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Pipestone County And Pipestone Area Schools

  1. 1. Traci Nissen<br />Fall 2009<br />Pipestone County and Pipestone Area Schools<br />
  2. 2. The Critical Issue<br />A demographic study to show areas critical to successful integration of technology at Pipestone Area Schools.<br />2<br />
  3. 3. General Demographic Information<br />3<br />
  4. 4. General Demographic Information<br />4<br />
  5. 5. General Demographic Information<br />5<br />
  6. 6. General Demographic Information<br />6<br />
  7. 7. General Demographic Information<br />7<br />
  8. 8. General Demographic Information<br />8<br />
  9. 9. General Demographic Information<br />9<br />
  10. 10. PAS Technology Survey<br />10<br />Each time a new technology plan is approved, the district assesses technology use by teachers via a survey.<br />The following two slides describe teacher responses which scored 3 or less (on a scale of 0-5).<br />Because of the low responses, these are the areas on which the district should focus for the upcoming technology plan. <br />The last technology plan approved was for the years 2008-2010. <br />
  11. 11. PAS Technology Survey Responses<br />0 = Needs much improvement<br />5 = Almost perfect<br />11<br />
  12. 12. PAS Technology Survey Results<br />0 = Never<br />5 = Daily or Almost Daily<br />12<br />
  13. 13. Stillwater Laptop Program<br />13<br />Stillwater Public Schools has participated in a laptop program for the past several years. <br />The following 3 slides give details of a survey given to teachers, students and parents.<br />The survey is conducted by an outside agency, not the school district.<br />The Stillwater Laptop Program was continued for this school year (2009-2010) after much thought. The future of the program is uncertain. <br />
  14. 14. Stillwater Laptop Program-Teachers<br />84% of teachers said access to a computer contributed to students demonstrating more higher-order thinking<br />94% of teachers said they were better able to access diverse teaching materials / resources<br />90% of teachers said that use of computers enables students to explore topics in greater depth<br />90% of teachers agreed that having computers in the classroom helped them create classroom materials to meet district goals<br />84% of teachers agreed they are better able to meet curriculum goals with student use of computers<br />Instruction has become more student-centered<br />Students have more opportunity to actively explore information<br />Instructional content is more up-to-date and interesting for students<br />14<br />
  15. 15. Stillwater Laptop Program-Students<br />55-60% of students said they use laptops to learn additional information not assigned in class<br />92% of students said they are more likely to revise/edit their work on a laptop<br />90% of students agreed that access to computers allows them to be more organized<br />1/3 of students indicated they communicated more with teachers<br />76% of students say they would like to use laptops in school more often; 78% of students say they would like to use laptops more for homework<br />15<br />
  16. 16. Stillwater Laptop Program-Parents<br />85% of parents said it was very important to have access to student assignments, calendars, and grades<br />75% of parents reported they worked on schoolwork with students using the computer<br />61% of parents said they spend more time talking with their child about school work now compared to before they had access to online information<br />16<br />
  17. 17. Graduation Requirements – Pipestone Area Schools<br /><ul><li>Students must have 44 credits in grades 9-12 for graduation.
  18. 18. Students must have six classes per semester.
