The Educational Technology Training Team is comprised of Educational Technology and Application Specialists focused on training teachers, office professionals and administrators to use applications for a variety of purposes.
Tech Training Team
Director, Ed Tech & Training
- Rebecca Dover
- Brian Fitzgerald
- Tim Hahn
- Lisa Hopkins
- Lindsay Kerkman
- Amy Newburn
- Archer Porter
- Chris Pultz
- Jarred Rowe
CLASS Conference (Summer)
The CLASS Conference intends to provide professional learning that will meet the needs of teachers still emerging in their use of technology as well as the teachers that have been teaching with it for some time. The CLASS Conference is a day-long event at which teachers can “build-their-own” professional learning schedule of up to six topics.
New Teacher Orientation
As part of the “warm welcome!” extended to all new LPS employees, we spend a day helping them set up their teacher laptop, introduce them to Synergy, and walk them through the ocean of digital tools every teacher needs to know about.
The Educational Technology Training team will come out to your building and train staff on current workshop topics as long as the following is understood:
- There are 10 or more staff members committed to participate.
- School Building Administration is aware and supportive.
- The sessions are scheduled to be held outside of regular teacher time (before or after school)
- The class is scheduled to run the same amount of time as district-offered classes of the same type.
Note: Building principals may decide to spend staff development time toward technology topics which then will count toward the 7 hours of building flex. Participation is tracked at the building level.
BL@TS (Blueprint for Assessing Technology Skills) is an LPS designed and delivered tool that allows teachers to self-assess their technology skills and awareness. Afterwards, building administrators receive data (without ties to teacher names) that can drive decision making around building staff development needs.
Created in 2009, BL@TS is currently in its 3rd major revision, updated regularly to reflect the realities of the changing technology landscape in LPS. The current revision of BL@TS is delivered within Qualtrics.
To move forward with using BL@TS with your staff, please reach out to Kristi Peters.
Foundational Skills Spreadsheets
The Foundational Skills spreadsheets are LPS developed tools for identifying specific skills considered to be foundational to success (for teachers) using technology. It provides a flexible skill development option for teachers that does not involve travel across LPS, or additional time commitments, and it offers an individualized pathway towards baseline skills with no avenue to “not know” how to perform them.
The spreadsheets contains a series of individual pages (tabs) for each of the base tools identified. Each tab presents a series of skills presented as questions with YES/NO responses. If the teacher does not know how to perform a skill, they are presented with links to support materials providing instructions for how to perform this skill.
To move forward with using a Foundational Skills Spreadsheet with your staff, please reach out to the Computing Services Training team.
Schedule Professional Learning
Building administrators, department coordinators and curricular specialists may contact Computing Services (firstname.lastname@example.org or 458-3139) to request professional learning sessions that meet your individual needs.
- If you have been provided a laptop by LPS, please bring it to every workshop you attend.
- Computing Services does not determine FLEX eligibility. Check with your specific curricular area for details on which sessions may qualify toward your district FLEX plan.