You may have noticed a new tab on the top of my blog, called “PD” (short for “professional development”). This past summer, I realized what a dearth of materials there are for administrators, coaches, and teachers in charge of coordinating tech integration workshops for their staffs. I wound up creating a ton of materials for the PDs I was hosting and decided to create a few additional resources, for those of you working to get other teachers on the tech bandwagon.
All of these resources are available under the “Professional Development” tab. Specifically, when you click there, here’s what you’ll find:
In my talks with teachers, I’ve found that many are ready to start integrating technology into their classroom but they have no idea where or how to start. And most don’t have the time to research it. I decided to create short starter guides, based on topic and subject, to get these teachers started.
I’ve created a few Prezis to guide my presentations to teachers about technology integration in the schools. The four I currently use — 21st Century Literacy, Technology as Inquiry, Differentiate Student Presentations in Any Classroom, and Digital Storytelling — are available here. Feel free to edit and use them however you’d like (but please credit Stretch Your Digital Dollar).
When it comes to education, all good professional development must be rooted in research. If there are no numbers, teachers will often dismiss new ideas as trends (rightly so). Throughout this blog, I often reference research to support my suggestions. Here, I list links to various studies regarding educational technology, organized by topic.
In addition to the items mentioned above, I often use readings, videos, or activities in professional development sessions. Some were created by me, but most are from a variety of other sources. In the “additional resources” section, I offer a bibliography of the most useful of the bunch.
Whether or not you run professional development sessions, the items in the PD section might provide some insight and guidance for you. Feel free to use, edit, and share everything to your heart’s desire. (Please credit Stretch Your Digital Dollar when you do, though.)