I spent the day yesterday at an Apple Education Seminar all about iTunes U. It was amazing! Being in a room with like-minded educators, working on a common goal (yesterday was a workshop type of situation where the Apple experts were there to explain, demonstrate and help you create your own course) is wonderful! Everyone kept coming up with new ideas and sharing and asking questions you didn't even realize you wanted to know the answer to. I LOVED it! And here's the best part - it was FREE! I don't know if these are new (I went to another one last month about going 1:1 in the private school setting), but they are great PD! I highly recommend it:-)
I spent the day working on developing a course for the new staff that start at our school. When new people being working at our school, they are required to take a computer competency course lead by myself and our other technology coordinator. I love teaching these classes (and I feel like most of the staff members get a lot out of it. Unfortunately, we always have one or two (or 5) new staff members begin in the middle of the year (after the classes have started/finished). The course I'm making will serve as a resource with videos and pictures and assignments to get staff familiarized with our technology. I think it will also be great for returning staff members who may forget some of the programs we have/how to use certain things. They can go to the course and watch a video or read some text about it to jog their memory. I'm excited about how it will turn out:)
Now, its time for some currently!
Spring Break begins today (technically yesterday, but I was at a training all day).
Since its Spring Break (and we aren't going anywhere), I want to do some fun stuff with the kiddos. It should be warm this afternoon (67º), so that's the plan. I also want to do some spring shopping at Once Upon a Child and Homegoods, scrapbook a few pages, and maybe make a new TPT product.
My son woke up at 5:30 this morning! Seriously, is somebody supposed to sleep in on Spring Break with kids getting up that early? 7:00 is early enough (when they usually wake up), but 5:30?!?
Teachers don't have a lot of time, but most of them are willing to learn something new - especially if it is quick. I created this blog to give teachers ideas of how to use technology in a quick and dirty sort of way. That's why I named it Technology Timeout - take a quick timeout to learn something new about technology.
Now, I'm off to see what everyone else is up to!