The last few workshops I have led have been paper less. This is a goal I had set for myself a while ago because of the enormous amount of paper that usually gets wasted during teacher workshops.
It is common, especially during a PYP workshop, for the leader to create a workbook that the school or workshop venue prepares prior to the workshop, filled with articles, resources and activities.
I have never found these workbooks to be as helpful as they should, mainly because they are rigid and must be prepared well in advance, which limits my possibilities of making last minute changes to the workshop as I notice the teacher's specific needs closer to the workshop, or even during the workshop.
Using technology, I have been able to develop much more flexible content, catered specifically for the group of teachers I am working with at that moment. It also helps me share out the resources and content progressively, as I see fit based on the needs of the teachers, as opposed to presenting them with a lengthy workbook at the beginning, which sometimes makes teachers feel nervous or overwhelmed.
For the past four workshops I have led, I have used an online workbook in the form of a blog, which I set up prior to the event.
Below are two examples of these. Note that these are for workshops that have already been completed, which means they are filled with information and evidence of the teachers work and learning. At the beginning of a workshop, the blog would only have a few tabs rather than all of those you will see currently.
*For easier navigation, once you have clicked on the link, make sure you select "sidebar" view. This will allow you to see the different tabs for the sections of the workshop.
Blog created for the workshop "Literacy, Math and Symbolic Learning in the Early Years" (Shanghai, China; November, 2017) CLICK HERE.
Blog created for the workshop "Concept - Based Learning" (Copenhagen, Denmark; September, 2014). CLICK HERE