I had my first of two face-to-face 3 hour sessions with teachers yesterday (the high school group). As I mentioned in my previous post, Planning for Hybrid PD - Comfort Level and Confidence First , the goal was to figure out where the teachers were at and meet them at their comfort zone and give them confidence to start the journey of integrating the technology.
Lesson one was to "Begin a professional development experience assessing the background skills of participants.Ensure they are given the necessary tools, starting points, and resources to feel comfortable with what they are going to be doing, see the purpose behind what they will be doing, and know where and how they can get continued support". I think I accomplished this fairly well, but can I just say, 3 hours goes fast! I thought I had it mapped out well, but of course, the reality is there are questions and technology issues. I spent less time on the software introduction than I wanted, but I made the executive decision that since we had the month to continue to play and explore that component, the more important items to focus on were the online ready to use lessons (Sketchpad LessonLink) and the online course itself. Getting teachers registered and navigating the online course would allow them to get immediate access to me and support as they played more with the software.
Overall, I thought it went well and am looking forward to the next step - the online environment. Tonight I meet with the middle school teachers, and will take lessons learned last night to heart - little different focus on how I introduce the software, more time on the LessonLink as it leads to the software use, and then a little more time making sure the online course registration works and that everyone understands there. It's always nice when you have a second chance at something - practice makes perfect as they say!
Will keep you posted on how Day 2 goes.