Leading and Learning with Digital Literacy and Computer Science is a hybrid professional learning group that provides face-to-face and online content to support educational leadership as educators embrace the Alabama course of study standards for digital literacy and computer science. Technology allows educators and students to transform teaching and learning and to develop crucial skills for communicating, creating, and interacting with each other in a global society. Technology allows digitally and computationally literate students to transition from being consumers of information and media to being producers as well. The goal for this professional learning unit is to prepare administrators to lead teachers and students to the forefront in exploring these technological opportunities. This professional learning unit will allow participants to explore how educators can empower students to use technology responsibly and appropriately to create, collaborate, think critically and apply algorithmic processes. Administrators will collaborate and participate in hands-on activities designed to develop crucial skills for communicating, creating, and interacting with each other as they lead teachers and students in a global society. Alabama Technology in Motion Specialists will facilitate two to three professional learning group meetings and participants must attend all meetings and participate in all online activities. Meeting topics are as follows: Computational Thinking and Computing Analysis, Global Collaboration and Digital Citizenship, and Innovative Designing. In addition to attending group meetings, members will meet online to complete technology explorations, digital readings and participate in discussion forums. Each administrator must complete an action plan
Digital Citizenship, Literacy, Online Safety and Cyberbullying is a hybrid professional learning group that provides face-to-face and online content to support educators as we educate staff members and students in the appropriate, safe, ethical and legal use of technology. The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires that we address concerns about children's access to obscene or harmful content over the Internet. CIPA imposes certain requirements on schools that receive discounts for Internet access or internal connections through the E-rate program. Schools subject to CIPA are required to adopt and implement an Internet safety policy addressing: Access by minors to inappropriate matter on the Internet; The safety and security of minors when using electronic mail, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications; Unauthorized access and other unlawful activities by minors online; Unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal information regarding minors; and Measures restricting minors' access to harmful materials.
This online offering will serve as a makeup for missed professional development due to winter weather cancellations.