Doing Professional Development Differently

Just say the words Professional Development around any teachers and most of the time you get a disgusted look and an explanation of wasted time.  I think everyone has seen a variation of this picture: So the question needs to be asked how can we do professional development differently? How can we make PD purposeful [...]

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Going One2One Week 1

As we (Pickerington Schools) venture into the world of Going One2One, I plan on posting a weekly update to the items, activities and leadership pieces that we have created and taken part of during the week. If you haven't read about our Going One2One program, I would encourage you to check out our website at: [...]

Why Chromebooks?

The District in 2015 transitioned all email systems, file storage, calendar services, video conferencing services, classroom learning management systems to Google Apps for Education. With this transition more of more of the District’s educators are using Google Apps for Education products in their classrooms, ranging from Google Classroom to collaborative Google Docs. The past practice [...]

Common EdTech Definitions

Digital Learning - is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student's learning experience. Synchronous Online Learning - refers to a learning event in which a group of online students are engaging in learning at the same time. Asynchronous Online Learning - is a student-centered teaching method that uses online learning resources [...]

The Educational Purpose of Technology

Why Technology? In the 21st century, understanding and using technology will be an integral part of virtually every aspect of daily life. It is the school system's responsibility to prepare students for this future. The classroom is the primary place where this preparation will occur; therefore, every classroom must be equipped with technology to support [...]

The Gears of Blended Learning

As we move into the world of One2One devices at Pickerington Local Schools, I am going to post a weekly update to the instructional vision of our One2One program. In Pickerington Local School District, we believe that the future of technology integration is through a blended learning model that would create an environment where students [...]