Professional Learning Collaboratives

Where Lifelong Learners Meet

May 1, 2013
by Scott S. Floyd, M.Ed.
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Dare to Imagine

This video makes some very salient points about abundance and its effect on creativity and imagination. It also drives home the point that doing the same thing you’ve always done won’t move things forward. It might make you feel safe and comfortable, but it will not make the world a better place. It will not change your learning environment into the inquiry driven model students need for engagement.

 

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

 

February 19, 2013
by Scott S. Floyd, M.Ed.
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PLC Day Three

Professional Learning Collaboratives
Day 3 ~Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Welcome to the third PLC 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 3 will be online and opens today at noon, February 19, 2013. You have five session choices to choose from. Select the session you are most interested in and each session is limited to 25 participants. Remember, that some of the sessions offered on Day 3 will be repeated again on Day 4.

Session choices for Wednesday, February 27:

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, Science Lab, Intermediate)

The Four Big Questions –

How do we move forward in this rigorous world and meet all the needs of our students?  How do you plan for students that are struggling, while planning for those that excel academically?  How can we build on what students learned last year, while preparing them for the next year?  How do we know that we are assessing our students to the level they need to be assessed?  Come join us as we walk through the 4 BIG questions that can drive your team planning while answering all of the questions that are running through your head.  If attending please make sure to bring a copy of your TEKS. (Cafeteria, Intermediate)

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. (Plato Lab, High School)

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. (Rm 122, Middle School)

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  (Library, Middle School)

Registration Information:
Registration opens today at noon, February 19, 2013, and closes on Sunday at midnight, February 24, 2013. Sessions are limited to 25 participants each.

Click here to register. Must be logged into your school mail to access the registration.

 

October 17, 2012
by Scott S. Floyd, M.Ed.
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Why School?

This session, based on the book Why School? by Will Richardson,  touches on some changes in schooling that are true paradigm shifts for many. If you wish to continue this conversation beyond this session, please contact Scott or Mitzi. We’d be happy to help you in any way we can.

Enjoy the slides below. The last slide will take you to the resources used for accumulating this learning opportunity.

October 8, 2012
by Scott S. Floyd, M.Ed.
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Professional Learning Collaboratives Day 2 ~Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Professional Learning Collaboratives
Day 2 ~Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Welcome to the second PLC Day for the 2012-2013 school year. We continue to be very 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 2 is online (you will receive an e-mail on Monday morning, October 8, 2012 to let you know the registration window has opened) and you have five session choices to choose from. Select the session you are most interested in and each session will be limited to 25 participants. Remember, that several of the sessions offered on Day 2 will be repeated again at one of the other PLC days.

Session choices for Wednesday, October 17:

  • Whotube? YOUtube!  Using iMovie in the Classroom – Become the Spielburg of your campus!  You will learn how to get started using iMovie on your Mac to make movies to teach concepts, publish student’s work, make slideshows, create professional development, perform at assemblies…the possibilities are endless!  Everyone will think you’re a pro! (Rm 223, Science Lab, Intermediate)
  • The Four Big Questions – How do we move forward in this rigorous world and meet all the needs of our students?  How do you plan for students that are struggling, while planning for those that excel academically?  How can we build on what students learned last year, while preparing them for the next year?  How do we know that we are assessing our students to the level they need to be assessed?  Come join us as we walk through the 4 BIG questions that can drive your team planning while answering all of the questions that are running through your head.  If attending please make sure to bring a copy of your TEKS. (Rm223, Science Lab, Intermediate)
  • Why School? – Focusing on passing the test is not nearly enough any longer. The test doesn’t come close to capturing what our kids need to know to be able to do at this moment of rapid or radical change, and the longer we wait to start the conversation around doing school “differently,” instead of simply “better,” the more we’re putting our kids at risk. Based on the book by Will Richardson, this session will discuss and debate the merit and process of needed change in the learning environment. Come join us in this conversation about Why School?.  (Plato Lab, High School)
  • 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. (Library, Middle School)
  • Watch Your Language: How Powerful Prompts and Praises Shift Literacy Understanding – Looking for ways to have authentic conversations with struggling readers during guided reading, read alouds, and talk alouds? Participants will look at strategies, fluency, and ways to grasp the subject of reading. This session addresses reading issues at both elementary and secondary levels. (Rm 122, Middle School)

Registration Information:
Registration opens on Monday, noon, October 8, 2012 and closes on Friday, October 12, 2012 at midnight. Sessions are limited to 25 participants each.

