Professional Development Day

Friday September 6, 2013


The Goal: Is to create a collaborative environment at CPU. The intent of the day is to share knowledge and best practices. This will be an interactive and predominately a sharing session to help build a collaborative environment at CPU.


Time:            8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Location:        5th floor collaborative room & Mac Lab

Snacks:          coffee/tea/water and some morning snacks

Lunch:            provided at Peppercorn café (thanks Jim Leonard for treating us!)

What to bring:   1. A fully charged laptop and IPAD.

                       2. Please bring your own headset for the MacLab Session  

                     *Extra extension cords and power bars have been requested.


How it will run:   Most workshops will be full faculty sessions conducted by various staff members, who       graciously volunteered. (Thanks to all who volunteered!)


**There will be one break out session in the afternoon, for the Mac Lab workshop. There are only 17 computers available, therefore; the staff will be split into two groups: (1) English/Social Sciences and (2) Math/Science.

Your Professional Development Committee:

David, Alexandria, Neil, Lisa, Claire, Dutch, Queenie, Patrick, Aaron, Sultan, Steve W


Person Responsible

Workshop Description


8:30 – 8:45


Coffee tea and light snacks

5th floor

Collaborative Room

8:45 – 9:00


   8:45 to 9:00 

Google Docs and the Classroom  and for other PD


5th floor

Collaborative Room

9:00 – 10:15


9:00-9:30 am

  Moodle- How to set use it in the classroom?  

5th floor

Collaborative Room


**Each teacher has own computer

Shannon H. 

9:30-10:00 am

Using Word's Reference Feature in Word 

Daniel Tan 

10:00 – 10:15 am


IPAD- "Connnecting your iPad calendar to Outlook".  

10:15 – 10:30

Break – coffee, tea and water only

10:30 – 11:45


10:30-10:50 am

Comparison of Interactive Whiteboards of IPad

5th floor

Collaborative Room


*Teacher has own computer


10:50-11:10 am

Getting Ready for a fire drill in Malaysia...

Alia and Queenie 

11:15-11:45 am

ESL strategies in the classroom


Lunch at Peppercorn (paid for by Jim Leonard)

1:15 – 2:30


1:15-1:35 pm

Learning Goals and Success Criteria 

5th floor

Collaborative Room

Daniel L

1:35-1:55 pm


Gap Minder Software

Steve W 

1:55 – 2:30 pm


Barrio Project 

2:30 – 2:45

Break – coffee, tea and water only

2:45 -3:00


Educational Book Review: “Checking for Understanding”.

5th floor


3:00 to 3:25

Sultan with (Eng/SS Dept) 2nd floor MacLab 


 Mojtaba in 5th floor Collaborative (Math/Science Dept)

1a. Mac Lab Workshop (English/Social Sciences)


 1b.iPads in the classroom, (Math/Science) 



Mac Lab

2nd floor

*5th floor


3:25 to 3:30


Eng/SS on 5th floor and

Math/Science on 2nd floor



3:30 - 3:55 pm

Sultan with (Math/Science)

Mojtaba with Eng/SS 

2a.Mac Lab Workshop for (Math/Science Department)


  2b.iPads in the Classroom for , Mojtaba. (English/Social Science) 

Mac Lab 2nd floor

*5th floor Collaborative 

3:55 – 4:15

 Lisa, Claire, Dutch & David 


5th floor

Collaborative Room

See PD Feedback Form Below:

Using Google Docs and Application 

Google Docs was used to find out what teachers wanted to see: 

Using Google Docs form function:

ESL Strategies

iPad apps for the classroom

Sharing teaching strategies

Ice, breakers, long range plan calculations

Cooperative Learning

Growing success, blended Learning

Google Apps in the classroom

Departmental sharing and collaboration and planning

Gmail- used to create a new Facebook account 

Gmail- used to create a new account for teachers to use- I have another for my Masters, for my job in Singapore

Google Docs used for the following classroom  

Google Drive for IPad 

Using Google Docs for educational purposes- Since 2008- in Singapore the MYP schools were using Google Docs to develop curriculum expectations and teaching resources. MYP, at my school at the time,  had no textbook and very little professional resources.  Schools used Google Docs to plan and organize assignments, assessments and also teacher resources. In Singapore each department had close to 10 teachers. It is and was a useful tool.  

Since then: 

1. Google Docs- "Presentation  Function'- students can share documents and I can keep track of their progress in real time. 

2. Google Docs- "Form"- to create the message the "Professional Learning Community"-  For example it is an easy anonymous way to ask teachers what they want and if they are willing to share.  This application feature can be used instead of Survey Monkey.  

3. Google Calendar Feature -Used to create a shared calendar- For example the calendar eileen created: See here: CPU Calendar . At my other schools there was a daily bulletin with events and planning.  At this location, where we don't get to control our own website it is a free useful and editable tool for school environments. 

4. Google Doc- " Spreadsheet"- used to calculate the totals of lunch orders. After a class or staff list is posted. Teachers choose their own orders. 

if you use the "sum (B3: B43) it calculates all of the meals or choices for you.  


1. People can edit their own documents in real time.

2. You can view on mulitiple devices, iPad, Smart phones and laptops

3. Documents are in a recognizable format. For example, a Google Docs "Document" looks like a Microsoft Word document.    

For example a Google Docs for Forms

Question: Do you want to be part of the PD Committee? Yes/No

If yes what would you be interested in doing please answer.

Would you like to present on the PD day? If so what would you like to present. 

 For exmaple, the Google Docs Spreadsheet was used to collect lunch orders

For example the Google Docs- Calendar for CPU used for teachers to post assignment dates and link can be pasted onto Moodle 

Google Scholar for Research-  in the university library database there was a link to this website to either find relevant research or to locate PDF documents on the Internet. 

After your search, Query to find a "PDF" version of the document that you want. 

Google Drive provides each user with 15 GB of space. After users reach this capacity they are required to pay. Another reason to have numerous accounts for different purposes. 
My school in Singpore- 15 GB 
My Masters degree- 15 GB 
My school in Malaysia- 15 GB 


Each user has 15 GB of Storage. 

You can check your limit with this link: checking Drive Link:


 Feedback from the  "Google Docs Form function" 

The 2 Questions from the Feedback form were: 

1. What did you like about the PD session? 

2. What would you like to see extensions on for the next PD session?  

InformativeI would like a longer session on Google Docs. Maybe a breakout sessions dealing with the various aspect of Google Docs.
Knowledge from Cara's session on the power to empower and Neil's on formative assessment. Sultan's session was also great as it had a hands-on experience. 1. The power to empower.
2. Ipad apps for classrooms