Notes from the Tech Academy Meeting on 12/6/12

Notes from the Tech Meeting (the notes are broken up by tables)
Student Learning – Teacher Perspective
  • Own our curriculum to differentiate ourselves
  • This will be the hardest.
  • Challenges:
    • Using the technology
    • Designing an online class is very different than a traditional teacher classroom
    • Must be interactive
      • Use Web 2.0 Tools
      • Out of the box curriculums are not easy to edit and make our own
      • Training must happen ASAP
        • Train a few from each department t build an online course
        • Must articulate the resources
        • Teachers need to feel confident about the change and direction of the academy
        • We should have a specific room for same tech tools
          • Scanner
          • Video
          • Editing program
          • Clear objectives and goals for assignment = more meaningful curriculum designed
          • Very hard to let students pace themselves – should we force pacing
          • Learning becomes fixed – Time becomes variable
          • Learners Own their Learning
          • Pacing allows students to move at their own pace
          • Students will choose to be in an online/hybrid class.
Personalized Student Instruction
Make curriculum career driven w/ projects
Are the right students signing up for online classes?
Standards based grading…where are we going with it?
Focused on Student Learning
  • Clear objectives, end goals, curriculum essentials, learning target
  • Purpose
  • Anticipating student questions
  • Individualized learning
  • Revisit curriculum mastery vs. learning
  • Know – demonstrate
  • Standards based grading
Learners owns their own learning
  • Individualized learning
  • Flexibility of moving forward
  • Choices, interest, options of different avenues to the same end goal
  • Learning becomes fixed time becomes the variable
  • Technology as first line of instruction; allows time for intervention and differentiation
Personalized Learning
  • Career – driven (essentials are the same, focus is different)
  • Freedom to switch career tracks
  • Create our own curriculum
    • This may be extremely difficult
    • Should not just be PDFs
    • Cannot be just read work do work
    • Must incorporate Web 2.0 apps to keep the student interested
    • Provide Common places
      • For teachers to see what web 2.0 tools are available to teachers (freeware, web 2.0, presentations during staff meetings, tech tips
      • Explicit instructions
      • Instructions
        • Personalizing student instruction
        • Fewer students per teacher
        • Want to continue the loss of off campus privileges
  • Need to filter students to ensure that they “own” their own learning
  • Concerned about culture and a sense of belonging for the students
  • Concerned about losing positive social expectations modeled and taught by teachers, especially if the entire schedule is online.
  • How are we going to teach as many students as we are? What does this look like?
  • Adaptive release style eliminates collaboration – is this really where we want to head?
  • Credit Recovery? Why? Advantages?
  • Credit Forward? Why? Advantages?
  • Take extra courses to matriculate sooner?
  • Per pupil same or less?
  • Motivation – Keep Students? Increase Enrollment?
  • Personalized instruction – Meet criteria advance
  • Need testing center for face – to –face assessments
  • Standard Based vs. Grading
  • 9th Block – more classes for students
Pace of Class
  • Should there be a pace forced on students?
  • This allows for students to re-enter traditional class if they fail
  • Assessments must use common core and authentic
  • Application process?
  • How long should they stay in online environment if they fail?
  • Is this a dumping ground for repeaters?
  • 100% online schedule for students? Can they pick and choose?
  • Deal with law change if they go to multiple schools?
  • Who is left in traditional schools?
  • Will smaller classes run in traditional school?
  • Different levels of online – 100% vs. hybrid?
  • Develop intervention?

(1/10/12) Tuesday’s Redesign meeting notes (FHS on-line academy component)
Meeting minutes:
  • Introduced the teacher co-chairs for the tech. academy (Charlene Barla, Chris Stanley, and Luke Woods)
  • Think-Pair-Share on “what is student learning?”
  • Brainstorming in cross-curriculum groups on a guiding framework for the tech. academy on (Curriculum (What will we expect the students to learn), Instruction (How we will help the students to learn), and Assessments (How we measure student success and are held accountable).
  • Notes from the brainstorming-:
Curriculum in the tech. academy-We expect students to learn....
Preparation for the “real world”
Standard-based learning (held to the same standards as traditional students)
To identify objectives based upon state/national guidelines
And use what we teach
Communication and collaboration
To share in the learning process with each other
To take Netiquette (on-line etiquette) course before even registering for on-line academy
*Expectation: Pre-requisite- Go through a survey process to see if student would be a good candidate for on-learning

