Leading by Example

Professional Development & Trainings

My role as an Instructional Technology Coach is a unique space where the spheres of technology and teaching overlap. I am always looking for opportunities to create and support a vision and strategic plan for technology use. This includes leading professional learning about the potential for technology to transform the learning and enrich the classroom, as well as to prepare teachers to integrate technology in their classrooms.

Professional Development & Training Resources

I have planned and led numerous professional development sessions on a multitude of topics. Take a look below to see some examples of sessions that I have created and led and training specific resources.

Examples of Professional Development Sessions

Marie Kondo Your Goole Drive

Just as Marie Kondo encourages us to declutter and tidy your physical space, it is just as important to organize and tidy your virtual space. In this Professional Development session, teachers and faculty were led through the philosophy, best practices, and tips & techniques to create a system for leveraging their use of Google Drive through a much more organized and easier to navigate for your own needs. The final piece was a worksheet and guided work session to help set teachers up for success!

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Organizing Your Google Drive Worksheet (Legal)

What do you MEME?

In this interactive Professional Development session, teachers were led through both the concept of memes as digital artifacts and the technical skills to create a MEME, an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by non-genetic means, especially imitation. We also explored the practical application of this tool and concept into the classroom.

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Design Principles & Poster Creation with Adobe Spark

In this interactive Professional Development session, teachers were led through both the concepts of basic graphic design principles as well as the technical aspect of creating a poster in Adobe Spark using Spark Post. Teachers were given time to create and then share-out their “Hope” poster creations, as well as the practical application of this into the classroom.

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View Webpage for Self-Paced Instruction

Stop-Motion in the Classroom

In this interactive Professional Development session, teachers were introduced to Stop-Motion, both the concepts and technical components of creating an animation. We explored how this could be used in the classroom in the various content areas. Teachers were given an opportunity to create their own animations and share-out their final creations.

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PD Resources Created for Use in Blended PD Sessions

I am strong proponent of utilizing blended learning in both the classroom  for students, as well as in my professional development sessions. Blended learning allows the learner to go at their own pace and for access to the material outside of the dedicated “learning” time. Take a look below for a few examples below.

G-Suite Calendar Training Site

In order to support the transition to full-scale usage of faculty to Google Calendars, a series of small-group pd sessions were initiated. These training were supplemented with a website that comprehensively outlined the calendar tool with information, screencasts, and directions.

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Getting the Most out of Google

In this interactive & blended PD session, teachers were introduced to some of the extended functionality of Google. The “Getting the Most out of Google” website that was created specifically for the session. Teachers explored at their own pace and based on their own interests.

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Watch a Video About Blended Learning

Check out the video I created for a session I led about “Teaching with a Blended Learning Methodology” at the 2017 CEESA (Central and Eastern European Schools Association) Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria.