school district, every other Wednesday we have an hour and a half at the end of the day for professional development . This year, we have had two of the training days with technology break out sessions that teachers could choose their learning with tools such as Windows Movie Maker, Voicethread, Microsoft Excel, imovie and Google Calendar. This week was our last early release training day of the year, so we decided to kick it up a notch.
Last year at NECC, I heard the term speedgeeking mentioned in passing but was never able to find out how it was implemented in practice. Through my PLN, I was able to see examples implemented by Kim Cofino and Karen Ditzler, but my Technology Team and I found a way to do it Chets Creek style...
A few days before the event I put a flyer in the teachers' mailboxes inviting them to a "Speedgeeking Event" with the following cheeky phrases listed on the flyer:
* Have you had trouble finding Web 2.0 tools that are technologically compatible with your needs?
* Fast, fun, safe, comfortable way to discover technology tools
* FIVE fun tools in one afternoon
At the end of the event, teachers were asked to go check their email for a link to google form provided for feedback on each tool and the event in general. I wanted to keep the feedback in the form of our "theme" so I listed questions this way:
Do you think this is a tool you would use in the future?
Flixtime - Cheryl Chascin and KK Cherney shared this fun tool that makes video slideshows. It has the ability to use images, video and text. It creates a product similar to Animoto, but has the added feature of text.
Time Toast - Melissa Ross shared this useful timeline tool. If you look at this example of the Gulf Coast oil spill timeline you will immediately begin to see the usefulness of this tool with your students. 2nd graders used it this year to make a timeline of their own life.