Independence School

Team Members: Mary Beardsley, Ulrike Neubohn, Tanya Godsey, Alison Hahs, Kerri Kacmarcik, Michelle Robinson
Community: ADVIS Year 1, 2010-2011

We are planning professional development to make our teachers more effective and comfortable with their use of technology, starting at the basics.



Survey results have led us to understand that we have faculty who do not know how to use Office effectively, while others would like to learn more advanced Web 2.0 tools.

– faculty: to demonstrate instructional adeptness with at least 2 Web 2.0 tools, to be assessed through in-service training and PLP observation. After greater reflection, we realized that our school has a greater need to teach the faculty more basic computer skills before they can be comfortable enough to embrace and employ technology tools in the classroom.

– students: to improve technological aptitude, to be assessed through before/after surveys of grades 5-8 student frequency of use, interest, and comfort levels.

– students: to improve engagement and success through teachers’ use of technology and interactive strategies, to be assessed through comparison of student participation (volunteerism, percentage of accurate responses) with and without technology presentation media.

– students: to synthesize reports of material learned using technological presentation tools, to be assessed through teacher-developed presentation rubrics. Assessment will be through shared student projects using Senior Systems components or wikis.

Upon reflection, we decided to eliminate this objective because we do not know the capabilities of Senior Systems, nor do we know what the school’s policy will be regarding uploading student work.

1/3/11: Announce expectations to faculty Summer, 2011: Host professional development day September, 2011: Implement use of new tools in teaching methods

Training to include:

– PowerPoint

– Brain Pop/United Streming

– Glogster

– Digital camera usage

– Google Presentation/Prezi

– YouTube (uploading)

– Wikispaces

We are still in the process of implementing the plan.
Pre-survey results Action Research Project Team 2 You can see two presentations about the team’s project on the team 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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