Standard 3

Model digital age work and learning

 

Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.

 
a. Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations
Through my coursework in Intermediate Web Development, I strengthened my coding skills by increasing my knowledge of how to use html and CSS to improve the function and the appearance of a website. Additionally, I learned how to use javascript and jqueary in order to make a website interactive. This allowed me to create an interactive website which would allow that allows students to use certain elements in order to study and practice the objectives.

Artifact: Intermediate Web Development Final Project
This school year, I took on the position of our school’s IWS: Instructional Web Support. In this position, I maintain our school’s website. The Francis Howell School District uses SharpSchools as our website and CMS software. As IWS, it is my job to update the scrolling banner images in order to make parents, students and staff aware of the most important upcoming events, as well as maintain teacher contact information, and update any other content on the website. I am often adding pages in order to add new content. When I took over as IWS, our building administrators wanted to have a blog page in order to provide information for parents related to different aspects such as discipline, attendance, community relations, etc. The skills that I learned in Introduction to Digital Media and in both of my Web Development courses came to my aid as I set up a page for each administrator, which I linked off of a main administrators’ page with images. It was a complicated endeavor, but it has helped our administrators in their efforts to increase communication with parents.

Artifact: FHC Administrators’ Page
 

b. Collaborate with students, peers, parents and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation

We have a strong World Language Department at our school, as well as in our district. I am fortunate to work with other teachers who are willing to share great ideas. This year we have started using Schoology in order to share resources with each other. Our district-wide PLC has a Schoology course where we share resources by chapters. I am fortunate to work with such wonderfully talented teachers and I am always excited to see what fun engaging activities they have added to our Schoology site.

Artifact: FHSD French Teachers’ Schoology Site

schoology French teachers

At the beginning of the school year, I survey my students’ parents in order to understand where they stand in regards to technology. Since I run a technology heavy classroom, it is important that I am fully aware of the access to technology available to my students. The survey also helps me to get feedback from parents on what types of technology they have or are willing to obtain. Working with parents to make technology accessible to all students is important in order for students to gain the digital skills that are necessary in today’s society. This survey is a Google Form that I have on the home page of my classroom website. I ask parents to take the survey at the beginning of the school year.

Artifact: Technology Parent Survey

c. Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital age media and formats

Technology offers a variety of ways to communicate with parents, students and other teachers.  On a regular basis, I communicate with parents and students via https://www.remind.com/. In order to remind parents and students of upcoming tests and quizzes or of video assignments, I simply type my message into the program, include a link to the video or pdf and with one click of a button, the message reaches anyone who has signed up to my Remind account.

My class website offers another fantastic way for me to communicate information to students and parents.  Through my class website, I can share the learning unit objectives, links to practice activities, and provide the video lessons that my students will need.  I have even developed a page to help fellow teachers who might be interested in resources for flipped classroom instruction.

Each school year, one of the first ways that I communicate with my students and their parents, even before the school year begins, is through the following video which I created to educate students and parents on the format of our flipped classroom.

 

Link to video on YouTube: http://youtu.be/3ccYMU0hI3A 
Artifact: Class Website
Artifact: Welcome Video
 

d. Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning

VoiceThread has been an emerging technology tool for several years.  Recently, our district has purchased a district account that allows each of our students and teachers to have their own VoiceThread account.  This makes sharing VoiceThreads and providing feedback on VoiceThreads easier and safer among our students and staff.  In order to introduce VoiceThread to my students, I created a VoiceThread about my own childhood memories.  Students would eventually model my VoiceThread and create their own about their childhood memories.  I had my students comment on my VoiceThread.  I used this activity not only as way for students to practice their language skills, but also as a way for students to learn how this tech tool works.

Artifact: My VoiceThread Example
Our school district uses Mastery Connect as a data management system. Mastery Connect has been a great tool for our teachers to share assessments, but also to share the results of our assessments. Mastery Connect offers an update feed allowing me to see if any other of the French teachers in our district have uploaded assessments. It also allows me to share my assessments with them. After the assessments are given, the reports feature allows us to look at each question and at the assessments of the students by teacher. This allows us to analyze the results and determine if the most often missed questions should be re-written or if we should change how we teach or reinforce objectives. I was a district trainer for Mastery Connect and I have helped our teachers to learn to access the data and how to use the data in order to reflect on their teaching practices.

Artifact: Screen Shot of Mastery Connect Reports (Team member’s names have been blurred out)

Mastery Connect


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