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  • The Shrewsbury Public Schools strongly believes technology plays a vital role in teaching and learning. They have invested time, budget funding and professional development training to increase the level of teacher technology proficiency. Implementing a program that promotes teachers as leaders in their school and district along with a continuous PD (graduate courses for Excel, Instructional Technology, and Web 2.0 Tools) identifies Shrewsbury as a unique school district. Strength of district technology coordinator, Bob Cornacchioli, is bringing new technologies to the district and promoting training in the use of the technology. Examples: eGov for web pages, Moodle for teacher collaboration, TTL for school leadership, Powerschool for student information systems. Important points to make: 1. Technology for every teacher 2. Initiatives that promote PD using technology 3. School leadership in technology
  • 21 st Century Workforce Commission made a statement concerning the importance of our educators to prepare students for the future, even though we do not know what it will be like. Trilling and Fadel reinforces that concern with their book 21 st Century Skills. The book is a guide to strategies for change based on research. Here is a video of a student very much like the students in our classrooms who have “grown up” with technology.
  • Understanding the importance of learning about, with, through a variety of technology tools, Shrewsbury is a leader in many ways. The mission statement of the technology teacher leadership group drives home the theme for preparing students for world that continually changes as new technologies and ways of using existing technologies are developed.
  • Recent grants: cameras, jeopardy, Wii supplies, overhead readers.
  • Nature trail recordings with iPhoto Parent presentation with Powerpoint Community communication with webpages Extra curricular studies with Scratch Newsletters with Word Data analysis with Excel Email functions with Entourage
  • What we learned about encouraging teachers to participate: Offer technology that they will have at their finger tips and will be easy to use. Offer workshops during inservice days when they have the time to participate Offer workshops convenient to their schedule, before and/or after school Offer workshops that help reduce the amount of work they do (Excel to simplify recording) Offer workshops that promote motivated student learning
  • Holy Cross Mass Cue Symposium March

    1. 1. Empowering Teachers as Technology Leaders MASSCue Conference October 2009 Using Web 2.0 Tools for Teaching and Learning
    2. 2. 21 st Century Literacy <ul><li>“ The current and future health of America’s 21st Century Economy depends directly on how broadly and deeply Americans reach a new level of literacy—‘21st Century Literacy’—that includes strong academic skills, thinking, reasoning, teamwork skills, and proficiency in using technology.” </li></ul><ul><li>21st Century Workforce Commission </li></ul><ul><li>National Alliance of Business </li></ul><ul><li>  21 st Century Skills , Learning for Life in Our Times </li></ul><ul><li>Bernie Trilling & Charles Fadel </li></ul><ul><li>Student thoughts on web 2.0 tools </li></ul>
    3. 3. Mission Statement <ul><ul><li>Empower teachers to engage in professional development (PD) with technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set expectations for teachers to communicate effectively with parents and colleagues through electronic means </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote PD that engages teachers as effective users of technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide opportunities for PD that promotes 21 st Century Literacy (Web 2.0) </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Leadership Within Our Schools <ul><li>Teacher Technology Leaders: </li></ul><ul><li>Seven – Elementary Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Four– Middle Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Two– High School </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitators: </li></ul><ul><li>Patricia Roberts – Educational consultant </li></ul><ul><li>Robert Cornacchioli – Coordinator of Technology and Media Services </li></ul>
    5. 5. Where We Are Now <ul><li>Teaching and Learning occurs through teacher leadership within each school. </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher created workshops presented based on 21 st Century Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Across the district administrative support </li></ul><ul><li>Working process for expanding knowledge base </li></ul><ul><li>Web presence in all departments </li></ul><ul><li>Grant process for funding special initiatives </li></ul>
    6. 6. Picture This <ul><li>Workshop Activities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Project ideas and initial steps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice with camera </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher reflection - integration in reading, writing, math, science & social studies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Digital Cameras for every teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop skills: </li></ul><ul><li>Camera set up </li></ul><ul><li>Framing photos </li></ul><ul><li>File management </li></ul><ul><li>Connect &download </li></ul><ul><li>to computer </li></ul>Partial Funding Through Grants – Teacher inspired
    7. 7. Experiences for Teachers <ul><ul><li>Create a presentation for curriculum night with Powerpoint </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop final products of student work with images in iPhoto </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Record student voices for reading assessment and improving oral reading fluency with iMovie. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share information with families through webpages -EGOV website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create parent email group for improved family/teacher communication using Entourage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop Excel Grade Book for Assessments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend Beginner & Intermediate Workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design Easy to use Websites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement Classroom Jeopardy Game </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Teacher Support <ul><li>Share information with colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher created workshops aligned with curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>“ Just in Time” moments for technical and curricular questions </li></ul>
    9. 9. Guidelines for Professional Development <ul><ul><ul><li>Curriculum </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>School Improvement Plan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>District Initiatives </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Skill level of membership </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individual strengths </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technology initiatives </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>21 st Century Literacy </li></ul></ul></ul>iRespond Clickers eGov teacher web page training Curriculum websites iChat Mimeo Shared experiences at conferences iPhoto iMovie United Streaming Podcasting Wikis Social Bookmarking Voicethread Wordle Jing Moodle
    10. 10. Workshop Listing Online
    11. 11. Handouts Online <ul><li>Teaching and Learning With Web 2.0 Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Picture This Grant </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop Summary </li></ul><ul><li>Websites Promoting 21 st Century Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Course Moodle Overview </li></ul>
    12. 12. What we learned about encouraging teachers to participate: <ul><li>Involve building/district administrators in decision making </li></ul><ul><li>Use available technology that is easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Offer workshops convenient to their schedule, before and/or after school and professional development days </li></ul><ul><li>Offer workshops that promote collaboration and instruction to advance 21st century literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Offer workshops with results that promote actively engaging students in learning </li></ul>
    13. 13. What Are Teachers Doing Differently? <ul><li>Teacher leadership within schools for PD </li></ul><ul><li>Increased collaboration across the district </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporating technology into teaching methods </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive student projects such as Ning, Wiki, podcasting, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Centralized resources for easy access for all </li></ul>
    14. 14. Thoughts from teachers <ul><li>“The kids showed the work to their class today, so that kids could use it to study for a quiz Tuesday.  As the slide show played, the class called out the associated vocabulary word.  Now they all want to work on one!” </li></ul>“ I did it all by myself....yes, I am patting myself on the back right now.  Thought you all might find it useful... Have already linked it to my own wikispace for when I start using it with the kids in Periods 4 & 5.” http://www.screencast.com/t/ODQ2NGM2NWEt