Meaningful Use:
Getting the Most out of Your Digital
Education Program
Matt Tullman
President & Co-Founder, digedu
#meanin...
Musical &
Auditory
Social &
Interpersonal
Linguistic &
Literary
Visual &
Spatial
Logical &
Mathematical
What‟s Your Learni...
We've reached a point in education where not just teaching
models but also teaching tools are evolving.
Rotational Models
Students rotate between modalities, including small
groups, projects, one-on-one instruction, interactiv...
Other Models
Flex
Model
Students move on individual
schedules among learning
modalities in which online
learning is the ba...
#meaningfuluse
Teaching
Tools
LMS
Teaching Tools
Apps
SIS
Content
Creators
& Curators
Assessment
Tools
OER & eBooks
Games
Social Learning
Platforms #mea...
Bridging the Gap
Technology Use Meaningful Technology Use
5 Million iPads in US K-12
Schools
Nearly 90% of teachers
report...
How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Holistic Planning
#meaningfuluse
Budgeting & Implementation
Training, Staffing, & Support
P...
How to Achieve Meaningful Use:
Academic Goals & Curriculum
Redefinition
Technology allows for the creation of new
tasks, p...
How to Achieve Meaningful Use:
Instructional Models
#meaningfuluse
Curriculum Assessment
Instruction
Learning Goals
Holist...
#meaningfuluse
How to Achieve Meaningful Use:
Tools, Content, & Platforms
LMS
Adaptive/Social
ContentResources
Instruction...
How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Infrastructure
72% of public schools
lack high-speed
internet access.
Devices:
• 1:1 vs. Sh...
Considerations for Choosing a Device
#meaningfuluse
Tablets
+ Inexpensive option
+ Instant boot-up
+ Long battery life
− I...
How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Budgeting
#meaningfuluse
Cost Categories
• Infrastructure
• Devices
• Systems Integration
•...
How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Implementation
#meaningfuluse
Strategy
One-Size-fits-all or “School Choice”
Phased or Full ...
How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Training
46% of teachers report
that they lack the training
needed to use
technology effect...
How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Staffing
#meaningfuluse
Example Approaches:
KIPP Empower: 3-tiered staffing model with Lead...
How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Support
Tech Support
Safety Blanket
Instructional Support
50% of teachers report
not being ...
How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Policies
Device Breakage
Taking Devices Home
Minimum Use
Staying on Task
#meaningfuluse
How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Culture
#meaningfuluse
Values
Equity
Innovation
Care
Support
Collaboration
Execution
What Does Great Blended Learning Look Like?
"As a result of using technology in the classroom, student engagement has skyr...
What Does Great Blended Learning Look Like?
“I have a classroom of 50 middle schoolers. It's so many students in one room ...
What Does Great Blended Learning Look Like?
“Suddenly, my introverted students found their voices; they feel empowered to ...
What is Meaningful Use?
Meaningful use of technology refers to students„ consistent use of technology in
the classroom to ...
Instructional Models
Look at your technology program from a holistic perspective - think
about how the instructional model...
References
#meaningfuluse
Meaningful Use:
Getting the Most out of Your Digital
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Matt Tullman
President & Co-Founder, digedu
#meanin...
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How do we bridge the gap between procuring devices and seeing truly meaningful use by students and teachers? We've reached a point in education where not just teaching models but also teaching tools are in flux - both the rules of the game and the equipment are changing with each day. This is a big shift for schools, teachers, and students, and in many cases, what's missing is the training and support necessary to meaningfully use technology in the classroom. Come away from this presentation with a new understanding of meaningful technology use and of what steps you can take to ensure students are getting the most out of your digital education program.
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  • Station rotation: same room, fixed schedule, rotation btwn modalities, topics, activities, tech (non 1:1 classrooms, multi-disciplinary project, large class sizes)Lab rotation: “ different locations (computer labs, maker spaces)Flipped classroom: primary delivery of content = online, which differentiates flipped from students who are merely doing practice problems at home online; benefits = students control time/place/path/pace and during class, can access help from teachers doing practice or projects.Individual rotation: whether in one classroom, moving about the campus, or primarily receiving content online, students rotate on individualized schedules tailored to their learning styles and needs
  • Flex: primarily online learning (which might call for offline activity) with varying degrees of face-to-face support on an adaptive/as needed basis in a variety of forms, like small group instruction, group projects, or tutoring.A la carte: online and brick and mortar in a modular fashion (kids might take an online course in addition to a full school day)Enriched virtual: a whole-school experience combining both online and brick and mortar with an emphasis on online.
