For Steven Schechter, Director of Information Technology at the Trevor School and part of the Ohio cohort, the journey through Powerful Learning Practice was a process of taking what the teachers at Trevor had started and moving it in a different direction.

The school had initiated a 1:1 laptop program years earlier and many teachers were using web 2.0 tools, though Steve realized that there was some uncertainty of use and purpose in some of the classrooms. That’s where PLP fit in.

“We were looking for a new direction, and had heard about PLP,” he said. “The program gave us something to focus on.”

The school was already involved in the Cloud Institute’s Education for Sustainability. Having its teachers work through the PLP program proved to be a natural match.

“What we found is that 21st century skills overlap with EFS standards,” he said. The Trevor School PLP team began to map the two on a grid, and it proved to be the perfect end-of-year project.

“We made it visually appealing and easy to use,” he said.

Steve hopes teachers will continue to use the grid. “Being a part of PLP gave us incentive,” he said. As they move forward, he knows they will continue to have challenges. But he believes PLP gave them the necessary push.

“It’s a process. And we don’t believe any of the tools will be here next year. We want to be flexible and identify the best tools for us and the individual teacher if necessary,” he said. “We will work within their comfort level and try to stretch them.”

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Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice. She works with schools and districts from around the world helping them to infuse technology into their curriculums and by leading other digital conversion efforts. Sheryl also consults with governments, educational organizations and non-profits in development of their various professional learning initiatives. Sheryl is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics related to digital and online learning, teacher and educational leadership, online community building, and other educational issues impacting children of poverty. Sheryl served on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors for six years. She co-authored The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age with Lani Ritter Hall. Sheryl has four children and four grandsons, Luke, Logan, Levi and Tanner and a trio of dachshunds. You can find out more on her blog and on Twitter @snbeach.

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