I started my blog hoping they would read from time to time and find interest in something I talk about. I also started some different bookmarks for them and an edtech edmodo page just for our staff. I still hear from kids, however, that not all of their teachers use the computers. This is a reason for concern. I thought that perhaps doing Tech Tuesday and sharing a simple tool at their own accord would be a better way to get some PD out there and also let them realize how simple it is to use technology in their classroom. Every single teacher in a 1:1 school can find at least one tool to use that benefits kids. That is my goal with the Tech Tuesdays.
Here is what I decided to do. We are a multi device school. Lower grades use iPads and the upper grades use computers. I needed to find tools to share that potentially could be used for both devices. I spent time looking at my pocket, my scoop.it and my Diigo and started checking out the different tweets I have favorited from some of the connected educators in my PLN. I considered for a bit the tools that would best suit people from the beginning of the year and things that could be tossed in midway.
I chose Edmodo as my premier training. It's easy, crosses both devices and can be used by everyone. I moved through my list and got the entire first semester planned. I even cleared it with my superintendent to offer 1 PGP point for every three trainings. (I anticipate them only lasting 15-20 minutes because people aren't going to want to spend their entire prep period. They are more than likely going to want to take the training and then spend a little time familiarizing themselves with it.
I am hoping that this attempt to train teachers to use tools will be a positive experience for everyone involved. I am excited to see how many people take note and try new things!