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Dateline USA: Staff Development from Sea to Shining Sea
by Barbara Bray
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Educators, as a matter of
course, employ student learning outcomes in the development of successful
technology staff development programs. It goes without saying, a good
teacher makes a difference, but teachers cannot do it all. Dedicated
support, training, time for planning, and school partnerships are necessary
elements of a successful program so that students can relate the curriculum
to the real world. This column features projects, ideas and products
from schools and companies around the country that can be utilized or
adapted for your student and staff development programs.
Delaware and Pennsylvania
Jay Cohen, (email@example.com)
one of five co-directors in the Norfolk, Virginia Public Television
Technology Innovation Challenge Grant, manages a project that places
computers in students' homes where he works with the same teachers in
5th and 6th math and science classes at several schools and with a different
group of 160 students each year. As the director of Educational Technology
at WHYY public broadcasting in Delaware and Philadelphia, Jay ensures
that the local educational community is taking advantage of computer
and online technologies and the broadcast resources that exist at WHYY
TV and Radio. Since this is the third year of the grant, there will
be "an emphasis on assessment and accountability on all activities involving
teachers, students, and parents to determine attitudinal change and
opinion on what they think is happening and effectiveness of integration
of technology. Since the grant started, there has been a big increase
in technology and communication skills, yet, improvement in student
academic achievement in math and science has still to be proven." However,
some exciting partnerships were started with this project that will
be sustainable and replicable. Two examples include one with the Attorney
General where students create public service announcements on public
policy issues such as underage smoking, and the other is with Goodwill
Industries that will provide donated refurbished computers, training,
and technical support. Jay is a participant of Tech Access (http://www.sixseconds.org/techaccess)
in which Margo Nanny (firstname.lastname@example.org),
program director, received a grant that brings teachers, project directors,
and experts together. The focus of Tech Access is to create new partnerships
the high school students started building computers...they nearly
dropped out of school."
Alma Wright (email@example.com),
another participant of Tech Access, is a first and second grade teacher
at the Trotter School in Dorchester, Massachusetts who works as a Curriculum
Coach for other first grade teachers. The Office of Instructional Technology
Boston.k12.ma.us) supports this program by giving each teacher a
computer and a printer for their classroom and technical support. As
part of the program, the teachers are required to attend a 3-5 day summer
workshop and monthly "call back meeting" during the school year. This
gives the teachers an opportunity to share projects from their classroom.
Since 1988, Alma has a school partnership 's with the MIT Media Lab
where her students used legos to create cars and other movable objects
that are programmed with the computer. One of her second graders topped
everything by creating a PowerPoint presentation about the car race.
Yes, second graders using PowerPoint! Alma promotes an excitement that
is just what students need to encourage them to love learning.
second graders using PowerPoint!"
Betsy Goeltz, co-director
of a K-12 multi-disciplinary Innovation Grant in Idaho, provides "just-in-time"
teacher training and support to teachers. Up to six teachers in school
teams attend a summer institute and receive one computer each plus peripherals,
software, training, and support. Teachers and trainers collaborate online
on specific problems or concerns, and even use the bulletin board as
a help desk. The model of building capacity is at this grants core as
teams provide support at their site. Betsy and her team provide workshops
at the schools twice a year. Through classroom visits, workshops, and
online collaboration, a real community of practice is developing that
will sustain the project way after the grant is completed. The 280 teachers
involved in the project will put together a reservoir of projects about
Pam Bovyer (firstname.lastname@example.org),
program director, manages two Technology Literacy Challenge Grants for
5th through 8th grade history and English teachers in Oakland Unified
School District that explores how technology can be used effectively
to support the implementation of content standards (Grant was completed
September 30, 2001). A comprehensive technology supported professional
development program establishes ways to incorporate new models for classroom
teachers to work collaboratively to bring theory, practice, and implementation
of the new standards together in ways that serve students. Teachers
received five computers, peripherals, dedicated support, and training.
Partners such as the Bay
Area Writing Project, Computer
Strategies, and the California
Heritage Project along with a project team provided teachers multiple
opportunities to attend summer institutes and monthly inservices, plus
receive additional resources, technical support, and stipends. A personal
coach was assigned to work closely with the teacher in the classroom
on classroom management issues and project development. (http://tlc.ousd.k12.ca.us/cv).
