Strand Descriptions


1. Assessment
Focus: Data and assessment to improve student achievement, evaluate needs, and set goals. Target Audience: Those responsible for school improvement; data, curriculum & instructional coaches; reading specialists/interventionists; teachers using data to plan and improve classroom achievement; assistant superintendents and administrators.

  1. Predicting/screening assessments (such as universal screeners in a Response to Intervention framework)
  2. Planning assessments (such as ePortfolios)
  3. Progress monitoring assessments (CBM's, formative tools, data team tools)
  4. Performance/mastery measures (Smarter Balanced/SBAC, other summative assessments, school improvement data)
  5. Other (such as online resources to prepare for Next Generation Assessment)
  6. Data teams & analysis

2. Differentiated Instruction
Focus: Differentiating instructional practices to address the needs of diverse learners. Target Audience: ELL, Special Education, and Content Specialists, general education classroom teachers and administrators.

  1. Gifted
  2. English Language Learners
  3. Special Education
  4. Assistive Technology
  5. Intervention strategies for struggling students
  6. Web based tools for diverse learners

3. Digital Creation
Focus: Creating digital media for student projects, communication with parents and community stakeholders, and professional development needs. Target Audience: Classroom teachers.

  1. Storytelling
  2. Video cameras, video production
  3. Video Streaming (SchoolTube, TeacherTube, YouTube)
  4. Music, Art, Journalism, Yearbook, eBooks, Media Arts
  5. Podcast / iTunes
  6. Animation / Multimedia
  7. Game based learning
  8. STEM tools such as 3D printers, 3D design

4. E-Learning
Focus: Teaching and learning online which may include blended Learning. Blending online resources with teaching and learning. Target Audience: Classroom teachers and leaders interested in using online resources, library media specialists, professional development directors, and communications directors.

  1. Online learning
  2. Videoconferencing & Web Conferencing
  3. Learning Management Systems (Moodle, Blackboard, WebCT)
  4. Collaboration Tools - wikis, Google docs
  5. Choosing & Organizing Blogs
  6. Flipped Classroom
  7. Professional Development

5. Innovative Instruction
Focus: Sharing best practices that integrate technology tools for teaching and learning into the classroom. Target Audience: is preK-16 educators.

  1. K-12 technology integration
  2. Project/Problem/Inquiry Based Learning
  3. Subject/Content Area Focus / STEM
  4. Literacy Skills and Math Reasoning
  5. Social Networking (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr)
  6. Instructional Strategy Tools (IWB, doc cameras, cloud-based apps, student response systems)
  7. Career & Technical Education (CTE)

6. Leadership & Professional Learning
Focus: Providing guidance and focused support for all educators. Target Audience: Professional development directors, curriculum coordinators, technology specialists, technology directors, and administrators.

  1. Assessment of Teaching Practices
  2. Design & Delivery of Professional Development
  3. Implementing technology standards
  4. Professional Learning Communities & Networks (PLC & PLN)
  5. School (Internet) Safety & Bullying
  6. Innovative Leadership Practices & Next Practices
  7. Planning & Implementing School/District Initiatives
  8. Searching & Writing Grants
  9. Creating strong relationships and partnership with community, High Education

7. Library & Media Literacy
Focus: Information and communications literacy. Target Audience: Library media specialists, technology integration specialists, and those educators responsible for teaching literacy and communication arts.

  1. Media or Digital Literacy
  2. Copyright, Fair Use & Creative Commons
  3. Library & classroom collaboration
  4. Netiquette & Digital Citizenship
  5. Digital Librarian - eBook and eShelf systems
  6. Reading & Writing Blogs

8. Mobile Learning
Focus: Learning and teaching using mobile devices. Target Audience: Teachers and leaders interested in using mobile devices in the classroom and for professional development, as well as those educators interested in 1-1 and BYOD (bring your own device) initiatives.

  1. BYOD
  2. 1:1 Learning
  3. Planning and Implementation
  4. Apps for Learning

9. Technical Infrastructure & Support
Focus: Technology information, security, and infrastructure of the educational institutions and implementation of 1:1, BYOD (bring your own device), Sharepoint/cloud computing. Target Audience: IT administrators, technology directors whose job includes IT, IT technicians.

  1. 1:1, Open campus, BYOD
  2. Mobile Device Management (MDM) for tablets
  3. Wireless networking
  4. Network security
  5. Virtualization
  6. Staffing & Support & Tech Management
  7. Open Source Systems - software, applications, management
  8. RFP Process
  9. Student IT support programs in district
Last modified: Friday, April 26, 2013, 2:29 PM