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- Training and support is a huge obstacle for educational tech. Our project should be ridiculously easy to use
- Anything that helps manage data (grading etc.) would help free up teachers to spend more time with students.
- scantron - mechanical step of data entry unnecessary
- "The best technology lets teachers focus on the things that teachers do best" e.g. move silent work to home/online
- students are more comfortable with cell phones than paper/computers
- would like a way to facilitate students that go beyond teachers
- cookie-cutter, college-bound, alienating a lot of students
- hard to get/keep attention
- letting students interact in real world situations is a win
- caution for response systems: don't rush/pressure the slower students
- everyone thought DDR was hilarious
intros, background on i3 and challenge
question: fads/bandwagons, what's your experience and stuff that doesn't work?
smartboard - was it asked for? a few did ask for it, out of fashion, but... training was the major issue training is the issue for everything tech-related
Mr. Walsh went to west bloomfield and created their video program his report from there: "they don't have anywhere near as much in the way of tech as RO does, buuuut, what
they do have, they have infrastructure, training support, not just the latest fad"
there are multiple ways to deliver instruction, and the smartboard just added another
expensive, cumbersome, technical setup. You need to turn it on, have it work.
struggled with data management, test data, student info, grade filing, using the data to identify trends
and troubles, both population and individual. Become very personnel- specific with expertise, that person
disappears or becomes overwhelmed and data efficiency dropped. Last year had a data coach from stimulus
money, was a good thing but a one-year thing.
number crunching can really revealing
blip ryan called
scantron -- there's a mechanical step that makes it inefficient, because of this, it's a transitional
technology. Something that goes straight from the student to the data analysis would skip the step and be
question: effective technology?
Mr 's webpage, kids can turn in stuff, also can do that with moodle, opening up avenues. Roadblocks are not
technological (except security). Moodle was probably one of the best decisions, if we had implemented it
fully. Possibilities are broad, easily learnable. Not all staff use it, which is interesting, but a comfort
level issue. Teacher learning it mid-year means unproductive to make kids change mid-year, need accounts
and stuff first-thing. Would be nice if it was like Scratch where you can design it with drag-and-drop,
because support is difficult and setting up your own things is awkward.
Email is also a transitional technology, kids aren't using it anymore.
Special ed: Adaptive technologies: kindles, audio things, very positive, not incorporated as much as we'd
like. Security of a laptop, are they gonna get on the web, etc. Something to give to kids without these
liabilities, that would open the same doors?
Tech helpers? Yes, pretty reliably. Fear and turf issues over giving kids latitude to learn on their own. Be willing to let them make mistakes, cuz they're gonna make 'em anyway. Might rely on Ed personally as a
resource when it comes to kids with needs/abilities.
Techniques that work: Moving things online frees up the classroom, silent individual work done at home so
the classroom can be used for other things. Been doing that since '98, with increasing frequency. Uploading
assignments, wikis online, very close to students using cellphones for exams and stuff. Self-hosted.
question: difficulties in the classroom:
not enough time in the day
coming from elementary to HS, "feel like all I'm doing is grading". Huge time sink.
sometimes we have tech we have access to but not training / prep for it. Software on the computers don't
know anything about, sure it would be awesome but...
Dreamweaver appeared without a word, nobody knows how to use it. How much did that cost??
Having students in-class on-time on-focus is an issue.
sheer amount of forms and paperwork, especially for special ed, regulatory burden and data collection
increasingly huge, ruins instructional ability, but need the data to create plans for these kids
QR codes that could grade things? do tracking with the iphone somehow, collate the data?
side notes: student orgs sending mass txt, facebook groups, using cellphones as tools despite the school not doing so
collaboration, meeting time, always an issue. Physically moving to different spaces is too challenging, but
desperately need collaboration time. Previous teacher used Second Life to talk to peers.
teleconferencing, another evil useless technology
cross-pollenation between teachers from a wider community, not the same circle you always see
atlas rubicon - anybody can post anything, good stuff and junk, have to sift through it. Also, teachers
post stuff in order to gain posting priveleges, fills the system with junk.
