I have been hearing about speed geeking for many years, probably since the beginning of my CoETaIL experience back in 2012.
So we’re a little late to the party just now getting around to trying this format out.
But, better late than never right?
This past Wednesday I organized rounds of speed geeking for the elementary staff of our school.
We ran five eight minute sessions.
We covered a range of topics, including using Padlet, Google Forms, using Microsoft Word with Publisher to create physical books, tips for the interactive white boards, and using the BeeBot and ProBot.
Ann Simone discussed the use of Padlet in the classroom and how to embed the padlet into classroom websites.
Odaliz Romo has been making her Young Author’s Day books for several years using a combination of Microsoft Word and Publisher and she demonstrated how this could easily be replicated in other classrooms.
Sarah Wampler offered her favorite tools for successful use of the interactive white boards. Frequently, a goal of teachers is to improve their use of the boards and Sarah is very knowledgeable with how to use them best in our elementary program.
The feedback after our speed geeking sessions was really positive. I was thrilled the teachers enjoyed it so much.
I asked teachers to finish the sentence, “Speed geeking was…”
A few answers:
-the most productive hour I have spent in a long time.
-the best PD we’ve had! I learned five things I want to implement in the classroom.
-informative and efficient
I loved that the sessions were run by the classroom teachers and not by myself or others who specifically hold technology roles. It was a great opportunity for teachers to see what each other are doing in the classroom.
I’m already thinking ahead to what sessions to focus on for our next rounds of speed geeking in a few months!
Suggestions for speed geeking sessions? Share them in the comments!