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Old 07-13-2015, 09:32 AM
 
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I have been asked to present a 3 hour professional development session to the 2-6 grade teachers at my school. This will be the first time I have presented to colleagues. I know what I like in a session, but I thought I would ask you all what makes a session worthwhile.

The topic will be Using Chromebooks and Google Classroom (or something like that).

Please feel free to share your pet-peeves about PD presentations, what makes a presentation worthwhile, etc.

Thank you so much for taking the time from your summer to answer my question.



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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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Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I will definitely make it hands on and relevant for all grades. Of course, chocolate candy --- what else would I take? Thanks again and enjoy your summer.
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Old 07-14-2015, 10:53 AM
 
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It's helpful for the teachers to see the classroom setup from both the teacher and student view. You can set up a demo class and have the teachers join your class as students. Add resources/links to your Classroom that they can go back to later (such as your presentation). Definitely give them time to set up their own Classroom for next year. Also, have them join a colleague's Classroom as a co-teacher.

Be sure you explain how Google Drive works within Classroom. They need to understand it from the student and teacher side.

Follow Alice Keeler on Twitter or her website/blog. She has fabulous ideas for using Classroom. She's also co-written 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom http://goo.gl/mDUcR3

PM me or post here if you have more questions as you design your PD.

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If you have time, it's worthwhile to mention SAMR or add links/resources to your Classroom for teachers to access later. Here's a good video from Common Sense Media:

https://goo.gl/XWYVmg



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Old 07-15-2015, 05:30 AM
 
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Thank you for your suggestions. I will certainly look into them and implement as time allows.

I agree with your idea for teachers to be able to see it from the students' side in addition to their own.

Alice Keeler is a new name to me ---- will definitely research her work.


Thank you for taking the time to reply... enjoy the rest of your summer.
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