When Dalton Public Schools reopened in August 2020, the district's technology department knew it would be more important than ever to provide technological support to teachers. With students attending both in-person and virtually, the technology department responded with additional training opportunities for staff.
This year, the district's technology department launched Tech Tidbits, a weekly live webinar for staff to get more information in various tech topics, especially those related to digital learning. Teachers are still continuing to learn and progress as they best seek out what the present and future of academic learning looks like for the students that call our district home.
Hosted every Wednesday, Tech Tidbits is a virtual, technology focused professional development session. There is also always time allotted at the end of the webinar to answer any questions.
Kellie Erwin, the district's instructional technology coordinator, said the motivation behind the virtual webinar was to adapt in these changing times.
"As we can't go help the staff and faculty in-person anymore due to the coronavirus pandemic, we decided to begin hosting a live virtual professional development meeting," Erwin said.
The weekly live virtual meetings are a unique method for the district's faculty and staff to better learn how to teach and equip students with quality academic engagement.
"Tech Tidbits Live has been a great way we can connect near or far with our staff to help with issues, converse, and do us to provide support face to face on topics relevant to what teachers are experiencing right now," Nick Sun, director of school support, said. "We love to connect with our staff to let them know we are here for them anyway we can."
Even if teachers are not able to participate in the live webinar, Tech Tidbits Live is recorded and uploaded to YouTube shortly after the conclusion of each virtual meeting.
"It might be more useful to watch afterwards when we upload it to YouTube, so then you can pause it when necessary," Kellie Erwin said.
A printed PDF version of Tech Tidbits Live is also sent out to all faculty and staff with an in-depth overview of the topics discussed.
The instructional technology coaches that also help make Tech Tidbits Live possible are available to answer questions throughout the webinar. Their names are Rachel Bray, Janet Hewitt, and Leigh Anne Smith.
If you are a DPS staff member and would like to join the webinar, please check your email for Zoom information.