Since introducing SK12 to her teachers last August, Buono has watched her teachers enthusiastically dive in and come out energized and more excited about the innovative ways to teach their students.
She has found so many advantages of using SK12 that she can’t point to just one aspect as the biggest impact.
“No.1 is time. No.2 is motivation,” Buono said. “The teachers are motivated; they are excited about being able to do it on their own time. I can’t speak enough about the online time. Getting people in the classroom or a room and say, `Now, you’ve got to do something. Here is a person in front of you and you are going to learn from them.’ That doesn’t work for every single person all the time.”
“So, the flexibility of SimpleK12 is amazing. They can do it on the weekend. If they want to give up a Saturday to do some professional development … You’d be surprised how many teachers do that.”
“There is also the best practices part of PD; Let's allow teachers to find what they need from teachers who are currently working in the classroom with unique, new ideas.”
Additionally, Buono says many of the teachers have given the SK12 webinars great reviews. They have appreciated that it’s simple to use, efficient, best practices, and best of all saves time.
“I like SimpleK12 because of the variety of topics,” one teacher at Notre Dame said. “I also appreciate the fact that I can download the app and listen to a session on my phone just about anywhere, a long car ride I can be listening.”
“In addition to the convenience factor each session is only 30 minutes in length, making it more manageable,” another teacher noted. “If I wanted to delve into the topic deeper, I can choose another session about the same topic.”
Buono was able to get the cost of SK12 funded through Title II funds.
“Simplek12 will be with us going forward.”