Facilitator guide

  • share your questions
  • learn about one of the 21 "Things" and receive resources where you can learn more about the thing
  • connect with other staff (k-12) and seek answers to your questions
  • think about how your work will benefit and impact student learning...think differently
  • share what you have done so others can learn from you
Ice breakers without technology (lock screens, or stand in a circle) -- stand in a circle, some won’t know how to lock screen.  If you don’t move them away from computer, they won’t be paying attention.  Circle should not have more than 6-8 people.  Some groups will be much larger and might need 4-5 circles.

Can we get name tags?
  • Sharing stick/power object
  • Name/position
  • Strength in teaching/learning
  • Strength in tech -- What is your weakness with technology?
  • If today was a day off for you (like for students), what would you be doing RIGHT NOW.

??Should we have a brief discussion about what the topic actually is?  For example what do we mean by “Collaboration Tools”? before we discuss the questions that folks have?  Yes

  • Share questions -- Clarifying question -- Questions are not “How do I do this?”, but “Why am I here?  What do I hope to accomplish?”  Right?
  • Create groups with common questions
  • What are you hoping to accomplish today?
  • Dream possibilities--some people may not know, what they don’t know. Show examples of “final product” if applicable (Example: student-created digital stories, diigo bookmark sharing, etc.)
  • Strategies for addressing questions that need more research and time to answer

Model the tools-
  • Have presenter show how they are using the tool(s)-


Share (last 15-20 minutes)
  • Sharing document is the “ticket out the door”
  • Don’t feel pressure.  What you share does not have to be “Earth shattering”
  • Lower anxiety by sharing your own discoveries and remaining questions
  • We can all be learners.  We don’t have to be experts to get started.


1. What do we do with people who either don’t want to take part or genuinely don’t know what to do?  Watch the videos at the 21 Things site

2. What happens when people are done early?  How do we know when we are done?  Hopefully we’re never done learning. :>)

3. Do we create a “resource list” ahead of time to go with each “thing”?

4. Do we take attendance at each site?  Is that the responsibility of the facilitator or someone else?  Would the name tags work for attendance?

5.  Will there be any people roaming or available if Firefox won’t cooperate, etc. (Dan, Dean, Steve,etc)

6. Will it be appropriate to have people clustered in grade groups or departments?

7. Logistics -- Have we assigned groups to labs yet?  Are there groups that need to be split in two or even smaller groups?  Do we have enough presenters?

8. Common way to address questions we can’t answer . . . or classify questions that need to be addressed later?

9. How can presenters (and others) find out what happened in other sessions?