It's time to get started.
You have the notion . . . no, burning passion to make a difference in your school's educational system. Your research into learning and teaching has led you to believe that an effective learning environment for today's millennial learners must be learner-centric. It must engage the learner in problem-based learning that is both rigorous and relevant to the learner. Universal Design for Learning must be used to provide differentiated learning opportunities. Assessment must be both formative and summative.
This assignment is the beginning of a group-based trek towards creating a final packet that could be the foundation for implementing a 1-to-1 Technology-Rich Learning Environment in the real world.
Throughout the semester-long project, you will:
You will create your plan using Google Docs. Create a common "collection" in Google Docs that is shared with everyone in your group and Dr. Z.
Begin the name of your collection with "TC" so that when if appears in our plethora of Google Docs entries it will be obvious what it is.
Creating your plan is the foundation of your success. We will be using the Smart Classrooms Bytes 21 Steps to 21st Century 1-to-1 Success (middle of the page) as the outline for our implementation. You will notice that it is divided into Planning, Preparation, Implementation and Review. We may stray from the four specific steps, but they will be our basis to begin.
Beginning your Planning Process
This section will be where your first step into the planning world for creating a Technology-Rich Learning Environment. You will complete the parts of the planning process as discussed, but you will probably modify it toe perfect it by the end of the semester.
Readings: It is assumed that by now you have read chapters 1- 5 & 7 in the 1-to-1 book and chapters 1-3 in the Fear to Facebook book.
Discussions: You need to begin your discussion with your group to identify the basics of your school. You will need to have discussions. These discussions will be used to clarify the specifics of your population and begin your plan accordingly. It is your decision whether you want to meet synchronously or asynchronously. It is your decisions whether you want to meet through typing, speaking or video conferencing. Your participation will be graded so it is necessary for you to chronicle your interactions somehow. You can record and post video conferences. You can use the BB9 discussion groups because they have built-in documentation. You can use back channel chats and post the transcripts. The important thing is that it must be evident who is attending and who is contributing. Each individual is accountable for this.
Who Are You?
Do: You will need to answer AT LEAST the following: size, location, student demographics, name (please use a false name), number of teachers, number of students, SES level, level of technological sophistication, size and distribution of other schools/students in the district, administrative technological sophistication (principle, tech coordinator, teachers, students), additional information that is relevant to identifying your needs and readiness for your 1-to-1 project.
Who is Like You?
Do: Identify the schools that you have selected as models. In your Google Doc, you will want to identify each of the schools and then provide a complete description of why you selected this school and what about their situation you want to model while making your plan. You must include the link to the information you are using.
What is Your Vision?
Do: Begin with your ultimate vision for your school's learning environment and describe how infusing a Technology-Rich Learning Environment can make your vision more attainable.
Assess your School for Readiness
Do: Your group's job is to review the literature to find what needs to be assessed and begin to create your own system for assessing your school. If we find an instrument that we agree upon as a tool to use for this assessment we can standardize on it, but until then it will be something that your group will create.
Do: Create documents reflecting your present policies. You don't have to create your own. Look for examples of policies/documents that have been created by other schools. Begin with their work and modify it to fit your specific school. You MUST acknowledge your source of the policy you finalize for your school. The document that you will create for this part of the process is preliminary. It will probably evolve as you progress through the process.
Discussions: Post descriptions of your discussions and links to the records of the discussions on your group's wiki page. (Participation grade will be posted separately)
Plan: The plan should be based in a Google Doc that is shared with Dr. Z (firstname.lastname@example.org). (Please ensure that the Google Doc is open to the world to review.) This is a plan that will expand throughout the semester as your create your Technology-Rich Learning Environment (1-to-1) package that will be completed at the culmination of the course. You must post the URL of your Google Doc that applies to Module 3 in the Module 3 dropbox. This will allow Dr. Z to provide feedback in one specific spot.
This page was last updated by Dr. Z on 2/11/12