A look at the second-semester Tech Tuesday schedule

This entry is part 10 of 20 in the series Tech Tuesday 1516

In sticking with the “strands” approach to Tech Tuesday, I have been able to successfully develop my second-semester Tech Tuesday schedule.  Our topics will again rotate around project-based learning (PBL), flipped learning, content-area strategies and the bring-your-own topic (BYOT) categories.  Here’s what me and my staff will be exploring between now and May on our weekly professional learning sessions during the day.

Date Tech Tues Title Tech Tuesday Description
5-Jan PBL 501 – Introduction to Assessment Using Rubrics You’ve got a great idea for a project-based learning unit, but how will you assess students knowledge of content and their practice of the 4Cs?  In this session, analyze and critique example rubrics to determine what makes a good one.
12-Jan B.Y.O.Topic- Tech Think Tank Since it’s the second Tuesday of the month, this is a B.Y.O.T.opic day!  Options for discussion or training include-
-Exploring what you’re ready for as a next step
-Following-up on trainings from previous weeks
-Conducting a “Critical Friends Group” on a lesson, unit or rubric that you’d like feedback on.  This CFG will get you thinking about improvements and next steps you can take to bullet-proof your tech integration plans
19-Jan Flipped Learning 216b: Voice-Free Videos with PowToons Afraid of your recording yourself but you still want to create instructional videos?  In this session, we will use PowToons to create animated instructional videos.
26-Jan Social Studies Content-Area Tech Integration How do you teach culture and history “above the line”?  In this session, learn how to move toward transformational learning tasks (modification, redefinition on SAMR) in the social studies classroom.
2-Feb PBL 502 – Building Better Rubrics How can we as teachers develop useable and thorough rubrics that set high expectations but also provide student voice/choice?  In this session, bring your standards and expectations, because we will be building rubrics for your project(s).
9-Feb B.Y.O.Topic- Tech Think Tank Since it’s the second Tuesday of the month, this is a B.Y.O.T.opic day!  Options for discussion or training include-
-Exploring what you’re ready for as a next step
-Following-up on trainings from previous weeks
-Conducting a “Critical Friends Group” on a lesson, unit or rubric that you’d like feedback on.  This CFG will get you thinking about improvements and next steps you can take to bullet-proof your tech integration plans
16-Feb Flipped Learning 406- Flipping Feedback Also learn how to unleash the power of student samples and the digital archive of student work that we now have… whether you knew you had one or not!  Whether you are using HoverCams, QuickTime or other methods to flip your content delivery, now learn how you can use video to deliver feedback.  Imagine flying through writing conferences since half of the conversation is prompted by you… or students!
23-Feb Science Content-Area Tech Integration How do you move scientific reasoning “above th eline”?  In this session, learn how to move toward transformational learning tasks (modification, redefinition on SAMR) in the science classroom.
1-Mar PBL 301- Group Work vs. Collaboration Are your students collaborating or dividing and conquering?  In this session, we will discuss how to manage student teams so that learning is comprehensive rather than fragmented.
8-Mar B.Y.O.Topic- Tech Think Tank Since it’s the second Tuesday of the month, this is a B.Y.O.T.opic day!  Options for discussion or training include-
-Exploring what you’re ready for as a next step
-Following-up on trainings from previous weeks
-Conducting a “Critical Friends Group” on a lesson, unit or rubric that you’d like feedback on.  This CFG will get you thinking about improvements and next steps you can take to bullet-proof your tech integration plans
15-Mar Flipped Learning 419- Small-Group Differentiated Instruction in Edmodo Ready to steer small groups of students toward mastery?  In this session, we will explore how to use Edmodo to assign different videos to small groups at different skill sets.  Imagine teaching three lessons at the same time, all without extra staff in the room!  It’s not mini-me, it’s Edmodo-me times three!
22-Mar World Languages Content-Area Tech Integration How do you speak and write in another language “above the line”?  In this session, learn how to move toward transformational learning tasks (modification, redefinition on SAMR) in the foreign language classroom.
29-Mar Office 365 – Minimum Proficiency Training In this face-to-face session, learn the basics of using Office 365 with a demonstration of Outlook online email, Calendars, OneDrive and Sites. This session will help you through the skills needed to take the Office 365 Minimum Proficiency self-assessment in PD360, which we will all need to complete by the end of the year.
5-Apr -NO SCHOOL – Spring Break
12-Apr B.Y.O.Topic- Tech Think Tank Since it’s the second Tuesday of the month, this is a B.Y.O.T.opic day!  Options for discussion or training include-
-Exploring what you’re ready for as a next step
-Following-up on trainings from previous weeks
-Conducting a “Critical Friends Group” on a lesson, unit or rubric that you’d like feedback on.  This CFG will get you thinking about improvements and next steps you can take to bullet-proof your tech integration plans
19-Apr Flipped Learning 405p- EdPuzzle for Video Quizzing and Lesson Mastery Track how much of a video students watched; prevent multitasking and build formative assessments into video checkpoints… that’s EdPuzzle!  The best part? You don’t even need a new account!  Learn how to use EdPuzzle to measure students’ mastery of content from videos.
26-Apr Office 365 – Minimum Proficiency Training In this face-to-face session, learn the basics of using Office 365 with a demonstration of Outlook online email, Calendars, OneDrive and Sites. This session will help you through the skills needed to take the Office 365 Minimum Proficiency self-assessment in PD360, which we will all need to complete by the end of the year.
3-May PBL 403 – Critical Friends for Peer Feedback How do you facilitate peer feedback on student work?  In this sesson, learn the ins and outs of the Critical Friends protocol and other scaffolds which can be used between peers to provide constructive feedback.
10-May No TT – EOC Exams
17-May Mac Backup Processes Learn how to back up students’ Macs and your own using OneDrive. Please come with your MacBook and with your ready to be backed up. We will practice with the backup checklist ourselves so that you can model for students.
24-May No TT – Final Exams
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