We’re halfway through Day 2 of the Technology Summer Institute (AKA Tech SI) and I’m having a great time. I’ve got an amazing group of educators that represent a variety of content areas and grade levels. They ask good questions and keep pushing me to and beyond the limits of my knowledge. I think this is what synergy is all about.
The Tech SI is a collaborative weeklong Summer Institute co-sponsored by the Connecticut Writing Project (http://www.cwp.uconn.edu/) and EASTCONN (http://www.eastconn.org/). Last year it was 3 days long and participants had to sign up for all three days. This year it was 5 days long with a different topic focus each day. People could sign up for one day or more days based on their interest. An average of 9-10 people signed up for each day. I had a group of four that signed up for all 5 days. As the week went along, the group really bonded and helped each other. We were all teachers and learners in a collaborative learning environment that will go virtual at the end of the week.
Check out the Tech SI Wikispace that I’ve built to support the training, to keep us connected after the training ends, and to allow the participants to share resources with their colleagues: http://techsi.wikispaces.com/.