Reflection – Katie Sague
This chapter seeks to describe some of the critical pieces required to get an effective Blended Learning program up and successfully running. While using the “Elements of Effectiveness” tool, “the cycle progresses in the following order: 1. Visioning, 2. Capacity Building, 3. Technology Utilization, 4. Data Management, and 5. Student Ownership.”(p.25)
Of those five elements, the one that spoke to me most was the section about Capacity Building. This is the true people power section that speaks to building a culture where technology integration is seen as a model of continuous growth and improvement for everyone. It talks about both students and adults being in the learning boat together. Assumptions should not be made about anyone’s adaptability and the instructional team should be ready to both give and accept support as applicable. It also notes that “digital natives” also require skill building and training.
Just this year, a middle school teacher mentioned that she thought all of her students would be well familiar with google features. It opened the door to a great discussion about the extreme variety of backgrounds our students have with technology. It also led to a conversation similar to the mention of limited resources on p.29. There are options for just about everyone but careful planning needs to occur to make sure everyone is set up for success.
Book Study Question: What are the structures of support that are already in place for building capacity of teachers in your school?
At OLV we are continuously working to build a culture of positive growth and support with technology. As teachers gain new skills, they are encouraged to share both informally as need arises and more formally at faculty meetings when there are significant changes or platform issues to discuss. Questions are respectful and respected☺ We strive to be patient with one another and offer support as we all discover tips, tricks and competencies to share. Most importantly, we remember that we’re all in this together and the learning continues forever!
What structures are in place at your school or how can you help develop some?
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