#leadershipday11 Our Reflection: 2+2+2

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#leadershipday11 2+2+2

Each year Scott McLeod challenges us to challenge our administrators to move forward with technology for the learning processes of our schools.

One question asked: What are some tangible, concrete, realistic steps that administrators can take to move their school organizations forward?

Considering the National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators, our school’s administrative leaders are 2 + 2 + 2 in moving our school forward:

2 To Thank

2 To Get Better

2 To Go Further

2 To Thank

1- stay abreast of educational research and emerging trends regarding effective use of technology and encourage evaluation of new technologies for their potential to improve student learning.

Our school leaders share readings and experiences that support our move to Google Apps for Education and our use of NWEA to map our students needs. Thank you.

For continued reading for administrators, visit The Connected Principals Blog.

2— recruit and retain highly competent personnel who use technology creatively and proficiently to advance academic and operational goals.

We guide our technology with technology-applying teachers as leaders because they understand and apply technology for teaching and learning. That keeps the focus and need on learning and making things work, rather than blocking access or closing avenues as often happens when the IT directs technology. Thank you.

We hire people willing to advance the school and their own technology use for student learning, especially in new technology job openings. Thank you.

2 To Get Better

1— collaborate to establish metrics, collect and analyze data, interpret results, and share findings to improve staff performance and student learning.

Our professional development has focused on accessing student data and apply that information to plan for student learning.

To get better we could share our focus areas in online tools: sharing documents of lessons; using forms for documenting student learning to monitor and adjust more easily; create a Professional Learning Community site for resources particular to our needs.

Professional Learning Community with Google Apps

Principal Walk-Through

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2— allocate time, resources, and access to ensure ongoing professional growth in technology fluency and integration.

We have provided after-school training in our GAFE initiative and provided ten-minute shots during staff meetings.

To get better we could provide at least one period each week for teachers to explore and document one new strategy using technology.

In Five

2 To Go Further

1— promote and model effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders using digital-age tools.

Expect use of our GAFE and wiki tools to plan and implement our strategic and local programs as well as share our work with the community.

Collaboration

2- provide learner-centered environments equipped with technology and learning resources to meet the individual, diverse needs of all learners.

We thank our Parent Education Committee for their vision and support to improve technology devices at our school.

Our administration is continuing to find ways to bring our school model into 21st teaching and learning. Instead of computers for each student, use an iOS device. Update our policies to include Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) policies.

iPads in Schools

BYOD

Our administration supports our technology initiatives. We have to thank administration for their efforts. We want to get better and to go further.

What is your 2+2+2 reflection?

2 to Thank

2 to Get Better

2 to Go Further?

Google Apps in Education Collaboration

What’s great about Google Apps? We can collaborate on projects. Here’s one we can share with you. The idea for this project developed while I participated in a Teachers First OK2Ask free online professional development session on Google Docs.

The Event

Our classes attend an outdoor education class each spring. Kids experience canoe trips, entomology, loon history, natural resources information, invasiive species games, habitat games, geology, boat safety, etc. The United States Forest Service, Colville Confederated Tribes, Washington State University 4-H Extension Service, and our school provide presentors who engage students in learning about our natural resources. All of this is organized by Gary Martin, CCT, and Nancy Armstrong-Montes, our fourth grade teacher. How do we thank those involved for taking the time to share the value of our little corner of the world? How do we thank them with input from all students in an interesting format? Google Docs Presentation !

The Project

Student in grades five through eight collaborated on a Google docs presentation as a thank you. Students logged in to the document and added slides to include Who and What text. The next day, as a class, we chose pictures from our iPhoto library to upload into the presentation and edited our errors. It worked beautifully: we were able to be specific about the value of the day by explaining what we did and learned.

The Presentation

We downloaded and printed the presentation, two slides to a page. Two students from each class brought the beautiful color copy, now spiral bound with their signatures, to the Colville Tribal Council to share their learning. By writing the slides themselves, students clearly stated with confidence the learning and appreciation for our outdoor day. The Council appreciated our “Thank you.

The Product

Google Docs Presentation allowed us to collaboratively create a careful appreciation for a wonderful day of learning. Does this help you think of other projects for your Google Apps in Education?