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. School Board Superintendent- Dr. Dana Technology Bedden Coordinators Assistant Superintendent Teaching and LearningExecutive Director PrincipalsTechnology Services Campus Instructional Technologist Teachers
School Board The school board is responsible for setting district policy. They must engage the community with decisions about the mission and direction of education. They make decisions about many items including technology and the integration of technology in education.Superintendent - Provide effective teaching and learning that results in student mastery for successful college and career readiness. -Provide a safe, healthy, secure and orderly environment for students, staff, families and community. -Recruit, retain and develop a highly effective staff that proactively engages students for success. -Ensure that 100% of teachers and administrators will be trained in Levels of Teaching Innovation (LoTI) fundament -Ensure 100% of teachers will be observed at least once per year by campus administrative staff using the Levels of Teaching Innovation/Higher order thinking, Engaged learning, Authentic connections, and high quality Technology (LoTI/HEAT) observation. -Ensure 100% of campuses will provide Internet safety, cyber bullying and acceptable use training each year for staff, students and parents. -Engage families and community to be active partners in the education of our children. -Improve public perception of the District by engaging in proactive public relations as outlined in the Strategic Communications Plan provided by Voss and Associates. -Maintain a strong and stable financial position.
Assistant Superintendent -Overseas all elementary school operations.of Teaching and Learning -Works with the superintendent and principals to ensure all responsibilities are met.Director Of Technology Responsible for all technology implications and curriculum integration.Principals -Overseas the campus and the implementation of technology and the LoTi levels. -Supports instruction and technology integration. -Serves as a leader by using many forms of technology when communicating with staff, parents and stakeholders.Technology Coordinators -Overseas the implementation of technology in the elementary schools. Helps provide resources to principals and campus instructional technologist. Works with the superintendent to make sure technology is being integrated in curriculum and that students are ready for the 21st century.Campus Instructional -Assist in planning for effective implementation ofTechnologist curriculum to ensure that technology is used effectively to meet student needs. -Provide sustained, in-depth professional development for campus staff, which focuses on the integration of technology and curriculum. -Monitor the use of instructional technology to ensure that resources and activities enhance rigorous academic content and the school’s missionTeachers -Follows all TEKS and guidelines for their subjects and grades. -Plan and implement lessons that include the technology TEKS. -Plan and document lessons that are at least a LoTI level 3 or higher. -Responsible for teaching all learners using different types of technology everyday.
Week 4 Assignment, Part 2: Professional Development PlanningUsing the campus and district improvement plans, and any suggested technologyimprovements, 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.Rationale For Technology NeedsIn recent work and research I have learned that Irving ISD has made significantprogress in the area of technology. However, there are still areas that needimprovement. I learned of Irving’s Long Range plan for technology during thisclass. This plan specifically lays out how Irving plans to use technology to ensureour students are ready for the 21st century. Irving’s Long Range Plan fortechnology addresses teaching with technology explicitly. I learned that goalnumber one relates directly to integrating technology with quality instruction. Thegoal is for teachers to infuse higher-level thinking with technology and qualityinstruction to ensure engaging learning experiences for teachers and students.One of the goals for the district is to integrate technology into the districtcurriculum. I know that science curriculum was recently rewritten and it doesinclude more technology integration than before. Another objective in the districtsplan is for teachers to increase technology integration and facilitate lessons at aLOTI level 3 or above. This class provided me with the opportunity to review the STAR chart datafor the first time. I am familiar with the STAR chart and have filled it out for years.However, we were never showed the data from it or explained what it was for. Ithink that is the first step for teachers and the district reaching any technologygoals. When I was reviewing the STAR chart data for my campus, I learned thatwe are at developing tech level for both teaching and learning and educator prepand development. I believe that these areas are related and it doesn’t surpriseme that both areas are lower. We are in need of direct technology professionaldevelopment that deals directly with our curriculum and content areas. I also reviewed Irving’s District Improvement Plan and goal number fourthat relates to technology. Irving requires all teachers to participate inprofessional development regarding technology and to use a variety oftechnology resources to teach and engage students so that they can succeed ina 21st century environment. One of the performance objectives states that
teachers are required to submit two lessons a year that meet a LoTI level of 3 orhigher. I believe that teachers are not aware of all the levels or how to make alesson that exceeds a LoTI level 3. Based on the data from the STAR chart I know that our campus is in needof professional development related to technology. This is also related directly toteaching and learning, which our campus scored lower on. When looking atIrving’s Long Range Plan for technology and the district Improvement plan Inoticed both noted that teachers should be creating and teaching lessons thatare at a LoTI level 3 or higher. I believe that teachers need more information andtraining on the LoTi levels before we can expect them reach it. I also think ourcampus needs to be trained on how to access the STAR chart data as well aswhat that data is used for.Goal: Infuse higher-level thinking with technology and quality instructionto ensure engaging learning experiences for all teachers and students.Activity Who is responsible? Description of Time Frame ActivityReview and Principal The STAR chart August- Facultyevaluate STAR Instructional data will be meetingchart data Technologist explained and shared with the This data will be campus. The shared at the instuctional beginning of the technologist will year as well as share stratgies to discussed frequently increase these in team PLC scores as well as meetings. take imput from teachers. She will also explain the STAR chart in detail and explain why this data is so important to our campus and students.
