As a technology coordinator, it is my job to demonstrate new technologies and inspire my staff members to embrace technology and incorporate into their daily lesson plans. This year, I have implemented an App of the Month at my school. Each month, I pick one app (Scan (for QR codes), Edmodo, Puffin, and ShowMe have been among the apps so far this year) each month as a focus. I offer optional staff development training, at multiple times to fit different schedules, and offer my help throughout the month getting comfortable using the new app.
I hope this new method is just enough to get my staff comfortable with the technology available to them, and creates a bit of buzz around the new app each month. I hope my staffers use this little bit of time to learn something new, and see something that excites them enough to try something new. So far, I feel that is is successful. I got really excited when I saw a Poe scavenger hunt featuring QR codes posted around the school. I was thrilled when I was invited to join a group of our teachers on Edmodo. I love when teachers come to me and complain that an app isn't working (because I know it means they are trying something new).
I love this technological world we are living in, and kids love it too. We need to harness the technology, put it to use, and engage our students in learning!