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Thursday, November 13

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    having a Horse"Horse Before Cart SyndromeSyndrome" (CHB) with regard
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    13. Teachers do not have display devices in their classrooms to show students what is on the screens of their computers.
    14. There are no laptop carts, flotillas or COWS (computers on wheels) to supply critical mass — sufficient computing resources to do something worthwhile.
    Alan November culledput together this list of hopes and fears regarding technology and change in the classroom submitted by teachers attending a workshop in 2005
    Here are
    example comments
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    our schools? Hopes
    Hopes:

    Student motivation. Increased work ethic. Feedback from peers. Initiative to better myself.
    Lifelong learning
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Tuesday, July 15

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    McKensie wrote of many schools having a Horse Before Cart Syndrome with regard to technology integration....use this checklist to see if your school is one of them...
    Yes/No
    Indicators of CHB
    1. The teachers in my building were not asked how they would like to use the new technology before it was purchased.
    2. Computers were distributed quite evenly across classrooms — the same number for each room regardless of purpose or activity.
    3. Computers were placed in the classrooms without asking teachers where they wanted the units.
    4. Teachers are discouraged from moving computers about from classroom to classroom, sharing units.
    5. Most decisions about the technology program are made by people outside the school.
    6. The focus of the technology program is on the learning and use of software such as spreadsheeting, word processing, PowerPointing and Internet browsers.
    7. A substantial number of the computers in the building go unused much of the day as teachers continue on with regular schooling.
    8. Teachers are provided with less than 5 hours of paid professional development each year to help them use the new technologies.
    9. Teachers are provided with less than 5 hours of paid program development time each year for them to build technology enhanced units like WebQuests and Research Modules.
    10. There are not enough technicians to keep things running in a robust and reliable manner.
    11. There are no teachers on special assignment available to model technology rich lessons and team with teachers wishing to integrate technologies into their programs.
    12. There are no subscription information products on the network (such as periodicals and databases) other than the free Internet.
    13. Teachers do not have display devices in their classrooms to show students what is on the screens of their computers.
    14. There are no laptop carts, flotillas or COWS (computers on wheels) to supply critical mass — sufficient computing resources to do something worthwhile.

    Alan November culled this list of hopes and fears regarding technology and change in the classroom submitted by teachers attending a workshop in 2005
    Here are example comments from participants in a workshop in Oklahoma, February, 2005 when asked: What is your best hope for what technology will provide to improve learning? & What can we lose from adding technology to our schools? Hopes
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Monday, July 14

  1. page Group 1 - Educational Technology and Change edited Educational Technology and Change Alan November culled this list of hopes and fears regarding t…

