Larry Buchanan FETC January 08

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Larry Buchanan FETC January 08

  1. 1. For this presentation & future presentations, visit www.slideshare.net Search for Larry Buchanan Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  2. 2. Tech Savvy Superintendent of the Year Shares his Secrets to Success Dr. Larry Buchanan Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  3. 3. Grant Joint Union High School District Urban School District in Sacramento, California 13,000 students 650 Certificated Staff 35 Languages Spoken 10 Comprehensive Schools 2 Adult Education Centers 2 Career & Technology Schools Special Education Center 7 Charter School Maritime Technology Program Independent Study Program Elementary District Partnership Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  4. 4. What is the fundamental purpose of Education? (Can you answer this with one sentence?) Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  5. 5. What is the fundamental purpose of Education? To free people from their personal limitations Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  6. 6. What Are Those Limitations? For Students: ► Educational – Ignorance - Knowledge is key in the information age – Academic skills ► Social – Soft Skills ► Vocational – Employable skills Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  7. 7. Technology to Address Limitations Technology: ►Focus our current resources around technology integration and delivery ► Develop new resources with technology ► ERP software Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  8. 8. What are my “Tech Savvy” Superintendent’s Secrets for Success? Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  9. 9. Secret #1 Create a Lasting Vision Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  10. 10. Vision for Technology can be the great equalizer of educational ► opportunity and success can give our teachers precision tools and ► support ► can deliver personalized instruction 24/7/365 Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  11. 11. Vision for Technology ► Technology cannot replace human relationships. –For motivation –For inspiration –For socialization –For culture Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  12. 12. Sequencing Funding sequence ► Activating funding sources ► Build sustainable model Facility sequence ► Facility capacity issues – Electrical – Network – Air conditioning Instructional sequence ► Begin curriculum development ► Begin staff development Technology sequence ► Begin with data Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  13. 13. Don’t Forget Long Term Support Capacity! Implementation support Tech coaches Tech staffing ► Salaries ► Retention and recruitment Reorganization of the district budget priorities for technology Budget reserve for emergencies and critical expansion issues Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  14. 14. Facilities issues Power requirements Heat generation, heat stroke, air conditioning MDF in classroom, noise, get picture How many drops per room, conduits, Wireless versus wire Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  15. 15. Instructional issues Curriculum enhancement and/or curriculum reform must be an integral part Formative and summative assessments Top down - bottom-up Who develops curriculum Emigrants versus native staff Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  16. 16. Technology issues Build sound infrastructure capability first Get control of copyright issues, who has which programs, who approves programs Get control of technology procurement, hardware and software For some implementations district licenses or support makes the most sense Think community licenses (Brain Pop – United Streaming) Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  17. 17. more technology issues… Hardware capability and software sophistication have reached a critical point ► Where we can conceive true effectiveness ► Must have multiple tools ► Must integrate all the data Plan for delivery to the homes Think thin client, and wireless thin client ► Home access, no lost books, parents could use, educational network Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  18. 18. Policies & Decision Making I take input but I don’t take votes… Superintendent’s office should coordinate all technology policies Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  19. 19. Education is about Relationships: Between Administrators & teachers Students & parents Parents & teachers Teachers & students School teams & the entire community Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  20. 20. Championing Initiatives Every Initiative has to have a “Champion” ► Acts with authority from Superintendent’s Office ► Boots on the ground ► Puts the personal energy into making it happen! Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  21. 21. Spontaneous Intelligence Creativity that occurs in a school system when: ► The organizational vision has been communicated, understood and widely accepted ► People within the school system are part of that vision ► Motivated people are given the tools to stay motivated ► The Board supports change ► People feel that they can actually accomplish something that is good for kids Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  22. 22. Spontaneous Intelligence If it hasn’t worked before and it isn’t serving students, then you must do something different. Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  23. 23. Spontaneous Intelligence “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, They were both right! Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  24. 24. Secret #2 Network Infrastructure In for a penny…in for a pound Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  25. 25. Technology Infrastructure Centralized but mobile support IT = Instructional Technology IT focused on classrooms Video prioritization switching Redundant Central servers Triple redundant links Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  26. 26. Technology Infrastructure “Super value” your equipment ► Standardize hardware platforms – Network / Servers / Classrooms • “Best” devices to meet needs “Super value” your management software ► Manage and monitor network ► Automate changes to Active Directory ► Control student HW/SW access Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  27. 27. Data Management Bad data is a show stopper Unless data is used everyday it will be bad Single point of entry All data sources must be used together Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  28. 28. Data Management Data sources to be integrated ► Personnel ► Financial ► Student demographic ► Student academic ► Support systems Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  29. 29. Secret #3 Know Your Audience Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  30. 30. They don't remember when quot;cut and pastequot; involved scissors. MTV has always existed They have always used Digital Cameras, microwaves and DVD players Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  31. 31. They have always had water out of a plastic bottle… not a garden hose! Kansas, Chicago, Boston, Alabama, and America are places…not bands Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  32. 32. They never had the fun of being thrown into the back of a station wagon with six other kids (and no seatbelts)… Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
