On Saturday, November 21st, the first day of Thanksgiving break, 200 Jeffco educators came together, without pay, to learn how to better provide digital and hybrid learning. Why? They were looking for the electric feeling of hope and possibility that the EdTechTeam Summits provide. The Becoming: Moving from Surviving to Thriving event focused on online teaching, blended teaching, coaching, leadership and more. Educators spent time learning about lesson design, synchronous and asynchronous content delivery, assessment, engagement, communication and best practices in using digital tools. Jennifer Snyder (Secrest ES) said it was a great jumpstart to inspire teachers and get them out of the survival rut.
One of the most useful and exciting things about the summit was building confidence with Jeffco-purchased tools such as Pear Deck, Google Classroom, Jamboard, Seesaw and more! Teachers also received hands-on resources they were able to immediately use in their classrooms. Karrie Dallman (Arvada West HS) was excited to walk away with some great ideas to make her class more interactive and to keep her students more engaged.
Above all, the Summit reminds of us of our why -- the students. "It's about what we can do to provide as engaging and successful a learning experience as possible for them," says Dodie Sale (Meiklejohn ES).
What do you know?
We asked our Jeffco teachers to share their biggest takeaways from the Summit:
Keeping the Learning Going
For those that didn't have the opportunity to attend the live sessions, videos of the recorded sessions are available to watch, thanks to our subscription to the EdTechTeam online learning catalog, which is available through May 2021.
Course material included in the Jeffco subscription:
Jeffco staff members will need to create their own individual account in order to access the courses. Use your @jeffcoschools.us account and your Jeffco password when creating your EdTechTeam PD account. Please see the videos on the site for support in creating your account and signing up for courses.
Each course is FREE and requires 15-hours of learning and creation. Your work will be evaluated and graded by a member of EdTechTeam Inc. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion that can be submitted to CDE for recertification. Additionally, you may apply for graduate credit through Adams State at an additional cost ($155/credit). See specific courses for additional details.
*The ability for Jeffco to send educators to attend the summit for free is a result of a Google promotion we receive by purchasing Chrome devices for our district-wide TechforEd initiative.