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  • 1. Trends In K-12 Educational Technology: It's STILL About Teaching and Learning! March 12, 2007
  • 2.
    • How are educators meeting the challenges of addressing student needs and increasing student achievement while incorporating 21st century skills and tools into the educational process?
    • How can educators use new technologies to inform their instruction?
  • 3. Our day
    • Technology implications on teaching and learning
    • Teacher/Administrator uses of technology
      • Personal tool
      • Instructional tool
    • Student uses of technology
      • Personal tool
      • Constructivist tool
  • 4. How is technology used in K-12?
  • 5. Technology Implications
  • 6. Digital Natives - today’s students
    • "native speakers" of the digital language of computers, video games and the Internet
    • think and process information fundamentally differently from their predecessors
  • 7. Digital Immigrants - us!
    • adapt to their environment
    • always retain, to some degree, an "accent," a foot in the past
  • 8. Digital Natives
    • “ are comfortable with using digital tools to accelerate ways of experiencing knowledge.”
    Digital Immigrants “ are programmed to experience knowledge in slow, sequential, and long-shelf-life ways.”
  • 9. Pew report - Digital Disconnect
    • Disconnect between how students use the Internet at home and at school
    http://www.pewinternet.org/report_display.asp?r=67
  • 10. Digital Disconnect Study
    • Savvy students who rely on Internet for their work
      • Complete more work
      • Less confused
      • More up to date work
      • Better multitasking
      • Allow deep self guided learning about specific interests
  • 11. How students perceive the net
    • Virtual textbook
    • Virtual tutor
    • Virtual study group
    • Virtual guidance counselor
    • Virtual locker, backpack, notebook
    Pew Study-2002
  • 12. How students perceive the net
    • Virtual meeting place
    • Location to share user created content
  • 13. Digital native skill set (hopefully!)
    • Find information
    • Determine relevance
    • Verify accuracy
    • Create new knowledge
    • Share and communicate
  • 14. Digital native skill set (reality!)
    • Share personal information
    • Accept what they read
    • Little if any verification
    • Create content
    • “ Borrow” content
    • Share and communicate using text, audio, still pictures, video
  • 15. Technology adds value to learning by providing:
    • Real world contexts for learning
    • Connections to outside experts
    • Visualization and analysis tools
    • Scaffolds for problem solving
    • Opportunities for feedback, reflection, and revision
    John Bransford, How People Learn
  • 16. Why access to technology is important
    • 21st century skills ( enGuage )
      • Digital literacy
      • Inventive Thinking
      • Effective Communication
      • High Productivity
    • Increased motivation and creativity
    • Differentiation of instruction
  • 17. Historical perspective of instructional computing
    • Evolution of computers in schools
    • How many computers in a classroom is the right number?
    • Pros and cons of labs
    • Mobile era
      • Laptops and PDA’s
  • 18. Mobile carts
    • Allow technology at the point of instruction
    • Widely used
    • Efficient use of building space (no dedicated computer lab room)
    • Allow for flexibility and collaboration
    • Some short comings
      • Time to move cart, logon
        • Decrease of time on task in best scenario
      • Recharging batteries
      • No ownership
  • 19. One-to-one computing
    • Laptop truly a personal tool
    • Extends learning beyond the school day
    • Students take control of their learning
    • Greater time on task
    • Same tools available at home and at school
    • Levels the playing field
  • 20. Technology in HHH (and many K-12 schools)
    • WAN connecting:
      • 7 Elementary Schools
      • 2 Middle Schools
      • 2 High Schools
      • Central Office, Transportation Building
    • Administrative Network
    • Instructional Network
  • 21. Users of Administrative Network
    • CO administrators
    • Principals
    • Assistant Principals
    • Directors/Supervisors
    • Deans
    • Psychologists
    • Nurses
    • Guidance Counselors
    • Clerical support staff
  • 22. Instructional Network
    • Classroom computers
    • Wired labs
    • Mobile labs
    • Libraries
    • Printers
    • Scanners
    • Digital cameras
    • USB microscopes
    • Document cameras
    • Electronic whiteboards
    • Servers
    • Data
    • Media-podcasting
    • eBoard
    • Web server-Finalsite
  • 23. Data Management - Applications
    • SIS: Infinite Campus
    • Financial: Finance Manager
      • Purchase Orders, Payroll, Personnel records
    • Lunch: QSP (http://qsppos.com/)
    • Transportation: EduLog (http://www.edulog.com/)
    • Library Card Catalog and Circulation: Follett
    • Special Education: IEP Plus
    • Professional Development
  • 24. Infinite Campus (Student Info System)
    • Teachers
      • Daily attendance, interim reports, quarterly grades, gradebook
    • Administrators
      • Access to student info, discipline reports, data analysis
    • Parents - info on all their children
      • Attendance, class grades, standardized test grades
    • Secondary Students
      • Attendance, class grades, standardized test grades
  • 25. Communications Applications
    • District Website
    • Automated phone notification service, Connect-Ed
    • Email notification system
  • 26. Website as communication
    • Information about the district and programs
    • Student work
    • Communications from the Superintendent and Board of Education
    • Information regarding school closings and delayed openings
    • Other timely announcements
  • 27. Challenges
    • Maintaining the infrastructure
      • Speed
      • Equipment
      • Support
    • Access to information 24/7
    • Providing for the needs of all
      • Professional Development
    • Security
  • 28. Instruction / Curriculum
  • 29. Tool Software (Less is more!)
