EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link
Wesley Dennis




Week 4 Assignment: Due at the end of Week 4.
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EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link
  Wesley Dennis

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EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link
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Week 4 Assignment, Part 1: Development of an orga...
EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link
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  1. 1. EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link Wesley Dennis Week 4 Assignment: Due at the end of Week 4. Overview Last week, you engaged in an analysis and wrote a report describing the use of technology and information systems to enrich campus curriculum, enhance teaching and learning, and generally integrate technology into our campus improvement plans to effectively integrate technology and instructional leadership. Your analysis and report should provide the necessary background for the Week 4 major assignment – developing an action plan for gathering, analyzing, and using data from a variety of sources for informed campus decision making focusing on integrating technology, instructional leadership, professional development and organizational leadership. As a result of this week’s assignments, you will be able to: • Examine and assess procedures for gathering, analyzing, and using data from a variety of sources for informed decision making regarding the integration of technology, instructional and organizational leadership (SBEC Principal Competency 7 indicator); • Design and apply skills for monitoring and evaluating change and making needed adjustments to achieve the campus vision and goals, including the integration of technology as described above (SBEC Principal Competency 7 indicator). Both of these outcomes are elements of Domain II, Instructional Leadership. In writing your Week 4 action plan, use your interviews, your readings, including campus and district improvement plans as well as any technology plans, and your Week 3 report to make sure the action plan: • Identifies data gathering sources; • Provides a description of an organizational chart describing decision making responsibilities regarding the integration of technology from central office personnel to campus leadership and staff; • Describes comprehensive professional development activities to achieve your action plan (this may utilize information from the previous three weeks of readings and activities); • Includes an evaluation plan to assess the progress and success of the action plan. Students will be asked to post their action plan on the Discussion Board and each student must review and comment on at least one other action plan focusing on organizational leadership designed to maximize the use of technology in data gathering and decision making. Submit your assignment by 11:59 PM on the seventh day of Week 4. Page 1 – Revised October 2009
  2. 2. EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link Wesley Dennis Rubric Use the following Rubric to guide your work on the Week 4 Assignment. Tasks Not Meeting Accomplished Proficient Progressing  Expectations Action plan Student completes the Student completes Student provides a Student does not includes an organizational flow the organizational partial organizational complete the organizational chart identifying key chart with some chart that does not organizational chart or chart identifying personnel from the identification of include all key description of roles and key stakeholders in district administration district and stakeholders, and responsibilities. integrating through campus campus does not describe the (0 points) technology and implementation personnel, but roles and district and responsible for does not address responsibilities of key campus integrating technology the roles and personnel. organizational and instructional and responsibilities of (1 point)e leadership organizational personnel in leadership. Chart must integrating and identify personnel titles implementing responsible for this technology, integration and instructional and implementation, and a organizational brief description of the leadership. role and responsibilities (2 points) of all personnel. (Maximum 3 points) Comprehensive Student describes a Student provides a Student provides a Student fails to develop professional professional professional professional a professional development development plan or development development plan(s) development plan(s). plan(s) designed to activities designed to plan(s) that that addresses only one of the three (0 points) achieve the action achieve the action plan address two of the plan of integrating of integrating three bulleted bulleted items from the technology with technology with items from the Accomplished column. instructional and instructional and Accomplished organizational organizational column. (1 points) leadership. leadership. To achieve (2 points) maximum credit, the professional development plan(s) must: • Reference analysis and lessons learned about the technology needs from the Week 3 report • Addresses professional Page 2 – Revised October 2009
  3. 3. EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link Wesley Dennis development designed to improve the gathering, analysis and use of data from a variety of sources • Includes professional development to improve decision making in the integration of technology with instructional and organizational leadership. (Maximum 3 points) Evaluation plan to The action plan must Student provides Student provides an Student fails to include assess the also include an an evaluation plan evaluation plan that an evaluation plan in progress and evaluation plan that that addresses addresses only one of the Week 4 action success of the provides measurable two of the bulleted the bulleted items from plan. action plan. outcomes designed to items from the the Accomplished (0 points) address the following: Accomplished column. column. • Uses data and (1 point) other analysis from (2 points) the Week 3 report, including using the campus and district improvement plans, and local or state technology plans; • Provides assessments and/or monitoring reports measuring professional development designed to use technology to improve the gathering, analysis and use of data from a variety of sources • Provides Page 3 – Revised October 2009
