Technology and Leadership in School Settings: Session 4

Kathy Schrock kathy@kathyschrock.net Spring 2007

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Itinerary: Session 4
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Discussion of technology self-assessment Presentation of use of technology in your district for personal productivity In a group, investigate one of three online technology integration models and report on it to the rest of the class; use Google Docs for collaborative creation (experts share)

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Questions from session 3?

Technology SelfAssessment Discussion

Tech self-assessment notes

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Discussion of use of technology in your district for personal productivity

PPT on Personal Productivity

Submitted by Cheri Armstrong, M.Ed.

PRODUCTIVITY
Chatham Elementary School

March 19, 2007

Current Technology
lll.A. Educational leaders model the routine, intentional, and effective use of technology. lll.E. Educational leaders maintain awareness of emerging technologies and their potential uses in education.

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iPASS iFIPS TechPath chatham.k12.ma.us email laptops, COW, AlphaSmart, labs podcasts wikis local access tv Nextel

COMMUNICATION
The most effective technology to improve productivity for our school district is the enhanced communication and accessibility to information via the internet. Almost all communication is by email, and our website has a school-wide calendar and up-to-date information regarding school activities and events. All teachers have their own laptops and are able to obtain information about their own students through iPASS.

iPASS and Its Uses
iPASS (Pupil Administrative Software System)
http://www.imgsoftware.com/html/software/pass.html

“iPASS is a comprehensive, completely integrated, browser-based student
administrative software solution that will transform any school or district into an educational gateway. Opening new avenues of information and communication between Parents, Teachers, Students, Administrators, and the community.” • • • • • • demographic data attendance spreadsheets created by selected criteria grading report cards secure accessibility

The use of Technology to Improve Productivity

How Technology is being used to increase productivity:
• • • • • • Emails are being used to improve communication Esped- organizes special education information Increases ability to effectively increase learning for individual children Reinforces academic skills when time is limited Teach technological skills in conjunction with academic skills Generates formal evaluation reports

The Process of Analyzing Data:
• • • • DIBEL scores and other reading scores are generated Lexia scores are also generated to see areas of need or success for individual children Computer generated report cards- individual reading levels Attendance records are more accurate

Challenges:

Every building within a district has equal access to computers and certain programs Need to teach keyboarding at earlier grades District needs to continue to provide more professional development in the area of technology Other challenges

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Increasing Productivity Through the Lens of Technology at Wixon Middle School
by: Krista L. Connelly

More Efficient Communication
Use email instead of paper notices, memos, professional development handouts etc.  Create a school site or bulletin board for daily announcements that need to be in print - teachers and students can go to the location during the day to read announcements
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Upgrade Computers for Students and Staff
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Inconsistent type of computers around the school with the exception of the computer labs which are equipped with the same Dell computers Improve productivity because the teachers and students would be more apt to use them if they were up to date and worked well - frustration is frequently a factor Complain about technology when we do have it and complain about technology when we don’t have it or it isn’t working!

Increase Building-based Professional Development
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Let’s learn how to use the technology that we do have
• • • • • AverKeys/Television combination Interactive whiteboards Digital cameras - video cameras Scanners Email….How do I check my email?

Supportive Learning Communities
AGS 738 Technology and Leadership in School Settings Mike Moore
In general, how is technology used in your workplace to improve productivity? Both attendance and grading, which includes the production of progress reports and report cards are used. As of fourth term 2007 parents of students will be able to access their child’s grade and we will no longer be required to do progress reports. Staff members are also able to access common folders on the local area network (LAN) to share different resources. Phones and voice mail have also helped increase communication with parents and staff members. What process is used to select technologies designed to improve productivity? To my knowledge most technologies that the district currently used are selected by the district technology coordinator with the approval of the superintendent. Because of consent exposure to the classroom and each of the buildings our coordinator is very connected to what is and is not working in the district. There is also an open door policy in regards to meeting with the coordinator about technology concerns and getting advice.