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  36. 36. How can we effectively integrate technology into our curriculum while still motivating Generation M students? Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  37. 37. Secret #4 Technology is integrated into the district’s curriculum system…not in isolation Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  38. 38. Adopt District-wide standards ► Curriculum ► Network ► Classroom ► School Design Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
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  40. 40. Data driven With technology and data we can develop laser focused delivery of personalized instruction Data to determine effective instruction Determine real time mastery learning Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  41. 41. Curriculum Calibration The process of ensuring that instruction and student work are at the appropriate grade level. Deconstruct the Standard Unpack the Standard Design the Lesson Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  42. 42. Deconstructing the Standard The process of breaking apart the standard into skill, content, and context. Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  43. 43. Deconstructing the Standard ELA 7: Reading 1.1 (Word Analysis) Identify idioms, analogies, metaphors, and similes in prose and poetry. Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  44. 44. Integrating Instructional Resources Instructional Resources include: Primary text Ancillary publisher materials Multimedia software Technology Educational Videos Teacher-created materials Books, stories, novels, poems etc. Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  45. 45. Integrating Instructional Resources Instructional Resources should: Act as tools to meet learning objectives Increase the number of learning modalities addressed Be used to differentiate instruction Increase interest and engagement Activate prior knowledge Provide variety Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  46. 46. Secret #5 Professional development for teachers is the key… 24 x 7 x 365 Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  47. 47. Provide Outstanding Professional Development Professional Development ►Delivered and managed with software ► Just in time training videos ► Video Conferencing ► Online Forums ► Computer based instruction Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  48. 48. The Rubber Band Affect When early adopters are affective: ► New performance norms emerge ► Teachers collaborate ► Other faculty will adjust or extricate ► The whole district moves forward – Teachers and administrators – Students and parents – School teams – The surrounding community Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  49. 49. Curriculum Development & Assessment Just in time technology accessible curriculum ► Brain Pop ► United Streaming ► World Book ► Class Works Gold ► Accelerated Reader & Math ► New Century ► Nettrekker ► Sequiter (content management system) Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  50. 50. Students love Streaming Videos Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  51. 51. Secret #6 Personalized Instruction is the “Holy Grail” of education Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
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  53. 53. Personalized Computing- Full Scale Implementation 32 Thin clients in every classroom One-to-One for every student Projector & Document Camera & microphone system in every classroom Focus is the Curriculum….not the Technology Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
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  56. 56. Students log on to Thin Client to access their files Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  57. 57. Traditional classroom or computer lab in just seconds! Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  58. 58. i -SIMS: A New Phase in District Systems Sequitur - Integrating Data/ Enabling 1:1 Curriculum, assessment & lesson alignment system Delivers formative & summative assessments Provides systems feedback Student-centric lesson management Just in time curriculum Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  59. 59. i -SIMS: A New Phase in District Systems Understanding the student as a complex and unique individual ►Student Profiles – E xperiences – L earning Modalities – E xpectations – V ocational – A ttitudes – A ptitudes – I nterests E. L. E. V. A. A. I. T. – T est Taking Assigning supplementary and remedial exercises accordingly Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  60. 60. Secret #7 Non-traditional leadership …you have to be a little Crazy Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  61. 61. Guidelines for Non-traditional leadership You’ve got to be crazy in just the right way Crazy can be supported by success Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  62. 62. What are the crazy ideas? The system needs to be built on the needs of the student...not the needs of the system In public education, we are the mechanism to impart: ►The values of the culture ►Academic skills ► Character ► Employability Schools should be 24/7/365 Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  63. 63. Critical Concepts Technology can be the great equalizer of educational success Technology can be the catalyst for systemic improvements Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software capabilities can be applied to education to achieve like efficiencies Future schools should be 24/7/365 School should be more simulation, role modeling, and experiential Personalized Instruction Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  64. 64. For this presentation & future presentations, visit www.slideshare.net Search for Larry Buchanan Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008
  65. 65. Tech Savvy Superintendent of the Year Shares his Secrets to Success Dr. Larry Buchanan Grant Joint Union High School District | February 2008

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