LoTI level -Technology LoTI levels will be August 2011descriptions and Coordinators taught andexplainations of how -Instructional explained. Teachers Teachers will learnto create lessons Technologist will learn what about the LoTIthat meet these makes a lesson a levels before schoollevels certain LoTI level starts so that they and will view project are well equipped to at different LoTI create lessons that levels. Teachers will are a LoTI level 3 or become experts on higher. what the different levels are and will feel confident creating lessons that are a LoTI level 3 or higher. Teachers will work together to create a lesson that is a LoTI level 3 or higher and share this will the campus.Review Irving’s Principal Teachers will learn September 2011Long Range Plan for -Instructional how and where totechnology Technologist access Irving’s Long Teachers will learn Range Plan for about this during a Technology. They faculty meeting. will review the goals and objectives as well as reflect on how they are ensuring that Irving is on track to meet these goals.Planning meeting Instructional The instructional Once a monthduring PLC time Technologist technologist will during PLC -Administrators meet with teachers meetings -Team Members to create a way to document technology in lesson plans and to ensure they are using all forms of technology available. She will provide information and resources to help teachers
integrate technology into their curriculum and instruction. She will also help grade levels create a list of available resources online and on campus and ensure that all teachers have access to these resources. Teachers feel overwhelmed with all the resources available and she will help teachers manage all the resources.Introduction to Blogs Instructional Blogs are a easy Introduction to Blogs Technologist and fun way to will be in August infuse technology 2011. into the classroom. As teachers, we Teachers will update need to serve as an blogs once a week. example to our students. Teachers will learn how to set up blogs for their classroom by using one for their professional development reflections. Teachers will be expected to update their blogs once a week with a short reflection of their teaching and learning that week. Teachers will review these blogs during PLC time and will continue to discuss the benefits of blogging with their
students. Teachersare encouraged touse blogs in theclassroom but arerequired to use theirown blog for theirthoughts andinformation learned.
Week 4 Assignment, Part 3: Evaluation Planning for Action PlanThe technology action plan integrating instructional an organizational leadership mustinclude evaluation components that provide measurable outcomes designed to addressthe 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. Goal: Infuse higher-level thinking with technology and quality instruction to ensure engaging learning experiences for all teachers and students.Activity Description of Activity AssessmentReview and The STAR chart data will - Teachers will fill out aevaluate STAR be explained and shared survey about informationchart data with the campus. The learned during this session. instuctional technologist - Campus administrators will will share stratgies to review STAR chart data to increase these scores as note any changes. well as take imput from - ITS and administrators will teachers. She will also do walk throughs to note explain the STAR chart in technology use. detail and explain why this - Teachers will reflect on data is so important to our information learned on their campus and students. blogs at the end of the session.
LoTI level LoTI levels will be taught - Administratos and ITS willdescriptions and and explained. Teachers review techfusionexplainations of how will learn what makes a submissions to collect datato create lessons lesson a certain LoTI level on the LoTI levels on thethat meet these and will view project at submitted lessons. Theylevels different LoTI levels. will use this data to see Teachers will become how we compare to last experts on what the years submissions. different levels are and will - Teachers will fill a survey feel confident creating out online explaining their lessons that are a LoTI learning of the new LoTI level 3 or higher. Teachers levels and their knowledge will work together to create learned. a lesson that is a LoTI - Teachers will explain how level 3 or higher and share the knowledge gained will this will the campus. help them with their technology integration on their blogs.Review Irving’s Teachers will learn how - Administrators will doLong Range Plan for and where to access frequent walk throughstechnology Irving’s Long Range Plan to assess the use of for Technology. They will technology and LoTI level review the goals and being used. They will note objectives as well as the different forms of reflect on how they are technology used in the ensuring that Irving is on classrooms. track to meet these goals. - Teachers will reflect on information leanred during this session by submitting a post on their blog.Planning meeting The instructional - Administrators will reviewduring PLC time technologist will meet with lesson plans and note the teachers to create a way inclusion of technology in to document technology in each subject. lesson plans and to - Teachers will evaulate the ensure they are using all use of PLC time for forms of technology technolgy by doing an available. She will provide online survey. The ITS will information and resources review these to meet the to help teachers integrate needs of the teachers technology into their during there meeting time. curriculum and instruction. - Administrstators will She will also help grade conduct walk throughs to levels create a list of review the use of available resources online technology discussed
and on campus and during the PLC time. ensure that all teachers have access to these resources. Teachers feel overwhelmed with all the resources available and she will help teachers manage all the resources.Introduction to Blogs Blogs are a easy and fun - The ITS and administrators way to infuse technology will review the blogs into the classroom. As monthly. teachers, we need to serve as an example to - Administrators will conduct our students. Teachers will walk throughs to observe learn how to set up blogs the use of blogs in the for their classroom by classrooms. using one for their professional development - Teachers will encouraged reflections. Teachers will to share how blogging has be expected to update enhanced their instruction their blogs once a week during monthly faculty with a short reflection of meetings. their teaching and learning that week. Teachers will review these blogs during PLC time and will continue to discuss the benefits of blogging with their students. Teachers are encouraged to use blogs in the classroom but are required to use their own blog for their thoughts and information learned.