Last week I taught a technology class for teachers in our district called "Teaching (and Differentiating) with Technology 2010." While I was discouraged by the low attendance of these FREEEEEEEEEE classes, I was also encouraged that maybe the few people that attended might begin playing with and using the technologies that we worked on. Also, one administrator came, so I was really encouraged by that!
Seems to me that, in a district where we boast about our high test scores and student successes, more teachers, administrators, and staff members would be interested in learning about tools that would help them become more efficient, effective teachers.
Regardless, here's a run down of the classes that we offered:
1. Blogging and Homepages (Setting up your own blog through WordPress or your own Homepage using Protopage). What are the benefits of using a blog or homepage? What are the differences? Step by step set up.
2. A Re-Introduction to the SMARTboard (After 3 years of having SMARTboards in our classrooms, you'd think we've have the Basics down by now. This was the most highly attended class.)
3. Social Media for Education (By far, I was most excited about teaching this class. 6 people came.)
4. Beyond the Basics: SMARTboard Tips and Tricks
5. Flip Cameras (Even teaching this class seems silly because they are so easy and self explanatory, right?)
6. Digital Storytelling
7. Google Apps (Oh how I wish more people had attended this!)
8. Where do you find this stuff? Web Exploration time (I showed the 5 people that came how to use Wordle, then spent the next hour re-teaching Twitter and explaining our new email.)
9. BoardMaker Plus v.6 (Mostly for Special Ed. teachers/ Intervention Specialists, but some reg. ed. folks showed too, thank goodness!)
10. Grant Writing for your Technology Needs