New Media and Education Consultant, Sammy Lyon, describes her course as, “practical skills (and a kick in the butt) to help you finally become social media and technology savvy.” Participants attending the workshop, which was hosted by Windward School on November 2nd, definitely got a workout to flex those technology muscles.
Here’s the exercise regimen:
The Tech: Web-based programs and Apps like Dropbox, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, WordPress, Pinterest, and Google Docs, as well as software such as iMovie, GarageBand or Audacity. Sammy Lyon helped develop each person’s social media presence. If you didn’t have a Twitter account before, you started a profile and tried your first Tweet. Never got around to downloading the Instagram app? There was support for that too.
The Tools: The workout wasn’t without “equipment” to help each participant build strength in technology. Sammy provided graphic organizers and handouts geared to guide each educator’s workshop experience- how to document their process and set goals with technology. Participants were offered hands-on practice with tools like audio recording devices for the iPhone.
The 101: Just as a workout is made up of a combination of exercises, the learning took place in many different forms. There was trial and error with different programs. Participants shared prior experience and knowledge with their new colleagues. Sammy posed thought-provoking questions that were discussed (and Tweeted!). She shared examples of how social media can be used authentically in the classroom to engage youth in social change. After, participants were given time to work on a project with a new technology tool of their choice, and each person shared their product. A few of the ventures: Pinterest boards for Irrigation Inspiration and Sustainable Dream Yards (check out TreePeople’s Pinterest page) ; a Podcast about the experiences of workshop participants; A WordPress blog to document the happenings in a K-1 classroom. And the learning doesn’t stop here. Participants were invited to keep in touch and share their continued work through the cohort’s Google Doc.
Sammy’s presence as the class instructor was more like a coach than a drill sergeant. Participants may have worked hard, but not to the point of exhaustion. Instead, at the end of the day, you sensed stronger and more energized educators- ready to stand alongside their students as they take on social media and technology together.
Want to give the workout a try? Campbell Hall will be hosting Sammy Lyon’s program on March 8th at Campbell Hall School, and there is also a video course available. Visit www.lyonideas.com/register to find out more.
This workshop supports ECSL’s commitment to providing professional development and collegial exchange for service-learning practitioners who are dedicated to promoting civic responsibility in today’s youth. Check the “Upcoming Events” section on our web page to get details about other programs and events this school year.