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Thank you Martha Holden Jennings Foundation!

The Deep Dive Series was made possible through a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation (MHJF),  to fund the Cloud Leadership Project.  The Cloud Leadership Project combined the Leadership Symposium with the Deep Dive Series! Each Deep Dive series session provided professional development allowing participants to intensively examine the cloud-based technologies most salient to individual district needs in a smaller and topic-focused learning setting.

The Deep Dive Series of classes has now concluded, but educators can access the resources stemming from the Deep Dive Series and Technology Leadership Symposium by following the links below.

The Deep Dive series of professional development offerings allows administrators to intensively explore topics related to the way technology is reshaping student’s learning environments and how they can stay on the forefront of these changes.   The internet and mobile applications have transformed our way of life, economic processes, and learning expectations.  For example, social media (such as Facebook and Twitter) has become a critical way of communicating with stakeholders; online office suites (such as Google Docs and Microsoft Live) have created global collaboration initiatives; and creative content sites (such as YouTube and Vimeo) have opened up new ways to connect and communicate. The Deep Dive series addresses this transformation through five, hands-on classes that allow administrators the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of specific cloud leadership topics and their impact on teaching and learning.

Cloud-based services extend learning opportunities in myriad ways.  Innovative technology makes the learning environment adaptable to users of different learning styles.  It moves from a “brick and mortar” learning environment to “24/7” access to learning tools.  It allows students to transform from consumers to contributors of the content that shapes their learning.  Free cloud-based apps—such as Google Apps—stretch the technology budget in an environment in which funds are increasingly scarce.  And cloud-based learning promotes student creativity while building real-world skills about project management, team collaboration, and effectively using technology.

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All of our resources are available for you to review at your own pace! Browse information and links provided through presentations at the

2011 Leadership Symposium

as well as

resources shared at all of the Deep Dive classes

 

 

Completed Deep Dive Sessions: 
Browse information and links provided through presentations at the  2011 Leadership Symposium  as well as  resources shared at all of the Deep Dive classes

Working Collaboratively with Google Docs, 12/5/11
Sure, Google Docs is a great online office suite providing users the ability to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations from anywhere at anytime. Are you aware however, of its amazing collaborative features? Share and present presentations across the web, embed your document on your blog or website, even work on a spreadsheet together in real-time with 50 of your closest friends. Using Google Forms, assessments can be quickly created, distributed, and analyzed in a class, throughout a building, or across a district...with just a few clicks.  All of this is possible and more with the power of Google Docs!

iPad Apps For Education, 1/10/12
Do you have a basic understanding of how the iPad works? Have you downloaded some apps and are now ready for the next step? Then this class is for you.   Administrators will explore productivity tools, including apps for note taking, file sharing, and document management.  We’ll look at tools for IEPs, classroom observations, presentations, and eReaders.  Do you have questions about accessing and using Microsoft Office files?  How do you work with multiple email accounts?  We’ll address these questions and explore many other iPad Apps so you can get the most out of this incredible mobile device!

Web Tools for Administrators, 2/2/12
The cloud has amazing tools for educators! Join us as we explore tools that are free, reside on the Internet, and foster 21st century skills for collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking.  Participants will work with web tools for editing images, capturing screencasts, communication tools for a variety of audiences, and productivity tools for file sharing and presentations.  We’ll also look at web tools that can have a powerful impact on teaching and learning.

Google Apps For Education, 2/22/12
Google loves educators! Join us as we explore Google tools that focus on the core areas of 21st century learning skills: creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration. Google has created applications that help administrators organize information as well as communicate more efficiently and effectively. This class will focus on the following Google Apps: Picnik, Books, Blogger, Reader, and Maps.

Working Collaboratively with Google Docs, 3/5/11
Sure, Google Docs is a great online office suite providing users the ability to create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations from anywhere at anytime. Are you aware however, of its amazing collaborative features? Share and present presentations across the web, embed your document on your blog or website, even work on a spreadsheet together in real-time with 50 of your closest friends. Using Google Forms, assessments can be quickly created, distributed, and analyzed in a class, throughout a building, or across a district...with just a few clicks.  All of this is possible and more with the power of Google Docs! 

The Socially Connected School, 3/8/12 
Students and parents use social networks like Facebook and Twitter on a daily basis.  Our communities are actively texting,  twittering, and facebooking with friends, neighbors, and businesses.  Many maintain a blog, wiki or post to YouTube.  How can these communities be harnessed for school communications and student learning potential?  We will focus on ways to build your own Personal Learning Network and will introduce you to several ways to incorporate these online sites for valuable collaboration opportunities in your schools.  Information on keeping students safe and advice for dealing with n’etiquette will be provided.