Above is a YouTube video of the NETS presentation. The actual presentation will be given using SMART Notebook software. That file is embedded at the end of this post.
I am frustrated with the lack of vision with respect to technology in my district. After conversing with others in my global learning network on the subject, it seems that there is a general frustration in education with this lack of vision. It is difficult for teachers to pursue embedding more technology awareness and skills for students without the support of district leadership. That being said, I decided to deliver a presentation to my staff to inspire individual teachers to take it upon themselves to insure more technology into their instruction.
Inspiring teachers to make a change without a firm hand from administration encouraging them is a tall order. I decided to create a presentation using a tool that is widely available to our staff, but goes widely unused… the SMARTboard. I also created the presentation with a sales job embedded… a good strategy for people who have a choice whether or not to pay attention to the contents of my presentation.
My hope is that a couple of teachers do decide to include more technology in their lessons. I also hope that some see how easy it is to embed a few interactive features on a Notebook presentation and begin to dust off their classroom SMARTboards. Maybe those couple of teachers will have a domino effect on others.
The project was supposed to be a collaborative effort. Since I had no team members, collaboration took on a different definition. I posted the sources I wanted to use on Pearltrees in order to share. I queried those who will be my audience in order to make the presentation meaningful. The presentation file was shared on SMARTExchange, so others can also present to staffs, in a global sense. After the presentation is given, I will survey my staff to gauge the effectiveness of the talk. This is something I plan to revisit during the next school year to evaluate its staying power.