1. I am a believer
2.I am extremely patient
3 I am EXTREMELY passionate about using technology (are you shocked)
Now, the believing and patience go hand in hand. I know that as long as I remind people that I believe in them and that I am patient that we accomplish a ton together. The 3rd thing is a little harder... only because I get so excited about different things.
Something that I have been mulling around is doing tech challenges for the staff at my school. I realize that everyone is super busy, so I want to make them fun and meaningful. Thank goodness for google and twitter to get the ideas flowing. I connected with Cynthia Treichler who pointed me to Dave Tchozewski. He had created some great challenges for his schools. You can find them here As I did a little more digging and Amy Mayer posted a GREAT resource of Simple Sticker Staff Development Project
So, taking those all in mind I created my first challenge this summer.
Here are my ideas for this year:
Each month there will be 4 challenges. I realize that not everyone is going to be super excited about trying technology.. but hopefully these challenges will help staff think outside the box!
Challenge 1- Will be a non-negotiable. This challenge will be whatever is required by the district or the school. Everyone will complete this challenge
Challenge 2- Web 2.0 tool. This will be over a web tool that would work in any classroom. I don't want any of these tools to be add ons, but to be helpful to instruction
Challenge 3- Data based- This will vary month to month as what educators are working on
Challenge 4- Science based
I plan to release each of these challenges at the first of the month allowing staff to work on them at their own pace and time (and this way I can enter classrooms and help them with these challenges too!) Now, it is all fun and games for completing a challenge.. but there have to be some goodies involved too.. right?
I am going to do something like what Amy does with badges (still working on how I want to do it) If the teacher completes challenge 1 they get the badge (what is in the circle on the challenge page.. but I think I might change this to squares so they look more like apps) A staff member completes 2 challenges they get a little item.. complete 3.. bigger item.. and complete 4 challenges they get a goodie (have ideas for prizes.. PLEASE let me know!) and get their name in a drawing. Still working out ideas for prizes and goodies!
You can find some of the challenges on a Pinterest board Nancy Mangum and I created for a Collaborative Project Session that we presented on at Podstock (well.. I helped virtually).
With all that being said.. I have some big ideas next year.. but I know that I need to tone it down some too (not too much.. but I don't want to scare people right away :)
I am going to stick with the same blog themes I had last year- I will blog at least every Monday
Magnificent Monday- Favorite tool/app/website or anything at the time
Movie Monday- Something for the classroom or a tutorial
Mail Call Monday- take email questions or have guest bloggers
Make it Monday- share a how to one of my crafts
My Goals for this year-
1. Cut down on emails to staff (I am going to go for one a week.. of course I will respond as needed.. but will save all my excitement for tools to one a week!)
2. Be conscious of my time on the computer and other devices. Yes, I want to be connected.. but do I need to be connected 24x7 (some days I think yes!)
3. My last goal would be to lose 15 more pounds!
What are your goals this year? Do you use badges/challenges with your staff or students.. what type of goodies do you have. Do you have any words of wisdom for new Instructional Technology Specialist?