Good afternoon. Today we will be presenting the 2011 District Technology Training Plan.
Our mission here in Heidelberg is to promote student success and to prevent student failure. How do we do that? What tools do we already have? What do we need to continue to move toward that goal?
Our student population is as diverse as our military. We have a consistent flow of students in and out of our schools throughout the year, and we need to have a positive impact on their educational success, even if we only have a limited amount of time to engage with them.
The DoDDS-Europe Technology Plan has a clear vision. We know that each is most successful when technology is an fundamental part of theireducational development, and we believe that providing equitable access to that technology is important. We also understand the importance of teacher training in the digital realm. Our latest vision for the future is Our Using Data to Differentiate Instruction Plan. This plan is a 6-year professional development plan to ensure all educators have the skills, knowledge, and common understanding to implement data-based differentiated instruction in all DoDEA classrooms by SY 2014-15” (DoDDS-Europe, 2007). Technology is playing a large role in our efforts to differentiate instruction with an education model that responds to data.
We understand that personalized learning is more effective than a “one size fits all” approach to education. We have been starting to successfully use data to create learning that is customized to all of our different learner needs. One important factor of our success has been the teacher training support in analyzing data you have provided. Because the teachers have been given this training, they have been able to use data to help increase student success. This same training and support also translates to other areas of the teaching framework, like technology. And the data has shown that technology increases student learning.
Research has that technology is increasing the development of critical thinking skills in students when they research, organize, and present various projects using technology. We follow the framework for 21st Century Learning, which outlines the skills our students will need in the real world. Skills like critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. The main objective is to allow students to become proficient with technology, and become competitive globally with 21st century skills. Student success in this cooperative and creative environment using technology begins with the teacher. Teachers need to possess technology skills in order to pass them along to students.
We have all heard the concern that that educational technology, or lack of, is likely to exclude certain groups of students. What this school board has already done is amazing. You have provided our students and teachers with have provided every teacher with an ELMO projection device, a Smart Board, a teacher laptop, a teacher desktop computer, and at least 4 classroom computers for students. All of this is in addition to computer labs in each school. This is a wonderful start. But I would like to ask you to think about this: Supplying a school with technology is only the first step. Imagine two 4th grade teachers have the same access to technology in their classrooms, but Mrs. Jones is exceptionally great at including technology in her curriculum on a daily basis to enhance student learning, but Mr. Johnson down the hall is not comfortable using technology in his class. The students in each of these classes are not going to receive the benefits of technology literacy. There is still going to be a “digital divide” within the space of one hallway. Reaching all of our students needs to be a priority, and reaching all of our teachers involves training and support.
Our teachers have a basic understanding of technology, and We have already established that our teachers have access to powerful technology based teaching tools. But tools are only powerful because the operator knows what to do with them. Otherwise they go un-used or become miss-used. This is where professional technology training comes in. Our educational technologists are doing their best to provide the best training possible, but there is a lack of consistency throughout the district. Though our district has access to many new devices designed to enhance learning, our teachers have either not been trained properly or they have had limited experiences with these devices. Many of our teachers express an interest in learning how to utilize technology for managing records and communicating through publications. There is also an expressed need for teachers to be able to weed through all available material out there and choose the best information based on effectiveness and relevance in order to align with our content standards. Teachers would like more opportunities to interact with other professionals. This becomes an issue in Germany where teachers can feel isolated from the stateside educational community. There is also a need for providing more individualized feedback to parents, especially those deployed.During a recent survey, the majority of teachers expressed a need for help with integrating technology into the curriculum. They also prefer training in small groups either during the school day or immediately after school.Due to the lack of experiences with and knowledge about the instructional technology accessible to them, many of the veteran teachers avoid technology integration. There is a great need for district-wide comprehensive training modules. We will be developing a District Technology Training Plan to address these training needs. All teachers will take part in continuing technology professional development. Every teacher will be required to maintain an Individual Technology Training Plan (ITTP).
Our district goal, to encourage success and prevent failure, sounds simple, but executing that goal is a multifaceted and continuous process. We need to keep our focus on teaching and learning, analyzing both teacher and student performance data, and reinforcing the partnership between school and home. Because most teachers have mastered the basics of computer use, we now want to place our focus on encouraging them to incorporate technology into their lessons.Goal 1: Increased collaboration and interaction with computer-based collaborative toolsTeachers will interact with other professionals through a variety of methods.Teachers will collaborate with students with curriculum enriched with technology.Teachers will collaborate with parents using digital tools and resources. Goal 2: Technology- enhanced individualized educational environmentsTeachers will develop educational environments rich in technology that will serve as place for other teachers, students, and parents to become active contributors. Teachers will learn how to develop tools to encourage proper digital etiquette.Teachers will learn how to develop technology-enhanced learning activities based on data and individualized learning styles.
