The following is a guest blog submitted by Jill Griebe, the District Literacy Coach for Eminence Independent Schools in Eminence, Kentucky, and a member of the Digital Learning Day Educator Working Group, which provides leadership on the Digital Learning Day toolkits and outreach development for teachers and administrators across the country.
To learn more about Digital Learning Day, which is February 1, 2012, visit the Digital Learning Day website.
In Eminence, Kentucky, on November 8, teachers arrived expecting a full day of professional development for Eminence Independent Schools. The agenda was full, including a working lunch. No one appeared to be happy to be there. However, as they entered the library, it was decorated with apples--on the tables, hanging from the ceiling, and lining the walls. The theme was about giving an apple to a teacher.
The Eminence Independent Schools' superintendent, Buddy Berry, pleasantly surprised the teachers with a video collage of students expressing their love and appreciation for their teachers while holding an apple. He went on to describe how much they are appreciated by not only their students, but also by their administration. A "sweet surprise" was handed out in the form of a wrapped gift. The teachers were expecting to receive an apple pie, but what they found was an "Apple" of the best kind....a MacBook Pro laptop. There were smiles and shouting all around, even a standing ovation. To top it all off, Buddy burned the PD agenda, literally. Instead, the day was dedicated to learning how to use their new Apples. Read Entire Post