1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am already composing an e-mail to my principal to share your tech plan with her. I think it sounds like a marvelous plan that takes into consideration all of the needs of your teachers while moving your entire school forward to. I know that technology has been a real school focus for us this year, and that it will continue to be one next year as well. A plan like yours ensures that all teachers are involved in learning about technology at their own rate while also learning about some of the most effective tools to use to help students learn. With students being at the forefront of our teaching, this is so very important. Thanks again for being so willing to share!

      • Thanks! I just shared your plan with my principal and vice principal, and I do plan on following up my e-mail with a conversation or two. Maybe we can share the leadership on this one … There's lots of great possibilities!

        Thanks for being so willing to share what you do. I've been thinking about this for a while now, and I love how your plan has all teachers on board: something that I feel is very important for success.

  2. Your vision drives change. How much technology is transferring over to the students already I wonder? Modelling is a powerful tool. I've watched my own students and the students in more hesitant colleagues classrooms help drive integration when they know they will be listened to.

  3. Excellent post about your project. I also did a project this year that focused on differentiation for teachers with tech integration. I wrote about it on my blog http://jaccalder.blogspot.com/.

    This year I spent some time working with student success teachers and administration in large groups around a new student success database we use for tracking students at risk. One thing I found was that having a simple back channel conversation accessible helped differentiate. Those who were "newbies" could follow me along while those who had experience using the database could discuss how to use it, make suggestions and share ideas. I used twiducate.com for this. It worked well because these groups were not twitter users and I could set up their accounts on twiducate ahead of time. Easy, easy and was a BIG hit! 🙂 As an added bonus, it also kept the room quiet so I could work with the 30 people who needed to be taken step-by-step through it. Oh boy, I sense another blog post coming on… Anyways, it was a great baby-step and allowed for each educators to work from where they were starting from (and demo some tech integration while we were at it). 🙂

    Thanks for sharing your experience with PD.

  4. Christora

    Great post about your project. I'm about to begin my first year of teaching and I can only hope I have this kind of support at my school. The fact that you care so much about the teachers being comfortable with the technology integration is inspiring. I think one of the biggest obstacles for teachers is fear, like you spoke of. We have to remember that while we are teachers we are also life-long learners. We ourselves have to continuously be students. Our environment changes, educational policies change, and of course we live in an ever-changing technological world. Having support allows us to explore with the equipment therefore being able to pass it on to our students. Good luck in the following few years. I'm sure you will see wonderful growth from your teachers and students.

  5. Thanks for sharing what you have done within your school for meaningful professional development. I plan to share this blog with my principal. Our plan involves planned release time every 2nd Wednesday from 2-4 pm (9-12 school in Ontario; 900+ students) with four different groups: differentiated instruction, teaching with technology, cross-curricular projects, and school culture — character education. There will be even more teacher-direction this year, but I would really like to see movement to a model where teacher's have even more individual direction. (If others are interested, I wrote about our shift in professional learning here: http://cheekylit.com/the-rise-of-the-plc-and-the-

    I really like how you allowed teachers to move at a rate that was best for them…at whatever stage they were at with technology integration.

    I can't agree more that using technology should stimulate critical thinking. I heard Garfield Gini-Newman (OISE) speak about this topic at the ABEL Summer Institute 2010 (York University). It was excellent as it challenged educators to use technology to stimulate higher ordered thinking skills and not just for fluff activities. I have heard that our school board is planning to have him speak at our November PD Day which will be excellent!

    Thanks for directing me to this blog entry.

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