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Category Archives: 3.3 Implementation and Institutionalization

How to Mangage Student Devices

You hear in educational news the buzz term BYOD – Bring Your Own Device. Many districts are relying on students to provide their own technology. This is a simple budgetary solution to addressing student technology. On the other hand, you have districts that see the need to bridge the Digital Divide and provide the devices. My district is a case in point. This year, we are rolling out a full digital curriculum and one-to-one student devices. The question we are toiling with is “How do we manage all these devices?” Seriously, if the district is handing every student a new tablet/laptop, how do we ensure students take care of the equipment and bring it to school every day?

My question to you is twofold: what safeguards do you recommend putting in place to limit loss due to negligence or theft and what do you do when a student loses or forgets their device given that all curriculum is digital?

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Blogging Request

For Week 3 the assignment was to compose a proposal with a cover letter requesting that we be allowed to implement blogging within our school. This is the body of my cover letter:

Please consider the attached proposal for implementing blogging as part of the district’s initiative to embed technology as we move toward AVIDizing our school and incorporating WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading) strategies across the curriculum.

I propose using Kidsblog as the blogging tool. This application interfaces with Google and provides a safe structured environment where students can develop writing skills while learning digital citizenship. Blogging also provides the students with the opportunity to apply keyboarding composition skills as they prepare for the new constructed response assessments. This application also serves as an effective instrument for students to build their digital portfolios.

Please review the attached proposal, so we can discuss this option next week when we meet to review curriculum maps.

My proposal can be viewed on Google Drive.

 

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Digital Storytelling

For this assignment, trying to decide whether to create an informational or a narrative piece was the first hurdle to overcome. I decided an informative piece would be the best way to go and was trying to choose between creating something either for my class or professional development. 


Putting my digital story on the back burner, I decided to select the tool I wanted to use. Vuvox was my first choice.  Sadly it did not play nice with my bandwidth, so I scrapped that idea. Animoto is a blast but the narration part would be problematic. I looked at a few more options and settled on VoiceThread. I like VoiceThread for a couple of reasons:

 1) it has all of the positive attributes of PowerPoint,

 2) narration is simple to record and append

 3) it is a great tool for collaborative projects


Once the tool was selected, it was just a matter of deciding what story to tell. Somehow, my project morphed from being something to use in my class or for PD. While the piece is informative, it may not be considered informational by some, and it is definitely not work related. Even so, I still applied the personalization principle in the design. 


My story is written from the first person point of view and chronicles the various dogs rescued by my family in the last three months, while focusing on one in particular.  I thought about using the second person voice to tell the story but decided against it. The story was well suited to a conversational format, which included a few slang terms or colloquialisms while still maintaining an air of politeness.  As for being a “visible author,” my opinion was politely, yet clearly, stated as you will hear. 


Writing the script took more time than I realized. Somewhere along the way, I lost a day. Using VoiceThread for the narration was easy to do and re-do when I made mistakes. Recording the last little bit, however,was rather difficult. It took several attempts to make it through. When I exported the presentation I was shocked at how long it was. I figured when I wrote it that it would only take 2-3 minutes. Something I didn’t expect was having my icon and name at the side of each slide when the narration starts. That is one aspect of using VoiceThread I am not overly thrilled with.


I still want to experiment with Vuvox and some of the other options from the list of resources but it can wait for another project.

Click here for the VoiceThread link or watch the YouTube version.

 

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Technology Maturity Survey

The technology maturity survey was an eye opener. If someone had asked me where my school rated before I did the survey, I would have said my school was fairly progressive. Now I realize that we are barely at Island status.

I rate my school as an Emerging Island for a combination of reasons. The primary reasons are:

  •  Because I realize now that it isn’t just about having “stuff”.
  •  How technology is or isn’t being integrated into the curriculum
  •  The impact technology has on student achievement
  • Limited communication between stakeholders

Today after a PD activity, a couple of teachers were talking about what happened to all the student laptops we had last year. I listened to all of the different ideas they had for students no longer having access to computers in the classroom, but I didn’t say anything. The sad thing is I know where they are – locked in a room in the media center. The computers are just sitting there, so close but totally inaccessible. It feels like we are taking giant steps backward.

Our district’s goal is to prepare our students to successfully compete in a 21st century environment.  We have the ability to do that: we just have to get everyone moving in the same direction. To do this, we must have a common focus. We can no longer be “islands” operating in isolation. Communication is the key!

 

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Technology Maturity Survey

The technology maturity survey was an eye opener. If someone had asked me where my school rated before I did the survey, I would have said my school was fairly progressive. Now I realize that we are barely at Island status.

I rate my school as an Emerging Island for a combination of reasons. The primary reasons are:

  •  Because I realize now that it isn’t just about having “stuff”.
  •  How technology is or isn’t being integrated into the curriculum
  •  The impact technology has on student achievement
  • Limited communication between stakeholders

Today after a PD activity, a couple of teachers were talking about what happened to all the student laptops we had last year. I listened to all of the different ideas they had for students no longer having access to computers in the classroom, but I didn’t say anything. The sad thing is I know where they are – locked in a room in the media center. The computers are just sitting there, so close but totally inaccessible. It feels like we are taking giant steps backward.

Our district’s goal is to prepare our students to successfully compete in a 21st century environment.  We have the ability to do that: we just have to get everyone moving in the same direction. To do this, we must have a common focus. We can no longer be “islands” operating in isolation. Communication is the key!

 

Tech Trend Lesson Plan

This is the lesson plan I wrote for a seventh grade computer applications class. While I am not currently teaching, I have taught this class in the past.  I chose Tablet Computing as a topic because there is talk in my school district about purchasing tablets.  I figure if it were an assignment and the students took their publications to the board, it might sway their decision.

This assignment is in alignment with AECT standard 3.1, as it provides students with hands-on experience using tablets and smartphones for academic purposes. The exposure to the educational side of this technology would be a huge boon to the students.  There are a few who have tablets, or have played with them, but none of them have used a tablet as an educational resource or learning tool.

I think using tablets with our population would be a great advantage. Many of the students live where Internet and electricity are not always available, and students from outlying areas have rather long bus rides to and from school. One of the major marketing strategies for tablets is their battery life  is so much longer than a laptop; this would enable the students to use the tablet to do school work during their commute, and at home. In addition, our district currently has a reading initiative, and the tablet could be an integral part if we loaded the tablets with e-books.

For most school districts, virtually all decisions are standards and research based.  Implementing the use of tablets as a educational tool meets the criteria of  AECT standard 3.3 Implementation and Institutionalization, along with Arizona state technology and Career and Technical Education standards.

 

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This is a test of the standards list.

This test should activate all standards and POs.