Friday, April 9, 2010

Tech PR

We had the pleasure today to share a little of our tech PR to a group of retired citizens during a luncheon. First, I am humbled by the amount of knowledge and wisdom congregated in that room. The questions we were asked were insightful and at times, quite direct. I'm glad Layne was there to handle some of them.

We were able to model the use of the responder system by presenting a quiz and demonstrating how teachers can use that information to focus their instruction. We used the Mobi and Workspace software as well.

Just by a show of hands, nearly everyone in that group used a cell phone--which always just amazes me, because in their lifetime, technology has changed so drastically, and yet they are so willing to embrace it. One gentleman, probably in his late 70's & a former physician, shared how he loved his Kindle and how it allows him access to so many texts. Another asked about SecondLife and how we can use that for instruction. made me realize that even this generation "get's it" and how important it is that we continue our effort to put this in the hands of our students and structure our teaching accordingly.

Go Time!!

With the Microsoft Settlement finally signed off on and orders being pushed through. It is an exciting time in Sioux City Comm. Schools. We have been working very hard to organize and finalize our training for this summer. We have a very ambitious goal, 450 + teachers, trained just in the month of June alone. Sound like a fun challenge?

There is so much excitement around here it's awesome!! have we had our issues, oh yeah. Will we continue to have issues? Yes. But our vision is so bold and exciting it is easy to look past out struggles.

It will be a very interesting summer and even next school year for that matter. Getting teachers to buy in. To believe that what we are doing is for the betterment of kids. To look past the initial work it might be to set up this technology. they need to see the broad picture.

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