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.
- Problem, Issue, or Possibility
- Objectives and Assessment
- Implementation Plan
- Evaluation and Results
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
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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