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Best Practices_ Integrating Technology into the Classroom Syllabus

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                            Best Practices: Integrating Technology into the Classroom (in-district)
*Course Name
                            Professional Learning Communities, Online, and Instructor Support
Course Type
*Keyword Data               Technology

*Contact Information        Kevin Teno, kteno@sioux-central.k12.ia.us, 712-283-2571

Prerequisite Notes          None

                            Marc Prensky, author of “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants,” says
                            that “today’s students think and process information fundamentally
                            differently from their predecessors.” He also says that “the single
                            biggest problem facing education today is that our digital immigrant
                            instructors, who speak an outdated language (that of the pre-digital
                            age), are struggling to teach a population that speaks an entirely new
                            language.” In his article, “Engage Me or Enrage Me,” he says that
                            “it’s not relevance that’s lacking for this generation, its engagement.”

                            “The Rigor and Relevance Framework” by William Daggett states
                            that “using instructional technology falls into the application and
                            adaptation quadrants.” Iowa has embarked on high school reform
                            utilizing Mr. Daggett’s work on rigor and relevance. “Students are
                            typically highly interested in technology and their lives are inundated
*Research                   with it.” (Daggett, 2007).

                            Educators are looking for ways to get today’s kids more involved in
                            their schoolwork. “The key,” says Prensky, “is not curriculum,
                            certification or testing, but rather engagement.” He argues forefully
                            that this generation is not in need of better content, but of more
                            engaging approaches, more understanding, and 21st century skills.
                            “To best help today’s unengaged students learn,” says Prensky, “we
                            need to provide them with learning that motivated them…”

                            District information shows: Our technology goal is to increase student
                            proficiency on the eighth grade technology literacy assessment. There
                            is also a mandate from No Child Left Behind and Iowa Core for all
                            students to have technology competencies by the end of eighth grade.

                            Instruction based on the new ISTE NETS*S standards and
                            performance indicators for students will yield greater skills in
                            creativity and innovation; communication and collaboration; research
*Rationale                  and information fluency; critical thinking, problem solving, and
                            decision making; digital citizenship; and technology operations and
                            concepts. Our goal is to promote leadership and innovation in the use
                            of technology to enhance education.
Grade Range                 Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, and High School

                            Classroom teachers will more effectively deliver instruction aligned
                            to the Iowa Core Curriculum by using a variety of instructional
*Impact on Teaching         technologies appropriate for the learning so that students will use
and Learning                technology tools to enhance their learning, increase productivity, and
                            promote creativity.
                            Students in the classroom will also use productivity tools to
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                          collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare
                          publications, and produce other creative work.
                          Technical support will enhance teaching with technology.
                          Theory will be presented by the instructors and by various presenters
*Theory
                          in their Professional Learning Communities.
                          Participants will receive the theory through modeling by the
                          instructors and through members of their Professional Learning
*Demonstrations           Communities while reviewing the Iowa Core materials as well as
                          technology resources.

                          Teachers will utilize before and after school opportunities to become
*Opportunities for
                          competent in utilizing technology. Coaching and feedback will occur
practice and Feedback
                          in Professional Learning Communities as well as through online
Options
                          communication.
                          Access to hardware, software, Internet applications, and
*Class Materials          classroom materials will be available to all participants.

                          General Education Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Early
                          Childhood, Gifted and Talented Teacher, Guidance Counselor,
Target Audience           Curriculum Coordinator, Principal, Superintendent,
                          Technology, and Library/Media

                          This class gives teachers an opportunity to connect with the
                          Best Practices: Integrating Technology into the Classroom.
                          Specifically, this class will focus on involving and engaging
                          Sioux Central Community School Teachers with utilizing
*Course Description       technology in classroom instruction and assessment.

                          Technology applications and hardware will include, but not limited
                          to: Google Docs, social networking sites (blogs, wiki, Twitter, etc),
                          and other web 2.0 tools; and software and hardware applications as
                          selected by the district.
                          This class will utilize a variety of technology tools to work
                          collaboratively with others to explore, plan, and implement use
                          of technology tools and strategies to become fluent in
                          components of technology integration.
                          Participants will…
                          Understand:
                              1. Technological literacy depends on embedding
                                  technological competencies into content curriculum.
*Overview                     2. Instructional objectives should drive technology usage.
                          Know:
                              1. Technological literacy is every educator’s obligation.
                              2. Faculty commitment to technological literacy should be
                                  both personal and professional.
                              3. Every course has the potential to utilize technology.
                          Be Able To:
                              1. Identify and define technological literacy as it relates to
                                  department or program curriculum.

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                                 2. Evaluate technological alternatives to support learning
                                    and instruction.
                                 3. Model effective uses of technology in a variety of
                                    educational settings.
                                 4. Incorporate technological skills into a process of lifelong
                                    learning.

Pedagogy v. Content

Proximal v. Distal
PD Activity Type            Learning Team
                            Learning teams will use a web log to document 15 hours for 1 hour of
*Meetings
                            credit.
Rubrics                     Yes, see attached rubric.
                            Refer to Rubric.

                            A = Attend and fully participate in assigned collaborative meetings,
                            active participation in blog, share implementation ideas, AND
                            submit/demonstrate enhancement of classroom instruction through
                            the use of a specific number of technology tools as selected by the
                            district.

                            B = Attend and fully participate in assigned collaborative meetings,
*Evaluation of
                            active participation in blog, share implementation ideas, AND
Learning
                            submit/demonstrate enhancement of classroom instruction through
                            the use of a specific number of technology tools as selected by the
                            district.

                            F = Failure to meet minimum requirements as listed above.




                            As a result of this class, participants will participate in the following
                            activities for a minimum of 15 contact hours. Hours will be
                            documented in a log or online blog. A specified number of
                            technology integrated lesson plans will be required by the district and
                            reflected upon in the blog provided.

                            Those activities are:
                               1. Demonstrate and model the use of technology hardware
*Class Requirements                 included to promote effective communication and
                                    collaboration between teacher, student, and others.
                               2. Demonstrate and model use of Web 2.0 tools (i.e.: wikis, and
                                    blogs); productivity tools and software applications. These
                                    programs will promote technology literacy and other 21st
                                    Century Skills from the Iowa Core: stimulate creativity,
                                    develop innovative products and processes and promote
                                    innovation.
                            Other requirements include:
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                        Attend all sessions
                        Fully participate in collaborative meetings
                        Participate in Best Practices Blog

                        Teachers will have collaborative opportunities to work with their
                        peers (prefer groups of 3-6) within their topic currently being studied.
*Collaboration
                        During these meetings teachers will be required to share the expected
                        classroom implementation of specific topic.
                        District expectation is that participants will create and implement
*Plan for               classroom lessons that show integration of each of the content topics.
Implementation          Implementation will occur during the school year. Some lessons may
                        contain more than one content topic.
                        Progress check of participant understanding through the use of
*Formative Assessment   reflection blog during collaborative team meetings. Technology
of Adult Learners       Integration Teachers will be available to assist teachers with
                        technology integration and provide formative feedback to learners.
                        Daily through blog and classroom observations.
Schedule of
Implementation
Checkpoint (Learning
teams only)
                        Iowa Teaching Standards:
                        ITS 1 - Academic Performance
                        ITS 4 - Delivery of Instruction
                        ITS 7 - Professional Growth
Standards               ITS 8 - Professional Responsibilities

                        Iowa Leadership Standards:
                        ILS 2 – Culture of Learning

Catalog Notes




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