Dr. Del Tackett – The Truth Project – Focus on the Family – He coined this term – to transform – more than just to say change – thus the butterfly templates
Student Learning is the main focus and I wanted my faculty to know The How and Why of technology - We explore this issue in the Integrating Technology in the Classroom class. In the mid 1990’s I started feeling a need to do more for our school in the area of technology use. The Bonduel public school was becoming better at using technology – their reputation for doing this was also growing. Our faculty often was invited to participate in their summer Eisenhower technology institute activities – and we did. I felt we needed to do more as many of my faculty knew the “how” of technology, but the why. There needed to be more than keyboarding and Accelerated Math and Accelerate Reading.
1981 to 2005Metamorpho - To Change – To Transform – caterpillar to butterflyDr. Del Tackett, The Truth Project Focus on the family.St. Paul was a good school – had a great faculty – it bacame a model school as determinded by Bob Whipkey
Things are happening so quick today that it can be overwhelming – Kindle,iPod, iPhone, iPad – texting, instant messaging, sophisticated cell phones, Web 2.0 (3.0 is coming soon), Interactive WhiteBoards (SmartBoard, Permethean, …) 1- 1 computing,
I share this story, first to bring Glory to God and secondly, to encourage each of you to start/continue your story.When I arrived at St. Paul in 1981, 98% of the children of St. Paul were enrolled.By the mid 1990’s, Bonduel Public was known as a school in the area that used technology the most. (They always hosted the Eisenhower Project technology events each summer)I was running out of options at St. Paul to get money for the technology we had – we were holding our own, but I felt we needed to improve in training our teachers how to use technology.
A Call to Bob Whipkey – District Education Executives are VERY important – Dennis Gehrke – he stepped forward with a District membership in MTM – This helps you and your schools – MTM scholarships.We formed a committee in the NWD. We did some technology training for the NWD administrators and we shared a lot of stories of what was going on at our places. Soon we began thinking of ways we could impact teaching at our schools. It was soon realized that even as a District we would be hard pressed to get a technology grant. Tom Phillip brought in the SWD and later, CUW. Phil Meinzen helped us understand the grant writing process. In 1998 I did an extensive survey of the NWD principals and teachers. It indicated the teachers had a desire to use technology, but did not know how.We needed to get our teachers trained and we needed to find financial support for them as tuition was TOO HIGH.Anonymous grant first (tried to train a person - mentor – for each congregation) and then Thrivent gave us a grant to try out our program with the State of WI. We decided to go a different direction than trying to train a mentor for each place. – (I went and asked to develop a class at CUW – Marcia Konz – Dean of Graduate School.)
We were able to provide additional scholarship money for those schools who met this criteria. (Thrivent Grants) Through another grantor, we also had a Small School Grant that was very helpful here. Twenty-six schools were eligible, 18 fulfilled the requirements for all three years, 6 schools went well beyond with teachers taking multiple classes.That part of the grant from Thrivent ran out after 2007.
He/she does not need to take the same class as the teachers. They often took EDG 939, but some did take EDG 970 with the rest of the faculty.
By "living" I mean the plan is shared with all groups of the school community and it is reviewed monthly by either a technology committee or Board of Education and decisions are made based on the technology plan. The faculty should review portions of it at least bi-monthly.The plan needs to be comprehensive – it needs to be used and reviewed regularly – It needs to be “seen” by all. It is very important to choose the right people to serve on the technology committee.
Paul Wangerin - CUW - did the number crunching for us.
The classroom “walls” come down – more sharing takes place – students are more often seen using the technology to create - to share – to present -
This is one example of where the puck is. Project based learning is often cited as a method that provides students with more hands-on activiites – or engages the student more in the learning.
Full Steam Ahead by Blanchard and Stoner
Know the culture of the students and families we serveProfessional development is curcial
Missouri administrators 7 27 10
Immanuel, West Ely, MO
Metamorpho – Dr. Del Tackett
Is Getting All Teachers
to Use Technology an
Issue for you?
3. I am willing to
“I skate to
where the puck
is going to
be, not where it
Like Steve Jobs, I confess –
MTM is not perfect...
And, like Steve, we also are
giving away some free things
We do not teach
technology, we teach
Technology is a tool
used to support, enhance
and expand the
It seems many know the
technology, but need to
learn more about the
"Why" of technology.
Of the three things
listed below, what
seems to be the
hardest to find?
3. Acceptance to
Change is the
for most of
us, Money and
Time are a
distant second ....
development is St. Paul Bonduel, WI
easier if we do it
When MTM did
the three or more
teachers from one
faculty specials in
were able to
demonstrate that St. Paul Stevens Point, WI
there was quicker
change by most on
The Story Repeated
Gail Potratz – “This is the best
training program our faculty was
ever involved in…” (Emanuel, New
Randy Ash (Trinity, Waconia, MN)
Albert Amling (Hales Corners, WI)
Jane Jahnke (Eau Claire, WI)
All of these administrators were
involved in taking a class – or more.
If the administrator is involved
in taking a class at the same
time, the change is even faster
and the growth is quicker.
Gerald Schmidt St. Paul, Bonduel, WI
Schools with "living" technology
plans appear to change quicker
than those who do not have a
Your school has a
My School has a AUP
(Acceptable Use Policy)
Over 90% of those who have
participated in EDG 970 gained
more than 100% in their
knowledge and skills relating to
using technology in their
classrooms to enhance and
expand their curriculums.
Over 98% of those who took the
course indicated they felt much
better about the use of
technology in their classrooms.
Paul Wangerin – CUW
Percent of Students Per Competency Group - Pre/Post
Course 2009 MTM Summary
60.0% 51.1% 52.6%
17.4% 15.3% Pre Course
11.2% Post Course
.0% Post Course
Less than 5050 to 69 Pre Course
70 to 79
80 to 89
90 and above
Principals have used many
approaches to "encourage" their
teachers to take our courses.
Some forced their teachers to get involved
in the course
some had their Boards pass a policy that
every teacher had to take the course
within a year.
Most administrators used the
approach of starting with a
group of three or more teachers.
These teachers normally
convinced the rest of the
teachers to take the EDG 970
Many principals used Title
money to help pay for these
It takes time (it seems like two to
three years is normal) for a faculty
to feel comfortable becoming
facilitators of learning.
The administrator who has a
VISION for his/her place and is able
to articulate it well seems to be able
to get their teachers involved in the
change process with less stress being
Another thing that works well
is trying to get at least one
teacher from your faculty
involved in the Educational
Master’s program and become
the staff technology champion .
A real positive is
and or time.
Program (TIP) is
going well with
the five pilot
schools we have
21 st Century Skills – Learning
For Life in Our Times p. 100
Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel
Vision – Full Steam Ahead
Blanchard and Stoner
Who are Planning What will
you? it look like
Professional when you
Where do Growth/Training
"The vision of the Missouri District is of
congregations partnering as one church united
in doctrine ready, equipped and acting to fulfill
the Great Commission in their unique setting
with their unique people."
Schoolsof choice emerge as
leaders apply exceptional
competence in integrating
technology as a result of
MTM’s mission. (Adopted
by the Bd. of Directors
“As educators, our challenge is to
match the needs of our learners to
a world that is changing with
great rapidity. To meet this
challenge, we need to become
strategic learners ourselves by
deliberately expanding our
perspectives and updating our
approaches.” ( Curriculum 21-
Essential Education for a changing
World, Heidi Hayes p. 7)
Professional Development is the answer!