Today was a big day for the Tech Cafe. I was talking with our Technology Team at school and we decided that we really weren't engaging enough primary teachers (Kindergarten - 3rd Grade), so we decided to have 2 separate Tech Café's
today. The other LPS Tech Mentor in the building, Chavis, lead a Café in his room for Kindergarten - 2nd grade teachers and I led a conversation for 3-5th grade teachers. We decided that the needs of the grade levels were different and wanted to ensure that we are providing support for everyone. Even though we advertised the Café's with grade levels in mind, anyone was invited to attend either Café based on their interest.
Teachers in k-2 did not work in one-to-one classrooms, so their capabilities were very different. That conversation focused mostly on what teachers can do to engage students through technology with less devices. We shared ideas related to iPad apps, video newsletter creation, ways to partner kids around a laptop cart. I heard that conversation went really well and had good attendance.
In my room, we spent time talking about student blogs and symballoo. I understand that the two topics are very broad and not related, but the purpose of the Tech Café is to provide support based on teacher interest and requests. I'm going to summarize our conversations below in to separate sections.