Technology Integration Strategies

SLItech members are being asked to choose 2 strategies that they currently use to enhance/implement further technology integration at their school sites.

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  1. • Shared Vision
    o -staff buy in
    o -you know where everyone’s skills and comfort level is
    o -all courses have a technological / online component
    • Examine Web 2.0 tools and share with staff
    o -finding things to share with staff that will them help to integrate technology, and see the purpose
    • Used a wiki/blog to communicate information and collaboration (PLN)
    o -used to discuss the connections between technology, differentiation, critical thinking etc.
    o -ongoing
    • Offers emotional and moral support to staff to help them implement technology – clearing the path – ensuring that people have what they need
    • Model the use of technology in classroom
    • Students are able to easily use technology, but don’t always have a “filter”
    • As it stops to become a novelty, but the way we do business, then some of the issues will fall into place
    • Different strategies are more appropriate at different times with different people – depends on the situation
    • New teachers? What will they expect?

    • One on one tech PD opportunities – Working with individuals or small teams helps staff work at their own levels.
    • Ensuring Tech PD Support – Working with staff and ensuring that they have time to implement any new hardware into the school, ensuring that staff will have time to learn so it is not an ADDON.
    • Advocating and Using Computer Technology.
    • Offering tech hardware to those staff ready while ensuring they partner with another ‘less-tech’ staff member.
    • Making technology use a priority.
    • Model the use of technology in the classrooms.

  2. 1. Establish specialized support for students:
    • Read & Write Gold supports for students
    Why is it high yield? huge in terms of supporting students who have difficulty with language input & output
    2. Ensuring Tech Support & PD:
    • Staff (experts) who help others with support
    • Demonstrating technology uses as part of staff meeting time
    • Teacher to Teacher mentoring
    Why is it high yield? if stuff doesn’t work it won’t be used. teacher to teacher PD is valuable and real
    3. Web 2.0 tools and share with staff & students:
    • digital literacy & democracy
    • at middle school level

  3. Why is it high yield? valuable tool for students & staff to further the technology learning

    • Ensuring Tech PD support – hiring a TIA
    • First you need to develop the staff-shared vision
    • Hiring a TIA is who gives us the support to make the vision a reality
    • The TIA is that practical, supportive link – the technical and people skills necessary to make staff feel supported in their efforts to use technology
    • A TIA supports just-in-time learning
    • Teachers are willing to be more creative because they know she is there to support them.
    Language Arts
    • Discuss/highlight the connections between technology, critical thinking, comprehensive reporting – initiatives that are happening in the school and the division; demonstrating through the collaborative working opportunities how one can further and enhance the other
    • Showing interest in changes; taking advantage of every opportunity to promote dialogue between teachers who ignite and excite each other to the students’ benefit

  4. “MATH” Group
    Strategies Used:
    We looked at a combination of . . .
    1. Model the use of computer technology in classrooms
    And . . .
    2. Advocating and using computer technologies
    Why high yield?
    • People can see the application of the technology to their own context right away
    • Easily shared
    • Modeling makes it easier to learn and then implement
    • Collegial sharing has benefit of on-site support for follow-up questions – builds relationships
    • Small successes build momentum
    • Students can also be part of sharing and modelling
    Examples of things modeled:
     Sharing websites
     Introducing them to things that are available – eg. Notebook, Ning, Blogging etc.

  5. Social Studies:
    • Use Wiki blogs to communicate assignments
    • Edu blogs used by individual teachers to relay info to families
    • Web cam use to conference with school in Calgary
    • Trying to share the how tech is being used at PD days
    • Tech talk at each PD
    • Ipen building to create poor man’s smart board

    • Inside PSD and the AISI collaboration
    • Everything done is posted
    High Park
    • Smartboard play dates
    o Mentor shows how to help teachers meet their goals
    • Kim Peacock from U of A web 2.0 applications

  6. High Yield Strategies used
    Leah: Direct staff through portal – give directions so people become comfortable

    Todd: Share pertinent information from Sli-tech meetings. Have seen use in staff that things have been shared with (focus on easy stuff)

    Don: Staff shared vision – embeds all other – focuses mind set on change. Re-enforces ownership and practice.

    Bill: Provide tech hardware/software support to tech savvy (or enthusiastic) staff …..branches off at a grassroots level to other staff. High yield because support is generated internally, and is directly and practically linked to curriculum. E.g. Facebook mediation of courses

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