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The Technology in Curriculum Initiative: Collaborative Faculty Teams Joel Backon Katie Jewett NERCOMP 2002 March 19, 2002.

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1 The Technology in Curriculum Initiative: Collaborative Faculty Teams Joel Backon Katie Jewett NERCOMP 2002 March 19, 2002

2 NERCOMP Notice of Copyright Copyright of Choate Rosemary Hall, This work is the intellectual property of the author. Permission is granted for this material to be shared for non-commercial, educational purposes, provided that this copyright statement appears on the reproduced materials and notice is given that the copying is by permission of the author. To disseminate otherwise or to republish requires written permission from the author.

3 March 19, 2002 NERCOMP Choate Rosemary Hall Located in Wallingford, CT Grades 9-12 college prep curriculum 850 students from 42 states and 32 countries; day and residential 110 full-time teaching faculty, many with residential and coaching responsibilities

4 March 19, 2002 NERCOMP Background Program funded by trustee / current parent in early 2000 $1 million over three years Gift divided equally in thirds Professional development Equipment and software Incentives Pilot program w/ 17 faculty begins Summer 2000

5 March 19, 2002 NERCOMP Goals of Project Original goal To stimulate faculty to develop and implement technology applications that significantly improve their teaching. Corollary goal To stimulate faculty to evaluate the way they teach, looking for opportunities to improve teaching and learning, with or without technology.

6 March 19, 2002 NERCOMP Philosophy To be prudent about the potential of educational technology To create a non-threatening environment for faculty learning To encourage faculty to be creative in their experimentation To minimize the “bar” for proficiency and/or results

7 March 19, 2002 NERCOMP Program Description Faculty mentors identified (3-8) Faculty choose year and season for project Faculty identify a project Faculty assigned to groups of one to three and matched with mentor Faculty spend minimum of 40 hours on project Both students and mentors are paid a stipend

8 March 19, 2002 NERCOMP Progress to date Year 1 (2000): 17 faculty in pilot (formal evaluation completed by Fresh Pond Education) Year 2 (2001): 43 faculty; 35 during summer, 8 during academic year Year 3 (2002): 8 during academic year, approx. 40 remain for summer

9 March 19, 2002 NERCOMP Notable Projects PhysicsPhysics: photoelectric effect simulation in Macromedia Director SpanishSpanish: digitized videos delivered as QuickTime movies through Blackboard Microeconomics: produce Annual Reports for airline company U.S. HistoryU.S. History: Create Oral Histories web site Biology: create collection of microscopic still and video images of cell divisions Math: create Calculus simulations in BC Calculus using Mathematica scripts Fine Arts: design Digital Video production course English: design “writing across the curriculum” program using electronic editing tools

10 March 19, 2002 NERCOMP Lessons Successes Immersion works Peer mentoring works Informed decisions regarding impact Better than 25% are significant Needs improvement Assessment Accountability Cost drivers Scalability Sustainability

11 March 19, 2002 NERCOMP Questions / Discussion Joel Backon – Director of Information Technology, World History teacher: Katie Jewett – Foreign Languages Department (French): Tom Foster – Director of Technology in Curriculum Initiative, History teacher:


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