Suggested Topics

Assessment

  • Predicting/screening assessments
  • Competency-based assessments & aligned management systems
  • Progress monitoring assessments (CBM's, formative & data team tools)

  • Performance/mastery measures (Smarter Balanced/SBAC, summative assessments, school improvement data)
  • Supplemental online resources to prepare for Next Generation Assessments
  • Data teams & analysis
  • Standards-based grading & tools
  • Competency & credit recovery (VLACS)

Differentiated Instruction

  • Gifted
 and talented
  • English language learners
  • Special education
  • Assistive technology
  • Intervention strategies for struggling students
  • Web-based tools for diverse learners
  • Early childhood education
  • Pre-service teachers (IHE)
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Digital Creation

  • Storytelling
  • Video cameras, video production
  • Video streaming (SchoolTube, TeacherTube, YouTube)
  • Music, art, journalism, yearbook, eBooks, media arts
  • Podcast/iTunes
  • Animation/multimedia
  • Game-based learning
  • STEM tools such as 3D printers, 3D design
  • Maker Movement
  • Coding instruction

E-Learning

  • Online learning
  • Videoconferencing & web conferencing
  • Learning management systems (Moodle, Blackboard, WebCT)
  • Classroom management systems (Edmodo, Classroom Dojo, Google Classroom)
  • Collaboration tools – wikis, GAFE
  • Choosing & organizing blogs
  • Flipped classroom
  • Professional development
  • Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
  • Blended learning

Innovative Instruction

  • Proficiency-based strategies
  • Project-, problem-, & inquiry-based learning
  • Subject/content area including STEM
  • Literacy skills & math reasoning
  • Social networking (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram)
  • Instructional strategy tools (IWB, doc cameras, cloud-based apps, student response systems)
  • Career & technical education
  • Personalized learning
  • Augmented reality (Aurasma)

Leadership & Professional Learning

  • Assessment of teaching practices
  • Design & delivery of professional development
  • Implementing technology initiatives
  • Professional Learning Communities & Networks (PLC & PLN)
  • School (Internet) safety & bullying
  • Innovative & emerging leadership practices
  • Managing your digital footprint
  • Researching & writing grants
  • Social media for marketing, crisis communication
  • Creating strong relationships & partnerships

Library & Information Literacy

  • Information & digital literacy
  • Copyright, fair use & Creative Commons
  • Library & classroom collaboration
  • Netiquette & digital citizenship
  • Digital librarian – eBook & eShelf systems
  • Library maker spaces
  • Curating resources
  • Research integration
  • Learning/library commons

Mobile Learning

  • BYOD
 strategies
  • 1:1 learning
  • Planning & implementation
  • Apps for learning
  • Device selection & deployment

Technical Infrastructure & Support

  • 1:1, open campus, BYOD
  • Mobile Device Management (MDM) for tablets
  • Wireless networking
  • Network security
  • Virtualization
  • Staffing, support & tech management
  • Open source, OS, software, applications & management
  • RFP Process
  • Student IT support programs

The goal is to feature choices each day that address these critically important topics, highlight examples of successful strategies, and share practical ideas.