As part of a year long professional development opportunity, nearly 20 educators gathered in the tele to create their digital masterpiece. These teachers are creating digital stories with the help of the educational technology instructors at CSD. This long-term professional development is called integrating Technology Educators Academy. The iTEA is offered as one of the many VLC programs at Cooperating School Districts.
For the 2nd year, Ritenour School District is participating in the VLC‘s iTEA. With a focus on digital storytelling & using classroom strategies with technology, participants are reading two books, DigiTales: The Art of Telling Digital Stories & Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works. Through both face-to-face and online formats, the teachers are learning & sharing lesson ideas, curriculum resources, classroom management strategies and more.
Currently the VLC is providing several academies to area school districts with a variety of goals and expected outcomes. Each academy is created based on the needs, resources, and programs currently in the district or school. All of the iTEA’s use an online course management system so teachers can access the handouts & resources, as well as collaborate & receive feedback 24/7.