of some of those options are in order.
- Blog (this blog) (passive, information, instructional, no points)
- Podcast (TechTimesLive) (passive, instructional, information, no points)
- Basic Courses (after school, participatory, instructional, points, but not “required” because it’s not focused on the integration of technology into instruction)
- Integrated Courses (after school, online, participatory, instructional, points, “required” satisfied)
- Advanced Courses (real techie topics, all the same as “integrated”; i.e., these “count”)
- 1:1 with ITRT, Hendron (face to face help and instruction; may earn credit for required course)
- User Group (new model, multiple meetings will count for points and integration requirement)
- Summer Course (more hours, more in-depth; counts with points as integrated course)
- Mini-Conference, 1-hour (more introductory, doesn’t offer points, but may be enough to get many folks started; does not count as required course)
- Outside Courses and Conferences (get approval from John Hendron if this can count as your technology integration class; usually comes with recertification points)