I had a really good day on Thursday. I’d been asked to deliver training to a group of teachers and learner support assistants (LSAs?) and agreed that I should do one hour’s input and then supervise a 1.5 to 2 hour workshop session where they could expand upon anything they liked. This actually worked very well and I came away enthused by the participants’ responses to the event.
I’d been forewarned that they were not as enamoured of AccessApps as perhaps they should be, but that they were pretty open minded about the use of technology generally. Everyone had their own particular need, according to the need of the learner(s) they supported. I therefore planned and delivered an input that delivered three main themes, with and underpinning but less visible fourth.
1 – Mind Mapping web sites:
2 – Photo editing web sites:
3 – Access Apps and
4 – Underpinned by use of various Google Docs facilities.
The big winner, in the end was AccessApps! Which, made me consider why I’d been advised of their earlier dislike. At the end, I asked everyone to tell me (via a TitanPad) what was the one thing they would take away and use again. The answer? The RSC-Scotland EduApps webpage: http://www.rsc-ne-scotland.ac.uk/eduapps
Of course, I had to consider why this was the case. After all, they had seen the various applications before – hadn’t they?
Well, apparently – previous training sessions where AccessApps had been shown, were either very directed, short or just; well – ‘shown‘! Also (and I think that this is the main reason here at this college), if they wanted to play with AccessApps, they had to book a USB Stick containing the Apps out of the library – presumably to copy and use as they like. What I had given them was access to the website itself where they could investigate and download exactly what they like, when they like and without having to ‘go’ anywhere.
In the same way that it is more beneficial in the long term to give starving people the skills to farm, I’d given the participants ‘permission’ to grow their own AccessApps suite and to use just what they want, when they want. It’s great to see people leaving a training session with smiley faces 🙂