Dover Area School District
Team Members: Davonna Rickard, Courtney Riley, Jon Marc Murphy, Molly VanBalen, Deborah Wirth, Rebecca Haldeman
Community: IU-13 Year 1, 2010-2011
Our project is to use professional development to provide the staff with the skills needed to collaborate and communicate (NETS standards)using Web 2.0 tools in the classroom.
Due to survey results that displayed a need for professional development, we chose to enhance classroom collaboration and communication, using Web 2.0 tools. Education in the NETS standards will guide this process.
The teachers will be able to use the NETS standards in their everyday teaching. We will assess this by looking at Performance Tracker and checking for integration on curriculum maps.
The team used data collected from surveys to look for interests/needs from the staff.
The team will provide professional development during a 2011 summer technology camp to meet the needs of the staff.
Provide teachers information about the NETS standards. (in the 2011-2012 school year)
Provide teachers with training on how to incorporate the NETS standards into their curriculum maps.
Some of our lessons learned include: Small steps are okay. We had a very wide lense at first with our implementation and decided to take a more narrow approach. We are about half way through our project. We are getting ready to try to lure our staff into committing to the technology summer camp to learn more about Web 2.0 tools to incorporate collaboration and communication into classrooms. We are working with adminstration to get a keynote speaker to come in next year to speak to the distrcit about the NETS. The NET books for the staff have already been ordered.
For an extensive implementation plan with documents for download, visit the team’s wiki page
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