Earlier this week, the instructional technology department at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) facilitated a technology seminar for the teachers in the district. This seminar was funded through the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant, and was intended to help teachers understand how they can improve student achievement through the use of technology in their schools.
Attendance was excellent. I spoke with one teacher who responded to the initial invite within a day of receiving it, and she was told the seminar was already full. They later expanded the seminar and in the end had somewhere between 200 and 300 teachers attend.
The seminar was two full days of training on technologies such as podcasting, Google Earth, Photo Story, Movie Maker, Smart Boards, Promethean Boards, Moodle, Wikis, and more. Each day was broken into 5, 50-minute sessions, allowing the teachers to attend 10 different sessions.