Shawn Telford’s Personal Technology PlanVisionMy vision for technology in education begins withknowledgeable, trained teac...
needs of different grade levels – early elementary, upper elementary, middle school,and high school. Teachers would then b...
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  1. 1. Shawn Telford’s Personal Technology PlanVisionMy vision for technology in education begins withknowledgeable, trained teachers. Teachers needto feel competent about using technologythemselves before they will truly integrate it intotheir everyday teaching. While teacher training isone of seven action steps in the NationalEducation Technology Plan, I think it is the mostimportant. Without teacher training and buy-in,new technology initiatives have little chance of success. A combination of pre-servicetraining for new teachers and in-service training for current teachers is the place to start.Unfortunately, high-stakes testing has pushed technology to the back burner in manydistricts. What is being overlooked is that technology can be an effective tool for gettingstudents more interesting in content and curriculum. Today’s students are growing upin a digital world and often find school to be disconnected from the rest of their lives.Also, with the right technological applications scores might actually increase. In mymost recent Tech and Learning magazine (February 2010), there was an article about1:1 computing where student writing scores showed dramatic increases in onesemester after students began using netbooks.Before beginning my classes for the Technology Certificate at Michigan StateUniversity, I considered myself to be technologically savvy. My classes have been ahuge eye-opener to the things that are available to teachers that I had no idea evenexisted. Teachers in my building (and I’m sure in schools everywhere) have no ideawhat they are missing regarding technology in the classroom. My eyes were opened tousing wikis, blogs, RSS aggregators, creating free surveys, and a ton of other things.Now I feel the need to share my knowledge with my staff to bring them along into the21st century classroom.The most important and often challenging part of getting teachers to use technology isgetting them to use it in meaningful ways. Technology needs to be more than an “Oh,wow!” moment for teachers and students. It needs to be connected to the curriculum.Teachers do not have time to add one more thing to their day, unless it helps themmake something easier or faster or gets better results than something they are alreadyusing. I would like to get other teachers as excited as I am about the possibilities foradding technology into the classroom.Getting teachers excited about using technology would involve high quality, continuoustraining about technology integration in the classroom. It would be focused on Page 1
  2. 2. needs of different grade levels – early elementary, upper elementary, middle school,and high school. Teachers would then be asked to participate in the decision makingregarding future technology purchases and training. This would allow for the money tobe spent on the technology that best meets the needs of educators, thus increasing thechances it would be used to its fullest potential.Of course, pitfalls exist with most new initiatives. Cost and time are the two biggestchallenges to technology integration and improvement. Adding technology hardwareand software is expensive and new things are coming out all of the time. My district cannot keep up with having computers in the lab that are powerful enough to take advantage of many of the web- based applications that currently exist. It can be hard to justify making purchases that may be obsolete in a couple of years. It also costs money for the staff to maintain new equipment purchases. Then there is the issue of time. There is never enough of that either. Using teacher training time for technology can be a hard sell when test scores driveeverything. The precious time available for professional development is limited, but ifwe are to reach our students and prepare them for jobs of the future, training devoted totechnology is imperative.I hope to use what I am learning to get other educators as excited as I am aboutintegrating technology into their everyday teaching life and provide the best educationpossible for the students of today and tomorrow.Current Use of Educational TechnologyIn my classroom I am trying to incorporate more technology as time, resources, andcurriculum allow. This year my district made a huge technological leap by installingInteractive Whiteboards and document cameras in our classrooms. Prior to that, theonly technology in my room was one computer, an overhead projector, and a televisionwith VCR. Of course, there is a computer lab down the hall, but that doesn’t allow fortrue integration of technology into the daily curriculum. The only thing missing with ournew technology was adequate and timely training on how to truly get the most out of thenew equipment.In my elementary building we are doing a professional development program on writing.During staff meetings and other professional development days we watch videos anddiscuss readings that we have done prior to the P.D. meetings. In an attempt to createmore opportunities for discussion, I set up a blog for the staff to use to chat about thereadings in between meetings. This way we can share our thoughts and ideas when Page 2
  3. 3. is convenient and we also have a record of this “conversation” to refer back to at a laterdate.In my classroom this year I have taken advantage of a great free website With this site I am able to add our weekly spelling lists and have themsaved on the site for students to access. Students are able to get on the site fromhome, provided they have a computer with Internetaccess, to practice their spelling words. The studentscan play a variety of games using the words they needto know in my classroom. I showed them how to usethe site in class using the IWB and then they had achance to use the site during one of our computer labtimes.The WebQuest that I created for CEP811 wasdesigned for use in my second grade classroom during our science unit on water. Iwould like to have them try the WebQuest in March to see how the students respondand if it is an efficient method of content delivery for young students.As I continue to learn about educational technology, I continue to implement andexperiment with using my new knowledge in the classroom. I hope to use what I knowto work smarter, not harder while still delivering high quality curriculum to students.Hardware and devices used regularly:Cell phoneCopiersDesktop computer at work and homeDigital cameraDocument cameraeInstruction Students Response System (aka, clickers)Flash drivesiPodLaptop computer at home and for travelPolyvision Walk-and-Talk Interactive WhiteboardPrintersScannerTechnology /Software Applications used regularly:Blogging – Edublogs, BloggerCollaboration – Wikispaces, Zoho, Google DocsDatabase, analysis – ExcelPhotos – Photoshop Elements,Planning /Brainstorming– Page 3
  4. 4. Podcasting – AudacityPresentation – PowerPoint, PublisherRSS feeds – NetvibesStudent records – PinnacleSurveys – SurveyMonkeyWeb browsing – Internet Explorer, FirefoxWeb design – DreamweaverWord processing – Word, Google Docs, Zoho WriterPersonal Plan to Increase Technology KnowledgeEarn Master’s in Educational Technology – I am continuing my classes throughMichigan State and hope to be finished with my program in the summer of 2011.Dreamweaver class – In an effort to be more knowledgeable and less frustrated usingDreamweaver, I am taking an Adult Education class through Kendall College. It is a tenweek class beginning March 6, 2010.Staff Inservicing – One way to become more familiar and comfortable with usingtechnology is to teach others how to use it. I have become a crusader for increasingtechnology use in my elementary building. There is a definite divide between digitalnatives and digital immigrants (Prensky, 2001) in my building. I have already created aProfessional Development blog and taught staff how to use it, presented to staff onNetvibes, and will be co-presenting about Wikispaces. I hope to continue to train staffas time allows.Personal Professional Development – Using my RSS aggregator, I plan to keep upwith the latest information regarding educational technology. I am also a member ofMACUL and ISTE. I read relevant magazines – Tech and Learning, THE Journal, andother professional books and literature on educational technology. I am a firm believerin being a lifelong learner.Conferences – I will be attending MACUL 2010 for two days in March. I hope tocontinue to attend relevant conferences and workshops in the area of educationaltechnology. Photos courtesy of Page 4