Setting your 2021 PD Goals
A new year brings endless opportunities for reassessing and refocusing our energies towards positive thinking and growth mindset. According to a July 2020 Remote Learning Experiences Study, 70% of Teachers reported that they needed continued resources to support remote learning, and 62% of Teachers reported that they needed additional instructional planning time.
The Professional Development Resource Center is here to support your 2021 learning needs and PD goals, and to provide you with resources to enable best practices for instruction and learning in a remote or hybrid learning environment.
Becoming a Digital Expert
As we start the new year there are a few free technology tools to consider adding to your tool belt.
First up, is Google Keep which allows you to create notes and to-do lists for yourself or to collaborate with a colleague. This a tool you can use yourself or introduce to students to help them stay organized.
Next up, is Mentimeter which allows you to create collaborative word clouds for your students. A word cloud is a great way to kick off a virtual lesson where students can submit words to share feelings, ideas, or takeaways.
Finally, a third tool to try out is Spark Video, a free tool for movie-making. You might make a video to share with students or introduce it to them as a tool they can use to create their own movies to share their learning.
-Monica Burns is a monthly contributor to our Digital Citizenship series and provides leadership professional development and coaching for The Long Island PDRC