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Holland christian overview

  1. 1. Holland Christian Schools <ul><li>Teacher feedback </li></ul>
  2. 2. The Holland Christian Web Site Lists their Technology Beliefs: <ul><li>Technology is changing the way teachers and students interact with each other. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is becoming an increasingly critical part of the learning experience and curriculum delivery as well as meeting the mission of the school. </li></ul><ul><li>We desire that teachers know fully how the wise use of technology can be used to enrich the learning experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is expanding the classroom experience beyond traditional time and space limits. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Holland Christian Web Site Lists their Technology Beliefs: <ul><li>Students are “wired” differently today and technology enables us respond more effectively to learner needs. </li></ul><ul><li>As Christians it is critical that we continue to teach students discernment and ethical use of technology. </li></ul><ul><li>We live in a visual society and we need to teach students to use technology effectively so they can be salt and light in the world. </li></ul><ul><li>A common level of accessibility to technology is essential for students, teachers, and parents. </li></ul><ul><li>We need to continue to teach technological literacy and continue to evaluate what that means as new technologies emerge and old technology becomes obsolete. </li></ul>
  4. 4. HCS Technology Goals: <ul><li>Equip students to use technology to impact the world for Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>Teach students discernment and the ethical use of technology. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve the quality of student learning and academic achievement as they develop a new set of knowledge and skills for the future world of work. </li></ul>
  5. 5. HCS Technology Goals: <ul><li>Provide greater access to educational opportunities, formative assessments, and differentiated instruction by providing one to one access to laptops for students for anytime, anywhere learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve communication and widen our sense of community by expanding the way teachers, students, and parents are able to interact with each other. </li></ul><ul><li>Equip students to be life long learners. </li></ul>
  6. 6. We were reassured to hear - <ul><li>Teachers had 1 year to train with the laptops before students got laptops. That would not only give time to learn the various programs, but also collect ideas for appropriate activities. </li></ul><ul><li>There was ample and continuous staff development. </li></ul><ul><li>Patience of administration </li></ul>
  7. 7. We enjoyed talking to the teachers and staff. <ul><li>Teachers were given permission to fail so they could find what would work best for their various levels of students. </li></ul><ul><li>Talking with the teachers indicated that they seemed to really enjoy the challenge of what they were teaching. </li></ul>
  8. 8. It seemed a little less overwhelming to hear that they had - <ul><li>The help desk to reduce classroom interruptions when computer issues came up. </li></ul><ul><li>An automatic backup system for the laptops when they entered the building. </li></ul><ul><li>A tech class to teach the students how to use the various programs on the Mac. (9 weeks of art alternating with 9 weeks of tech in 7 th grade.) </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for a mixture of high-tech and traditional teaching methods. </li></ul>
  9. 9. We noticed that technology - <ul><li>Allowed a greater level of differentiation for each class. </li></ul><ul><li>Provided the possibility for a variety of teaching methods. </li></ul><ul><li>Engaged the students so that they stayed on task for the most part. </li></ul><ul><li>Allowed the school to display information throughout the building at all times with flat screen tvs and directly to families through emails. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Good ideas - <ul><li>Students keep the same laptop for a period of years to hold them accountable. </li></ul><ul><li>There appear to be many programs online to help keep the students engaged and teachers connected to student progress. </li></ul><ul><li>Students will be prepared for real world collaboration/technology. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Other things we liked - <ul><li>Every laptop came with a case and insurance. </li></ul><ul><li>All internet runs through the school servers and filters, even when not at school. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Things we liked <ul><li>Students were allowed some freedom to move around in the building to collaborate on projects. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Things we liked about the building - <ul><li>The warm atmosphere! </li></ul><ul><li>Carpeted halls to buffer the noise. </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of color on the walls. </li></ul><ul><li>Open spaces. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Things we are concerned about - <ul><li>(Students said) sometimes teachers aren’t aware of students who aren’t on task. </li></ul><ul><li>It is overwhelming to think of building lessons on our own. </li></ul><ul><li>New students can be overwhelmed to learn all of the software that is so integral in the classrooms. </li></ul><ul><li>We were told that test scores were not significantly better, so is it worth the cost educationally? </li></ul>
  15. 15. The Technology Team was impressed with - <ul><ul><li>The help desk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The use of Moodle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Docs </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Why did Holland choose Apple? <ul><ul><li>Apple does the most to support education. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Their laptops are more durable. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kids love the software! (iWork, iLife) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seamless transition in the classroom. (Open the lid and it’s ready to go) </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Holland Website Links <ul><li>1 to 1 Program Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Tech Integration Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Holland Tech Blog </li></ul><ul><li>2007 One to One Action Research (172 pages) </li></ul>