If your school or district is moving to the TIM model, you’ll want to provide an introduction and on-going professional development to your teachers. Fortunately, the TIM website provides many convenient resources for you to use. This two-minute tour will save you hours of prep time.
“Introducing the TIM” is a 17-slide presentation that gives an overview of the five characteristics of a meaningful learning environment, the five levels of technology integration, and how they work together. There is a lot of information in this presentation and it may be a bit overwhelming for an initial introduction. Perhaps you would prefer to use the shorter “Building the TIM” preso to talk through the general concept of the TIM and then use the “Introducing the TIM” PDF as a handout or web resource. Alternately, you might choose to just focus a PD session on the “Five Characteristics of Meaningful Learning Environments” or the “Five Levels of Technology Integration.”
No matter which presentation you start out with, first and foremost you should emphasize that the TIM is about teaching, NOT about technology. The core of the TIM is the five characteristics of a meaningful learning environment.
You should also dispel the notion that higher levels in the Matrix equate to using more electricity, more devices, or the latest versions of software. Rather, the higher levels represent a shift toward student ownership of learning, conceptual understandings, more complex use of available tools, and a greater instructional focus on content. You may find it helpful to insert one or more of the following slides into an introductory presentation:
The TIM was created at a time when schools were rushing to place digital devices into classrooms and sometimes forgetting much of what they knew about good teaching in the process of focusing on the devices themselves. The TIM was a reminder not to neglect good pedagogy in the move from analog to digital.
TIM Tools Presentations
If you are introducing the whole suite of TIM Tools to your faculty, the “TIM Tools Overview” presentation will be quite helpful. More likely, you’ll just be introducing either the TUPS or the TIM-O, so the presentations “TIM-O Introduction for Teachers” and the “TUPS Introduction for Teachers” will be most useful. Be sure to preview the TUPS presentation before presenting it to your faculty, as there are many slides where you have an opportunity to customize the content—just look for the red text areas. As with the TIM presentations, each is available as a PowerPoint, Keynote, and a PDF.
Building Your Own Presentations
In addition to the pre-done presentations, the TIM website also has hundreds of slides and other TIM graphics you can use to build your own presos.
The Tech Cartons section includes a variety of characters and options for thought or word balloons that can be used to help you connect with your audience. And who could resist our extensive collection of friendly robots?
We hope that you will enjoy these free resources and that they will save you much time as you create presentations for your school or district.
Roy Winkelman is a 40+ year veteran teacher of students from every level kindergarten through graduate school. As the former Director of FCIT, he began the Center's focus on providing students with rich content collections from which to build their understanding. When not glued to his keyboard, Dr. Winkelman can usually be found puttering around his tomato garden in Pittsburgh.
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