How is technology used in your workplace to collect such data as attendance, test scores, grades, expenses, etc.? X2 online program is used for attendance, test scores and grades. The front office uses Excel to track debits and credits related to the school finances. How is technology used in your workplace to analyze the data collected? X2 has the capability to generate different statistical analyzes for different tests and assignments for teacher use. Others in the building will also create spreadsheets to help analyze different data. How is technology used to support communication and collaboration among members of the school community? As mentioned before, staff members can use e-mail, voice mail and different common folders on our LAN to share work. Also, many staff members have their ETUD’s (effective teacher unit designs) placed in different common folders so that any teacher that has access to that folder would be able to use it as a resource for their lessons, share new methods and add/delete information as needed.

Which of the uses described above work well and need to be retained? retained • X2 – great software, just needs more time for staff to buy in and increase comfort level. • Staff use of LAN and common folders containing subject resources. • Cell phone/walkie-talkie system (more time needed for comfort level). Which of the uses described above do not work well and need to be modified or stopped? stopped The technology tools that are currently in place are all working well. Time and training is always the issue with most staff. X2 did not work well at first because of the lack of trained personal in the building that could help other staff members with individual problems. What challenges do you face in providing a learning community where faculty and staff use technology for improved productivity? productivity • Many of the new technologies fail in our building fail because of lack of time and/or training. • A new technology is introduced and before the entire staff can become familiar with it the district will switch to something else. • With a staff of 60 and one computer teacher trained in X2 it becomes a huge responsibility for the trainer. There should be some criteria in place that allocates a certain number of trainers per staff members or provides weekly release time for the trainer to adequately address

REFLECTION
USING TECHNOLOGY TO BE PRODUCTIVEBOB O’NEILL

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QUESTION- In general, how is technology used in your work place to improve productivity? Assessment Data collection BPS Announcements

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QUESTION- WHAT PROCESS IS USED TO SELECT NEW TECHNOLOGIES? IT Department requests funds to purchase a particular piece of technology. Approval of funding Schools and teachers are selected for a pilot program Analyze feedback Purchasing Department purchases technology.

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QUESTION- HOW IS TECHNOLOGY USED TO COLLECT AND ANALYZE DATA IN YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT? Technology is not used to collect attendance in the middle schools. Expense reports are done by hand, in the middle schools. I do the computer and print supplies budget by hand. All final reports are generated by data collection personal. Technology is used to analyze MCAS scores and reports are generated to guidance and teachers. Technology is used in mini assessments of students work Technology is used to generate data driven tests focusing on students particular weakness. Edusoft. Technology is used to collect and report student discipline records Technology is used to collect and rank students academic performance

QUESTION- WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE IN PROVIDING A LEARNING COMMUNITY WHERE FACULTY AND STAFF USE TECHNOLOGY FOR IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY? Breaking old habits Challenge to change by older teachers User intimidation Cost of training Teaching to the data, is sometimes hard to sell to teachers. Learning curve for users, different levels of abilities Total staff buy into technology vision and philosophy

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Improving Productivity
Use of Technology to collect and interpret Data in guiding curriculum decisions
School Brains© MCAS Analysis – Test-Wiz © (Use of these pieces of software vary from school to school and from teacher to teacher)

Use of Technology to collect and interpret data in tracking non curriculum information (attendance, expenses, etc.)
School Brains© MUNIS © (administrative payroll and expense program

Use of Technology for communication and collaboration
Novell © (GroupWise) Web Based Communication tools School Web Sites, School Wikki pages Shared Teacher-Created CD-R based lessons EdLine ©

Improving Productivity
Technology Selection Process
School Administration and Technology Leader

Model the Appropriate Use of Technology
Short Instructional Sessions on the use of both hardware and software. Presented by the technology Director Mostly focused on Classroom Instructional tools Not software environments such as spreadsheets, databases, mail tools, copyright laws, etc. District Policy documents describing the appropriate use of student data, district e-mail, and internet use Informal collaboration among some teaching staff

Improving Productivity
What is working?
Novell Groupwise is probably the one area of technology that is utilized by the majority of school personnel. At MMEHMCPS the staff training is expanding teacher knowledge of the array of potentially powerful tools that are becoming available to meet the wider range of student needs found in the classroom today

What needs to be modified?
The use of the School Brains © software which is meant to inform instruction through analyzing assessments and other student data is not widespread. classroom teacher ability to create web pages or “wikkis” are limited.

