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The most precious resource for an in-service leader is time. Because teachers are so busy, scheduling professional growth sessions present a real challenge. To make the most of precious time, Web-and-Flow is ready when you are: as Internet-based software, in-service participants can use Web-and-Flow during sessions at a central computer lab, from a classroom computer, or from home, regardless of platform. Beyond this flexibility of location and operating system, the Web-and-Flow process is built around modules that can be completed in short blocks of time. This way, after every session, participants can leave with a sense of accomplishment.
Web-and-Flow is meant to be a stand alone learning environment, meaning people can use Web-and-Flow without a facilitator or trainer. The project-based approach coupled with online tutorials and examples guide people through the process. This said, if a district has many people to train, having someone demonstrate the process and be on hand for support will definitely speed up productivity and satisfaction for first time users. Below are two possible scenarios for using Web-and-Flow as the foundation for in-services.
Scenario #1: The 2 - 3 Day WorkshopSome districts opt to have Tom March lead a workshop, then use resident technology experts to support on-going development and use of the Web for education. However, now that Tom's dumped his brain into Web-and-Flow, let's see how it goes.
The next phases could be implementation of the activity with students, then reflection and revision.
Scenario #2: The Weekly After School Web Club
In this scenario, participants would meet weekly to complete one module of the process. Depending on the time people spent each week (both together and at home), the pace might be brisk or leisurely. Basically, look to the bulleted list above and think of each bullet as one meeting. Many can go more quickly (i.e., the Front End Design) if participants are ready to go. If people are brand new to technology and the Web, biting off each piece of the process per session might be a comforting pace. Remember that each module comes with an online help page and / or examples so people can remediate on their own.
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