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Using Podcasts for Professional Development

Tip: What better way to make good use of your time than to listen to a podcast while driving, doing the dishes or cleaning house. There are many people providing rich professional development resources online for free. Start by putting your computer in a place where you are working and play the podcast

Finding Time for Professional Development

In today’s society, it’s far too easy to let priorities fall to the wayside. Try these simple adjustments in your district to make time for professional development. •    Move away from past models of professional development (where it took place

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Making 1:1 Work

We checked in with some districts that have been using 1:1 programs for along time to get their insight into what makes these initiatives strong andhow they can be sustained.

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Making 1:1 Work

We checked in with some districts that have been using 1:1 programs for a long time to get their insight into what makes these initiatives strong and how they can be sustained.

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Professional Development

The great news on the PD front—at least from the districts who presented at the second School CIO Summit Conference this June—is that we’ve moved far away from the days of drive-by PD in which socalled experts come in once a year to show teachers how to use product X and expect them to begin using it perfectly by the very next day.

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Professional Development

The great news on the PD front—at least from the districts who presented at the second School CIO Summit Conference this June—is that we’ve moved far away from the days of drive-by PD in which socalled experts come in once a year to show teachers how to use product X and expect them to begin using it perfectly by the very next day.

Professional Development Lists and Newsgroups

Tip: Professional developers grow by connecting with others who have similar interests. Here are some online opportunities that work for me. You might want to check these out. Community — 7 mailing lists — check NetHappenings Classroom Connect’s Newsletter and select Professional Development Globe

Funding for Professional Development

Our current budget situation is making it more difficult to fund professional development for technology use just at the time when the staff recognizes the need for more training. Do you have any suggestions? Title II, Part D of No Child Left Behind funds technology initiatives and includes a requirement that 25%

Professional Development Solutions

Tip: So you have reviewed your professional development program from last year and see a need to make changes. Perhaps teachers attended workshops for the stipend only, or you did not get the attendance you were expecting. Maybe teachers have asked for and received technology in their classrooms but are having a