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Staff Development school site team term projects. Each team will have approximately 20- 25 minutes to present a report.

In the Spring 2003 version of the DAE2 course, each student is involved in three term projects:

  1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. Here, teams of about five students each are focussing on the current and potential impact of ICT on lower-order and higher-order knowledge and skills. The emphasis is on spending more elementary school student learning time and effort on critical thinking and problem solving, and on students learning effective uses of ICT in adding critical thinking and problem solving.
  2. Staff Development. Class members are divided into teams based on the schools in which they are doing their spring term field placement practicums. Each team is doing an extensive school-based project of planning for and implementing staff development within their school.
  3. Hit the Toad Running. Each class member is doing an individual term project in which they better prepare themselves to integrate effective use of ICT into their teaching job.

The next to the last class meeting of the term is devoted to team presentations on the Staff Development projects. Here are some of the possible learning objectives in this project:

  • Participants learn how to develop and implement a Staff Development Needs Assessment. As they analyze the data they obtain, they gain increased understanding of the ICT knowledge and skills of teachers.
  • Participants develop and implement one-on-one staff development. (Some of this will likely occur in a "just in time" mode.) They gain experience in doing formative evaluation "on the fly" and adjusting their instruction to meet specific, immediate needs of the person they are instructing.
  • Participants learn to do informal follow-up to one-on-one staff development. In this, they both do an assessment of the effectiveness of the staff development and they provide additional one-on-one staff development.
  • Same as the previous two bullets, but small group staff development. Small group staff development is more formal and typically not done in a "just in time" mode.
  • Participants will likely design and implement "demonstration teaching" staff development. For example, perhaps two or three third grade teachers want to learn how to make effective use of a digital cameras in working with third graders. One member of the team could organize and present a lesson to a third grade class, with the two or three third grade teachers observing and participating. The other grade classes could be supervised by (taught by) the other members of the team. In subsequent days, the third grade teachers could then each work with their own classes, perhaps with the team members serving as assistants.



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