I just ran across the poll for the online meeting. None of the suggested times work for me, however I'm trying to reschedule some things for this coming Thursday (Teaching & Learning is that evening) so that day may work.
JoAnn expressed a frustration that I know many of us (or our colleagues) have felt before: little to no access to techonology resources in our schools! Before I was transferred to a magnet school for technology, I was at a school that had as little technology as JoAnn's school seems to have. I know that this cannot be unique to our county, so where better than this Intel community to find out how to address this problem?
Sure enough, after a simple search for "grant writing," I found a post specifically about grants for educators. The fun part is that this is a part of the community, which means it's a conversation that is added to by people all over the place. Imagine the resources we could have if we spent a little time - maybe over the summer?? - getting some grants together for our schools? Even my technology-saturated school is lacking in a couple of things I would like to see there (a scanner for the media center, for example!). Most other schools are missing out on just about everything else, and goodness forbid a teacher is located in a mobile unit and cannot easily get "carted" technology out to their classroom(s).
When I titled this addictive personalities, I am referring to those of us that have a tendency to get addicted easily: like my coffee fixation. OK. Addiction. Whatever.
The point is that this stuff (the wikis*, the blogs, the really cool technology links for education) is very easy to get hooked on! My family may never forgive me for taking this training if I'm online all day!
I really enjoyed our first day of class. I felt like I walked away with tools I'll be able to integrate right away, even as an inclusion teacher who doesn't have a lot of co-planning time with my co-teachers.
Also, I saw a lot of great conversations out there I'm going to go check out. I think I did see some stuff about collaboration. If I can get my teachers on board, this might be a great way to facilitate more co-planning time than that which is currently available to us!
*Is the plural of wiki spelled correctly above? I seriously have no idea!