METC: Beth Clarke – Motivational Technology Coaching and Professional Development

My notes from METC session:

Motivational Technology Coaching and Professional Development: Beth Clarke
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 1:00 pm

Fire-up your technology coaching skills and strategies! Participate in discussions based on what a technology coach is and how one can lead technology integration in your educational setting. Engage in examples of integrated projects based on web 2.0 tools, whiteboards, and various software applications. Get motivated to start a professional development program to transform your staff and students. Connect with other participants to create a network for future development and support. You will leave with practical strategies to lead others in the integration of technology!

Used a Prezi, but the network will not allow for it to be shown in it’s entirety. Crashed in the middle of the presentation and came back online with 5 min left in the session.

Resources can be found here: http://metcconference.org/moodle2011/course/view.php?id=223

MY THOUGHTS ARE ALL IN CAPS

Discussed what it means to be a coach, how to create a soft landing learning environment for others. No judgement, expectations, evaluation, just a supportive helpful resource for others.

Discussed creating a small focused group and allow those projects to go “viral”

WISH SHE WOULD HAVE DELVED INTO HOW TO CREATE A PR BUZZ TO ASSIST IN GOING VIRAL

For districts, each one needs to look to build a technology structure into your district. One option is a 2-Tier Structure – Discussing two tiered structure, First tier is learning the software and tools and the second tier is to create a plan and develop a lesson or unit using the software.

AGAIN WOULD HAVE LIKED IT IF THE DISCUSSION WAS DEEPER ON STRATEGIES OR IDEAS FOR BEST PRACTICES IN BUILDING OUT A TECH PD STRUCTURE. BECAUSE OF THE TECH ISSUES, MUCH OF THE POTENTIAL IMPACT OF THE SESSION WAS LOST AND THE DISTRACTION ADDED TO THIS SENSE OF FRAGMENTED INFORMATION.

Suggested – My learning plan mylearningplan.com


Have a spot for people to share. A common place to build out resources and to “know” where to find things…

IS THIS GOOGLE DOCS, SHAREPOINT, OR SOMETHING ELSE? WHAT WOULD BE SOME ESSENTIAL CRITERIA THAT SHOULD BE PRESENT IS A SHARED PLATFORM… TOOLS COULD/WOULD DEPEND ON DISTRICT, BUT THE CRITERIA NECESSARY FOR SUCCESSFUL SHARING WOULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD CONVERSATION POINT.

Differentiate with educators. Separate groups into ability levels.

In 30 minute sessions provide a handout for those who do not want to attend or remain through the session. Then the ones that want to remain can.

THIS SEEMS OBVIOUS, BUT IS OFTEN LOST IN SIT AND GET SESSIONS WHERE ONE SIZE FITS ALL.

Another participant suggestion: Teach Parents Tech http://teachparentstech.org

This tool will allow for small quick hit videos to be displayed and sent directly to participants.

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Location:St. Charles Conference Center, St. Louis, MO

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