All Hands on Deck: As attendees arrive, give each one card from a deck of cards. During icebreaker, have them group together to make a hand. Later you can regroup them into suits to keep things moving. Students could use UNO cards.
Candy Connection: Pre-select four different types of candies and place several of each type in a bag. Each person takes one piece of candy then pairs up with another attendee who choose the same sweet.
Assessing Prior Knowledge
Knowledge Lineup: Ask attendees to line up on an imaginary number line based on how much they know about a particular topic at hand, where 0 means they know nothing and 10 means they are an expert.
Design a Concept Map: Ask attendees to divide into groups of three. Give each group some markers, chart paper, and three minutes to develop a concept map on the topic of study. Check out goo.gl/xbsv0m for concept map examples.
PD Session Strategy
Seinfeld Method - The goal is for PD to fit the curriculum and the classrooms’ needs as much as possible. So, instead of planning a session on Google Apps or digital storytelling, we implement sessions where teachers come with curricula in hand, and we collaboratively find ways that our available technology resources could be used to make the learning more powerful.
Reflecting on the Learning
Postcard Reminders: Give each attendee a 4x6 index card and ask them to write the key concepts learned in today's training. Include any "Aha!" ideas or new strategies to remember. On the other side, ask them to write their name and school address. Mail them out!
321 Index Cards: Give each attendee an index card. Ask them to write down three steps to take in order to implement what they learned today, two barriers they'll need to overcome to see the greatest rewards of implementing their new learning, and one person that they may need to talk to and have as an accountability partner or use as a resource.