And how does LISD staff go about supporting relationships across the district? Learning and Teaching, Professional Learning, and Instructional Technology departments all support these relationships on a few different levels.
One great way that we can stay connected is using tools like Google+ (think if Facebook + Pinterest + Google Apps for Edu merged into one network). This makes participation on-demand and at-your-own pace.
Designed for Central Office and Support Personnel (for now), this unique event is truly participant-driven. We will be holding this training time every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month (minus holidays). At the sandbox, we obey the rules of the sandbox. Participants will bring their devices for a 2-hour “deep dive” into emerging learning technologies.
Step 1: We put all our topics up on the whiteboard.
Step 2: We vote on the top 3 topics we are interested in that day.
Step 3: We split the class into groups and tackle the top 3 vote-getting topics!
Step 4: We develop new understandings, and share with the main group our work and our thinking.
Biology students at Lewisville High School are in week 4 of school. They have a variety of tools out in their classroom and teams are intently focused on their work. In fact, focused is a little too light of a word. They are super-laser-focused. Each team is working with bugs. Each team has designed an experiment and is collecting the data. Let’s jump back to the digital outcomes that LISD promotes for 1:X devices:
Right tool, right time
Input over output
Design for the work, not for the app
Ms. Delozier has designed a space, an environment and has designed work that really intrigues these students. They are seamless in how they use their different devices, they are capturing the process with their devices and the work… well, it pretty much speaks for itself. The work allows the students to choose the right tools and build what they need. And, the tools allow them to capture their learning through video, notes, pictures, data, graphs, light intensity meters and more. Take a look at the raw video to get a feel for the classroom:
Twitter chats can be an up-and-down experience! Have extra time? Enjoy sharing ideas without the bounds of space/geography?
Instructional Technology is running the #1toXchat every Tuesday at 8pm and we are always looking to improve/innovate the process and structure of the chat itself.
Q1 A1? Maybe be well suited for some topics.
What are we going to come up with next? Join in and participate on Tuesdays – OR – lurk the #1toxchat at a later time by using the search function in Twitter! Either way – we’d love to get your input! Find us on Twitter :P