I wrote earlier about our LAN Party and how I thought it went. I decided to survey the participants to get their feedback on the event and to find out whether or not they thought it was as good as I did. Their responses supported my thoughts on the conference, but a few stuck out.

I asked teachers how the information will impact their instruction, here are some answers:

1. I want to try out some ideas with kids at my school. Some ideas will be instantly motivating. Some ideas will take more planning.

2. The suggested websites and different online tools alone were fantastic! I think I'll use most of the ones that we talked about in some form or another.

3. I'll take one step at a time and try to make my learning more engaging to kids.

4. I am more willing to take the risk to explore sights on the computer. I look forward to using chat rooms or ???? spaces that I can ask other educators questions/ideas for working with a particular group of students.

I think these answers are pretty good and show the willingness of these teachers to step out of their comfort zone and try to enhance their teaching with the use of technology. It's encouraging to me that they are interested in learning and want to take the next step.

I also asked teachers to describe the evening in one word. Here's what they said:

Informative, Stimulating, Worthwhile, Engaging, Eye-Opening

When I think about professional development opportunities, I'd consider the session successful if I left feeling informed, stimulating, and engaged. Needless to say, I'm pleased everyone felt their time was not wasted. I'm looking forward to providing more opportunities like this in the future.


  1. Ann Oro // November 13, 2008 at 1:43 PM  

    I was wondering why you called it a LAN party. After following the link, it makes sense. I have a similar plan in the back of my head for December. That is one of the best parts of the K12 Online Conference: no need to rush to do it in October.

    I like your questionnaire. I'll have to include that as a part of my viewing and discussion group.

  2. Jeff Utecht // November 22, 2008 at 6:45 PM  

    Sounds like a hit! Great work! Build the capacity within your staff, empower them and support them. Great work!

  3. IMC Guy // November 27, 2008 at 11:31 PM  

    Thanks for the comments. I hope to build on what we did and do something similar again this school year.

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