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Assignment #2
Online Instructional/Workshop Plan
Speed Geeking

















Submitted by Sheena Abboud
23939101
Instructor: Diane Janes
ETEC 530 65B
March 31
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, 2013










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Speed Geeking
Constructivist Workshop Plan


Overview:

Speed Geeking is a format for teacher professional development in which
teachers will be briefly introduced to three different technologies available within
their school. Teachers will be divided into small groups and will rotate through the
three sessions for approximately 15 minutes each. After this introduction to each
technology, teachers will choose one on which they would like to focus for the
remainder of the day. They will collaborate with their colleagues as they learn
practical ways of applying their new knowledge to their current practice. Teachers
will draw from their classroom experience, their understanding of their students
needs, and their curricular objectives


Purpose of the workshop:

Many schools throughout the Calgary Board of Education continue to
champion 21
st
Century Learning by infusing learning technologies in their
classrooms. By doing so, educators increase student engagement through the
personalization of learning and providing for an authentic learning environment
through the use of digital technologies. The purpose of this workshop is to
introduce teachers to the available technologies within their school and to
provide practical ideas and supports regarding the implementation of these
technologies.

Objectives:
1. Facilitate the personalization of learning thus allowing students to share
in the responsibility for their own education
2. Increase student engagement by allowing for more authentic learning
situations through the use of digital technologies.
3. Present choice to teachers in their professional learning.
4. Enable teachers to tailor instruction and assessment to individual
learners.

Duration:
- Pre-workshop activity: 15 minutes
- In-person workshop: 1 hour
- Post-workshop activities: 1-3 hours, depending on participant engagement.

Audience:
- Bishop Pinkham School teaching staff




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Session Time Session Description
Pre
15 30
min.
Orientation
Teachers are encouraged to view this video.
Teachers complete survey identifying their comfort level with technology.
Intro
10 min. Think-Pair-Share with quote prompt
Teachers will read the quote and reflect and discuss the importance of technology
implementation in their classrooms. Teachers will be encouraged to share their
personal goals for the day, as well as ways in which they already use technology in
their classrooms.
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15 min. Imagine the iPodsibilities
Teachers will be introduced to a few pedagogical uses of mobile devices. They will
have access to school-owned devices or they are encouraged to use their own device
in order to best mimic the realities of their classrooms. During this session, teachers
will discuss:
- Affordances of mobile devices
- QR Code creation and use
- iTalk/iTalk Sync for oral language assessment
- General App Chat discuss the types of education apps that are available
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15 min. Student Friendly Web 2.0 Tools
Teachers will be introduced to a variety of free and age-appropriate Web 2.0 tools that
they can either use to create lessons, or to share with their students. They will be lead
through the basic tools in each tool and discuss their potential applications in their
classrooms.
- VoiceThread
- Wordle
- Prezi
- Mindmeister
- Piktochart
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15 min. D2L as More Than a Grade Book
As all teachers are required to keep student grades updated on their class D2L
(Desire2Learn) shell, they are already somewhat familiar with a few of the options
available. Teachers will have a chance to explore the many other affordances of this
course management system in hopes of inspiring them to create a more blended-
learning classroom.
- Creating rubrics
- Dropbox function
- Quiz/Test functions
- Adding media
Transition



10 min.


1-3
hours
Group Reflection and Exploration
1. Teachers will share their thoughts regarding the format of Speed Geeking as well
was what they have learned thus far. They will then view this video before breaking
out in to small groups to focus on the technology of their choice for the remainder of
the day.
2. Teachers will work in small groups, with the support of a specialist in their chosen
area, to develop a plan to implement one of the presented technologies in their
classrooms. During this time, teachers will explore, reflect, and apply their new
understanding to a practical teaching scenario. They will post their completed plan to
a common Google Doc to share with their colleagues for feedback.
Evaluation
15 - 30
min.
Evaluation
Teachers will complete this Exit Slip both as a reflective activity and as an assessment
of their learning.



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Speed Geeking
Workshop Evaluation Criteria


Criteria Achievement
Activities are relevant to learning objectives E VG M NI
Activities allow for learner to draw upon prior knowledge
(technologies presented, curricular objectives, and student needs)
E VG M NI
Activities promote active learning and learner engagement E VG M NI
Activities present relevant, real-world content E VG M NI
Activities allow for individual and self-directed exploration E VG M NI
Activities allow for peer collaboration and social negotiation E VG M NI
Activities afford opportunities for learners to evaluate new ideas
and modify existing knowledge
E VG M NI
Activities allow for learner reflection and the evaluation of their
progress
E VG M NI
Activities include appropriate multimedia resources to support
learning
E VG M NI
Activities allow for learners to apply learning in a meaningful task E VG M NI

Achievement markers:
E Excellent achievement of criteria
VG Very Good achievement of criteria
M Meets expectation of criteria
NI Need Improvement on criteria























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Speed Geeking
Appendix


Appendix A: Pre-workshop activities

- Video: Technology and 21
st
Century Learning by New Learning Institute
o http://newlearninginstitute.org/film-series/a-21st-century-
education/technology-and-21st-century-learning

- Survey:











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Appendix B: Session activities

- Prompt quote:



- Imagine the iPodsibilities presentation slides:

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- Closing video: Everything is Amazing and Nobodys Happy, Louis CK on Conan
o http://vimeo.com/49841699

- Exit Slip survey