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Professional Learning and Technology Research

The Innovation Division empowers leaders and staffs with technology innovation, effectiveness, and efficiencies. The Professional Learning and Technology Research team coordinates and promotes the development of professional learning opportunities related to technology solutions facilitating the improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness related to information technology. Our team researches and leads evaluation of emerging trends in technology and effective uses of technology. There is a dedication to researching and mobilizing innovative, learner-centered, and equitable learning technologies.

As the world of work and learning evolves, this unit focuses on developing modern workplace skill development approaches that support the changing nature of work. Our team is committed to supporting all the ways we learn and thereby supporting innovation, effectiveness, and efficiencies across the Innovation Division, SDCOE, and county school districts. 

The team strives to maximize human and operational resources to improve quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of SDCOE and San Diego County K-12 schools and districts innovative practices to create meaningful change. Through workshops, networks, and coaching, the team supports educators and staff at SDCOE and throughout San Diego county schools to develop, learn from, and scale innovative and effective approaches to serving our districts' diverse and highest-needs students. Through professional learnings, networks and partnerships, we hope to empower education innovation by both seeding innovative promising practices/strategies and bringing proven approaches to scale. Our adult learning model enhances collective teacher efficacy, the collective belief of teachers, administrators, and staff in their ability to positively affect students.

Collective teacher efficacy is the primary factor influencing student achievement.
(John Hattie, Visible Learning, 2018)

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Live Support with Distance Learning

San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) Professional Learning and Technology Research Team will continue curating and offering Innovative Digital Learning professional learning opportunities for educators and administrators using Zoom and Canvas tools. During this time of uncertainty and concern, it is critical that we, as educators, continue providing learning opportunities and digital support to students, families, and the education community as a whole. To help facilitate this transition, several divisions of the San Diego County Office of Education have collaborated to provide distance learning resources that are published online through the COVID-19 SDCOE Website. This website provides a comprehensive list of subject-specific resources to support distance learning, along with planning materials, sample daily schedules, and free video conferencing tools that you can use immediately. The archived and upcoming Innovative Distance Learning webinars include: accessing and using the SDCOE Pandemic Planning Guide and COVID-19 SDCOE Website, utilizing the SDCOE Pandemic Planning Guide and resources, best practices to ensure equity through distance learning, digital learning resources, digital tools to support multilingual learners, social and emotional learning resources, accessibility and adaptive tools to support specialized learners, free online tools, San Diego community resources for collaborating and learning, and trending technology tools for communication and productivity.

Currently we have hosted, archived or scheduled over fifty SDCOE Innovative Digital Learning Zoom webinars over the past two weeks on this site:  We are thrilled that more than fourteen hundred educators and administrators have attended or accessed these trainings. 


Join daily, live
Innovative Digital Learning Zoom webinars

March 23, 2020 to April 24, 2020

from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Access to Daily Schedule and Archives


Canvas LMS Trainings for Spring 2020

You are invited to join SDCOE's Can-Innovate Canvas Training and Support Series. These live, digital collaborative Zoom training sessions are designed to help you think through your Canvas online course design process. The Professional Learning and Research department will teach you how to build a learning environment that allows students to learn in an intuitive and innovative online/blended course. All hands-on sessions will demonstrate how Canvas works, provide course-building resources, and share new tech integration tools and applications for digital learning. 

Professional Learning Services

Design Thinking

Design Thinking Professional Learnings and Experiences

Liberatory Design - Toolkit for Designing for Equity

Engaging in Empathy with the Student Shadowing Project

Technology and Productivity 

Productivity and Collaboration Tools for Administrators and Educators

Trending Technology Tools for Educators (including the following)

- Top 10 Trending Tools

- Zoom into Excellence

- Office 365 Training, Coaching, and Support

- Ways AI is Built into Office 365

- Channel your Communication with Slack 

- Engage, Collaborate, and Empower with FlipGrid

- Visual Notetaking: Beginners Guide to Sketchnote

- Flip Learning with Edpuzzle

- Padlet for Collaborative Learning

Adobe Creative Suite Training Lab 

- AI Drawing Made Easy with AutoDraw

Equity and Accessibility

Website and Content Accessibility Training

Creating Accessible Documents, Presentations and Mixed Media

Content Accessibility 101: Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe PDF, and Mixed Media

Learning Management System

Canvas LMS Course Development and Tech Integration

Canvas Administrator Training

Canvas Instructor Training

Canvas Course Designer Training

Camp Canvas for Staff

Coding in Schools Professional Learning Program

Coding in the Classroom Professional Learning


Apple Learning Leaders Network

IDEO Teachers Guild and d. School K12 Lab School Retool Chapter (Begins Fall 2019)

Management and Support

SDCOE Learning Hub - SDCOE Internal Training and Resource Repository 

SDCOE OMS Management and Support

SDCOE Canvas LMS Management and Support