Thirty teachers from Edina just finished a Teaching and Technology Cohort through Hamline University. The Teaching and Technology cohort focused on improving their leadership and technology skills through four blended courses.
The focus of the classes was to enhance practice of integrating technology into Edina’s curriculum as well as build leadership skills in teachers in the field of technology and learning. The cohort gave participants the opportunity to collaborate with Edina colleagues from different grade levels and buildings. The cohort was taught in a blended format where the cohort met face to face once a month and then completed the rest of the work online.
Here are a few of their final reflections about the cohortBrit's Reflection
Reflection from Eric
I came into the year and the cohort as a user of technology, but a hesitant one at that. My ah-ha moment came when I realized that using technology is about jumping in and play, play, play. I feel that this is the best way to get kids using technology and programs, it also works for adults. When you play, the overwhelming pressure that comes with learning something new that is previously unfamiliar goes away. From my participation in this cohort I feel that I have changed as a learner and teacher. I have changed because if you want to learn new technology you have to take the time and play with it. I have seen this in my students the past year. When they are given the time to play and explore with an application their success level greatly expands of they are given time to explore and play. I would like to take some time to highlight one project that I worked on in particular and that is coding. You can see my link to the work that I did with this project on this website. Coding is a fantastic activity to have your kids work on collaboratively or as individuals. Students learn industry, problem solving and critical thinking skills all in a fun and non threatening environment.
You have to Read and Experience Kristen's reflections here!
Leslie's Kids are now a Community of Collaborators and Problem Solvers!
Megan's Adventures in Digital Age Learning
This Blew the lid off the possibilities - Shandra
I didn't know what I didn't Know - Sarah
Thanks to all the amazing reflections from the Edina T&T Cohort! Another cohort will begin October 2014! Edina teachers, stay tuned for more details!