Communication & Technology
EDU 8010 - Using and Integrating Learning Technology
Stephen Cashman - Fall 2014
Professional Leaning Needs . . .
Throughout the development and the implementation of a revised standards-based reporting system, including new reporting documents, across all 15 elementary schools within CBSD, effective communication and professional development opportunities were a necessity. A multifaceted approach to communicating with all stakeholders and offering opportunities for professional development for teasers and administrators all became a priority,
The methods utilized are noted below and can be applicable to many situations within education where clear and manageable communication and professional development across a large and varied population is a focus.
- Standard 1: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
- Standard 2: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.
- Standard 4 : A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
- Standard 5: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
- Standard 6: A school administrator is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
Background Research . . .
The basis for the technologies outlined within the module serve two main purposes: 1) communication and 2) professional development. By using webinars and screencasts for professional development purposes teachers and administrators were able to have access to necessary information, while at the same time understanding how to apply the information.
The ability to access these tools without incurring additional financial burden to the district makes the tools plausible and practical for professional development and the dissemination of information (McLeod and Lehman 2012). Benefits such as accessibility, increased levels of engagement and efficiency also added to the benefits of the technologies chosen (McLeod and Lehman 2012). The ability to collaborate among the RSA team was also an important factor, and one that is highly touted when looking at available technologies in education (Lankshear and Knobel 2011). While the examples shared do not directly relate to the collaborative efforts of students, they (specifically the web based newsletter) demonstrate the ability for individuals to work together to produce one product that is the result of several individual efforts without having to orchestrate meeting times and managing various drafts and/or versions of one final product.
Lesson Plan & Resources. . .
Parent Resources Page - CBSD Website . . .
Professional Development - Webinars & Screencasts . . .
Throughout the process, there were/will be times when professional development is needed for all elementary teachers and adminstrators. The professional development sessions were designed to be delivered during scheduled faculty meetings. In order to ensure everyone understood the information and was receiving the same messages, the RSA team along with professional development and IT personnel developed webinars and screencasts to answer questions, facilitate discussion, and prepare administrators and teacher leaders for the faculty meetings.
- Webinars - an on-line seminar designed to provide a virtual review or dissemination of information in a collaborative manner
- Screencast - a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration.
Web-based Newsletters . . .
The purpose of the newsletter was to address questions and concerns, provide updates and information, and the celebrate the work occurring across the district in supporting the initiative. A copy of the most recent newsletter can be found by clicking here.
Vimeo . . .
- Reminding teachers of the reason behind the initiative
- Thanking teachers for their recent feedback resulting in a significant change regarding math assessment scoring
- Informing them a recent communication to families from central office
- Celebrating the work done thus far
The superintendent recorded a message drafted by the RSA team at the high school's television studio. The video was edited and then posted through a Vimeo account. A link was e-mailed to all elementary teachers. To see the video message from the superintendent , please click here.
Works Cited . . .
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Knobel, M., & Lankshear, C. (2011). New Literacies (3rd ed.). Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill
McLeod, S., & Lehmann, C. (2012). What school leaders need to know about digital
technologies and social media. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
School Leadership Briefing. (2013, January 1). Retrieved November 16, 2014, from