With the recent release of Apple Teacher, we tapped into this fantastic free initiative for our staff. On fortnightly Monday's our Apple Teacher PLC connect to complete parts of their Apple Teacher modules. To motivate an aspirational 80% of staff to join us in this initiative and aiming toward 10 Teachers completing their Apple Teacher Status, we have established a visible learning chart in the staff room. The Apple iBook 'The Eight Elements For Success' has been our first professional reading resource to guide discussion and reflection about our school and we will also be exploring other iBooks in the near future to promote discussion.
Visit appleteacher.apple.com to register for the free Apple Teacher modules.
Below - Apple Teacher Visible Learning Display for our Staff Room so that we can keep track of our modules. The template I created is available through the file link below (Open in Pages for iOS).
This term we are hitting the ground running with Appy Hours to support staff. I'll continue to add slides that I've used in sessions as we continue across the term. After each session, participants will receive a certificate (made through www.canva.com) which outline the AITSL Standards they have met through attending and leaders who run Appy Hours will also receive a certificate to demonstrate Highly Accomplished Standards they have met. Additionally, I'm aiming to record the sessions (using Quicktime Screenrecorder), so that staff who need to revise or those who can't attend have access to the content.
I'm very excited to be taking on a one day a week leadership role with technology next term. My mind is booming with ideas to develop staff support regarding Digital Technology, Curriculum and STE(A)M. It was fantastic to visit Treendale PS, to see how they're supporting their staff. The below ideas have come from viewing other schools, being a part of South Newman PS 1:1 transition, Twitter, Professional Development (GAFE Summit, TeachMeets & NAPLAN Online, Visible Learning & KAGAN Cooperative Learning), as well as my own ideas.
Here few things which will roll out next term and that I've started to build on our staff room wall (See photo above):
Regular Appy Hours will be run across the term, which immerse staff in the skill sets of using the
apps combined with time to collaborate and brainstorm how they can use them in their
Our next goals are focussed around developing whole school culture, student leadership, supporting staff through the journey and overcoming obstacles, as well as seeking feedback and developing the next Semester from this feedback.
Look forward to hearing your thoughts & ideas!
- Miss Dodds
This year I am on the STE(A)M committee at our school. We have decided to run a STE(A)M Day to kick things off in Term 3. Being a committee that meets once every few weeks, our time to get devising and planning for this event is limited. So to make this easier, we decided to distribute workload amongst ourselves. I've created Google Doc templates so that the designated teachers can plan a lesson example to share with our staff. As a committee, we can collaboratively edit, give feedback and all see what's going on.
Google Docs is awesome, especially to save time and all keep in the loop! I highly recommend it for committee planning, report editing, even in the classroom setting for students to collaborate.
- Miss Dodds
There are many effective strategies for gauging audience knowledge, opinions and feedback during conferences, staff meetings, or professional developments. The advantage toward using technology is minimising workload, analysis, and physical processing of the information collected. Of course, you still need to process and analyse the information collected in your own brain, but why collate, type and word-process information from your colleagues, when an app or program can do that part for you?
I'm writing this post because I want to help and share the programs and apps I have both been a participant in using, or ones I've implemented through leading meetings/PD's or conferences. These could minimise workload for presenters, whilst scaffolding technology use for teachers & participants. Not only could this be relevant for those presenting for leadership purposes, but many of the apps and programs can be used in the classroom too.
Click the title of each section, to access more information about each program/app.
A web-based program which 'gamifies' and creates a competitive natured quiz. Although, I'm not always a huge fan on competitive programs such as this, there are functions so you can use it just for feedback (no points given). In a supportive and well established environment, I think a bit of competition can be fun and I have seen this as being effective in staff meeting/conference contexts. Participant can log into with a code through: https://kahoot.it
Create a Kahoot quiz by creating an account via: https://create.kahoot.it
Example: During or After your staff meeting/conference, gauge the audience knowledge & awareness through questions generated. Participants could also work in partners (e.g.: Person A answers first, Person B answers second).
Team this online program with KAGAN Co-operative Structures such as Round Table/Round Table Consensus/Jot thoughts to ensure all participants talk to each other and engage interactively. To make the Padlet easy to access, shorten the URL in http://bit.ly or create a QR code for participants to scan on tablet/iPads.
Example: Padlet can complement the structure 'Jot Thoughts' for instance, at a recent PD I asked participants to give two thoughts each, they typed this electronically onto the Padlet once they had told their team. The information was easily accessible to all and was collated electronically.
Google Forms (Web)
This program is fantastic for establishing diagnostic, formative or summative knowledge of an audience, and gauging feedback about a presentation. It offers many choices for how participants construct their answer (scales, multiple choice, short answer, etc).
Idea: Establishing teacher comfortability with using and establishing a questionnaire is great to encourage use for their own classrooms and for NAPLAN Online preparation.
Example: I have used this, this year so far, to establish a whole school survey about staff comfortability with technology so that our DT Team can discuss which aspects to focus on when supporting staff.
This app is one of my favourites for small or whole group brainstorming. It is great teamed alongside KAGAN Structures such as Round Table Consensus and Rally Robin.
Example: Could be used for brainstorming toward Whole School Planning Ideas and Document creation, as you can establish separate pages, or, ask staff to offer feedback on various topics of discussion.
This app has had recent updates, so should be functioning more effectively this year. I used this last year in the classroom for measuring knowledge and identifying key focus areas for learning.
Example: In a leadership context, I see that this could be used to measure staff knowledge on various topics of discussion. As a leader, you could establish areas of need for professional development.
A great app, if you have limited access to devices. Just print out the little barcodes and have the audience give their feedback by turning their barcode to their preferred answer.
Example: Pose diagnostic, formative or summative questions to gauge audience involvement, knowledge and areas of need.
- Miss Dodds