Planning District-Wide Technology Professional Development

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This presentation will describe the approaches to designing and implementing district-wide professional development in a high-need, Title I school district. The workshop will share approaches to supporting teacher learning and teacher leaders, and also highlight technologies and projects that have been used in schools.

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  • Introductions Our Vision was for integrated teaching with the stuff but - how do we get from minimal technology to school-wide technology infusion? Obtained a grant: Granted $1.6 million (1 st year) and $2.6 million (2 nd year) to create 21 st century teaching and learning environment.
  • Had to have these components – Grantors wanted to test that including them would lead to these outcomes Grant came with stipulation that 25% needed to be dedicated to “effective” professional development. PD needed to be relevant, ongoing, and support ALL teachers Our task was to provide “Differentiated” PD to suit the various skill levels of our teachers What does that look like?
  • Overview- Drew Data-driven instruction Teachers have choices about what they focus on Collaboration among facilitators and teachers also teachers/teachers Intense experiences with effective follow-up How do we use technology with students? Allows teachers to examine their teaching
  • Support of Central Office (no roadblocks, understanding of project goals) School Level (principal’s understand project goals, obtaining 21 st century leadership training, developing a plan for implementation) Realized our planning group couldn’t provide relevant and timely PD without help.
  • Vanguard team (speed week) – planned PD for remaining staff Interactive Whiteboards Student response systems Web 2.0 tools Collaborative documents (Wikis, Google Docs) Planning together
  • Monday – technology connectivity, background info/HOTS, collaboration, start integration w/Office games Tuesday – Mimio, Telecollaboration, Quizdom Wednesday – choose topics of interest (Movie Maker, iMovie, Google Tools, Digital Storytelling, podcasting, Web 2.0 tools) Thursday – Media Resources, wikis, revisit, principal expectations Gave them time to practice, and begin to develop useful resources M-Th Friday – full day of collaborative planning (plan something for first day, and a unit that collaborated out of your department)
  • #1: admin/technology up from 70.9% #2: communicate up from 60.3% #3: student centered up from 45.2% #4: independent learners from 46.8% #5: academic success up from 38.7%
  • Diane Crawford -Mimio as a teaching tool with powerpoint lesson -Mimio as a review tool with Mimio lessons     Irene Hatfield - Mimio Power Tools pack -Mimio Recorder -Weebly     April Baucom -- Qwizdom in the Classroom Software Used Different ways of using Qwizdom in the classroom Qwizdom Demonstration     Nicole Wolcott --Photo Story - What it is and why it’s useful - Show one or two short ones (science and history examples) - Demonstrate how easy it is to use and how it can apply to any subject or level. - Useful hints and tips. (time savers and time wasters)     Scott Rodgers --Collaboration --Within Science Department --Between Departments --Vernier Technology --ExploreLearning.com     Joe Rineer --Integrating 21 st Century Tools in the Classroom --Google Earth --Google Docs --Excel VBA
  • Reteach those that are ready to try again, Reinforce and Extend those that just dabbled and are ready for more details, help those that are ready to move further along Part of the Vanguard team’s responsibility was to pick one struggling staff member and encourage them. Everyone was supposed to use technology a minimum of 10 minutes a day (non-block) and 10 min. per block in HS. Use the media and technology facilitators to assist with technology planning, obtaining resources HS planning sessions were teacher lead with cross-curricular teams in each session. Realized at the end of Year #1 that teachers were using technology OK, but not enough resources available for students to get a daily ‘dose’ of technology. Goal for Year #2 is that NO student will go through the day without touching technology in at LEAST one class.
  • KIS struggled with collaborative planning and their follow-up was focused on that w/ half-day planning KMS wanted a lot of data-driven instruction so their work last summer w/ Clif in science, Adam Harbaugh in math addressed that. ALBHS working towards 1:1 netbooks for all students in school.
  • Planning District-Wide Technology Professional Development

    1. 1. Planning District-Wide Technology Professional Development It’s not about the ‘stuff’!
    2. 2. Purpose of the IMPACT IV Project <ul><li>IMPACT Model Outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible scheduling </li></ul><ul><li>Co-teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher technology skills </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers will integrate technology </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher retention </li></ul><ul><li>Technology in the hands of students </li></ul><ul><li>Increased student achievement </li></ul><ul><li>IMPACT Components </li></ul><ul><li>Supportive Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Integration </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible Access </li></ul><ul><li>PD </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Personnel </li></ul><ul><li>Formative Evaluation </li></ul>?
    3. 3. <ul><li>Focused on student learning outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher-owned </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasizes pedagogy </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective </li></ul>What does “effective” PD look like?
    4. 4. Start with Leadership <ul><li>Central Office </li></ul><ul><li>School Administrators </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Leaders </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>5 Teacher Leaders from each school (minimum) </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits: </li></ul><ul><li>First to have ‘toys’ </li></ul><ul><li>Stipend </li></ul><ul><li>5 days of Professional Development (Summer, 2008) </li></ul><ul><li>2 bonus sessions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>David Warlick </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jeff Ertzberger (included Flip camera) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Requirements: </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitated or co-facilitated at least one other Summer PD </li></ul><ul><li>“ Go-to” faculty for assistance in school buildings </li></ul>Building Teacher Capacity Vanguard Team
    6. 6. <ul><li>Tech Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Hands on </li></ul><ul><li>Impact components </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher lead </li></ul><ul><li>Time for practice </li></ul><ul><li>Time for discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Time for collaboration </li></ul>Monday – Tools & Tips Tuesday - Integrate Wednesday – Differentiate Thursday – Synthesize Friday - Collaborate Schedule: Professional Development Plan
    7. 7. Did it change how we teach?
    8. 8. <ul><li>86.5% of teachers responded that administrators model effective use of technology </li></ul><ul><li>97.1% use technology to communicate with parents about school programs/student learning </li></ul><ul><li>87% Teaching is more student-centered and interactive when I incorporate technology. </li></ul><ul><li>82% Technology has helped my students become more independent learners </li></ul><ul><li>83% Technology has helped my students achieve greater academic success </li></ul>Survey Results* from ALBHS IMPACT IV Project *Results from School Technology Needs Assessment (STNA report)
    9. 9. Examples of Technology Integration <ul><li>Diane Crawford </li></ul><ul><li>Irene Hatfield </li></ul><ul><li>April Baucom </li></ul><ul><li>Nikki Wolcott </li></ul><ul><li>Scott Rodgers </li></ul><ul><li>Joe Rineer </li></ul>
    10. 10. Ongoing Strategies <ul><li>Reteach, Reinforce, Reinvent </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage Reluctant Users </li></ul><ul><li>Plan Together, Work Together </li></ul><ul><li>Explore Cross-Curricular Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Work Towards Student Centered Instruction </li></ul>
    11. 11. Where are we now? <ul><li>Continuing to nurture slower adopters </li></ul><ul><li>KIS – focus is collaborative planning </li></ul><ul><li>KMS – focus is data-driven decision making </li></ul><ul><li>ALBHS – focus is 1:1 laptop initiative </li></ul>
    12. 12. Questions? <ul><li>http://www.kannapolis.k12.nc.us/Impact/Impact.htm </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] [email_address] </li></ul>

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