  • 650+ products, teachers struggle to figure out which is which
  • Social Learning: Facebook for learning -- schoology, edmodoLMS: organizational tools; some include learner profiles and learning objects – Desire2Learn, BlackboardOnline Learning Providers: virtual learning platforms and content; for instance, for the Enriched Virtual Model – Apex, K12SIS: student information – Power School, Infinite CampusContent Creators & Curators: NearPod, adding assessments to YouTube videos OER & eBooksAssessment Tools: Assistment, NaikuAdaptive Learning Tools: student-driven journey that reacts to inputs – DreamBox, iReady
  • Point: holistic approach to technology adoption ensures investment impacts student achievement
  • Example: to present tech as a means to accomplish key district goals for student performance targetsRallying stakeholders to generate supportSustainable budgets and policies
  • Most important thing is to start with the curriculum and to have a strong pedagogical model to ensure…Tech can’t just be stuck inIt’s about changing the way things work Doing things in the classroom that you couldn’t do with paper and pen
  • Again, coming at this from a holistic perspective, we need to think about how the instructionalmodel relates to the curriculum, the tools, and the learning goals.
  • LMS: blackboard/schoology/canvasAdaptive/social: adaptive=read180social=edmodoGames=geography drive USA by spinlightmultimedia resources/content repositories: khan academy, discovery learning“instructional platform”: digedu
  • Devices : wouldn’t have a pen and paper cartPicking the right device – age differences, need differences - Need to think about policies (see next slide) / MDM (mobile device management) softwareBandwidthHechinger article – schools share same amt of bandwidth that some homes have. Some schools are located in inaccessible areasRight bandwidth solution – fiber optic pipes to upgrade internal infrastructure; digedu; 3G
  • Cost categories:Infrastructure: broadband access, power, classroom configurationsDevices: what is already in place that can be leveraged, what needs to be purchased, and how often replacedSystems integration: integrating new systems with what you have – paying for consultants for this?Digital content: OERs you are using vs. packaged digital curriculaHuman capital: more IT resources? Tech integration specialist?PD: are you paying someone to take care of training?Communications & Evaluation: resources required to communicate with stakeholders and evaluate and report progressFunding sources:Federal funds: e-rate, RTTT, RTT-D, Title I Part A, Title I Set-Asides, Title I School Improvement Grants, Title II Part A, IDEAState and Local Funds, facilities bonds, tech levyPhilanthropy: corporate and foundation grants, Next Generation Learning Challenges, local donorsLeasing: leasing offers the opportunity to manage an asset category like instructional tech more rationally; it levels out the annual expenditure of student and teacher devices; easier to plan for
  • NOT professional development3 components:Initial training: depends on school how many you need to doOngoing training: learning about new tools, new features on existing tools, sharing and collaborating on the best ways to use themCoaches: making sure that there is someone responsible for the program, not just a principal who is stringing together random professional development from different companies. This isn’t the same idea as having a coach – knows what is being used, knows what the problems are – and can be thoughtful about on going training that is being provided
  • Kipp: 3-tiered staffing model with Lead Teachers, Intervention Specialists, and Instructional Assistants that work together to deliver different types of instruction to small groups of students in a variety of settingsSummit: skill-based teacher development system focused on what teachers need to know and be able to do to accelerate student acheivement. Demonstrated expertise across 7 dimensions (assessment, content, curriculum, instruction, knowing learners and learning, leadership, and mentoring puts them in one of 4 groups: basic, proficient, highly proficient, and expert.Cornerstone: Pods of 75 students work in an open space with teacher teams consisting of Relevance Managers (direct instruction and support students in design and evaluation of real world projects), Rigor Managers (oversee online coursework, set standards for mastery), and Success Coaches (help students make transition to college and career)
  • PoliciesTablet breakingBeing on taskMinimum useTaking devices home
  • Values: 360 degree evaluations, celebrations, core value commitments, trustEquity: engage all students, not just honor students; a child’s zip code doesn’t determine his or her destinyInnovation: “failing forward, faster”, build measure and learn in cyclesCare: start with love and care for the students, and let things stem from thereExecution: high level of execution competence to meet the needs of every student at every minute of every daySupport: mentors for new employees, tech facilitators help new teachers learn how the school uses techCollaboration: co-teaching experiences, times to work together and share experiences with each other
  • Engagement and students active learningMain point is that blended learning comes in all shapes and sizesBlended learning, cross out blended. Point is that by qualifying it as blended we are creating options – as if one is learning, one is blended learning, one is paper learning. That’s not how we should see the world. We should be integrating tech in the classroom in a natural seamless invisible way.
