Presentation on theme: "Instructional Technology Initiatives Classrooms for the Future/ ACTS Radnor Township School District Joan Cusano January 13, 2009 Director of Instructional."— Presentation transcript:
Instructional Technology Initiatives Classrooms for the Future/ ACTS Radnor Township School District Joan Cusano January 13, 2009 Director of Instructional Technology
Instructional Impact New opportunities that were not possible without the technology Enhance and Enhance and extend learning; extend learning; deepen deepen understanding understanding Enhance and Enhance and extend learning; extend learning; deepen deepen understanding understanding Individualize instruction and differentiate based on student needs differentiate based on student needs Individualize instruction and differentiate based on student needs differentiate based on student needs Individualize Extend Possibilities Classrooms for the Future and ACTS (Aligning Curriculum and Technology with Standards)
Grant Award Details –$373,727 –20 participating teachers –18 classrooms –14 carts –430 PC laptops –18 projectors –18 Promethean boards –Part time coach Classrooms for the Future
Grant Award Details –$68,182 (cost for remaining classrooms $78,962) –25 participating teachers –18 classrooms –4 carts –106 PC laptops REF Grant $12,780 Includes funds for projector bulbs
Mounting LCD projectors $13,500 Electronics for wireless access $14,100 Tech time $1,000 Additional hours for teachers $8, Substitutes for course and training - maximum $4,000 Additional hours for full time coach - $30,000 Classrooms for the Future Additional District Costs
CFF Professional Development Teachers participate annually in online course for approximately 30 hours Bi-monthly department meetings Ongoing collaboration/training/lesson development with coach, Andrea Brothman Substitutes for training (block period)
Instructional Impact All Social Studies and English Classrooms
Instructional Impact Digital filing cabinet Instant access to research Visual engagement through electronic boards Writing for authentic Audiences Social interaction & collaboration Benefits Deep thinking Reflective writing through blogs
Graphs/Visual Concepts Teams of students researched how individuality was viewed during different eras in western history. They developed a thesis on how these views changed over time and represented their findings with an interactive graph. Each team presented their graph and debated the validity of each others thesis.
CFF Funding ? Interest in Math and Science
ACTS Program Goals Select a piece of technology Implement and assess Develop a model lesson Share with colleagues Aligning Curriculum and Technology with Standards
ACTS Aligning Curriculum and Technology with Standards Teachers select and receive a piece of technology (laptop, electronic whiteboard, LCD projector, document camera), participate in intense professional development and create a model unit or project that utilizes technology to support an academic benchmark and improve teaching and learning teachers teachers teachers, 1 principal teachers, 1 principal Total78 participants
ACTS Aligning Curriculum and Technology with Standards Budget Details Technology - $40,000 per year Staff development – 4 substitute days per teacher
Professional Development Topics: Understanding by Design Framework Essential Questions Differentiation Assessment Developing Rubrics Content Area Standards Technology Graphic organizers Web design Copyright Blogs Smartboards Handheld responders Document cameras Podcasts
Grade 1 – Graphing in Real Time
Grade 1 – Money – How many ways?
Past Projects 5 th Grade – What makes a good question? What can we learn from other people? (Biography) Spanish 2 – How do a countrys food choices reflect its history, geography and culture? Government/ Economics - Who has the power and how do they keep it? (2008 Presidential election) American Lit - How does your artist or art form represent something about the American experience? 1 st Grade – What is an American Symbol? Intro to Calculus/Discrete Math - What can you do with $500,000?
Why are these programs successful? Focus on improving instructional practice Imbedded in content Technology is readily accessible and supported Professional development is sustained over time/support during work time Time for collaboration is planned/scheduled/supported