Presentation on theme: "Local Demographics Community(s)/School My critical issue is two-fold. One is to train the staff at my school in the use of technology so that they feel."— Presentation transcript:
Local Demographics Community(s)/School My critical issue is two-fold. One is to train the staff at my school in the use of technology so that they feel comfortable using it in day-today instruction. The second aspect of my issue will be furthered, in part by addressing the first, and that is to help the students at my school develop the necessary technology skills so that they can compete in today’s digital arena.
…the Fond du Lac Reservation is located in Carlton and St. Louis counties adjacent to the City of Cloquet on the east, and 15 miles west of Duluth. The tribal headquarters is in Cloquet, Minnesota.
It is interesting to note that while the SES demographics on the Fond du Lac Indian reservation and the city of Cloquet are similar in strata, those of the school are quite different. All of the students at the school all qualify for free lunches. It is important to note that a contributing factor to this statistic may be that not all of the students at the school live on the reservation. The school’s students come from as far away as fifty miles. Many of the school’s students live in the city of Duluth. Considering the SES status of these students, access outside of school to technology is an issue that must be considered. A further comment of the demographics of the school’s students…
Regarding the interest of the staff in addressing the issue of integrating technology into the curriculum at the school— approximately 60 percent of the staff have been contacted in the last few days. When asked about the need for a training program, the majority agree that the need is there.
…of that number 40 are directly involved with student instruction…
The purpose of the following study is to identify the technology training needs by the instructional staff at the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School with the aim of providing a multi-faceted set of pathways leading to the integration of technology into all aspects of content instruction. The means of identification used was a simple survey asking respondents to rate their technological proficiencies/abilities in using a variety of technological tools.
I Need… I Percent More time to learn to use software100 More time to integrate technology into my curriculum100 More training to use technology100 More support from administration when it comes to my technology needs100 More technical support to keep computers and software running64 Access to more student computers71 More curriculum-based software19 More reliable access to the internet for students23 More opportunities to collaborate with colleagues on how to use technology in my discipline100 Faster access to the internet14 More interaction with my media specialist/instructional technology specialist for technology needs92 Options for professional development in the areas of technology100 Tools to help me stay current on new technological trends71 More equipment to integrate technology in my classroom.64 Help aligning the integration of technology with the implementation of state standards94 Parents to support my efforts to integrate technology in the classroom78
The survey revealed a clear consensus on the following needs: More time to integrate technology into my curriculum More training to use technology More support from administration when it comes to my technology needs More opportunities to collaborate with colleagues on how to use technology in my discipline
A major obstacle in implementing a program of professional development aimed at increasing the use of technology in the classroom at this school is convincing the staff that it is indeed necessary. This obstacle can be overcome by demonstrating to the staff that they are stakeholders when it comes to reaping the benefits of integrating technology into their instruction. Yet, the challenge in meeting the identified training needs is to develop a strategy that offers not only training, but real-life examples of how to implement that training in the classroom. In short, any effort made towards meeting the needs identified in the survey of the staff at Fond du Lac Ojibwe School in the area of training them on the use of technology in the classroom must consider the concerns outlined in the following:
"A national analysis in 2000 documented that: (1) 99 percent of all teachers are exposed to "professional development"; but (2) only a third report that professional development is connected to classroom applications and (3) more than a third of all teachers (35 percent) never get any peer-to-peer professional development help. 5 " "Conventional professional development is expensive and widely derided by teachers as irrelevant, ineffective, too late, or too far removed from the reality of classrooms. But, without an alternative, people who care about adding technology to teaching are left to reconcile themselves to a melancholy reality: Conventional practice may not work very well, but what else is there?"
Identify leaders among teaching staff Indentify possible peer mentors Establish “perks” (perhaps monetary or early releases) for mentors (funding to come from existing professional development funding) Present plan to administration that requires little or no additional funding Develop accountability tool Complete comprehensive inventory of hard and software resources—indentify needs
The following is a draft of the schedule for weekly (2—½ hour sessions per week have been approved by the administration) technology instruction topics/subjects/practice sessions presented by the IT support department on the reservation set to begin in earnest at the beginning on 2010. Since this IT support is already funded by the reservation enlisting their services will not create an additional expenditure… Computers Don't Byte Computer/Printer Troubleshooting Beginning Word Beginning Excel Practical Excel Switching from Microsoft Office 2003 to 2007 (students are using 2007) PowerPoint Presentations Publisher It is important to note that I don’t see the above list as an end to the training issue; instead, I see IT as only the beginning. As I alluded to earlier, I have at least 26 students with technology skills that surpass those listed above. I believe that these students could be convinced to take on the responsibility of mentors to both staff and students…
My part in meeting the challenge of helping my students gain technology skills in the short term (aside from the general technology instruction offered in my classroom) comes in the formation of an afterschool technology club. I am pleased to say that I have been joined in my efforts by one of my colleagues. I have been able to secure funds that allow this club to meet twice a week. Together we challenge our students (26 so far) to explore the world outside of the community through virtual portals like those found on NASA’s website. The students are instructed in the use of various forms of software technology (i.e. Google Earth, Office Live, Microsoft’s PowerPoint and Movie Maker) to report their findings to the class. My colleague and I are working on a plan to present our students’ work to the entire school through some semblance of an art using technology gallery. We believe that the “Say IT the Digital Way” (name of the club) bug has a great potential of spreading school wide in the very near future. NASA’sGoogle EarthOffice LivePowerPointMovie Maker
If we’re right, and the “bug” is caught by many more students the staff at the school must be ready to treat it. To that end, I have identified two colleagues who are excited to become (compensated with extra-duty pay) technology mentors to their peers. We are working to encapsulate technology training for the staff at the school into a form that presents itself in short, fun, yet challenging, hands-on segments that will be used to encourage authentic discussion on “what works and what doesn’t” in the classroom. It is the hope of our newly formed technology committee that allowing for this type of discussion might serve to short-circuit bad/negative publicity connected to this much needed initiative. The success of this training program will be measured near the end of the school year using the same survey that was used to indentify the initial training needs…
Microsoft’s Office Live is one of the collaboration tools that will be used in the implementation of this training program. ClickClick (on Demo) to watch video (make sure to return to the presentation when through).
Google Docs is another great collaboration tool that will be used in this action plan… To see a demonstration click (make sure to return when you’re through) click
Power Point in the classroom is used to introduce (and then reinforce) students (staff in the future) to the methods of making the software speak for the students… for more info click (make sure to return to this presentation when finished). click
Microsoft’s Movie Maker software is just the ticket for tempting students into a world beyond still presentations like Power Point. Power Point may give them a voice, but Movie Maker helps them learn to sing! If you want to see a brief demonstration of the power of this software click (make sure to return to the presentation when you’re through)click
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