Presented by: Sharon Betts, Educational Technology Coordinator
Our Move to Google Applications sparked an interest in summer training where over 100 staff members spent a week learning the ins and outs. The new staff also spent time in technology orientation.
BY the NUMBERS Staffing: Educational Technology Director Network Manager Data Manager District Technician LAHS school year technician â€“ school year TMS technician - school year plus 10 days Supporting: 1. 2. 3. 4.
Over 2000 computers 7 Local area networks with 17 servers 100 printers Programs including (but not limited to) Power School ADS Lexia Reading VoiceMail Study Island Transfinder Moodle Heating Systems Case-E Security Cameras NWEA Wikis Blogs Alexandria Google Application domain for teachers Google Application domain for students Perfect Forms District Website Technology Professional Development Technology Administration (budget / purchasing, grants, planning, research, etc.)
From the Machines to the Students
LAPTOPS – Teacher laptops were upgraded PK-6 with Lenovo Thinkpads. Feedback has been positive NETBOOKS – 80 ACER Aspire netbooks were added to the PK-6 schools.
PK-6 CURRICULUM DELIVERY – A team teaching approach to embed technology tools into our curriculum was implemented. Technology teachers and Library Media specialists meet regularly to collaborate on curriculum and standards and to document integrations. A few of the team taught integrations: Bee keeper. Students took pictures of the speaker and then created books using Impress. Classroom Citizenship: Students watch a video and created an electronic picture about respectful behavior after discussion. Colonial America: Research on the Internet. Make electronic picture about life in Colonial Times. Rocks and Minerals. research. Students composed biopoems. Native American Drawings of a tepee Jason project: create videos, participate online Geography: continents and oceans, mapping skills. Biomes research using website evaluation skills Introduction to “Locating Information in the Library and Online” Practice typing name and sight words, using Shift, Space, Enter, Backspace, Arrow keys Veteran's Day Project: Students recorded a CD Pixie Activity for Seasons: Students had to double click to get their names on the form then move stickers into the corresponding fall, spring, summer, and winter boxes. Introduced GCompris - students did the mouse activities so that they could become stronger at mouse manipulation and double clicking. Beginning literacy skills and introduction to Internet, computers and headphone usage Patterns with Tuxpaint.: Intro to Tuxpaint.
7th GRADE BOOTCAMP – Laptop, Google Docs, AUP, Cyber-safety were presented to all 7th grade students as they began their 1-1 experience. ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY TEAM – Discussions / Organization and Training with Assistive technologies DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY TEAM – http://techcommittee.wikis.msad52.org
SURVEY DATA Needs survey – input for planning and budgeting Feedback survey – input on progress of PK-6 curriculum delivery Most common threads: Regarding equipment: (84 responses) 16 prefer pods of 5-6 computers in their classroom (13 of these were PK-3 teachers) 50 prefer a 1-1 distribution (47 of these are TMS and LAHS teachers) 18 prefer carts Regarding Professional Development: 45 responded that time was needed for small group sessions organized by grade and/or discipline 18 responded that individual instruction as needed would be best if time was available 15 responded for regularly scheduled after school sessions Regarding PK-6 curriculum delivery: (27 responses) Question
Beginning to Work
Seeing Some Success
I understand the concept and reason for the change I have been able to plan with the Computer teacher I feel supported by the computer teacher The computer teacher is teaching the technology for lessons The technology time is being tied to my curriculum Comments (9) follow:
Totally Successful Great 4
The computer teacher puts in a lot of effort into finding programs, or activities that also can help incorporate into our curriculum. She is a wealth of information.
It makes sense and it helps that the technology is tied to what we are doing in the classroom. There is little enough time to do all that is needed to be done, but at least what we are doing is connected to science or reading or whatever we are doing in the classroom. Often science and social studies have the least amount of time, but with the added 40 minute integration, students are able to make some powerful connections. The location of my classroom does not allow for all 21 of my students to access wireless when using the net books. It did not last year when only 12 tried to get on. This is really going to curtail the use of these net books in my classroom. I miss Type to Learn - and computer being a drop off special once per week. By fifth grade kids should be proficient typist. It is hard that they can't publish their work independently. Time for planning continues to be an issue. It would be great to have a "master list", by grade level, of all of the lessons that are being taught. We have no built in time to meet with the technology teacher. My team has to plan the tech lesson and email the tech teacher. I then get an email back from her the night before my class is scheduled to have class asking "What are we doing tomorrow?" We are working hard at collaborating and co-teaching, however, I find that having the time to meet and plan is difficult. I would advocate for our computer teacher to be 4/5 position to include more time for integration and planning. The computer teacher has been very supportive. It will take time to establish meaningful connections to curriculum. This year is very different. Having trouble finding time to meet with the all appropriate people for R.T.I., P.L.C., Push-ins with our new Special Ed. Teacher, my Ed. Tech. support person, and the new technology delivery. There is just so much time to meet with everyone and plan too. Love the ideas but it is all just too much at times. I feel we are on the right track but.........
The Main Concerns Distribution of student laptops/netbooks – Infrastructure – The wireless networks K-6 are over-saturated Personnel support – Learning happens all day everyday – technology is ubiquitous
Preparing our students for their futures.
COMMUNICATION New district website (our Employment page has received over 5000 hits since September) Teacher and administrator blogs, wikis and websites Over 200 Moodle (blended learning) classes Staff Google Applications Domain Student Google Applications Domain PROJECTS Distance Learning – http://msad52.org/lcshome/7-lcsnews/80-jason-sharks.html Glogsters - http://edu.glogster.com/glog.php?glog_id=12478639&scale=100 Keyboarding – http://keyboardingonline.com Embedded technology: - http://shorten.rsu52.us/integrate_ex Blogs – http://blogs.msad52.org/gcssc Student Learning Logs – 3rd grade through Google Docs
“The more I learn, the less I know.” TMS staff member
Reference links: NETP (National Educational Technology Plan) - http://www.ed.gov/technology/netp-2010 NETS (National Educational Technology Standards) - http://www.iste.org/standards.aspx MSAD52 Long Range Plan - http://shorten.rsu52.us/plan