For this activity (week 3), I researched professional development (PD) for technology integration. Then I built a plan for PD for the staff in my K-1 building. The intent for this plan is to use it to kick off the next school year, when we will have 1 iPad in every classroom full time, and 5 iPads shared among the grade level. I think this plan will be more successful than previous plans, because it has follow up built in, as well as collaboration built in.

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Lake City Area Schools:
Technology Plan: http://lakecity.schooldesk.net/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=BedoOlubquI%3d&tabid=6719&mid=8164

School Improvement Plan: http://www.advanc-ed.org/oasis/do/secure/viewArchive?id=81733

Vision Statement
Lake City Area Schools will nurture the whole child and help all students develop to their full potential.

Mission Statement
The Lake City Area School community will provide an academically challenging environment that develops the intellectual, social, emotional, physical and creative well-being of all students.

Beliefs Statement
At Lake City Area Schools, we believe that all children can learn.
We believe that all decisions should be child-centered.
We believe that all caretakers share responsibility in the education process.
We believe that educational opportunities should be diverse, extending beyond our classroom walls.

enGauge and LCAS Plans…

Posted: May 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

How do the strategic and technology plans measure up against the six (6) conditions in the enGauge Framework?

Forward Thinking, Shared Vision: the strategic plan does demonstrate a forward thinking vision of learning, but does need to be specific in including technology in the planning. The technology plan also is somewhat forward-thinking, but needs more specifics as well.

Effective Teaching and Learning Practices: The district is using instructional strategies from Marzano’s work for all education, and is applying these to the use of technology as well. However, it is not clearly defined nor required of every teacher to use the technology to support instruction. Use of technology is not consistent, even within a building.

Educator Proficiency With Effective Teaching and Learning Practices: Approximately 90% of the staff is comfortable using technology in some manner in their instruction, with approximately 45% using it with great regularity and success. The largest need in this area is instruction for teachers in how to use technology effectively in their instruction, and a move by administration to require more use of technology.

Digital-Age Equity: The district has done a very good job of ensuring that the technology is available equally to all students, without their being gaps based on gender, socio-economic status, special needs, etc. All students have equal access to the technology within the district. Because of the disparity of internet access across the physical school district, as well as socio-economic status, all technology required for school work is provided during the school day. Teacher plan use of technology to be during the school day at the school, so all students can be successful. Even in the case of our flipped classrooms, students without internet access are given DVD’s so they can view the lecture and/or notes at home (students are surveyed at the start of the year to know what access they have at home).

Robust Access Anywhere, Anytime: Any teacher or student with internet access outside of the physical school building can access the school website, and a majority of the programs used within the district. Currently, of all programs used within the school, only Accelerated Reader is not made available outside of the physical school buildings. The district also makes online learning available for students, and provides technology assistance.

Systems & Leadership: This is an area that the district still needs to work on. Most technology innovation is initiated by teachers, and use of technology is not required at this time. Additionally, administrators need to improve their technology skills and their understanding of how to use technology in instruction. They are moving forward in digital assessment, and have implemented the NWEA this school year, but need to continue to move in this direction. Additionally, more professional development is needed for all teachers to improve the use of technology in instruction.

The beginning

Posted: May 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

This class is pushing me to use technology in different ways. I am apprehensive about the blog, but I know it’s just the learning curve. So here goes!

How would you improve the use of technology in your school to enhance teaching, student learning, and staff productivity?

In an ideal situation, I would ensure that every classroom has a Smart board in place, and all computer/document camera/projector set-ups are wall- or ceiling-mounted, as many are still on mobile carts, which can be an issue. I would also ensure all classrooms K-5 have at least 5 iPads for student use. Grades 6-12, I would ensure all classrooms are equipped with a laptop per student. By having more technology in their hands and at their disposal, teachers are more likely to use the technology.
I would continue with professional development in the use of technology, and partner experienced “techies” with the “newbies” as mentors. Then at each building levels, I would have principals require certain technology activities or projects each month or week. Requiring some teachers to do it is the only way you can get them into it. I would also encourage all administrators to become tech-savvy and comfortable with technology in education.
Technology lends itself well to project-based learning, and this can greatly enhance student achievement. In addition, the hands on aspect of technology and the medium itself engage more students. They are digital natives – we need to teach and treat them that way.

How would you improve the vision, mission, goals, and plans to reflect the role of technology in 21st century schools?

The vision and mission need to be revised to include technology specifically. The specific goals in the strategic plan need to be transferred into the technology plan document annually.

How effective is the use of technology in your district and school?

The use of technology in the district varies greatly from teacher to teacher and building to building. So far, those with Smart boards are using these daily in their classes, and students use them as well. Yet even the degree to which each board is used varies depending on the teacher’s comfort level with equipment and their own time commitment. There is a lot of out-of-class preparation time needed to teach effectively with the technology, and not everyone puts in this time.
Rooms without Smart boards are using their computer/document camera/projector equipment at least daily, again with variations across the rooms. Some teachers pull in more technology to support their instruction, including short clips and games to draw students in.
Based on the data from the last four years of the Eighth Grade Technology Assessment, approximately 70% of the students are deemed proficient. This is an area of concern, as the students need to be ready for the real world and the technology in it.