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Using Schoology to Create a Schoolwide Online PLC and Shared Resource

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Dr. Sean Coffron  
Schoology can provide an effective and efficient means of communicating with colleagues, faculty and administration. Through the development of a schoolwide course that is accessible to all educators in the building, information can be shared and exchanged in a streamlined fashion that brings best practices to light.

Audience: Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Coaches
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Communication & collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  • Conduct needs assessments to inform the content and delivery of technology-related professional learning programs that result in a positive impact on student learning.
  • Design, develop and implement technology-rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Evaluate results of professional learning programs to determine the effectiveness on deepening teacher content knowledge, improving teacher pedagogical skills and/or increasing student learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to cite andragogical research that supports the use of electronic professional learning communities in a setting involving educators.

Participants will be able to develop the infrastructure of a course within a learning management system that supports an electronic professional learning community.

Participants will be able to use an electronic professional learning community to address the communication, collaboration, and resource sharing needs of their educational setting.

Outline

This presentation will use Nearpod, an interactive presentation software that is platform independent, to facilitate electronic and live discourse within the context of the presentation. This timeline is offered within a 90-minute period, but can be adjusted for a smaller or larger format, up to the structure of a 3-hour workshop, if necessary:

Opening Activity (15 minutes): Participants share their challenges with building effective and efficient professional learning communities

Overview of Theoretical Underpinnings (20 minutes): Participants will be introduced to Dufour, Puentedura, and at least three blended learning theories and given the opportunity to reflect on the relevance to their personal situation.

Walkthrough of Resource (15 minutes): Guided walkthrough of sample electronic PLC with opportunities to discuss and plan for personalized implementation. Example uses Schoology, but focus is on universality of resources regardless of LMS being used.

Structured Planning Session (20 minutes): Participants work with one another to brainstorm implementation at their own institutions.

Report out and Closing (20 minutes): Participants share out their insights and closing activity renews relationships among theory, practice, and experience.

Participants will be able to cite andragogical research that supports the use of electronic professional learning communities in a setting involving educators.

Participants will be able to develop the infrastructure of a course within a learning management system that supports an electronic professional learning community.

Participants will be able to use an electronic professional learning community to address the communication, collaboration, and resource sharing needs of their educational setting.

Supporting research

I will be using the research of DuFour, Puentedura, and blended learning theories. Here are three brief articles that outline the research that will be incorporated into the presentation:

http://www.allthingsplc.info/files/uploads/DuFourWhatIsAProfessionalLearningCommunity.pdf

http://hippasus.com/rrpweblog/archives/2015/10/SAMR_ABriefIntro.pdf

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2015/04/blended_learning_research_the.html

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Dr. Sean Coffron, Manassas City Public Schools

Dr. Sean Coffron has served as an educator with Manassas City Public Schools for nineteen years, including six years as an administrator and instructional technologist. Having earned a PhD in Educational Leadership and an MBA, his research interested include professional learning and evaluation of staff development. He has offered presentations and workshops on the implementation of instructional technology strategies to promote student and staff engagement, including topics such as digital footprint, learning management systems, 1:1 implementation, and electronic professional learning communities.

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