Tier 3: iTeach, iLearn

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With a focus on iDevices, student directed learning and developing teacher-leaders, this program provides teachers the opportunity to fully integrate technology with powerful tools; video, camera, internet, voice recording, apps for differentiation.
Each Tier 3 teacher will participate in the greater district learning community as well as within a building-established professional learning community. Tier 3 teachers will be expected to provide support and assistance within their building, and leadership and knowledge with others in the district.
Eventually, Tier 3 teachers may also be requested to share their experience, what they have learned and provide/support training with others in the district.
You must have successfully completed both Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the Teachers Teaching with Technology (T3) Program to be considered for Tier 3.

2013 - 14 Training commitment:
If selected for the iDevice Program (both iPod and iPad), you will be required to attend the following; Information meeting, 6 full release days, minimum of 5 after-school PLC gatherings, complete 2 SimpleK12 webinars/trainings.
Schedule listed below:
2013 Dates:
Informational Meeting (May 7, 2013 4 to 5 pm Midway Tech Classroom)
Application Deadline (June 5, 2013, 4 pm)
Initial Equipment Distribution & Training Meeting (June 10, 2013, 4 to 5 pm)
Full release day 1 (September 20, 8 am to 3:30 pm)
  • Hands-on device training 
  • Exploration & Management
  • The BIG question & Journaling using video & Evernote, Edmodo
  • Parent communication and support
PLC 1: "Appy Hour" logistics/concerns, Edmodo, Simple K12 Training 
(October 16, 4 pm to 5 pm)
Full  release day 2 (November 1, 8 am to 3:30 pm)
  • Student Centered Learning & Action Research Introduction
  • Journal check in
  • Data Collection & DoDEA work underway
  • Successes/Challenges
  •  Integration and App review
PLC 2: "Appy Hour" App share out, what's working? Classroom management
(December 10, 4 pm to 5 pm)
2014 Dates:
Full release day 3 (January 21, 8 am to 3:30 pm)
  • Implementation: lessons learned
  • Creating the research share out
  • Question & Answer
PLC 3: "Appy Hour" data collection course correction/adjustment discussion(February 18, 4 pm to 5 pm)
Full release day 4 (March 12, 8 am to 3:30 pm)
  • Early Action Research share out
  • Video
  • App share out
PLC 4: "Appy Hour" (April 10, 4 pm to 5 pm) PLC directed

Full release day 5: (May 8, 8 am to 3:30 pm)
  • Hands on training
  • Implementation techniques
  • Innovative practices
PLC 5: "Appy Hour" (May 27, 4 pm to 5 pm) PLC directed

Full release day 6: Research Share Out (June 6, 8 am to 3:30 pm)
  • Action research presentations
  • Lessons learned
  • Small group discussion
  • Celebration!!

Edmodo Online Community
Access code: 6idwes
Tier 3: i Teach, iLearn
6 paid release days = 45 hours
5 PLC = 5 hours
2 SimpleK12 Webinars = 2 hours
52 Clock Hours = 5.2 credits
5.2 credits @ WWU = $1,015

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Tier 3: iDevice Overview
iPod Phased Implementation
Phase 1: Elementary focus with an invitation to apply (2012 - 13 School Year)
Phase 2: Open district wide to successful Tier 2 completers (estimated to start during the 2013 - 14 School Year)
iPod grants include:
  • PLC & Training
  • 1 Macbook Pro (T3 distributed laptops/minis will be exchanged)
  • 1 Bredford secure rolling cart
  • Up to 30 iPod devices with cases
  • Apps
iPod applications require support from your building principal. There will be up to 10 iPod classroom sets available. Please note that while the application process requires a project with a specific focus, the intent is that the devices be used throughout the entire school day.
In an effort to maximize resources, ensure successful implementation, and avoid teacher overload, those with SmartBoards are not currently eligible to apply for the first phase of the iPod grants.
Special Consideration:
There must be a minimum of 3 teachers in a building team, along with the principal's support, to apply for the 1 - 1 classroom set of iPods. Each teacher is required to complete a unique and original application. Also, for planning purposes, headphones need to be provided by students. Those who are free/reduced lunch will have the option of district-provided headphones.

iPad Phased Implementation
Phase 1: Primary focus is on the secondary classroom with a goal of building capacity through the development of self-supporting PLCs. Depending on availability, elementary will also be considered for the iPad portion of the program with an invitation to apply (2012 - 13 School Year).
Phase 2: Open district wide to successful Tier 2 completers start during the 2013 - 14 School Year
iPad grants include:
  • PLC & Training
  • 1 Teacher iPad with case
  • 1 iPad for every 2 students with cases
  • Synch Station/Cart
  • Apple TV
  • HDMI Projector converter
  • Apps 
Special Consideration:
Each teacher is required to complete a unique and original application. Also, for planning purposes, headphones need to be provided by students. Please be sure to add these to your classroom supply list (Note: especially for younger students, ask the parents to try the headphones out to make sure they fit)
Those who are free/reduced lunch will have the option of district-provided headphones.

Application & Program Focus
For the application process, each teacher is required to:
*Please note that those with a SmartBoard are not currently eligible to participate in the iDevice portion of the T3 Program.
What else is required? Part of the form will be checkboxes stating that you agree to attend trainings/PLC meetings, complete 2 SimpleK12 webinars/Trainings and do a final presentation of your findings.
Also, separately from the Google Application, you will be asked to submit a 1 page document describing in more detail the scope and the goals of the project. That must be done via email attachment, sent to burness@ohsd.net.
Okay, so what are the questions already?!?
Here are the questions that you will find on the linked Google form:
  • Your name, phone number, and email address
  • School, your role, and grade level target
  • Which grant you are targeting (iPod, iPad)
  • Building principal support. The paragraph itself should include the following:
    • Principal's/building support of each teacher’s efforts, i.e. time to meet, opportunity to share out during staff meetings
    • Understanding of your Tier 3 focus, i.e. Big Question
    • Recommendation of you for Tier 3, i.e. skills/experiences that make you a strong candidate.
  • Project title (Choose something that describes your instructional goal(s))
  • Primary connection to your DoDEA focus area
  • BIG question you want to focus on for your Action Research
  • Primary learning goals (What specific targets are you trying to reach?)
  • Your school's instructional mission/focus/statement/phrase
  • Instructional design (how are you going to use the technology)
  • How will the iDevice you will be using support your instructional goals?
  • Target group(s) of learners (Migrant, ELL, low readers, high math achievers, GATE, Sped, etc.)
  • How you will assess/evaluate the effectiveness of your project?
  • This Google application form submitted AND a one-page supporting narrative of your application should be submitted via email to burness@ohsd.net by Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

Please, please, please type your responses into Word and cut/paste your responses into the application. The application will be automatically time and date stamped upon submission.

Final Presentation Overview (Final due June 6, 2014)
The final presentation will include the following components. Each participant is expected to give a final presentation.

Written response including: (Due by email: June 5, 2014)

  • Journal reflection
  • Lessons learned
  • Anecdotal examples
  • Data reflection, graphing and its meaning to your BIG question

Electronic presentation including: (Due June 6, 2014)

  • Overview of findings
  • Data graphs to communicate & support your findings
  • Lessons learned
  • Student work samples (actual or electronic examples)
  • Video demonstrating student use


Questions?: Contact Bre Urness-Straight (burness@ohsd.net)