Tech Pd Intro


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This presentation was designed for teachers participating in Garden Valley School Division's Technology PD sessions. This presentation introduces participants to the history and current issues relating to technology integration in education.

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Tech Pd Intro

  1. 1. <ul><ul><ul><li>Photo Acknowledgements: © Media Awareness Network, Canada </li></ul></ul></ul>GVSD T.O.T.S. Tech PD Welcome & Orientation Instructor: Dave Hildebrand GVSD ICT Coordinator
  2. 2. Why T.O.T.S. Tech PD? <ul><li>More meaningful/immersed approach to PD </li></ul><ul><li>PD historically driven by several mandates/initiatives: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(1) MECY “Literacy with ICT Across the Curriculum” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(2) GVSD “Technology Integration Plan” (TIP) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Expectation that all teachers can be ICT-literate; ensure parity in all the schools </li></ul><ul><li>Potential to produce ICT “champions” in our division </li></ul><ul><li>There is a range of learners; teachers and students all on a journey </li></ul><ul><li>Want to build the idea of a Professional Learning Network, rather than a training program with ‘tiers’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Share best practices </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Yes it’s a learning community that includes you the teachers… </li></ul><ul><li>But, it’s not only about you—it’s also about the students. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s about learning how to empower them through ICT! </li></ul>Why T.O.T.S. Tech PD? “ 21st-century students must develop multiple literacies that will allow them to respond to changing ideas, attitudes, and technologies as their communities and their world evolve.” - from Literacy with ICT Across the Curriculum 2006
  4. 4. Tech PD Emphasis in the Past <ul><li>“ GVSD Tech College” Model – 2006 - 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 tools: Wikis & Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Notebook & Data Projector setup </li></ul><ul><li>Multimedia/Movie Maker </li></ul><ul><li>Desktop Publishing/MS Publisher </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright/Online resources </li></ul><ul><li>Intro to Literacy with ICT </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy with ICT Snapshots/portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy with ICT/Evidence gathering </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0/Project Development Time </li></ul><ul><li>Project Presentations & Celebrations </li></ul>
  5. 5. Tech PD Direction for the Future <ul><li>Tools that support teacher participation in a professional learning network. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>i.e. Letting the network do most of the work! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using online tools like Moodle , Twitter , etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exposure to the tools available in our division </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training for those who want this </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognition that each school is unique </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Exposure to emerging/’cutting-edge’ technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on projects that integrate/infuse technology </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on pedagogy </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment as a prime consideration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How Literacy with ICT fits in. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. A Bit of GVSD Technology History…
  7. 7. How Things Look in GVSD Senior Admin Technology Coordinator Network Administrator GVSD Tech Integration Plan ICT Curriculum Integration Coordinator Technician Technician Technician Primary Years Middle Years Secondary Tech PD Tech PD Tech PD School Technology Facilitator(s) School Technology Facilitator(s) School Technology Facilitator(s) School Principals
  8. 8. A Bit of MECY History… <ul><li>1989 – The Web is invented </li></ul><ul><li>Early 90’s – Software-based, slow networks </li></ul><ul><li>1998 document: Technology as a Foundation Skill Area: A Journey Toward Information Technology Literacy . </li></ul><ul><li>Focus still on technology and skills, not the students! (e.g. Keyboarding) </li></ul><ul><li>2002 - Curriculum Navigator developed </li></ul><ul><li>2006 document: Literacy with ICT Across the Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>It’s now student-centered. - Using ICT in a 21 st Century context  Creativity and Collaboration. </li></ul>
  9. 9. History Put Another Way… <ul><li>In the Good Ol’ Days… </li></ul><ul><li>Only computer “nerds” taught computers </li></ul><ul><li>Software programs were king </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment wasn’t a big concern </li></ul><ul><li>The Good News today… </li></ul><ul><li>You get to do what you do best—teach students many things—and also use ICT to enhance the learning! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Literacy with ICT Across the Curriculum <ul><li>LwICT mandated by MECY for all K-8 by 2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sets a path and goals for teachers/students to follow </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ICT literacy will be on report card by 2009 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuum is an assessment tool </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The result of much research and planning </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluated by Alan November and others </li></ul><ul><li>Manitoba is ahead of other provinces & states. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Northwest Territories adopting MB’s LwICT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parts of Ontario looking at it also </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. What is “ICT”? <ul><li>Stands for: Information and Communications Technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Includes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Computers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Laptops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet/Web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital cameras </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video cameras </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scanners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cell Phones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital audio devices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Global positioning systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic Whiteboards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital microscopes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic game systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Etc. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. ICT in Education: Why? <ul><li>Young people are technologically fearless. </li></ul><ul><li>Captures the power of the narrative and ‘story’ (J. Bruner) </li></ul><ul><li>Allows students to develop a voice, collaborate, organize, debate, create, and…participate. </li></ul><ul><li>Offers students an authentic ‘audience’ </li></ul><ul><li>Develop essential skills </li></ul><ul><li>Games have their place-but watch out for “skill and drill” activities </li></ul><ul><li>The huge positive potential children have and the vital role they have to play in shaping the world </li></ul><ul><li>Laying a foundation for future learning and future living… </li></ul>
