Starting this month I will be offering a new experiment in professional development. Judging from the number of people who came to the technology sessions Wednesday afternoon, there is plenty of interest in learning more about technology and how it can be used in the classroom. I’m always available to think, plan and work with you around how to use technology in your instruction. These “Technology Thursday” sessions will be centered around a specific topic and will be held every hour during the day so that you can come at your convenience. This is strictly an optional drop in type of session where I will work with whoever shows up around these topics. If there’s only one person, that’s who I’ll work with, if there’s a group, I’ll work with everyone. You can stay as long or as little as you want. During these days I will have nothing else scheduled and will be completely available to help. Hopefully you will find this useful and convenient.
- January 24th – SMART Boards and SMART Notebook – Whether you’re curious about the new features that are available to you in SMART Notebook 10.8 or you just want to know how to orient and navigate the board, this session will be all about SMART Notebook. (If you’re interested in the new features, be sure to make an appointment with Julie in advance to have your software updated.)
- February 21st – Document Camera – New Avermedia software – Document cameras are not new in our classrooms, but there is a new version of the Avermedia software that brings new features and greater flexibility. From new math tools to embedding your document camera image into a PowerPoint, this session will go over these new features. Come share your ideas with your colleagues. (If you’re interested in the new features, be sure to make an appointment with Julie in advance to have your software updated.)
- March 7th – SMART Response – Most of you have heard about or used the SMART Response system to give assessments and check for understanding. If you’ve never taken the opportunity to try this system out, this is the session for you. I’ll help you get started and begin thinking about how to use these tools in your classroom.
- April 11th – Discovery Education – Discovery Education is best known for streaming videos but there’s so much more to it. This session will focus on finding, storing and sharing the content that you find. If you plan to attend this session and are new to Discovery Education, please let me know so I can make sure you have an active account.
All sessions will be held in room 402 in the library during every hour. Hope to see you there.