Jon Fila and I will be presenting on December 7, 2010 at the upcoming TIES Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although it’s the last breakout session on the last day of the conference (Keynote Breakout Session?), we’re looking forward to it, and hope you’ll stop by if you’re at the conference.
Our presentation, titled “Stimulate you District’s Moodle Development,” will focus on ways school districts and teachers can develop high quality Moodle content. The presentation will have three main elements.
First, we’ll talk about how we used Ed Tech ARRA Grant funds to establish a process for training teachers how to build Moodle units for their classrooms, and show the results of their work. More than 80 teachers were able to participate in the project, and over 50 of units are complete at this time, with the rest in production. The units were created under a Creative Commons license, so we’ll also show everyone how they can download and install the units in their current classes.
In the Second part of our presentation, we’ll show some of the training materials that were created during the grant project, and how teachers can access those as well. The goal of this part of the presentation is to give teachers a path to developing skills in Moodle so they can begin developing high quality content.
Lastly, we show how we’re applying the development process from the grant to our District’s professional development program. We’re big believers that one-shot professional development sessions are the least effective way to develop technological skills in teachers. We’ve begun taking the things we learned from the grant to create Moodle units to be used in facilitated hybrid professional development sessions.
We look forward to seeing you at the TIES Conference!