As the technology integration specialist for two schools that encompass grades K-8, I have many people with whom I work. I am frequently pondering how best to share the many resources, tip and tricks, and ideas that I come across from my PLN or that I have learned about via my own professional development experiences. I share things with specific groups (science teachers, for example) when a resource is content-specific.
I also share many of these things via a Tech News that I compile every other week or so. This came about after it was made clear that I was sending too many emails with too much information, feedback that I greatly appreciated! The Tech News includes timely announcements from the tech department, tech-related professional development opportunities, new collaborative and global projects, and tips and tricks involving the tools we use on a regular basis. There’s more too- innovative videos, sharing examples of what educators in our schools are doing, and information about how/when to get support. It turns out that the Tech News is read and viewed by quite a few people, but not enough people. It’s just another thing for the teachers who already have too much on their plates.
It has also become clear that those who don’t get to the Tech News aren’t aware of the things I assume they know. That’s a big mistake on my part. I wonder why everyone else isn’t in my head?!
I get very excited about the things I learn and come across and am eager to share, but what is the best way to do that? How can I share things in a timely manner, but in a way that doesn’t overload the teachers even more?
Suggestions? How do YOU communicate and share with those in your schools/districts?