How to Support My Teachers with our 1:1 Initiative?

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In my last post I shared that we are going 1:1 with iPads in all of our preschool through 5th grade classrooms in our building. Now, my question is how can I lead/support my teachers to use them in meaningful ways to transform learning? We are fortunate to have an Instructional Media Specialist that is extremely helpful in supporting teachers to try a new tool. We also will be investing in training from Certified Apple Trainers. But what can I do?

This past year I did go into a few different classrooms with the iPad cart to “borrow a class of guinea pigs” to try out new apps that I had learned about from my Twitter PLN. I had read about how the app was used in the classroom and wanted to try it in the classroom, while also exposing the teacher to it. I have always felt it has been important for me to not just be in classrooms observing, but to teach and support teachers as well. My goal in this was to also model for teachers to take risks, try new things and reflect/share with colleagues on what worked/what didn’t work.

In my Friday Focus post each week I have also included a section called “Blogs, Pins & Tweets…Oh My!” where I often include ideas on using the iPads.

Over the summer I hope to continue to learn and answer this question: What else can I do to encourage, support and lead teachers with the iPads? Here are some of my current ideas, but I hope some of my PLN (Professional Learning Network) will share ideas with me as well:

  • Start a wikispace this summer to start adding resources/ideas to. I would also give teachers access so they can add to this as well. I just need to figure out how to organize the wiki (i.e. blogs, apps, grade level?)
  • Continue to find app ideas for teachers to use themselves on their iPads. My iPad has become an extension of my arm in terms of how useful it is to me everyday. I’d like to continue to share how it can be a beneficial tool for them.  How can teachers that work with just a few students at a time on specific skills use theirs? For example, our reading interventionists that follows a very prescriptive intervention program will likely not be using the iPads with students, but I’m sure there are productivity apps they would personally benefit from.
  • Always incorporate teacher iPads in our staff meetings somehow. I’d like to plan ahead and create a google doc for each month’s staff meeting agenda, post it on my staff blog and have a part of the agenda be for a staff member to share an app or iPad use from their classroom.
Where will I keep finding my ideas to share with teachers?

Please share if you have any ideas to help me!

This blog post is cross-posted from PrincipalJ.net

5 comments for “How to Support My Teachers with our 1:1 Initiative?

  1. Jim
    June 11, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Lately, I’ve been thinking about the research that suggests the power of involving teachers in making the big decisions in schools. How does that happen in your school? How does 1:1 tech connect to your schools vision, and how can teachers be involved in making and operationalizing those connections? Just some thoughts — I enjoy your blog!

  2. Paul
    June 11, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I created a youtube channel for my staff road testing Apps in an educational context.
    Feel free to use:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/appsbypaulhamilton/videos

    Paul

  3. Lee
    June 12, 2013 at 12:14 am

    I think one of the ways which my school saw success was to get teachers work in Professional Learning Teams (PLT). The teachers get into teams to discuss how they would teach a particular topic/ concepts and design lessons together. In fact, we brought in Lesson study too into the PLT such that teachers will do lesson observation and lesson critic too.

    The Professional Learning Community anchors on 3 big ideas.
    - Ensuring Students Learn
    - Building a Culture of Collaboration
    - Focusing on Student Outcomes

    Our school saw great improvement in student results and most importantly the teachers grow leaps and bounds in their professional competency.

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