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GaITAC Sub-Committee. Purpose for Review  To determine which curriculum will best support students’ preparation for success on the 8 th Grade Technology.

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1 GaITAC Sub-Committee

2 Purpose for Review  To determine which curriculum will best support students’ preparation for success on the 8 th Grade Technology Literacy Assessment.

3 Four Guiding Areas CONTENT  Alignment with current 8 th grade assessment.  Strength of remediation and tutorials (Is it simply a score\right or wrong or does the program offer feedback/further instruction based on student data?).  Method of delivery – individual only, teacher led only, or combination.  Rigorous grade-level appropriate materials. ASSESSMENT  Reporting features – student scores/assessments, time on task, etc.?  Are there incremental chances to assess or one final score?  Are assessments graded by computer or teacher?  Are there multiple types of assessment?

4 Four Guiding Areas MANAGEMENT  Time required for completion.  Access to material – web-based and 24/7, server based, or CD based. STUDENT ENGAGEMENT, PROGRAM INTERACTIVITY, AND MOTIVATION  Audio/video components and visual graphics.  Ease of use for students.  Authenticity of the experience.  Ability to repeat modules.  Feedback to increase understanding.

5 Materials Reviewed  Common Sense Media  GaVS Digital Citizenship Modules  Learning.com  Microsoft Digital Literacy

6 Common Sense Media ADVANTAGES  Free.  Good lesson plans and materials for teacher led instruction.  Great video examples that prompt group discussion.  Strong correlation to NETS relating to Digital Citizenship. Also supports communication and research standards.  Content broken down by grade level.  Lots of helpful communication with parents such as tips for home use of technology.  Includes online training for teachers.  NETS-S alignment chart available - loosely aligned to each lesson.

7 Common Sense Media DISADVANTAGES  No online component for students outside of videos – teacher led lessons.  Time constraints on teachers to prepare additional lessons.  Doesn’t cover all NETS – gaps in areas other than Digital Citizenship.  Assessment is subjective. Guided discussion questions come with sample answers to help you gauge your students’ understanding of specific learning outcomes through informal classroom conversations.  Each lesson also contains guidance for using project- based assessment to gauge student understanding of concepts.  No data collection feature.

8 GaVS Digital Citizenship Modules ADVANTAGES  Free.  Aligned to the” Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship” (Ribble and Bailey) and the NETS-S Digital Citizenship standard.  Willing to adjust content to our needs – planning a module on each NETS-S standard.  Essential questions and key vocabulary.  Text-based materials have “read aloud” option.  User control over audio and video elements.  Videos loaded fast and were appropriate and engaging.  Consistency of activities and easy navigation.  Alternative accessible activity content.  Interactive reviews of material throughout the modules.

9 GaVS Digital Citizenship Modules DISADVANTAGES  Reading content seems to be for young adults/adults.  Content would not be engaging or understandable for younger students.  No data tracking feature for teachers to use for assessment.  Self Check “Quiz” questions do not provide feedback outside of the correct answer.

10 Learning.com ADVANTAGES (1 of 2)  Variety of materials (activities, discussion, game, lessons, videos, simulations/practice, journals, quizzes, web links, etc.).  EasyTech aligned to the 8 th grade assessment.  Great video lessons using avatars would motivate and engage students.  Short amounts of information followed by self quiz.  Captioned lessons good when audio is not available or for differentiation.  Content is differentiated by grade levels (Mainly for K-8).

11 Learning.com ADVANTAGES (2 of 2)  Student data available for certain lessons to track progress.  Teachers can choose whole units or single lessons to preview and assign to students or create their own materials.  Multiple topics are searchable by GA standards from 2006- 2009 (Older standards searchable at the element level).  Web-based resources. No download required.  Some materials adjust based on student results.  Materials do not focus on a particular brand.  Each unit has at least one “real world” assignment to complete.  Multiple topics covered and students can repeat modules.

12 Learning.com DISADVANTAGES  Cost.  Many of the Internet Safety resources, especially at the HS level, link to free web-based materials.  The “Find by Standard” option does not include a search option for NETS-S. Quote from site: “EasyTech has also earned the ISTE Seal of Alignment to its NETS-S 2007 student standards.”  Time consuming to implement.  Some of the secondary video introductions are too childish.  Journal entries not submitted electronically - print to PDF or paper.  Quizzes do not provide usable feedback outside of the correct answer.  Tech Driven instead of learning driven by needs of the project.  Would require teacher training on use and management.  Quiz is 10 questions – must be able to read – no audio directions.

13 Microsoft Digital Literacy ADVANTAGES  Free  Available online or as a download.  Addresses digital literacy, productivity programs, Internet safety, ethics, etc. (no objectives on bullying noted).  Modules contain interactive games and self-tests (some of which provide feedback).  Differentiated content (basic and advanced levels).  Teacher could possibly use for whole group activities.  Digital Literacy Certificate Test provides personal learning plan upon completion steering students back to modules.  Scores and assessments are provided to the end-user.

14 Microsoft Digital Literacy DISADVANTAGES  Mainly text-based – very little audio/video components noted.  Not motivating for students.  Simulated exercises lacked authenticity.  Only Microsoft specific products covered.  Data/reports not available for the teacher.  eLearning requires updated Internet Explorer browser.  Takes several minutes for eLearning Viewer to load.  No documented NETS-S alignment noted although it covers some standards.  No grade level(s) identified for materials.  Designed with an adult audience in mind.  Difficult to navigate back to Home screen.  Time consuming to implement.

15 Conclusions  These materials were all very different in regard to content addressed, delivery format, and audience.  We would like to review other materials such as Edvation TechSteps. Edvation TechSteps  Since GaVS is planning additional NETS-S aligned modules and would work to meet our needs, it would be helpful to research possibilities for data collection with this platform.  If we had to select one of these four without considering further options, we would choose Learning.com.

16 Input from GaITAC  What are your thoughts?  Shall we review more options and research GaVS further?


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