  19. 19. To be eligible for graduation ceremonies, students must have 37 credits by the end of first semester of senior year.</li></ul>17<br />
  20. 20. Electives Offered<br />Language Arts<br />Science<br />Communication Skills<br />AP Language & Composition<br />AP Literature & Composition<br />Journalism<br />Physics<br />AP Chemistry<br />Anatomy and Physiology<br />Environmental Science<br />Introduction to BioChem<br />World Language<br />Agriculture <br /><ul><li>French I – IV
  21. 21. Spanish I – IV </li></ul>Exploring Ag & Natural Resources I and II<br />Animal and Plant Science<br />Intro to Pre-Veterinarian / Animal Science<br />Introduction to Landscape Design<br />Floriculture<br />Wildlife and Fisheries<br />Social Studies<br /><ul><li>Psychology
  22. 22. Sociology</li></ul>Math<br />Integrated Math IV<br />AP Calculus<br />18<br />
  23. 23. Electives Offered<br />Physical Education<br />Business / Comp Science<br />Lifetime Food and Fitness I and II<br />Fitness / Wellness & Weight Training I and II<br />Computer Applications<br />Database / PowerPoint / Desktop Publishing<br />Web Page Design<br />Accounting<br />Personal Law I and II<br />FACS<br /><ul><li>Comprehensive FACS
  24. 24. Foods I
  25. 25. Foods 4 Guys and Gals
  26. 26. Senior Survival
  27. 27. Child Development
  28. 28. Meal Management</li></ul>Work Program / Industrial Tech<br />Work Program<br />Arc Welding<br />Advanced Arc Welding<br />Light Power Mechanics<br />Woodworking<br />Construction Skills<br />Fine Arts<br />Art I – III<br />Advanced Art<br />Working with Clay I and II<br />Senior Band<br />Senior High Concert Choir<br />19<br />
  29. 29. Challenges and Facts<br />20<br />
  30. 30. Challenge<br />21<br />
  31. 31. Facts<br />FACT: The district has recently hired a Smart Board consultant to create interactive lessons and train teachers<br />FACT: The district has Smart Boards in every classroom<br />FACT: The district has recently updated and redesigned their web page making updates more user-friendly. <br />22<br />
  32. 32. Challenge<br />23<br />
  33. 33. Facts<br />FACT: Voters in the Pipestone Area School District recently passed an extra levy to provide for technology over the next ten years<br />FACT: The district has already purchased Smart Boards for every classroom as well as new computers for computer labs and classroom<br />FACT: The district has wireless internet capability.<br />FACT: Classroom computers and computer labs cannot accommodate the needs of the district. <br />24<br />
  34. 34. Challenge<br />25<br />
  35. 35. Facts<br />FACT: The district currently has a Speech/Language Pathologist performing teletherapy services for the BOLD school district<br />FACT: The district has the technology to offer ITV classes to other districts in the area<br />FACT: The district is currently using the ITV room for one French class per day<br />FACT: The district is one of the largest districts in the area, thus it is one of the most likely to be able to offer electives.<br />26<br />
  36. 36. Proposal: First Things First<br />Pipestone Area Schools has a technology plan that will be effective until 2011. This current plan was approved in 2008, prior to the technology levy being passed. <br />The very first thing to be done is to update the district technology plan so that the district and members of the community understand where the money will be used. <br />One step of developing the new technology plan is to have district staff complete a new survey in regard to their current technology access, classroom use and ability level. I have constructed a survey on Survey Monkey to assist with this data collection:<br />http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=_2bUbCzSs3HwD_2fILQ25f7ezg_3d_3d<br />27<br />
  37. 37. Proposal: A 2-Pronged Approach<br />The remainder of my plan is a 2-pronged approach for making Pipestone Area Schools a technology-savvy district.<br />Step 1 is training and knowledge for teachers.<br />Step 2 is providing technology to students for both home and school use.<br />Step 1<br />Step 2<br />28<br />
  38. 38. Step 1<br />Before we give hardware to students, teachers must be willing and able to use new technology and Web 2.0 applications. They must be properly trained in their use.<br />Technology Committee<br />SMART Boards<br />Web 2.0 Applications <br />Classroom Websites<br />ITV Room Uses<br />29<br />
  39. 39. Step 1 – Technology Committee<br />The first step will be to create a Technology Committee for the district. <br />This committee should be comprised of one staff member from each building (Brown Elementary, Hill Elementary, Middle School, and High School), up to two community members, student representatives, as well as one administrator.<br />The committee will be charged with testing new technology / Web 2.0 applications in their classrooms.<br />After testing, the committee will decide if the district should provide further training on that application. <br />The Technology Committee can also serve as mentors for teachers with lower comfort levels with technology in the classroom. <br />30<br />
  40. 40. Step 1 – Technology Committee<br />The main cost involved with creating this committee would be payroll costs associated with after school meetings / trainings. <br />Another possibility for cost would be any costs associated with purchase of programs or other items for use in classrooms.<br />These costs would be paid for with money from the technology levy. <br />31<br />
