I talked yesterday about my technology training program and how my initial vision has not been the same as what the program has become. I was also feeling a little discouraged by the lack of interest. I had a breakthrough yesterday. The faculty rep to our Board of Directors came to my training and not only did he love the program I taught, he also told me how happy he was that I was doing these trainings. He also asked my permission to email our principal with accolades for me. Who would ever turn down free PR? I didn't hesitate to give him permission. I have now added a third session of Photo Story for February (due to people, especially one administrator and the headmaster's secretary telling me that they couldn't come yesterday but really want to learn the program).
Earlier in the year I had been chatting with our assistant principal (who is also the administrative liaison to the tech department) and he was happy about the fact that I was doing the trainings but he wanted me to do them more often. I started tossing around thoughts trying to figure out how I can reach more people and do my classes more often. This is the solution I came up with: starting in March I will be instituting Thursdays as Technology Days in the library. The first Thursday of the month will be open lab. Teachers can come to me from 3:15 to 4:30 to ask me any technology related question they have. The other Thursdays will be a training about the same program for all 3 or 4 weeks. I emailed the Faculty about it and I've had no comments yet. We'll see what happens.
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