Instructional Technology supports the academic mission of Greenville County Schools by helping teachers and other instructional leaders find innovative ways to use technology to achieve their teaching goals. Drawing on expertise in both technology and pedagogy, the IT staff works with schools to develop and implement project-based learning, model effective technology infused lessons, and guide the purchase of new technology for the classroom.
Participants will learn the value of creating authentic assessments, designing effective lesson plans, and aligning technology tools with subject area content and the Common Core standards. An emphasis will be placed on a variety of skills and strategies including:
Teacher participants learn how to integrate emerging technologies such as blogging, podcasting, wikis, and collaborative productivity tools into student instruction.
Using specific classroom scenarios, teachers explore characteristics and benefits of Project-Based Learning (PBL). Throughout the course, teachers consider their own teaching practice as they follow a teacher new to project-based learning who discusses strategies with a mentor teacher. They also consider the ways that technology supports project-based approaches. Planning and project design modules guide teachers through organizing the curriculum, the classroom, technology, and students for successful 21st century projects. The assessment module demonstrates strategies for assessing students’ 21st century skills throughout an open-ended project.
Collaboration in the Digital Classroom is an interactive e-learning experience that offers an in-depth look at collaboration with a focus on online collaborative tools. In this course, teachers see how collaboration helps students develop 21st century thinking skills, deepen content understanding, and prepare them for the global world. Teachers learn how to plan and manage collaboration activities that integrate online collaborative tools increasingly part of our globally connected workplaces. They follow two teachers as they implement collaborative experiences in their classrooms.