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Not Another Sit and Get PD: Innovative Ways to Foster Teacher Efficacy

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 1

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Technology Integration Specialist
Munford Elementary School
Kelli Howard has been in the education profession for 15 years. She began her journey as a classroom teacher and then transitioned into the role of Technology Integration Specialist. Within this position, Mrs. Howard provides support to improve instruction and technology integration at Munford Elementary School in Talladega County, AL. She strives to help educators use technology to support engaging and meaningful learning their classrooms.
Technology Integration Specialist
Lincoln Elementary School
Karin Woodruff is the Technology Integration Specialist at Lincoln Elementary School in the Talladega County School System. This is her second year in this position. In years prior, she has served as Library Media Specialist, STEAM Coach, and taught 2nd and 3rd grades, as well as Kindergarten. She has Master’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education and Library Media Science. Karin has served in many leadership positions and is an advocate for the STEAM Initiative on the school and district levels. In 2017, she was voted as Elementary Teacher of the Year for Talladega County Schools.

Session description

TIME. It's precious to teachers. Start designing your technology professional development with that in mind. In this session, you will see unexpected yet effective ways two technology integration specialists have begun designing new technology learning opportunities for their teachers, with flexibility and choice at the forefront.
Grade level: PK-12
Skill level: Beginner

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to show how technology professional development can be transformed to increase teacher agency by providing differentiated experiences and choice.

Participants will view a collection of professional development opportunities and incentives developed with individualization and personalization in mind.

Participants will receive access to templates to create similar resources for their educators.

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-Importance and research behind increasing teacher agency through personalized professional development opportunities
-Examples of tech PD and incentives developed and used (Potty PD, TikTok Tech Tuesday, #workingonmyROAR, Tech TRY-athons, and more)
-Success stories and impact
-Scan and take templates

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Supporting research

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Session specifications

Coaching & mentoring
Coaches, Technology coordinators/facilitators, Professional developers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.

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