I agree, Glen, that is a great tip. One of my favorites is to bring three different colored packages of post-its. I have the teachers write the essential question on one color, unit on another, and content on a third then set those questions next to the computer for the entire workshop. It makes it easier for folks to reference if those are easily available. Thanks Glen!
I also used to do that - you would have laughed when you saw my manual (and computer!) - lots of post-its and lost of highlighting. I made sure not only to write in my book, but to make sure my participants did too - there is so much to learn and remember, that it is critical to write down - and for some reason, so many people don't want to write in their books - sooooooooooo, I would model what a "messy" book would look like.
I cannot live without post-its in my manual! I use them for reminders and I also add notes of what needs to be revised or done differently for each activity. I don't really have a color coding system... but that is even better! Another trick I cannot do without is a detailed instructor's agenda. This is an extension of what is usually provided in course materials. I have gained several tips in the community about encouraging participants with music or videos, which I am looking forward to trying.
I do the same thing. I go in and take the agenda from the binder and retype it in my own words with page numbers, exercises, etc. I guess me being the visual learner that I am it helps to type it out. I also type notes for any other workshop I deliver.....OCD?????
I love getting feedback. I pass out a different colored index card for each day of training. I tell my participants that the index card is their exit ticket which I will collect at the end of each day. I explain that the index card is a place to write down questions that have not been addressed and it's also a place to let me know how they feel so far. In the past I received some cards with just the words, "everything is OK." To encourage more thoughtful responses I have started asking a specific question for each day. For example, Which of the online thinking tools is your favorite and why? At the start of each class I read the feedback cards and respond to questions recorded on the cards. Participants seem to look forward to the hearing the responses.
I LOVE using the exit cards thanks to you! I like the idea of color coding in order to keep them ordered when I mix them together! I also review them at the end to make sure I've answered all the questions that people had and if not, I follow up afterwards with a quick email.
I do this also. (I wonder where I got this from) It is a great way to gather information about the participants experience for the day as well as if they have any questions they need answered that they did not want to ask in front of the group. I like having a question for them to answer. I always tell them to write something positive that they leanred and liked from each day.
Love the idea of color coding - as we all know, looking at the exit cards will help with clarifying anything the next day, or let you know if you have to modify what you were doing (or how you were doing it) - and then being able to go back and reflect after the training - with the color codes, that would be easy to see the progression - what a great idea Linda!!
I find that the folks in my class always have a resource or tip of their own. Throughout the week, I ask them to think about one or two ideas they'd like to share. Then, during a break near the end of our training they take turns showing us great websites or tips or tricks they use. By letting them know up front that I'd love to learn from them, we stay on track during our training and it honors their skills and knowledge. Plus, I always learn something new!
Oh, my, gosh! That is the coolest thing ever. Why didn't I know that when I was teaching?! So many wasted opportunities...and Julia just showed me how you can make it go sideways too! It doesn't take much to make me happy these days. I can't wait to find an opportunity to use this fun little feature.
I encourage people to keep a "reminders" file on their flash drive or hard drive. It is a great place to list your login and password information for different sites. Of course you don't actually type out your passwords - just give yourself a clue to help you remember what it is. It is also a good place to hold any miscellaneous information that you get until you can transfer it to the right place - like a friend's address that someone sent you in an email and you want to add it to your Christmas card list.
I got tired of losing my login information to all the myriad of sites I use in trainings all over. I LIVE on the road! So, I use my Delicious account. I put my login information in the description area, then I don't share that site. Nobody else can see it, but I have my login information wherever I go.
I discovered box.net. It is a great place to store and share files and resources - http://www.box.net Never be without an Internet 'thumb drive' with 1 GB of free space.
This will be a great site to share with many that I work with - althrough I typically have 4 - 6 flash drives (and you would think I would actually remember where they are - ha ha ha) many of the people I work with or train, do not have them - so this is a great alternative.
What I really like about this thread is that we see this type of activity (sharing of new tools) in our evaluation data- but this discussion demonstrates the implementation strategies that help to bring that about. In our data- teachers clearly report that they use technology more with their students than before the training. And they report using a wider range of software tools. Many that they cite are not in our materials- but shared by their ST, MT or fellow participants. We often get "beat-up" by our govt partners for just being an MS Office training (esp if they dont know our work very well) and I think this is a great way to highlight the value of substantive pd- it allows folks to dig in and share new things in relevant contexts to learning (or just to make Theresa's day)
I am so happy that I took the advice to set up a group in the engage community for training purposes. I was able to use it after the training was completed to respond to participant questions; a great way to continue the bond that we had created during the face to face training. It also was a great way to introduce participants to the larger community and get them involved!
I really liked the tip about using the different color index cards as exit cards. I use them in the same way, however, I also require that participants share a tip for integrating technology into the classroom on their card. On the last day, we have a sharing time and talk about the different suggestions on the cards. It is a great tool for wrapping up a great training.