School Technology Plan
November 2020 - May 2021
Given my passion for school library media and my involvement in my local community, I was asked to spearhead the One School, One Book initiative in a local elementary school. This initiative fostered literacy and community building as all students, teachers, staff, and family members read the same book over the same span of time. As the committee head, I found many entry points for educational technology use to encourage student participation and maximize the audience.
Technology Integration from Start to Finish
The initiative was a multi-tiered project that included educational technology from start to finish. EdTech was integrated into goal setting, planning, committee member identification, and resource acquisition. Once the initiative kicked off, we utilized the website above, a YouTube playlist with read alouds, trivia questions, and book talks listed daily on the morning announcements, special dress up events at the school, and a culminating interview with the author at the end of the initiative that was published as a video on the school YouTube channel. All of the planning and execution of the initiative was done through email or video conferencing. The school's YouTube channel housed all our teacher-created content - see a selection below.
To provide engagement and assessment opportunities for students, we provided trivia questions that accompanied each days' reading assignment that students could answer via the school Flipgrid. With a special code and their school email login, students were able to participate in the initiative by using educational technology. They were also given the opportunity to ask the author questions that were compiled for a culminating interview with the author.
AECT Rubric Evaluation
Candidates demonstrate the ability to effectively manage people, processes, physical infrastructures, and financial resources to achieve predetermined goals.
In the school technology plan, I effectively managed a committee of 12 as well as the process of planning, implementing, and evaluating the One School, One Book iniative at a local elementary school.
Candidates establish mechanisms for maintaining the technology infrastructure to improve learning and performance.
The school technology plan included a technology infrastructure to execute the One School, One Book initiative. From a website, a YouTube channel, read alouds from teachers, Flipgrid videos from students, trivia questions on the morning announcements, and a capstone interview with the author, this initiative was implemented with technology from start to finish and was able to reach virtual and in person learners at similar rates.
Candidates lead their peers in designing and implementing technology-supported learning.
As the head of the committee for One School, One Book, I was the instructional designer and leader of implementation of this initiative for this authentic school setting
Candidates demonstrate ethical behavior within the applicable cultural context during all aspects of their work and with respect for the diversity of learners in each setting.
This initiative was implemented with technology from start to finish and was able to reach virtual and in-person learners at similar rates, and respected the diversity of learners who could choose to interact with the content at their own speed and in their desired methods.
ISTE-C Rubric Evaluation
Personalize support for educators by planning and modeling the effective use of technology to improve student learning.
With each committee member that I interacted with, and in order to be effective in my planning and implementation, I had to personalize my approach to obtain the most favorable outcomes.
Create a shared vision and culture for using technology to learn and accelerate transformation through the coaching process.
The shared vision for the technology plan was set forth from the beginning and referenced back to consistently when planning and decision making. I tried to consider how each decision would support or detract from the shared vision and culture that the One School, One Book initiative had created.
Connect leaders, educators, instructional support, technical support, domain experts and solution providers to maximize the potential of technology for learning.
As a project leader, I had to quickly ascertain the strengths and weaknesses of the committee as an outsider who does not work at the school and does not know the standard protocol or historical events. I used this knowledge to maximize how we used technology to implement this iniatitve.
Partner with educators, leaders, students, and families to foster a culture of respectful online interactions and a healthy balance in their use of technology.
In the initiative, we used Flipgrid for student video submissions to answer trivia questions. We required the student videos to be reviewed by an administrator prior to being published to ensure the students were fostering a culture of respectful online interactions.
Facilitate equitable use of digital learning tools and content that meet the needs of each learner.
The school technology plan aligned with the districts plan of equitable use of technology, and all students had access to iPads for the duration of the initiative. This helped them view videos posted about the One School, One Book initiative and also allowed them to create student submissions as they participated in the initiative.
Recognize educators across the organization who use technology effectively to enable high-impact teaching and learning.
One of our committee stars was the instructional technology teacher professional at the local school, and the initiative would not have been a success without the technological adeptness and expertise of this teacher professional.