    Educational Technology and Change
    Alan November culled this list of hopes and fears regarding technology and change in the classroom submitted by teachers attending a workshop in 2005
    Here are example comments from participants in a workshop in Oklahoma, February, 2005 when asked: What is your best hope for what technology will provide to improve learning? & What can we lose from adding technology to our schools? Hopes
    Student motivation. Increased work ethic. Feedback from peers. Initiative to better myself.
    Lifelong learning
    Authentic experiences
    More self-directed learning
    Higher intrinsic motivation
    Higher level thinking and problem-solving
    Higher test scores
    Provide information that we would not have had access to before.
    Enhance collaboration and communication between our Professional Learning Community.
    Encourage critical thinking. Connect our students to the world outside of the classroom walls and allow our students to experience things that the majority of them would not have had the chance to experience otherwise.
    Ownership of learning increased. Higher expectations because of comparison to others.
    Taking learning global not just within my team.
    Teachers need to work smarter, not harder.
    To increase student assessment to provide better instruction.
    Prepare students for the next levels of learning.
    Provide learning (experiences) not available in a book
    Technology will increase student curiosity and the interest will be contagious
    Hope can over come Fear when barriers are torn down, by allowing students to engage in a forum they are comfortable they take ownership of their learning and the teachers will be willing to change from the role of information giver to facilitator.
    Use technology to stir interest of students to seek new information
    Create excitement for students, staff, and community.
    Lessen mundane tasks to make teaching less burdensome.
    Prepare students for life within a global community
    Our hope is that the use of technology will empower teachers to assist their students in developing an appetite for learning and thinking.
    It takes away the spoon feeding and instills within student the desire to learn to fish so they eat for a lifetime.
    Students feel empowered as they see that their ideas are heard and are valuable. Empowered students would then be enthusiastic about their own abilities to contribute to a dialogue for addressing real problems and designing real solutions.
    Fears
    Lose personal connection to students, lack of skill results in loss of time, lack of direction, increased frustration due to state standards and time. Technical difficulties.
    It has become apparent to our school that some of our teachers have lost their self confidence. They believe that it is expected they change their entire way of teaching and presentation, when in reality we want it to be an enhancement.
    Afraid of coming out of our comfort zones - might be made to look incompetent in front of students, peers, or community.
    Teachers' comfort with what they have always done
    Control over what is being learned
    Less reliance on basic skills due to calculators, spell check, etc.
    Students relying on technology for information and instruction instead of the teachers
    20-year old laminated lesson plans
    Lack of teacher education to support the advance in technology
    Losing one-on-one interaction between teachers and students
    Fear of unknown
    Our table is concerned about losing interpersonal communication skills. (ie. facial expressions, tone, etc.) Parental involvement may decrease due to the parents' fear of technology.
    Our worst fear is that our school district will spend thousands of dollars and that expenditure not have a positive impact on student achievement.
    Misinformation-being able to evaluate the validity of internet information.
    Loss of control by granting our students the freedom to search and formulate opinions outside our parameters of control, we may be unleashing a monster we may never be able to bring back under control.
    Technological problems that we probably can't understand or fix, thereby causing a loss of instructional time and possibly loss of employment as schools are wont not to tolerate teachers who heave equipment out windows.
    Students can write anything they want anonymously.

    Found a great worksheet to use in planning for technology/mission statements.
    Mission Statement Development Worksheet
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Thursday, July 10

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    Computer Usage-Who__Usage-Who
    The use of computers and the Internet by students has increased rapidly in recent years (U.S. Department of Education 1999; U.S. Department of Commerce 2002). In 2001, computer and Internet use was more widespread among school-age children and adolescents than among adults (DeBell
    and Chapman 2003). The now commonplace use of these technologies follows the installation of computers and Internet
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    Combining the elements
    Make sure that all of the above elements are carried out. Do not pick and choose!
    Interesting QuotesQuotes__
    Teachers are most likely to embrace technologies if they can see the connection between their work (covering and exploring the curriculum) and the tools. -Jamie McKenzie
    Generation M has a lot to teach parents and teachers about what new technology can do. But it's up to grownups to show them what it can't do, and that there's life beyond the screen. -Claudia Wallis
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  2. page Group 1 - Educational Technology and Change edited Educational Technology and Change Found a great worksheet to use in planning for technology/mis…

    Educational Technology and Change
    Found a great worksheet to use in planning for technology/mission statements.
    Mission Statement Development Worksheet
    What can education be in three years with technology integration? Work in groups to
    develop ideas for each of the following areas.
    How will technology integration…
    1. Support new ways of teaching and learning
    2. Expand learning beyond the walls of the traditional classroom
    3. Support teachers in their instructional tasks and professional learning
    4. Bring the school closer to its parent community
    5. Make more efficient use of teacher and administrator time and resources

    Even advertisers realize that children are getting more technologically advanced at an earlier age. (Obviously, this is tongue in cheek but it was playing on the TV as I was reading the articles and I had to add it to our page.)
    Natives vs. Immigrants
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    Digitial Natives Hard at Work Multitasking
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    Computer Usage-WhoUsage-Who__
    The use of computers and the Internet by students has increased rapidly in recent years (U.S. Department of Education 1999; U.S. Department of Commerce 2002). In 2001, computer and Internet use was more widespread among school-age children and adolescents than among adults (DeBell
    and Chapman 2003). The now commonplace use of these technologies follows the installation of computers and Internet
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