Westfield Public School teachers may have closed their classroom doors in June, but 65 of them voluntarily returned as students themselves in instructional technology workshops this summer. The teachers focused on honing their skills under the expert guidance of Westfield’s Master Technology teachers Jeanine Gottko and Adam Pizzi.
“I took two of Jeanine Gottko's Tech Professional Development workshops this summer, one in June, and one in July, and was really glad that I did,” stated Carole Stavitski, School Nurse/Health Educator at Westfield High School (pictured last row – far right), a participant in the ‘Guide to Getting the Most out of Your iPad’ workshop led by Gottko (standing at projector).
“The workshop was chock-full of ideas for apps for classroom use for enrichment, or projects or research,” continued Stavitski. “I also attended ‘Social Media for Professional Development,’ which focused on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google Plus. I loved this workshop! Today everyone is making connections within the educational field via Twitter. It was interesting to learn the implications for education,” explained Stavitski.
Courses taught by Gottko and Pizzi also included Classroom Collaborative Tools K-12; Google Apps for Beginners: Docs, Forms & Presentations; Elementary Online Curriculum Resources; Digital Storytelling K-12, which explored the latest platforms to utilize in student produced videos; and Flipping your K-12 Classroom, which utilizes technology to enhance student learning inside and outside the classroom.
Pizzi and Gottko continue to offer Professional Development courses during the school year after dismissal, as well as to provide assistance to teachers with projects in the classroom.