All classroom teachers now have their iPads at HHS and the focus of the past 2 days has been how to we use the iPad to increase our transformational teaching strategies in the classroom. Our teachers participated in a whole group faculty meeting on Monday morning where Mr. Hulin laid the groundwork for the iPad Engaged Learning Initiative.
After the opening faculty meeting, teachers were given time to have lunch and process the expectations for the initiative. After lunch, teacher were required to attend 4 sessions on a variety of topics that centered around the use of technology and the iPads. Today, teachers attended an additional 8 sessions. They chose which sessions that they would attend and some even stayed over and attended sessions twice. Having choice matters to our teachers. They enjoyed getting to learn about what is interesting to them and what apps and sessions would enhance their curriculum. Carrie Busby an English teacher here at HHS said it was "like Thanksgiving". She went on to explain that there were more choices than teachers could consume, but that they liked the way the Professional Development Day was organized.
Sessions were offered according to level. Level 1- Beginner, Level 2- Novice, and Level 3- Advanced. Below is a snapshot of the PD choices for the sessions.
Flipped Instruction: Kristy Kruise
Using QR Codes in the Classroom: Kristen Westwood
I Can Do This: Jill Westerlund
Creating Class Texts: Chad Cooley
Creating Lists on Twitter-Advanced Twitter: Jennifer Hogan
Hoover Bucs iHigh Programs 2012-2013-How to use iHigh in the Classroom:
Athletic Director, Myra Miles
IB Faculty Meeting: EE Supervisor Resources and Training:
Using Moodle for Research and Writing: Melissa and Anthony Hamley
Using Educreate, Socrative (below), and Teacher Pal in your Classroom:
Twitter for Beginners: Holly Sutherland
** Will update with more presentations.