Over twenty educators from the St. Louis area & Arkansas learned how to integrate technology into their teaching and learning using the iPod touch. The Technology Leadership Academy met for their 3rd time today as part of a year long professional development opportunity offered by the VLC at CSD. This popular academy provides professional development for teacher leaders. As the participants learn about various technologies, they create an Action Plan for their school or district. The Action Plan is developed based on the needs of the school, including steps for integrating technology. Online resources such as Google Docs, Delicious, Diigo & Moodle are used to help collaborate & learn together.
Educators receive an iPod touch as part of the TLA. Michael Porterfield, Instructor at the University of Missouri, St. Louis assisted in the teaching and learning. He shared with the participants how to use the iPod touch for email, movies, images & more. Teachers walked away with great ideas for using them in the classroom and as educational leaders in their schools.
Cooperating School Districts is pleased to announce that registration is open for all educators (superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, librarians, media specialists, tech coordinators, and teachers) to attend the 2009-2010 TLA. This Academy will assist educators in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient leadership in their schools.
The Technology Leadership Academy will help you:
- Focus on leadership skills in technology
- Improve classroom use of technology
- Develop a vision of how to use technology to improve student performance
- Assess strengths and needs of your staff/students in the area of technology
- Develop a practical and useful technology plan
- Expand your network of colleagues
As a part of the academy, participants will receive the following:
- an 8GB iPod touch*
- Web Literacy for Educators by Alan November
- Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works by Howard Pitler, et. al.
- 42 hours of professional development training
- attendance at one day of the Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC)
- breakfast each day of the training (lunch on your own)
Dates for the 2009-2010 school year are as follows:
- October 2
- November 4
- December 9
- January 6
- February 9 (METC)
- March 3
Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm each day | Cost: $1200 per person
All training sessions will take place at CSD on 1460 Craig Rd. except for the Feb. 9 session, which will be at the St. Charles Convention Center. To register, click here. P.O.’s and credit cards will be accepted. Slots will fill up fast, and space is limited, so register now! If you have any questions, please contact Martha Bogart at 314-692-1258 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* If you don’t want the iPod touch, price of the TLA is reduced to $1000; you will be required to bring your own Smart phone or handheld device.
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Changes are taking place at the University of Missouri- including students receiving podcast versions of class lectures.
According to Podcasting News, “incoming freshmen in the School of Journalism will be notified over the summer about purchasing the iPhone or iPod Touch as the school’s ‘required media player.’
The devices will be used for podcast versions of lectures, which will be recorded and published with a new system being installed this summer.”
The Columbia-Missourian reports that Brian Brooks (associate dean of the Journalism School) said, this summer the entire University of Missouri campus “is installing a program called Tegrity which will allow the recording of lectures. Lectures can later be downloaded to media players through iTunes U which offers free content hosted by universities.
Brooks said MU is following other schools such as Stanford University and Abilene Christian University in the use of this technology. The success of the new program will be evaluated at the end of the year, at which time Brooks said the program will be changed or scrapped.”