School: Media Providence Friends School

Team Members: Erica Baechtold, Roger Sternfeld, Daryl Ballough, Betty Peditto, Laura Taylor
Community: ADVIS Year 1, 2010-2011

Our Action Research Project is based on a mind shift. We are shifting a mind set, not shifting a skill bank. Our hope is to help faculty bridge the gap between ourselves and technology, while acknowledging fears and finding ways to have technology be a part of our daily lives. We hope to foster a shift in thinking through the power of play and exploration.



Our school has been a part of many technology shifts. Each new media brings a new set of possibilities and issues. However our time allotted and our comfort levels for these different pieces of technology hasn’t changed, leaves a gap. Through a mind shift, we are hoping more faculty feel like they can use their time more effectively and have greater take away value with the technology they use.
Our objective is to facilitate teachers through a mind shift when using technology. Teachers will fill an apprehension scale survey before and after our learning sessions. The PLP team will look at this data and assess the learning sessions. It will also serve as a guide on further instruction.
We plan on providing learning sessions at the beginning of faculty meetings as well at teacher inservices. There will be various stations available to the teachers so they may experiment with technology in a purposeful manner while having the comfort of having a friend and instructor.
The teachers will take a survey after the learning sessions, sharing their thoughts on the lesson as well as rating their apprehension with technology after they’ve received informal learning time.
You can also visit the team’s wiki page for more information.
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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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