Tag: PD

The Elephant in the Room


week 7

We are living in some interesting times. With the implementation of technology in our schools, so¬†comes inevitable change and growing pains. There is a honeymoon phase for sure- and then some bumps in the road. Primarily, the rollout is full of anticipation and enthusiasm, then the inevitable question.. “Now What?” This is the question I’ve been waiting for, and the fun begins. Pedagogically speaking, this is WHY we do what we do. And because we cannot possibly have all of the front-loading PD before rollout, (nor would that be beneficial), there are a few gaps and glitches.

As far as I can see, we are right on track.

However, this week, along with a deadline for progress reports, we are facing the additional crunch of taking a pause and the continuation of McGuinty Mondays.

As a technology coach, it is my job to work with teachers and students to incorporate technology in the classroom. Essentially, everything comes back to the student. As we are wayfinding it is essential for us to be respectful of the viewpoints and values of the educators and administrators in different schools and classrooms. Again I say, in all we do, it all comes back to the students.

So as we address¬†professional development¬†needs of our staff, to support our students, we take a variety of approaches. Through staff meetings, Professional Learning Communities, after-school and lunch break PD sessions, online webinars and a gajillion emails, we support our teachers in their technology-based pedagogy, because that’s our job. Ultimately, we cannot support learning alongside our students without supporting our teachers.

(And, I’ve always wanted to ride an elephant.)


Photo: TeachHub.com



Apple PD with Rob

Today we’re spending some time with Rob from Apple (kinda like Joe from Winnipeg). It’s late in the day and as I watch the eyes of the group I see an equal balance of glazed over eyes and eyes wide with wonder.
I’m actually more impressed with the glazed over eyes.
They are saturated.
This is a good thing!

The background 411 is that some of my colleagues here have been pushed -hard- out of their comfort levels. Not only have they embraced their 1:1 technology in their classrooms and shifted their practices, they have leapt whole-heartedly into the role of lead learner.

Shifting… No longer doing what feels right and safe, or what has worked in the past. Shifting, letting go of control of all learning experiences in the classroom.

I am so incredibly proud knowing that as we drive home today, and head back into our classrooms tomorrow, the shift will continue.

Lucky students indeed!