This has been an exciting year for me as I have stepped into a new role as a teacher technology consultant. This has been a dream of mine for about 10 years. I have always loved helping students integrate technology in the classroom. Naturally, this has helped me to gain the knowledge and experience needed to help teachers with technology integration in the classroom. As this year comes to a close, I wanted to take some time to reflect upon this past year and share some thoughts.
One of my PGP goals was to show teacher growth in at least one area of the NETS (National Educational Technology Standards). As I recently wrote my PGP self-evaluation, I was thrilled to show evidence that 75% of the teachers in Wayland showed growth in at least one NETS standard. Here are some of activities that I observed:
My hope for this year in regards to technology integration is that we all learn to use the 3 C's, Communication, Collaboration, and Celebration. I hope that we can all become better communicators (sharers of information) with each other, parents, and students. I also hope that we become better collaborators (discussers of information) with each other, parents, and students. And, finally, I hope that we can all celebrate our tremendous successes of technology integration with each other, parents, and our students.
As I look through the activities that I observed, I believe that this year we have learned to use the 3 C's with each other, parents, and students. As I celebrate the 3 C's, I hope that you too will celebrate our growth in technology integration at Wayland. I also hope that we will all continue to challenge ourselves and expand our realm of technology integration next year as well.
I want to thank all of the awesome teachers that I have worked with this year. Wayland teachers teach, inspire and challenge our children to become caring contributors, lifelong learners, and critical thinkers prepared to embrace all of tomorrow's opportunities.
Assessments, assessments, assessments! I know that many teachers feel like all they do is give assessments for their classes, the district, and the state. But assessments help us to know if students have learned the standards, as well as help us to focus on what the students still need to learn. NETS-T 2d encourages teachers to provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching.
Wayland utilizes the NWEA MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) for students in K - 8 grades as an assessment tool that can help teachers to know if there students are "on track". These assessments are online summative assessments that are given 3 times a year (fall, winter, spring). After these assessments are given, teachers should know how to access the results (through Reports Login) and use them to inform their teaching.
Next year, Mathematics and English/Language Arts students in Michigan will take the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test using either a computer or tablet.This is replacing the MEAP, except in Science and Social Studies. This is another summative assessment for students in grades 3-8 and 11th grade. The results from these can help teachers as they prepare for teaching the next year because these assessments will be given at the end of the year.
In Wayland, teachers can also create online assessments in Data Director, Infinite Campus, and ExamView. Teachers generally use these for summative assessments, but they can be used for formative assessments as well.
For formative assessments, there are many technology tools like Socrative and Quizlet, as well as more project-based technology tools like Animoto. Any technology tool that allows the student to show the teacher that they understand what is being taught, will work for formative assessment. For more ideas please check out my webpage on Formative Assessment.
Many teachers in Wayland are already utilizing technology for both formative and summative assessments, but there is always room to learn more about different digital assessments that are available.