Tech Coaching / Overview The Tech Coaching Program at Abingdon Elementary School employs a 1:1 coaching model. The Tech Coach meets with each teacher enrolled in the program to plan SMART goals, specific goals with measurable results, related to technology integration. Together, they plan a lesson that meets those goals, ensuring that the lesson allows students to meet objectives in technology as well as the content area. Supported by training and in-class assistance provided by the tech coach, the classroom teacher implements the lesson. They document their work, evaluate the effectiveness of the technology to accomplish the content objectives, and reflect on the process in order to inform their instruction of future lessons. Here are a few of the projects that have been done at Abingdon through the Tech Coaching Program.
Evaluating Technology Use in the Classroom Evaluating the use of technology in a classroom environment is not something most administrators are trained to do. It is easy to walk into a classroom and see that every student is using a computer, but how do you really assess if and what type of learning is taking place? In the past, I have had administrators tell me “I walked into the teacher’s room and all the students were on laptops.” When most administrators evaluate teachers during the evaluation process, they have some sort of check sheet they are working from either mental or as part of a school’s evaluation process. I remembered a Marc Prensky article in Edutopia in which he talks about the typical process of technology adoption: Dabbling with technologyDoing Old things in Old WaysDoing Old things in New WaysDoing New things in New Ways What if we turned these stages of technology adoption into questions that an evaluator could use during the evaluation process? Is the technology being used “Just because it’s there”?
schooX - The Academy for Self Learners - Online Courses and Certificates Learnlets More Than 30 Google+ Tools, Extensions, Tutorials and Other Resources The Google+ honeymoon might be over but many people are still active on the site. As Google+ has some shortcomings, lacking features and usability flaws, there are now numerous tools to deal with these issues. I’ve compiled a list of the most promising ones. I haven’t tested all the tools, just a few, so please report issues in the comments. I have chosen only those that seemed to make sense and have been recommended by other publishers or social media friends of mine. Web Tools and Resources Google+ Statistics – Google+ statistics shows not only who the most popular users and posts on Google+ are; it also discloses the percentage of women on Google+. Firefox and Chrome Extensions There are lots of Chrome and Firefox extensions for Google+ now. G++ for Google Plus (Firefox/Chrome) – this extension adds Facebook and Twitter to your Google+ interface. Tutorials and Solutions Tools Lists Misc. Do you already use these or other Google+ tools? * CC image by Toby Bochan.
Creating a Culture of Collaboration Through Technology Integration Last week, Chrissy and I were invited to give our presentation from ASB Unplugged, Hardware is Not Enough: The Teacher-Facilitator Partnership, to our Headmaster, Dr. Bill Gerritz, and Deputy Headmaster, Andy Davies. Bill and Andy had heard a brief overview when we reported back about the conference, and wanted to get a deeper understanding of how Chrissy and I see the relationship between teachers and technology facilitators. Our presentation went over well, and Bill asked us to put together an article for the TIE Newspaper. Here’s what I have so far for the article, I would love to get your feedback before I send a finished draft off to Bill: Creating a Culture of Collaboration Through Technology Integration For many years technology was treated as a discrete subject to be taught by a technology teacher. CC image by Billie Joe's Entourage Now the expectation is that classroom teachers will authentically and appropriately embed technology into the learning experience. Why Collaborate?
Teachers and Tech Use: It's Time! I see technology differentiation as vital to the education of our students. It's like there are different tiers of possibility. Tier I: There is one tool adopted by a single district or school that all students will see wherever they go. (Not my favorite model. It's very creatively stifling and doesn't differentiate between teachers.) Tier II: Different classrooms in a given school have different tech tools based on teacher preference; therefore, depending on which classroom a student enters, different tools are being employed. Tier III: There are a variety of tools available in each classroom. In my opinion, I believe Tier III is ideal. See, I'm a big believer in choice. So I believe that whenever possible, our classrooms should offer choices to students, choices of what to produce, how to produce it, with whom to produce it with, and with what tool to use. However, there are some teachers who still don't use technology at all. Rationale for The Reluctant It's Required.
