This is an idea that was born out of ISTE 2014. The conference made me think. It also helps that I am hopefully transitioning to be an education technology specialist in the next three weeks. At ISTE, I started asking myself, "How do we convince the unconvinced about the benefits of technology use?" and, "How do we get people to start?". From these question also came the question of, "How do we make it absolutley painless?". That's where the idea of Big 10 PD came from. This is all about PD that does not take much out of you.
To start, I wanted something that was quick. Teachers arealways overworked and under paid. They don't want to sit through long meetings that detail one intiative or one tool. That's where the 10 minute time limit came in. I also wanted something packed full of information, so I thought taking my 60 apps in 60 minutes format, cutting it to 10 apps, and making ones that could be specific by content area would be most beneficial. I could also do 10 minute video how to's on my favorite educational apps and call them deep dives. The whole idea here is to convince a teacher to try and use just one. If you can get them to do that, you can get the snowball rolling downhill. You can get them to see the benefit and maybe continue to add more.
As I thought about my (hopefully) new position, I thought it might be difficult to get the seat time in front of teachers in order to deliver these 10 app in 10 minute presentations. It also would be difficult for teachers to go back and pick up more. Why not use one of the latest teaching methods, the flip, and make this available anywhere to anybody. That's where the idea of using Touchcast came in. Touchcast allows the user to get started with that application straight from the video. It gives a teacher no excuse not to start. It only takes 10 minutes of their time, and they can use the video anytime and anywhere.
There has to also be follow up. That's why I am basing these videos all off of a Symabloo Webmix. It allows for me to have a process where teachers can either use the Touchcast video or Youtube video to watch the video. We then ask them to fill out a Google form. The whole idea of the Google Form is so I can provide face to face follow up. I want the teacher to take 1 and use it. Teachers who are scared need to have that follow up. You can also give this to there administrative team to show there willingness to improve and to use technology.
To me Big 10 PD is not the total answer, but it is a start. I know how technology can change a classroom. I want to build excitement for the use. We have to find new ways to reach teachers