June 29, 2011
EARCOS Annual Weekend Workshop Report 2010-11 [JANUARY]

Tech Train 2011: Beginners Learn Tech. Tools Together
Consultant: Tara Ethridge
Date: January 29-30
School: International School Bangkok
Coordinator: Ann Straub

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On the weekend of January 29 -30, 2011, over sixty teachers from all around the EARCOS region gathered at the International School Bangkok to participate in our 2nd TechTrain weekend workshop. Catered to beginning users, TechTrain 2010 was very successful, and we wanted to offer the same opportunity to teachers again this year.

Our goal this year was similar to that of last year’s TechTrain: to provide an engaging, non-threatening environment for beginning technology users to explore various tools and boost their confidence. We designed the workshop to include exposure to four major tech tools and also provide ideas of how to incorporate those tools into the curriculum. Time was set aside during the weekend to practice what they learned, with the support of the facilitators nearby.

Facilitating the weekend were four teachers from the International School Bangkok: Chrissy Hellyer, ES Tech Learning Coordinator, Mike Jessee and Laura Chesebro, third grade teachers, and Tara Ethridge, ES librarian.

Some feedback from those who joined us:

The pace was good…the attitude of the staff made everyone feel comfortable no matter what their skill levels were….and even the beginners felt successful.

Professionalism and sharing of the ISB staff were excellent: differentiated tasks and focused on meeting the needs of the participants.

The hands-on time was essential for us to practice what we learned. We appreciated the supportive staff…couldn’t have progressed without it.

As teachers and facilitators, we loved watching confidence grow and fears lessen over the weekend. It’s what the weekend is all about, and we look forward to helping beginning users again in the future.

Written by Tara Ethridge

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