Based on the responses, I just want just explain a little bit about what EdTech Cheer is. Simplistically, it is an extended, online professional learning opportunity that is meant to provide resources, integration ideas, or methods for how technology can effectively leveraged as an instructional and student learning tool. Taking my own spin on the "12 Days of Christmas," I share 12 days worth of ideas and ways that you can use technology. As with many other professional learning opportunities, this is not meant to be a rigid prescription for exactly how to utilize technology resources, but rather something you can take and flexibly adapt to your instructional and student learning needs. I like to look at it as 12 days of fun!
In the evaluation, some mentioned that the time of year that EdTech Cheer is offered is not necessarily ideal with all of the other holiday things going on in their classrooms and schools. My goal is to provide on-going professional development opportunities throughout the year because I know everyone's schedule is different and certain times work better than others for some people. I like to offer this one mid-year, after the fall kick-off with Rebel U and before getting into in-depth planning for the coming Rebel U. EdTech Cheer is just one professional learning opportunity that I offer throughout the year, but is maybe a little more publicized as it is not specific to any one classroom, school, or district. I just like to share with everyone!
- Information about Google Classroom
- Information that reaches all content areas
- Examples of what teachers have done and how it has worked
- Tools to follow up on things that were presented at Rebel U
- Information for itinerant staff
- Information in regards to Infinite Campus
- Technology assessment tools to progress monitor students
- SIOP information
- Discovery Education information
- Collaboration tools
- Cooperative learning information
- Classroom Learning Lab incorporation
Based on this feedback, I am working on designing EdTech Cheer to fit as many of those noted items as possible. As I am still in the design stage, I am always open to feedback and ideas!