Visit the Virtual
Museum which is continually being maintained and updated even with
the grant over.
models for classroom teachers to work collaboratively to bring theory,
practice, and implementation of the new standards together in ways
that serve students."
Ann Kruze (email@example.com)
and Stan Pesick (firstname.lastname@example.org)
are co-project managers of a 5 year Technology Innovation Grant, Urban
Dreams for 9th through 12th grade LA/HSS teachers also in Oakland that
will sustain the skills and expand on the strategies students learned
in the earlier grades. The project provides access to appropriate technology
tools and professional development oportunities. A focus on teaching
and learning about Human Rights and Civil Rights will provide the thematic
context in which students work to improve their skills as readers and
writers. A wealth of resources are growing daily at http://www210.pair.com/udticg/techers.html.
Doug Prouty (email@example.com),
Technology Specialist at the Contra Costa County Office of Education
in California, has partnered with the US Navy and the National Park
Service to create a memorial site to the Port Chicago Disaster (http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/pc/)
that is a good example of a content-rich site that provides relevant,
local content and primary source materials aligned to curriculum standards
along with essential questions. Doug created questions using information
from Jamie Mackenzie's From Now On site (http://www.fno.org)
where developing essential questions are just one of the wealth of resources
for educators on his site plus research and workshops on information
literacy that you will find invaluable. Jamie has a added a site (http://staffdevelop.org/)
devoted to adult learners and staff development that provides any stakeholder
the background research they need to do to develop an effective program.
Doug created and maintained The Snorkel, a valuable resource for technology
New Jersey, Ohio, and
Kayla Dove (firstname.lastname@example.org),
Education and Technology Program Developer for the Liberty Science Center
(LSC) in New Jersey (http://www.lsc.org/eft.html),
provides videoconferencing and workshops to support teachers as they
learn the skills they need to become a facilitator on how to use videoconferencing
as part of the curriculum. An example of exemplary use of videoconferencing
by LSC is the Cardiac Classroom (http://www.lsc.org/cardiac.html)
where students connect to the operating room during heart surgery and
virtually ask doctors questions. The hospital provides the classroom
duplicate instruments that are used during the surgery so students have
quality experiential learning. Kayla shared a collaborative project
with LSC and Timothy Barshinger (email@example.com) from W2COM.com
from Dayton, Ohio and the Indiana Children's Museum in Indianapolis
where videoconferencing connects teachers and students to electronic
field trips and exhibits. Staff development involves logistics, design
of course management, along with good educational strategies. Tim, Applications
Specialist of W2COM, managed other projects where schools in several
states participated in a video conference with Winton Marsalis and another
with eight astronauts about their shuttle mission. Videoconferences,
such as the ones just mentioned, open the door to experts, authors,
scientists and more. What W2COM is planning to do to support schools
is develop more content around the videoconferences to support student
LyneŽ Klaus (firstname.lastname@example.org),
ICN (Iowa Communications Network) Technology Consultant for Heartland
Areas Education Agency 11 in Iowa, is project coordinator of "Telejustice
as Telelearning" project. Iowa supports an extensive network that consists
of full motion broadcast quality video and audio, including voice and
data transmission via a fiber-optic network. The Telejustice Outreach
in Education is a special collaboration between Iowa educators, their
students and judicial officials connecting 356 high schools, along with
community colleges, universities, libraries, hospitals, government offices,
prisons, and national guard sites. The Telejustice project connects
secondary students with real people in state correctional facilities
and judicial experts. Students listen in on parole interviews of adult
offenders and connect to panels of young offenders who reveal compelling
experiences. An online resource supports teachers so they can offer
the Telejustice opportunities to more students statewide (http://www.aea11.k12.ia.us/tech/icn/telejustice.html).
K-12 teachers use the ICN resources for a variety of learning models
including electronic fieldtrips, collaboration between classrooms, guest
experts, and professional development. This project is so unique in
that it connects learners to a statewide community of legal professionals.
Here are some additional links that tell more from the Iowa Communications
Network Fiber Optic Lines, May-June Issue, articles on pages 3, 6 &7
Telejustice project connects secondary students with real people
in state correctional facilities and judicial experts."
