Ok, so you have some allocated time to run in-house ICT PD with your staff. But what to present? And how? And why?
Here’s an idea you could run with that is suitable for all grade levels, all tech abilities, it’s all prepared for you, your staff even earn a cool badge and won’t cost a cent! Screencasting is one of the most powerful, yet simple to use, tech tools that can genuinely enhance the learning and teaching at your school. So what better way to learn about screencasting than to watch a series of “flipped lessons” made for teachers to use the Chrome extension Screencastify.
My suggestion is that you (as the ICT leader) complete the 60 minute online PD first so you know what everyone is in for and then introduce it to your staff. The beauty of the structure (5 units with a series of short, all between 1-3 minute, videos) is that it caters for the diverse learning needs of your staff.
Those who have used screencasting previously can go straight to the advanced videos, others can start from the beginning. In my opinion, this offers a solution to one of the greatest challenges of running staff PD…catering for diverse ICT abilities. At the end of it all, teachers can complete the 20 question quiz in order to receive their certificate and an exclusive badge…everyone loves a badge (even encourage staff to add the badge to their email signature to show it off).
So what are you waiting for? Get your staff mastering the screencast!