Winter break is almost here. For a few short weeks, the halls will quiet down and emails and phone calls will slow to a trickle. While this time promises a moment to relax, it is also a mere speed bump until the next semester and the accompanying laundry list of to-dos. But before that busy time comes, take a moment to set goals and expectations for things you want to accomplish during these precious few short weeks.
Looking for ways to promote professional development? Help your teachers become Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts. A MIE Expert is the last rung on Microsoft’s Innovative Educator program’s certification ladder. The journey starts by becoming a Microsoft Innovative Educator, then there’s also an option to become a MIE Trainer, and finally with earning the MIE Expert certification. These education specialists are skilled at integrating technology in the classroom. MIE Experts work hand-in-hand with Microsoft to lead innovation in education, advocate for the effective use of technology in the classroom, share ideas with a global network of peers and become thought leaders in the EdTech space.
Time. It’s always something you need more of, especially as school administrators. Your days tend to be full of improving instruction, managerial tasks, delegating and creating a climate where kids want to learn. That’s a lot to pack into a single day. Good thing there are lots of tech hacks that can get help get you organized and STAY organized.
Topics: Productivity, Microsoft, Microsoft Teams, Google Tasks, Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, Summer Professional Development, Teacher Professional Development, Professional Development, Manager Professional Development, Administrator Professional Development
Professional Development is hardly one-size-fits-all because every one of your teachers has different needs that must be met. Tackle professional development in a new way by thinking outside of the box. Try these ideas, based on what districts across the United States are doing:
Topics: Microsoft Office, Microsoft Education, Microsoft Sway, Google, Google Sheets, Google Docs, Professional Development, Google Drive, Unconferences, Personal Learning Community, Choice Boards, Personal Action Plans, Peer Observation, Microsoft OneNote
The goal of a presentation is to effectively convey information that allows the audience to remember what has been said. That being said, there are several options as to how to give a presentation, specifically for a final project. For students, presentations can be given as individuals or groups, or for educators in seminars. The best tool for the job depends on whether the presentation will be visual or verbal.
Topics: Google Education, Google Suite, Google Slides, Microsoft Education, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Office, Paperless Classroom, Professional Development, Classroom Organization, Google Drive, Open Live Writer, Microsoft, Google
Twitter is more than tidbits of daily news and tweets about trending television. It is a great source to find like-minded people in your field and even a mentor.
Topics: Mentorship, Microsoft Education, Google Education, Classroom Technology, Learning Styles, Educational Technology, 21st Century School Technology, Online Learning, Paperless Communication, Professional Development