The session was focused on catering for the broad range of staff needs in response to the valuable feedback we received last year. As a result, the (extended Hub Team) ran five simultaneous sessions appealing to all levels of digital literacy:
- Introduction to iMacs
- Using OnLine Learning with Edmodo
- Access Multimedia through ClickView
- Inquiry Based Learning OnLine Resources, and
- Publishing with iMovie
This gave staff an opportunity to access timely and relevant professional learning at a pace that supported their needs. Breaking into smaller groups also promoted more time with their instructors to answer questions and troubleshoot.
Learning Areas were encouraged to spread the staff across the sessions as much possible so all the new skills and knowledge could be shared within each Professional Learning Community. This also helped with the large number of staff members who wanted to be in two places at once!
Earlier in the week I had been following #atplc Chat on Professional Development via Twitter and read this comment from Curt Rees (@CurtRees):
“Is your time together worth the collective salary of everyone in the room?”
An absolutely amazing sentiment that really caused me to stop and reflect on how I wanted our PD run. This reinforced the need to provide staff PD that they are not only engaged in but are given the opportunity to confidently explore and be inspired to revisit later.
Within each session staff were given the opportunity to work hands on and immediately practice the skills they had been shown, in a context that was relevant to them.
The feedback from staff was overwhelming, with many commenting the most disappointing aspect was not having more time to explore their new skills and knowledge – fortunately the Learning Hub will be able to accommodating this by running extra sessions through out the week.
Thanks to the brilliant Caroline, Simon, Anita and Fiona for running their sessions and the Woodville HS staff for being such great learners!
eLearning Senior Leader