Monday, January 6, 2014

An Opportunity for Learning Ready When You Are!

One of the most powerful advantages and luxuries of the Internet is the ability to find just what you need when you need it.  The trick is knowing where to find it.

The Instructional Technologies Coordinator team has been busily building a learning platform for SDW staff to be able to learn to meaningfully utilize the wide variety of new technological tools at our disposal.  The goals for these instructional resources have been clear.  They need to be readily accessible whenever a teacher may need to access the resources, they must be robust enough to assist a wide variety of staff members at various levels, and they must be easy to access.

These resources, while always growing and morphing, are available today and just waiting for you to dig in and start your own personalized professional development.  The beauty of it all is that they are easy to access and accessible anywhere, any time!

We challenge you to begin or continue your professional development journey by exploring these resources.  They are spread out in several key areas.

To start your journey, aim at this website: https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/technology-for-teachers/  There you'll find links to our YouTube site, which is full of playlists and instructional videos that SDW staff will find valuable, links to our PD page, and links to the district help site and even this blog.  

We also have directions to access our Blackboard courses, which is an important resource in our anytime, anywhere professional development model.  We do have many resources available within Blackboard.  You'll find everything from learning to use the iPad and the MacBook to learning a wide variety of the Google tools and getting complete vanguard training resources.  These courses are set up for self-enrollment.  Here are the directions for enrolling in the course: https://sites.google.com/a/waukesha.k12.wi.us/technology-for-teachers/professional-development-courses

We encourage you to personally dig into these resources, but we also encourage you to share the resources with colleagues.  We need your help in spreading the word about these valuable resources!