Strand Descriptions


1. Accountability / Assessment
This strand focuses on data and assessment to improve student achievement, evaluate needs, and set goals. The target audience for this strand are those responsible for school improvement, including assistant superintendents and administrators.

  1. Tech tools for formative & summative assessment
  2. Data driven decision making / RTI
  3. Data teams & analysis
  4. ePortfolios
  5. Grants & Initiatives
  6. School Improvement
  7. Standards Based Systems

2. Differentiated Instruction
This strand focuses on differentiating instructional practices based on the needs of the students. The target audience is specialists and classroom teachers that provide a variety of interventions and instructional strategies.

  1. Gifted
  2. ELL/ESL
  3. RTI
  4. Special Needs / Special Ed
  5. Assistive Technology
  6. Regular classroom intervention strategies
  7. Classroom Management
  8. One-computer classroom

3. Digital Creation
This strand focuses on creating digital media for student projects, communication with parents and community stakeholders, and professional development needs. The target audience is classroom teachers, and especially fine arts & communication arts teachers.

  1. Storytelling
  2. Digital cameras & video cameras (Smart Phone, Flip, etc)
  3. Digital Video, Video Production
  4. Video Streaming (SchoolTube, TeacherTube, YouTube)
  5. Music, Art - Journalism, Yearbook, eBooks, Media Arts
  6. Podcast / iTunes
  7. Animation / Multimedia
  8. Game based learning

4. Virtual Teaching & Learning
This strand focuses on teaching and learning online. The target audience is classroom teachers and leaders interested in using online resources, library media specialists, professional development directors, and communications directors.

  1. Online learning
  2. Web Conferencing, Webinars, Online Meetings
  3. Videoconferencing (H.323, SIP, Skype, Apple, Google)
  4. Course management systems (Moodle, Blackboard, WebCT, Schooltown)
  5. Social Networking (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr)
  6. Collaboration Tools - wikis, Google docs
  7. Choosing & Organizing Blogs/RSS feeds

5. Innovative Instruction & Engaged Learning
This strand focuses on teaching with 21st century skills while integrating technology into the classroom. The target audience is preK-16 educators interested in using the Internet and technology equipment and tools with their teaching.

  1. K-12 technology integration
  2. Best Practices & Project/Problem Based Learning
  3. Subject/Content Area Focus / STEM
  4. 21st Century Skills
  5. Inquiry-Based Learning / WebQuests
  6. Technology rich lessons
  7. Instructional Strategy Tools (IWB, doc cameras, Google, Marzano, student response systems)

6. Leadership & Professional Learning
This strand focuses on providing guidance and focused support for all educators. The target audience is professional development directors, curriculum coordinators, technology specialists, and administrators.

  1. Assessment
  2. Professional Development
  3. Curriculum & Instructional Technology
  4. Professional Learning Communities & Networks - PLC & PLN
  5. School Safety & Cyberbullying
  6. Innovative leadership practices
  7. Classroom observation
  8. Grants & Initiatives

7. Library & Media Literacy
This strand focuses on information and communications literacy. The target audience is library media specialists, technology integration specialists, and those educators responsible for teaching communication arts.

  1. Information and Web Literacy
  2. Copyright & Fair use
  3. Creative Commons
  4. Library & classroom collaboration
  5. Netiquette & Digital Citizenship
  6. Digital Librarian
  7. Reading & Writing Blogs

8. Mobile Learning
This strand focuses on learning and teaching using mobile devices. The target audience is teachers and leaders interested in using handheld devices in the classroom and for professional development, as well as those educators interested in 1-1 initiatives.

  1. Smart Phones & PDA’s
  2. eReaders (Kindle, Nook, Kobo)
  3. iPads & iPods
  4. Tablets & Netbooks
  5. AlphaSmart Neo & Neo2

9. Technical Infrastructure & Support
This strand focuses on technology information, security, and infrastructure of the educational institutions. The target audience is IT administrators, tech directors whose job includes IT, technology technicians.

  1. 1:1, Open campus, BYOD (bring your own device)
  2. Wireless networking & Cloud Computing
  3. Network security
  4. Virtualization
  5. Staffing & Support & Tech Management
  6. Filtering (CDA, CIPA, COPA)
  7. Open Source Systems - software, applications, management
Last modified: Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 08:57 AM