Use this link to register: https://docs.google.com/a/woisd.net/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFNvTGVGUG12OFMydkhfZ0F4WFlRYlE6MQ

September 22, 2012
by Scott S. Floyd, M.Ed.
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Harnessing the Power of Google Apps and WONecks Blogs

Since this session was built around meeting the needs of those attending, there wasn’t a slideshow prepared for it. I am listing a few resources below that might be of interest. Some of the topics we covered were:

embedding videos into blog posts – this will engage students and parents in the learning process while offering parents the chance to better understand the concept being presented

embedding Google Earth/Maps content into blog posts – this gives the teacher easy access to a virtual tour created prior to class while making it easy to replicate for following classes and for students and parents at home; this can be used in all subjects where location can be tied in (includes math when history/background is discussed)

embedding Clustr maps and similar tracking items into widgets – gets students excited about global attention to their work

creating categories in blog – this allows the user to track down previous work in an easy to organize manner; works for staff and student blogs

embedding Google Docs/Spreadsheets/Presentations into blogs – this is great for publishing work to a global audience into class blogs and personal eportfolios for staff and students

Tutorials can be found at:

WOISD tutorial blog

Google Tutorials

Edublogs blog

As always, feel free to contact me if you ever want to learn more one on one about any of the tools used in White Oak ISD.

September 7, 2012
by Scott S. Floyd, M.Ed.
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Professional Learning Collaboratives Registration Day 1 – Wednesday, September 19, 2012

PLC Intro 2012 from White Oak ISD on Vimeo.

Professional Learning Collaboratives

Day 1 ~Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Welcome to the first PLC Day for the 2012-2013 school year. We are very 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 1 will be online and you have five session choices to choose from. Select the session you are most interested in and each session will be limited to 25 participants. Remember, that several of the sessions offered on Day 1 will be repeated again at one of the other PLC days.

Session choices for Wednesday, September 19:

  • Interactive Notebooking – Do you need to know how to use a writer’s notebook or a reader’s notebook (regardless of the subject and/or grade level you teach) in the classroom with your lessons? Would you like great activities for teaching vocabulary? Interactive notebooks are research-based tools, allowing differentiation based on student needs, interests, and traits. Students use them to analyze and synthesize information, creating notes, responses, and graphics. You will leave with several notebook activities that will engage your students in the learning process. (HS PLATO Lab)
  • Harnessing the power of Google and WONECKS blogs – How can we use the Google Apps system and blogs with our students? What about with PBL? Collaboration? Publishing? Creating artifacts for eportfolios? Let’s share ideas with each other and learn new ways to use the tools we have at our disposal regardless of grade level. (Rm 122, Middle School)
  • The Four Big Questions – How do we move forward in this rigorous world and meet all the needs of our students? How do you plan for students that are struggling, while planning for those that excel academically? How can we build on what students learned last year, while preparing them for the next year? How do we know that we are assessing our students to the level they need to be assessed? Come join us as we walk through the 4 BIG questions that can drive your team planning while answering all of the questions that are running through your head. If attending please make sure to bring a copy of your TEKS. (Rm223, Science Lab, Intermediate)
  • Symbaloo – Your APPy Place –These Symbaloo EDU PD Certified presenters will give you a hands-on experience and show you how to make Symbaloo: Your APPy Place. Participants will learn how Symbaloo EDU can fuse together webmixes to be used for student differentiation, building e-portfolios, creating digital library collections, embedding multimedia including Google docs, Glogster, Animoto, and much, much more. Have all of your most visited sites one click away right on your homescreen. You will leave AMAZED!
  • Laptop (not iPad) needed to create your own Symbaloo. (Rm. 214, Computer Lab, Intermediate)
  • Bard’s Take on the PBL Tale…Burn Bright, NOT Out! – Details, details coupled with intuitive, experienced based lesson methodology to get edge of seat enthusiasm, target lifelong learning and nail the essential elements of learning, and life all while having fun. The product is the student, not the stat. (MS Library)

Registration Information:

Registration opens on Monday morning, September 10th and closes the next Monday, September 17th at noon. Sessions are limited to 25 participants each. If you fail to register during this window, you will be assigned a spot in an available session.

Register at this link (must be logged into your school mail account to access this): https://docs.google.com/a/woisd.net/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGZIYkZhYjBIZ1lNb1hjZkJuQzNLNFE6MQ

August 16, 2012
by Scott S. Floyd, M.Ed.
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Rethinking Homework

Our kids are busier than ever. Personal issues are demanding more time of them as they help to raise siblings, bring in extra salary, or even just find time to relax. School activities take hours of time after school and on weekends. In the midst of all of this, where does growing up fit in? Where does being a kid find its space? Consider this:

Now, how can we utilize the PBL training we received and turn the classroom into a space driven by inquiry instead of a space to grade homework and listen to lectures? How can we engage and leverage a student’s natural curiosity for learning to gain more out of our class time and taking away less of their family time?

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