Instruction in the tech. academy-In terms of students to learning, we believe that...
Creating interactive activities and exercises I involving cutting-edge technology will be utilized
Instructors will need to keep up with students who are at different points in the students’ self-paced learning
Teachers support provided for students/learning mentors
Introducing to online experience in middle school
Instruction provides authentic feedback
Instruction driven by mastery of curriculum –build in technologies where they best fit
Reasonable use of technology to demonstrate student learning
Instruction will have elements for student driven progress the through course/curriculum
Students will demonstrate what they know
Differentiated instructional options to address all learning styles (E3T)

*Thought-There is a need to have more than one staff member (2 to 3) developing the course

Assessment in the tech. academy-To measure success, we believe that assessment...
should be personalized
Has the ability to merge skills and content
Assessment should be purposeful
Begins with the end in mind
Should have Web 2.0 tools implemented (adaptive assessments)
Should be authentic
Is standards-based
Is individualized (student designed as an option)
Student will have assessment to prevent violation of academic integrity using technology resources
That there must be a correction to the disconnect that is created when we transition from a traditional classroom to a 21st century classroom (example: Traditional final exams –if students assessment is to show student progress—how can all students be at the same place and same time?).

  • Shared Perspectives from current hybrid classes
  • The next agenda will be posted on Wiki and e-mailed to staff before the next meeting in February
Meeting Timeline moving forth: 2/7/12, 3/6/12, 4/10/12, 5/1/12, and 6/5/12

Meeting notes from 2/7/12 Tuesday
*Discussion on common themes from the previous two meetings
*We used this definition as an example of what standard based learning/instruction/assessment is for discussion purposes: Standards-based education can be defined as an ongoing teaching/learning cycle that ensures all students learn and can demonstrate proficiency in our district’s adopted content standards and associated benchmark concepts and skills. This teaching/learning cycle frequently measures student achievement through a variety of formats and assessments and ensures multiple opportunities for students to learn until they reach a proficient or advanced level of performance. Regardless of content, course, level, identified outcomes or revisions in standards,this teaching/learning cycle remains constant.

*Spilt into action breakout groups to discuss “How each of the core areas in bold will look like” with a standard base approach. *Action groups broken into (assessment in the tech. academy (Luke facilitated), instruction in the tech. academy (Charlene facilitated), curriculum in the tech. academy (Chris facilitated), and culture in the tech. academy (Huston and Brad facilitated)
Assessment- How we measure student success and are held accountable for their learning with a standard base focus:
  • What software
  • Consider ACT requirements
  • MME requirements
  • Choices to see different ways to learn: How do we explain technology to students
  • What if parents don’t understand the process?

Instruction- How we will help the students learn with a standard base focus

Pedagogical Practices between the relationship of instruction and digital learning strategies.
1. Clarifying learning goals/targets
2. Providing meaningful and appropriate feedback
3. Assessing for learning to inform instruction
4. Tracking progress and diagnosing learning needs
5. Modeling strategies
6. Providing guided and independent practice
7. Collaborative learning
8. Scaffolding students’ task engagement and performance
9. Providing the student with control of his and her learning
10. Eliciting student work to demonstrate understanding of specific language and concepts

Curriculum- What we will expect the students to learn with a standard base focus
  • Reports card looks more like “elementary”
  • Essentials as an “umbrella” –sub standards underneath that
  • Final assessment outcome/product
  • Can’t just be based on summative assessments; finish line is personalized
  • Credit-earning times are negotiable-à not based as much on deadlines—parameters needed to keep unmotivated students on track
  • No longer ”aiming for the middle” much more personalized
  • How to interact w/ students when you’re not seeing them: differentiating between students we need to spend a lot of face to face time

Culture- Patterns of meaning or activity (norms, values, beliefs, relationships, rituals, traditions, etc.) shared in varying degrees by members of a school community.
  • Look at how each stakeholder would be effected and their needs (student/staff member/parent)
Parent- sees their kid(s) more (consider how we will educate our parents about the new way of teaching)
Student- self-motivated to gain outside experience/learning, value of learning focus, more positive experiences once expectation is learned, credit recovery is easier for to offer... (Considerations of no daily interventions, frustrated students, students are more responsible for learning...)
Educators- from content expert to a facilitator of learning, tests/assessments can be more creative to demonstrate knowledge,

*Homework for the group to look at resources to support your action group for academy brainstorming

Meeting Timeline moving forth: 3/6/12, 4/10/12, 5/1/12, and 6/5/12