Field experience proposal
.I am super-excited because Dr. Winslow has told me that I don't need to pick just one of these leadership opportunities for this course. Rather, since I will be serving as an "apprentice" to Dr. Vinson, I can blog about all of my experiences. The description of my field experience is in my first post. Here's how it aligns to our course SLOs.
Develop a shared vision to lead an instructional technology innovation to improve teaching, learning and performance for a professional audience.
Of the opportunities before me, providing professional development on Hapara and its workspace feature seems to fit this objective best. I'll study Hapara, take advantage of its resources, and become a super-user or expert at my school. Then, I'll lead training sessions with training materials that I developed and/or curated for my teachers.
Collaborate with decision-makers to evaluate and select technology tools and strategies that improve teaching, learning and performance.
I will have an important role piloting new Chromebooks at my school. The district has already chosen two devices to pilot. I will collect data and provide a detailed, supported recommendation on which device to purchase and deploy to all of the district's students in grades 3 - 12.
Conduct needs assessments to inform the design of technology enhanced learning experiences for professional audiences.
As part of Dr. Vinson's high school tech team initiative, I will conduct needs analyses at each of our district's two high schools to determine what content-specific technology integration needs their teachers have. Based on our findings, Dr. Vinson and I will search for technology solutions that we will then present to the tech teams. We will teach them, and they will roll out to the teachers at their respective schools.
Design, develop and implement technology enhanced learning experiences that demonstrate best practices for adult learners.
Both the Hapara and high school tech team initiatives will provide an opportunity for me to design learning experiences for the teachers in our district. In addition, our library media specialist team is leading several district-level professional development sessions.
Evaluate the results of technology enhanced learning experiences for professional audiences to measure impact and guide future improvement.
The Hapara initiative provides the best opportunity for measurement of effectiveness. If effective, my training materials could be used, or I could even be asked to LEAD the training, at other schools in the district.
Apply best practices in effective project management to an instructional technology innovation initiative.
Best practices might be best exemplified with the device pilot at my school. I'll be collecting lots of data and using that data to drive decisions about not only which device is purchased for the district, but in how it is deployed and managed. Though I will be collecting most of the data during the pilot period, it will be a true collaborative effort with input from stakeholders.
Demonstrate continuous evaluation of professional knowledge and practices to improve the design, development and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences.
The high school tech team initiative could be an excellent example of continuous evaluation and improvement. I envision the needs assessments from year to year will evolve, new solutions will be found, and "training the trainer" will be a never-ending process as we seek to improve teaching and learning across our district.
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Middle School Librarian and student enrolled in Coastal Carolina's Ed.S. program in Instructional Technology.