Driving Our Achievement…. The Importance of Using Technology & Data in the Middletown Public Schools
An overview of the way Middletown Public Schools uses data & technology integration to impact instruction & to meet the needs of ALL students Prepared for: Commissioner Gist District Visit on September 29, 2009 Prepared for: Commissioner Gist District Visit on September 29, 2009 Presenters Ron Dumais Janice O’Donnell Erica Bulk Patricia Dougherty Donna Chelf Susan Petti Helen Mikolaitis Melissa Kerins Linda Savastano Technology Educator Grade 5 Grade 7 ELA Special Education Reading Specialist Title I and Grade 7 Math Assistant Superintendent
Focusing on Improving Student Achievement using NWEA assessment, technology integration and TIEnet, our local data warehouse.
What is NWEA? What is TIEnet? A system for instructional data and curriculum management A system for special education case management A system for PBGR, individual learning plans, health data, 504, literacy plan management Our user friendly data warehouse where we can store and disaggregate assessment data A system used by teachers, administrators AND STUDENTS. These State-aligned computer adaptive tests measure student achievement and growth Also called MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) from NWEA (Northwest Education Association) local assessments Teachers can easily target appropriate and relevant instruction for each student or group of students using DesCartes, NWEA's continuum of learning (which is aligned to the GLE/GSEs) NWEA Reading tests report Lexile scores so that teachers and media center staff can help students and parents select appropriately challenging reading materials Currently, students in grades 2 - 11 are assessed using this tool
Sample Math Item from NWEA Assessment System Work the problem on your scratch paper Click on the best answer Click on the “Go on” button Sample Math Item from NWEA Assessment System Work the problem on your scratch paper Click on the best answer Click on the “Go on” button
How do our special education and regular education teachers use the data to set goals and help our students make progress?
Another set of data that our special education and regular education teachers use to set goals and help our students make progress….
How do the online reports support teachers with differentiated instruction & flexible grouping?
When does Curriculum Integration occur? Integration occurs when the purpose of the learning activities is to focus the technology use on curriculum — discipline-specific, content-area curriculum — using technology as a tool to foster higher level outcomes. www.iste.org
Why Did Middletown Integrate Curriculum? Students need to be proficient in the use of technology Correctly designed, more depth into the content-area curriculum is possible In the information age, there is an intrinsic need to learn technology Students are motivated by technology, thus increasing academic engagement time While working in more depth with the content, students are able to move beyond knowledge and comprehension to application and analysis of information Students learn where to find information in an information rich world Computer skills should not be taught in isolation Students develop computer literacy by applying various computer skills as part of the learning process
Why was Curriculum Integration the right choice for Middletown? MIDDLETOWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS and NCLB Meeting the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Goals for Enhancing Education Through Technology Primary Goal - The primary goal of this part is to improve student academic achievement through the use of technology in elementary schools and secondary schools. Additional Goals - The additional goals of this part are the following: – To assist every student in crossing the digital divide by ensuring that every student is technologically literate by the time the student finishes the eighth grade, regardless of the student's race, ethnicity, gender, family income, geographic location, or disability. – To encourage the effective integration of technology resources and systems with teacher training and curriculum development to establish research-based instructional methods that can be widely implemented as best practices by State educational agencies and local educational agencies.
What does curriculum integration look like in Middletown Public Schools? Technology Educators and Specialists support subject area teachers as they develop and implement tasks to integrate technology across the curriculum. Teachers schedule time in the computer classroom and then walk their students through a hands-on approach to learning and applying technology and content area standards for class-related projects.
Technology Integration FIBs – Finding Interesting Books Lexile Based - Students Book Reference Database (SharePoint Designer - Grade 4-8) World Migration The Push and Pull Factors (SharePoint - Grade 7) Climagraph Temperature and Rainfall Analysis (Excel - Grade 8) Election Graph Electoral Vote Graphing (Excel - Grade 6) Million Dollar Project Student created expenditure spreadsheet (Excel - Grade 5) Simple Machines How to Catch a Mouse (PowerPoint – Grade 8) Voices of the Holocaust Students Role play autobiographical holocaust diaries (Publisher – Grade 8) Virtual Colony Early American Colonization in a Virtual Environment (Multiple Applications – Grade 5)
Teachers now have access to information about their students. They can click on a student and view any forms attached to that student (IEP, PLP, assessment data, etc.)
A teacher can view IEP information (teachers can also view PLPs, 504s, ILPs, assessment data, and health information)
A teacher can view the assessment history to learn more about a student.
Another example of a student’s assessment history.
Do students use the TIEnet system? Yes! for online portfolio (performance assessment), e- Capstone, all PBGR management & Individual Learning Plans
TIEnet provides students with a user-friendly data system that enables them to take responsibility for their own learning in a timely fashion.
The Individual Learning Plan (ILP) in TIEnet allows students to reflect on their social/emotional needs as part of their self- knowledge page. On the goals page, they have the opportunity to examine their academic and career goals.
How is the TIEnet system used for online curriculum management linked to grade level/span expectations that are aligned to curriculum?
Additional components of the curriculum management system include instructional resources, units of study, strategies, and assessments.
Student Book Cover Designs (Paint Shop Pro/Graphic Design Software Application - Grade 8) Art 5-8 (Paint Shop Pro - Grade 7)