We are working on the integration of technology through the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center. This was an idea the Dr. Wallinger clearly wanted placed in the ARRC plan. The ARCC has worked on this plan with Dr. McGraw and my office. As we move into the next technology era of distance learning and distance professional development, we need to know alternatives that we can use at the department for division staff.
Please join us for a special in-house professional development offering for VDOE Instructional staff on Tuesday, June 3. On this day, John Ross from the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center will offer two 3-hour sessions (9 a.m. to noon and a repeat from 1 - 4 p.m.) on using eMediaVA and the new EduWidgets to support professional development and classroom instruction. These sessions will go beyond an overview of the two sites, and all Instruction staff will ultimately be asked to use their new skills and knowledge to create an instructional resource or activity using one (or both) of these resources for a show-and-tell session to occur on Tuesday, July 8 (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
You can work in teams (or by yourself) to create your instructional resource, and the resource that receives the most votes from the Instruction staff will receive a coupon for an ice cream party for their team! It may be cold now, but that ice cream is going to feel great in July. You only need to sign up for one of the two sessions on June 3, and it's recommended that content area teams coordinate and participate together. Everyone should plan to attend the full session on July 8 and cheer on their colleagues.
These sessions will occur in the department depending on how many people register.
Please send this to you staff and ask them to register. We are looking forward to the competition.
Please feel free to contact John Ross (email@example.com) with any questions you may have.