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1 Innovative Classroom Design for Effective Instruction
Will Blaylock, Rockwood School District Rob Highfill, Ladue School District Patrick Jones, Valley Park School District Drew McAllister, St. John Vianney High School Tom Swoboda, Parkway School District Wednesday, 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 focused 2:1 Student:Computer ratio – includes desktop computers and extendable computing terminals Interactive whiteboards in all instructional areas Portable computer for every teacher 100% wireless coverage Amplification systems in all K-5 classrooms (include specials i.e., library, art, music & PE) Access to networked printing Student Response systems in appropriate curricular areas Google Apps for Education BYOD policy/regulation

4 Rockwood School District
Curriculum On-line curriculum for teachers Shift to hybrid classrooms Digital textbooks/resources Professional Development On-line and hybrid sessions Customized offerings Network Infrastructure Increased bandwidth (currently 500 Mbps) Increased wireless saturation (movement from 50/50 wired and wireless to greater wireless capacity)

5 Rockwood School District
Hardware Shift to more agnostic OS requirements Google Apps On-line resources Allow for support of both district owned (Windows 7/8.1) and BYOD Managed Print – push to keep things digital, not paper Tablet/Laptop/Desktop combined solution for teachers Wireless connection to network and projector

6 Rockwood School District
Systems Greater emphasis on data security Cloud based, but with district oversite Increased information for teachers, not just increased data Data Warehouse Instruction Increased “flipping” Hybrid courses On-line courses, on-line office hours Greater digital dependency (Google Apps, Digital Textbooks)

7 Ladue School District Where We Are 2:1 Student to Computer Ratio
Desktops (Mostly in Labs) Laptops iPads (Mostly in K-3) Data Projectors in all classrooms K-12 Interactive Whiteboards in all classrooms K-5 Laptop for every certificated employee iPad mini for High School teachers Amplification systems in all K-8 classrooms and specials Networked printers and MFD’s accessible to all Google Apps for Education Gmail (Internal Only) 6-12 Google Apps (Internal Only) 3-12 Technology Integration Coach at Each School

8 Ladue School District Our Vision (1-3 years)
Ubiquitous access to technology resources for all students K-5 6-8 9-12 Increased Bandwidth to stay ahead of need Digital Textbooks Miller-Levine Biology Example Hybrid Professional Development Replacement of Projector/IWB with Television/Wireless Projection Managed Services for all printing - reduce paper and consumables

9 Valley Park School District
Factors for evolution of classroom landscape Common Core Curricular Alignment SBAC Assessments online starting Teacher skill levels Budget constraints Outcomes Flexible design Within the 5 year refresh, seek opportunities to increase flexibility Desktops > Laptops Wired > Wireless 2:1 > 1:1 or greater Local resources > Cloud Resources

10 Valley Park School District
Example Current Intermediate Classrooms 2:1 desktop to student Windows 7 OS Teacher workstation wired to projector and interactive whiteboard Eleven computer tables tethered to either wall outlets or poles with electric and data Proposed Intermediate Classroom Refresh 1:1 classroom-based laptops Teacher workstation connected to projector Ipad to remote laptop and provide interactivity (Splashtop Whiteboard app) Windows 7 OS, but Windows 8 ready Wireless technology in projector, for wireless streaming of teacher/student workstations Flexible seating

11 Valley Park School District
Breadth of Professional Development New Equipment Curriculum design and alignment to CCSS Dynamic grade reporting with standards-based principles

12 St. John Vianney High School
Factors for classroom landscape Internet access – T1 to 100Mbps Visual display – Projectors on carts to Wireless LED TVs Budget – Capital expenses to dedicated budget Devices – Windows netbooks to Chromebooks Uniformity – 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 layout Development first, then devices Tools meet curriculum requirements rather than curriculum matching the tool

14 St. John Vianney High School
Talon Technology Deployment Plan Google Apps for Education and focus on platform-agnostic technologies BYOD is an option for all students, according to their learning styles and teacher goals Four-stage development plan Introduction 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 Situation 2:1 or less Student:Computer ratio – includes desktop computers and extendable computing terminals Interactive whiteboards in all instructional areas Portable computer for every teacher 100% wireless coverage Access to networked printing Student Response systems in appropriate curricular areas. Moving towards online assessments Google Apps for Education to begin Fall, 2014 BYOD 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 learning Allow 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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