In response to the current moment in education and results from our distance learning professional development needs survey, the Hanahau’oli School Professional Development Center is partnering with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education to offer a series of three workshops. Created and led by learning design and technology expert Dr. Michael Menchaca, this workshop series focuses on: maximizing your inherent strengths as a passionate educator, best practices for online instruction, an introduction to an array of valuable tools and strategies, and a deep dive into maximizing Google tools for distance learning. Each of the three stand-alone synchronous workshops include the most current information about the focus topic, opportunities for application, time for personal reflection, and space to ask questions, get answers, and engage in dialogue with your peers.
Workshop I: Best Practices for Crisis Online InstructionWednesday April 22, 2020The coronavirus pandemic yields unprecedented challenges, educating children in challenging conditions chief among them. Without the luxury of time to appropriately learn, practice, and apply tested strategies in complex environments, we are left with the unenviable task of simply working with what we have. However, what we have is strong: deep understanding of good teaching, commitment to students, a will to succeed, and the capacity to learn. This workshop will build on our inherent strengths and provide practical approaches for teaching online that can be used right away. These approaches will be scaffolded with a model focusing on four crucial areas: Content, Asynchronous vs. Synchronous delivery, and Assessment. Each will be explained and concrete examples of successful strategies with specific tools provided. Strategies will include examples of best practices such as design considerations, pedagogy, interactivity and engagement, and assessment. In addition, follow-up resources for long-range planning will be provided.
Workshop II: Resources and Tools for Online InstructionWednesday April 29, 2020The current global crisis requires immediate understanding of complex technologic tools applied in challenging environments. Understanding the dilemma, this workshop will present participants appropriate resources and tools to support online instruction. Participants will be shown strategies for incorporating technology in a wide array of settings. Tools and resources presented will support collaboration, information literacy, access to primary sources, data-based problem-solving, and addressing issues of social justice. Participants will be exposed to web-based sources and review specific software applications. In addition, participants will be given time to reflect and discuss integration approaches. Participants will be asked to think about how these tools might be utilized in their own areas of expertise.
Workshop III: Working with Google Apps and Google ClassroomWednesday May 6, 2020Google provides an available and relatively uncomplicated suite of tools to support just about any learning environment. This workshop will provide real-world examples of successful uses of Google tools in K-12 settings. The presenter will discuss methods for fostering collaboration to support complex problem-solving with examples in elementary, STEM, humanities, and writing. Focus will be on classroom management, apps, design and how specific Google tools can be used in virtual communities for learning and interaction. Specific tools showcased will include: Classroom, Drive, G Suite (e.g., Docs, Sheets), and Sites.