Glancing through my emails, I noticed that there was an opportunity to do smart board training through virtual sessions. This sounded too good to miss as we live 3 1/2 hours from our captial city where most professional development activities take place. So, our school was registered and the bridgit conferencing software downloaded onto the library smartboard. Several staff indicated interest in attending over the 7 week period, despite our school having a mix of Smart boards and Team boards.
Last week was the first session. As I had to catch a train to Melbourne, I quickly logged on following the instructions, but unfortunatley, the audio for the session had to come through a conference call and not through the smartboard. Yikes!!! Now what! The phone was in the library office a long distance from the smart board. Then, I remembered the credit on my skype account, so I quickly logged onto skype and called the conference line.
Skype worked a treat. The audio was perfect and the session went seamlessly
Tonight, was the second session. The first 10 mins were spent working through all the frantic questions and calming nervous first timers. Much to our amusement and the consternation of the tutor, schools forgot to mute their speaker, so we could all hear the background conversations. At one stage we all heard the ‘on hold ‘ music from one school as they placed their phone ‘on hold’. Midway into the session, we could hear a hungry dog barking and waiting to be fed.
However, the session was wonderful. The audio was clear. Our instructor from NSW kept moving through his slides in a professional and efficient manner and pulled up the internet at one stage. Five teachers from our school sat around the interactive white board and learnt a lot from the session. Another powerful learning application using a combination of online tools for professional development.
What I learnt:-
- Always have the mic muted when not talking to the tutor.
- There is always a solution if you are determined to make it work.