  • Rotational models – engagement / ability to interact and monitor and help 50 studentsMain point is that blended learning comes in all shapes and sizesBlended learning, cross out blended. Point is that by qualifying it as blended we are creating options – as if one is learning, one is blended learning, one is paper learning. That’s not how we should see the world. We should be integrating tech in the classroom in a natural seamless invisible way.
  • Introverted studentsainpoint is that blended learning comes in all shapes and sizesBlended learning, cross out blended. Point is that by qualifying it as blended we are creating options – as if one is learning, one is blended learning, one is paper learning. That’s not how we should see the world. We should be integrating tech in the classroom in a natural seamless invisible way.
  • Meaningful Use: Getting the Most out of Your Digital Education Program

    1. 1. Meaningful Use: Getting the Most out of Your Digital Education Program Matt Tullman President & Co-Founder, digedu #meaningfuluse http://slidesha.re/1gGTgMa
    2. 2. Musical & Auditory Social & Interpersonal Linguistic & Literary Visual & Spatial Logical & Mathematical What‟s Your Learning Style? #meaningfuluse
    3. 3. We've reached a point in education where not just teaching models but also teaching tools are evolving.
    4. 4. Rotational Models Students rotate between modalities, including small groups, projects, one-on-one instruction, interactive lessons on a device, etc. Station Rotation Students rotate on a fixed schedule among classroom-based learning modalities. Individual Rotation Students rotate on individually customized schedules among learning modalities. Flipped Classroom Students rotate on a fixed schedule between teacher- guided practice during school and online delivery after school. Lab Rotation Students rotate on a fixed schedule among locations on the campus. #meaningfuluse
    5. 5. Other Models Flex Model Students move on individual schedules among learning modalities in which online learning is the backbone. Enriched Virtual Model Students divide time between on campus and online for each individual course. A La Carte (Hybrid) Model Students take one or more courses entirely online while also taking some entirely classroom-based courses. History Class Math Course Science Project Science Class #meaningfuluse
    6. 6. #meaningfuluse Teaching Tools
    7. 7. LMS Teaching Tools Apps SIS Content Creators & Curators Assessment Tools OER & eBooks Games Social Learning Platforms #meaningfuluse Online Learning Providers Adaptive Learning Tools
    8. 8. Bridging the Gap Technology Use Meaningful Technology Use 5 Million iPads in US K-12 Schools Nearly 90% of teachers report that both they and their students use technology in class 85% of teachers rate their schools poorly on use of digital assessments to inform instruction More than half of teachers report tech use does not have a positive effect on student achievement #meaningfuluse
    9. 9. How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Holistic Planning #meaningfuluse Budgeting & Implementation Training, Staffing, & Support Policies & Culture Measurement & Improvement Academic Goals & Curriculum Instructional Models Tools, Content, & Platforms Devices & Infrastructure
    10. 10. How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Academic Goals & Curriculum Redefinition Technology allows for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable Modification Technology allows for significant task redesign Augmentation Technology acts as a direct tool substitute, with functional improvement Substitution Technology acts as a direct tool substitute, with no functional change TRANSFORMATION ENHANCEMENT #meaningfuluse Start with the end in mind to ensure technology furthers school and district goals and allows teachers to substantially improve instruction.
    11. 11. How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Instructional Models #meaningfuluse Curriculum Assessment Instruction Learning Goals Holistic Approach Enhanced by Technology Instructional Models Station Rotation Lab Rotation Flipped Classroom Individual Rotation Flex A La Carte Enhanced Virtual
    12. 12. #meaningfuluse How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Tools, Content, & Platforms LMS Adaptive/Social ContentResources InstructionalPlatform
    13. 13. How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Infrastructure 72% of public schools lack high-speed internet access. Devices: • 1:1 vs. Shared • Age Considerations • Intended Application Bandwidth: • Bottleneck Problem • Traditional Solution • New Technologies Internet #meaningfuluse
    14. 14. Considerations for Choosing a Device #meaningfuluse Tablets + Inexpensive option + Instant boot-up + Long battery life − Issues with some web apps − Difficult to type − Small screen Net/Chromebooks + Inexpensive option + Better production capabilities + Long battery life + Larger screen with full keyboard − Limited offline capabilities − Issues with some web apps Laptops + Better production capabilities + Larger screen with full keyboard − Short battery life & long boot-up − More expensive option
    15. 15. How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Budgeting #meaningfuluse Cost Categories • Infrastructure • Devices • Systems Integration • Digital Content & Tools • Human Capital • Professional Development • Communications & Evaluation Funding Sources • Federal Funds • State & Local Funds • Philanthropic Grants & Donors • Leasing
    16. 16. How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Implementation #meaningfuluse Strategy One-Size-fits-all or “School Choice” Phased or Full Speed Ahead Procurement Unboxing & Setup Project management: Roles & Responsibilities
