I attended an EdTechTeam Summit and met Mr. Dee Lanier. This man was enthusiastic and inspiring in creating a learning environment for his students, that in turn it challenged and sparked an interest in me!
What is Smashboards? Check out this Blog from EdTechTeam featuring Dee Lanier and his Google Innovation! Smashboards are:
An interactive graphical board that can be teacher led or self-guided by students
A game board design which encourages progression towards an end goal
Full of attention-getting icons and graphics where all icons on the board are clickable
So I know what you’re asking, is a Smashboard just a glorified HyperDoc? Well, yes, a Smashboard is every bit a HyperDoc with some additional twists! Smashboards are HyperDocs that utilize a game board design and involves appsmashing to encourage critical thinking and creativity as part of the product development process. Additionally, I only assign work that involves #thinkopen applications, namely, apps that are cost-effective and cross-platform so any teacher can replicate them without hinderance.
It is a step away from the typical and into amazing! So much so, it inspired me…
Smashboards… What if you were to create Smashboards for teachers??? How fun! How creative! Most of all… How different! OUT of the tried and true of sitting through some sort of in-person PD, and IN with a hands-on, interactive, online approach to a designated topic. This inspiration led me to the creation of a Twitter themed PD Smashboard.
It is two-fold actually…
- At HUSD, I am happy to be part of a “Twitter Team” (we even have the shirts to prove it- thank you Melissa King) we have been trying to create a chat through Twitter and would love more participation from anywhere, but especially our district. Maybe it’s that people don’t know what to do or they don’t understand SO PD Smashboard- Twitter.
- I am passionate! I WANT to support a great innovation! I WANT to provide teachers with worthwhile, collaborative, and up-to-date professional development. I WANT to continuously improve and make myself better! SO create a PD Smashboard!
With that… the creation of the Twitter PD Smashboard was a reality! Teachers will walk through a game board with tasks, information to learn and apply, and participate in professional development that really doesn’t seem to be just that. (I believe). So… try it out! Share it yourself!
Here’s some feedback so far from teachers:
“That is so cute! What a great idea! You’re so creative! I love it!”- HUSD Julie Bird, Instructional Coach
“I’m excited to share with other teachers the fun in a game format. Everyone loves a game or challenge!”- Amanda Graham, HUSD Instructional Technology Coach
“This twitter map is a great thing. It’s a step by step interactive way to get people engaged and actually creating a twitter. It walks them through the process for hands on learning without a live person. Love it! I would like to try this format with some PD I do next year.”- Debbie Quevedo, HUSD Instructional Coach
Don’t believe me… Try it out yourself! Please comment or tweet it out (please give shout outs to @deelanier)!