3 E-Learning Lessons Learned on the Road I’m coming off of back-to-back-to-back conference sessions and elearning workshops. While the travel gets old, I really enjoy getting to connect with so many of the blog readers. What I like best is that I run across so many different questions and elearning use cases and examples. I’m always amazed at the creativity in our industry. In addition, I get lots of time to reflect on things as I fly across the country. Following are three things that stood out to me during my recent travels. It’s important to connect with people. I stopped in one of those airport shops to pick up a couple of knickknacks for my kids. As I was sitting in the lobby I thought more about it. It’s because she connected with me in a real way. There’s a lesson here for those of us who build courses. Things to ponder: What’s the equivalent to a warm smile and personal greeting in your course? Where am I and where am I going? Maps and traveling go hand in hand. Are you making the expectations clear in your course? Tidbits:
What Instructional Designers Do-Updated What is instructional design? Instructional design involves the process of identifying the skills, knowledge, information and attitude gaps of a targeted audience and creating, selecting or suggesting learning experiences that close this gap, based on instructional theory and best practices from the field. Ideally, workplace learning improves employee productivity and value and enhances self-directed learning. What is the instructional design process? Although the approaches people use to design and develop online instructional events vary widely, the common denominator is that the process is systematic and iterative. The standard instructional design process can expanded by including design thinking. What does an instructional designer do? The tasks that an eLearning designer conducts are so varied that it would be difficult to list them all. Professional Foundations Planning and Analysis Design and Development Implementation and Management A Look into the Future
How to Collect Student Files with Dropbox | K-5 Computer Lab Collect Student Assignments and Files with Dropbox and FileStork Dropbox is a free online file storage service that students can use to upload assignments and other digital files to the teacher's Dropbox account. Students do not need an email account or a Dropbox account. Teachers can use the basic free Dropbox account to collect and store up to 2GB of data. June 16, 2012 - UPDATE!! Unfortunately, This tutorial will no longer work as one of the companies, "FileStork" has closed their website as of June 15, 2012. How It Works: 1) You place an upload link on your website, blog, wiki, bookmark site, etc.. 2) Students click the link and are presented with a file upload form. 3) Students upload their file. 4) You collect the uploaded files from your Dropbox account. Get Started: You will use these two free services: Dropbox for up 2GB of free file storage. Filestork for you to create upload links and for students to send files to your Dropbox. 1) Go to Dropbox. 2) Go to Filestork.
Technology Coaching Coaching may be the most effective way to convert reluctant colleagues into enthusiastic users of new technologies. As mentioned throughout this book, in the first twenty years of introducing computers to schools, we relied too heavily on staff development classes to introduce computers. These strategies, if we were lucky and talented, sometimes reached an enthusiastic 15-30 per cent of our colleagues. But now we need to reach the perennially reluctant and those who have been eager but frustrated. In order to extend our reach so that nearly all teachers are participating, the times require quite different strategies. Programs that emphasize coaching and mentoring relationships encourage the growth of technology enthusiasts while also supporting and enlisting teachers who have previously been thought reluctant, resistant and technology challenged. The secret behind this method is the customization made possible when a coach or mentor works alongside one or more colleagues. · Planning · Time
Apps for Model Schools Conference 2012 If you are able to access the Internet during my presentation on BYOT at the 20th Annual Model Schools Conference in Orlando, here are some apps that you may want to download before the presentation for additional interaction. We will be collaborating with each other, so the apps are just suggestions and not required. Presentation Title - Forsyth County Schools: Transforming Learning with BYOT – Bring Your Own Technology Presenter – Tim Clark, Ed.D. Presentation Times Monday – 11:30 – Exhibit Hall AMonday – 2:00 – Osceola 1-3Wednesday – 9:30 – Exhibit Hall A Suggested Apps Scanlife Barcode Reader (iOS) / Scanlife Barcode Reader (Android) Socrative Student (iOS) / Socrative Student (Android) Pixlr-o-matic (iOS) / Pixlr-o-matic (Android) Edublogs (iOS – only) VoiceThread (iOS – only) Like this: Like Loading...