Professional Learning Collaboratives

Where Lifelong Learners Meet

April 16, 2013
by hugghinss

PLC Day #4 iDevice: Moving Students to Engagement and Content Creation

This session focuses on Web 2.o Tools and social networks as a way of helping students engage with your content, share content they have created, and to add to the classroom dialogue.

Presentation Materials:

PLC Day 4 Presentation on iDevices: Moving Students to Engagement and Content Creation


PearlTrees:  Dynamic site that allows teachers and students to gather and house valuable information in an organized and social setting.  Students and teachers can gather websites into one strand, and then have others comment on each “pearl” before, during or after a presentation.  PearlTrees is also a very effective tool for flipping the classroom since it is a multi-platform tool including apps for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

Evernote:  Note-taking, sharing and organizational tool.  Evernote is used widely in colleges and universities to share handouts, receive feedback, and organize notes and websites.  Evernote offers the ability to include text, photos and audio within the same note.  Notes can be shared in a variety of ways including Twitter and on blogs.

ShowMe: ShowMe can be used as a social network or simply as a creative app.  Students and teachers use the app as a virtual whiteboard that allows one to record a “video” while drawing or writing on the screen.  The finished product can be shared via various social networks, or can be embedded on a blog.

Hootsuite:  This app is a powerhouse for Twitter users.  It allows the user to aggregate data, conduct and store searches, follow/unfollow other users.  The overwhelmingly positive feature of the app is the convenience of looking at important streams in one place.




April 9, 2013
by Scott S. Floyd, M.Ed.

PLC Day #4 April 16th

April 8, 2013

Dear Faculty & Staff,

We are about to complete our fourth Learning Collaborative Day for the 2012-2013 school year. As a result of your interests in the learning collaboratives, we will have offered 20 different sessions covering content, curriculum and technology, with two objectives in mind: 1) to provide quality professional development to our staff in-house, and 2) to introduce and establish opportunities for our staff to collaborate and connect as face-to-face learners.

The feedback you have provided through reflections will assist us in planning professional development and collaborative opportunities next year, and help us continue in our journey to transform classroom instruction. 

Our goal for the Learning Collaboratives was to establish dialogue between teachers, regardless of the campus/grade level, and to be cognizant of what commonalities we share with regard to student engagement, the digital environment, the depth and complexity of instruction, and what we must do as educators to meet the needs of ALL students. 

Thank you again for your commitment to these collaborative sessions, and for taking the valuable information learned and implementing in your classrooms. We are seeing the results!

Mitzi Neely

Assistant Superintendent

Professional Learning Collaboratives

Day 4 ~Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Welcome to the fourth, and final Learning Collaborative Day for the 2012-2013 school year. We continue to be excited about the opportunities that are before us as we build a collaborative culture and work with colleagues as connected learners.

The registration for Day 4 will be online and opens in the morning April 9, 2013, at 8:00 am. You have five session choices to choose from. Select the session you are most interested in and each session is limited to 25 participants.

Session choices for Tuesday, April 16, 2013:

  • CopyRight or Wrong? –  Have you ever wondered when, or if, it was acceptable to use an image, a sound bite, a video clip, or even an excerpt? “When” and “What” kinds of multimedia are Copyrighted? We will take a look at the laws and doctrines governing Copyright.  Attendees will learn where to look for Free Use images and how to search for other image sources. We will also show how to create customized blog headers, backgrounds, images, etc. for personal use without violating copyright laws.  (Rm 223, Computer Lab, Intermediate)
  • What’s the Big Idea? – We’ve trained for PBL. We’ve heard from Marzano. Now, explore the philosophy of Jim Burke’s book, What’s the Big Idea?, and learn how inquiry-based learning brings it all together and can increase the depth of discussion and research in your classroom. You will create your own question-based unit as well as acquire other ideas and activities to implement in your classroom. This training also looks at engaging students with essential questions and how to create the essential questions to help foster a culture of innovation in the classroom. (Rm 122, Middle School)
  • They Gave Me An iPad… Now What? – Is your iPad an expensive device for checking attendance and email? Let’s change that.  Find out how this amazing tool can revolutionize your classroom and move you forward into future ready learning and transform instruction. (Middle School Library)
  • ePortfolios:  Educating Students to Infinity and Beyond – Generate an eportfolio by using student blogs.  Learn how to set categories for subjects, reflect on learning with blogs, publish work, embed PDF files and more.  Let’s share ideas and learn from each other how to make the best use of student blogs. (Intermediate Cafeteria)
  • iDevices: Moving Students to Content Creation –

This session will focus on using iDevices to move students from content consumers to content producers. Participants will gain hands-on experience with developing a class social media account for content sharing as well as using various apps to help students create content to extend discussions inside and outside the classroom. Preferred device: Mac laptop, iPad, or other iDevices  (PLATO Lab, High School)

Registration Information:

Registration opens in the morning, April 9, 2013, at 8:00 am, and closes on Sunday at midnight, April 14, 2013. Sessions are limited to 25 participants each.


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