    17. 17. How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Training 46% of teachers report that they lack the training needed to use technology effectively with students. Initial Training Coaches Continual Learning #meaningfuluse
    18. 18. How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Staffing #meaningfuluse Example Approaches: KIPP Empower: 3-tiered staffing model with Lead Teachers, Intervention Specialists, and Instructional Assistants Summit Public Schools: Skill-based teacher development system that places teachers in one of 4 levels: basic, proficient, highly proficient, and expert Cornerstone Charter Health High School: Pods of 75 students work in an open space with teacher teams consisting of Relevance Managers, Rigor Managers, and Success Coaches
    19. 19. How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Support Tech Support Safety Blanket Instructional Support 50% of teachers report not being adequately supported when using technology. #meaningfuluse
    20. 20. How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Policies Device Breakage Taking Devices Home Minimum Use Staying on Task #meaningfuluse
    21. 21. How to Achieve Meaningful Use: Culture #meaningfuluse Values Equity Innovation Care Support Collaboration Execution
    22. 22. What Does Great Blended Learning Look Like? "As a result of using technology in the classroom, student engagement has skyrocketed. They are more accountable, as using devices requires more responsibility, which a lot of adolescents are seeking. Students are no longer hiding from opportunities to learn and instead, they are embracing these experiences.” #meaningfuluse
    23. 23. What Does Great Blended Learning Look Like? “I have a classroom of 50 middle schoolers. It's so many students in one room that sometimes not all of them get desks - they have to share tables or just work sitting in chairs. Obviously, things can get loud and crazy with that many kids, but when I get out the tablets, they behave. The technology engages them and keeps their attention.” #meaningfuluse
    24. 24. What Does Great Blended Learning Look Like? “Suddenly, my introverted students found their voices; they feel empowered to share their opinions. Online discussions have allowed students to write more expressively and provide valuable peer-to-peer feedback. There appears to be more of a purpose and level of dedication behind their writing, because they are writing to their peers.” #meaningfuluse
    25. 25. What is Meaningful Use? Meaningful use of technology refers to students„ consistent use of technology in the classroom to learn content and demonstrate understanding of new knowledge and skills. Meaningful use of technology should be considered to be a seamless process in which the teacher is not teaching the technology, but rather the students are using the technology to acquire and make use of new knowledge. Students should have access to technology to support the acquisition of skills necessary for life in the 21st century. #meaningfuluse
    26. 26. Instructional Models Look at your technology program from a holistic perspective - think about how the instructional model relates to the curriculum, the tools, and the learning goals. Budgeting Consider all possible cost categories for your technology program. Some may be obvious, like devices, but some may not be – like systems integration or professional development. Do your research on funding sources and consider the full spectrum of possibilities. Elements of Blended Learning Success Academic Goals & Curriculum Do more than what you could with just a pencil and paper. Use the SAMR model to analyze your technology program, and aim for Redefinition. Start with the end in mind to ensure technology furthers school and district goals and allows teachers to substantially improve instruction. Tools, Content, & Platforms Discover the full spectrum of technology tools available to schools. Set learning goals first, then choose the right combination of tools that will enable student achievement. Training Based on the teacher population at your school, consider the level of initial training educators need. Then, continue to build on their knowledge via coaching and collaboration. Infrastructure Use your learning goals to guide decisions about device selection. Keep user ages and intended uses in mind. Make proper bandwidth a priority, keeping in mind that it can be a significant barrier to use in the classroom. Policies Students should have guidelines around BYOD programs, device breakage, and staying on task, while teachers should have a clear understanding of expected minimum use of technology in the classroom. Support Ensure teachers have a safety blanket of support around them at all times – both technological and instructional support. This strengthens confidence in the technology program and allows for a seamless learning experience for students. #meaningfuluse Planning Plan thoroughly to present technology as a means to accomplish district goals for student performance targets. Implementation Determine the way in which the program will be rolled out, how the project will be managed, and where roles and responsibilities lie. Staffing Transitioning to digital learning can mean big changes are needed in terms of staffing and roles. There are unlimited possibilities when planning for this; see what has worked for other schools and use their examples to determine what works best for you. Culture Having a strong culture in place is vital to the success of a technology program roll out; make this a priority.
    27. 27. References #meaningfuluse
    28. 28. Meaningful Use: Getting the Most out of Your Digital Education Program Matt Tullman President & Co-Founder, digedu #meaningfuluse

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