Quality Pro-D: Does it count?

First, a disclaimer. This is not going to be a politically slanted post. The reason I put the “Does it Count” in the title is that three things have got me thinking about teacher professional development today. The first is provincial government’s decision to have more oversight of teacher Pro-D. I am not going to comment on how I feel about that decision right now, but it did get me thinking about what sorts of things that the government thinks would “count” as pro-d. 

Some of the other things that got me thinking about professional development are things I can safely group together. Over Spring break, when parusing Twitter I came across the idea of coffeeEDU. ( coffeeEDU.org ). The idea is that teachers get together over coffee to discuss ideas and practice. That was followed a couple of days later by being invited to an Ignite Night in North Vancouver. For those of you who don’t know, an Ignite Night is an opportunity for teachers to meet at a restaurant and listen to other teachers present ideas that they are excited or passionate about. It was the last Ignite Night that I attended that inspired me to write this blog. The final item in this group of events that got me thinking about Pro-d was a conversation I had with Joy (since I have mentioned her I am sure to have more people view this post). She was talking about ways that our SEAs could find ways to collaborate and share ideas with each other. The thing that all of these things have in common is both their informal nature and how valuable they can be to teachers in growing their professional practice. 

The final thing that got me thinking about Pro-d happened today. This weekend there is a Google Apps For Education Summit happening inVancouver that I wanted to attend but couldn’t. I was, however, able to learn from this conference by following Jodie Sussex and other attendees on Twitter as they attend the conference over the course of the day. Over the past year or so I have come to admire Jodie for the way she has embraced Twitter as a way to grow professionally and to share her learning with others. 

I am not sure where the future of teacher professional development in B.C. is headed in the future, but what I do know is that theses opportunities for teachers to share their expertise and ideas with others is very important and effective Pro-d. 

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Live Blog Garage Band Workshop

I am really excited. IC is taking over the Apple Store tonight. Five of us signed up for the Garage Band workshop that the Apple Store offers for free in the evenings. I am going to try to blog about our experience in real time as we go.

5:40 Arrival

9:45- We are all ready to go and getting ready to learn

6:00 We have learned the drums. On to keyboarding. It is really difficult to hear, but are finding iris easy to catch on to.

6:15- Time for us to learn about the smart guitar. I love that you can make a song even if you can’t play an instrument.

6:20 A discovery! There are apps that work with garage band can be downloaded in the App Store!

6:30- We are learning how to record our voices over our songs.

I know I haven’t written a lot, but we had a great time and learned a lot.