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1 Central Virginia Consortium for Technology NCLB EdTech Grant Enhancing Learning through Technology Funded by Virginia Department of Education EDTech 2005 conference, February 2, 2005 Presenters: Mano Talaiver (SMV) Kristine Hill ( King George) Stewart Smith ( WCVE) Pete O’Brien ( Hanover) Monty Jones (Hopewell) Dr. Manorama Talaiver, Project Manager,

2 Focus for Year 2 Middle Schools – teachers, administrators, and media specialists Two week summer academies in 7 locations by forming mini-consortiums (http://www.cvctech.org/registration/Mini4 _course_registration.asp)http://www.cvctech.org/registration/Mini4 _course_registration.asp Online registration, evaluation, technology survey of teachers

3 Focus for Year 2 Summer academies One week in June (44 workshops) and One week in August (36 workshops) 900 teachers registered and about 75% actually attended workshops Four focus areas – Integrating Information literacy, graphic organizers, spreadsheet, and digital video

4 Focus for year 2 TechMentors in middle schools 43 TechMentors (Started with 51) TechMentors – VCU graduate course work – 6 courses to receive a VCU post-baccalaureate certificate in Instructional Technology Tech Mentor courses include… –Instructional strategies using the Internet –Instructional models and technology applications –Developing and critiquing visual literacy –Using digital video in instruction –e-learning –Capstone e-leadership

5 Focus for Year 2 TechMentors provide support in schools for 40 hours (their time) for a stipend TechMentors use JMU’s ISTE NETS.T database to upload artifacts Evaluators of artifacts are VCU instructors and second opinion by a small group of CVC Leaders Overwhelming, but 42 are still with us and running the race

6 Focus for Year 2 NETS.A for administrators In addition to VITAL training, 60 administrators (central office and school based) attended a workshop with an overview on NETS.A Administrators were trained in a follow-up workshop to evaluate teachers on technology integration; training was provided by ISTE Very well received; now administrators want the software and additional training

7 Success In general, we are meeting the objectives (100%) Target number of participants in all categories (75 to 80% of original registration A collection of exemplary integration ideas (will be placed on the web by Spring 05)

8 Professional Development and Website

9  Key to enhancing learning through technology was TRAINING  Key to delivering coordinated regional training was a centralized online registration system Focus was on four courses selected by committee: 1. Concept Mapping - Inspiration 3. Video Streaming – United Streaming 2. Information Literacy - BIG 6 4. Data Communication - Spreadsheets

10 Professional Development and Website Summer Technology Institute (June and August)  All Courses were offered in each district  Each course was delivered for Language Arts/Social Studies and Math/Science Teachers  Teachers from each district could register for a course in their own district or other districts Requirements and Incentives  Each teacher could earn $100 per course  Each teacher had to fill out a survey and course evaluation  Each teacher had to submit lesson plans and examples of how this material could be integrated into instruction

11 Professional Development and Website Q: How do we coordinate training for 14 school divisions? A: Website with centralized registration database ! Participants sign up for courses they want, fill out on- line surveys and evaluations Participants sign up for courses they want, fill out on- line surveys and evaluations Institute instructors can download rosters, sign up sheets, lesson plan format, and course materials Institute instructors can download rosters, sign up sheets, lesson plan format, and course materials Researcher and Instructors can get results from surveys and evaluations Researcher and Instructors can get results from surveys and evaluations

12 Professional Development and Website A Brief Tour of the Website:

13 Why a Mentor Teacher Program?  Mentoring, in general, is one of the best strategies for effective staff development.  Mentoring is more effective because it is used in the school-settings rather than in a centralized workshop.  The mentor is accessible and understands the needs and challenges of peers.

