Any feedback is welcome!
In order for us to meet the demands of our 1:1 technology environment in a K-12 charter school, I can identify three categories of needed growth and change:
Evaluation of current program
Vision established with clear goals
Differentiated Professional Development and SUpport
Breaking this down into priority could help. Possibly a timeline such as the following:
- Evaluation of 1:1 iPad program since beginning two years ago.
- Support on the backend from IT so teachers and students can use the iPad devices on dependable wifi with little class delay of learning.
- Teacher/student survey of strengths and needs.
- Community engagement and feedback: survey parents, the town and board, teachers, and students on highs and lows and needs for improvement moving forward.
- Identify shared visions across all IB programs (PYP K-5 program, MYP 6-10 program, and DP 11-12 program) in regards to the purpose of the iPad.
- Identify the school's "vision" for use of iPads.
- Connected to current vision of our school.
- Professional Development and Support: Shift our "technology initiative" to an "educational or instructional program" differentiated for all needs of teachers and administration.
Looking at the next 1-3 years:
- With current projections of 200 or more students joining the school in the next 3-5 years, a plan for learning environments should be considered:
- Pilot flipped/blended environments with current teachers to study and research as possible answer.
- Physical learning spaces, within new building plans, could be looked into to support student-centered learning, the influx of new teachers, and pedagogical/school cultural shift.
- Learning studios, blended learning labs, "Makerspace"
- Non-traditional learning spaces that support student-centered learning.
- Increase in professional development that is focused on pedagogical shifts and changes in curriculum design (student-centered, authentic learning, and PBL):
- PD that is differentiated for teachers, for example as seen through Franklin Academy's iPad Wiki
- Curriculum design that is centered on the iPad as a tool of production, not consumption.
- Administrative support and modeling can increase and boost confidence in teachers (which could require PD for administration)
- Community engagement and continuous feedback: committee of teachers, students, parents, town/board members, and administration committed to communication and feedback about the 1:1 iPad initiative.
- A learning framework that embeds technology and the IB philosophy is necessary. This framework can shape the innovations implemented into the next 3-5 years.
What are your thoughts?!