Creating a digital learning environment backbone


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  • You do get increased engagement.Attendance in my DI class in near perfect. Even when a kid is sick at home, we get them to Skype in so they don’t miss the class.
  • You will be miserable for the first few monthsImagine the payoffs
  • Build a capacity for patience within yourself and your studentsDon’t throw your hands in the air every time you have something go awry
  • Creating a digital learning environment backbone

    1. 1. Creating a Digital LearningEnvironment
    2. 2. Welcome!• Jeremy Brown –• On Twitter @jbsd43• Science Teacher and Digital Immersion (DI)Coordinator at Riverside Secondary• Designed and Implemented the DI programand the 1 to 1 iPad project.
    3. 3. • 1350 students & 80teachers• South side of PortCoquitlam• Mixed population withvery low to middlesocio-economic families• Most of our technologyhas come in house withsome coming throughSD43’s TLI project.• Most students bringtech from home but wehave some devices toshare.
    4. 4. • Strong Leadership overthe past 9 years• The last 2 principalshave gone on to seniorleadership roles inVancouver and WestVan.• Strong staffcommitment tobecome the districtleaders in technology.
    5. 5. Technology Programs• Digital Immersion 9-10• Learning with Technology• Science Coop• Cisco Networking• Digital Media Classes• Traditional ICT courses
    6. 6. • Blended Classrooms• Connected School• Positive Student DigitalFootprint• Digital Citizens• Environments whereHigher Order ThinkingSkills (HOTS) are routinely
    7. 7. MoneyEquityTime
    8. 8. Infrastructure
    9. 9. Connecting to the Internet• Do you want to use the internet?• How will the internet improve yourpractice?• Does your school have Wi-Fi? How manyconnections can it hold at one time?• Are your students able to bring in deviceswith data plans?• What about texting? – Polleverywhere?
    10. 10. Devices - Teachers• Want vs. Need• Laptops vs. Tabletcomputers• Single User Devices– iPads– Samsung Android Tablets(Galaxy Note 10.1)– Windows RT MachinesWant Need
    11. 11. Devices - Students• What works best for kids?• Laptops vs. Tablets vs. Phones
    12. 12. Keeping Connected• What do you want froma connected classroom?• Where is your comfortlevel?• What happens whenyou lose connection?• What happens whenstudents accessinappropriate content?
    13. 13. Software - Students• FREE is your favorite word.• Student Favorites– Skype– Google Drive– Blogger– Engrade– Prezi– Wolfram-alpha– Facebook – but not as much as before
    14. 14. Software - Teachers• Teacher Favorites– Google Drive– Google Reader– Engrade– Classmarker– Twitter– Quizlet
    15. 15. Management• How do you managecontent?• Do you want to?• Where do studentshand work into you?• How do you giveinstant feedback?
    16. 16. What do you have/need/wantWorksheet
    17. 17. PassionExpertiseSupport
    18. 18. What makes a good technology teacher?• Passion + Perseverance +Planning• Notice how I didn’t sayknowledgeable?• You need a base level ofknowledge but you can’tknow everything• You can’t be afraid to askthe students for help!
    19. 19. Professional Development• Start in your school…• You have experts…they just might be thestudents!• Join and Participate in a Webinar likeClassroom 2.0• Social Media and Personal Learning Networks
    20. 20. Social Media and PLNs• I believe that Twitter isthe greatest Pro-Dresource available toyou.• #edtechbc, #edchat,#cpchat• Set up a connectedenvironment withinyour schools andbetween schools.#rside43
    21. 21. • Teaching by Design was the original framework weused for setting up the new courses and adaptingthe others.• Digital Fluencies were put into place this last yearto propel us forwardFramework
    22. 22. What students work well in theseenvironments?• Creative• Innovative• Independent• Collaborative• Decisive• Critical Consumers• Students with written output.
    23. 23. What do you want to accomplish?
    24. 24. Project Based Learning• Technology and Project based learning fit• Mastery Projects, Digital Backpacks, Passion Projects,etc…• Subject Specific projects – How can you leveragetechnology to make the projects you already dobetter?
    25. 25. DTeachers are the greatest Apps of the21st Century – Ian Jukesct InstructionTechnology saves you from minutia but it doesnot teach for you.
    26. 26. Front end loading
    27. 27. Measure yourProgress
    28. 28. Your first year
    29. 29. Will every student be bringing some sort of deviceto school? What about those who can’t afford it?What’s your plan?