Interesting Blog - BYOD - Confessions of a Cell Phone Terrorist

An interesting blog from a tech integrationist's perspective on "Cell Phones in Schools". Here is the link

Learning Forward Leadership Summit with Dr. Robert Marzano

How do you monitor the desired outcome in your classroom? A level of monitoring is what has shown to be the deciding factor to push teachers from simply using instructional strategies as a "mechanism" at the developing level of a strategy, into applying and innovating that strategy.

Observed score = true score + error 
Error in how we measure student work can come from many places. Discrepancy in almost all assessments, if not observed, can imply correlations that do not necessarily exist. Compare all scores and data available. We live with error in most sciences, education not excluded, including how both teachers and students are assessed.

Teacher Evaluations
Video of classroom instruction is one of the most powerful professional development tools we have available today. You will be the most critical evaluator of your own instruction through self-reflection. Marzano's teacher evaluation model allows teachers to use powerful feedback on specific instructional strategies during specific parts of a curriculum. To help someone's skills move from Developing (2) to Applying (3) on Marzano's teacher evaluation scale, adapting to successes and challenges of strategy effectiveness should be taking place.

How to import student emails directly into a group using Google Forms

Coaches Meetings

I just wanted to thank all of the building technology coaches for taking time to meet with Eric and me, especially with the chaos of preparing for next week. We truly do appreciate it. I think the questions, ideas, and concerns discussed were very valuable in assessing individual building needs and providing a snapshot of where to begin.

Introduction to the SAMR Model

2013-14 School Year is upon us!

Fall 2013 Update:
We are in the final stages of installing one wireless access point in every classroom, which should set us up for successful internet access in almost all areas of our four buildings.

New this year, we have a Director of Technology, Eric Simmons, and Technology Integration Specialist, Patrick Morrow, to support instruction and utilize technology for learning in classrooms. We also have technology coaches in each building!

Our technology support team for the beginning of this year is Jim Hanna and Luke Shoemaker.

Looking forward to a great start to the school year and hope to move forward providing both teachers and students access to successful technology tools.