Budewig's Technology Department
A Movement to Equalize, Equip, Empower, and Evolve.
Technology SMART Goals 2015-2016
- 85% or greater of Budewig's teachers will be Level II or III by the end of the school year.
- All classroom teachers will have at least 7 hours of Technology PD by the end of the school year.
- 100% of the Budewig students will have actively used their Google accounts.
- 100% of the classroom teachers will have created their personal class page to promote an academic dialogue.
- The Budvideo and BudCommon drive will have all extraneous files removed.
- 100% of the classroom teachers will use integrated technology at least once a week.
Top Sites That Makes Integration Seamless
Edmodo-Campus Code mgdglv
Edmodo is an educational website that takes the ideas of a social network and refines them and makes it appropriate for a classroom. Using Edmodo, students and teachers can reach out to one another and connect by sharing ideas, problems, and helpful tips.
MyOn Reader is an on-line digital library from Capstone books. Our students have access to over 7000 books online anytime, anywhere! These books are in full color and the students may choose to have them read to them or read them alone.
Kidblog is a wonderful resource for student blogging. According toKidblog's website,kidblog.org "is designed for elementary and middle school teachers who want to provide each student with their own, unique blog.
Edmodo-Campus Code mgdglv
Technology Tuesday Feedback 9/22
The Great, Areas of Improvement, and Potential for Growth
The Great (The Good)Shout out to everyone who made our launch of Technology Tuesday a great success. I could not have been more proud. There was not one class that I witnessed integrating technology that I was not impressed with. It was evident that much thought, planning, and preparation went into making it engaging, meaningful, and memorable for our students. I witnessed 100% engagement, students on task, teachers and students excited, students giving teachers praise, students anticipating when and what they will learn next, meaningful discussions, and above all LEARNING.
Areas of Improvement (The Bad)
We are in this together. I will confess I have the vision, but we all will make mistakes. It will be through our mistakes that we will grow and become a better network of resources for each other. The areas for improvement I would like for us to consider are the systems used to manage our classrooms. I want us to strive to make the learning environments to look more structured. We have to be very intentional in teaching routines and procedures when operating out of the "norm". We wants students excited, engaged, but in control. Knowing that working with technology brings great excitement, we must consider how to use CHAMP's and other strategies to keep students focused on the "main thing"--learning and following the BDOG Guidelines for Success at all times.
Posters are being made and should be here by the end of the week from Print Services. Some observed examples of effective systems to set expectations include: a reminder using Remind101, a basket to hold devices on the table, and use of a cup system (red, yellow, green cups on desk). I would also like to encourage teachers to lock cabinets and secure devices.
We are all busy and overwhelmed at times, so I am not going to give myself THAT excuse. . Please come to me at anytime, ask questions, get clarity. I am available to meet with your team, individually, your PLC, or just a call away. We are a team and we are in this together. You are not alone in this integration and no one is the expert, including me. Let's learn, grow, and explore integration together. If you want to know how to do anything related meeting the expectation of your position here are Budewig and it relates to the computer, call on me. That is what I'm here for! I will give you this one disclaimer, I am "gold" on the color wheel. If you can avoid last minute requests, then I can better assist you.
Many of us learned the importance of preparation on this first Tech Tuesday. Everything you can do in advance, please do it. If that is downloading your MyOn books on the devices, setting up Remind, playing with the App, or even testing students' accessibility; then do so in advance. Preparation will continue to be the key. I really was impressed overall. These are what I call growing pains. The real lessons usually come through mistakes, but if we can continue to share with each other, then we can avoid making more mistakes ourselves.
Potential for Growth (Ugly)
Emails and Expectations
Please read your email daily to ensure you are getting the most updated information for yourself.
Rely on your Tech Committee Representative to assist you first. He/she is a growing Tech leader on our campus and will learn by assisting you. Your Tech Rep. will forward tasks to me when they are unable to complete them.
When expectations are developed by our Tech Committee, please do your best to follow through with the goals. By supporting the systems in place, we will maximize this integration movement. Thank you for permanently posting your Tech Tuesday sign outside your doorway. This will be used as a quick reference for our campus and district visitors.
Thanks for supporting this school-wide initiative. We look forward to seeing all ancillary areas coming on board in the upcoming week. Please see your Tech Rep if you have any questions regarding expectations. Together we will not leave our students "DIGITALLY" behind.
Devices we have on campus for integration.
In all regular ELA classrooms and 6 available for check out as a class set only for groups.
Dell Latitude 3330
Cart in the Literacy lab available for check out (11 currently working).
Special Education, BYOD and Wow Classrooms
SAVE THE DATE!
Think Through Math
Budewig Website and Resources like Remind and Home Access Center.
Your Technology Specialist
October 14, 2015 Post
o Sign Up for Tech Lessons Models
o Getting Tech Labels for the newly enrolled
o App for TCCA Conference
o PTO Magnets