Smaller Grade Level Groups Better
Since we have 40 people and 3 trainers, let’s consider breaking into smaller groups by grade level for most of the training. Proposed Groups would be:
Focus on Project Work
Rather than sit-and-get, the focus of the 3 days should be actually building and making different media projects which teachers can create with students in their classrooms. Having teachers create a series of specific, “low-bar” projects which they can then replicate with students should be the goal.
Use SeeSaw as Digital Glue
SeeSaw has potential to be the most transformative and beneficial tool teachers can use and be introduced to. At all grade levels, on all devices (iPads and laptops) SeeSaw can be used to answer the questions:
SandBox Keynotes and Apps
As both educational workshop leaders and teachers, we each need opportunities to have “sandbox play” with different apps and websites. This gives us a chance to get familiar with the details of using different tools before using them with students in class. Use this media workshop as an opportunity to “sandbox” with apps and websites YOU (as a workshop leader) want to play with and learn more about this summer.
Document Shared STEM Lesson
One of the best ways to meaningfully use media to document learning is to start with an interactive, hands-on lesson. Participants can then be encouraged to document (photograph) the lesson activities and steps, and workshop facilitators can also help document the learning. Those photos then become “the digital ingredients” for media projects which participants make throughout the day.
See - Create - Share PDLesson Cycle
To help teachers gain familiarity and comfort creating different kinds of media projects, let’s aspire to follow this lesson cycle: