Usually when Iâ€™m going to present I spend lots of time preparing and still feel like I could have spent more time and then it would have been even better. So it is ironic that Friday, when I was asked to present to my staff about more things they could do with their digital cameras and introduce wikis and some math and language activities, I had just come off 2 days that did not lend themselves well to being prepared â€¦ and so I wasnâ€™t comfortably prepared. I had a handout with links for the things I would show them, but during recess and lunch I used up the little last minute time I had to prep, switching computers that I would present from (my overused Mac is being fixed) â€“ meaning I would use my classroom HP â€“ Iâ€™m not as â€œat homeâ€ with Windows machines so that also put me at a bit of a disadvantage. And yet the presentation was very well received and mostly came off without a hitch.
Most of the staff at my school hadnâ€™t seen our â€œInclusionâ€ video yet, so we started off with that. They loved Fdâ€™s Flickr Toys – and the writing ideas I had to go along with them. I made several examples before their eyes and then showed them the examples I was working on when I took my header. And then I quickly introduced them to Wikiâ€™s â€“ only a few had heard of them before, so I explained basically what they are and then used a new Wiki Iâ€™ve just started to put together to have them try out Wikiâ€™s and the online math and language software they were asking about. We passed out laptops and had them try things out â€¦ and my 45 minutes were up. I had many share with me how they saw using the resources Iâ€™d shared in their classrooms right away.
HMMM, maybe I should under-prepare more often.
“Magazine Cover” from software available at: http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/
This provided the brief comedic break during my presentation. Actually my daughters from a trip to Yellowstone National Park 2 years ago.