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Technology training opportunity

Creating Blogs for the Classroom

Technology Training Opportunity

Professional Development

Chip Flemmer


Technology training opportunity

Creating Blogs for the Classroom

Professional Development

Chip Flemmer


Introduction

Creating Blogs for the Classroom

Introduction

  • This course is designed to help teachers advance their knowledge and skills for effectively using classroom blogs to enhance learning.

  • The course will be a six hour session in which ideas, techniques, and sample blogs will be examined. We will culminate the day by having each participant create their own blog.

  • To ensure greater success, representatives from our technology department will conduct bi-monthly visits with each participating teacher throughout the course of the school year to answer any questions and help them with effectively using their blogs.

Professional Development

Chip Flemmer


What are the professional development goals

Creating Blogs for the Classroom

What are the professional development goals?

Teachers enable students to:

Initiate communication with parents, teachers, community members, or students.

Direct their own use of technology.

Showcase their work and promote public relations.

Professional Development

Chip Flemmer


How will these goals improve all students learning

Creating Blogs for the Classroom

How will these goals improve all students’ learning?

Blogs

Provide an easy-to-use forum for publishing ideas

Promotes collaboration with peers

Allows for sharing knowledge

Serves as great reflective communication tool

Are engaging

Can foster healthy debate

Professional Development

Chip Flemmer


How will this class help improve teacher effectiveness

Creating Blogs for the Classroom

How will this class help improve teacher effectiveness?

Blogs will

Allow passive learners to become much more engaged.

Show students that their opinions and collaboration are important in the process thus resulting in more buy-in.

Create a much more student-centered learning environment which will improve the teacher’s effectiveness.

Provide a way to go in more depth on subjects and provide opportunities for higher-level thinking.

Professional Development

Chip Flemmer


Differentiating learning

Creating Blogs for the Classroom

Differentiating Learning

With a variety of learning styles and needs present in our classrooms it is important to have a tool which teachers can use to identify student strengths and weaknesses in a quick and effective manner.

Blogs allow students to respond to various topics and provide teachers with a quick and easy method for assessing whether or not learning has taken place.

Professional Development

Chip Flemmer


Teacher learning objectives

Creating Blogs for the Classroom

Teacher Learning Objectives

  • Teachers will obtain specific strategies on how to use blogs effectively to promote learning in their classrooms.

  • Teachers will be able to create their own blog with the purpose of initiating communication with parents, other teachers, community members, and/or students.

  • Teachers will have the knowledge, skills, resources, and continued support available to help other teachers start their own blogs.

Professional Development

Chip Flemmer


Delivery of class

Creating Blogs for the Classroom

Delivery of Class

Location: Computer Lab

Duration: Six hours (one hour lunch break)

Format: Discussion, question and answers session, effective blog examples will be shown.

Material/Media Needed: Projector to guide those being trained through the set-up process of their blog. PowerPoint along with handouts.

Follow-Up: Either personal visits, email or phone calls bi-monthly with participants to ensure effective use.

Professional Development

Chip Flemmer


Class activities and process

Creating Blogs for the Classroom

Class Activities and Process

  • We will briefly go over a Seth Godin’s PowerPoint…

  • http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/files/whos_there.pdf

  • We will look at sample blogs from colleagues of mine… https://wiki.friscoisd.org/users/hamptonk/

  • https://wiki.friscoisd.org/users/reeseb/

Professional Development

Chip Flemmer


Class activities and process1

Creating Blogs for the Classroom

Class Activities and Process

  • Students (teachers) will create their own blogs in which they will use to promote learning in their classroom. The format we will use will look like…

  • Your first blog post : Include name and school name

  • Write, Format, Save, Edit

  • Adding Media to the blog

  • Add a Picture

    • Your picture

    • School picture

  • Linking to another page - school main page

  • Video

  • Attaching files : This PowerPoint

  • Podcast

  • TAGS!

  • Professional Development

    Chip Flemmer


    Expected outcomes

    Creating Blogs for the Classroom

    Expected Outcomes

    All participants in the training are expected to leave the

    Session with their own classroom blog having been started.

    We will also have follow-up meetings at the campus level to

    Check on the progress of all the participants as well as

    Guide them through any obstacles they may have encountered

    Since the training which may hinder their blogs from being

    Utilized.

    Professional Development

    Chip Flemmer


    Measure learning

    Creating Blogs for the Classroom

    Measure Learning

    The blogs that are created will be analyzed by the technology facilitators as well as colleagues to assess the strengths and make any recommendations for improvement.

    We will conduct a question and answer session prior to leaving from the training session to gather input on what was learned from the day and what will be carried into the classroom.

    Participants will complete a survey to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the training session.

    Professional Development

    Chip Flemmer


    Taking learning to classroom

    Creating Blogs for the Classroom

    Taking Learning to Classroom

    We will have a separate Blog specifically for teachers from this class who will share stories with the other participants as well as interested non-participants regarding student learning and achievement from incorporating Blogs in the classroom.

    Professional Development

    Chip Flemmer


    Student learning measured

    Creating Blogs for the Classroom

    Student Learning Measured

    Student learning will be obtained through their comments, answers, and discussion points posted to their classroom blog. The teacher will assess whether or not the learning objective for the particular activity has been met through their insight along with follow-up questions if necessary.

    Professional Development

    Chip Flemmer


    Student learning measured1

    Creating Blogs for the Classroom

    Student Learning Measured

    Sign-up today!!!!

    Chip Flemmer

    Wester Middle School

    Frisco Independent School District

    [email protected]

    Professional Development

    Chip Flemmer


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