Training & Inservices for Technology

The greatest joy I have is sharing computer science, cybersecurity, & technology with others. The opportunity to share with fellow teachers has always been a highlight but it is a double-edged sword. Teachers who want to lead inservices about technology often ask me for help. I have to share what it feels like sometimes. I discovered a British show a few years ago called The IT Crowd. It is about a small firm and their IT department. The stories are irreverent but hold a lot of truth to them. So rather than reinvent the wheel I want to show a couple of videos that explain how I feel about staff training.

The first is about a colleague doing a presentation. They have a kernel of knowledge about technology but want to share it like they were Vinton Cerf. I try not to have fun at their expense but sometimes the temptation is too great. Here is the video of The IT Crowd and sharing something for a speech.

I would be remiss if I didn’t share how the speech goes. I feel like the other members of the IT Department but in the end, the truth comes out. I have watched these inservices melt down to craziness because things go poorly. I do have to say that I admire those folks for their effort but it is an example of the Dunning-Kruger Effect. More often than not people tend to want to lead inservices from the Peak of Mount Stupid instead of from the Plateau of Sustainability.