Monday, July 21, 2014

Gearing Up for a Great Start to 2014-15

I think it's important to take time to celebrate your accomplishments! We accomplished much during the 2013-14 school year! We trained 56 core teachers to be technology leaders in their schools. We built and delivered an online course to replicate that training with all other core staff. After staff were trained, we rolled out shiny new Chromebook carts to each and every core classroom, district-wide! Wow! Pat yourself on the back!

OK. That's enough of that! Now let's look ahead! We have lots of new staff coming on board to get trained in how we "do business" here in ECPS. And we certainly are NOT done learning about how best to use technology in our classrooms. Ten of our core teacher technology leaders accompanied our tech services staff to ISTE2014 in Atlanta this summer. They are bursting at the seams with new ideas and information! They will be sharing this with their peers across the county using a new tool we will be implementing for

subject-area PLNs: GoToMeeting!

Many of you may have taken a webinar or attended a GoToMeeting before, but this is the first time we will be running our own virtual meetings. This will allow teachers to share ideas across the district in a quick, subject-specific meeting immediately after school, without wasting gas on traveling from one end of the county to the other! We are excited about this new opportunity for our teachers to share and collaborate with one another.

If you are interested in participating either as a viewer or a presenter, give us a shout! This is just one of our new tools we're putting in the toolbox to make what we do here in ECPS even better!

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