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- How and where do I submit my required lesson plan?
- What are my reflections about the technology integration that is happening in my classroom?
- How can I use the conversations, experiences and resources to improve my lesson and instruction?
A requirement of the grant is that you submit a technology rich integration lesson. From April until May 20th you will go here to sumbit your lesson;
After May 20th you will be directed right back here where the lesson plan template will be part of this website and URL.
Summarize Learning Using:
- How are these standards aligned to ODE’s Content Standards?
- What Technology Standards will I integrate?
- How do I use Google Docs to align the standards?
- What 21st Century Skills Standard(s) I want my students to learn?
April 7th, 9am`12pm and May 5th, 9am-12pm you will attend one workshop. Below is the descriptions of each workshop to help you choose.
Digital Literacy with Storytelling: Jennifer Gingerich, Gardens A-C
Digital storytelling is a form of project-based learning that involves combining text, images, audio, and video to tell a story. Typically digital storytellers gravitate to telling stories about their own lives, but this new medium has evolved into an engaging and multifaceted approach, which can be used to deepen understanding of curricula. Done properly in education, storytelling can be a powerful, evocative, and emotional way of communicating themes and stories, often touching students in deeper ways than writing assignments on paper or traditional assessments. When students write and adapt stories for a global online environment, they become producers, not just consumers of media, and research shows they take more ownership in their learning process because the reality is their story could go viral.
1) understand how stories give shape and meaning to our lives and our communities, as well as our content and curriculum
2) explore the use of digital kits to support classroom curriculum and objectives,
3) transform traditional writing and thinking assessments from a classroom-centric environment to a global environment,
4) create their own digital story as a induction to the process of building a digital story,
5) examine and assess data that supports digital storytelling as it compares to student achievement gains.
Integration Strategies in the Content Areas (Reading, Writing, Math, Science): Joe Buglione, St. Helens A
This workshop is designed to help educators integrate subject/course specific curriculum using effective teaching pedagogy and practices with technology as a tool to enhance their curriculum. This workshop is aimed toward beginning the process of immersion of doc cameras, and interactive whiteboards into the EdTech classroom.
1) seek, collect, organize and synthesize content online information (Geosketch, etc) as you create a lesson,
2) explore real world applications or problems that can be used to enhance subject specific curriculum,
3) assess tutorials, quizzes and assessments that can enrich selected subject outcomes,
4) ensure interactive whiteboard, document camera and laptops in the hands of students,
5) find ways to evaluate unit success.
Infusing Technology into Math: Teresa Myers, St. Helens C
The goal of this workshop is to help teachers understand how interactive technology can be a great asset in teaching math. Used effectively, technology tools can help engage students while addressing different learning styles through involving the multiple intelligences and brain based learning.
Participants will gain, create and implement practical, nuts and bolts approaches to addressing the challenges of the meaningful use of technology in the mathematics classroom with an eye on:
1) how interactive technology can offer richer materials for learning,
2) affect the way time is used in schools,
3) encouraging critical thinking skills,
4) increasing student motivation, and
5) improving academic understanding and achievement.
Essential Question: "How are technologies best used in math to help students achieve, think critically, and prepare for the world outside of school?"
Project Based Individual Exploration: Jennifer Arns, St. Helens B
Take some time and explore the resources, tools and technologies you have been handed this year. Spend some individual time and go deeper in your thinking and planning how to successfully integrate technology into your craft and the world of your students. Dialogue with others about your focus and use the connections around you to experience self-directed learning. You will be given a structure for study and may choose any topic to explore. Maybe using the tools on your laptop, Open Source, web tools or social media, your digital camera, iTouch, podcasting. There is always something new to learn. You choose. In the follow up you will work with Creativity and Innovation standards to move students to higher level critical thinking, and problem solving. Participants should be self-motivated and eager to learn, explore, and disciplined to not get off task.
1) choose an area of exploration,
2) dialogue and define an essential question,
3) spend time researching and learning at a deeper level,
4) create a lesson for use with students around the tool or technology,
5) Apply Creativity and Innovation standards to lessons
Classroom Management of all the Stuff: Karen Montgomery, St. Helens D
Laptops and iTouch and cameras, oh my! Projector and whiteboard and doc camera, oh my! You have all the “stuff” now how do you manage it? From organizational ideas to strategies and management you will have an opportunity to discuss, learn and come up with a plan on how to effectively integrate the equipment into your classroom.
1) explore scheduling and rotation of equipment as a whole, by project, and content,
2) design your classroom so you are the facilitator and manager who organizes the class and delegates work to the students. "It is difficult to find a "front" to the classroom because the focus is on learning instead of teaching" (McKenzie, 1998),
3) create collaboration management plans that includes individual, partners and teams,
4) refine and review district guidelines on school policies and procedures in working with technology in the classroom.
Powerful and Free Tools and the Projects You Can Do With Them: Rushton Hurley, Mt. Adams
They said this many powerful and free resources couldn't be packed into a single session. They were wrong! Step inside, buckle your seatbelt, and get ready to get excited about possibilities that won't cost you or your school a dime. Rushton Hurley was part of the inaugural group of teachers in the Bay Area of Northern California who participated in the first Google Teacher Academy. Since then, he and other Google Certified Teachers have shared ideas, initiated projects, and promoted the use of free tools to help more effectively engage students in their learning.
The presentation will include:
- How students and teachers can use Docs and Forms as collaborative tools for planning projects,
- How geographic tools can be used across the curriculum,
- How Sketch Up and Fresh Brain can promote active learning,
- How Advanced Search can be used to find resources,
- How YouTube and Zamzar can channel good content into your classroom,
- How Audacity and Irfan View can allow fine-tuning media for powerful projects,
- How VoiceThread and Photo Story can strengthen students' confidence,
- And more! Really.
In an era of budgets thinner than certain food-averse celebrities, it is more important than ever that we be aware of the multitude of freely available resources. The presenter will bring links and information to all attendees, including a special set of resources as a thank-you for having the courage enter the room.
Site used during workshop for "Integration Strategies in the Content Areas" at ARRA January Workshop.
- To improve student academic achievement through the use of technology in schools.
- To ensure that every student is technologically literate by the end of eighth grade.
- To encourage the effective integration of technology with teacher training and curriculum development to establish successful research-based instructional methods.
- Integration of technology into content and curriculum [Specifically English Language Arts, English Language Development, Mathematics or Science].
- On-going community based professional development providing opportunities for conversation, reflection around research-based instruction and improving technology skills.
- Collecting and evaluating student and teacher data matched to standards, to determine adult learning priorities, monitor progress, and help sustain continuous improvement.
- Build the individual capabilities of coaches so they can work effectively to aid teachers in the integration of technology.
2009-10 Training Dates
- October 27, 2009: EdTech Coaches Training (1 of 3) @ COSA
- January 14, 2010: ARRA Coaches Training (1 of 3)
- January 19~20, 2010: EdTech and ARRA Whole Group Training (2 of 5)
- January 21, 2010: EdTech and ARRA Coaches Training (2 of 3)
- April 5, 2010: EdTech and ARRA Coaches Training (3 of 3)
- April 6~7, 2010: EdTech and ARRA Whole Group Training (4 of 5)
- May 5, 2010: EdTech and ARRA Whole Group Training (5 of 5)
Congratulations on being awarded an EdTech and/or ARRA grant. We are thrilled about the opportunites for our students and look forward to a solid partnership filled with quality professional development and personal growth.
Attached is an overview of the training provided.