July 15, 2006

partnerships

Partnership on designing high school looks like a really good idea. How can it be expanded. It is practical to do this for "all" students. Or is this the future for education. What about the let down when the project is done? How do the school insure everyone is involved. How is it evaluated?

Tech integration is obvious - autocad, email, math etc. etc.

Managing partnerhips could be challenging. I am always wary of mixing business in the schools - ie coke, advertising etc. However if this is well managed, there is lots of potential. Perhaps risks are less with more local companies where relationships might be closer.

teacher/admin staff development

Would be helpful to spend more time on staff dev strategies - maybe as opposed to the theories. Research on what works would also be helpful.

Maybe our staff dev classes are not all that effective in helping teachers use technology. Some type of follow up might be necessary. Maybe new strategies altogether. This will be difficult.

Great demo on tools - lots of them - way too many to track.

Too bad we did not get to the digital device issue.

July 14, 2006

goals

Finding measurable goals and then actually measuring them is a considerable challenge for many school districts. Goals are not serious unless they are measurable, but they have to be relatively simple to be measured. Unfortunately the goal which needs to be measured - student learning - is extremely difficult to measure in any way which makes sense. This was a major struggle for me when writing the 2004 tech plan.

Some of the ideas on the grid will be helpful in coming up with some realistic measuring strategies.

prof dev models

This practical approach is much appreciated. Not sure if the quick exercise is the best approach - though not sure I can come up with a better one. More time to discuss the different approaches might be helpful since staff development is a huge issue. I think this would be more helpful than the theory - or the theory part could be more abbreviated.

July 13, 2006

vision planning

I would pass the logo part to the our PR person. Hints for preparing visions are helpful. Multi-media demo is evidence of need for multi-faceted use of tech in our schools. I remain a bit of a skeptic of how useful vision statements really are. It is very difficult to get them well known and wide spread. The energy spent in doing so could perhaps be more wisely spent actually implementing technology.

tech teaching discussion

Good discussion on tech teaching and if tech makes a difference. Making a difference is the key question we will get from administrators.

The notion that more support and dependenc on a school and others has an inverse relationship to the success of tech projects is not a good sign. Wonder what would happen in a more tech savy school.

July 12, 2006

to buy or not to buy

... or whether to use or not to use. The key issue is if the software or tech integration is useful in helping students learn better/faster/quicker. Some would say it does if it helps them do better on standard tests. A better question is if it better prepares them for life down the road. Does putting it in frame works help this process or aid in making these decisions. Presumably transformational software is "better" than replacement. But if it accomplishes the goal - helping kids learn, then it is not clear that the distinction matters.

July 11, 2006

relevance of plans

Without state and federal funding, planning is at least partly irrelevant. Perhaps a useful exercise, but not as helpful as it could be.

July 10, 2006

barry note

Don't feed innovators - they feed themselves. Interesting comment.

tech plan thoughts

Is the tech plan too broad? Maybe because, I don't want responsiblity for academic success of our students, I am wondering if the tech plans could be more limited. They would only cover specific tech issues - infrastructure, facilities, equipment relacement and some budgeting. Academic standards need tech help, but not sure they are appropriate in the tech plans.

Also very concerned about the evaluation portion of the plan. Which districts have the resources do to a lot specific evaluation of plan success - beyond the obvious.

How do you write plans for experiments? If plan says we'll go this way if this pans out .... How do all the possibilities get accounted for?

elearning - 2000 tech plan

software reflections

Collection of K-12 software on table is a good idea - lots of work but useful for teachers evaluating software.

Privacy/security issues with blogs - great for sharing, but what about the security stuff?

Use of Excel is a good idea since it is widely used in the "real" world. Not sure if Blackwater Creek Data was a great tutorial.

Inspiration - widely acclaimed, but complex software. How to decide which software to spend time learning.

How is student use of software monitored by teachers? Should it be?

July 7, 2006

initial thoughts

Initial thoughts for campus week - overwhelmed. I can't imagine how anyone attends school full time and also works. Some even do it with kids. Too much reading - much of it obtuse. The long tome on learning theory seemed overkill, but maybe I am too practical. Ideas on how to create a useable plan - one which is more than meeting state requirements - would be helpful. The 2007 plan will be a bit easier having done the 2004 one, but still a challenge.

tech integration - initial thoughts

Initial thoughts for campus week - overwhelmed. I can't imagine how anyone attends school full time and also works. Some even do it with kids. Key subject area - critical to using technology effectively. Many challenges - teachers are overwhelmed with requirements and many very tech wary. Still we have several at our new school who are thriled with new technology and are making great use of it despite minimal training. Getting others to follow is a key issue as is showing its effectiveness.