As I sat in the holding room at the Drury Lane Theatre back in May with my fellow M.Ed in Educational Technology graduates, we discussed what we wanted to do with our educations. One woman was quite clear, she got the masters degree so she could get a bump in pay. Honesty works for me, I like it. The others sitting around me talked about taking their skills back to the classroom or to their buildings as technology integration specialists, etc. I was already working (sorta) as a technology liaison but felt I could do more. The question has been, what?
I have completed a couple of professional development sessions with the staff in my building, and I enjoyed the experience for myself. I’ve gotten good feedback and they’re asking for more. I’m a hit! There is, however, something, for me, that is missing. Its missing for them also. We’re all busy people: work, home life, and everything else. We want to learn new technology. We want to become connected learners. We just don’t have time to sit in a room to do it.
I’m going to begin designing online professional development curriculum. The Google Apps for Education series in itself could cover 10 – 20 different modules on its own. People want to learn how to use social media packages, educational software to use in the classroom, all sorts of things. I know how to write curriculum for adults, for teachers, for anyone who wants a module put together. I’m going to make this happen.
Here’s the issue for me though. After a brief, meaningful, and inspiring discussion on the topic with a teacher friend of mine, I’ve become completely overwhelmed with it all. I’ve asked my Google + groups where to start and they’re all over the place also. I need to get it together. Can any of you help?
Drop a note below. Help a “freshman level” instructional designer learn what she needs to do to grow. Please? Thank you.