Deciding What to Put in YOUR Toolbox and Then...
Reflection by Shannon Norris
“As you embark on this blended learning journey, think strategically about the tools you and your students need, how to measure your progress, and how best to support your students in their new learning environments.” ..“so the key is to have a growth mindset and a great team.”
Devices and Digital Tool, things to consider:
In a Catholic School environment, we know that introducing more technology can sometimes be hard for educators who don’t accept change easily. How can we get those non-“tech-savvy” educators to budge and get on-board when it comes to expanding their tech toolboxes? What can you do school-wide to make these adjustments/transitions seamless for both school leaders and educators?
Reflection by Garth Ellis
Chapter 5 is primarily about selecting the devices, digital tools, and a Learning Management System. Then how to promote technology fluency that serves as the foundation for implementation of the Blended Learning Model you envision for your school. These are the concrete decisions needed to be made in transitioning from the Planning and Design phase to the Implementation phase.
Essentially there are three elements to determine what Blended Learning will look like and how it can continue to evolve. All equally important in implementing a Blended Learning Model are the devices and learning system chosen, digital fluency and pedagogical awareness, the infrastructure to support it.
Different tools for a different generation:
This part stresses again how imperative it is for teachers to adapt in teaching our students skills needed to be successful in an increasing digital society. The idea of developing a technology toolbox is so important in order to be able to relate and connect with students. The concept of ‘meeting students where they are’ is not a new concept in education, and it still remains as relevant as ever.
Building blocks of a digital classroom:
I believe that the biggest challenge in technology integration is the perceived impact it has on the traditional classroom. As stated in the chapter, ‘the device is simply the vehicle we use to connect students to information and resources in order to cultivate specific skills.’ Unfortunately devices themselves are often seen as the technology integration and often feared that they will replace teaching.
In my situation, we have the classic cart before the horse scenario. We are fortunate to have the infrastructure in place to support large scale device usage. We are Google Apps for Education (GAFE) school, and it is widely utilized. We have Chromebooks and iPads for nearly all of our students. We have software programs such as i-Ready, Raz Kids, Envisions. We have all these tools and infrastructure in place and still there is resistance to change.
What can I do to make this transition for teachers? How can I help teacher get on-board?
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