Enhancing School Community through Technology Professional Development for Teachers

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This presentation provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of each collaborative partner; narrative about the process used to analyze, design, develop, implement and evaluate the …

This presentation provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of each collaborative partner; narrative about the process used to analyze, design, develop, implement and evaluate the professional development workshop; and the tools and community generated by the collaborative.

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  • October 27, 2005

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  • 1.  
  • 2.
    • Team of Researchers and Staff
    • College of Education
    • Jan Daugherty ,Doctoral Student
    • Angela Griner, Doctoral Student
    • Kendra Minor, Doctoral Student
    • College of Arts and Humanities
    • Alex Katsaros, Doctoral Student
  • 3.
    • Team of Researchers and Staff
      • CREATE
      • Stella Sung, DMA, Director, CREATE
      • Carolyn Walker Hopp, Ph.D. Affiliate Faculty
      • Victor Randle, Program Assistant, CREATE
      • Brian Tortorelli, Program Assistant, CREATE
  • 4. Presentation Goals • Discuss the roles and responsibilities of each collaborative partner. • Provide a narrative about the process used to analyze, design, develop, implement and evaluate the professional development workshop. • Demonstrate the tools and community generated by the collaborative.
  • 5. Presentation Goals
    • Report formative and summative evaluation data illustrating the impact of the program on educators’ attitudes and abilities.
    • Discuss the insights and lessons learned by each collaborative partner
  • 6. COLLABORATION College of Education And CREATE What is the focus of our work? Faculty, students, and partners interact to: • impact community, creative thought, and research; • foster inter-disciplinarity; • create a symbiotic relationship.
  • 7. Guiding Research Question How does the structure of the research and educational components of CREATE impact the sustainability of community outreach and partnerships?
  • 8. CREATE Community Projects
    • Nap Ford Community School: “extended classroom”**
    • ParramoreKidz Zone (PKZ): City of Orlando
    • Orlando Science Center**
    • K-12 Professional Development **
    • Creative Arts Projects**
    • Young Composer’s Challenge
    • Interactive Expeditions
    • Puerto Ricans in Central Florida
    • PeruVine
  • 9. Community of Wisdom- Research
    • Community of Wisdom
      • (Gunawardena, 2009)
      • Community of Practice – Teach the Teachers
  • 10.
    • Traditional aims at professional development commonly suffer from :
      • lack of variety in the delivery of modes of professional development,
      • inaccessibility of professional development opportunities,
      • little or no support in transferring professional development to the classroom,
      • lack of systematic evaluation of professional development (Díaz-Maggioli, 2004, p. 4).
  • 11.
    • Leverage technologies in support of establishing learning communities for:
      • • Continuous professional development
      • • Peer collaboration
      • • Community building
      • • Follow-up support
  • 12.
    • Leverage technologies in support of establishing learning communities.
    • Use a three-phase evaluation design.
    • Leverage technology within the school community to aid in enhancing professional learning communities among the school, teacher, students, and parents.
  • 13.
    • Need for continuous professional development
    • Need to develop professional learning communities (PLCs) through technology
  • 14.
    • In June 2010, 20 faculty members from Cypress Creek High School participated in a two-day professional development program at CREATE, which:
      • established the foundation to enhance community using technology,
      • emphasized how to integrate technology that teachers and staff could easily access,
      • focused on the use of specific technologies to enhance collaboration between teachers, staff, students, and their families.
  • 15. Instructional Systems Design
    • A model for research and product development
    • Three phases of project management: needs analysis, instructional design, implementation and evaluation
    • Diffusion
  • 16. Results of Needs Analysis
    • Key Findings
      • Access to technology and technical support
      • Knowledge/Skill
      • Use of Technology for Teaching and Learning
      • Professional development
  • 17. Design implications
    • Instruction should:
      • Be appropriate to the needs of the teachers and classroom practice (Hew and Brush, 2006).
      • Be meaningful, relevant, and “hands on.”
      • Promote peer collaboration and community building.
      • Focus on:
        • technological knowledge and skills
        • technology-supported pedagogy knowledge and skills.
  • 18.
    • Student-centered Approaches
      • Teaching for Understanding (TfU)
      • 5E Model of Inquiry
  • 19. Workshop Tools
    • Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy - served as a conceptual framework for the work done.
      • Wiggio - www.wiggio.com
        • Real-time communication and collaborative tools
        • Organizational and logistical tools
    • i Movie
  • 20. Phase I: Program Evaluation
    • How are teachers’ knowledge and perceptions related to technology use in their classrooms affected by participation in CREATE’s professional development program?
    • To what degree does participation in CREATE’s professional development program change teachers intentions to use the technologies they have been trained to use during this program?
  • 21. Phase I: Program Evaluation
    • To what degree does participation in CREATE’s professional development program change teachers’ intentions to use the technologies they have been trained to use during this program in order to enhance collaboration with other teachers, staff, students, and their families?
  • 22. Methodology
    • Mixed Methods Study
      • Quantitative
        • Pre and post surveys
        • • An adapted version of TAM2 measure
      • Qualitative
        • Pre and post interviews and focus groups
  • 23. Findings
    • UCF/CREATE’s technology professional development program was found to have a positive impact in all areas.
    • The role of reflective practice and participant attitudes allowed for engaged and reciprocal learning.
  • 24.
    • The purpose of Phase II, was to further explore:
      • the impact of the professional development workshop in terms of how the teachers applied the knowledge gained from workshop, and
      • perceptions of how the technology impacted their school community.
  • 25. Phase II: Summative evaluation
    • Research Question
      • How do members of the learning organization perceive and describe their lived experiences using a web-based collaborative networking environment, Wiggio™, within the school community (i.e. with teachers, staff, students, and their families)?
        • What type of interactions are taking place through the collaborative technology?
        • What has been the impact on the culture of the learning organization and individual learning communities?
  • 26. Phase II: Summative evaluation
    • Qualitative
      • Phenomenological Study
    • Population and Sample
      • School staff and faculty were recruited to serve as participants in the study.
      • Three staff members volunteered
    • Data Collection
      • Interviews
      • Semi-structured interview questions
    • Data Analysis
      • List of non-repetitive significant statements
      • Statements were then grouped into larger themes
  • 27. Findings
    • Themes:
      • Improved communication
        • Convenience of use and time savings
        • A place to clarify information and plan
      • Collaboration/Interaction
      • Knowledge Sharing
        • Resources
        • Documentation
        • Management/Scheduling/Planning
    • Essence of the Experience
      • Diffusion of Technology & Community Building
  • 28.
    • Impact of student learning
    • Sustainability of professional development
    • model
    • “ Practicality is the reality”
  • 29. Insights and Lessons Learned
    • Importance of collaboration
    • Clear expectations with community partners
    • Identify partners’ learning needs
    • Understand our partners’ context
    • Demonstrate technology that we are familiar with through practice
  • 30. Questions?