Some elements of the situation that were particularly noteworthy:
- The principal could actually help me set up the technology. Seriously.
- Participants in the group started helping each other during the training based on their background knowledge. It was truly a community of learners.
- The principal stayed for the entire training and actually piped in helpful instruction-related comments.
- People called out when they were confused. They told me to slow down. This usually means people are working hard and trying to learn something, so I LOVE IT when this happens.
- Only 1 person forgot their password. I believe this is a current record!
- I was able to put all the resources for the training on the building's wiki site.
- Another principal joined the session and started sharing his google doc ideas.
- Teachers were making connections to their curriculum as I shared each tool.
- Instead of a thank you email, I got thank you TWEETS. Yes, TWEETS!!!!
In short, this building "gets it." They are open to using new resources to make learning engaging and relevant to students. Their leader is focused upon using technology as an instructional tool, and their teachers value technology as a resource. Tohickon Valley, thanks for the opportunity to see how schools can wrestle with new tools to support student learning!