Implementing a New Digital Literacy Initiative

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This was a presentation for the Alaska School Leadership Conference as part of the Festival of Ideas. I discuss the how we came to the decision to create and implement our technology class as part of a larger digital literacy initiative.

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  • Implementing a New Digital Literacy Initiative

    1. 1. Implementing aNew DigitalLiteracy InitiativeInterview withJason Fastenau, Technology DirectorTracie Weisz, Technology TeacherAlaska Gateway School District
    2. 2. Alaska Gateway School District• 400 students - seven communities• Tok School is highest student population• 60% Alaska Native
    3. 3. Issues• Strategy for technology integration• Prepare students to integrate technology• Help teachers maximize instructional time
    4. 4. Implementation
    5. 5. •Vision Seamless technology integration • Transparent use • Changing the way we teach and learn • Natural tool for students • Collaboration and creativity
    6. 6. Challenges• Funding• Convincing of necessity• Adopting iPads for middle school
    7. 7. Phases• Benefits/challenges • Build interest and excitement • Writing the course • Securing resources
    8. 8. Sustaining Momentum • 1:1 Laptop Initiative • Support from families • Trust - existing models
    9. 9. Impact
    10. 10. Evidence• NextGen Assessments • Websites with student work• Tok School vs. other sites
    11. 11. Impact on Teachers• More collaboration• Evidence of use• Teachers focus on content• Integration across content areas
    12. 12. Impact on Students• Transfer of skills to core • Public domain - higher subjects standards• Students stretch boundaries • Students aware of audience
    13. 13. Key Supports
    14. 14. Leadership Actions support pressure• support from admin and • Expectation of skills school board transfer• purposeful about use • providing resources• parallel tech course for • expectation of district- teachers wide implementation• professional development
    15. 15. Key Lessons Learned
    16. 16. Lessons Learned• Keeping current• Taking risks• Having fun!• Celebrate success• Students drive change• Deliberate, intentional instruction http://weisztokschool.blogspot.comhttp://tokschooltechclass.wikispaces.com/home

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