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Staff Meetings Made Much Better With Simple Tech

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Explore and create : BYODex

Tuesday, June 25, 2:45–4:15 pm
Location: Franklin 8-9, Marriott

Rushton Hurley  
Technology can make a meeting a time for building morale and learning possibilities. Learn new approaches to inspire your team by having free technologies serve as inspiration in staff meetings, as tools for establishing a positive and exploratory culture, and for bringing out the best in each teacher.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Only internet access and a browser are required.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Communication and collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Systemic Improvement
  • Lead purposeful change to maximize the achievement of learning goals through the appropriate use of technology and media-rich resources.
For Coaches:
Visionary Leadership
  • Contribute to the development, communication and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive use of technology to support a digital age education for all students.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Technology is seen as a burden by some and a liberator by others. Can staff meetings be structured in order to allay the concerns of the former and tap into the insights of the latter to help teachers see how to work together more effectively and happily? Absolutely.

Digital tools can raise morale in and across teams when leaders know how to tie tools and resources to both the professional and personal concerns of teachers. How are teachers prepared to welcome technology, and what methods allow doing so to promote teamwork and even fun? This session is designed to suggest and demonstrate approaches based on various goals, covering such topics as use of time, effective hands-on training, and tapping into existing talents and personalities.

Different goals typically require different approaches, but too often there is little variety in how various resources are introduced to teachers. There is an essential difference between what is required logistically and that which is shared for its possibilities, and perceptions of teachers as to what kind of training they are receiving can yield very different ideas about what they are willing to try when the choice is theirs. Adding the variety that makes presentation of technological resources more effective can be valuable for meeting these goals and capturing teachers' attention.

The presenter will provide ideas and examples for:

* Using time in staff meetings effectively,
* Introducing freely available resources to overcome a fear of technology,
* Structuring training time and groupings for building professional learning communities,
* Using student work and interests to better connect with one's community, and
* Connecting existing, non-technology expertise with digital tools.

Attendees will have time to ask questions and will be shown how to share these ideas with colleagues.


* Introduction (15 min): setting the stage and discussion of detailed strengths (participants will contribute ideas via an online tool)
* Stories of School Success (20 min): looking at learning activities for rallying teachers around a school's successes (participants will work with tools for sharing successes of varying scope)
* Communicating Strengths (20 min): exploring tools for gathering feedback and conveying strengths within and beyond the school team (participants will watch and discuss an example of a parent involvement program in California)
* Exploratory Learning (20 min): practicing using free tools in order to examine effective classroom practices (participants will look at a resource library of free tools and try a method for integrating exploration into meetings)
* Imagining the Cool and Finish (15 min): working together to develop ideas for what makes an exceptional school (participants will use their settings to consider concrete possibilities); Q&A with remaining time

Supporting research

* "Surveys consistently show that teachers are interested in technology, but need increased opportunities to develop their capacities." (Cradler, J., Freeman, M., Cradler, R., and McNabb, M. (Sept., 2002). Research Implications for Preparing Teachers to Use Technology; Learning and Leading with Technology, ISTE)
* Traditional notions of in-service training or dissemination need to be replaced by opportunities for ‘knowledge sharing’ based in real situations. (Darling-Hammond, L. and McLaughlin, M. W., Policies that Support Professional Development in an Era of Reform, Phi Delta Kappan, 1995, 76(8) pp 597–604)
* "If technology is to be used by students, then teachers must possess the confidence, understanding, and skills to effectively incorporate technology into their teaching practices." (Winter, 1997). What Research Says: Training Teachers for Using Technology; Journal of Staff Development, National Staff Development Council)

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Rushton Hurley, Next Vista for Learning

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