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  1. 1. A Shared Vision of Purposeful Change for Our District Heather Shauger
  2. 2. Section 1 Urgency For Change In this section we will evaluate what we know about technology and what effects technology can have on student achievement.
  3. 3. What We Know • Computers offer a way to customize instruction and allow students to learn in a way they are best wired to process information. • Computers have not fundamentally transformed the way learning is accomplished or how the classroom operates. • Research shows that students who have access to computers in schools don’t necessarily perform better on standardized exams.
  4. 4. Turn and talk • Why do you think despite the increase in technology within our district, there has been little correlation to achievement on exams? • *We cram these innovations into our operating models and what we already do in the classroom. This is the wrong course. If we innovate the way the way in which students interact with computer based learning we will see a change in achievement.
  5. 5. • When we plot the educational data for online learning over the traditional approach, the data since 2000 falls on a straight line. It is estimated by 2019 that about 50 percent of courses will be delivered online. The world not just educators will be poised to adopt computer based learning at a rapid pace.
  6. 6. But is transferring some of my modes of instruction detrimental to student growth? It is also notable that students who tend to have lower grades and poorer test performances, receive less authentic computer based instruction.
  7. 7. Think about this. • Do you think that textbook published appeal to a broad range of learning styles and are able to customize learning for students? Of course they try to but at their very nature they are fixed and static. Integrated software solutions for our district can both build large scale offerings and customize for different learners.
  8. 8. Let’s Maximize the Impact of student education • Maximizing the Impact: The pivotal Role of Technology in a 21st century Education system. In this report they emphasize that American students need these skills in order to compete in the global economic market. • Problems that we have in not developing globalized skills Many American students lack sufficient knowledge about other worlds regions, languages and cultures, and as a result are likely to be unprepared to compete and lead in a global work environment. • More than 80% of New York eighth graders do not meet the state standards in social studies, as of 2004. In contrast in Sweden, 89% of young adults speak at least two languages.
  9. 9. Section 2- Digital Age Resources • Having technology does not necessarily mean that a we will be successful. In order for us to be successful ISTE makes several suggestions. Some of which include; effective professional development, daily incorporation of technology, programs that provide students with individualized feedback and effective leadership and support. • IN this section I will explore the resources available to us in the district, • And some technologies we might consider to create a shared vision on how to use technology.
  10. 10. Our Resources • Google classroom • Chrome carts • Smartboard • Doc Cam • Cameras • Recording Devices • Media Center How can we take advantage of these resources to be successful as a district?
  11. 11. Project Based Learning • ISTE considers project based leaning and real-world simulations authentic tasks that should drive the instruction of technology. • Additionally, for both biological and cultural reasons we are all intelligent in different domains. We must develop different abilities, talents and skills rather than compete with them in the same domains. Technology helps us do that. • Of 11 studies published since 2000 assessing how technology can improve academic achievement7 showed strong positive effects. In one student amongst 7thgraders students improved 42 percentage points. (Brief, 2008)
  12. 12. Consider adapting student tracking software • WordSmart High School Excellence • http://wordgen.serpmedia.org/ Vocabulary Stretch - Interactive, English vocabulary activities with progress tracking • Incredibly effective vocabulary learning. • Membean- provides guided, engaging, multimodal vocabulary instruction while our Adaptive • Reinforcement Engine helps students retain what they learn. • Other accessible student development software references: http://www.dmoz.org/Science/Math/Education/Software/
  13. 13. Other ideas • Creating digital portfolios online. • Create assessments using YouTube videos. • Wikis, blackboard, discussion threads. Recording a song through Garageband or Audacity.
  14. 14. Section 3- Meeting and Exceeding Our Learning Goals • Whatever it is that is changing, that change should have a clear relative advantage for those being asked to change; it should be seen as “a better way,”” (STEVE NGUYEN, 2010). In this section, we will consider how to integrate these resources into our daily classroom routines and how to create as a school a shared vision
  15. 15. Let’s Create a shared technology curriculum • All of the studies done in the past decade indicate if there is strong curriculum In place for the use of technology then educational success will take place. (Wenglinsky, 1998) • Other studies finds that the greatest inequities in computer use are not in how often they are used, but in the ways in which they are used.
  16. 16. Let’s Transition to using technology within our classes How can we transition the ways in which we use technology within our classroom? Here are four ways in which we can transition. We might all be at different stages. The goal is to get to the last stage. • Stage 1 Substitution. At this stage of technology integration, technology acts merely as a replacement for previous by-hand methods of instruction or organization. • For example: Word processing is a great example of substitution, for while it replaces the old pen-and-paper method of writing down information, it does little to fundamentally change the manner of recording information with words. Another example includes the use of a projector in the classroom for presentations.
  17. 17. Stage 2- Augmentation • Stage 2 Augmentation. Augmentation takes the advantages of technology a little further; instead of merely substituting a traditional tool for an electronic one, it also includes the functional changes those substitutions can provide. • For example: The above example mentions word processing as a type of substitution. However, it becomes augmentation when the tools unique to the word processing program – like copy and paste, search, spellcheck, and graphics – are incorporated into the use of the application.
  18. 18. Stage 3- Modification • Modification. Now instead of merely adding augmented features to instruction, modification represents the level at which teaching tasks are partially or entirely redesigned based on technological tools. • For example: The “flipped classroom” – where teachers have students watch instructional videos at home and application of that instruction occurs during class – becomes available with tools like Youtube.com and blogs. While the lecture and discussion components of teaching remain the basis of instruction, the technological mediums offer brand new opportunities for how those methods are integrated.
  19. 19. Stage 4-Redefinition • Redefinition. Beyond modifying existent teaching methods, technology offers the opportunity to completely create brand new methods of instruction. These tasks may have been completely inconceivable prior to technological integration. • For example: A teacher may create a class project that requires connecting with other classrooms around the globe via video conferencing and social media. The classes may be required to work together to find a solution to a common problem, utilizing one another and web-based resources for gathering information. What stage are you at currently and what changes can you make to get to this last stage?
  20. 20. Wrap up • Section 1- Urgency for change- Research shows that if we integrate technology in a more meaningful authentic way, we can show significant improvement in student growth. • Section 2- Digital Age Resources- Technology helps students develop different abilities that are needed in the 21st century. We discussed the different resources available to us, as well as different ways to apply technology. • Section 3- Meeting and Exceeding Our Learning Goals- We agreed towards transitioning to the redefinition phase. This goes beyond modifying existent teaching methods, technology offers the opportunity to completely create brand new methods of instruction. Are you up for this challenge?
  21. 21. Sources • Brief, I. P. (2008). Technology and Student Achievement- The Indelible Link. National Educational Computing Conference. • Catapano, J. (n.d.). The 4 Stages of Technology Integration: Supporting Student Growth . Retrieved March 25, 2015, from Teach Hub: http://www.teachhub.com/4-stages-technology- integration-supporting-student-growth • Horn, M. B., & Christensen, C. M. (2008). How Do We Transform Our Schools. Education Next, 8. • STEVE NGUYEN, P. (2010). IMPLEMENTING CHANGE AND OVERCOMING RESISTANCE. LEADERSHIP, ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, TEAMS, 1. • Wenglinsky, H. (1998). Does It Compute? The Relationship between Educational Technology and Student Achievement in Mathematics.