This is my first year participating in Leadership Day. The idea is to share “whatever you like related to effective school technology leadership: successes, challenges, reflections, needs, wants, etc.”
So I thought it might be helpful to share what principals in my service area do to support curriculum videoconferencing. I don’t think any of them actually do ALL of these, but it provides a nice menu of ways to support videoconferencing in the school.
Learning About VC
Watch a videoconference or two each year to see how students and teachers are using this tool
- Subscribe to my email list with the “ads” of what curriculum opportunities are available
- Attend Jazzing Up Your Curriculum with VC
Promoting Professional Development About VC
- Scheduling every year or so a staff meeting overview of videoconferencing in the curriculum, how to sign up, mini-grants, etc. They schedule this with me.
- Send the VC coordinator to initial full day training and to follow-up training as needed.
- When the VC coordinator leaves or retires or isn’t working well, send another person to get the coordinator training. This full day training I offer in the fall every year.
- Find funding to assist in paying for programs
- A few elementary principals each year encourage EVERY teacher to participate in a VC that year
- One principal encourages teachers who aren’t using VC to include VC in their personal professional development plan
- Have teachers share success stories during staff meetings.
How does your principal support videoconferencing in your school? Please comment!