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Optimizing Online Learning

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Pennsylvania Convention Center, 126A

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Instructional Technologist/Systems Speci
Bridgeway Academy
Kimberly received her graduate degree in Educational Technology from Azusa Pacific University and her bachelor's degree in Human Learning and Licensure from University of Memphis. After teaching in Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee, she began teaching online in 2011. She is currently an Instructional Technologist and Systems Specialist for Edovate Learning/Bridgeway Academy. She loves teaching everyone of all ages with a focus on relationships and engagement. Her personal role models are Ted Lasso and Barbara Howard, with a little Brene Brown and Jim Knight swirled in.
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Director of Online Learning
Bridgeway Academy
@Jessica L Curfman
Jessica is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education. She obtained her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Shippensburg University. Prior to joining the Bridgeway team as the Director of Online Learning, she served as an Assistant Middle/High School Principal. At Bridgeway Academy, Jessica can unite two passions in her life: sharing her love for Christ and helping students achieve success in education. She is motivated by providing a holistic approach to a child’s education and treating each child as if they were her own.
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Vice President
Bridgeway Academy
Chris is presently the Vice President of Bridgeway Academy. Prior to joining Bridgeway, he was the high school principal at Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA Chris earned an Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership and Management from Drexel University with a concentration in Education Administration along with the Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility. Additionally, Chris is a graduate of the Pennsylvania’s Education Policy and Leadership Center Fellowship program and is an adjunct professor within Holy Family University’s principal certification program.

Session description

Many schools struggle adapting to the inclusion of any online components within their programs, whether fully synchronous, blended or asynchronous. Join us to evaluate your program and learn to implement practical keys to successful online program components and engage stakeholders with quality instructional, communication and systems strategies.

Purpose & objective

Purpose:
Give participants the benefits of what we've learned as practitioners of online learning.

Challenge:
Transitioning brick-and-mortar structures, processes, and procedures to work in an online setting.

Objectives:
Utilize best practices regarding instructional strategies in an online setting.
Set up a virtual classroom environment conducive to optimal student engagement and academic performance.
Implement keys to success when transitioning a face-to-face class to the online setting.

Lesson plans/Instructional activities/strategies employed:
Poll to identify audience participants (so we can tailor presentation)
Think-Pair-Share
Wakelet for Resources/Responses
Rubric Evaluation (our own developed rubric to evaluate the 5 Cs)

Evidence of Success:
The Wakelet with sketched plans outlined.

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Outline

Communication - 5 minutes
Systems
Internal
External
Process: Reflect and Plan - 5 minutes
What are your current processes? (Rubric evaluation) -
What are some steps you can take to improve communication? Tomorrow? In three months? In six months? In one year? (Think-Pair-Share - Wakelet)
Connections - 5 minutes
Administrators to Faculty
Faculty to Faculty
Faculty to Students
Faculty to Families
Students to Students
Process: Reflect and Plan
What are your current processes? (Rubric Evaluation) - 5 minutes
What are some steps you can take to build connections? Tomorrow? In three months? In six months? In one year? (Wakelet)
Competencies - 5 minutes
Staff
Families
Students
Process: Reflect and Plan - 5 minutes
What are your current processes? (Rubric evaluation)
What are some steps you can take to improve competencies? Tomorrow? In three months? In six months? In one year?
Collaboration - 5 minutes
Systems
Teachers
Teachers and Families
Students
Process: Reflect and Plan - 5 minutes
What are your current processes? (Rubric evaluation)
What are some steps you can take to improve collaboration among the different groups? Tomorrow? In three months? In six months? In one year?
Content - 5 minutes
Standards
Structures

Best Practices - 5 minutes
Focused EDTech Tools
Check-Ins
Presentation Skills
Camera Usage
Process: Reflect and Plan - 5 minutes
Select one key to success that you feel good about. How will you use that to continue down a path of success tomorrow? In three months? In six months? In one year?
Select one key to success that you feel is the first priority for improvement. What initial step will you take to address this tomorrow? In three months? In six months? In one year?

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Supporting research

Small Teaching Online - Flower Darby
The Excellent Online Instructor - Strategies for Professional Development - Paloff/Pratt
Deploying Eduprotocols - Kim Voge
A Teacher's Guide to Online Learning - Linda Hockenbary
ISTE Standards in Action -
https://www.edweek.org/technology/is-remote-learning-here-to-stay-yes-but-it-needs-to-get-better/2022/01
https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2022/02/tcea-2022-online-learning-success-starts-strong-foundation

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Session specifications

Topic:
Distance, online & blended learning
Skill level:
Beginner
Audience:
Coaches, Principals/head teachers, Professional developers
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
ISTE Standards:
For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Build on the shared vision by collaboratively creating a strategic plan that articulates how technology will be used to enhance learning.
  • Evaluate progress on the strategic plan, make course corrections, measure impact and scale effective approaches for using technology to transform learning.
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders to gather input on the plan, celebrate successes and engage in a continuous improvement cycle.