  4. 4. EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link Wesley Dennis assessments and/or monitoring evaluating professional development to improve decision making in the integration of technology with instructional and organizational leadership. . (Maximum 3 points) Posting action plan Student posts their Student posts their Student posts their Student does not post on the Discussion action plan on the action plan on the action plan on the on the Discussion Board and on their Discussion Board and Discussion Board Discussion Board and Board or on their blog. blog, and provides on their blog and and on their blog on their blog but does evidence of provides evidence, and provides not provide any reviewing and through written evidence, through comments or (0 points) commenting on comments, of reviewing written comments, reflections on the action plans of and reflecting on at of reviewing and action plans of other other students. least two other reflecting on one students. student’s action plan. other student’s (Maximum 3 points) action plan. (1 point) (2 points) Assignment Responses are relevant Responses are Responses are Responses do not Mechanics to course content; relevant to course relevant to course reflect knowledge of student uses correct content; one or content; more than course content, lack APA writing mechanics; two errors in three errors in clarity and depth, no errors in grammar, grammar, spelling, grammar, spelling, or and/or include multiple spelling, or punctuation. or punctuation, punctuation including errors in grammar, including APA APA writing spelling, and (Maximum 3 points) mechanics Needs writing mechanics. punctuation, including (2 points) (1 APA errors. point)Improvement (0 points) The following four parts to the Week 4 assignments should help you complete an action plan that incorporates all four elements of the assignment, including posting your action plan and commenting and reflecting on the action plans shared by fellow students. Page 4 – Revised October 2009
  5. 5. EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link Wesley Dennis Week 4 Assignment, Part 1: Development of an organization chart integrating technology Using the campus and district improvement plans, and any suggested technology improvements, develop an organization chart that includes the following: • Identify by title or job description all personnel/stakeholders responsible for integrating technology and instructional and organization leadership from the district office to the campus and classroom; • Provide a brief description of the role and responsibilities of all identified personnel in your organizational chart; • Discuss the role of the principal in making sure the organizational chart is implemented and monitored. Superintendent / School Board The board ultimately sets the mission and vision for the use of technology in the district. It is their goal to make decisions on policies and rules, as well as set the budget. Technology Department The technology department further creates and monitors the district technology plan. They manage the technology infrastructure of the district and identify new technology for use in the district. Curriculum Instructional Technology Specialist Development This person provides training to the schools through Departments training the Principal, CTA and Master Trainers. The various curriculum They provide district level staff development. departments assist the Instructional Technology Specialist in finding the best available technology resources Principals and preparing teachers. The principal provides the schools vision for technology use based on the Technology Plan. They model technology use to the faculty and students. Master Trainers Campus Technology Assistant These are teachers that have been trained to This person manages the computer labs prepare campus teachers on the use of new and helps with any level-1 technology technology. They provide campus level staff issues that may arise in the school. development and answer questions about use. Teachers Teachers implement technology in the classroom and provide students with the necessary training that they need to function in the society. They model technology use to the students. Page 5 – Revised October 2009
  6. 6. EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link Wesley Dennis The Role of the Principal: The principal ultimately provides the vision for the school and makes decisions on what campus level technology will be purchased. He or she also provides an example to the staff for professional use of technology and the legal use of technology. The campus is the primary concern of the principal. He/she empowers those that are training the teachers and providing aide to the teachers, as well as empowering teachers to freely use technology in the classroom as they prepare their students. The principal must make sure that he/she does not micromanage technology implementation in the classroom, but he/she does make sure that teachers use the campus resources available before going to the technology department. The principal and assistant principals monitor teachers to make sure that they are using the technology that has been given to them so that money is not being wasted. Despite the hierarchy in technology, most classroom technology decisions are made at the campus level in Garland. Teachers or district personel will recommend a program, then it is the principals decision on what to purchase. The infrastructure is what comes from the district level. If there is something that the district purchases and wants implemented in the schools, then that is when the Instructional Technology Specialist goes to work. Page 6 – Revised October 2009
  7. 7. EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link Wesley Dennis Week 4 Assignment, Part 2: Professional Development Planning Using the campus and district improvement plans, and any suggested technology improvements, develop professional development activities that include the following: • Reference analysis and lessons learned about the technology needs from the Week 3 report; • Addresses professional development designed to improve the gathering, analysis and use of data from a variety of sources; • Includes professional development to improve decision-making in the integration of technology with instructional and organizational leadership. Too often teachers are given a new piece of technology or a new program and never really trained on how to use it properly or even how to incorporate it into the curriculum. While some teachers can “figure it out on their own,” most teachers will toss it aside to collect dust because they are frustrated from the beginning. So, they end up going