Innovative Teaching Notes

April 27th, 2015


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ITS Question in Email

What do I do if 1 or 2 out of 13 required posts are missing overall?

You should approve the capstone if the majority plus (meaning only a couple of posts can not be found) posts are visible. You can provide a novice rating under organization and note the missing posts. If the participant meets expectations on the content of their submissions and the overall reflection, you can approve the capstone.

ITS Question in email

What do I do if the posts appear to be a minimal response (perhaps a couple of sentences for each response only)?

Many of the quests lend themselves nicely to sharing of resources and artifacts. If the capstone is missing specific artifacts, do include those items in the feedback for the participant to resubmit. Remember that you can select 2 additional posts outside the required 4 as well.

Example: To meet the standards addressed within the TOOL course, participants should include artifacts and links to additional resources. Please return to Communicate and revise the following posts.

1.1.3 Newsletters - please include a sample newsletter

2.1.3 Rubrics - please include a sample rubric

3.1.1 Synchronous sessions- please include reflection and resources

I will be happy to review your work upon re-submission. Thanks!

Once the participant has addressed the required posts for the capstone, you may verify. If you feel that the other items fell short of expectations, you may include that in your feedback. Something like: Please note that additional artifacts and more in-depth reflections would have enhanced the overall Communicate blog.

ITS Question

Should I notify someone if I come across an outstanding or exceptional blog?

Yes, Rich mentioned at the PLS that GaVS is looking for the best candidates for the interview process. If you come across an outstanding, top-notch capstone, please email Joyce and Sharon.

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Thank you! Thank you!

Sharon and Joyce would like to thank you all for your participation at the PLS. It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other and share more about upcoming plans for TOOL.

If you did not have a chance to fill out our PLS survey for Spring 2015, please be sure to do so by Friday, May 1st. Your feedback is important as we move forward with TOOL 2.0.

Here's a link to our presentation from the PLS.

Recommend Innovative Teaching Specialists

TQ is looking for two new Innovative Teaching Specialists.

TOOL Verifiers review and assess capstones submitted by subscribing participants in the Effective Online Teaching Course accessed through the TOOL (Teacher Open Online Learning) site. Verifiers provide consistent evaluations with detailed feedback. This position serves as the first point of assessment when considering potential candidates for employment as a Georgia Virtual School adjunct.

Please consider your GAVS colleagues and feel free to recommend candidates for these positions to Sharon.