Officially Introducing: The Friday 5

One of the many projects that we have had in development within the Digital and Multimedia Learning Department is what we call “The Friday 5.” This interactive, multimedia resource has been designed to be a collection of concise, curated content shared from us to you, our colleagues, with the goal of  helping you enhance the digital and multimedia learning in your corner of the world. Starting with … Continue reading Officially Introducing: The Friday 5

Edcamp Cobb Recap

At Edcamp Cobb, everyone is a winner. Nineteen schools from three different districts came out this past Saturday to participate in Edcamp Cobb.  Structured as an “unconference”, an Edcamp is a model of professional learning, where the participants set the schedule of sessions the day of the event, and the sessions function more like group discussions.  The sessions that arose during Edcamp Cobb included: Using tools such … Continue reading Edcamp Cobb Recap

Creating Powerful Presentations

Many of us have created presentations for one occasion or another, but are we doing them well?  Are they actually engaging our desired audience(s)? When creating truly engaging face-to-face or online presentations, a best practice is to include more memorable graphics while the text works to summarize the main idea or topic.  People learn more when presented with a picture-only presentation with a narrative versus … Continue reading Creating Powerful Presentations

How to: Excel with Kelly Brown

Our Technology Training Specialist Kelly Brown, a member of the Digital Transformation Team, just expanded her training reach into the realm of regular webinars.  These webinars, hosted through Skype for Business, have been tailored to meet the needs and concerns of classified (non-instructional or academic leadership) staff within the Cobb County School District. The first course in the webinar series, called “How to: Excel” features … Continue reading How to: Excel with Kelly Brown

Flipping Your Staff Meetings

In addition to the Office of Learning Resources, The Digital and Multimedia Learning Department also includes an Office of Online Professional Learning, which is lead by veteran educator Joe Crawford.   Within this arm of Professional Learning in the Cobb County School District, Joe focuses upon online professional learning solutions.  This week’s post illustrates a professional learning strategy administrators can implement to provide more meaningful and teacher-centered … Continue reading Flipping Your Staff Meetings

Fall Professional Learning and Vendor Fair for Media Specialists

Last Thursday, October 15th, the Media Specialists from all schools in Cobb County converged on our Digital and Multimedia Learning offices for a half-day of learning, collaboration, and inspiration. Participants came in two waves: elementary school Media Specialists arrived for the morning session while middle and high school Media Specialists came for the afternoon session. Each session began in much the same way with our Library … Continue reading Fall Professional Learning and Vendor Fair for Media Specialists

Collaborative Professional Learning

Today, our Digital Transformation Coach Nadia paired up with Wenona, one of our CCSD Title I Academic Coaches to deliver a Professional Learning session to their peers.  By bringing together both of their experiences within the classroom and as coaches, the two women were able to share ways in which digital tools can be used to help classroom teachers, streamline day-to-day work, and to aid in … Continue reading Collaborative Professional Learning