Feedback and Recognition

SLItech project overview and outcomes

The SLI TECH project is aimed at building the leadership capacity of the division’s leadership team to integrate technology into the instructional process.

*Provide a PD plan focused heavily on providing system leaders with a coaching and mentoring model to support the work to integrate technology in the instructional process.

*A cascade model of PD will also aim to help school-based administrators to develop staff capacity.
*Division leaders will learn how to utilize and leverage insidePSD as a major vehicle to collaborate, communicate, find and access information as part of the process of integrating technology into the instructional process.

We will have a shared vision of what effective technology integration looks like at the division, school and classroom levels.

Each site will have a knowledgeable and skilled team to promote and support technology integration.

Divisional and school leadership capacity will enable continuous improvement in technology integration throughout the school division.

Technology will be viewed by students and staff as a tool to support learning.

The Scholaris Learning Gateway will be accepted and used by key stakeholders (administrators, staff, students and parents) as a responsive and reliable learning, communication and collaboration environment.

Students will be better prepared for life after high school.

The more immediate the feedback
the greater its impact on behavior

Examples of technology resources that facilitate and enhance the process of providing feedback for teachers are: MWord and Etherpad (now TitanPad). For comprehensive reporting, administrators and teachers are utilizing the amazing advanced features available with Microsoft Word – track changes, insert comments, etc. With Etherpad, schools are collaborating in real-time during class time and even staff meetings to gather thoughts, comments and reflections.

Classroom response systems – Quizdom, Senteo, online polls/surveys – whole group discussion and some demos during today’s session.

To open Notebook Recorder – go to SMART programs – open Notebook Recorder and then open Notebook 10 (either already prepared). Click record, talk and stop. It instantly will ask you to save a wmv file. Easy to use.

Administrator blogs are being used, mainly to communicate with staff, students, parents and the community. Netvibes is an example of an RSS aggregator which puts all the blogs you follow onto ONE page. An easy way to skim to the articles.

If you are interested in blogging to communicate with your stakeholders, or with other school admin, by reading and commenting on what they are saying or by creating your own blog. Where to find bloggers?

ie. Scott McLeod’s blog – annual Leadership Day – go to blog, read questions. For example: You Gotta Listen to the Kids

While some admin are blogging about issues of the day and what blogging has done for them, and others are blogging about how they use tech to do their job, imagine the PR possibilities of blogging about your school.

Check out the ever evolving

List started
* enhance communication and increase collaboration
* engage others in planning and decision making
* collaboratively develop agendas for meetings, plans for PD (post initial agenda and others add to the wiki instead of emailing you; therefore only ONE document is being worked on!!)
* record deliberations/decisions made by a group over time
* document history of committee work
* the power of input and collaboration is great

Adobe Digital School scroll down to E-portfolios (16 episodes)

Admin e-portfolios, for example Amber Boeckmann – 21st Century Curriculum ( Focus questions, presentation, activities, implementation, documentation, celebrations, challenges, implications for my school)

As a school leader, e-portfolios are a way to communicate the progress of your school by documenting the success of the programs you started; can be a way to manage the documents involved in your EdPlan and AERR. They provide a means to assess students, teachers and leaders themselves.

In all cases, deciding on a purpose for using e-portfolios at your school is the MOST important step. Do you want students or teachers or school leaders to create e-portfolios to document their work, or reflect on their work or collect their work for purposes of assessment or for all three? What are the particular outcomes/goals for having e-portfolios?….etc.

How to Join the Twitter Conversation
* You can lurk on Twitter without signing up, but to post your own updates and choose whose news you want to follow, you need to set up a free account. Tutorial video.
* Get started at the Twitter home page. To join, you need to provide an email address and choose a user name and a password.
* Once you are signed in, click on Settings. Create a profile other users will see when they click on your name. Add a photo or another image if you like.
* Add your own updates. Use the text box at the top of the screen to answer the question “What are you doing?” Answer in no more than 140 characters. Your most recent update will appear at the top of your page.
* Choose some people to follow. Use the search field at the top of the page to search by name or location. Or click on Find and Follow to look for people by email address. To add a person you want to follow, click on that person’s name. Then click the Follow button that appears under his or her image. You will receive automatic updates from all the people you follow. (They get to decide whether they want to follow you.)
* Tweet away. You can add and receive updates from your computer or via instant messaging or text messaging.

One can use Vocaroo, Voicethread, Audacity, Pixetell and a variety of other sources to record student/teacher and/or administrator voices. For example, Brookwood has a weekly Radio Show that is put into an mp3 format. Check out as well, The Podcasting Principal and ASCD Podcasts. PSD also has its own host site!

Powerful video from COSNLearning to Change Changing to Learn Advancing K-12 Technology Leadership, Consortium for School Networking.  

Just because Mword, Etherpad, Classroom Resp Systems, e-portfolios, Blogs, Wikis, VC’s, Voicethread, and Podcasts are available and for the most part, easy to use, it doesn’t mean that every one of them will suit your needs. You will need to do some research and try some of them in order to see what suits your needs and works well within your context.
Anne Davis of Georgia State University makes a point about why admin should be knowledgeable about the tools we have discussed today: “ Sometimes when I see all the stuff that is posted on blogs by teenagers, I find myself wishing that someone had given them some guidance, Lots of them are just not thinking. We need to build these types of things into our discussions in our classrooms. I like to think that good teaching about responsible weblog (etc.) would help. We will need courageous leaders who are willing to explore the strengths and weaknesses of this medium. Our students live in a world where they will have access to increasingly more powerful communications tools. Who should teach them how to manage the power of these tools? We have come fact to face with technologies that are now threatening the existing culture of teaching and learning. We will either try to defend the status quo or we will carefully analyze the risks of moving forward to provide powerful role models for our students.” (from November, A. (2006). Blogging: Shift of control. In T. Freedam (Ed.), Coming of age: An introduction to the new World Wide Web. Found at

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