Friday Focus

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Happy Friday, FMS Staff!

Congratulations on getting through another week of MAP testing! Awesome job of keeping up the positive energy and motivation to each other and students.

Staff Updates:

We are sad to say goodbye to staff that are moving next year! You will be missed and I'm sorry that I won't have the chance to work with you next year. We will begin the interview process next week and will have the goal to have recommendations to the board by the next board meeting in May. One staff change that I can let you know about today is that Mr. Daily will be taking Ms. Walker's position next year.

Staff Feedback:

Please take a moment to give your feedback and voice on the form I sent out earlier in the week. If you haven't done so yet, it can be found here:

Thanks in advance!

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Resources for the Week

Technology is definitely an important part of what we do in our classrooms. I am currently reading Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom by Matt Miller and he does a great job of making sure that as educators we evaluate why technology is the best strategy to use.

Miller says, "Done well, technology integration can transform classes and enhance learning. The right kinds of tech give students experiences they never could have otherwise. But when it’s done poorly, students are handed what Canadian principal and education speaker George Couros calls a “$ 1,000 pencil”— a costly piece of equipment they use to do the same things they were doing with pencils and paper.

So how to decide? The SAMR model (see below) can definitely help put tech to the test. We will dig more into this model next year.

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What does SAMR mean?

Substitution means using technology as a direct tool substitute. Example: Typing papers on a typewriter instead of writing them by hand.

Augmentation occurs when technology is a direct tool substitute with functional improvement. Example: Typing those same papers with a word processor and using spell check.

Modification applies when technology allows for significant task redesign and changes everything. Example: Instead of typing papers, students could write a series of blog posts and allow fellow classmates to comment and engage in conversation.

Redefinition is what happens when technology allows for the creation of new, previously inconceivable tasks. Example: Sharing those blog posts with a global audience and engaging in comment dialogue with people all over the world.

Miiller, Matt (2015-04-15). Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom (Kindle Locations 1098-1107).

Other Resources

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