We are very fortunate in Duval County to have an Early Release Day every other Wednesday. That means that the children leave an hour and half early so that we can participate in professional development. Each of our Early Releases begins with a touch of technology as we choose two new Geeks from the Creek - two people who are using technology to enhance their instruction in a new or creative way. These chosen models present a quick lesson to us all on what they have been doing and then document their work on our on-going blog. Today we used the rest of our Early Release time for continued technology development. Teachers identified six topics that they wanted to learn more about a couple of weeks ago through an on-line survey and today each teacher had the choice of attending a workshop that she felt would enhance her own instruction. The workshops offered by our own faculty were:
Adding to a Wiki
Using Web 2.0 Tools
Using Your Document Camera
I attended Debbie Harbour's session on using Voicethread in the classroom (shown to the left). Debbie and several other teachers have made voicethreads which they have added to their blogs. In fact, Melanie Holtsman actually helped me with a voicethread about this time last year but the truth is that she did most of the work and I didn't learn enough to do it completely solo the next time! I can be a really slow learner when it comes to technology! Of course, that's one of the best things about working at Chets Creek. You don't ever have to do it by yourself because there is always someone who is willing to help. I think now that I've seen Voicethread enough, with my experience with Melanie last year and watching Debbie today, that I feel pretty comfortable about trying one on my own!