1:1 is Coming!
Observations from the Campus Visit
We didn't walk into the type of pod Spock was learning from in the 2009 Star Trek movie.
Seeing the library first was pretty cool because of the projects on display and the use of flexible furniture. There were still books (which would make many people who fear the digital word happy), but there was more openness to the area allowing for a relaxing experience instead of a traditionally solemn/academic one.
Devices Don't Destroy Discovery
- Students follow along in own digital notebooks while teacher instructs
- Swivel chairs allow student movement during class
- Teacher stated that we have to "change the way [we] think about school completely"
- The teacher is still responsible for creating/gathering resources
- iTunesU (a great alternative to textbooks) may be downloaded and used offline
- Students stayed on task-NOT A SINGLE STUDENT WAS ON SOCIAL MEDIA DURING THE CLASS
Wait. Staff Development That Actually Develops Staff?
Here is what I wrote down regarding Staff Development on this campus:
- Four different teachers pick an app they feel strongly about and "teach" these apps to other staff members in the morning
- The afternoon is spent allowing teachers to work these apps into their lessons (Good News: THIS IS PRETTY MUCH WHAT TIC DAY TWO IS!)
- For reluctant teachers, a sub is paid for and the teacher spends the day observing his/her peers integrating tech appropriately and effectively
- Might even film ineffective teachers and make watch to see students reactions to teaching
- Need a LOT of admin support and not just at the campus level
- Adults need to be allowed to make mistakes too-"I give you permission to fail a lesson miserably. Let me take you to someone who did it correctly."
A Culture of Digital Citizens
- Students don't even touch tech the first week of school-campus is setting behavior expectations and building culture
- Second week is digital literacy/citizenship in all classes
- Librarian plays a huge role in teaching digital resources
- Feeder schools are starting to receive devices to get used to expectations by the time they get to middle school
- Students must have a pic of their faces on lock screens or lose privilege for a week
- No Tech Tuesdays at lunch still allow for human interaction
- Article of the Week in all core courses allows students to connect to world events and build academic vocabulary
- Advisory is for SSR and homework
- Play music during four minute passing period-after three minutes the music stops so students know they have one minute till the bell
- One thing that was stressed repeatedly was that it didn't look like this the first year. They are in year three and still learning. If this is a direction a campus wants to go, it needs to understand the growing pains involved especially since the workload for teachers will be heavy at the onset to front load everything.
- Instituting something like this will look different at the high school level because everything is more numerous: staff, students, materials, etc.
- There are so many variables district to district. It is important to remember that one school cannot be the exact copy of another.
- All tech aside, without strong educators nothing else matters.