This session was awesome. Seriously. I had a feeling it might be.
Polly-Alida Farrington, Consultant & Trainer, PA Farrington Associates
Sarah Ludwig, Library Department Chair & Academic Technology Coordinator, Hamden Hall Country Day School
Sara Kelley-Mudie, Library Director and Educational Technology Facilitator, The Forman School
First up was Polly-Alida Farrington! Here are the highlights from her “10 minutes of fame” (with my interpretative spin, of course):
- The 23 Things program started at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library, but was licensed under Creative Commons (librarian win!) and has become quite “the thing”, interpreted in different ways by different people!
- There was a “read the lesson, do the activity, respond on your own blog type of system” in place. One of the first “things” in the program was to create a blog, so that information could be shared by participants throughout the program.
- It’s mostly likely difficult and unsustainable to build the program as a “come, watch, do” – hence the idea of building on a blog/online platform – but you can (and should!) encourage your participants to build a learning community among themselves and use it for support as they learn.
Next up was Sarah Ludwig. Again, my notes:
- She built her 19 things program using a free wordpress blog and had about 30 participants out of 60 teachers — but they were NOT the “expected” teachers/staff. You never know who may be interested in your program!
- Promotion of the program? Done mostly through personal conversation & interaction and “talking it up”.
- Have incentives for your participants/those who complete the program – whether it’s an award, a completion certificate, continuing ed/PE credits, coffee shop gift cards, etc!
- Group your tools/things together by theme — this aids understanding and adds purpose to the whole process (examples: productivity, presentations, learning, writing/sharing, online life) –then wrap up with a few lessons on continuing learning and how to keep in touch with the prof dev community.
The final speaker was Sara Kelley-Mudie! A few comments:
- She used a free Blogspot blog, “14 Things to Tame” – designed as a self directed, self paced online learning community – with the addition of a weekly email.
- She had a tracking spreadsheet so that participants could see their progress along with other, and it was updated incredibly frequently.
- A lovely side-effect/result: the people who finished it became the evangelists for the program!