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Casey Bolin
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Sections 21-25
1475 West Whittaker
Salem, IL 62881
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SAE Training is a Success

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I would personally like to say "thank you" to everyone that attended the SAE and Online Record Keeping Professional Development part of IAVAT section winter meetings this past week.  100% of schools in Distict 5 had a teacher attend.  Thank you to the presenters for their leadership:  Julie Bond-Ledford, Howard Heavner, Brad Buchanan, Doug Slagley, Brian Bender, and Larry Durham.  Dave Wilson, ITCS, should be complimented on his work in developing the SAE Resources CD, practice problem, and online EZ records.  This training will enhance classroom instruction and opportunities for students.  I hope that everyone begins to use these resources this semester and in the future.

Below and attached is the summary of compiled positive evalutions:
1. This activity increased my knowledge and skills in my areas of certification, endorsement or teaching assignment.
                         Strongly Agree: 57
                         Somewhat Agree: 20
                         No Opinion:  0
                         Somewhat Disagree: 0
                         Strongly Disagree: 0 

2. The relevance of this activity to ISBE teaching standards was clear.
                        Strongly Agree: 59
                        Somewhat Agree: 14
                        No Opinion: 4
                        Somewhat Disagree: 0
                        Strongly Disagree: 0
3. It was clear that the activity was presented by persons with education and experience in the subject matter.
                        Strongly Agree: 70
                        Somewhat Agree: 7
                        No Opinion: 0
                        Somewhat Disagree: 0
                        Strongly Disagree: 0
4. The material was presented in an organized, easily understood manner.
                        Strongly Agree: 71
                        Somewhat Agree: 6
                        No Opinion: 0
                        Somewhat Disagree: 0
                        Strongly Disagree: 0
5. This activity included discussion, critique, or application of what was presented, observed, learned, or demonstrated.
                        Strongly Agree: 70
                        Somewhat Agree: 7
                        No Opinion: 0
                        Somewhat Disagree: 0
                        Strongly Disagree: 0
The best features of this activity were:
  • Record book training
  • Learning about what is on the SAE Rev it Up cd
  • Practice problems
  • Showed some of the changes of the new books. Showed new practice problems, they look really good!
  • Useful
  • Good experience
  • Materials received
  • Good facility. Computer sufficient.
  • Hands on, hand-out and resource book cd’s.
  • Teacher questions and answer sections, activities.
  • To see on the computer how it worked.
  • Relevant material. Talented presenter.
  • Hands-on EZ Records
  • Hands-on application of the EZ Records program
  • Updated materials
  • Hands-on computer based record book material!
  • SAE workshop
  • Doing the practice problems
  • Sharing and demonstrating the use.
  • The teacher view.
  • Hands-on activities, being able to see what is going on.
  • Hands-on problems
  • Hand-out cd
  • Looking at the information online and seeing the new projects.
  • Learning how to use EZ Records
  • Hands-on, all tools being introduced
  • Hands-on approach good
  • Hands on activities of using electronic record books.
  • CD for record books/CPDUs
  • CD with exercises on it.
  • The demonstration process.
  • Preview of record books
  • Hands-on
  • Learning about SAE and the new technology and resources available.
  • Useful in classroom.
  • The SAE computerized record book workshop was very beneficial to me. I use the computerized record book in all my classes.
  • Hands-on with examples.
  • Having other teachers beside speaker available for info and ideas.
  • EZ Records tutorial.
  • Learning all about SAEs from what they are, to promoting them, record keeping, etc.
  • The experienced presenters and the access to hands on activities.
  • Howard did a great job of providing honest, straight-forward reasoning as to how he would and would not use the SAE information. Also, having time to work through the record books on-line.
  • Information and recommendations from teachers experienced with SAE and EZ Records.
  • Free materials.
  • Great idea, but it needs more development time.
  • Illustration of EZ Records to non-users.
  • Computer based problem.
  • Free cd/practice book.
  • Interacting with other teachers and hearing their experiences.
  • Going from hard copies to EZ Records.
  • Group discussion, resources to use.
  • On-line activities.
  • Hands-on, good facility.
  • Walking through the websites.
  • Resources
  • Very good!!! I like the hands-on activity.
Suggestions for improvement include:
  • Put teachers in small groups and discuss and brainstorm SAE ideas.
  • Maybe go through and show all the new changes to EZ Records, which I know is difficult since many people still do not use EZ Records.
  • More time, answer key.
  • None
  • More days training
  • None
  • Free key at workshop.
  • Improve smartboard technology.
  • Nothing at this time.
  • Fresh fruit.
  • More time.
  • Record book closeout and state degree application.
  • Good record book examples.
  • More time allocated for SAE discussion.
  • Keep up these types of programs.
  • Give them time to finish the project.
  • There still seems to be a lot of glitches with the program. Perhaps this “went to press” too quickly.
  • Better improvement of the EZ Records for better use by teachers.
  • Presenters know site better
Other comments and reactions I wish to offer:
  • Great job
  • Very good
  • None
  • Great EZ Records update
  • Nice job!
  • Good class!
  • Enjoyed the workshop.
  • Information was useful.
  • I gained much beneficial knowledge today.
  • None.
  • We need more info on SAE.
  • We had very good presenters.
  • Howard and Brian, thank you for taking the time to sort through the materials to give us the best knowledge on how to use in the classroom.
  • Find money so everyone can use it.

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