A great big “thank you” to everyone who has already returned the AV Usage Survey I placed in your mailboxes last week. It’s printed on a sheet of goldenrod paper, so it should stand out from your other mail. I hope to use the information that you all provide to better equip our AV department, and to explore ways to be more efficient and effective when helping with your AV needs.
Of course, just because you tell me that you’d like a smartboard for your room, doesn’t mean you’ll get one. I can’t even promise to get you an overhead projector or a television with a DVD player, but at least if I know you want one, I can work on it.
Sometimes, all a teacher wants is a minor upgrade, like Mr. Murphy in the Cafe, who wrote, “We do not need any new equipment. It would be nice to have an updated t.v. for sound and picture. This one is quite old”. So we took away his 15” wood paneled television set from the 1970s, and replaced it with a sleeker 23” plastic paneled television set from the early 90’s (sweet). Best of all, we were able to also get him a taller cart for his bigger, newer tv, so his students can get a better view of how to make all those delicious specials they serve up daily.
Other useful information is already emerging from the 38 surveys I’ve collected. For example, if you are lucky enough to have an LCD Projector in your classroom, you will use it every day. Television sets, however, are rarely or never used in half the classrooms where they are present. As I expected, high on the “wish” list for many of our teachers are high tech tools such as smartboards, and elmo and video projectors.
Two teachers (you know who you are) have professed their love of low tech and have listed chalk as “other” technologies that they have and use daily in their classrooms. Knowing that, I’ll make sure to keep some in stock in case they ever run out. While all these discoveries are interesting, they are still very incomplete of course. Thirty eight surveys only represents about a third of the 121 teachers the Mass DOE says we have at HHS. Thus, I’ll be looking forward to getting more surveys back in the future. If you never received a survey or have misplaced your copy, write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will e-mail you a fresh copy.
I look forward to hearing from you and hope to be able to make at least a few AV wishes come true. Thank you for stopping by and have a great week.
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