These are just a few of the
technology projects available that engage students in real-world project-based
learning activities. ISTE's National Teacher Technology Standards raise
the bar for what teachers need to know and how they use technology in
the curriculum (http://www.iste.org).
Because of the new standards, we need to keep on top of exemplary projects
and good staff development practices that demonstrate how to connect
content and the use of technology to real-world activities in standards-based
curriculum that engages students.
Available to Use in Real-World Learning Activities
Several companies are offering
free or low-cost resources that you can use to increase your technology
skills. Macromedia (http://www.macromedia.com)
offers Web Design 101 with 30 hours of curriculum that is downloadable
for free or receive a CD-ROM plus book for $25. I just received a copy
and am amazed at how much is available for so little. They offer a 90
day trial version of all products including Director, Dreamweaver, and
Flash. The academic price and licensing program is affordable. By the
end of August, seventeen modules of Internet training in the Training
CafŽ will be available free on their website. They offer eLearning Innovation
awards to teachers for school websites and student projects that are
showcased on their site including a project from West Palm Beach where
5th graders use Dreamweaver and 4th graders use Flash. Ted Maddock,
an Apple Distinguished Educator, teaches a multimedia academy "Digital
Safari" at Mt. Diablo High School in Concord, California where his students
used these professional tools to expand the curriculum which include
their own interpretations of poetry (http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/mdtech/poetry).
The students also created a cultural mythology site (http://www.cccoe.k12.ca.us/mdtech/mythology).
Adobe is offering
an extensive educational site coming in August where most of the Classroom
in a Book material will be downloadable along with curriculum and lessons.
All tutorials will be categorized with a shared curriculum area with
an area for teachers to post their own portfolio. (http://www.adobe.com)
Phoenix High School is an alternative high school for 1,000 students
with unconventional life situations in Atlanta, Georgia with a focus
on the arts. The teachers have worked extensively with Adobe products,
Pagemaker and Photoshop, so all students can produce a digital portfolio
to satisfy their graduation requirement and receive a computer arts
seal on their diploma.
for Education (http://www.microsoft.com/education)
delivers extensive instructional resources online including In and Out
of the Classroom, Hands-on tutorials using Microsoft products, lesson
plans, Community Forum, and you can even create your own digital dashboard.
Teachers, students, administrators, and parents will find these free
resources easy-to follow.
A site you have to visit
is the Fablevision Place (http://www.fablevision.com/place/)
where Peter Reynolds (the artist who creates the wonderful artwork for
the CUE conferences) has created a virtual place with resources galore
that will not only make you smile and cry but will touch your "sole."
Make sure you read "the Blue Shoe" and "the North Star" to your students.
You can use these resources and more to create your own Northstar classroom.
Sue Pandiani, a third grade teacher in Cape Cod, MA, created one of
the first Northstar Navigator classrooms and collaborated with Peter
to develop "North Start Inspiration for the Classroom, a Teacher Resource
Guide. Gary Stager collaborated with Peter to create the North Star
Planning Guide. Free online materials to support the guide are available
Added a new resource from Fablevision: Braincogs
- check it out!!
shift from the art of teaching to the science of teaching"
Al Rogers (email@example.com)
with Lightspan, Inc. is looking at some innovative ways to provide staff
development online (http://www.lightspan.com).
Lightspan has partnered with Global Schoolhouse so the collaborative
projects such as the CyberFaire and Where is Roger? are available here.
Some features that you will find helpful are tools to create your own
online class page or school site. Al shared a great quote, " if the
only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" on what
is happening in the world of online training. Every company is looking
at providing this resource, but how do you implement standards-based
curriculum in this environment? Many companies are also looking at this
same model: a customizable, subscription service. Yet, Lightspan is
planning an additional reflective piece that will be added where teachers
work with experts to plan their own classroom strategies. This is a
shift from the art of teaching to the science of teaching. This science
of teaching is happening in the projects mentioned above and many more
projects not included because of space. More and more companies will
be providing resources online and developing innovative staff development
if the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a
Through this column and conferences,
CUE will continue to keep you informed on best practices, relevant and
effective resources, and examples of strategies that will improve student
achievement. Check CUE's online resources at http://www.cue.org.
There is a new staff development listserv on egroups.com. To join this
group, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
. If you have any projects, programs, strategies, resources, or ideas
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