It's Thursday..... just FOUR more days until I launch my VERY FIRST district-wide event!
Ok, well that's not exactly true. I've planned the Mini-sessions events for the last 2 yrs, & that's a pretty big thing. But.... I mean THOSE are mandatory! You have to go, so whether or not it ends up a Flyer or a Flopper is kind of irrelevant.
The Techno Yahtzee Contest coming up next week is different. It's not something I inherited & built upon. It's completely my idea AND It's completely your choice to participate. So, I find myself nervous. I guess, for some reason, I feel like your participation (or lack thereof) will somehow be a reflection on me as a Tech Trainer, or Event Planner, or Cool Idea Maker, or Something! At least it is to me. Here's why....
I really, honestly want more than anything to find new ways to get you (& your students) more involved using technology as a tool for instruction without making it something extra for you to deal with or making it a drudgery. I want you to see in yourself what I see in you. When I look out at the audience at trainings, I see MY family of educators who sincerely want to make a difference. Maybe you are sometimes too busy or too tired or too pushed passed the limit to remember that, but I still see that in you; and I want to be a part of it WITH you. You are constantly on my mind. What can I do to make it more valuable, more attractive, more fun? How can I FINALLY think of something that will be "the thing" that brings you all the break you so desperately deserve!? How can I help those who I lovingly call 'tech-uncomfortable' to be more confident in this ever-changing role of "Teacher/Learning Tour Guide" while using technology?
What I'm hoping to get out of this 'Game' is for everyone to walk away with SOMETHING to hold on to.
Let's get real, OK? I got hired for my expertise in curriculum. ... aaaand I know just enough about technology to be dangerous. So, it's confession time for this Newby TIF. There's a lot I don't know....YET.