#1 - Create a Plan to Develop Teacher's Craft Knowledge (Acquisition)
Our district is not huge (12 elementary schools) but it is big enough that we do not have the money to go 1:1 all at once. We also only have one person (me) that assist teachers with technology integration. So when developing the plan, we had to be creative. The idea came from the work I did when writing my thesis for my specialist degree as a literacy coach.
The theory was based on the book Nurturing Independent Learners by Meichenbaum & Biemiller. The book explains how teachers can assist students in taking charge of their learning by moving them through three stages: Acquisition, Consolidation, & Consultation. I took this same idea and transferred it to my work with teachers.
Last year, we chose one teacher per grade level (K-5) to have a classroom set of iPads. I worked with the teachers in a variety of ways to assist in acquiring the knowledge needed to use the iPads effectively in the classroom. I created a video tutorials that allowed me to teach how to use different kinds of apps and software. Teachers learned how to create their own iBooks, iTunes U courses, screencasts, etc.
#2 - Provide Job-Embedded Professional Development
As educators, the professional development we typically receive is one of acquisition only. We acquire the information by attending a one-day session on a given topic that may or may not pertain to what is going on in the classroom. Unfortunately, teachers never have the opportunity to consolidate or practice their newly learned skills. With this framework, teachers were able to practice what was learned in the acquisition setting and receive feedback and assistance in the classroom. Teachers also had opportunities to collaborate through monthly meetings and group projects based on the knowledge acquired.
Once teachers complete the year-long training they began to mentor the new applicants in their grade-level. Every mentor is required to facilitate monthly meetings. These meetings may be via Google Hangouts, Zuni chatrooms/video-conferencing, or face-to-face. However, the training is not limited to just the model classroom teachers. Every teacher benefits in the following ways:
Teachers have online access to the "how-to" videos in Zuni
Teachers can participate in cluster visits to observe 1:1 classroom teachers
Model classroom teachers share their resources via Zuni across the district
Bi-monthly differentiated "flipped pd" to learn how to use technology tools of their choice
I am very excited about this new school year and look forward to watching the new model classroom teachers grow and learn new things. I am also thankful for my mentor teachers and am in awe of their hard work and dedication to the students and teachers of our district. I can't wait to share more of the wonderful things that are happing in our schools!
I hope this post was helpful to you and would love to hear your thoughts about how we are implementing our 1:1 program. I would also be interested to hear how you are jumping on the 1:1 bandwagon.