This post was born of an idea I am tossing to my admin. No rest for the weary. Educators everywhere in the south are preparing for the return to school, and generally that means a little professional development. Too bad one size does not fit all in this case most of the time. So I am pitching an idea to address this dilemma.
57 PD Opportunities
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There are 57 different videos from the ISTE 2011 conference. I’ve been slowly watching them as time permits. I attend this conference every summer (well almost) on my own dime, and I find it so worth it every year. Since ISTE began professionally recording sessions and keynotes, I often forego those sessions recorded and catch them after the fact. So as I finish another session today, I am thinking this should be shared with my school!!
Why is PD a bad word today?
Many schools are on a shoestring budget for professional development–or absolutely have run out of time to plan. Another consideration is that many schools suffer from offering PD that a segment of the staff finds irrelevant and a waste of time. Planning relevant PD is a challenge of the day for sure.
A PD idea
So here’s my idea—I’m a sharer-I just can’t help it. Please feel free to file (even in file 13!) Work up a document (or online survey/google form) with titles and descriptions of each of the 57 ISTE videos). Ask folks to express interest by ranking them, let’s say 1-10, with 1 highest interest and 10 being lowest interest. Analyze the data and then create rooms for 20 different video showings from ISTE. In each room, have a room facilitator show the video streamed from the ISTE site. Each one is roughly an hour. After the video, have the group answer some questions related to the video and their discussion, impressions, opinions, application to their teaching context, etc (i.e. how was the information useful, what were the main ideas learned, what will attendees try in their teaching context, or other conversations that occur.) Have each attendee sign the single document used to outline the conversation, and that document is turned in to you for PD documentation.
Of course, this could be done for everyone of the 57 videos, so that catering to individual interests is not limited at all…. But using only a set of them –10, 15, 20 at a time gives an administratie leader the chance to repeat this activity if it is successful for later staff development days.
Who’s going to do all the work?
I did say I would be happy to create the document or the Google form. A document would require analyzing paperwork. A Google form would be a quicker way to analyze the data.
I know, I know. I’m just a think outside the box kind a girl. And I really think many would benefit from something like this. Perhaps this can be saved for a much later date if the back to school ideas have already been planned for implementation. Feel free to tell me thanks/no thanks (or get a life.)