Building a 21st Century Professional Learning Community to Support iPad Integration
Adjusting to a bolder global future, leaders at Glastonbury Public Schools revamped teachers’ professional learning communities to support iPad integration in classrooms.
A 1-to-1 iPad initiative starting in 2013 at Glastonbury High School is expanding to the middle schools. Teachers must update their instructional practices and apply technology correctly.
Glastonbury is using the SAMR model, an acronym for “Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition.” It’s a method for moving through technology adoption gradually to find more practical and meaningful applications.
Meanwhile, professional learning is built on Learning Forward standards. “It is innovative in that teacher voice and choice are premiere requirements” in developing tailored learning opportunities, says Superintendent Alan Bookman.
District leaders teach sessions, which range from Google Basics to iBook development. Teachers have so far developed iBooks, along with open educational resources, to supplement or replace textbooks. For districts implementing a similar program, Glastonbury recommends administrators ensure professional learning is connected to their strategic plan, involve teachers in all decisions and seek feedback to adjust learning opportunities.