I attended last summer’s Reform Symposium which was my first foray into ed tech webinars. Needless to say, I loved it. The great presentations, the chat, all the ideas I walked away with and the concepts that left me shaking my head with admiration. It was amazing.
Since then I’ve tried to get connected with other webinars (there are many) but I just haven’t been able to get my act together. On December 30th I was able to tune into Classroom 2.0‘s End of Year Smackdown. It was a lot of fun. I heard some great anecdotes on ed tech successes, and there were prizes! Woot!
So my conundrum today is how to get the teachers at my school to connect with these great resources. I’ve already marking my calendar for the Reform Symposium‘s New Teacher Symposium on January 8th and also on January 8th Classroom 2.0‘s presentation by Richard Byrne. It’s funny to be excited about a New Teacher Symposium considering I’m in my 14th year of teaching, but it’s so necessary in my mind to keep learning as if I were new. My teacher ed program was whole language/project based and not even hinting at Standard’s driven. Ed tech was an overhead projector.
So back to getting the word out. I already forwarded the Reform Symposium info to our actual new teachers. The Richard Byrne webinar would be great for some of our tech-integraters. I think my hesitation with it all comes from the knowledge that you must implement these ideas/tools/strategies yourself. No one is swooping in to do it for you (at least not around here). So I can already hear the chorus of My plate is already full and When am I going to fit that in? It’s frustrating.
So rather than dwell on the chorus of cup-half-empties, I’ll push ahead with mentioning it, gushing about it, sending email reminders, etc. If one teachers finds something good, then I’ve made a deposit in all our students. Doesn’t sit quite right–not enough impact, but starting somewhere is better than Admiring the Problem (quoted from our RtI trainer).
I think this one wins for Most Rambling Post Yet (note the ‘yet’). Obviously I’ve got to do more ruminating on the subject. Stay tuned.