Archive for May, 2013

LCLE classrooms will have 5 iPads shared across a grade

Here is our process for PD (part of the three PD days before school starts in August):

Day 1: 1 hour together, work on own
• Review school policy for internet usage and policy for wireless devices
• Introduction to iPads
o How to turn on/off
o How to add/delete apps
o How to close open apps
o How to charge iPad
• Assignment – fiddle with the iPad
o Search for app for phonics and/or phonemic awareness (free)
o Install the app
o Use the app
o Delete the app “Temple Run”
o Close all open apps
o Charge for tomorrow

Day2: 1 hour together, work on own and with partner approx. 1 hour
• Share what app you found (can use document camera and projector to make easy to see)
• Everyone install apps the group agrees on
• Group discussion – what were your experiences? How would you use these apps in instruction?
• Instruction on Settings
o Wifi
o General: updates, locks, restrictions, side switch
o Try these out
• Assignment
o Find free app for telling time for K-1
o Add app
o Use app
o Teach app to partner
o How would you use this app in your instruction?

Day 2: regroup – about 3 hours
• Share the app you found, and how you’d use it in class
• Everyone installs the apps group agrees on
• 1 hour – with a partner, using these two apps
o TicTacToe – Lakeshore Learning
o Tell Time – Little Match Ups
o How would you use these apps in instruction/in class?
o What would be the activity?
o Who would use it and how?
o How would you assess their work?
• Share ideas with whole group
• Everyone install Toontastic
o Walk through together
o Try it out – save your story
o Write a lesson for your class using Toontastic – will share next day

Day 3: Toontastic
• Share your story!
• Share your lesson ideas
• Refine lessons
• For meeting in one week, you will share your Toontastic lesson and at least one student sample with group
• Discuss how to introduce students to the iPads and proper use

First weekly mtg.:
• Share Toontastic lessons and products
• Discuss successes and challenges using the iPads
• For next weekly mtg.
o Add two math apps
o Add two ELA apps
o Use these in your classroom
o Report back to group

Weekly to bi-weekly meetings throughout the year would be ideal, to continue the sharing and growth

Administrator would need to evaluate technology usage in walk throughs and observations

Student products could be posted on school or classroom website

Works Cited:
2. Hooper, S. & Rieber, L.P. (1995). Teaching with technology. In: teaching Theory into practice, edited by A.C. Ornstein, Needham Heights: Allyn and Bacon, p.154-170)

Other Articles of Interest:

So where are you? Discuss with your elbow partner…

Stages of technology adoption
• Familiarization
• Utilization
• Integration
• Reorientation
• Evolution

Level of Integration
• Sparse
• Basic
• Comfortable
• Seamless

What are your challenges?
• Adequate time to
o Identify
o Learn compatible and relevant software
• Scheduling of access to computers
• Adequate equipment and use
• Adequate and timely professional development

What are your professional development needs?

Levels of technology integration
• Sparse: technology is rarely used or available. Students rarely use technology to complete assignments or projects
• Basic: technology is used or available occasionally/often in a lab rather than the classroom. Students are comfortable with one or two tools and sometimes use these tools to create projects that show understanding of content
• Comfortable: technology is used in the classroom on a fairly regular basis. Students are comfortable with a variety of tools and often use these tools to create projects that show understanding of content
• Seamless: students employ technology daily in the classroom using a variety of tools to complete assignments and create projects that show a deep understanding of content (6)

Types of Technology Integration
• Online learning and blended classrooms
• Project-based activities incorporating technology
• Game-based learning and assessment
• Learning with mobile and handheld devices
• Instructional tools like interactive whiteboards and student response systems
• Web-based projects, explorations, and research
• Student-created media like podcasts, videos, or slideshows
• Collaborative online tools like wikis or Google docs
• Using social media engage students (4)

The possibilities are endless!

What is technology integration?
“Seamless integration is when students are not only using technology daily, but have access to a variety of tools that match the task at hand and provide them the opportunity to build a deeper understanding of content” (4).

Why should we integrate technology into our teaching?
It “improves students’ learning processes and outcomes” and students “can become creators and critics instead of just consumers” (5)
Technology integration also gives students the skills they will need to succeed in the 21st century, including:
• Personal and social responsibility
• Planning, critical thinking, reasoning and creativity
• Strong communication skills, both for interpersonal and presentation needs
• Cross-cultural understanding
• Visualizing and decision making
• Knowing how and when to use technology and choosing the most appropriate tool for the task (5)

I will probably present this information to staff in a Power Point-type presentation, but wanted to practice more of my early blogging skills.

Technology Integration and Professional Development
For Technology to be effectively integrated into classrooms, teachers need
• effective professional development
• establishing communities of practice (PLC’s)
• providing administrative support
• creating relevance to context and curriculum (1)

Stages of technology adoption
• Familiarization – teacher is introduced to technology
• Utilization — teacher tries different technology in the classroom
• Integration – teacher become dependent on technology
• Reorientation – teacher reconsiders purpose of classroom and used technology to support a learning environment that encourages students to construct and shape their own knowledge
• Evolution — directs attention to the education system and its need to evolve and adapt in order to be effective (2)

Challenges to integrating technology into curriculum
• Adequate time to
o Identify
o Learn compatible and relevant software
• Scheduling of access to computers
• Adequate equipment and use
• Adequate and timely professional development (3)