Once Mr. Cronin handed over the microphone, we had an opportunity to really get into Doceri and how it can be used in the classroom. With the entire staff of ALHS, we explored the ways that the iPad can transform a classroom and release the teacher from the whiteboard. What a cool thought: "I don't need to be tethered to my whiteboard?!"
Ms. Larson had already set up her iPad and Doceri and was just asking how to get the picture feature set up. After showing her how, she was immediately taking pictures of CAHSEE release questions and setting them up for her next class. Her students are lucky to have her and I'm excited to see the products that arise from her explorations. Ms. Roberts has been using her iPad with Doceri for the past week and is eager to continue finding ways to allow it to evolve her instruction. I'm looking forward to seeing the cool things she can do!
Next up was Ms. Vega in the library and it was clear that she was dedicated to implementing technology in her instruction and design. Mrs. McConnell was ready and willing to use Doceri as a counselor to help students with A-G requirements and any other presentations that she is doing within classrooms. Even the health office was looking to iPads as a way to improve their workflow. All in all, seeing how the iPad can support instruction and everything around it was powerful.
Today was eye-opening in more ways than one. Many of us have this perception that the older we get, the less willing we are to embrace new technology, similar to the "old dog new tricks" perception. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. So many teachers on campus who have X years of experience were so willing and ready to embrace the technology. We will be here to support everyone in the district, regardless of age or comfort level!
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