back to drilling and killing the students instead of using the technology that the school/district purchased. If we combine modeling with training, then I believe that we can get teachers to buy into the new technology. The principal and other teachers must model and encourage those that are not so technology savvy. Also, if we show teachers how technology can be used to improve student success, then there will be more teachers using the technology. The teachers at my school are getting SMART boards to use in the classroom in the spring semester. I’m excited about it, but I really haven’t ever seen or touched one, so I have no clue how to use it in my classroom. Following is a staff development that might help in easing the tension that some teachers may have when it comes to using the SMART board in the classroom. Integrating Smart Boards into the Classroom Session Purpose: Teachers will be learning best practices for use of the Smartboards that the school has purchased for classroom use. Also, they will discuss how the use of Smartboards will help improve students understanding of the curriculum objectives. Learning Objective to Be Addressed: New Technology Use Facilitator: Grade Level: Master Trainer (will have Location: Start Time: End-Time: All Grades received a full day training on the Computer Lab 2:45 3:30 smartboard before presenting) Page 7 – Revised October 2009
  8. 8. EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link Wesley Dennis Learner- Estimated Centered Purpose Description Steps Time Activity Modeling To show teachers how cool As teachers come in, 10 minutes Smartboards can be and their use in the instructor will be the classroom. modeling use of the smart board. Discussion To show teachers that using the Use a presentation to 10 min. smart boards will help student’s look at data and how the learning and understanding of the smartboard will help curriculum objectives. improve student performance. Instruction To show teachers the basics of Facilitator will show a Log in and 20 min. using the smartboards presentation from the watch manufacturing company that will show the basics of using a smartboard. Ideas for creative To go a little further and show some Facilitator will discuss 5 min. uses of the unique features of the ways that each subject smartboard. area can use the smartboard in the classroom and some of its additional features. Page 8 – Revised October 2009
  9. 9. EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link Wesley Dennis Week 4 Assignment, Part 3: Evaluation Planning for Action Plan The technology action plan integrating instructional and organizational leadership must include evaluation components that provide measurable outcomes designed to address the following: • Uses data and other analysis from the Week 3 report, including using the campus and district improvement plans, and local or state technology plans; • Provides assessments and/or monitoring reports measuring professional development designed to use technology to improve the gathering, analysis and use of data from a variety of sources; • Provides assessments and/or monitoring evaluating professional development to improve decision- making in the integration of technology with instructional and organizational leadership. Over the past year, I have noticed that we are able to evaluate staff developments at district trainings and when an outside company comes in, but we do not ever evaluate the staff developments provided by those on our campus. Our staff is always frustrated with the monotonous and mundane details that we are given in the “trainings.” While the Likert scale evaluations are not always the most accurate and they are often skewed by teachers that are just trying to get out of there, they are at least an evaluation. My thought is that we need to make better use of resources such as Survey Monkey. This would allow teachers to come back within 24 hours of the training and answer evaluation reflections. Teachers would have had a time to reflect on the training and the information presented. Also, the results are calculated for you, which is always nice. Surveys are not the only way that data can or should be collected. It is always best to sit down with a trusted staff member and discuss strengths and weaknesses, as well as sit down with a frustrated or disgruntled staff member to see the improvements that can be made. This can only be done if the staff member feels safe when sharing his/her frustrations. The presenter can then look at how results and comments to see he/she could better present to the staff. The presenter should also have someone else look at the results to see if they see them in a different light. When it comes to the evaluation of the use of technology in a school, I think we do a pretty poor job. There are a lot of resources available that most teachers do not even mess with because they are uncomfortable with using it. I’m not even sure that the administrators are aware of how technology is not being used. Those that are aware do not know how to improve the use of technology. It all comes down to the training. Teachers must be trained on how to use the technology, and a support system must be in place to help when teachers have questions. The administration must openly monitor the use of new and old technology alike. Page 9 – Revised October 2009
  10. 10. EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link Wesley Dennis Week 4 Assignment, Part 4: Posting your Action Report and Responding to Other Students’ action plans Using the discussion board and the blog that you have developed, please write and post your action plan, and be sure to: • Read and review at least two other action plans • Respond to other action plans by posting your comments and reflections The purpose of the action report is to provide you with recommended procedures for gathering, analyzing, and using data from a variety of sources for informed campus decision making focusing on the effective integration of technology in curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development. Students may wish to use this action plan as one of your school improvement projects for your Electronic Portfolio. You may also use the Week 3 and Week 4 assignments as campus-supervised hours for your internship logs. As indicated these two weeks fall under Domain II, Instructional Leadership, and address elements of Competencies 4, 5 and 7. Your Blog’s Name Your Blog’s URL Educating Middle School Students http://edumiddle.blogspot.com/ in Texas Page 10 – Revised October 2009

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