Teaching others how to implement technology into the classroom...
I have had many opportunities to help my colleagues grow in the area of technology. I present regularly at our faculty meetings and professional development days. I consistently help my colleagues to troubleshoot and solve their technology problems. I am very confident in setting up, distributing, and maintaining educational technology. Below, you will find a few examples of presentations and instructions that I have completed as well as a write up about training opportunities I have had the honor of facilitating. I am always open to teaching and/or presenting on technology components or programs. I am proficient in figuring out how to effectively use programs and applications.
Simple tools to navigate daily needs
We used this document after a "Top 10 from Edtech" presentation. Our teachers logged in and had to comment about which new technology item they were willing to try to implement. We were able to follow up and provide support and resources based upon their comments.
I am excited to say that most of our classrooms have multiple Chromebooks this year! We are also currently working on acquiring a mobile Chromebook lab. If you are not aware, Chromebooks operate on Google's Linux based operating system. The Chromebook is designed to be an internet connected device that works around Google Drive. We have found this device to be absolutely amazing in the classroom because of the ease of use it provides. When we purchased our Chromebooks, I sat down with each individual grade level and taught them the basics of the Chromebook operating system. This was a very important step because the Chromebook is designed to be different from the time you open it. I walked teachers through the steps of creating documents, how they were saved, how a document can be live edited by multiple users. I still support teachers and students when problems arise or when we find something new and innovative that aligns with our learning targets.
Smart Response is an interactive student response system that utilizes internet connected devices. This is a new and updated version of CPS or ActivResponse units. This program works directly with the Smart Notebook that we use with our Smartboards. After finding this program, I sat down with my assistant principal and showcased this program. We purchased a school license and I demonstrated the program to the faculty at our school. Afterwards, I sat down with individual grade levels and helped them to set up the program and trained the teachers on how to implement Smart Response into their classrooms. I also followed up with teachers who had questions or concerns. After a few weeks, I checked back in to see how the implementation was going and what questions or concerns they now had. Out of 34 teachers, only 3 were struggling with the program. I sat down after school with these teachers and we created several lessons that implemented this program, Instead of me just talking about this program, I actually let the teachers dive in and explore how to use the features and design of the program. I am now excited to say that 100% of the classrooms at Blue Ridge Elementary are able to use this program effectively.
I serve on the district technology cohort in Oconee County. This is a document that, as a team, we are very proud of. Along with this overview - we are currently working on creating "lessons" and screen cast that all of our students will complete at some point during the year. The idea is to make it less work on the individual teacher but to ensure that our students are learning the technology skills they need to be successful. Along with our students learning, teacher will also have access to the screencast to learn the basics of technology including word processing, desktop publishing, etc.
Device magic (prior to google forms)
Device magic is a forms application that is used to easily document and track anything that a person needs. I started using this application to document student reading engagement. Once other teachers and administrators found out how I was using this Device Magic, they also wanted to use it. In order to make it as easy as possible, I had to share my "form" that I had created with all of those who wanted to use this application. I created the instructions above and sent all of the links and files to the teachers who wanted it (a lot of these teachers were from different schools and/or districts whom had visited my class). I had a lot of positive feedback at how detailed the instructions were and that they were able to download and set up their application without any problems. I really feel like providing documents such as this one creates a great resource for teachers to be able to reference back to in times of need.