Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Technology Plan + Lunch N' Learn = NETS

This afternoon was our first District Technology meeting for the school year. It lasted the full two hours and most of the time was spent discussing the implementation of the Technology Plan. As a Technology Facilitator, I am to see that the staff is re-educated as to the components of this plan with a specific thread to the NETS (see posting below for more on the NETS). I believe that Lyon staff members are aware of the NETS and how important they are when discussing the integration of technology into the curriculum. From this point on, I know that our Lunch N' Learn's will be a great arena for discussion, planning, and creating. I hope that the staff that came for the first session, which was more of a "what will we do" session, will continue to share my enthusiasm and bring more team members along. I am currently working on which NETS we will cover for the 12th. I will post and send an email, too, sharing this information. When we cover a NETS at a Lunch N' Learn, we will brainstorm how our students can be introduced to the indicated skill(s). We will look to see that our technology activities are engaging, rich in content, and skill building. Our conversations and creativity flowing from these Lunch N' Learn's should not end when our hour is over. I hope to continue brainstorming and developing plans throughout the months between our scheduled sessions. Something important to remember is that these indicators within the NETS are to be achieved over a time period of two to three years. The NETS that Lyon focus' on are for the K-2 student. To download a printable NETS sheet for your reflection or organizational purposes, check out the link that Doree and I created for our presentation last year. Copy and Paste -
We did put a lot of time into that site for IL-TCE last year so we hope it still gets some use. (Maybe it will be a Friday Fix focus...thanks Kristen for the suggestion)

There will be many levels of technology introduction, practice and mastery in the building. This is the first exposure to technology for some children and for others, just a continuation of what is provided at home. Let's make sure that the Lyon Technology experience is one of education, application, and celebration (ok, I was stumped on another -ation word..where is Mary and Gary when you need them!) :) :)

Please comment...I would love to hear your thoughts.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Always trying something new...

Ok- even though this is not going to be a part of my L & L right now, I have come across some neat "stuff" in other blogs that I read. First is the free Wiki spaces for teachers and then the use of Flickr, an online storage and photo album. I wanted to share with staff because these tools are being seen more and more in the classrooms and on classroom webpages.

Wiki's - I placed the Wiki link under links on the right. If you are interested in getting your own free Wiki for educational purposes, click the badge near the bottom right. Wiki's, in a simple explanation, are online documents that can be edited by multiple users, in some cases public users and in others, private. If you want to try out the Wiki I started, please comment with an email and I will "invite" you. Not sure about it so far but we will see.

Flickr has potential! I am more likely to take this photo tool further. Again, if you click the badge for Flickr you will be directed to the Flickr page. If you choose the link at the bottom of the badge, I think it says, what is this, you will view photos that I tested and uploaded.

I would love to hear your comments/experiences with either.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Welcome to our First Lunch & Learn

Today you will be introduced to our Lunch & Learn blog and we will talk about how our sessions are going to run. I am very excited about this time as it will truly be a learning and sharing experience for us all!

Here is what we will do today -

What are the NETS? Anyone....Anyone...

Why look at the NETS?

How can we make sure that we are approaching the NETS with open-mindedness and not fearing them as "just another thing to do"?

How can we, in our teams, in small groups, or as a building address these standards?

Please comment on any of all of the above by choosing "comment" at the bottom of the entry.

By the way, this is a private blog - I did not open it up to the public so the only way to get to this blog is to know the address.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

A short Tech Plan/NETS history and update...

At a recent Technology Facilitator meeting, it was discussed how each of our buildings were going to re-introduce the technology plan to our teachers and staff. We also considered how to bring the NETS back to the surface. Two years ago, a log or record keeping book was created for my data collection project. I wanted to see the progression of our K-2 students throughout the year in regards to the performance indicators set by the NETS project. For the record, our students did very well and were either at the reinforcement level or mastery level. I believe that keeping that log or record book kept these standards in perspective and teachers were comfortable seeing what great integration projects we were doing and where they fell into the range of technology skills and abilities. This year, I would like to see teachers REFLECT more on these activities verses always recording in a data collection book. Our school technology team will be working all year to collaborate and share with each other ways to integrate technology into the curriculum. Here is the link to our district technology plan

Our Mission
We will remain at the forefront of technology integration and the development of technological literacy
across our learning community in order to meet the needs of a constantly evolving world.

In collaboration with parents and the community, the Glenview Public Schools are committed to providing
progressive and productive technologies for educators and for students as we prepare them to become
lifelong learners and responsible decision makers in a changing society. We value technology as a tool
for its ability to facilitate communication and enhance the learning of all students within and beyond the
classroom walls

National Education Technology Standards

Thanks to International Society Technology Education National Education Technology Standards Project for this posting....

The technology foundation standards for students are divided into six broad categories. Standards within each category are to be introduced, reinforced, and mastered by students. These categories provide a framework for linking performance indicators within the Profiles for Technology Literate Students to the standards. Teachers can use these standards and profiles as guidelines for planning technology-based activities in which students achieve success in learning, communication, and life skills.

In District 34, these standards have been adopted and are a part of our Technology Plan.

Here are the six broad categories…

1.Basic operations and concepts
2.Social, ethical, and human issues
3.Technology productivity tools
4.Technology communications tools
5.Technology research tools
6.Technology problem-solving and decision-making tools

What do you think these mean? Where do you see our students (K-2) fitting into these categories? Do you have any ideas how to assure these are being introduced, reinfroced, and mastered by students?

Think about these.....

Which of the above categories do each of these fit into?

*Use input devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard, remote control) and output devices (e.g., monitor, printer) to successfully operate computers, VCRs, audiotapes, and other technologies.

*Use a variety of media and technology resources for directed and independent learning activities.

*Communicate about technology using developmentally appropriate and accurate terminology.

*Use developmentally appropriate multimedia resources (e.g., interactive books, educational software, elementary multimedia encyclopedias) to support learning.

*Work cooperatively and collaboratively with peers, family members, and others when using technology in the classroom.

*Demonstrate positive social and ethical behaviors when using technology.

*Practice responsible use of technology systems and software.

*Create developmentally appropriate multimedia products with support from teachers, family members, or student partners.

*Use technology resources (e.g., puzzles, logical thinking programs, writing tools, digital cameras, drawing tools) for problem solving, communication, and illustration of thoughts, ideas, and stories.

*Gather information and communicate with others using telecommunications, with support from teachers, family members, or student partners.

For a .pdf of the grade level indicators -