Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Runners in Scoring Position

Runner in Scoring Position

The “runner in scoring position” phrase is a baseball/softball term meaning that because the team has a runner on second base (generally) or even third base…that if the next batter gets a hit, that there is a real possibility that they will score.

Well after three days of this new EDPD class, Integrating Technology in the Classroom, the overwhelmed feelings are slowly diminishing and “we have runners in scoring positions.”  There is a diverse group of learners that signed on for the summer class; elementary, middle and high school teachers…teachers with varying degrees of comfort with using computers and the technology tools.  Some get frustrated quicker than others, but all are determined to see it through to the end. 

As we move from day to day, we are building on the previous day and allowing practical use of the tools taught.  With familiarity comes comfort.  With comfort comes the willingness to take risks.  With risk-taking comes the learning.  With the learning comes the application in the classroom.

Our concentration this week is with Google and Google Classroom.  By the end of the week, teachers will know how to use, and get opportunities to practice using Docs, Sheets, Slides, Blogspot, YouTube, forms, shortener, and Google Grader.

Our students in grades 3-8 are moving into a one-to-one initiative using Google Chromebooks…and in grades 9-12 continuing with Dell laptops, and ALL of them will have access to our district’s institutional Google accounts.  We are excited about the Chromebook Initiative, and the Google Classroom tools, and we can’t wait to get all of our folks rounding third base and heading for home!

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