  41. 41. Step 1 – SMART Boards<br />Another early step will be in relation to SMART Boards.<br />The district has purchased SMART Boards for every classroom. <br />The interactive white boards are an asset to classrooms, but they are not being used to their full potential. <br />Teachers have not received enough training on their use in the classroom.<br />The SMART Boards are mainly being used as overpriced white boards.<br />Our students have grown up in a digital world. By using the SMART Boards to their full extent, we offer them a chance to learn in a way that fits their background better.<br />32<br />
  42. 42. Step 1 – SMART Boards<br />Extended training for all teachers in the district should take place this summer (2010). <br />The SW/WC Service Cooperative offers on-site training for districts.<br />The SW/WC Service Cooperative offers extensive training at their office in Marshall. <br />The Pipestone Area school district has hired Judy Hansen to serve as a consultant to help teachers integrate the SMART Boards into their lessons. The district should use in-service time to allow her to present ideas to all teachers. The first of these in-service times would be during the President’s Day in-service.<br />33<br />
  43. 43. Step 1 – SMART Boards<br />On-site training from SW/WC Service Cooperative costs $65 / hour plus mileage at the federal mileage rate.<br />Level I training at the SW/WC Service Cooperative office costs $100 / person.<br />Level II training at the SW/WC Service Cooperative office costs $100 / person. <br />These costs would be paid for with money from the technology levy. <br />34<br />
  44. 44. Training offered by SW/WC Service Cooperative<br />Moodle 101<br />Advanced Moodle<br />SMART Board Level I<br />SMART Board Level II<br />Podcasting/Vodcasting<br />Digital Story Telling<br />All of these sessions are offered multiple times during the school year<br />35<br />
  45. 45. Step 1 – Web 2.0<br />We have wireless internet access at all schools. Teachers are not using all the Web 2.0 applications that are available.<br />Teachers should be trained in the correct use of applications such as:<br />Voice Thread – see sample<br />Wikis – see samples<br />Diigo<br />Google Docs<br />Jing<br />One True Media – see sample<br />Survey Monkey<br />Our students, as digital natives, learn better when technology is used. They are immersed in technology. It is time we speak their language.<br />The Technology Committee will test these and other applications and offer training to teachers in their use.<br />Training can be before / after school, during the summer, or during in-service days.<br />36<br />
  46. 46. Step 1 – Sample Voice Thread<br />Here is an example of a simple Voice Thread that a district could use to gather information:<br />http://voicethread.com/share/698826/<br />TECHNOLOGY in the CLASSROOM<br />37<br />
  47. 47. Step 1 – Sample Wiki<br />This link provides access to two Wikis created by students in the DLiTE Program at Bemidji State University.<br />http://coolkidlit-4-socialstudies.pbworks.com/<br />http://wikisota.pbworks.com/<br />This link provides access to a Wiki that I have created for myself in my teacher education program. <br />http://tanissen.pbworks.com/FrontPage<br />38<br />
  48. 48. Step 1 – Sample One True Media<br />This link provides access to a One True Media video that I have created for myself in my teacher education program. <br />http://www.onetruemedia.com/shared?p=8321baf14a6b4b86101eee&skin_id=601<br />39<br />
  49. 49. Step 1 - Diigo<br />By installing Diigo on computers, students will be able to bookmark, highlight on, and use sticky notes on web pages. <br />Each time a bookmark is created, it is saved on the Diigo account.<br />Each time information is highlighted, the web page is saved on the Diigo account. <br />Content can be marked to be read at a later time.<br />40<br />
  50. 50. Step 1 – Web 2.0<br />There may be minimal costs for some Web 2.0 applications.<br />These costs will vary depending upon which applications are selected for use.<br />These costs would be paid for with money from the technology levy. <br />41<br />
  51. 51. Step 1 – Classroom Websites<br />Classroom websites should be a source of information for both students and parents. Right now, they are virtually nonexistent at Pipestone Area Schools. <br />The district will employ one staff member to set up classroom websites and train teachers in their upkeep.<br />A class will be developed in web design. Students who complete the class can volunteer to help teachers maintain their websites. <br />Teachers will also have the option of setting up a classroom Wiki rather than a traditional website. <br />This option will allow teachers more flexibility and options for student participation and collaboration.<br />42<br />
  52. 52. Step 1 – Classroom Websites<br />The main cost associated with this phase is for the staff member who will set up and maintain the web sites. <br />The web design class can be taught by current staff so there will not be any additional cost.<br />Student volunteers will not be paid for any work they provide teachers. <br />43<br />
  53. 53. Step 1 – ITV Room<br />Pipestone Area Schools has a fully functional ITV room. According to Josh Stukel, technology coordinator, the room is used one period per day for a French class. <br />With the advent of online learning, ITV has become obsolete. <br />A student news show should be developed, using the ITV room as a studio. <br />This allows the room and equipment to be used more efficiently. <br />44<br />
