May 24, 2011 - iSITS Meeting: Learning and Leadership

  • Welcome
  • Words from Jim Shevchuk
  • IT Summit sharing
  • News

Reflection: DI and Technology
Are you using RTI and DI Concepts as you use technology to teach and learn? See how many of the following questions you can answer with a yes?
For your own contemplation.....
  1. Do you enjoy acting as a facilitator and letting your students discover information on their own?
  2. Do you use technology to deliver pre-assessments when you are planning what to teach?
  3. Do you frequently use technology to provide multiple ways for your students to master essential concepts and skills?
  4. Do you allow your students to use a computing device when working in small groups based on their interests, level of readiness, or learning preferences?
  5. Do you allow your students to use technology to demonstrate mastery of material in more than one way?
  6. Do your students use technology to do self-assessments?
  7. Are you comfortable with research-based strategies such as Think Alouds, Reciprocal Teaching, Anticipation Guides, or Activity Guides?
  8. Could you provide examples of how technology could facilitate the above strategies?
  9. Do you use technology to gear assignments to different levels of ability and to offer anchor assignments to give students additional practice or opportunities for advanced learning?
Quick Write - How do you see the connection between DI and Technology?

Good Teaching Trumps Good Tools
Read the article, Good Teaching Trumps Good Tools
Read the article - discuss it with your table mates.
Share with your table 2 curriculum outcomes and the technology tools you use to meet them.
Add to the spreadsheet

Jigsaw Activity
1. Form into small groups of no more than 5
2. Each individual will be assigned a specific rubric
3. Move to same rubric grouping
4. Read and simplify the rubric; highlight key words in the performance indicators
5. Read the accompanying scenario
6. Create a scenario based on your collective knowledge and experience using the provided
7. Move back into original groups and share your simplified rubric and your collective scenario

Leadership: Explore-Model-Infuse
Read the article, Sensible Approaches to Technology for Teaching, Learning and Leadership, noting the leadership model of Explore-Model-Infuse in each of the categories; connect, communicate, collaborate and create.

With your table partners complete the following sheet with examples of how you have explored-modeled-infused technology with your fellow staff members.

Design Matters
Watch Dean Shareski's video, Design Matters. Note the elements of design.
Using the elements of design create a flyer in Word - NO templates - for a professional learning opportunity for your teachers.

Use - the drawing tools: shapes, lines, textboxes, formatting with the format tools
Use - Fonts: types, colours, styles
Use - Insert: Images - formatting appropriately
Use - page borders and shading

Critique - share your flyer with another person in the room
Share observations with regards to the elements of design:
  • planning
  • imagery
  • whitespace and transitions
  • constraints
  • innovation and significance