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Had a bit of a despondent moment last week, wondering whether I was making any difference to anyone with this staff initiative on technology PD. Although we have a good number of people turning up each week, it still seems we have such a long way to go. Perhaps I was (naively) thinking everyone would turn into IT aficionados overnight and they would think back to this PD as the tipping point that led them to a life of tech integration. Ha!
Reality check: teachers are beyond busy. I should know this. I AM one after all. Not only are they busy, but they have lives! Voluntary tech PD comes waaaay down on the list of priorities for most people.
Thankfully, a thoughtful colleague gave me a well-needed wake up call, telling me: “You have to re-adjust your success criteria… The fact that people are showing up is excellent.” He pointed out that even having a place to come to ask questions is more than they would normally have, so I should basically take a hard pill and get over it! [To be fair, he put it much more gently than that!]
So I did. Here are the things I am proud of:
- People have successfully signed up to Delicious. Even our entire Senior Management team (who redefine busy).
- People are actually USING Delicious to bookmark. I have gained a lot of great sites from my new connectingeast network.
- People have managed to get a network of people to follow – this has got to make life easier for them.
- People are turning up every Friday. That must mean they are keen to continue, surely!
- People now know about and have seen some TED talks. That’s great PD right there.
- Katie and I have managed to get something out every week (even if it’s late at night on a Tuesday, we’ve made every self-imposed deadline!)
- People are still starting – even though we’re 4 weeks in.
- People are still talking to us in the staff room!
My new success criteria is this: If, at the end of 10 weeks, people are aware of tools they didn’t know existed, have had a chance to play around with some of them, and have tried one new thing involving technology in the classroom, I think our efforts will have been well worth it. I will keep you posted…