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Internship Report - Dyer

Internship Report - Dyer

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Training at CFAHSRunning Head: TRAINING AT CFAHSWiki and Blog Training at CFAHSDylan Dyer July 16, 2010University of Colorado Denver 1
 
Training at CFAHS
Background and Problem Statement
My name is Dylan Dyer and I am high school social studies teacher inEnglewood, Colorado. Currently, there is a strong push from our district to integrateWeb 2.0 tools, such as wikis and blogs, into the classroom in order to increase studentengagement and achievement. This is an excellent objective for our district to have, but because of budget cutes and time constraints, there has been a lack of professionaldevelopment and training when it comes to using Web 2.0 tools such as wikis and blogsfor educational purposes.In my school, we have an abundance of technology, including eMacs and Netbooks, all for student use. These resources should be put to their fullest potential, andwith the advent of Web 2.0 technologies, there has never been an easier time to use themthan right now. However, there has been a lack of training and professional developmentin these 21
st
century tools. Because of these reasons, I decided to assist teachers at myschool who want to learn how to effectively use Web 2.0 tools in their classroom,specifically Wikispaces and blogs. I am excited that I have this opportunity because itwill allow my fellow staff members to gain more confidence with using technology in theclassroom and it will also help me establish myself as a technology leader within our school.I believe that it is extremely important that other teachers in my building areeffectively using technology and are capable of infusing innovative tools in their classroom. Currently, most teachers are using computers in the traditional ways that theyhave always been used. I believe that these teaching methods and strategies need tochange within my organization. My students desperately want to learn in new ways, and2
 
Training at CFAHSthis responsibility lies with the teachers. I also believe that my staff wants to learn howto use technology in the best way that they can. My coworkers need to be shown how touse these tools and how they can benefit from them in their classrooms.This situation has provided me with a perfect opportunity to organize a Web 2.0training session for teachers that are interested in learning how to integrate newtechnological tools into their curriculum. The need for change is present within myorganization and I believe that in order to facilitate these changes, an organized trainingsession that demonstrates how to use Web 2.0 tools, specifically Wikispaces and blogs,will begin the change process in my school.
Project Description
Before I officially decided on the subject of my project I first spoke with myadministrators along with the technology teacher about what I was planning. I informedthem that I was interested in offering a training session on wikis and blogs and if teacherswanted to attend it was completely at their discretion. I explained the goals of my projectand what I intended on accomplishing. All parties were excited about my plan andencouraged me to move forward with the project.Once I had received an approval from my administrators, I began speaking withcoworkers informally about their interest in Web 2.0 technologies and if they would beinterested in attending a training session that offered support with using wikis and blogs.Through word of mouth, I discovered that there were several teachers that wanted tolearn how to use wikis and blogs to improve their instruction. From this strong show of enthusiasm from teachers, I created an email list of interested participants and started the planning process.3

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