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A Blogging Plan!

A plan, a plan! I have a plan to make my teacher site a blog. To have more than the static welcome and required pages is my plan.

So far, other than maybe a cursory update none of the teachers at our school actually uses their sites. If I challenged the teachers to login, I would venture to say that 90%, or more,  wouldn’t even know their logins, much less where to go to access their page. Therefore, I am challenging myself to start actually using my site. Who knows, maybe it will be catching and others will follow.

While some content will stay the same, such as they course syllabus and contact information, the front page needs to become dynamic. This is where the plan comes into play. I am going to boldly go from nothing to an average of 2 posts a week! This is an aggressive schedule, but one that will hopefully garner a readership (even if it is an assigned one).

Week of: Entry Type & Topic Theme Posting Date
August 3 – 9 Discussion – How PBIS is changing the school

List – 5 positive changes on campus

School Culture August 3

August 6

August 10 – 16 Goal Setting – SMART Goals

Links – Career/Interest Inventories

Achievement August 10

August 13

August 17 – 23 DIY – How to Prepare for Student Led Conferences

List – Binder Checklist

Achievement

Responsibility

August 17

August 21

August 24 – 30 Links – Best math sites for fluency practice Achievement August 24
August 31 – September 6 Event – The Great Device Roll Out

List – Steps to care for your device

School Culture

Responsibility

August 31

September 3

September 7 – 13 Discussion – Should students/parents have to pay a fee or provide insurance to take a laptop home? Responsibility

Achievement

September 7
September 14 – 20 Discussion – How is Digital Curriculum Affecting You?

Links – Keyboarding sites

Achievement September 14

 

September 17

September 21 – 27 Discussion – Do you affect the attendance competition?

List – Benefits of attending school

School Culture

 

Achievement

September 21

 

September 24

September 28 – October 4 Guest Blogger Respect Week of September 28

The challenge is set! Let the blogging begin…

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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!

 

This is a test of the standards list.

This test should activate all standards and POs.