  54. 54. Step 1<br />Monitoring Progress<br />The technology committee will meet monthly to discuss applications that have been tried in the classroom. <br />Once an application has been introduced to all classroom teachers, a survey will be conducted detailing the results of how teachers have integrated that application into their curriculum. Survey Monkey will be used.<br />The district can also use standardized test scores as a way to determine if these applications are assisting students in passing those tests.<br />45<br />
  55. 55. Step 2 – Student Computers <br />Step 2 involves providing hardware to students. Students will gradually be given a net book for their use, both at school and at home.<br />Recommended product<br />Support<br />Project specifications<br />Stillwater Schools <br />46<br />
  56. 56. Step 2 – Student ComputersRecommended Product<br />Dell Mini Netbooks<br />Cost starting at $299 per computer<br />Dimensions approximately 10 X 1 X 7<br />Memory up to 1 GB<br />Hard drive up to 160 GB<br />Keyboard 92% of standard keyboard<br />47<br />
  57. 57. Step 2 – Student ComputersSupport<br />Tech support for the computers may be a huge undertaking. <br />As a way to be proactive in this matter, one new position will be created for tech support of the laptop program. <br />Funds for this position will be deducted from the technology levy money. <br />As the program continues, student volunteers will also be trained to assist in supporting fellow students with laptop issues. These students will be given elective credits for each semester that they provide support.<br />48<br />
  58. 58. Step 2 – Student ComputersProject Specifications<br />Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, 7th grade students will receive a new Dell netbook.<br />Students will receive training approximately two weeks before school starts. They will receive the actual computers on the first day of school.<br />Students and parents will sign an acceptable use contract. Failure to comply with the contract will result in loss of the computer.<br />The program will continue as long as the technology levy is in place. At that time, the district will review ways to continue to provide the computers to students.<br />49<br />
  59. 59. Step 2 – Student ComputersProject Specifications (cont.)<br />50<br />The district will work with students as much as possible to ensure all students have access to wireless internet.<br />At a minimum, a classroom will be left open between the hours of 3:15 – 6:00, staffed by volunteers, so that students can access the internet if needed.<br />The library also offers wireless internet and is open extended hours. <br />
  60. 60. Step 2 – Student ComputersStillwater Program<br />The Stillwater, MN, schools have had in place a laptop computer program for the past several years. <br />The Stillwater program used grant money to begin the program.<br />http://www.k12blueprint.com/k12/blueprint/story_evaluating_stillwater_minnesotas_laptop_program.php<br />http://wiki.ties.k12.mn.us/file/view/Stillwater+Laptop+Initiative+Parent+and+Student+Comments.pdf<br />51<br />
  61. 61. Step 2 – Student Computers<br />Monitoring Progress<br />The district will conduct baseline survey prior to assigning computers to students. The survey will be similar to the one that Stillwater schools completed (see previous slide). Data will be collected from teachers, students, and parents. <br />Each subsequent year, the survey will be repeated. <br />The district can also use standardized test scores as a way to compare results from one year to the next. <br />52<br />
  62. 62. Summary<br />Pipestone Area Schools, while it has purchased many technology pieces such as new computers and SMART Boards and an updated ITV room, teachers have not been properly trained to use the technology. The district is making strides in the right direction as far as integrating technology into the curriculum but there is a long way to go. <br />By providing information and training to teachers, they can make better use of the technology and tie it accordingly into the curriculum. <br />By providing net books to students we will ensure that all students have access to up-to-date software and hardware. <br />53<br />
  63. 63. Sources<br />www.pas.k12.mn.us<br />http://www.justia.com/us-states/minnesota/pipestone/<br />http://www.schoolmatters.com/schools.aspx/q/page=dp/did=2055<br />http://www.pipestonestar.com/Stories/Story.cfm?SID=22826<br />http://zipskinny.com/index.php?zip=56164<br />http://epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=21371<br />https://edis.commerce.state.nc.us/docs/countyprofile/MN/27117.pdf<br />http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/27/27117.html<br />http://wiki.ties.k12.mn.us/file/view/Stillwater+Laptop+Initiative+Parent+and+Student+Comments.pdf<br />http://www.k12blueprint.com/k12/blueprint/story_evaluating_stillwater_minnesotas_laptop_program.php<br />http://www.mn2020.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={38EEB3FE-A533-40CB-A4AD-1584E52B081C}&DE=<br />http://www.pipestonestar.com/Stories/Story.cfm?SID=16434<br />http://www.pipestonestar.com/Stories/Story.cfm?SID=21823<br />http://www.pipestonestar.com/Stories/Story.cfm?SID=18400<br />54<br />