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Project Connect Professional Development Matrix ipad
(Grades 4 through 8 - iPad) 
This year, the Instructional Technology Team will be offering 16 different sessions of professional development to schools currently using iPads in the Project Connect pilot program.  These sessions will be arranged in four strands - Write About It, Create It, Connect and Collaborate, and Evaluate It - with 4 individual sessions offered per strand.  Staff members at these building have the opportunity to register for either morning or afternoon sessions of their choosing.
 
Here are direct links to session descriptions.  Each session has multiple times available in both the morning and afternoon.  Click on the session link to register for your chosen time.  Please sign up using your SJSD email address.
 
WRITE ABOUT IT - writing in a digital world
CREATE IT
- visual literacy and multimedia
CONNECT AND COLLABORATE - collaboration using digital tools
EVALUATE IT - search and information literacy
 
 
 Write About It
SESSION A: Writing online: what really changes?
 
Increasingly, writing is occurring in online spaces. Participants of this session will
learn several simple approaches to moving the practice of writing online.
A particular focus will be the differences between online and analog writing,
and when and where to apply each.
 
Dates/Times (choose one):
 
Sept. 17th - 8 to 11 AM
Sept. 18th - 8 to 11 AM
Oct. 1st - 12 to 3 PM
Oct. 2nd - 12 to 3 PM
Oct. 18th - 12 to 3 PM 
SESSION B: Notetaking and text markup in a digital environment
 
Metacognitive processing is a crucial step in deep understanding. In this session,
participants will explore how notetaking, annotation, and markup of text can increase student learning.
 
Dates/Times (choose one):
 
Nov. 5th - 8 to 11 AM
Nov. 6th - 8 to 11 AM
Nov. 7th - 8 to 11 AM
Dec. 4th - 12 to 3 PM
Dec. 5th - 12 to 3 PM  
SESSION C: Focus on non-fiction
 
Every teacher is a writing teacher. Common Core State Standards have brought a renewed focus on non-fiction writing across content areas. Participants will learn the difference between merely assigning writing and teaching solid writing skills.
 
Dates/Times (choose one): 
 
Jan. 9th - 8 to 11 AM
Jan. 10th - 8 to 11 AM
Jan. 30th - 12 to 3 PM
Jan. 31st - 12 to 3 PM
Feb. 5th - 8 to 11 AM 
SESSION D: Creative writing across all content areas
 
Common Core State Standards have brought a renewed focus on non-fiction writing across content areas. Participants of this session will learn several simple strategies for moving creative writing into the world beyond the Communication Arts classroom.
 
Dates/Times (choose one): 
 
Feb. 27th - 8 to 11 AM
Feb. 28th - 8 to 11 AM
March 18th - 12 to 3 PM
March 19th - 12 to 3 PM
 
 
 Create It
SESSION A: Embracing a highly visual modern world

Students today come to us surrounded by a highly audio-visual world. Engaging the student of today requires an understanding of how this has changed over generations. This very practical session will feature many ways to combine imagery with text as a means of fostering digital literacy
 
Date/Times (choose one):
 
Sept. 20th - 8 to 11 AM
Sept. 21st - 8 to 11 AM
Oct. 4th - 12 to 3 PM
Oct. 5th - 12 to 3 PM 
Oct. 18th - 8 to 11 AM 
SESSION B: Composing visuals - using tools to create artifacts of learning in the visual medium

Participants will leave this session with a handful of simple, practical ways to engage students in the creation of images of many types. The basics of good photography, the creation of infographics, and the creative use of drawing applications will be explored.
 
Date/Times (choose one):
 
Nov. 13th - 8 to 11 AM
Nov. 14th - 8 to 11 AM
Nov. 15th - 8 to 11 AM
Dec. 12th - 12 to 3 PM
Dec. 13th - 12 to 3 PM
Oct. 19th - 8 to 11 AM 
SESSION C: Students as creators: using video to support learning

Participants will create original videos and learn techniques to support student-created video to enhance learning.
 