14 Who are TechMentors? Middle School Teachers nominated by school administrators for their commitment and competence in technology integration and instruction. Teachers that can provide just-in-time support and training. Teachers who are respected and trusted by other teachers and who are willing to share what they know in a non- competitive way. Teachers who are patient and enthusiastic while helping other teachers

15 Creating Qualified TechMentors CVC is providing tuition for Six courses over two- year period. 1.Instructional Models and Technology Education 2.Developing Visual Literacy 3.Video Applications in instruction (TV, digital video etc, digital story telling projects etc) 4.Designing and Managing e-learning (designing online courses; instructional design principles. 5.Technology Leadership and Staff Development 6.Instructional Strategies using the Internet

16 TechMentor Requirements Complete the log of activities posted on the web. Report exciting technology showcases by teachers to project director Complete all coursework Present artifacts to meet ISTE NETS-T Participate in Listserv discussions especially created for TechMentors of CVC Maintain portfolio of digital images or videos for showcasing best practices Provide 40 hours of instructional training and support to teachers in the school

17 TechMentor Teacher Benefits Trained in ISTE, NETS-T Encouraged to meet the requirements of ISTE NETS-T certification process. Receive a $1,000 stipend. Upon completion of a six course, graduate level program, Mentors will receive a post- baccalaureate certificate in instructional technology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

18 NETS-T National Education Technology Standards for Teachers Designed to articulate the complex nature of using technology in teaching and learning Encompasses far more than just basic technology skills Target technology use in the teaching –learning process Includes productivity and professional practice, and addresses social, ethical, legal and human issues

19 The Focus of Teacher Assessment and Professional Development The ISTE StandardsNETS-T Performance Indicators –Technology operations and concepts –Planning and Designing Learning Environments and Experiences –Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum –Assessment and Evaluation –Productivity and Professional Practice –Social, Ethical, Legal, and Human Issues

20 Using Handheld Technology in Hopewell Public Schools Mr. Monty Jones – Lead Technology Teacher, Carter G. Woodson Middle School Current State of Handheld Technology Future Vision

21 Current State 8 th grade technology elective Integration into core subject areas Palm Initiative Team (PIT)

22 Current State – 8 th Grade Technology Word processing Utilities Infrared beaming Terminology

23 Current State – 8 th Grade Technology Elective -Word Processing Taking notes with Memo Pad Using Handwriting Recognition (Graffiti2)

24 Current State – 8 th Grade Technology Elective -Utilities DateBook Address Book NotePad To Do List

25 Current State – 8 th Grade Technology Elective -Infrared Beaming Notes Assignments Memos Drawings

26 Current State – 8 th Grade Technology Elective – Terminology infrared Handheld Technology Palm OS Beaming HotSyncing m130 Memo Pad Note Pad To Do List Hand Writing Recognition Application Freeware Shareware

27 Current State – Integration into core subject areas 8 th Grade Science Probeware

28 Current State – PIT P alm I nitiative T eam Community dedicated to furthering the use of handheld technology in Hopewell Public Schools

29 Future Vision

30 Future Vision – Teacher Use Grading, attendance, administrative Integration into core curriculum –Science (probes, software) –Math (calculators, software) 400 different calculation tools available –English (software, reference) Document processors (word to go) Shakespearian insult generators 100 dictionaries Thousands of e-books (even interactive)

31 Future Vision – Administrator Use 10 full function database managers Hundreds of custom databases

32 Future Vision – Student Use Replaced by Handhelds: –Agenda Books –Calculators –Notebooks –Text Books

33 Future Vision – Student Use Student enrichment: –Core area software –Students specific software –Exposure to technology

34 Challenges: Nurturing and supporting TechMentors Encouraging all school divisions to give equal importance to all consortium activities (For example, one school system may have their own administrators’ training, and yet it is important that their administrators network with other administrators of the consortium) Time commitment from all members Vision for Year 3: Focus on K-12 teacher training – summer one week academies twice – each teacher to attend 4 days of training ($400 to teacher after uploading artifacts and a digital camera to the school) Continued focus on middle schools through TechMentors Further training in Inspiration, video streaming, and information literacy using the mini-consortia model TechMentors move closer to completion of NETS-T certification Additional focus on administrative training, specifically NETS-A and VITAL

35 Questions??


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