Recently I was talking to a group of teachers in my school district about the difference between Google Classroom and a class website as a communication tool. We know that Google Classroom is an excellent tool for creating a paperless workflow for the classroom, but that doesn't help parent communication (I know that we can send guardian summaries, but that's not the same as a website).
In my role as the Instructional Technology Coordinator for my school district, I develop and deploy technology-based PD for the 850 teachers in my district. I provide one-off PD workshops, semester-long academies, PLC collaboration, just-in-time digital trainings and more. I love working with teachers because it keeps me close to the classroom and, after all, I am a teacher at heart.
The fact that developing a communication plan is paramount to any organization's success is not lost on me. In fact, I feel strongly that one of the most important parts of my role is communication including communicating the vision for technology's role in my district, communicating with educators before, during, and after professional development takes place. I think a lot about and have the best way to communicate my message. Below are a few of the ways I connect with teachers in my district to share my message and communicate before, during, and after PD has take place.
Below are some of the methods I use to communicate with the 850 teachers I serve. My hope is that sharing these communication methods will help me reflect on my practices and help others ideas on how to increase communication with the groups they serve.
My district just finished its second annual district-wide Twitter challenge. The month of the Twitter challenge has come to be one of my favorite parts of the year because I get to peak in classrooms all across the district that I'm unable to visit and I'm able to make connections with more of my 850 teachers to develop classroom partnerships and strengthen relationships. I think that every district should try a Twitter challenge. But before you get started, here are a few lessons I have learned in the past two years about facilitating a district-wide Twitter challenge.
We've all been there: stuck in a presentation where the presenter has clearly not thought about his or her slide deck as a tool to engage the audience. Maybe the slides are all text and the presenter is simply reading from the slide deck. Maybe the presentation lacks visual appeal or audience participation. However, presentations do NOT have to be this way! Check out the five tips below to help you become a Google Slides super hero and never create a boring slide deck again!
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