Today was the final Techie Breakie of the year. Although I wanted to introduce the team to Dropbox, I also wanted to reflect on where we had come with our Techie Breakies, to ask for feedback on what had been most useful and what had been least useful and to discuss where we go from here.
I'd already sent the group the link to Dropbox yesterday so that they could set up an account. They all immediately saw the uses of this for themselves and for organising, sharing and backing up their own files, music, photos and so on. At the end of the session our Kindergarten teacher, Emily, immediately invited the rest of her team to Dropbox.
Everyone said they had discovered a lot of new tools that they didn't know about before. They asked for help in using these with the students in their classes. A common issue raised was the lack of time to really play with these tools and to see how they could be used for teaching and learning. I mentioned the 15 minute rule I had read about over the past week - giving yourself just 15 minutes a day for 3 days to play with a new tool to see if it was something that could be useful. On the other hand I also read a blog post that said the lack of time is a poor excuse - after all we don't accept that excuse from students who don't do their work!
Next year, we decided, it would be good to start the Techie Breakies again with a new group of teachers - the aim would be then have 2 teachers in each grade level using these tools and suggesting them to others at their planning meetings. One of our group, Rebecca, also set herself a goal for next year:
My goal for next year is to start blogging, personally and for the new grade I'll be teaching.All in all I think our Techie Breakies were successful and I would definitely like to continue with them next school year.