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  • 1. Talent 21 Grant
    High Tech Middle School
    in the
    High Tech School District
    Group 3
  • 2. High Tech School District Mission
    Provide learning opportunities for all students
    Foster proficiency in the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS)
    Technology rich learning environment
    Research-based pedagogy and data-driven decision making
  • 3. School Demographics
    New Jersey school in need of improvement (SINI)
    310 6th graders
    10% Special Education, 24% Instruction Reinforcement (IR) in Language Arts and Math
    6% Asian, 35% Black, 15% Hispanic,
    12% Multiracial, 32% White
    24% Economically Disadvantaged
  • 4. Project Components
    Student Role (1:1 mobile devices and access)
    Teacher Role (Technology infusion, project based learning)
    Professional Development Role (Practice 21st century skills, Professional Learning Communities, PBL development)
  • 5. 5 Concepts of Technology Integration
    Technology accessibility
    Frequency and duration of use
    Relevancy to curriculum
    Teacher/student training on usage and integration
    Maintenance and sustainability of technology
  • 6. Need for Grant
    School in need of improvement (SINI) status
    Curriculum delivery, instruction pedagogy, and reflective assessment practices not aligned to student needs
    Lack of instructional differentiation
    Sporadic use of technology
    Small-scale gains with technology infusion
  • 7. Accessibility & Frequency of Use
    Approximately 20% of the student body has no computer access at home
    Limited amount of school resources given the school population
    Same teachers monopolize tech resources
    Grant will increase technology resources
  • 8. Currently available technology at HTMS
  • 9. Relevancy and Day to Day Instructional Use
    Infant stages of technology integration
    Staff currently does not maximize technology use
    Project based units will enhance teaching and learning
    Students want real world experiences
    Grant increases technology fluency and use
  • 10. Teacher/Student Training on Usage and Integration
    Teachers 1:1 laptops
    Teachers are the ones using the technology, not the students
    Grant provides ongoing, sustained, classroom-embedded training to teachers and students
  • 11. Maintenance and Sustainability of Technology
    Current lack of troubleshooting ability leads to abandonment
    Two tech-resource teachers, one part-time technician, and one system administrator
    Grant provides for a more sustainable technology infrastructure
  • 12. Vision Statement
    Expand students’ abilities to use their senses to:
    Research information
    Critique ideas
    Make informed decisions
    Engage in culturally responsible partnerships
    Collaborate on a global level
    Create and produce authentic knowledge
    Develop “e”bility
  • 13. Project Design
    Address five critical needs
    Technology accessibility
    Frequency and duration of use
    Relevancy to curriculum
    Teacher/student training on usage and integration
    Maintenance and sustainability of technology
    Personalized instruction
    1:1 computers, student ownership of learning
    Project Based Learning (PBL)
  • 14. Project Based Learning Team
    PBL team will be link between administration, teachers consultants, parents, and community
    Facilitate each project based unit
    Educational Technology Integration Specialist will lead meetings
    Lead weekly meetings and facilitate online collaboration
  • 15. PBL Team Roles
    Provide classroom perspective, liaison between staff and consultants
    Will assist in professional development
    Help facilitate PLC meetings
    Will research and gain resources that support initiatives
    Expand their skills sets
    Attend required DOE meetings and report back information to staff
    Develop Project Based Units
  • 16. PBL Team Roles
    Develop and implement procedures and policies
    Provide release time
    Help facilitate PLC meetings
    Will research and gain resources that support initiative
  • 17. PBL Team Roles
    Educational Technology Integration Specialist:
    Will assist in professional development
    Provide resources and model 21st Century Skills
    Assist in the development of Project Based Unit
    Attend required DOE meetings and report back information
    Help Facilitate PLC meetings
  • 18. PBL Team Roles
    Handle all equipment needs during school hours and after hours
    Advise and update team on technical and building needs.
  • 19. PBL Team Roles
    Project Director:
    Manage grant responsibilities
    Coordinate all meetings
    Handle reporting duties
    Participate in PLC meetings
    Attend all required DOE meetings and report back information to staff
    Advise and update team on technical and building needs
  • 20. Professional Learning Community (PLC)
    PLC model provides a framework for teachers and administrators throughout the Talent 21 Grant
    Clear vision and values
    Shared decision making
    Powerful learning and reflection in best practices
    Reduction in teaching isolation
    Commitment to making significant systematic changes
    Shared and collective responsibility of student success
  • 21. Professional Development Topics
    Critical Thinking on the Web
    Online Safety
    Online Collaboration
    Assessing Students
    Web 2.0 Tools (wikis, blogs, shareable documents, i.e. Googledocs, podcasts)
    Classroom Management
    Posting digital content
    Effective use of equipment
  • 22. Student and Parent Information
    Parent Night grant information meeting
    Meeting outlines the following:
    Grant Background
    Student Expectations
    Teacher Role
    Issuing of Equipment
    The policies and procedures
    New forms of Communication
    Technical Support
    At meeting, students are provided laptops
  • 23. Expected Student Outcomes
    Spend more time engaging in collaborative work than non-laptop students.
    Participate in more project-based instruction (project based learning).
    Lead to more students writing and to writing of high quality.
    Increase access to information and improve research analysis skills.
    Become collaborators (interact with each other about their work).
    Readily engage in problem solving and critical thinking.
    Consistently show deeper and more flexible uses of technology.
    Spend more time doing homework on computer
  • 24. Let’s get started!
    Thank you!