Team Members: Joe Stahl, Lori Van Eman, Jody Davis, and Sarah Sloan
Community: Dublin-Dallas Year 1, 2010-2011
This research project increases awareness of technology for our teachers regardless of what technology they have access to. Staff members will have access to a common, interactive resource to increase collaboration and support of new learning for teachers and students alike.
- Problem, Issue, or Possibility
- Objectives and Assessment
- Implementation Plan
- Evaluation and Results
To achieve these outcomes we have and will continue to provide in-service on different Web 2.0 tools to increase awareness and comfort levels. We want teachers to attend an in-service of their choice and from those who attend we will determine if our outcomes were met.
From our first round of sessions we have been successful at increasing awareness. We know this from the results of an exit survey completed by teachers who attended. The next question is whether or not teachers will actually use this new learning to develop and integrate it into their instruction or change their instruction to increase student engagement.
2010 – 2011
– collect baseline data to determine needs of teachers in regards to technology awareness â—¦ teacher online survey
– provide first round of after school training sessions â—¦ Smartboard 101 â—¦ Flip camera â—¦ Social Bookmarking â—¦ Skype for teachers
– develop common resources to increase collaboration and support â—¦ Live Binder containing 21 Web 2.0 resources and how to videos â—¦ creation of Tech21 Wiki linked to our districts Teaching and Learning Community
2011 – 2012
– develop focus groups or collaborative teams to apply new learning technology while becoming aware of and implementing 21st century learning standards
– continue in-service to increase awareness and comfort level of Web 2.0 resources; possibly the inservice be in multiple buildings with and without technology. In addition, discuss with main office personnel using staff meetings as a place for a 20 minute inservice to meet the needs of all teachers.
– post teacher online survey
Currently, we are updating our wiki and Live Binder, which are our common resources for teachers. We are sharing our resources with our staff in hopes of creating excitement for those who may be interested in being part of a collaborative team in the fall. Since teachers are at all levels, we want a place to share and post ideas and new learning to create a professional learning community across the district. This project has increased our own awareness of Web 2.0 tools as well as the process of creating resources that are relevant for our peers.
The feeling of the “unknown” was uncomfortable, yet forced us to move forward without the security of knowing what the final project should look like. This is the learning we want our students to have access to. Brainstorming, using critical thinking strategies, creating, problem solving, and collaborating, these are the tools for success that embraced our new learning. This has been our experience… challenging, rewarding, and powerful.
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