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Professional

Development Plan


Scott Vonder Bruegge
Technology Leadership in Schools ISLT 7366
October 16, 2014
Fall Semester 2014

Staff Development for the Implementation of Chromebooks in the 9th grade English
Reader Writer Workshop program.

Overview:

Having already taken the plunge into the Google Apps for Education ecosystem as
well as implementing a 1:1 BYOD iPad initiative requiring every student to have an
iPad in hand, it is time to move beyond the general nature of these two programs
and work to fine tune our integration of technology. To that end, it seemed prudent
to provide a class set of Chromebooks to every teacher teaching 9th grade English
because of the ease with which they connect to to the collaborative tools offered by
Google and to overcome a minor shortcoming of the iPad in its lack of a full-size
keyboard. Teacher familiarity with Google Apps for Education will mean that this
professional development plan will be able, in essence, to hit the ground running.

The cost of this professional development will be zero. The time is already built into
the schedule and the facilitators and trainers are already on staff and expected to
provide training as requested and needed. However, teachers will be encouraged to
take the exams necessary to become a recognized Google Educator. The request for
funding of these exams can be made through the Westminster Christian Academy
Center for Teaching and Learning and are not a required part of this professional
development program.

The aim of this professional development program will be to not only prepare
English teachers to efficiently use Chromebooks to access the Google Apps tools
available to them and our students for the implementation of Reader Writer
Workshop. It will also be a goal to use that as a catalyst for all our 9th grade teachers
and eventually all of our teachers to access and harness the power of Google Apps
on student iPads or any other device with an Internet connection.

Logistics:

Meeting Time
o Our 9th grade teachers already have two established meeting times
built into the school calendar. Roughly twice a month all 9th grade
teachers meet together and there is also weekly PLC time when
teachers meet.
o General training will take place during one of the monthly grade level
meeting times. Every 9th grade teacher will receive training in the use
of Google Apps even though they will not be using Chromebooks. This
will allow, however, time for all teachers at this grade level to make
consistent their use of these tools so as to aid in making use among
students also consistent.

Professional Development Plan


Scott Vonder Bruegge
Technology Leadership in Schools ISLT 7366
October 16, 2014
Fall Semester 2014

o Once a month there will also be one PLC meeting set aside for the 9th
grade English teachers for the express purpose of learning the best
ways to harness the functionality of the Chromebooks.
o In total, 9th grade English teachers will get specific training in the use
of Chromebooks twice a month.
Training Facilitation
o Our Director of Instructional Innovation will be present at all
professional development meetings. However, he will only lead the
PLC meeting times. At these meetings new functionality will be
introduced as well as means of best practice. The three 9th grade
English teachers will then serve in the role of facilitators as Google
Lead Trainers during the larger group grade level meetings where
they will conduct the instruction. The Director of Instructional
Innovation will attend these meetings in a support role.


Content:

The primary source for training materials will be the Google for Education
training provided by Google at www.google.com/edu/training/tools
The training will focus on four of the training modules that are most
appropriate for the 9th grade English curriculum
o Google Classroom
o Docs and Drive
o Chrome
o Search
As this tool will be implemented into classrooms beginning in the 2015-2016
school year, training must begin this year beginning in January. By training
initially in the four modules at a more basic, or 100 level, teachers will be
able to get a solid fundamental footing in the use of Classroom, Docs and
Drive, Chrome, and Search prior to summer break. At this point they can be
ready to roll out a robust use of the Chromebooks in August and have enough
skill in these areas to ensure they are a productive piece of the Reader Writer
Workshop. English teachers as well as any other freshman level teachers will
be able to implement the Google Apps tools in their classrooms but the added
advantage of the keyboards will make them the tool of choice for the English
teachers. Even though the Chromebooks are the tool provided by the grant, it
is the ease with which they take advantage of the Google Apps tools that
make them the tool of choice. Therefore, it is the Google Apps ecosystem
where the real benefits to students can be found. When teachers return to
school in August they will have access to the Director of Instructional
Innovation as well as members of their PLCs to aid in a smooth rollout with
students. After that, the professional development will follow the same twice
a month format with a more in depth, or 200 level look at each tool.

Professional Development Plan


Scott Vonder Bruegge
Technology Leadership in Schools ISLT 7366
October 16, 2014
Fall Semester 2014


Schedule:

January - Google Classroom I
o What is Classroom?
o Benefits of Classroom.
o Setting up Classroom.
February - Docs and Drive I
o What are Docs and Drive?
o Docs for creation.
o Drive for Storage.
March Chrome I
o What is Chrome?
o Features of Chrome
April Search I
o What is Search?
o Features of Search.
o Benefits of Search in the classroom.
September - Google Classroom II
o What is Classroom?
o Creating and Collecting Assignments.
o Improving class communications.
October - Docs and Drive II
o Docs for collaboration.
o Docs for feedback.
November - Chrome II
o Application of the Chrome browser in the classroom.
o Advanced Chrome.
December Search II
o Helping students become better searchers.
o Finding different results.
o Efficient search.
o Safe search.

Evaluation:

Recognized Google Educator
o Anyone completing the Google Educator exams and achieving this
recognition will be considered to have sufficiently completed the
training program.
o The Google Educator certificate will need to be presented to the
Director of Innovative Instruction as proof of completion.
In-house Evaluation

Professional Development Plan


Scott Vonder Bruegge
Technology Leadership in Schools ISLT 7366
October 16, 2014
Fall Semester 2014

o Planned observations by the Director of Innovative Instruction during
the first semester of 2015 will be the initial piece of the evaluation
process.
o 9th grade English teachers will demonstrate the use of the Google
Apps for Education suite in their classrooms with their students but
also demonstrate the usefulness of the Chromebooks by showing
increased engagement with the Reader Writer workshop through
their implementation.
o 9th grade non-English teachers will simply demonstrate the use of the
Google Apps for Education suite in their classrooms.
o Follow up conversations will take place to debrief the content of the
observation report written by the Director of Innovative Instruction.
Survey
o All teachers finishing the one-year training program will be surveyed
anonymously as to the success and usefulness of the Google training
program and the effective implementation of the Chromebooks.