    • Web browser: Firefox , Internet Explorer
    • Concept Mapping: Inspiration
    • Works/Productivity: AppleWorks, Microsoft Office
    • Image Editing: Photoshop Elements
    • Multimedia Authoring: iPhoto, iMovie, Audacity, Media Blender
  • 30. Subscription Services
    • United Streaming
    • AP Photo Archives
    • Net Trekker
    • Teaching Books
    • Brain-Pop
    • Turn-It-In
    • Galenet
  • 31. Instructional Uses
    • eBoards http://www. halfhollowhills .k12. ny .us/page. cfm ?p=1866
      • HS Soc Stud
    • Podcasts http://media. halfhollowhills .k12. ny .us
      • Foreign Lang. Vocab
    • Movies
      • Long Way
      • Year in Review
  • 32. Who we are
    • Corinne Carriero Director of Instructional Technology [email_address]
    • Ellen Robertson Coordinator of Instructional Technology [email_address]
  • 33. Questions ?? Thoughts ?? Observations ?? Comments ??
  • 34. Resources
    • Mark Prensky
    • Pew Digital Disconnect http://www.pewinternet.org/report_display.asp?r=67
  • 35. Web 2.0
    • Characterized by a shift from “read only” to “read/write”
    • No longer a need to know geeky html, FTP, server side language
    • With XML content, RSS and Atom feeds, we have gone from geek to sleek
    • Anyone can be a publisher on the web with these technologies
    • You can “drive” without needing to know what is “under the hood”
  • 36. Web 2.0
    • Shift from static content to ability to remix and re-publish microcontent according to individual needs
    • These new tools are profoundly social
    • Web is evolving into an area of social and idea networking:
      • Negotiating connections
      • Exchanging content
      • Creating something new--ideas are saved, summarized, copied, quoted and constructed into new knowledge
  • 37. Shift from Web 1.0 to 2.0
    • Ofoto
    • Mp3.com
    • Britanica Online
    • Personal websites
    • Publishing
    • Content management systems -
    • Directories (taxonomy)
    • Flickr
    • Limewire
    • Wikipedia
    • Blogs
    • Participation
    • Wikis
    Tagging (folksonomy)
  • 38. Professional Development
  • 39. Professional Development
    • Summer Training
    • Professional Development Program
    • Inservice courses
    • Curriculum writing
    • Masters Program with LIU
    • Online courses
    • District website
    The district is committed to providing ongoing professional development for all members of our learning community.
  • 40. 21st Century Skills
    • Digital-Age Literacy
    • Inventive Thinking
    • Effective Communication
    • High Productivity
    See enGauge http://www. ncrel . org/engauge/skills/skills . htm
  • 41. Instructional Network
    • Elementary K - 5
      • Classrooms: 3 networked computers, printer
      • Wireless mobile lab
        • Full class set of laptops
      • Fifth grade laptop carts
      • Additional laptops
    • Secondary 6 - 12
      • Classrooms: network computer, printer
      • 3 labs
      • Wireless mobile labs
        • English, Social Studies, Science, General purpose cart
  • 42. Instructional Network
    • Libraries K - 12
      • Research
      • Card catalog
      • Circulation 7 - 10 networked computers and printer
    • Users
      • Students
      • Teachers
  • 43. Goals of Instructional Technology
    • Promote technological literacy
      • Use multimedia tools: text, sound, graphics and video
      • Use the Internet as a resource
    • Empower students to imagine, create, and use critical thinking skills
    • Develop effective communicators
    21st Century Skills
  • 44. Planning
    • Technology Integration Planning Committee
      • Teachers, Administrators, Parents, Students, Residents
      • Developing/Updating a Long Range Plan
      • Implementation of the Plan
      • Assessment of the Plan
  • 45. Planning
    • Central Office Technology Team
      • Administrative and Instructional Tech staff, Assistant Superintendent
      • Bi-monthly meetings
      • Status of hardware, software and use
    • Technology Liaisons
      • Tech savvy teacher from each school
      • Monthly meetings
  • 46. Funding
    • Annual line item in district budget
    • Grants
    • Bond referendums
  • 47. District Website