Red Deer Catholic Regional Division

Team Members: Donna Leontowicz, Dave Khatib, Micaela Wasylik, Martin Rheaume, Terry Krushelnicki, Adam Sia, Craig Baskerville, Chris Smith, Brad Wolfe, Jonas Marchinko, Brenda MacDonald

Community: Canadian Year 1, 2010-2011

Red Deer Catholic launched a modest action researach project and initiative on 21st century learning environments and educator proficiency with 21st century learning. Teachers were encouraged to explore digital technology strategies to increase student engagement, as well as, student achievement. One-to-one learning initiative is an opportunity for teachers to best prepare students and educators to be contributing members of an ever-increasing technological and global society through anytime, anywhere learninging environment. The initiative provides teachers with equipment such as netbooks, ipods and flip cameras. Teachers are invited to participate in a collaborative one-to-one mobile technology, maximum of 2 month project in a subject area of their choice optimizing the use of division and school purchased software and hardware.

Our district is considering having students bring their own devices to school. Although very practical, many teachers have not used these tools or considered their teaching practices and pedagogy to support the use of student owned devices. This action research was to get equipment in the hands of teachers to do a small interactive pilot of the equipment with a focus on student engagement, student achievement, teacher pedagogy and collaboration.

Focus: Improve achievement for all students, bridge the digital divide and enhance instruction

Objectives: 1. Provide professional development support to adapt instruction to optimize the benefits of student one to one technology environment

2. Increase student achievement, engagement, and ability to learn how to effectively learn in a digital environment

3. Create and support equitable opportunities for student learning through the use of technology as a learning tool in a mandated programs of study

4. Collect student and teacher data on the impact of the project through a legacy report that we post in a collaborative wikispace

5. Identify factors in professional development, preparation, lesson design, use of technology and assessment that are important in implementing digital teachng and learning approaches.

6. The development of promising practice that can be shared across the division

7. To improve the attainment of 21st century skills in key areas – inventive thinking (inquiry, ciritcal thinking, problem solving) high productivity, collaboration, effective communication, and digital age literacy.

8. To build a foundation based on the concept of digital citizenship

9 An increased understanding of issues and considerations that impact the successful implmentation of classroom technologies.

October -One-to-one Learning Initiative Application Form sent to administrators and teachers

Round 1 – October PD and introduction to the equipment

November – 1/2 way checkup

December – post on the wiki and share with Round 2 teachers

Round 2 – December PD and introduction to the equipment

January – 1/2 way checkup

February – post on the wiki and share with Round 3 teachers

Round 3 – February PD and introduction to the equipment

March – 1/2 way check up

April – post on the wiki and share with Round 4 teachers

Round 4 – April PD and introduction to the equipment

May – 1/2 way check up

June – post on the wiki and shared

The 3-D wiki is where teachers post what happened in the project and the evidence of whether these outcomes have been achieved. We have discovered that success is our learning and some of our learning is in what did not happen they way we thought or intended.

We are presently collating the information from the wiki to complete our action research project to discover big learnings, recommendations and create a plan for next steps. We are presently creating a plan for new equipment for purchase for next year.

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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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