Yesterday’s post discussed my decision to do a demo for my presentation instead of a hands-on activity. The limited time of my sessions was the leading factor in my decision, but I think another surpassed it today. That factor was actual interest in using the iPad for student assessment.
The teachers on campus had to choose four separate topics from a selection of eight to attend. I presented three times and assisted another teacher during his presentation during the fourth. I think my best session was actually the best one. It was my fullest session, despite the request from administration, to limit each session to fifteen teachers. I know that I was over fifteen, but I don’t have the heart to turn anyone away. In this first session, I’m estimating that all but two or three teachers will actually use the iPad to assess students in their classes. The group was tech savvy and asked quality questions throughout the presentation.
My second session was small with five teachers. Most of these teachers will probably not use the iPad for assessment, but were there to be informed about what I am doing in the class. While the may not have been interested specifically in student assessment, they did ask great questions about other apps I use and whether or not they can be used on an iPod effectively. The last session I presented had about fifteen teachers, but only about four or five will seriously consider using the iPad to assess students.
These last two groups are why I am glad that I didn’t do a hands-on presentation. I don’t think there is anything more difficult than teaching hands-on technology to people that don’t want to use it. My time will be better served by giving an intro, provide a resource for teachers to do step-by-step, and make myself available for one-on-one help.