Browse Month: December 2014

Goal: Transformation and TAR

A few weeks ago, I introduced our five building-wide technology goals.  Our first goal focuses on transforming education practice and is probably the most challenging goal to implement and evaluate:

  • Teachers will use technology to transform lessons with activities that could not be accomplished outside of a 1:1 learning environment.

This goal easily aligns with the first four ISTE Student Standards.

1. Creativity and Innovation
2. Communication and Collaboration
3. Research and Information Fluency
4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

These four standards and their sub-standards contain several ways in which student learning can be transformed through the integration of technology.  Fortunately, transformation is not limited to a to only a few activities or technology tools.

Transformation through technology is also a district goal.  Maria introduced the TAR model in a Believe to Achieve blog post earlier this year.  In this post, Maria defines transformation and lists a few examples of using technology to achieve learning experiences that were previously impossible.

The PLC met in December and discussed specific instructional technology activities and assessed where they fit into the TAR model.  Based on the success of this discussion, the entire faculty participated in a similar activity during our January 7 faculty meeting.  These discussions are helping us clarify where our technology integration fits within the classifications of transform, amplify, and replace.  As John, Robbie, Joe, Mel, and I have said in the past, TAR is not an evaluation model, but a reflective tool to help us honestly assess how we use technology.  Just like every lesson can not contain level four Depth of Knowledge, not every lesson will be transformative.  That being said, we should strive to use technology beyond only replacement of other educational tools and methods.  Through a clear understanding of the TAR model, we can honestly assess our implementation of technology.

As you think about how you can transform your teaching and student learning, I will share a few resources in addition to the ISTE Student Standards to help guide your thinking.



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Building Technology Goals

goal-20121_640During first semester, the PLC/Leadership team set five technology goals for OTMS.  These goals are:

  • Teachers will use technology to transform lessons with activities that could not be accomplished outside of a 1:1 learning environment.
  • Teachers will use technology to differentiate instruction.
  • Students will become independent learners in response to differentiation through technology.
  • Teachers will use technology to collect formative and summative achievement data and provide students with timely feedback in response to this data.
  • Students will be given the opportunity to lead in the areas of technology support and digital citizenship.

The leadership team is currently discussing our goals and how we can lead the building to meet them; from these discussions, I have decided to make a shift in my contributions to the weekly newsletter.  My focus during the first semester was mainly tool or process oriented information; from this point forward, my weekly communication with you will be based upon our building technology goals, the ISTE Student Standards (I will discuss the ISTE Standards in more depth next week), and the TAR model.  By basing our conversations on the building goals and the ISTE Standards, I will begin with the end in mind to help ensure that the tools and processes I cover are aligned with these goals and standards.   I introduced several good tools and tips during first semester, but unless we understand why we are using technology and how it can be used to meet our building goals and the ISTE Student Standards, we risk becoming distracted in the pursuit of the newest tool, website, resource, or activity without fully reflecting on why or how we are implementing it into the instructional process.  The leadership team is currently holding conversations about how technology is used in the classroom, and the extent that this technology use is transforming student learning.

As second semester begins, continue to stress the importance of positive Chromebook care and Digital Citizenship.  This ties directly to our student leadership goal and is a necessary component of classroom management within a 1:1 environment.  There are multiple resources available on this topic, and I have chosen four to share.

Best wishes for the second semester.  I’m looking forward to working with you as we continue to learn together.


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