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Old 07-13-2015, 11:31 AM
 
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Is this training for the first time using Google Classroom and/or Chrome Books?

I am not familiar with either, but I think you might want to survey the teachers ahead of time to determine their level of proficiency with Google Classroom and how comfortable they are with Chrome Books. Are the Chrome Books in a lab setting and teachers take classes there or do teachers have a few in their classrooms? Are you a 1:1 school?

It might be helpful to ask the teachers if they have specific questions that they would like to see addressed during your presentation. Maybe have several topics and have them select two. Then focus your presentation on the two that had the most votes.

Keep the presentation simple. The best PD is when it is hands on so I think it is important that they have the Chrome Books in their hands and they use them right along with you. Maybe set up a demo class. You could have the teachers who are already familiar with Google Classroom and comfortable using Chrome Books assigned to groups to help them. Those "experts" can troubleshoot or answer questions as they arise since you can't be everywhere at the same time. It might help make things go a little smoother.

It is also important to give the teachers time to explore and try out the things they have learned. Is there some type of simple project they can do with you? Since I'm not familiar with either, I don't have a suggestion. Is there something they could do with you during the presentation that they would have to do anyway to get set up or started? They might appreciate being able to do it with you when they can ask questions. Make sure that you allow time for questions at the end of your presentation.

Create a few step-by-step tutorials that teachers can refer back to later when they are back in their classrooms doing it on their own. Sometimes we think we understand how to do something until it is a few days later and we are on our own.

My pet peeve about PD is that many times it doesn't apply to my grade level at all. I teach K. Many times the presentations are geared towards upper elementary and I am told to just water it down. I know it is impossible to address every grade level, but if it is possible, find a way to show them how what they are learning is relevant and how it can be used at their grade level. You might not be able to show them how to do it during your presentation, but you can have examples of how it can be used at different grade levels. (If there is an interest in more information, maybe provide links or suggest it for future PD.) People don't want to feel like they are wasting their valuable time-especially if the PD is right at the beginning of the school year. Teachers are thinking about the million and one things they have to do to get their classrooms ready and be prepared for students.

Of course, don't forget to bring chocolate candy! You will be their favorite presenter. Good luck!!! I hope I was able to give you some food for thought.
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