Got a lesson you want to trash?
Get it Crashed!
The Lesson Crashers is a team of Instructional Technology Coaches RECASTING I.T. FROM TOP TO BOTTOM. We are an award winning, seasoned group of former classroom teachers who CRASH lessons, professional development sessions, faculty meetings, and presentations with humor, vision, and unparalleled tech know-how. We entertain as we educate and inspire.
Our inspiration was the T.V. home improvement show, Back Yard Crashers, on the DIY channel. Several people at a home improvement store are interviewed by the host of the show. Homeowners are asked what project they are currently working on. When the host finds a person with the right chemistry, project, and willingness for the show, the crew goes to the owner’s house and aids them in the completion of the project.
The inspirational elements of the T.V. show:
- Expert dedicates time to works on other’s dreams.
- Participants are already in an active “ready to work” mindset.
- Interplay of fixed goal established by homeowner and expert know-how.
- Homeowners get their project in order, invite friends to help, and get their hands dirty as they work toward their dream.
- T.V. cameras are at the ready to glorify the epiphanies.
- Known and agreed upon schedule or end in mind.
- Known and agreed upon purpose of the transformation.
- It’s an event. It’s a celebration. It’s transparent for all to see.
We took this Crasher idea and applied it to educational technology integration! Like in the show, we collaborate with the teacher to completely wow, not just the teacher, but their students and the entire campus. In a way that most teachers could not do on their own, we come together as a team in a tour de force of intention, dedication, and collaboration.
Lesson Crashers seek out great teacher leaders who have identified an area of weakness. We work with those teachers within their time frame (it doesn’t require extra hours on the teacher’s part), work toward their goals (they remain the content experts, we just add tech swag), and offer a strong pedagogical framework to work within (student and teacher choice, focus on the outcome not on a particular tech tool, scaffold for all involved, etc.).
This bears emphasizing: Crashing is not a prescription for weak teachers! This is a program for self-reflective, courageous, confident teachers wanting a little help in an area they identify. The entire Crash event is a celebration of strengths, commitment to student achievement, and the recasting of Instructional Technology in education.
Have a lesson you want to trash? Get It Crashed! Lesson Crashers!!
Our Website – https://sites.google.com/a/nisdtx.org/lesson-crashers/
Our “Commercial” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rF9ntBmu4aQ
Our feature length “T.V. Show” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noe4ADUgW-0
Our TCEA 2014 Presentation – http://thrasymakos.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/lessoncrashers-packaging-matters/
Our Guest Post On Staar Techer Blog – http://staartechers.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/techer-testimonial-lesson-crashers-2/
Our California “Branch” – http://lusdeducators.org/lesson-crashers—lusd-style.html
Our Upcoming PodCast Show – http://pulse.bamradionetwork.com/lesson-crashers#sthash.XsTs6vFr.dpuf