Current Challenges
As always, funding issues loom over all progress toward improving the use of technology in education. Teacher reluctance to get the necessary training to become proficient at utilizing available technological resources is also problematic. Contractual constraints and inadequate professional development time interfere with providing the depth of instruction that is needed.

AGS738 Technology and Leadership in the School Setting Productivity and Professional Practice Standard III: Educational leaders apply technology to enhance their professional practice and to increase their own productivity and that of others. III.A. Educational leaders model the routine, intentional, and effective use of technology.  Identify those technologies that are most helpful for your daily work.  Share information about technologies with staff through articles, PLCs, electronic newsletters, and professional development.  Make appropriate use of technologies on a daily basis.  Offer incentives for staff to improve their technology skills.

III.B. Educational leaders employ technology for communication and collaboration among colleagues, staff, parents, students, and the larger community.     Develop lines of communication between district office, staff, and the larger community. Publish and distribute information with technology. Develop an action plan and timeline for implementation. Obtain and respond to regular feedback to evaluate technology-based communication.

III.C. Educational leaders create and participate in learning communities that stimulate, nurture, and support faculty and staff in using technology for improved productivity.  Model positive technology use to staff.  Have clear expectations for self and others.  Provide professional development opportunities for all staff to use and evaluate technology for improved productivity.  Develop a plan that addresses any potential obstacles.

III.D. Educational leaders engage in sustained, job-related professional learning using technology resources.     Evaluate staff needs to determine appropriate use of technology. Provide professional development to all staff at all levels. Meet with individuals to establish professional growth plans or goals. Provide regular evaluation and monitoring of technologies in place.

III.E. Educational leaders maintain awareness of emerging technologies and their potential uses in education.     Recognize that effective technology use requires ongoing education. Regularly choose an area of technology use for potential skill improvement. Seek advice from the experts in the field. Self evaluate your choices to determine if the particular technology benefits your work.

III.F. Educational leaders use technology to advance organizational improvements.     Research and collect data to determine what areas can improve with the use of technology. Chooses appropriate technology to implement based on research. Develop an action plan and timeline for training and implementation. Establish procedures for evaluation and modification of technology use.

©2007. William Sheehan. All rights reserved.

PRODUCTIVITY
How/What technologies are used? ~ PLATO Labs, Computer Labs, Alphasmarts, Smartboards ~Some digital cameras

Technology & the Professional
Grade Quick: Daily attendance, Overview of class assignments, Grades in percents (tech-based lesson/teacher book). ESPED: IEPs, Progress Reports, District Report/Analysis, Reasons for Enrollment, Income Status. This is only for students on Education Plans. MASSCue: Computers Using Educators for professional development opportunities, Technology-based programs, Links, DOE.

Technology & the Community
Email is used as a means of communication amongst staff, parents, administrators, etc. Not all classrooms are “fully equipped” with appropriate technology (2 computers with Internet options for a class of 13 students, no smartboard, etc.). Technology can be used by students to research (based on class themes), manufacture (Word documents, collages, etc.), and manage files. Realistic (high) expectations should be set.

Online Technology Integration Models
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7.

GMOTT and The Knowledge Loom
http://www.knowledgeloom.org

McREL: Building Better Instruction
http://www.mcrel.org/topics/products/236/

Nichols Technology Integration Model
http://www.teach-nology.com/tutorials/integrate/print.htm

Integration of Technology in Education
http://www.cofc.edu/bellsandwhistles/research/integration.html

TIE Technology Integration Model
http://www.tie.net/jdp/TIMInstUnitTemplate.pdf

Engauge: Effective Teaching and Learning Practices
http://www.tie.net/jdp/TIMInstUnitTemplate.pdf

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HW for session 5…
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Making Tech Standards…read chapter 4 Investigate the budget line items (pages 8183) for technology for your school and create a PPT presentation (due 3/25 in the morning)

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