During our last meeting (right before holiday break), I thought it was important for us to begin to define our roles in this project. Currently, our team exists of Megan Stacey - classroom teacher, Debra Simson - media specialist, Cary Harrod - instructional tech. coordinator, and me - building administrator. As the project began to roll out and we started planning with the end in mind, it became more and more evident that if we didn't clearly identify our roles in the process there could possibly be considerable overlap or not enough support. Also, if we attempt to replicate this project in the future, will we be able to maintain these roles for multiple teachers?
Here is a list of ideas that we came up with for our roles and support. I would love to hear feedback from my PLN on what we may have overlooked or unnecessary items that we listed.
Megan Stacey - Classroom Teacher:
- Plan the Project - determine the best use of the iTouches in the classroom.
- Collect data on whether we are moving to authentic learning or if we are just doing the same tasks in different ways.
- Maintain communication with stakeholders - parent nights, newsletters, etc.
- Research tools that will enhance student learning.
- Plan and implement lessons.
- Support students through the discovery process of learning how to use these tools.
Debra Simson - Building Media Specialist:
- Tech support - if/when there are problems with equipment.
- Process support - help in the planning of the project and the direction the team is heading.
- Paperwork - completing technology/media paperwork that is necessary (tagging equipment, off premise use forms, etc).
- Extra set of hands in the classroom to support the students and Megan.
- Researcher - seeking out apps for iTouches and ideas for use in the classroom.
- Provider of time - help lighten Megan's load (help Megan respond to student blogs, etc)
Dani Watkins - Building Administrator:
- Plan the project - also support project through finding resources, use for tools, and support financially.
- Research current trends in ed. tech and tools that are available, both for the classroom and for team use (communication, sharing ideas, etc. - drop box, Google wave, Kidblog, etc)
- Support Megan with parent questions/concerns providing research that supports our stance. Field the tough questions, especially when we begin to break down the classroom walls and become more "open" with the student work. Maintain relationships with stakeholders and provide frequent information regarding the project.
- Collecting data for our project to determine success of the project as well as determine feasibility of replication in other classrooms.
- Promoting transparency - through PLN, blogging, monthly building newsletter, etc
- Recorder of information through pictures, voice recordings, podcasts, flip to help support data collection and transparency.
Cary Harrod - Instructional Technology Coordinator:
- Help plan the project. Spending the past five years learning about instructional technology has given me a view that will ultimately prove helpful to the implementation of the project. My true expertise is understanding how to embed technology in a seamless manner.
- I’m also interested in helping to insure the transparency of the project from a district level.
- Support of Megan. Help her in any way she needs me to help her. My plan would be to spend approximately an hour/week in her classroom, observing and collecting data. I would be especially excited to have the opportunity to work one on one with some of the kids so I can gain a deeper understanding of the learning that is occurring.
- From a district level, I will be the one who reports back to Central Office and makes a recommendation as to whether or not these devices are to be adopted by our district.
OK - So what are we missing??? Where are the holes? What else could we be doing to support this project?