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Utilizing Technology To Enhance Student Learning

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Vince Romeo

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Utilizing Technology to Enhance Student Learning 1. Develop an understanding of skills needed for the 21st century. 2. Reflect on current practices to meet the learning needs of students. 3. The value of technology:
* Raising awareness
* Build confidence 4. Exploring technology in a collaborative environment 5. Monitor and Measure Background...
* TPACK (Technological, Pedagogical, & Content Knowledge)
* Research Study, University of Windsor, to explore the impact & challenges of embedding technology into classroom instruction.
* Two schools, 18 teachers, CST's, two principals, SAO (Ministry of Ed.) Capacity building, group work and deep pedagogy, accelerated by technology, are in effect processes that support, indeed require, all schools to engage in the improvement of practice.

Choosing the Wrong Drivers for Whole System Reform, Michael Fullan, April 2011

* Professional Learning
* Collaboration
* Exploration
* Sharing
* Reflection / Feedback
* Next Steps * 3 Release Days
* Use of existing technology
* Openness to learn

ATTITUDE vs. APTITUDE * Learning Began Immediately!
* Concerns, questions, fears, disagreements
* Conversations around 'tools'.... then conversations around 'traits'
* What do our students need?!!
- need must lead the learning * The professional learning piece at the beginning cannot be emphasized enough.
* What is the need in the classroom?
* What learning must occur first?
* Together, as a committed group of educators, we will work together to learn what works and what doesn't work. I needed to...
- ensure a culture of risk taking was established
- reminders that attitude is more important than aptitude
- foster collaboration between all staff
- support teachers as they build confidence
- figure out how this was all going to be monitored and measured! *Needs Analysis*

Student learning need directs

Teacher learning need, which directs

Principal learning need, which provides support for next steps * We (SAO, CST, Principal) provided PD and classroom support.
* We offered choice and constantly balanced autonomy with prescription. * Lunch & Learns
* Swap Shops
* Intermediate Student Leaders
* CST, SAO, Principal teaching

Principal Learning

Teacher Learning

Student Leaning * Every session, everyone shared. Everyone.
* Constant Exploration.
* Constant Reflection - current teaching and assessment practices. * One Note
* Bitstrips
* Movie Maker
* Audacity
* SMART Notebook
* Comic Life Teachers embedded 14 different programs into their practice, 10 of them were OSAPAC licensed products. Most of these products were explored for the first time. Evidence of Learning (Student & Teacher) TEACHER LEARNING:
* Exit Cards (paper/video)
* Survey Monkey
* Video Interviews
* Email Feedback
* Audio Recordings
* Electronic Journals STUDENT LEARNING:
* Work Samples
* Video Footage
* Digital Pictures
* Surveys
* Assessment
* Observations VISIBLE EVIDENCE OF:
* classrooms organized differently
* doors open
* team teaching
* conversations around 'learning'
* culture of questioning
* students working in groups solving problems
* creative tasks being offered
* choices in work being given
* visual evidence of student learning being captured Feedback and Technology

* Student Voice captured
* Teacher Voice captured I began thinking about the physical learning environment.... Raised Funds for 6 Hokki Stools in each classroom....

Is a 'Dynamic Learning Environment' Technology? the use of PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER...

WHAT: 18 teachers agreeing to journey together.

HOW: Utilizing existing technology to enhance the learning outcomes of our students.

WHY: We knew that instruction needed to meet the learning needs of students and the shifting demands of the 21st century.

WHO: Teachers, Principal, CST's, SAO.

WHERE: In classrooms & in a collaborative manner which brought teachers into a community of learners. Why Did This Work?
How Do We Do It Again? KEN LEITHWOOD Let's Go To The Research... STEVEN KATZ * We know that high quality teaching practice is the highest influence for student learning.
Professional Learning vs. Professional Development. * Professional Learning leads to lateral capacity building, it's needs based, and it's relevant NOW.

* What is Learning? EXPERIENCE THAT LEADS TO PERMANENT CHANGE * 50,000 Research Articles
* 240 million students
* 3000 teachers, 1000 + schools
* What Influences have high impact on student learning outcomes?
- teacher/student relationships, reciprocal teaching, high expectations
- "Teachers are the most powerful influences in student learning", "Teachers must be engaged in the learning", "teachers must create classrooms where error and risk taking is welcomed".
- "School leaders must create schools where teachers feel safe to learn and re-learn, to explore new knowledge". JOHN HATTIE

* Learning revolves around challenging tasks

* Focus on student engagement

* Collaboration amoung teachers

* High expectations for learning ... "we want you to practice based on your understanding of what the evidence says, and to use that as the starting point for working out what do in your own classrooms and schools". 6 RECOMMENDATIONS FROM LSA: Create the Format: * Professional Learning
* Collaboration
* Exploration
* Sharing
* Reflection / Feedback
* Next Steps Create Coherence:

* SEF
* BIP
* SIP Create The Context: * Focus on the Traits first, then the tools (critical thinking, reasoning, collaboration, risk-taking, inquiry, adaptability, problem solve..)

* Measure & Monitor

* All voices come to the table CONCLUSION:
* As educators, we need to be willing to learn about what we don't yet know.
* Balance autonomy vs. prescription...... but it must be rooted in sound research.
* Don't focus on the tools of technology, focus on its use.
* You need purposeful engagement in order for learning to take place.
* Create a culture of exploration and risk taking, and have high expectations for growth. Autonomy vs. Prescription * Always LEAD WITH THE NEED.
* Learning WILL become visible within the school.
* Engagement will increase.
* Discipline will decrease.
* Confidence will build.
* Doors will be open.
* Experience will lead to change. the use of Sessions Were Planned... ENVIRONMENT 'Not technology,
but the use of technology' QUESTIONS? Vince Romeo
vromeo@office.ldcsb.on.ca Teacher, Principal
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