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Staff Development school site team term projects.
Each team will have approximately 20- 25 minutes to present
In the Spring 2003 version of the DAE2 course, each
student is involved in three term projects:
- 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.
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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"
- 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.