Ignite Technology Plan - Schools
Digital Learning Team Staff Resource
This resource, developed with input from school staff, serves as a resource to help all schools plan the initial phases of implementing the District Technology and Information Plan that was passed by the Board of Education in January, 2014. This resource will be a guide throughout the planning year, with input from the participating Ignite schools.
Future Ready Framework
As G1 schools begin the planning year, it is essential to look at all aspects of the Future Ready Framework. As we plan, we will explore best practices, resources, and supports to create a successful digital implementation. Based on the Future Ready Framework, schools will analyze Phases such as Vision, Plan, Implement, and Assess; with categories such as:
- Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
- Budgets and Resources
- Robust Infrastructure
- Use of Time and Space
- Data and Privacy
- Community Partnerships
- Personalized Professional Learning
Edsurge Article - What a Decade of Education Research Tells Us About Technology in the Hands of Underserved Students
Strong leadership in a building is one of the key levers to supporting and transforming the learning environment. MMSD is committed to cultivating leaders that encourage innovation and risk-taking.
“Digital leadership is not about flashy tools, but a strategic mindset that leverages available resources to improve what we do, while anticipating the changes needed to cultivate a school culture focused on engagement and achievement. “
- Eric Sheninger
Students, staff and families will engage in digital literacy learning and application through discovery, collaboration and creation. Accessible, flexible and differentiated digital tools and environments for every student at every school will provide transformative, future-ready learning opportunities. Ongoing personalized professional learning for staff will strengthen high-quality instruction and provide a relevant and engaging learning experience each learner. Engaged students, staff and families will create a thriving digital community to afford every student to graduate from high school, college, career and community ready.
As we build our plan, it is important to keep the District’s Ignite Plan vision at the forefront of all of our decision-making.
Model of Integrating digital learning within Great Teaching
This model provides the structure of teacher digital learning implementation stages and emphasizes:
Digital learning enhances Great Teaching (not add-on) with a multi-tiered system of support
Learning how to most effectively use devices for instructional purposes is vital to transformative learning
Teachers gradually develop expertise in different levels of implementation with support: Learn - Explore - Implement - Integrate - Transform.
This model includes ideas and language that are particularly helpful for understanding and discussing the major differences between teacher implementation levels of using digital strategies for instruction. This model can be applied to reflect on various areas of practice. For example, a team may realize they are largely at a “learn” level of digital learning implementation within Gradual Release of Responsibility practices and discuss next steps for professional development, as well as exploring the use of digital strategies in practice.
Model of Integrating digital learning within Great Teaching
This model provides the structure and language for understanding how teachers gradually increase levels of expertise as they utilize digital strategies with great teaching practices (plan, teach, reflect-adjust) and a multi-tiered system of supports.
While learning occurs at every level, here, the teacher learns the basics of the technology prior to classroom application. This includes set-up & equipment operation, acceptable use guidelines, & classroom management practices.
Teacher explores using technology for classroom management as well as student learning in basic skill software and/or applications (e.g., drill and practice, word processing).
Teacher uses a variety of technology tools to enhance and refine teaching. Students use technology to understand, apply, analyze, and evaluate learning tasks.
Teacher integrates technology tools into curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Students gain more independence in using different technology tools to understand, apply, analyze, and evaluate learning tasks.
Teacher creates a technology rich environment that fosters student independence in choosing & blending technological tools for different purposes, in creating content across the curriculum, and in using technology Inside and outside of the classroom.
To effectively plan for a school-wide implementation of digital learning, in order to provide equity and access to information, we will utilize the Future Ready Schools Framework. You will see 7 gears that represent the focus categories for G planning year.
Personalized Professional Learning
As a school-based team, reflect on past professional learning opportunities and assess your staff’s digital skill readiness. The following pre/post assessment can assist in building a building-wide professional learning plan for the integration of skill growth.
Where are the strengths and growth opportunities? Based on your reflection, your team may be ready to build a Personalized Professional Learning plan for your school. The instrument to help guide your team is called the Professional Learning guide.
Develop your school’s unique Professional Learning plan to provide appropriate, differentiated, and just-in-time learning opportunities related to best practice digital learning. The Future Ready Personalized Professional Resource page will aid in comprehension of each topic on your planning guide and provides relevant resources. This is a framework; please add other areas that pertain to your school’s specific needs.
Ignite Implementation by Cohort
MMSD Digital Culture Implementation Plan Template
G-School Implementation Framework
G-School Implementation Guidance - Year 1
Implementation Planning Ideas, Best Practices, and Collaboration
Digital Classroom Implementation Guide
- Exporting an Ad Hoc report in IC - Digital Device Guidelines data
- Digital Device Guidelines Agreement App - Parents can use this to sign the agreement, available in Spanish and Hmong
- Tech Tools to Support Instructional Practices
- Family Introduction Letter
- Take Home Guidelines - FAQs