Reflections of my week at ASL – I not only Survived… I Thrived!

So, this is our last day at the Learning Institute at the American School of London led by our esteemed leader Leah Treesh. It seems like the week has flown by! I can’t believe I’ve been in London for six days. We learned a lot, it was definitely an intensive workshop and, looking back, I have a lot that I can take home with me.

At most of these Ed Tech seminars and workshops, I find that I don’t take a lot of ‘doing’ skills back home with me. I’m already pretty tech savvy and pretty comfortable with gadgets, hardware, and software (even if I’ve never seen it before). However, I felt like this one was geared towards all levels of familiarity and I found myself working hard and learning new things on regular intervals. At no point did I think “Done it… seen it.” My favorite element of this week has been that we have developed practical rather than theoretical concepts – I have some real ways that I can implement this into the classroom, not just ideas that I need to develop later. The reality is, I’m not that creative – I can be a little a bit. So I’m much better equipped when I can see how this has been employed elsewhere and then tweak it to make my own.

By far, the most excited I have gotten has been about Digital Storytelling. I’ll reiterate from a previous post, while I knew what it was and that it was out there (and seen a couple of examples), I hadn’t really considered its practical applications in my classroom or curriculum. However, really playing with the concepts, developing a lesson plan, and collaborating with colleagues, I’ve gotten very excited about its potential in my lessons. I’ve already got a few points in the curriculum in which it can be readily implemented and developed.

The other key components that I think myself and the TVS team (Jane Cooper and Karen Arrington) will be bringing back with us is a rationale and justification of our technological needs in the future at TVS. I’m hoping that the three of us will soon have a platform to present our ideas and practical needs. Our staff, colleagues, and administrators have been so supportive that I’m confident they will be with us as we move forward.


One thought on “Reflections of my week at ASL – I not only Survived… I Thrived!

  1. Pingback: Reflections of my week at ASL – I not only Survived… I Thrived! (via jenniferlockett) « survivingandthrivingteachers

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