Recent Group Activity
ISTE's Learning&Leading with Technology magazine asked to feature our cadre(s). I learned a valuable lesson in writing this article.... always retain authorship rights to your own writing. I of course learned by mistake, I did not retain rights, and so the article I wrote did not appear in it's original form. Fortunately the point is left... we have a great professional development model and each and everyone of you have gone into making that a reality! Thank you.
Take a free look through December at the Cafe Style Staff Development article online. Kudos to Brooks and Dean, Joe Buglione and Reta Cochrane.
Wow, this afternoon was hectic...lots of problems getting people's Windows wireless connections up and running. Macs, no problem!
1. Look for the button on your computer to turn on the wireless
2. Check the settings in Internet Explorer and turn off any proxy settings (**be sure to turn them back on when you return to school or you won't be able to connect to the interent!)
See if the wireless works. If not...
If you are running Windows XP:
1. Right click on the wireless icon in your task bar (if you are not sure which icon, it looks like two computers with a little red x--just hover your mouse over it and wait for it's name to show up)
2. Select View Available Networks
3. Select the network that you want to use
4. Check the little box that says "allow connection" or something to that effect.
If you are running Windows 98:
1. Open the Control Panels and open the Wireless Network control panel
2. Create a new profile--click edit profile and enter the name of the wireless network in both the profile name and the Network name.
3. Click OK
4. To check for your wireless connection, go to your Network Connections (Start Menu/Settings...) and right click on the local area connection; select Properties. This will show you the rate at which you are connected.
Goal: To improve student scores through the use of technology.
More teachers use tech in the classroom, attend afterschool training, share ideas, etc.
One difficulty was the underuse of the mentors; they reconfigured how the mentors operated and it has been much better.
They also have an "infusion" specialist who goes to each school once a week. During the day, he helps out in classrooms; after school he does trainings (anyone can attend).
Second year they have integrated the Intel TTTF program (just started this).
Really need more than a year to be comfortable being a mentor. One other item--some districts paid their teachers, some didn't.
Goals: Increase student acievement through technology integration.
Four PD Phases:
*Summer Outreach (two days) for integration specialists
*Regional Outreach at school sites. Teachers model classroom tech use.
*Onsite Outreach--partners visit schools to see what teachers need and train them on what they want/need
*Online Outreach--networking component for participants (Microsoft LiveMeeting, listservs, email, website sharing)
They also use Classroom Performance System for tracking classroom assessments and data.
G o o d Morning Montana! Oh what a beautiful day we are experiencing. Sun, sun and more sun. Oregonians love this stuff especially in the fall.
Year 1: Mentor teachers in a safe atmosphere; learned productivity tools (MS Office)
Year 2: Using Intel Teach to the Future to integrate into the classroom.
Professional Dev't: Pay teachers to go through Intel TTTF program; bring in outside presenters as needed
Basic skills are really important to have prior to integration.