Today I worked with our leadership team (principals, directors, and superintendents) with an all-day professional development session on Digital Culture in their schools. I think it went well.
We combined a number of things in the training, including use of the Promethean board, various online tools, while we explored a number of educational theories, including the building information on “21st Century Skills.”
Taking leadership into the twenty-first century includes using some of the latest tools. We supplied principals with iPod Touch handheld devices for performing classroom observations looking at technology and twenty-first century skills. These and other assessment instruments will be used on the devices for the collection of data used in teacher evaluations.
In addition, these devices can be used with our PowerSchool student information system and Google Docs and Spreadsheets (Apps). It was a full, yet exciting day.
N.B.: the Wiki we used for this session is private, but I did throw some of the slides online to give folks an idea of what we covered