Date/Times (choose one):
 
Jan. 16th - 8 to 11 AM
Jan 17th - 8 to 11 AM
Feb. 6th - 12 to 3 PM
Feb. 7th - 12 to 3 PM 
SESSION D: Students as creators: using audio to support learning

Audio is an oft-forgotten medium for learning. From supporting reading fluency to the creation of original podcasts, participants will leave with practical ideas for enhancing student learning with audio.
 
Date/Times (choose one):
 
March 5th - 8 to 11 AM
March 6th - 8 to 11 AM
March 20th - 12 to 3 PM
March 21st - 12 to 3 PM 
 
 
 Connect and Collaborate
SESSION A: Purposeful collaboration at all levels: classroom, school, community, & world

Participants will explore many practical tools to support collaborative learning experiences among students. The session will move from collaboration at the classroom level and will conclude with a protocol for connecting your classroom to the world.
 
 Date/Times (choose one):
 
Sept. 17th - 12 to 3 PM
Sept. 18th - 12 to 3 PM
Oct. 1st - 8 to 11 AM 
Oct. 2nd - 8 to 11 AM 
SESSION B: Communicating using media - images, audio, video, etc.

Participants will learn simple ways to foster communication using almost any media. Special attention will be paid to matching specific modes of communication to learning goals.
 
Date/Times (choose one):
 
Nov. 5th - 12 to 3 PM
Nov. 6th - 12 to 3 PM
Nov. 7th - 12 to 3 PM
Dec. 4th - 8 to 11 AM
Dec. 5th - 8 to 11 AM
Oct. 19th - 12 to 3 PM 
SESSION C: Selecting and managing online learning spaces

Participants will learn the basics of selecting and managing online collaborative learning spaces. Particular attention will be paid to matching learning goals with appropriate tools.
 
Date/Times (choose one):
 
Jan. 9th - 12 to 3 PM
Jan. 10th - 12 to 3 PM
Jan. 30th - 8 to 11 AM
Jan. 31st - 8 to 11 AM  
Feb. 5th - 12 to 3 PM 
SESSION D: Managing content and resources in a digital world

Participants will learn multiple ways to save, organize, and archive artifacts of digital learning. A particular focus will be to move students toward ownership and personal responsibility for managing the artifacts of their learning.
 
 Date/Times (choose one):
 
Feb. 27th - 12 to 3 PM
Feb. 28th - 12 to 3 PM
March 18th - 8 to 11 AM
March 19th - 8 to 11 AM 
 
 
Evaluate It
SESSION A: What is Information Literacy?

Participants will hone online search skills such as: framing questions, choosing keywords, and constructing searches. A key focus will be on the similarities and differences between personal and academic online search.
 
Date/Times (choose one):
 
Sept. 20th - 12 to 3 PM
Sept. 21st - 12 to 3 PM
Oct. 4th - 8 to 11 AM 
Oct. 5th - 8 to 11 AM 
SESSION B: Putting it Together: Evaluation and Curation

Participants will strengthen their ability to evaluate all forms of online content using a simple set of criteria. Focus will be on finding the best possible resources and collecting, categorizing, and curating them into shareable and meaningful sets of information.
 
Date/Times (choose one):
 
Nov. 13th - 12 to 3 PM
Nov. 14th - 12 to 3 PM
Nov. 15th - 12 to 3 PM
Dec. 12th - 8 to 11 AM
Dec. 13th - 8 to 11 AM
SESSION C: Keeping It Legal: Citing and Avoiding Plagiarism

Participants will learn to manage information in an online environment. Session will focus on both personal and social bookmarking as well as appropriate citation of all sources in order to avoid plagiarism.
 
Date/Times (choose one):
 
Jan. 16th - 12 to 3 PM
Jan 17th - 12 to 3 PM
Feb. 6th - 8 to 11 AM
Feb. 7th - 8 to 11 AM
SESSION D: Being Fair Users: Sharing as Digital Citizens

Participants will learn the basics of ethical citizenship in a digital world. Focus will be on finding appropriate online content, using it to foster learning, and then share to an appropriate audience utilizing a variety of digital tools. Learn to use a set of new tools as well as how to repurpose familiar tools.
 
Date/Times (choose one):
 
March 5th - 12 to 3 PM
March 6th - 12 to 3 PM
March 20th - 8 to 11 AM
March 21st - 8 to 11 AM