Essential PD bytes

What is a 'Essential PD byte'?

A 20 minute long digital skill focused professional development session.

The aim of 'Essential PD bytes' is to offer a range of 'byte' size professional development opportunities for staff at the International School of Geneva - Campus des Nations. Each 'byte' should last no longer than 20 minutes so can easily be an agenda item at a meeting or part of a larger event.

What 'Essential PD bytes' are on offer?

How do I arrange an 'Essential PD byte' session?

Individuals, Heads of Department, Heads of Year, team leaders can schedule 'Essential PD byte' sessions by emailing Richard Allaway.

Using the 'Five Ecolint Essentials' to develop our use of digital tools

Each of the following suggestions links a digital tool with one of the Five Ecolint Essentials and could be used as the focus of a 20 minute professional development session.

My teacher...

Docs

Word processing

Knows me

Checks what I already know and can do

An educator using a document’s ‘version history’ to see how a student developed it over a series of lessons.

Teaches in lots of different ways

Using ‘smart chips’ within a Document to efficiently collaborate as a group develops an inquiry.

Pauses to see if I understand

Gives me choices

Using the ‘suggesting’ feature to offer content based feedback that can be accepted or declined.

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Drawing

Diagramming

Knows me

Create a ‘vision board’ of images to show targets and objectives.

Checks what I already know and can do

Teaches in lots of different ways

Use Drawings to create ‘rich visualizations’, including video clips and data graphed in Sheets.

Pauses to see if I understand

Using Drawings to get students to annotate images/diagrams to show understanding.

Gives me choices

My teacher...

Forms

Data collection from online surveys / quizzes

Knows me

Use a Form to survey a group of students about their aims, prior understandings, etc

Checks what I already know and can do

Use the quiz feature of Forms to create an answer key and questions of different weightings

Teaches in lots of different ways

Pauses to see if I understand

Use Forms to produce ‘exit tickets’ to see if there is superficial or in-depth understanding of the material tackled in a lesson.

Gives me choices

My teacher...

Google Earth

Digital atlas

Knows me

Use Earth to ‘digitally visit’ a location of significance to a student.

Checks what I already know and can do

Teaches in lots of different ways

An educator produces a Google Earth project that takes students to locations and poses inquiry questions and tasks.

Pauses to see if I understand

Gives me choices

Choose to use a Google Earth Project as a product for an assessment.

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Jamboard

Whiteboarding

Knows me

Each student works upon their own version of a ‘source’ Jamboard created by the educator to explain their own views and understandings.

Checks what I already know and can do

Using a collaborative Jamboard, shared with the class, to collect prior knowledge about a topic, idea, image, etc.

Teaches in lots of different ways

Using Jamboard which is shared with all stakeholders of a class, throughout a unit of study to show how the learning has developed.

Pauses to see if I understand

Gives me choices

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Sheets

Spreadsheet

Knows me

Using Sheets to sort, filter, and interrogate sets of student data.

Checks what I already know and can do

Using a Sheet to interrogate inputs made in a Form.

Teaches in lots of different ways

Using big data to tackle ‘wicked problems’ using filters, formulas and graphical presentations.

Pauses to see if I understand

Gives me choices

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Sites

Website creation

Knows me

Checks what I already know and can do

Using Sites to produce a portfolio to demonstrate skills and understanding.

Teaches in lots of different ways

An educator uses a Site to organise and present the learning that a class will journey through.

Pauses to see if I understand

Gives me choices

Choose to use a Site to show the output of a project or task.

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Slides

Slide decks and presentations

Knows me

Checks what I already know and can do

Teaches in lots of different ways

Using a slide deck as a central ‘location’ that then links out to video clips, Jamboards, Forms, etc.

Pauses to see if I understand

Use a slide deck to review content.

Gives me choices

The use of Slides beyond that of just building presentations to use it to annotate images, collect images and videos, and portfolio skills.

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Lucidchart

Diagramming and flow charts.

