This term we have decided to change the way we do ICT professional development a little and try out something new.
The concept is this: “Coffee and Computers” (I’m sure you can come up with a better name than this but, under time constraints, boring old alliteration won when deciding on a title.
This is how it works:
- Coffee is served to entice busy teachers in the door.
- We have a session every week which begins at 8:10 and finishes by 8:30 at the latest (we have a bell that goes then).
- Each session focuses on one interesting, useful and exciting web 2.0 tool designed to be used with a wide variety of age groups. These are decided 1-2 weeks in advance so I can get ideas from the teachers about what they would use and what they want to know about, then use these ideas as soon as possible.
- It has a casual and relaxed atmosphere where I show the teachers what the tool is, how it works and what I think it could be used for in the classroom – this is usually discussed together.
- Importantly, these meetings are totally optional.
“Coffee and Computers” has been pretty succesful and we get a range of attendees from all levels of the school. It also works well for me, as it is simple to run, pleasant to be a part of, casual and frequent.