district collaboration need not be a limit, go global, why not? so busy with local concerns
looking at doing MYP and baccelaureate programs because they're internationally competitive but not talking
to international collaborators, stuck thinking locally but we can ignore geography now
(nate idea: teachables like instrutctables)
website worth exploring: take IT global .org? classroom tiged cyberclassroom online collaboration, kids can
do projects, upload art, etc. Not sure how much it's used.
question: difficulites for students:
stifled because they've gone past us in a lot of ways, especially tech
what we offer them is not in a medium that's in their lifestyle
filtering is unreasonable, teachers have the same limits, youtube requires jumping through hoops. To get
federal money you have to get filtering systems but this district does it poorly. Model UN team can't
research because Bess blocks naughty things like human rights.
all kids expected to be college-bound, and follow that curriculum, not the right fit for some kids. Boxed
into having to do advanced math and whatever, we're not looking at their individual needs to be successful,
100% college is a cookie-cutter approach, ignores different styles and intelligences. There can be rigor in
other domains. Tension between politics of a common core, and pedagogical goodness of differentiated
structure. Paperwork to exempt kids from inappropriate classes.
question from ryan: Do you try to do things that step outside a box to get their attention?
attention spans vary, so lessons shrunk into small packages, techniques we should be employing to hold
attention but chunking is still with traditional pen-and-paper models. Not a lot of variation because
comfort level doesn't fit technological means into the classroom in an educationally sound way.
Powerpoint seems to be an end-all of presentation format.
Dialogue in classroom is the most effective thing, freeing up time for that is difficult.
Getting kids into a class lab takes advance scheduling, they don't just have laptops sitting in front of
them. Lab use has not been a clear advantage, drills and quizzes in foreign language could be effectively
done in traditional method, not really an improvement. Gotta use tech to enable things we couldn't
otherwise do. Teacher fear of tech turning them into robots. The best technolgies are the ones that enable
us to do what we've been trained to, well.
was trying to show the rebecca black video... 3 1/2 minutes of agony, you'll like it
question: think of a story that illustrates a teacher or a student overcoming a challenge
back to teaching visually impaired... 30 years ago I read everything to kids, had to read everything to
them, the only way they could get things done. Scanning and having the computer read it to them: No greater
sense of pride in a kid's place than when they did something independently.
several students will do practice simulations and exercises, it's what public school is all about. but
watching kids interact with the real world, meeting a politician or something and realizing that the skills
they've learned are a match for that adult across the table, that's empowering. Can't trade that for
question: quiz buzzer
response: clicker is a transitional technology, cellphones could replace it. Speed component is not a goal
for most instructional uses, we ask our teachers to think about wait time, don't call on the first kid to
raise their hand, go the other direction. Clicker is / cellphone could allow students to take their time
and think it through, everyone answers in their own time.
PollEverywhere is the name of the website I want to use, allows students to text answers through their
cellphones. $50/teacher/year, or $250/school/year
FourSquare these kids, let them check into class, know where they are, attendance is done! Capitalize on
the infrastructure already in place, the devices the kids already own
ed question: Collaboration and group working skills, group-based response system. Grade each other, etc?
could be good if it required everyone to interact, otherwise one could just hog the button and the rest of
the group is idle. Give the kids each a contributing piece. Reading circles where every individual kid has
ed question: Regardless of skill level, afraid of making a mistake. Mistake counter.
Definitely beneficial to understand that partial credit, showing your work, identify the small glitch in
the process and fix it, rather than just getting the overall question wrong. Something that focuses on the
Within a couple years, moving towards a common core curriculum, testing at end of year, software grades for
partial credit. Seriously?
Electronic portfolios, been waiting for that for a long time. To show their growth as writers, etc.
Two thoughts on points-for-effort approach: Anonymity. Much more likely to participate and count mistakes.
Mastery: Want our students to master a concept, don't care if they get it the first time, as long as they
get it, sooner or later. Redo it until that happens, then reinforce it.
Posting paper drafts online, kids can critique each other's papers, admin knows their true names. They
guess throughout the year about who the identities are.
DDR-quiz project might not be educationally useful but hilarious.
english running media literacy course next year..
11th graders doing research, group fascinated by conflict minerals in phones and laptops, social
implications catching interest, brains rewiring by technology, kids fascinated by it
kids fired up about things happening across curriculum, talking about environmental and social issues ad
the science of one thing that crosses disciplines