Recent Group Activity
This week started out as one of my least favorite experiences ever. Training contractors in on entering rigorous and relevant, high quality lessons into the REAL website. Let's have four contractors work four hours entering in lesson plans only to have the system time out and erase all their work. Yep, that was just one of the special events that I had to put up with working from ODE (because we are not allowed to enter in data offsite, security). I was not the only frustrated person, but this contract has been very difficult, not only the learning curve, but the red tape.
Overall, I think the lessons will be pretty good.
Sadly, this was not a great week. I was informed at an Intel meeting that they will not give us the rest of the funding for the Intel grant. A great part is OETCs lack of success in filling and offering Intel Workshops. We have had some, more in Montana, but we have not met our goal. In addition, Intel is no longer using RTAs for training's of the future. So I will be letting Thomas go and this project will be coming to an end.
I am thankful not all weeks are like htis one.
WOW! What great, energizing and thoughtful staff development. I have not been to the National Staff Development Council's (NSDC) conference in five years, as at that time I was so disappointed at the lack of technology integration. This time there still was a lack of technology anywhere (it cost $1,000 for a wireless connection), but this time I looked past that to the strategies. I gained some new ideas I can use when I provide PD, and I know how to integrate the tech. In fact I think we have a niche here at OETC, especially with the cadre's. I think we should present at NSDC in the future.
Nonetheless, I have come back energized.
Registration reached capacity this year at 450 participants. The rooms were crowded and somewhat uncomfortable. I need to decide if I should move ITSC to a new location for 2008. After much research to find locations that have the bandwidth I have decided to stay at the Sheraton and add two workshops kitty corner at the Embassy Suites. This way we may be able to get up to 550 participants leaving us a boutique conference.
I will again review this in 2008 to see if any locations can handle our capacity and bandwidth. We will make a lot more changes in how we run the event next year, like having tickets for each workshop. Our notes for participant feedback in 2007 and our plans can be found on this google doc. Thanks to Kim for helping me think through this.
I had an OETC planning luncheon to work on ideas for our 2007 ITSC. I also worked with Jake to make the website registration process more user-friendly.
Wow! IT has been back to back presenting, three weeks in a row. I did a session at NCCE on Cool Tools. I had about 80 people in a huge room. I don't like doing sessions that are not hands on, it is tough for me, I want people to have practice... but it seemed to go over well. I had them up and moving and dialogging along with showcasing some web 2.0 tools.
I did a search recently in Flickr for NCEE and found this picture someone took of me.
Diane Woodard was given the Outstanding Educator award at NCCE. That was great, she totally deserves it.
Prior to ITSC I was informed by ODE that the quality of the lessons we linked to was not up to the level required, thus making it so we did not have the correct number of deliverables. In addition, there was miscommunication with the contract and my understanding of the deliverable, so much of the work we did in writing was not what they had wanted. So I met with ODE to clarify the situation and come up with a solution.
I am really sick about this and for the last month have been mulling it over. At the meeting we were able to see what the mis communications were. ODE took responsibility and kindly altered the deliverables and we changed some. We will have a second meeting to walk through the details. Hind sight is 20/20, if I knew then, what I know now, the project would have gone so much smoother. I am disappointed in mysefl for lnot meeting exceptional the requirements set before me.