Thursday, July 23, 2009
7th Casa Thomas Jefferson TEFL - Driving Development
This year our school seminar has meant interconnectedness for me. I've connected to some people I follow in Twitter and some of my followers in Twitter were really kind to contact me. What a blast as it shows exactly what Erika and I were trying to present, Digital Magic in Professional Development. We could exemplify exactly what we've been preaching for a while about professional development as a lifelong, sustainable, collective, networked endeavor, not institutionally-bond. It's all about connecting to people, the ones you share and get so much from, the ones who email you, the ones who interact with you from a distance.
I couldn't be happier to see one some my bosses and colleagues presenting about exciting digital resources. I couldn't be more encouraged to keep moving forward in the tireless job of trying to inspire others. If when Erika and I presented some years ago we've had sessions with 2/3 participants, now we have our rooms full of excited with sparkling eyes educators who want change, challenge, who want to understand how and where to get started in cyberworld.
I couldn't feel more comforted every time I see the dedication of the group of Ed Tech dreamers, inspiring team I am lucky enough to work with. We've been doing our best to inspire our colleagues. The CTJ Electronic Village, a format of rotating sessions inspired by TESOL's Electronic Village, proved that the power of our collaboration and organization is translated into a successful tech-endeavor.
I couldn't feel more self-assured that with small steps - without giving up - can take us and others far...
Some of the wonderful presentations of our 7th CTJ TEFL can be found on our School Website.