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Imagining the Future of Learning Electronic Walkthroughs What is eWalk A web-based handheld computer walkthrough program that enables swift and easy data collection, instant analysis and colorful, comprehensive reporting. The system allows for design and use of instruments needed for collecting comprehensive data to improve teaching and learning. Definitions • Walkthrough – a brief (about 5 minutes) classroom visit with the purpose of gathering meaningful data. • Working together – adults in the school agree upon a plan to use walkthroughs. • Plan – develop and calibrate look fors, conduct walkthroughs, provide timely feedback to staff, develop and communicate school-wide reports, develop a baseline of data, set goals, compare data over time. Definitions • Meaningful data – a limited set of observable behaviors (look fors) that directly affect student learning. •Calibrate – a common definition of what each look for means. (What is the difference between active engagement and passive engagement?) eWalk Goal The goal of eWalk is to facilitate school improvement through a planned walkthrough process. The school accomplishes this by working together to identify, gather, analyze and act upon meaningful data. Photo Mosaic Photo Mosaic School Mascot: A Bobcat created using 368 selected photos A Datamosaic Using data to create an image of your school. What is a “datamosaic”? •The “big picture”/an image of a school •Based on multiple short walkthrough “snapshots” •The more “snapshots” the clearer the picture What does it take to create a datamosaic? • Large amounts of data • Objective data • Data analysis Large amounts of data •Data needs to be collected… •easily •quickly •frequently Objective data Just the facts No judgment placed on data during walkthrough Readily observed Non-intrusive data collection Sample Charts Sample Charts Sample Charts Sample Charts Sample Charts Sample Charts Sample Charts Sample Charts Sample Charts Sample Charts Data Analysis •School-wide •Grade levels •Groups of teachers •Departments What are the advantages to creating a datamosaic of a school? Aligns perception with reality Connects behaviors and beliefs… values and vision Establishes expectations Providesthe opportunity for school improvement goal setting Opens “conversations that matter” What a datamosaic is not… •Itis not an evaluation tool for individual teachers. •Itis not appropriate for all standards. is not the sole indicator for •It any standard.
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