Knows me

Checks what I already know and can do

Teaches in lots of different ways

The use of the collaborative function of Lucidchart for teams to build complex flow charts and diagrams.

Pauses to see if I understand

The production of flow charts and detailed diagrams to demonstrate student understanding of complex materials.

Gives me choices

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Lucidpress

Publishing app.

Knows me

Checks what I already know and can do

Teaches in lots of different ways

Lucidpress can be used to produce everything from worksheets through to media rich digital resources, all of which can be collaboratively produced.

Pauses to see if I understand

Gives me choices

A whole range of product outcomes are possible for printed and/or digital consumption.

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MindMeister

Mind mapping.

Knows me

Checks what I already know and can do

Mind mapping to summarise prior knowledge or current understandings at the end of a unit or task.

Teaches in lots of different ways

Using a mind map as a central location for a class or team - with tasks, extension tasks, transfer opportunities etc.

Pauses to see if I understand

Gives me choices

My teacher...

Soundtrap

Audio tool.

Knows me

The ability for students to record an audio introduction to themselves - or how to pronounce their name.

Checks what I already know and can do

Teaches in lots of different ways

Pauses to see if I understand

Gives me choices

A product outcome could be a recorded reading, conversation, interview, or even a full podcast.

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WeVideo

Video editing.

Knows me

Checks what I already know and can do

Teaches in lots of different ways

WeVideo allows for the editing of material recorded by the user or provided by another. It also allows for voice-overs to be recorded.

Pauses to see if I understand

Gives me choices

Using the Digital Toolbox as a starting point

Core tools

  • 20 Google Workspace for Education tips in 20 minutes

Chrome

  • Google Chrome tab management

Google Earth

  • Using Google Earth to produce curriculum artefact [multi-layered resource that is rich in data and can be used in a series of lessons to create knowledge]

  • Google Earth projects as assessed pieces of work

Jamboard

  • Annotating an image using your Jamboard and your device's stylus

  • The collaborative use of Jamboard in the classroom

  • Using Jamboard with a class via Google Classroom

Sheets

  • Useful Google Sheets features and formulas for interrogating student data

Sites

Supplementary tools

Google Classroom

  • Using Google Classroom to make an copy of a source Google Document for every student

Google Chat

  • Using Google Chat 'Spaces' for departmental/team communication and organisation

Kahoot

  • Using Google Forms and Google Sheets to crowd source questions for a class created Kahoot

  • Using the 'advanced' Kahoot question types that are part of the school subscription - 'type answer', 'audio in questions' multi-select answers etc

Kami

  • Annotating a PDF with Kami - an IA for submission to the IB

  • Giving feedback using the tools offered by Kami

  • Whiteboarding with Kami

Lucidchart

  • How you might use Lucidchart in the classroom

Lucidpress

  • How you might use Lucidpress in the classroom

  • Producing worksheets, posters and leaflets using Lucidpress

MindMeister

  • Digital mind mapping using MindMeister

  • Structuring digital research using MindMeister

Mote

  • Mote - an introduction

  • Using Mote to leave audio feedback for students in Google Documents and Google Slides

  • Using Mote with Google Forms

Padlet

  • Using Padlet as a collaborative space

Screencastify

  • Producing an 'explainer' using Screencastify

Soundtrap

  • Recording audio with Soundtrap

  • Getting your students to use Soundtrap to record an interview/conversation

WeVideo

  • Basic video editing with WeVideo

  • Using WeVideo to add a commentary upon a silent video clip

  • Using WeVideo to provide students with video files to work with

YouTube

  • Creating collaborative YouTube playlists as a staff team

Specialist tools

ArcGIS Online

  • What are ArcGIS Story maps and how can they be used in the classroom

Focused on the Google Certified Educator Level 1 certification

20 minutes per meeting, for 10 weeks, should be enough time to cover the materials necessary for members of staff to be confident with the certification exam.

Hardware based

  • Trouble shooting classroom screen issues