Sunday, August 20, 2006

The Fischbowl: Did You Know?

This is the time of year that the techy people in our schools are asked to conduct staff development workshops for the rest of their faculty. Mostly principals want us to cover everything there is to know in about 45 minutes. Of course, starting late because of late arrivers or ending early because the teachers get up and leave (Hey, it's 3:00!) doesn't factor into consideration. For those of you who are charged with this no-win situation, here is something you might find useful.

Karl Fisch has a blog, The Fischbowl, where he talks about improving teacher and student use of technology to achieve curricular goals. In this particular post, he explains how he was asked to speak at a faculty meeting and knew right away that it would be a waste of everyone's time. So, he created a Powerpoint presentation so that his teachers can see what's new and different this year, and so that he could start some good discussions about their "vision" for the year. You can download the presentation and tweak it to make it your own. I think this would really be a great way to start off a faculty meeting and encourage your teachers to think about their technology integration goals for the year. Check it out! The Fischbowl: Did You Know?

1 comment:

Karl Fisch said...

Well, I'm not sure it would've been a total waste of their time . . . but it certainly wouldn't have been a very good use of their time.

I also wanted to let you know that I posted a slightly updated version of the presentation as well as a list of my sources on The Fischbowl.