Last week I was able to deliver the face to face portion of the Flipped PD session I had been planning. I asked the teachers to log into the district moodle site and join my PD class. Once enrolled they were to watch a 5 minute video on what an Infographic is and tips on designing one. At the end of the video there were 3 pieces of information to fill out in an embedded Google Form. These three questions were based on what I had learned at TCEA from the Three Tech Ninjas – WSQ.
- Where did you watch the video?
- Summarize what you learned?
- Ask a Question that you have or that someone else might have?
Of the fourteen teachers that were to attend all but three logged in to moodle and answered the questions. Those 3 teachers were male teachers, not sure if that is relevant, but I found it interesting. The summaries and questions were good to see ahead of time and let me know what concerns the teachers were walking in the door with and I was able to prepare to address those concerns at the beginning of our session.
When it was time to meet face to face I had prepared example assignments of how a teacher might assign an inforgraphic creation to students. I included the data they would need to create the final product so that we could get to the heart of making an infographic with PowerPoint I tried to make the assignments and data relevant to their current or upcoming units of study and based on a PBL approach more than a straight forward assignment. I wanted to try to model best practices all around as much as possible. I also had prepared a handout that covered the basics of how we were going to use PowerPoint and the tools that would be most useful in this assignment. I made sure to focus on things that were new or different than the normal use of PowerPoint so that I did honor there time with me.
I began by thanking them for watching the video ahead of time and answering some of their questions they had asked. I also told them we would now get started with creating their own infographic and I would not be talking about what an infographic was since they had already learned that. I wanted to re-emphasize that the time they had already invested was worth it and I would be honoring that.
Overall they had positive things to say and were excited to walk away with something practical they could use. They also appreciated all the hands on time and got a good feel of what would be involved in making an assignment like this for their students. The biggest confirmation that this was time well spent is that the 8th grade teachers are assigning an infographic to their students for after Spring Break. Looking forward to seeing this strategy played out in the classroom! I also look forward to trying out the Flipped PD model again in the future.