Professional Development

For 21st Century Educators By Robin Blasi

Thoughts from USD313's Curriculum Development Leader

Instructional Technology Vision
Vision is an integral part of implementing the school district mission statement. The vision is not only aligned to the District Mission Statement but supports student learning outcomes, enables students to transfer their knowledge to new, emerging technologies and provides for 21st Century teaching and learning opportunities.
Please describe the district vision for the use of Instructional Technology:
Creating Generations of Positive World Changers

With Buhler High School going to 1:1 MacBookAirs for the school year of 2015-16 we feel we are definitely headed in the right direction for our students. In addition our middle school (Prairie Hills Middle School) is going 1:1 with iPads. USD313's vision is to bring 21st Century learning into every classroom for our students. Starting last year, we initiated Professional Development for our teachers to incorporate the use of the technology into their curriculum. We will continue to use our Professional Development days to introduce the new technology and Web tools, which are available to our staff.

Technology Integration Specialist

Due to budget cuts we lost our outstanding Technology Integration Specialist. However she guided the transformation of Interactive Media into a 21st Century classroom over 5 years ago. Interactive Media class was a collaborative effort, guided by the knowledge of our TIS. She is still part of my PLN and is consistently sending me new ideas and updates.
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Some Great Resources for Flipping Professional Development (Source Link below each)

Why these would work in USD313

I find similarities to many things that we are already doing in my district. I really like the iTunes page as I use tutorials for many of my student assignments. I also like how the edutopia site offers Powerpoint's and Project based projects for 2-3 hour sessions covering technology integration.
An Illustration of Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture
Flipping Professional Development: No teacher bored in the background