Make catch up sessions work

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Gathering the group

It happens in every class whether you have technology or not. There comes a day, a time, a week , a lesson where you want everyone on the same page so you can move them on. In a game it means you have completed all the tasks so that you can go to the next level. That is where we had arrived as a staff today. We had to have a session this morning where the technicians got everyone on the same page so we could move our technology forward as a school. I did not envy them. They had 150+ staff to get to the same spot so we could go up a level. They were well in control of their technical skills and content. We just had to go along with it. They had given us sheets to follow. They were showing us on the big screen, they were working with us one to one and it was a massive job to get that many staff and their laptops in the same spot. I was already there. The Japanese teacher next to me had a complete hold up with her login and it would have wasted a lot of time sorting that out in that session because it had already been tried once. The Japanese teacher and I were able to be very productive in that session. She had shown me the Memrise site and while she was trying to sort out her login with the technicians I logged into the  Memrise site and could look at the French. She came back and showed me what she used in Japanese and fast tracked me through the site. All this with few words because we could follow each others’ screens. In return, I showed her how good Pinterest was for teaching French and showed her my boards and got her going on that. Others, once they finally got on the Net had sent help desk tickets to let the technicians know which problems they had with IT in their area. The head of IT support, to his awesome credit, already knew that…he was  evidently checking help desk tickets as he was rolling out the “levelling up” ( game talk for getting to the next level). Anyone watching might have thought it was a bit of a rabbly session. Never, never make hasty judgements with technology classes. Look and listen. By the end of the session I had shared knowledge, gained knowledge, seen our techs in action and felt well pleased with my time. When you have to run a tech catch up lesson like that in a classroom, then work out what the options are for the students and list them up. As adults we had our agenda and knew what needed to be done. Students need that framework of looking at the “to do” list choices for the lesson.

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