EdTech Talk – October 2022

EdTech is picking up the pace in October! 

October has been one big win after another for the students in the District. 

In EdTech, we have been collaborating with principals every other week to develop professional development opportunities for staff. Teachers are discovering how to implement strategies to help students be more engaged in learning. We are achieving this by splitting classes in half and allowing the teacher to spend face-to-face time with a smaller group of students during class time.  Teachers are learning more about the engaging ways to use Canvas®, our learning management system. This allows them to give feedback to students, build mastery paths, and spend less time grading and more time instructing. These teaching strategies help us implement technology in the classroom and make meaningful use of the data and feedback the sites are providing. The whole purpose of using technology in the classroom is to make a better, more meaningful learning connection with students. 

So far this school year, we’ve provided this professional development with teachers at East Middle, North Middle, and North High school.  We will close out October by spending time with West High School on the 24th and West Middle on the 31st (spooky-themed, of course)!

The flow chart below depicts how we intend to provide professional learning. This model allows us to follow up and continue the flow of creativity, innovation, and critical thinking that keeps instruction fresh and fun!

Engaging EdTech Flow Chart. The team starts with identifying building needs, before initiating PD at the buildings. Then the team gathers feedback, analyzes data, and reflects on the findings before discussing the results with administrators. Then these results are carried out in PLC's and in classrooms before reflecting on implementation and starting the flow over again.
Engaging EdTech Flow Chart. The team starts with identifying building needs, before initiating PD at the buildings. Then the team gathers feedback, analyzes data, and reflects on the findings before discussing the results with administrators. Then these results are carried out in PLCs and in classrooms before reflecting on implementation and starting the flow over again.

Below is a word cloud that was created with the feedback our team has received this school year. A word cloud is a collection, or cluster, of words depicted in different sizes. The bigger and bolder words were mentioned in the feedback we received most frequently. It’s important to note the center of all feedback received begins with students, which is the primary focus of our professional development.

Word Cloud