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Sara Armstrong offers numerous professional development services.
Sara Armstrong offers a variety of services that can take the form of keynote addresses, conference sessions, specialized workshops for conferences, or ongoing professional development at a variety of educational venues. All topics listed are tailored for each audience and format requirements.
Project-Based Learning in a Technology Rich Environment
The challenge of bringing 21st Century learning and teaching into today’s schools is huge. Many schools and districts across the country have found that project-based learning addresses the challenge. Students learn to work collaboratively, research effectively, present their findings, draw from all disciplines, and realize the “real world” applications of how they spend their time at school. And test scores go up. See examples. Develop criteria for your own setting. Share ideas. Our kids (and teachers) deserve it.
Asking Good Questions
With so much information easily available, students need help creating and evaluating the questions they are formulating for their projects, research, and all learning tasks. Processes have been identified to help teachers and students, which can be learned easily and implemented quickly to produce more thoughtful problem solvers in our classes. Engaging students in convergent, divergent, and metacognitive activities as they work on their questions encourages the further development of critical thinking.
Digital Storytelling: Using Multimedia Tools to Tell the Tale
Once upon a time, we all learned our lessons sitting around a campfire, or our grandmother’s kitchen, as the elders told us stories that taught how to think, how to act, and what was important in life. Today, technology tools make it possible for everyone to share themselves and their learning using words, images, sounds, and other effects. A huge audience—the whole world—awaits the insights of you and your students.
Since we all suffer from TMI (too much information) these days, we must help students sort through what they see and hear from the myriad sources available, including television, radio, billboards, books, magazines, and the Internet. There are solid criteria for evaluating websites, video segments, TV ads, and other media. Familiarizing students with these tools equips them for critically analyzing anything they see and hear.
Participating in the Global Conversation
Through online projects, students can learn about themselves and others as they share knowledge, increase understanding, and develop cross-cultural skills. Projects ranging from The MY HERO Project to Global SchoolNet Foundation’s CyberFair and Doors to Diplomacy allow students to share opinions, ideas, stories, short films and art work.
Multiple Intelligences in the Curriculum
We all encompass varying degrees of a variety of intelligences, including linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, musical, bodily-kinesthetic, naturalist, interpersonal, and intrapersonal abilities. When we can provide opportunities for students to learn using these intelligences, they strengthen their abilities in all areas.
Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning
Effective use of technology skills enhances instruction in all areas of the curriculum. An array of tools, Web sites, online and offline materials make teaching and learning more interesting for teachers and students.
Writing and Editing Your Documents
Need help formulating your tech plan? Getting documents ready for Board approval? Developing curriculum or creating implementation plans with teachers? An experienced instructional designer, writer, editor, and proof reader–Sara Armstrong can help you!