Northern Lights School District

Team Members: Jared Nichol, Terry Kaminski, David Ripkens and Barb LeNormand

Community: Canadian Year 1, 2010-2011

Every school in our division has teacher webpages on the school websites. Many teachers do not use these webpages because they do not understand how to edit the page and add in content. So, we decided to survey the teachers in 3 schools to determine what features of the webpage tools they understand and what features they no little about. We have then created tutorial videos to help educate the teachers on the use of the tools in their teacher webpage.

What we are hoping is that by by having teachers use their teacher webpages more that they will increase communication with their parents and students. We are also hoping that teachers will become interested in other ways of using Web 2.0 tools in their classrooms.
Our original survey indicated that many teachers are not familiar with the tools to setup their teacher webpage. We are hoping that once teachers view the tutorial videos that they will use their teacher pages more. We have looked at the use of teacher webpages up to this point. By November 2011 we hope that we have a 50% increase in the use of teacher webpages.

– January 2011: Develop survey to administer to teachers to determine knowledge of teacher webpage tools

– February 2011: Distribute survey, electronically to staff, via google forms

– March 2011: Begin developing tutorial videos

– April 2011: Peer edit the tutorial videos

– May 2011: Inform staff in entire division of tutorial wiki for teacher pages

– Sept/Oct 2011 – Encourage teachers to create their teacher webpage for upcoming school year

– November 2011 – Re-administer survey to staff to see if improvement in knowledge of use of tools and look at school websites to determine if more teachers are using teacher webpages

For details about the team and its project, visit the team’s wiki page.
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Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice. She works with schools and districts from around the world helping them to infuse technology into their curriculums and by leading other digital conversion efforts. Sheryl also consults with governments, educational organizations and non-profits in development of their various professional learning initiatives. Sheryl is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics related to digital and online learning, teacher and educational leadership, online community building, and other educational issues impacting children of poverty. Sheryl served on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors for six years. She co-authored The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age with Lani Ritter Hall. Sheryl has four children and four grandsons, Luke, Logan, Levi and Tanner and a trio of dachshunds. You can find out more on her blog and on Twitter @snbeach.

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