Sunday, August 14, 2005

Switcher or Swinger?


Apple just re-launched it's SWITCH website. It has lots of useful links and resources, not only for those thinking of switching from the WinTel platform to Apple, but also for those who are not "switchers," but "swingers." That is those of us who routinely use both platforms. It got me thinking about the many "swingers" we've created in our District with the launch of a huge training project that was born a mere one year ago this month.

The project I refer to is an instructional training initiative where we routinely meet with hundreds of elementary classroom teachers. These teachers have received equipment (iBooks, DV camcorders, and lots of additional software and training materials). The purpose being to get teachers to thing "outside the box," raise the level of tech-usage/awareness, integrate technology into the curriculum, and of course to meet all of the NCLB, NET-S, NET-T, standards. Selected by their principals, not for necessarily being tech-savvy, but for being open to learn, these teachers have proven themselves TRUE CHAMPS!

Although being a part of this program has required a huge time commitment and offered minimal pay, everyone involved in this project should be commended for the enormous strides they've made since the launch. Professional and social networks have also been formed and it's quite heartwarming to watch as our little birds have grown their own wings and are beginning to fly on their own.

Prior to the start of this, most of these teachers had either used proficiently or fiddled around, even a little bit, on a Wintel machine but very few had even seen the world of Mac. One could easily see now, the amazing amount of creativity and productivity being allowed to flow freely thanks to these new tools and to the consistent interaction between the teachers and their "coaches."

So, for all our one-year old "Swingers,"
Happy Birthday!
Celebrate, because you truly are doing good things for kids!

-GM

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