Transform Your Staff Meetings with Edtech
As necessary as they may be, staff meetings are usually not something most teachers look forward to.
The meetings are often held at the end of the day when teachers are exhausted and likely to disengage from instructional matters. The meetings inevitably turn into informational sessions that could have been better handled through email, and your teachers have lost out on a collaborative opportunity.
To transform your staff meetings, use edtech to encourage collaboration among education professionals.
First, flip the meeting
One of the first steps to take in staff meeting transformation is to flip the meetings the way teachers flip instruction in their classrooms.
When holding a flipped meeting, administrators send out information before the meeting. Staff members are responsible for reading and learning about the subject matter to be discussed. The benefit is that they can do this on their own time in preparation for working with their colleagues.
Engage with edtech
Are you placing copies in teacher mailboxes or emailing attachments? If so, you’re still relying on old-school practices.
The staff information you send to everyone can be delivered in a variety of formats, including your blog, videos made using digital storytelling software like Powtoon, and broadcast videos. Like their students, your staff learns in a variety of ways. Edtech can help you address every adult learner’s need.
Value everyone’s time
Once you have everyone assembled for the meeting, avoid reviewing the information you already sent out. Instead, turn to edtech to spark conversations and keep the meeting moving forward. Educator edtech favorites include:
Organizing binders can be a burdensome task made all the more frustrating when someone forgets to bring the materials to the staff meeting. The notebooks your staff needs for meetings can be just a mouse click away. Livebinders stores everything online in a digital binder. Create a table of contents, insert links for attachments and videos, and update your binders easily.
If you’d like to know how your staff feels about a specific initiative or other topic, you can quickly gather responses with this app. All you do is ask your question, collect the responses sent via smart phone or another device, and share the instant results.
By providing opportunities for compelling interaction, you’ll find that you and your staff will look forward to staff meetings because they are not only enlightening but engaging.