Presentation on theme: "Technology: Best Practices for Schools Todd Whitlock Technology/Curriculum Coordinator North Daviess Community Schools."— Presentation transcript:
Technology: Best Practices for Schools Todd Whitlock Technology/Curriculum Coordinator North Daviess Community Schools
Items to discuss Leadership New technologies 1:1 computing Textbook alternatives Creative budgeting
Leadership is critical! Powerful learning, comes from passionate, motivated teachers who never stop learning It is a long slow process to renew learning, not overnight change Empower 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 innovation Be Proactive NOT Reactive
NEW TECHNOLOGIES Take out your cell phone, iPhone, Blackberry, etc (like you arent already checking them!)
New Technologies Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites iPod touch and other hand-held devices Interactive boards Are you prepared to use these technologies?
The Evil Cell Phones Students are carrying a more powerful computer in their pocket than most classroom computers You just participated in an example of using technology YOUR student use times per day and at ZERO cost to the school!
The Evil Cell Phones 1000 students x 7 periods per day x 180 school days (no snow days!) = 1,260,000 possible cell phone violations Or is it 1,260,000 chances to engage students?
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 use Run parent orientation nights! – Get in guest-expert to talk about the issues and benefits – get parents onboard
1:1 COMPUTING Take out your cell phone, iPhone, Blackberry, etc You have 1:1 computing in this room Again at Zero Cost to ISBA/IAPSS at this moment!
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. Its basically just tokenism, and schools just wont face up to what the actual problems of education are, whether you have technology or not. – Dr. Alan Kay
Laptops/Computers in the Classroom LAPTOPS/COMPUTERS in the classroom will be for many teachers a rude awakening or a liberating departure
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.
Textbook Alternatives North Daviess Living Textbook
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.
North Daviess Solution This year – no adoption of NEW textbooks in Social Studies –Keep classroom set of existing adoption Sell back all but classroom set in English Explore this option each year of adoption Explore alternative content to enhance the learning and engage the students
North Daviess Solution Laptop become living textbook –Issue laptop to each incoming 9 th grade –School year also for the 10 th graders Cost will be split with school and student under textbook rental framework –Will replace textbook rental on classes not adopted –Cost will fall within $55-$75 per year –If student stays the full 4 years they leave with the living textbook Close Digital Divide –Web sites visited accessible from home even with no internet
Learning becomes alive when using all tools available Closed minds – lead to closed doors Willingness to do what is right for students –Not what is easiest for adults Be Creative in your Budgets –Textbook alternatives –Off lease equipment –Sponsorships and partnerships
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