Presentation on theme: "Technology: Best Practices for Schools Todd Whitlock Technology/Curriculum Coordinator North Daviess Community Schools."— Presentation transcript:
1 Technology: Best Practices for Schools Todd Whitlock Technology/Curriculum Coordinator North Daviess Community Schools
2 Items to discuss Leadership New technologies 1:1 computing Textbook alternativesCreative budgeting
3 Leadership is critical! Powerful learning, comes from passionate, motivated teachers who never stop learningIt is a long slow process to renew learning, not overnight changeEmpower your Superintendents, Principals, and Teachers to move beyond “how we have always done it!”You must have someone willing to step outside the norm and push the envelope on innovationBe Proactive NOT Reactive
4 New Technologies Take out your cell phone, iPhone, Blackberry, etc (like you aren’t already checking them!)
5 New Technologies Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites iPod touch and other hand-held devicesInteractive boardsAre you prepared to use these technologies?
6 Press F5 or enter presentation mode to view the poll
7 The Evil Cell PhonesStudents are carrying a more powerful computer in their pocket than most classroom computersYou just participated in an example of using technology YOUR student use times per day and at ZERO cost to the school!
8 The Evil Cell Phones1000 students x 7 periods per day x 180 school days (no snow days!) = 1,260,000 possible cell phone violationsOr is it 1,260,000 chances to engage students?
9 Parents must be a partner in New Technologies Parents find it hard to judge if students are working at home – or playing (socializing)The lack of textbook and pen might send the wrong signals – educate, engage, and model useRun parent orientation nights! – Get in guest-expert to talk about the issues and benefits – get parents onboard
10 1:1 Computing Take out your cell phone, iPhone, Blackberry, etc You have 1:1 computing in this roomAgain at Zero Cost to ISBA/IAPSS at this moment!
11 1:1 Computing“I think the big problem is that schools have very few ideas about what to do with the computers once the kids have them. It’s basically just tokenism, and schools just won’t face up to what the actual problems of education are, whether you have technology or not.” – Dr. Alan Kay
12 Press F5 or enter presentation mode to view the poll
13 Laptops/Computers in the Classroom LAPTOPS/COMPUTERS in the classroom will be for many teachers a rude awakening or a liberating departure
14 Student Use Must Not Be boring! Using a laptop/computer to type in answers to textbook questions, print them out and hand it in is absolutely superficial.Your textbook is NOT compatible with student motivation towards technology.Boring computer activities lead to work avoidance strategies and self-interest use of the Internet.
15 Textbook Alternatives North Daviess “Living Textbook”
16 Living Textbook Explanation From Department of Education The State Board interprets this section to allow school corporations to use computers and other data devices, instructional software, Internet resources, interactive, magnetic and other media, and other “systematically organized material.”Indiana Code , the textbook reimbursement statute, accommodates textbook adoption waivers: The definition of “textbook” for purposes of reimbursement is the same definition that applies to adoption. Computers and other data devices, instructional software, Internet resources, interactive and magnetic media, and other “systematically organized material” are eligible for reimbursement.
17 North Daviess Solution This year – no adoption of “NEW” textbooks in Social StudiesKeep classroom set of existing adoptionSell back all but classroom set in EnglishExplore this option each year of adoptionExplore alternative content to enhance the learning and engage the students
18 North Daviess Solution Laptop become living textbookIssue laptop to each incoming 9th gradeSchool year also for the 10th gradersCost will be split with school and student under textbook rental frameworkWill replace textbook rental on classes not adoptedCost will fall within $55-$75 per yearIf student stays the full 4 years they leave with the “living textbook”Close Digital DivideWeb sites visited accessible from home even with no internet
19 Learning becomes alive when using all tools available Closed minds – lead to closed doorsWillingness to do what is right for studentsNot what is easiest for adultsBe Creative in your BudgetsTextbook alternativesOff lease equipmentSponsorships and partnerships
20 Contact informationTodd Whitlockx 1500Resources and copy of this presentation will be posted at
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