“If you get stuck, draw with a different pen. Change your tools; it may free your thinking.” Paul Arden
This past week, I was faced with a dilemma. The shrimp I wanted to have for dinner was enclosed in a self-sealing bag. You’d think it would have been a simple thing to open it, right? But no, I absolutely could not get purchase on the two sides of the closure.
Hungry and not completely rational, I struggled for quite a while, getting more and more distressed. I tried using a rubber grip that I use to open recalcitrant bottle tops, to no available. Finally, I opened the kitchen drawer where I keep useful tools at the ready and pulled out … Read the rest
“My goal in the classroom was always to make sure they were having so much fun that they didn’t realize they were learning.” Rick Riordan
I always learn something new when I conduct train the trainer sessions and last week was no exception.
Have you ever heard of, used or created a Kahoot? Kahoot is a free game-based learning platform that can be used in the classroom to poll participants, test their learning, and even introduce and provide training.
I wanted to learn more about Kahoot and Plickers (a way to poll participants without devices), so I did some research and discovered that there are many classroom tools for gathering feedback- and they’re free!
Here are some of these … Read the rest
“It’s all to do with the training: you can do a lot if you’re properly trained.” Queen Elizabeth II
Staff development is defined as the improvement of the knowledge and skills of employees within an organization by providing them with training.
Organizations that invest in staff development have found that it improves efficiency, improves productivity, ensures the continuation of institutional knowledge, reduces turnover, reduces costs, improves employee morale, and increases employee job satisfaction. Staff development may also give the organization greater scheduling flexibility and may lead to operational improvements.
Staff development can take many forms, as the following table illustrates.
|Staff Development Conducted within the Organization|
|Mentoring||A deliberate pairing of a more skilled/experienced person with a less|
“It’s a visual world and people respond to visuals.” Joe Sacco
Here is a wonderful free site where you can put your text or your photos onto a huge variety of photos and then use them in participant materials and/or PowerPoint slides: http://www.photofunia.com
This is how Joan Stewart described in SpeakerNet News:
“You can put your face (or someone else’s) on a Wanted poster, on a Times Square billboard, wearing a chef’s hat, in a Santa costume waving your arms and making angels in the snow, on a museum banner, on the front page of a newspaper, and more. You can place your text (just a word or two) on a hot air balloon, on a movie theater marquee, on … Read the rest
“Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.” Walt Disney
I have just learned about a terrific training resource: TED-Ed, subtitled Lessons Worth Sharing. According to its website:
“TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. Everything we do supports learning — from producing a growing library of original animated videos , to providing an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lessons, to helping curious students around the globe bring TED to their schools and gain presentation literacy skills, to celebrating innovative leadership within TED-Ed’s … Read the rest
“No matter how complicated a problem is, it usually can be reduced to a simple, comprehensible form which is often the best solution.” An Wang
With cartoons, clipart and pictures, my participant materials and PowerPoint slides can get pretty big. For years now, when I have needed to send a client documents that are very large, I have used web-based services. I would upload the document to the site and then the service would send a link to the client, who could then download the document.
When I was designing a number of training programs for a client and needed a more accessible but permanent depository, I began to use a shared drop box. This worked admirably and seemed to … Read the rest