As our district implements our 1:1 Technology Initiative, the IT Department plays a few major roles:
Provide technology-based professional development for teachers, staff, and administration
Assist classroom teachers with designing and implementing effective formative activities that utilize multiple forms of technologies, or educational tools and resources all while increasing student engagement
Identify and model best practices associated with the district's technology integration plan and meet regularly with staff and administration to use technology to support differentiated learning
Lead a District Technology Team focused on gathering and interpreting data regarding the efficacy of the district's technology implementation plan
Technology In Action
I use webquests all the time to teach content in my classroom. Instead of lecturing the students I use technology to help them discover the answers for themselves.
- Kevin Collins, Social Studies
Everyone in the class has a graphing calculator at all times (Desmos.com). No more sharing one set of graphing calculators between multiple teachers or asking students to buy $90 calculators. Students also get instant feedback on homework and tests with forms and spreadsheets.
- Laura Moore, Math
We took a virtual tour of Pompeii in World History... many of our students will never get the experience to travel and the technology we have allows them to "be there"!
- Jenny Lamb, Social Studies
I know that storyboards can be created the "old fashioned" way, but Tracy Otten and I had success with the website www.storyboardthat.com when we used it with our seniors after studying Macbeth. The free version allowed quite a few options, and for the most part, the students seemed to enjoy it!
- Teresa Eberle, English
My comp kids make podcasts that highlight a problem-solution topic regarding the school or community. It's still something that they couldn't create without technology.
- Casey Pfeifer, English
I have students look up songs and play a song for class (usually using YouTube) and then they have to create a presentation explaining the lyrics for a literal meaning as well as a deeper (2nd or even 3rd) level of meaning. i.e. analyzing text, in this case song lyrics, for deeper meaning.
- Justin Yang, English
Verb conjugation practice online: there is no way I could check that many students' work in the same amount of time as online drills allow. Nearpod with activities: it allows feedback on lessons at whichever intervals I set.
- Jenny Norman, Foreign Language