Saturday, September 22, 2012

School Improvement Plan 2012-2013

If you want to prosper for a year, grow rice. If you want to prosper for a decade, plant trees. If you want to prosper for a century, grow people.

This school year two of the three School Improvement Plan goals for my school weigh heavily on my shoulders as the school librarian and technology coordinator.

  • Build PLN (professional learning network) with Twitter
  • Fully integrate Moodle in classroom
We have slowly been working on Moodle over the past two years starting with large group, traditional professional development training.  This was followed up with small group, voluntary training.  This year, participation in using our learning management system, Moodle, is required.  I am making appointments with teachers who still need to "get on board" during their planning blocks working with teachers one on one to get the basics up on their Moodle pages.  This includes using the Moodle calendar, posting a syllabus, and posting class resources.  More advanced uses of Moodle I will be encouraging teachers to implement this year include setting up assignments to be turned in online.  

Even our main website and library website have transitioned to Moodle:  

What really blew me away this year was the pronouncement by our principal that teachers would build their PLNs with Twitter.  I am acutely aware of the power of connecting and learning through Twitter, but am also painfully aware of the fact that many teachers are not "connected educators".  

Here is the presentation I did for our teachers this year to get them started connecting on Twitter.  My plan is to follow up during monthly "Coffee Chat" sessions to prescribe a Twitter Rx for each individual teacher.

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