Articles

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Nurturing Informal Professional Development for eLearning Instructors. Jennifer D. Jones.

Teacher Professional Development and Informal Learning Environments: Investigating Partnerships and Possibilities. L.M. Melber and A. M. Cox-Petersen (2005)

Adopting an informal learning strategy: some things are best learned on the fly, incrementally, rather than in classrooms or through structured educational systems or processes. Stephen Abram (2009). Special Libraries Association.

Critical Issue: Providing Professional Development for Effective Technology Use. Ginger Rodriguez (2000).

Subversive ideas

Hooks - research papers use the language of the district and not technology to attract people find the goals and directives of departments and admins and demonstrate how tools and resources support those goals. Focus on key words such as critical thinking, literacy, focused learning, direct engagement, differentiated instruction.

Target your efforts -choose a teacher or two as your project. I found selecting the leaders or the most technophobic to focus on can help bring others around.

Frame workshops around ideas for personal use - creating family memories, making video cards for family members, using a wiki to bookmark your favorite links or how to manage information overload.

We pick non-techy books for book talks such as Brain Rules - this can lead to discussion for the need for multimedia, or 'easy' tech related books like web literacy for education to get the conversation started.

In our district, a good amount of tech has started from the teachers - workshops are provided (but not mandatory) but when teachers show interest, the district supports their efforts to either train others or to bring in/find experts (sometimes in-district, sometimes outside)