Goal 3: Organization and ResearchTeachers will develop several ways to manage student information.Teachers will develop several ways to collect, organize, evaluate, and utilize information. Goal 4: Generate subject matter specific teaching toolsTeachers will learn how to develop original teaching tools that are content specific for use in individual classrooms.Teachers will develop a collection of resources.Teachers will create a final project that will incorporate recent technology training. Goal 5: Integration100 percent of the teachers will integrate technology into at least one lesson per week.Teachers will learn how to maintain an Individual Technology Training Plan (ITTP).
Being organized is a lost art, and information overload will make incorporating technology unmanageable and more complicated than it needs to be. Teachers need to be able to make sense out of all the information available and our plan will help them create an arsenal of information that is well organized and utilized. one of the highlights of this years training include Microsoft One noteThere is so much information out there that it is sometimes hard to decipher it all and figure out what is most useful to us as educators. We can not remember everything we engage with, but there is valuable information we discover that might be useful later on. With Microsoft OneNote, teachers can quickly store all of their Office content in one convenient program. Teachers can quickly capture brainstorming ideas and thoughts, audio, video, diagrams, and clippings from the Web. All this information stays in one place, an it is easy to organize . The best part is that the notes become a keyword searchable database.Having all this information at your fingertips will keep teachers prepared and make lesson planning and data analysis easier. Teachers can share notebooks with others, and teams can work on collaborative notebooks together.OneNote will help teachers organize and build upon each technology training session this year.
Staff development assists performance at every level within the school’s structure, and needs to be evaluated to see if it has been successful or not. We need to make sure there has been a transfer of learning from the workshop to the teacher to the student.Our main goal with these training opportunities is to ensure that each teacher walks away with enough knowledge to implement their training into the classroom on Day one. The following evaluation tools will be used at each school throughout the semester. Teacher Surveys Every quarter an online survey will be given to teachers asking where they could use more professional development. This survey will ask for specific examples of how technology has been used successfully in individual classrooms. Two to Three weeks after a workshop, participants will complete a Workshop Evaluation Form. These surveys will be used to adjust future workshops. (See attached example)Individual Technology Training PlanTeachers will turn in lessons plans that include confirmation of technology integration. Teachers will have the ability to post their created materials and examples of student work to a district-wide database. These examples will be assessed by the committee.Classroom ObservationsAdministrators and technology trainers will observe teachers to see how technology has been implemented in classrooms.Notations will be made about instructional methods, student learning, and class engagement.Using this information, The district technology committee will meet monthly with each individual school to assess the efficiency of the technology plan, and suggest possible revisions. An annual revision will be presented to the Superintendent of the Heidelberg District that includes the monthly evaluations by the committee.
The goal of this plan is enhance overall student learning by providing our teachers with numerous ways to meet our technology integration standards and objectives. As the computer literacy of our teachers increases, there should be a direct impact on the computer literacy of our students. This technology plan includes resources that can be utilized in the classroom and can be differentiated to all learner levels. Our teachers need assistance with their continuing education in technology literacy, and they want those activities designed to be easily implemented and reflective. Our teachers have excellent access to technology, but their access to technology based professional development is limited. With more information about how to use technology to enhance planning and teaching, teachers will gain confidence to consistently integrate it into their daily lesson plans. Educational technology is about being creative and innovative while growing, taking risks, being triumphant, making mistakes, and having fun. Our aim is to free up time that will be better spent imagining and creating professional educational tools and experiences. Teachers are busy, and they deserve convenient and relevant training options before we can expect them to use it properly.
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District Technology Training Plan<br />Department of Defense Dependents School-Europe: Heidelberg District<br />Rebecca Jordan-Reed EDTC 640<br />1<br />
Our District Goal:Promote Student Success & Prevent Student Failure.<br />What do we have?<br />What do we need?<br />Rebecca Jordan-Reed EDTC 640<br />2<br />
We Serve the US Military<br />14 schools<br />Pre-K thru 12<br />Diverse<br />Deployments<br />PCS Turnover<br />Rebecca Jordan-Reed EDTC 640<br />3<br />
Our Vision: Our Philosophy<br />Technology integration<br />Provide equal access<br />Provide teacher training<br />Using Data to Differentiate Instruction Plan <br />Rebecca Jordan-Reed EDTC 640<br />4<br />
“One Size Does Not Fit All”<br />Data<br />Customize learning to different learner needs<br />Increases student success<br />Teachers have been trained and supported<br />Rebecca Jordan-Reed EDTC 640<br />5<br />