STAAR-A On-Line Testing Wasn’t as Bad as I Had Feared

STAAR-A On-Line Testing Wasn’t as Bad as I Had Feared

STAAR-A On-Line Testing I’ve been away from posting EdTech tips on this teacher blog for a few weeks while we helped prepare our school district for this most recent wave of on-line STAAR-A testing. Initial fears were pretty high. The tutorials and documentation offered by TEA (Texas) were actually pretty good, but very time consuming for the average teacher to read up and study. I suspect quite a bit of it was skipped. Also, we have been migrating to MacBooks, Chromebooks (at our…

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The Importance of Patience

The Importance of Patience

The Importance of Patience Working on servers this week, a humbling and frustrating experience, reminded me of the importance of patience when working with people. I found myself in a similar position as many of my teachers when learning to integrate technology in their classes in a meaningful way. I spent 3 days with systems engineers and my account manager at JAMF Software working on preparing for our middle school iPad roll out. Initially everything seemed to go well, and things looked pretty simple. As we got further in the…

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#EdTech PD Must Be Shaped by Data

#EdTech PD Must Be Shaped by Data

  Shaped by Data Teacher professional development, like anything these days, has been shown to be more effective if it is based on data. Data driven goals and objectives can form the subject or basis of PD and help make that connection between professional practice and student need. In Texas, I particularly like the work of Ervin Knezek and the Lead4ward team in this area. What they have done is to help school districts by developing templates and models which can be used to disaggregate data to identify what…

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Effective #EdTech Teacher Professional Development Must Be Intensive, On-going, and Long Term

Effective #EdTech Teacher Professional Development Must Be Intensive, On-going, and Long Term

Effective Teacher Professional Development Must Be Intensive, On-going, and Long Term Amen! The one thing that seems to be constant in education, is that nothing seems to be constant in education. Veteran teachers know that if they wait long enough, the current district or campus initiative du jour will pass and they can get back to doing what ever they did before. What we as administrators often forget is that the greater the degree of change that we try to promote, the longer and slower it will take. Moving a…

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Connected to Classroom Practice, Pedagogy, and Content

Connected to Classroom Practice, Pedagogy, and Content

  Connected to Classroom Practice, Pedagogy, and Content This seems self evident, but I’ve attended many PD sessions and have heard feedback from colleagues who attended tech trainings that were not explicitly targeted to their classroom practice, pedagogy and content. The TPACK framework is a good visual model of how the areas of technology, pedagogy, and content area knowledge intersect to form tech rich classroom practice. Many effective trainings will fall into intersections of any two of these three elements. It helps…

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#EdTech Job-Embedded Teacher Training as Professional Development

#EdTech Job-Embedded Teacher Training as Professional Development

On the Job or Job-Embedded Training   Who hasn’t attended a tech workshop at a conference, been all fired up to implement some of the new ideas, only to have difficulty making them work in the classroom? The closer that a training is to the context, location, and need of the teacher, the more likely that learning will be generalized and extend into actual classroom practice. Professional development needs to be part of the teacher’s daily schedule during class time or prep time. Big ideas and big…

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Characteristics of Effective #EdTech Teacher Professional Development

Characteristics of Effective #EdTech Teacher Professional Development I’ve been studying over the past two years how to best create, deliver, use, and abuse #EdTech Professional Development in our district. Like anything, sometimes you eat the bear… and sometimes the bear eats you. That’s why there’s this thing called research that people do, and it really helps to inform you of what works and what doesn’t. So hopefully, this little post will share some of what seems to work. I don’t have all the…

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The Importance of Sharing “The Word” on #EdTech

Spreading the message is something that I am extremely passionate about. Encouragement, inspiration, enticement, instruction, and support are the primary tools I use to create change through communication and collaboration. Technology has made the world a very small place, enabling us to readily interact with larger and larger circles of teachers than ever before. I communicate with educators across the globe through social media including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Google+. This allows me to share ideas and gain insights that I…

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Instructional Coaching with the EdTech Quintet

Instructional Coaching with the EdTech Quintet

Instructional Coaching with the EdTech Quintet   photo by Oliver Tacke – CC license There are many, many approaches to doing instructional coaching to help teachers leverage technology for learning. I often find that teachers have difficulty coming up with tech activities to use in their daily teaching in a way that makes meaningful connections with curriculum. There are many great models to help guide teachers, including SAMR, TPCK, TIM, etc. Lately, I’ve been using the EdTech Quintet and three defining…

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New Site is up and Running!

Welcome to Edtechspirations by EdTechChris. This site will be a landing page for future blog posts, free edtech teacher lessons and tips, as well as training resources. Please be patient as existing content is being migrated from other sites. For those of you who are just getting to know me, this blog and site specializes in helping teachers implement technology in their curriculum in a meaningful way in order to engage students, challenging them to higher levels of thinking. It is my sincere hope that you will find…

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