  13. 13. What is ICT Literacy? <ul><li>“… the ability to evaluate critically the intellectual, human and social strengths and weaknesses, potentials and limits, benefits and costs of information technologies, which includes a historical perspective.” </li></ul><ul><li>(Shapiro and Hughes 1996) </li></ul>
  14. 14. “ ICT Literacy” vs. “Literacy with ICT” <ul><li>Is there a difference? </li></ul><ul><li>Students must now think critically and creatively with ICT within each subject area </li></ul><ul><li>Students must use ICT in ethical and responsible ways. </li></ul><ul><li>Students today must: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan inquiries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gather information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make sense of it (critical thinking) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Produce something that shows they understand, and communicate to others. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflect on it (creative thinking) </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Technology Infusion… <ul><li>What is Technology “Infusion”? </li></ul><ul><li>The transparent application of ICT, wherever and whenever appropriate, to enhance critical and creative thinking. </li></ul><ul><li>Infusion says “it’s not about the computers; it’s about teaching students to be creative and critical thinkers.” </li></ul><ul><li>The computer is just a tool that we use to get to our real goals. </li></ul>
  16. 16. GVSD Technology Integration Plan (TIP) <ul><li>Released in 2006, and valid till 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>GVSD’s “custom” response to LwICT </li></ul><ul><li>Go beyond equipment acquisition – move toward true technology integration across the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Includes an ICT literacy continuum for both teachers and students. </li></ul><ul><li>Involves empowering parents </li></ul><ul><li>Sets clear targets for technology use </li></ul>
  17. 17. GVSD Technology Integration Plan (TIP) <ul><li>“ All teachers will acquire the necessary skills in technology to enhance the learning experiences of their students and facilitate the integration of technology in curriculum.” ( Goal 2 of the TIP) </li></ul><ul><li>“ We will enlighten, encourage, enable and empower all learners to become responsible, contributing, and ethical members of the 21st century global society.” ( GVSD Technology Integration Plan 2006) </li></ul>
  18. 18. GVSD Technology Integration Plan (TIP) <ul><li>Includes 5 major goals: </li></ul><ul><li>#1 – Technology Curriculum Integration </li></ul><ul><li>#2 – Professional Development </li></ul><ul><li>#3 – Software/Hardware Technical Support </li></ul><ul><li>#4 – Financial Supports </li></ul><ul><li>#5 – Ongoing Implementation, Evaluation and Revision </li></ul>
  19. 19. GVSD Technology Vision for the Future <ul><li>Acquire a Fibre-optic infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Move to Web-based applications </li></ul><ul><li>Move towards one-to-one computing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public networks will allow students to bring their own technology into the school = huge shift required in teaching methodology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Give teachers the “next generation” collaboration tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eg. Novell Teaming & Conferencing; Novell Pulse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Students & Global Technology Trends
  21. 21. Some Interesting facts about Young Teens... <ul><li>Kids are the biggest users of the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian studies show that children ages 11-14 most vulnerable according to RCMP </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Taskforce on Child Protection in England revealed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most children view Net as “safe”, and feel they are in control. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Girls felt they could easily spot a pedophile. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MP3s are now the #1 download. </li></ul><ul><li>Also quickly becoming biggest group involved in text messaging </li></ul>
  22. 22. 21 st Century Characteristics <ul><li>Internet Economy ► </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Going ‘Global’ (ie. “The World is Flat”) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Also alleviating global hunger and disease? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Inter-connectedness -> What does “community” mean and look like then? </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Online Social Networking
  24. 24. Online Social Networking
  25. 25. Video Sharing/User Generated Content
  26. 26. Second Life
  27. 27. Second Life – Cont’d
  28. 28. 21 st Century Characteristics (cont’d) <ul><li>Knowledge management ► </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the tools? Will they be free? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The larger question: What is the truth , and who will we entrust to organize the truth? (eg. Google? Microsoft? Government?) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can computers and artificial intelligence-- using logic, do this? </li></ul>
  29. 29. Is G o o g l e a good measure of world knowledge and sentiments? <ul><li>See Google’s Hot Trends - assembling data has begun </li></ul><ul><li>See Google Suggest – artificial intelligence based just on raw world-wide data? </li></ul><ul><li>Google censors results based on government pressure. Eg. China, U.S., etc. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Screen scraping” eg. MSN searches Google </li></ul><ul><li>Google Earth is getting increasingly realistic--but still lacks elements related to human movement and interaction ->Google now developing its own ‘Second Life’ virtual world! </li></ul><ul><li>Google labs is busy - http:// </li></ul>
  30. 30. Google Wave & Novell Pulse <ul><li>Google Wave - is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more. </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Novell Pulse – allows people continents apart to work together in real-time, sharing and co-browsing information or creating or editing a document. </li></ul><ul><li>http:// = novell -pulse </li></ul>