Students As Teachers
It has been a hit or miss at times when training teachers with using technology. I use different professional development strategies such as 1:1 training, peer-based learning, formal instruction, and virtual sessions. All have pros and cons when working with a diverse group of teachers.
I want to experiment with another method of reaching teachers by having my students become the technology trainers. I have an advanced group of students who work with me every morning on various technology projects. We have worked on many projects together using web 2.0 tools such as GoAnimate, MyStudiyo, and Wikispaces. Some of my students even provide tech support by going out to fix and troubleshoot computers for the school.
The students’ project is to select one staff member and show them how to use the zooming presentation editor tool called Prezi. I hope using students to model technology tools will motivate teachers in using Prezi and other web 2.0 applications. I am excited about this experiment and hoping for 100% success. I told them I will assess their project by checking if the teacher will actually use the software in his/her classroom. No pressure at all 🙂