Presentation on theme: "Innovative Classroom Design for Effective Instruction"— Presentation transcript:
1 Innovative Classroom Design for Effective Instruction Will Blaylock, Rockwood School DistrictRob Highfill, Ladue School DistrictPatrick Jones, Valley Park School DistrictDrew McAllister, St. John Vianney High SchoolTom Swoboda, Parkway School DistrictWednesday, February 12
2 As curriculum becomes more advanced and dynamic, the resources required within the instruction and learning process needs to respond to those dynamics. How are local districts designing their classrooms to meet these needs? What elements would be essential in this environment?
3 Rockwood School District Current Situation – Hardware focused2:1 Student:Computer ratio– includes desktop computers and extendable computing terminalsInteractive whiteboards in all instructional areasPortable computer for every teacher100% wireless coverageAmplification systems in all K-5 classrooms (include specials i.e., library, art, music & PE)Access to networked printingStudent Response systems in appropriate curricular areasGoogle Apps for EducationBYOD policy/regulation
4 Rockwood School District CurriculumOn-line curriculum for teachersShift to hybrid classroomsDigital textbooks/resourcesProfessional DevelopmentOn-line and hybrid sessionsCustomized offeringsNetwork InfrastructureIncreased bandwidth (currently 500 Mbps)Increased wireless saturation (movement from 50/50 wired and wireless to greater wireless capacity)
5 Rockwood School District HardwareShift to more agnostic OS requirementsGoogle AppsOn-line resourcesAllow for support of both district owned (Windows 7/8.1) and BYODManaged Print – push to keep things digital, not paperTablet/Laptop/Desktop combined solution for teachersWireless connection to network and projector
6 Rockwood School District SystemsGreater emphasis on data securityCloud based, but with district oversiteIncreased information for teachers, not just increased dataData WarehouseInstructionIncreased “flipping”Hybrid coursesOn-line courses, on-line office hoursGreater digital dependency (Google Apps, Digital Textbooks)
7 Ladue School District Where We Are 2:1 Student to Computer Ratio Desktops (Mostly in Labs)LaptopsiPads (Mostly in K-3)Data Projectors in all classrooms K-12Interactive Whiteboards in all classrooms K-5Laptop for every certificated employeeiPad mini for High School teachersAmplification systems in all K-8 classrooms and specialsNetworked printers and MFD’s accessible to allGoogle Apps for EducationGmail (Internal Only) 6-12Google Apps (Internal Only) 3-12Technology Integration Coach at Each School
8 Ladue School District Our Vision (1-3 years) Ubiquitous access to technology resources for all studentsK-56-89-12Increased Bandwidth to stay ahead of needDigital TextbooksMiller-Levine Biology ExampleHybrid Professional DevelopmentReplacement of Projector/IWB with Television/Wireless ProjectionManaged Services for all printing - reduce paper and consumables
9 Valley Park School District Factors for evolution of classroom landscapeCommon Core Curricular AlignmentSBAC Assessments online startingTeacher skill levelsBudget constraintsOutcomesFlexible designWithin the 5 year refresh, seek opportunities to increase flexibilityDesktops > LaptopsWired > Wireless2:1 > 1:1 or greaterLocal resources > Cloud Resources
10 Valley Park School District ExampleCurrent Intermediate Classrooms2:1 desktop to studentWindows 7 OSTeacher workstation wired to projector and interactive whiteboardEleven computer tables tethered to either wall outlets or poles with electric and dataProposed Intermediate Classroom Refresh1:1 classroom-based laptopsTeacher workstation connected to projectorIpad to remote laptop and provide interactivity (Splashtop Whiteboard app)Windows 7 OS, but Windows 8 readyWireless technology in projector, for wireless streaming of teacher/student workstationsFlexible seating
11 Valley Park School District Breadth of Professional DevelopmentNew EquipmentCurriculum design and alignment to CCSSDynamic grade reporting with standards-based principles
12 St. John Vianney High School Factors for classroom landscapeInternet access – T1 to 100MbpsVisual display – Projectors on carts to Wireless LED TVsBudget – Capital expenses to dedicated budgetDevices – Windows netbooks to ChromebooksUniformity – At least 4 different setups to 2 (TV and Smartboard)
13 St. John Vianney High School Guiding principles“Fundamental 5” and Brain-based Learning inform curriculum delivery and classroom layoutDevelopment first, then devicesTools meet curriculum requirements rather than curriculum matching the tool
14 St. John Vianney High School Talon Technology Deployment PlanGoogle Apps for Education and focus on platform-agnostic technologiesBYOD is an option for all students, according to their learning styles and teacher goalsFour-stage development planIntroduction to multiple web-based learning technologies (Spring and Summer 2013)Inservice on the SAMR framework and teacher-submitted evidences of technology integration (Fall 2013)Introduction to Blended Learning and incorporating Schoology LMS (Spring 2014)Curriculum-specific Curriculum Development for Chosen Devices (Summer 2014)Devices selected by department requirements
15 Parkway School District Current Situation2:1 or less Student:Computer ratio– includes desktop computers and extendable computing terminalsInteractive whiteboards in all instructional areasPortable computer for every teacher100% wireless coverageAccess to networked printingStudent Response systems in appropriate curricular areas. Moving towards online assessmentsGoogle Apps for Education to begin Fall, 2014BYOD in place at all levels
19 Important Design Factors (Student-Centered) What learning is to occur?What will students be doing? (collaboration, presentation, etc.)What “learning habits” do we want to develop and reinforce? (tech skills, critical-thinking, collaborative tendencies, content knowledge)What tools will be needed?How will the technology be blended into the instruction? (blend rotation, flex blend, etc.)Have teachers “design” their classrooms for digital learningAllow for the room to be “interactive”.Decide what applications and tools expand the walls of the ordinary classroom.Identify the student needs.Identify instructional strategies that allow for more student-centered learning.Purge 20th Century objects.
20 As I read in an article, Technology is more than a tool, it is like a workshop… ~Will
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