As we dive into the 2020-2021 school year, we're taking a look back at how the shift to virtual instruction impacted our professional development trainings this summer.
Summer Wrap Up and Fall Kick Off
As we pivoted from in-person workshops to virtual trainings this summer, we learned that teachers are hungry for a hands-on professional development experience offered in a virtual format.
We were heading into somewhat unknown territory when we began to move our trainings online in June. How could we provide individual attention to all of our teachers? Could we ensure an hands-on experience? What type of online platform should we use?
We should have known that K-12 teachers would be the perfect group of people to learn the ropes of virtual learning with. Teachers showed up on our screens with all the enthusiasm we usually experience at in-person workshops, ready and eager to learn new content as well as virtual tools and methods to implement in their own classrooms this fall. We laughed, we cried, we learned how to use virtual breakout rooms – we made it through together.
Here are the takeaways from our virtual professional development workshops this summer (June-July).
According to our evaluation report, teachers took note of the virtual elements of the workshops such as technical features, ability to watch recorded sessions after the workshop, and the importance of retaining hands-on instruction.
Moving forward, we know one thing for sure: virtual workshops make cyber education more accessible. While the structure of the upcoming school year and beyond remains uncertain, we do know that virtual workshops will continue to play an increasingly important role alongside our traditional face-to-face model.
View the full virtual professional development evaluation report for this summer here.
Whether you’re headed back into the classroom or back to your at-home virtual instruction set-up, we've got you covered. We’ve put together this quick grab bag of cyber resources for you as this fall gets rolling.
Cyber Safety Video Series
In our new Cyber Safety Video Series, we've highlighted some common potential threats you're likely to face online and what you can do to stay safe. These videos may be especially helpful to students and teachers now finding themselves who are teaching and learning via video conference calls. View them here.
Virtual Workshops and Webinars
In addition to curriculum-specific trainings, we’ve also just kicked off our fall Cyber Ed Webinar Series. In these monthly webinars, you’ll see guests from industry, education, and government give their perspectives on big-picture issues facing cyber education initiatives. Keep an eye on upcoming events here.
At-home activities for students
There is something here for everyone with fun, project-based activities for elementary, middle, and high school students. Teachers may use these lessons to make assignments to their students for remote learning. Parents can download lessons for their children to explore at home. We’ll continue to update this page with new lessons throughout this period of social distancing. View activities here.