Learning Opportunity

Edtech Professional Learning Evolved - Models, Mentors and More

This session has been completed.
Facilitators: Darren Maltais Janet Bell
Date:February 13, 2024
Time:4:00 pm to 6:00 pm MTN
No Charge
Location: Virtual
Session Code: 24-TI-207
Focus: Assessment Curriculum Implementation and Pedagogy

Target Audience

Teachers, School-based Administrators, Instructional Coaches, Learning Coaches, Inclusive Learning Teachers

About this Learning Opportunity

Much has been made over the years about shifting traditional professional development from “sit and git” to participatory, but just as in the classroom, where sometimes direct teaching is necessary to provide students with the background they need for your “guide on the side” activity that follows, so also a range of edtech professional development models can serve different purposes. Hence, “sit and git” seems to remain popular, even in our online sessions! Rather than assume that “sit and git” is the de facto approach, however, what if we all craft (and value) professional development opportunities that best meet the needs, experiences, and abilities of all learners in the room? How do we do that?

In this session, we’ll explore how knowing a little about Diffusion of Innovations, TPACK and SAMR frameworks can provide us with sensible ways of helping our local leaders determine how best to approach edtech professional learning:

We’ll look at a range of PL models explored in the research - from individual coaching and class visits to book studies and more, which can help us “lead change from within”, to support learners at various places on the Diffusion of Innovations scale within our schools and school districts.

We’ll then turn our topic inside out completely, to share and celebrate the additional affordances that social media provides today to connect us with our own customized professional learning network - others not only passionate about emerging edtech-related pedagogies and tools, but happy to share their resources on the fly with those of us who just reach out to them - and vice versa.

Leave this session with strategies, connections and resources that will help you help others on their edtech integration journeys, as well as with some great social media pages that might just keep your (and your network’s) own edtech journeys humming along.

This session addresses the LQS competencies

  • 2. Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
  • 4. Leading a Learning Community

This session addresses the TQS competencies

  • 2. Engaging in Career-Long Learning
  • 3. Demonstrating a Professional Body of Knowledge


Darren Maltais

After years of experience as a classroom teacher, Darren began working as a Technology Integration Facilitator for Black Gold School Division. This year will mark his 10th year in that role! He works collaboratively with teachers and students in over 30 schools, co-creating lessons, projects, and products to help students learn more effectively and make curriculum come alive. He has helped to... Read more »

Janet Bell

An English teacher originally, Janet's career evolved over the years from classroom teacher to consultant, co-leading edtech integration across the province as a member of the 2Learn.ca and ARPDC provincial teams, to school and district leadership as a Department Head at Lillian Osborne High School and a TIPS (Technology Integration and Planning Supports) Consultant with Edmonton Public... Read more »