Strategy #6: Engaging Instructional Strategies

Strategy #6Utilize technology integration and project-based learning as authentic, engaging instructional strategies.


Goal: Improve and expand technology integration and project-based learning to engage students in learning and application of 21st century skills.

Baseline: The use of both technology integration and project-based learning as instructional strategies is sporadic at DISHS and is more often by individual teacher choice than by design.

2010-11 Benchmark: Increase use of technology integration and project-based learning as instructional strategies 25% by June of 2011.

NOTE: Implementation of this Strategy will be significantly hampered by the lack of SIG funding.  Action Steps and timelines have been revised to the greatest degree possible to reflect a reasonable process for implementation without SIG funding.  At times, this means that the action steps are not fully developed or clearly described as they are still "under construction."

2010-11 Progress Summary: Formal implementation of this strategy was severely hindered by lack of SIG funding.  However, 1:1 Netbook computers were deployed to all students and each student was provided a Google Apps account within DISHS's domain.  There was an increase in technology integration in classrooms, but without internal/external coaches it was difficult to document.  Less progress was made in project-based learning, but the school's participation in the Energy For ME project should provide needed guidance and resources.

What concrete action steps will be taken?When will action steps occur and when will they be completed?Who will lead or coordinate this action step?Who will participate in implementing these action steps?What resources will be needed?
 Provide internal and external coaches for technology integration and project-based learning. Canceled due to lack of SIG funding.

Possible scaled-down implementation 2011-12.
1/12 FTE Technology internal coach in place for 2011-12.



 Create FPDT groups for technology integration and project-based learning  (convert Tech SIT to FPDT).Fall 2010.
SITs were converted to FPDTs, which were then implemented into PLCs (clear as mud?).  While there was some work on technology and project-based learning integration, it was not a primary focus and little progress was made.
Principal
Internals Coaches for Technology Integration FPDT and Project-based Learning FPDT.
FPDT members.Time
Revised implementation plan due to lack of SIG funding.
 Assess teacher's tech use and needs via survey. Survey administered Spring 2010.
Results analyzed and needs determined.
Not completed.
 Tech SIT/FPDT Tech Support Team
All teachers.
 Survey Gizmo.
A means to prioritize needs so that both individual teacher and school needs are met.
 Address teacher's tech needs through staff development and training.  [Assessed by measurable outcomes/changes in teaching practice and technology use] On-going, but time to devote to this may be limited without SIG funds.
Major teacher learning curve with the implementation of Google Apps.  Professional development was provided in the fall and on-going throughout the year.
 Tech Support Team
Tech FPDT
Tech Integrator
 Tech Support Team
All Staff
Administration
 Survey results.
Access to and working knowledge of technology indicated by survey.
 Assess student's tech use and needs through surveys of current student and recent graduates. Fall 2010
Not completed.
 Tech Support Team
Tech FPDT
 Tech Support Team
Advisors
 Survey Gizmo
Social Networking.
 Target student needs in classroom indicated by surveys through staff training which results in students using identified programs and techniques in class to enhance and expand learning.
[assessed by annual survey]
 Winter 2010- Spring 2011
Not completed.
Tech Support Team
Tech FPDT
Tech Integrator
 Tech FPDT
Teachers
 Survey results.
Access to and working knowledge of technology indicated by survey.
 Research new technology by bringing new technology ideas to FPDT meetings and distribute exemplary lessons to staff. 2010-11 school year.
Regularly done throughout the year on an informal basis.
 Tech FPDT Tech FPDT
Staff
 Technology infrastructure that both supports and adapts to technology needs.
 Project-based learning FPDT determines goals. 
 Fall semester 2010
Not completed.
 Project-based Learning FPDT Project-based learning FPDT
Curriculum mapping software.
 Project-based learning FPDT will focus on assessing student learning using a project evaluation rubric adapted from the SWE problem solver rubric. Spring semester 2011.
Not completed.
 Project-based Learning FPDT Project-based learning FPDT Articles/resources about assessment best practice for performance-based assessments.
 Investigate/Develop project-based evaluation panels to include community members to promote and create validity to project outcomes
(ie: external review of projects, or authentic audience)
 Spring semester of 2011
Not completed.
 Project-based Learning FPDT Project-based learning FPDT
Community advisory committee (?)
DACUM (Developing A CURriculum) type process based on skills for 21st century document for consensus on outcome evals.
Volunteer Coordinator.
Time to meet with community members after work day.
 Meet with Tech FPDT to set personal classroom goals aligned with school goals.  Members will use technology daily in the classroom and research new technologies to be incorporated into courses
Canceled due to lack of SIG funding.
 

 Showcase student work/class projects that are produced by project-based learning experiences and technology rich learning experiences. On-going
Not completed.
 Principal
Technology Integration FPDT
Project-based Learning FPDT

 Tech Integration FPDT
Project-based FPDT
All Teachers
 
 Learn from other schools that do an exemplary job of project-based learning and technology integration. On-going
Not completed.
 Technology Integration FPDT
Project-based Learning FPDT
 FPDT's 

Energy for ME project started March 2011 and continuing for at least two years.  Energy for ME will serve as primary framework for project-based learning and secondary opportunity to integrate technology into instruction.


GoalImprove and expand technology integration and project-based learning to engage students in learning and application of 21st century skills.

Baseline:

2011-12 Benchmark:

What concrete action steps will be taken?When will action steps occur and when will they be completed?Who will lead or coordinate this action step?Who will participate in implementing these action steps?What resources will be needed?
     
     
     
     
     
     
     


GoalImprove and expand technology integration and project-based learning to engage students in learning and application of 21st century skills.

Baseline:

2012-13 Benchmark:

What concrete action steps will be taken?When will action steps occur and when will they be completed?Who will lead or coordinate this action step?Who will participate in implementing these action steps?What resources will be needed?