Dear Learning Leaders 🙂
Thanks so much for your interest and participation in this new initiative by Parkland School Division. The main focus of the group is to connect to each other while also connecting with a global network of educators to be able to personalize learning to meet the needs of our students. Each session will show you some tools that you can use, but there will also be a component of connecting with other educators.In between sessions, there will be a blogging component to share our learning openly with the division and the world. I will be asking each participant to write one blog post in between sessions
All sessions start at 4 and end at 5:30 at the Center for Education (Board Room) except for Session 6 which will be a half day. Please charge 1 sub for this day (2 for the high schools) to the superintendent. All other subs above and beyond that will be paid for by your school. You are able to choose which date works best for each “session” from the two options below.
|Session #||Option A||Option B|
|Session 1||November 30||December 1|
|Session 2||January 18||January 25|
|Session 3||February 14||February 23|
|Session 4||March 13||March 14|
|Session 5||April 24||April 25|
|Session 6||May 23, 1-4 (PM)||May 23, 1-4 (PM)|
Here is a checklist of things that you will need to do before the first session if you do not have these already:
Set up an iTunes account for your iPad. You will need a credit card to download apps so please discuss this with your principal. All of the apps that I will be sharing in these sessions will be free.
- Set up a Twitter account.
- Set up an “Evernote” account.
- Read the following blog post: The Blended PLC. This will be the model of this group. There is a blogging component.
- Fill out this survey when you are done the above 3 steps: Learning Leader Survey
Please ensure that you write down your UserNames and Passwords for all accounts that you sign up for this project.
The iPads will be sent out to the first person on my list from each school next week. Principals have ordered iPads for other participants and they should be in soon. I encourage you to take them out, play with them, and explore. However, it is important to note that if you are having any problems with the iPads, these are currently not IT supported devices. Your best bet would be to contact Apple if something is wrong or let me know.
Please download the following apps on your iPad previous to session 1:
If you have any questions about this project, and they do not need to be private, please write in the comments below. This way, I will be able to answer a question you have for the entire group.
Thanks again for your participation!!