• Instructional Technology Models and Frameworks

     

    Technology can be a big help to your work getting our students ready for graduation. Regarding instruction...

    • Faculty and students should have access to appropriate technological devices that enhance, extend, differentiate, and enable student learning and growth

    • All students, teachers, and parents should recognize the importance technology can play in an individual’s education at LRHS and beyond

    • Communication within the school and outside of the school should be more effective when technology is harnessed

    • Technology should assist students with special needs find growth

    • Technology should bring the world into the classroom

    • All teachers should have up-to-date knowledge about technology best practices in the classroom

    Digital learning can help us reach goals in the School Improvement Plan. It also helps us utilize “The 4 Cs” - collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity.

     

    The EWISE Model

    Picture According to district Instructional Technologist Kristy Meyrick, “eWISE is an inquiry learning process, where students choose the direction of their learning based on interests, questioning, natural curiosity and exploration. The cyclical process includes developing strong questions based on wonder. Students want to know more, want to learn, read, research, discover, think. They investigate independently, collaboratively and with teacher support. Synthesis is where the thinking comes in. Students decide what information is important enough to express, to share, to solve problems; and throughout the process learners evaluate. They evaluate their own thinking; they evaluate the information they discover. Peers and teachers provide evaluative feedback, ask questions and display genuine interest in the information the students are sharing and applying. To learn more about the eWISE model, visit the ITLMS website.

     

    Picture ISTE NETS Framework for Teachers

    Our district leaders are hoping to move all teachers into the ISTE NETS framework for creating digital-age learning experiences for our students. Here’s a summary of the framework...

    1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity

    • Promote, support, and model creative and innovative thinking and inventiveness
    • Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools
    • Promote reflection and collaboration tools to clarify conceptual understanding, thinking, and planning
    • Model collaborative knowledge construction by learning with students and colleagues in face-to-face and digital scenarios


    2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments

    • Design or adapt learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to foster learning and creativity
    • Develop tech-enriched environments that permit students to pursue curiosities and become active in their education
    • Customize and personalize learning activities to address diverse learning styles
    • Multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and tech standards


    3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning

    • Demonstrate fluency in tech systems
    • Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools to support student success
    • Model effective use of digital tools to locate, analyze, and evaluate information resources to support learning


    4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility

    • Model, advocate, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital resources
    • Address the diverse needs of all learners by using learner-centered strategies and appropriate digital tools
    • Promote and model cyber etiquette


    5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

    • Participate in local and global learning to explore applications of technology
    • Evaluate and reflect on current research and practice to make effective use of digital tools

    Learn more about these NETS here: http://www.iste.org/standards/ISTE-standards/standards-for-teachers

     

    The DSAP Model

    DSAP WCPSS district-level Instructional Technologist Chris Wasko authored a model that's being used in schools throughout our county. It's called the "DSAP" model. Here's the breakdown of "DSAP," courtesy of the ITLMS website...

    D - Delivery

    • Clearly and directly conveying necessary information to students
    • Teacher driven, but students still use technology to acces it

    S - Student Practice with Feedback

    • Provides opportunities for students to work with new knowledge
    • Emphasizes collaboration, creation, sharing, problem solving, and real-world connections
    • Most classroom time spent here
    • Find the right digital tool for the right learners for the right lesson
    • V

    A - Assessment

    • Formative assessments (online polls, short written responses
    • Summative assessments generally require devices that allow students to create, edit, and share (documents, videos, images, audio)

    P - Productivity

    • Using tech to manage learning logistics (like keeping notes or tools for making presentations/documents)
    • More student-driven than the other elements
    • No real learning impact, more of a student preference area

     

    Note these 4 elements don't need to happen in a linear fashion; this model is fluid.