Thursday, January 15, 2015

The EGHS Collab Lab: Semester 1 In Review

The Collab Lab, in its third year, continued as the hub for professional learning at Elk Grove High School. But there were new and exciting developments. As the semester comes to a close, we wanted to share some highlights.

A Timeline of Highlights: 

 August
  • A new Innovative Technology Team is formed: 
    • Innovative Technology Facilitator
      •  Linda Ashida
    • Division Technology Coaches:
      • Rachel Barry - Math / Science
      • Mark Heintz - Social Science / World Language / ELL
      • Kim Miklusak - English / Fine Arts
  • A New Mission: Connect - Learn - Share
  • ~1700 iPads Deployed to students and staff
  • Established this CollabBlog
    • Highlights of learning and collaboration at EGHS
    • Staff and student contributions posted twice weekly
September 
  • Peer Learning Groups begin their 4th year of job-embedded professional learning.
    • Teams of 4-10 staff participate in two-week class visit rotations
      • Week one: Visit a peer's class
      • Week two: Meet to discuss lesson and share learning
    • Occasional breaks taken from two-week class observations for mini-workshops
      • Workshop and sharing sessions on Schoology, Presentation Tools, etc.
  • A New Professional Learning Team is formed:  Elk Grove Lead Learners Team 
  • Digital Citizenship and Leadership Presentations to Classes
    • Four classes established Twitter Hashtags to :
      • Elk Grove Leadership Through Service: #EGLTS
      • AP Spanish: #EGAPSPAN
      • AP French: #FRAPEG
      • Business Entrepreneurship: #EGENTRE
October
November 
  • EG staff participate in #EdCampChicago hosted by Buffalo Grove High School
  • EG staff participate in District 214 Twitter event:  #D214OneDay
  • ITF and DTCs participate in Training for Infinite Campus

December
  • Collab Lab Grand Opening
    • The Collab Lab rennovation exanded our learning space to create a more dynamic collaborative learning space for staff.  We hosted a Collab Lab House Warming Party to celebrate!
  • Preparation for New iPad Proposals for the 2015-16 School year:
    • Physical Education 866
    • Student Services:  All-school 1:1 Pathways to Success
    • Elk Grove Leadership Through Service
    • AP Biology
    • Personal Finance

January
  • Infinite Campus Training  
    • The Innovative Technology Team facilitated training sessions for teachers to support the transition to our new Student Information System. 
As we reflect on our first semester, we are looking forward even more opportunities second semester to "Connect-Learn-Share" with our colleagues.

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