Betty Manchester Director of MLTI
The worst you can do is see this as an add-on. What are you trying to do? What are your goals? and how does the technology support that work. There has to be a commitment to change. WHat needs to change at the school, district and state level.
Technology folks need to understand that the technology MUST work. They need to be educated in their role of supporting the school.
A learner centered classroom - proff dev is about the students.
Universal Design - enable students to access info in any way
Proff learning communities - engage admin and teachers. There is no magic answer. Everything is contextual.
Culture of risk-taking. We are in new territory. We are still on a journey.
Lateral capacity building by networks. It is critical to stay connected face-to-face. Created one through First Class and Maine Learns.org. The biggest fear was the teachers would not get the PD. Website supported through NEA
Virtual networks - getting info back and forth. What is working and what is not. Video conf - new level of communication.
Leadership team. Paid a stipend for a teacher leader in each school. Tech coordinator ans chool librarian. They know what is going on and how to build capacity in school for PD.
Student teams - need a student voice on the project. Developed videos, etc. help teachers and students and are part of the problem solving team.
Accountability and vertical relationships. Used 21st Cent Assessment practices. "Assessment for Learning" & "The Black Box" Student engaged in the own assessment of their learning.
Deeper levels of learning and inquiry. Inch thick - mile wide curriculum problem. Less is more and deeper is better.
DEPrivatization of classroom. Have teachers step outside classroom and share what they are doing. You have to be looking at student work.
Vygotsky - zone of proximal development. You want the development to be where students are.
If the building prinicpal was not on board - not a techie but sees it as important. Breakage in building is directly related to building principal. And need to expect that every educator is using technology. The principal needs to enforce this. Build teacher goals and action plans. If you let teachers off the hook it looks unimportant.
PD have to be ongoing!
Every school opted back in and the legislature voted it back in.