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Jul 31, 2012
Highlights from the Mooresville Educator Panel...
How has the Digital Conversion changed the lives of our educators?
-opened up the world outside of Mooresville
-provides desire to furnish excellent opportunities for students
-makes things relevant and engaging to our students, empowering them
-students are educating teachers
-creates real-world applications
How did you get started with the Digital Conversion?
-step back and allow the students (and teachers!) to take risks and make mistakes
-begin small and take small steps
-support staff members and hold high expectations
-give up some control in the classroom in order to support student learning
-prepare to be flexible
How do new teachers integrate with the Digital Conversion environment?
-use mentors and fellow staff members as a support system
-attend the MGSD Summer Institute for learning
-work with Technology Facilitators at individual schools
-provide early professional development for expectations
How can students with special needs be successful in the digital environment?
-use digital resources with individualized instruction to improve deficits
-provide access for students and modify to their levels
-give students access to resources aligned with their learning needs (audio, visual, text-to-speech, etc.)
-create differentiated groups and assignments in Angel courses, DiscoveryEducation, and other online resources
-all students are given the resources to complete projects
How does the classroom management work?
-begin with being able to see all the screens
-use your regular monitoring and proximity
-set high expectations
-learn to trust the students
What does assessment look like?
-Angel offers a digital tool that automatically grades and gives data on student answers
-look at performance-based projects
-assessment is quick so that you can spend time analyzing and using data to enhance student performance
How high is student engagement?
-sky high when students are interested
-providing time to learn a new tool helps student motivation
-students' characteristics and stages of development play a part
-allow students to encourage each other
What was your turning point in buying in to the Digital Conversion?
-having supportive Technology Facilitators available
-having the trust and support of the administrators
-seeing the students take ownership
Do you filter your internet?
-yes, we have changed products over the past few years
-filtering is a process and can be modified depending on school and student
-err on what is best for students and the instructional application
How do you encourage teachers to get on board with a Digital Conversion?
-provide the support and opportunities
-give feedback and encourage teachers to give peer feedback
-deliver help for struggling teachers
-keep students first
-share encouragement through Professional Learning Communities
-empower teacher leaders who care about children
Bob Wise shares with us North Carolina's data, found at the Alliance for Excellent Education's site. Find out the data for your state at http://www.all4ed.org/about_the_crisis/schools/map.