Department of Education: Teacher Use of Digital Content

[MUSIC] Doctor Gomez: One of the topics
that we talked was change and how you get staff to be
comfortable using technology. Carol: We have to be responsive
as teachers to the needs of our students. We have to think about
their lives holistically. So they come into our
classroom having been exposed to a lot of different
technological advances that they’re used to using in
their day to day life. And we have to be
responsive to that. Doctor Gomez: I’m talking about
teachers seeing themselves not so much as standing up there and
delivering instruction in a direct instruction model
but being in the classroom and creating learning
opportunities for students that are really meaningful. Billie: Technology is really
exploding at South Fayette. We have done a lot both
internally and to reach out to others. We are working a lot
through after school clubs. We started our scratch club as
an afterschool innovation club. We had hoped to get about
15 students and almost instantaneously we had about 65
students. And so we had to have a tech integrator come in to
help with the afterschool club. Our app inventor project is
something that we started at the high school level. And it’s
something that has grown within the district as well. Luvell: We’ve moved away from
referring to technology as technology. We now refer
to things as, or tools or devices that support our
thinking and learning. Male Speaker: Let’s get devices
in the hands of our teachers. Let’s get devices in the hands
of our students because we are all incentivized to use
them and to use them well. And we know that there are some tangible benefits to
having those devices. Luvell: How do we get young
people to think at different levels and at the levels we
expect? And also the levels that are embedded in
the Common Core. After having many conversations
about engagement and thinking that lead to us
implementing various tools, changing our classroom
structures to support that kind of thinking and that
kind of learning. Erik: Students collaborating
with other students on Twitter, a number of different
learning management systems, Google Docs. We also had
a music teacher who had her students email her a video
segment of them singing the piece of music that they
had been practicing for. The next day she put
it all together on YouTube and you can hear the
chorus. So each student videotaped, sent it to the
teacher, she merged it all together, and then you can
get the entire chorus. Carol: So it’s not so much
that this is a change that’s being kind of a fad that’s being
driven from the top down. This is something that our
students are used to doing. That is how they learn.
And so as a result this is not going away.

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