'Flipped' PD Initiative Boosts Teachers' Tech Skills (Main…
'Flipped' PD Initiative Boosts Teachers' Tech Skills
Main Idea: 'Flipped' Professional Development model
6th grade teacher requires support implimenting technology for an interview process
Attended a workshop for her district to get help from her instructional technology support specialists
Workshop staff provides the tools for the teacher to learn new skills
Learned how to utilize imovie and turn the project into a media driven one
Teacher is responsible for teaching 347 students
Flipped professional development components
"Collaborative, technology-drive nature of the relationship between teachers and the technology coaches
A focus on learning at the teachers pace, and supporting issues the teachers have rather than app dumping
"We don't come in dictating what they're here to learn and work on"
"When they realize they're being given time to think about what they want to be doing and to grow at their own pace, they're absolutely relieved
Flipped professional development offers face to face support and personalized online resources
Examples: how to videos, instructional videos
Meets with 200 classroom teachers and specialists in small groups for 2 hours at a time
Workshop focuses on individual projects and offering guidance by request
Model is used by 93% of teachers in that district
Survey regarding the effectiveness of flipped professional development
"An end-of-the-year survey was sent to all teachers who participated in flipped professional development in the Stillwater, Minn., district. The overall results of this survey indicated that teachers favored this approach over traditional professional-development methods"
The results showed an overwhelming support for the flipped professional development model.
Opinion/reflection: The article illuminated some interesting ideas regarding professional development and support. The flipped support model is only going to gain traction as teachers have less and less time to learn new skills. The professional development needs to be focused on what the teacher needs, rather than what someone thinks they may enjoy. I think it can be a powerful feeling for a teacher to not feel like they are alone in achieving their technology and teaching goals. I believe this flipped model allows for greater flexibility and the ability to reach specific needs more effectively. By achieving a more effective professional development relationship, the students and the learning outcomes benefit.