A few weeks ago, I went to my doctor (don’t worry, I’m all good!). In order to make an appointment with him, I had to go to a booking site, find a time slot that was open, book it and that was it! Over the next few days, the website stuck in my head; so flexible and convenient.
I thought, “Why doesn’t our district have one for teachers!?” Because no one has thought about it! We offer a Help Desk system to our teachers when they have technical problems with technology. However, why don’t we offer them some kind of website where they can control their own training and professional development from within the district?
In building our booking website, we were able to link our Google Calendar to the website. The time slots we create revolve around the openings in our calendar. That means that if anyone in the district needs training on technology, they simply go to the website, find a time slot that is flexible for them and is available in my calendar and just Book It! So simple! We have teachers around our district booking appointments without worry about being confined to any after school professional learning. If the slot is open during their planning period, they book it and we show up to do a training on any tech tool!
The greatest thing about having this website is how convenient it is for both ends! We have a link in our district website that teachers simply click and swoosh, they’re there! They just find a technology training they want and book it! Teachers are busy people with a lot on their minds. Add training to the mix and things can get overwhelming. Having a booking site made one thing in their list (professional learning) easy as 1, 2, 3! Creating a booking site that offered technology training has been fantastic for our teachers since they are being evaluated even more on the use of technology in the classroom!
Nothing is better than giving teachers control over their professional learning. If there is one reason why you should start this today, it should be this! Teachers love the fact that they can choose what they want to learn so they can bring it into the classroom! They want to learn something that is meaningful to them. They are just like students, they want control over their learning!