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GRACE: Transforming your Learning Environment

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GRACE Technology Vision

The vision for technology in the GRACE system is to promote resource sharing, innovation and communication skills in an ethical and responsible manner.  GRACE students will be 21st century learners who are well-prepared for living and working in a global society.  

We envision:

  • Students
    • committed to responsible and ethical use of technology.
    • have access to a personal computing device.
    • connected to teachers and other students via their computing device.
  • Parents
    • connected to the GRACE system
    • connected to the classroom via e-mail, web-based communication tools, and student management software
  • Teachers
    • committed to responsible and ethical use of technology.
    • have access to a personal computing device.
    • provided with professional development in current technologies.
    • proficient in integrating technology across the curriculum.

Benefits of technology use in the classroom:

  • Increased memory retention through multi-sensory learning
  • Engaged students in differentiated learning
  • Enriched creativity and innovation.
  • Expanded interaction & collaboration with local and global community
  • Increased access to programs & classes beyond the school walls.

Green Bay Area Catholic Education (GRACE)
Transforming Your Learning Environment
June 21, 2011
St. Bernard’s School

This workshop is designed to prepare administrators to lead their school in becoming a technology literate institution. Goals include strategies for working with faculty and staff to pursue digital learning skills and resources in order to teach students creativity, collaboration, communication, and problem solving skills needed for 21st century living and working.


8:00-8:15             Introductions and Goals; Leader’s Action Plan

Your reason for this workshop:

"Education MUST change.

As technology dramatically changes our society, educators need to demonstrate the skills and behaviors of digital-age professionals. Competence with technology is the foundation.


Will you be ready for this child?




Click here for more info on 21st Century Learners vs. 20th Century Teachers on this wiki




GRACE Goal Implementation Planning (Google Spreadsheet Version) 


Excel Version: 

GRACE goal implementation plan.xlsx



Technology standards and research that support Administrators



Common Core State Standards meet Technology

Technology is an integral part of how their creators (the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) envision teachers helping students to master the core standards to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce. Chris Rogers, CESA 7 ETS Director, has created brochures that highlight the technology standards that are included in the CCSS.

Elementary (Math and ELA)

Middle School (Math and ELA)   

High School (Math and ELA)


Technology Standards 

Administrators play a critical role in determining how well technology is used in our schools.

"Integrating technology throughout a school system is, in itself, significant systemic reform. We have a wealth of evidence attesting to the importance of leadership in implementing and sustaining systemic reform in schools. It is critical, therefore, that we attend seriously to leadership for technology in schools."   — Don Knezek, ISTE CEO


ISTE NETS for Administrators-What administrators need to be able to know and do in order to effect change in our schools.

 Hands-on – Use INTEL tool for Leadership-Visual Ranking


ISTE NETS for Teachers

ISTE NETS for Students



Project Red The Technology Factor: Nine Keys to Student Achievement and Cost-Effectiveness-(Preview version only)

What Project Red is Doing: We are conducting a national survey to analyze what’s working in technology-transformed schools and to show how technology can save money when properly implemented.

1. We’re researching several thousand schools that provide access to the Internet for every student. We’re asking them what factors contributed to the success or failure of their program.

2. We’re looking for other technology-transformed schools that we may have overlooked so we can have the most complete database ever assembled from which to learn.

3. We’re also searching for proof of cost savings due to the implementation of technology in any k-12 environment, whether these savings come from online learning courses, professional development, concurrent enrollment in college courses, data mapping, special needs programs or any other program.


Two Reflections: Poll Everywhere


BREAK 10:00-10:15


Digital tools and resources to support GRACE Technology Vision (10:15-12:00)


Responsible and ethical use of technology by students, teachers, and parents -

Roxann's wiki page on Internet Safety Resources


Connections to others via technology      

Creating Personal and Professional Learning Networks


Yes, the one you've heard so much about, is now in use by districts, schools, teachers, groups, clubs,  as well as by business and industry and other organizations. Facebook is even credited with the overthrow of the dictator of Tunisia!


For schools, it is wisest to create a "Fan" page instead of a "Friend" page. (You will need to set up a personal account first.) There are some differences: 

    • Fan pages are indexed by Google, so they can be a good marketing tool.
    • You don't have to have a profile on FB to see Fan Pages (where with Friend page...people have to be a friend to get your updates) so you can include your Fan page address on your marketing materials and drive more visitors there.
    • With fan pages, people can comment, but you don't see their own FB page comments nor do you see their friends' comments (or friends of friends...) 
    • Also, there is no fan limit on Fan Pages (5000 limit on Friend page).


Some FaceBook Resources for you:


Many college campuses are using Facebook to connect with students and to connect students to students. Read about "5 Friendly Ways to Use Facebook in Your Teaching"


Twitter (Roxann's wiki page of info)


Videoconferencing-Connecting, Communicating, Collaborating (Roxann's wiki page of info)


Web2.0 Tools  (Roxann's wiki page of info)



Professional development in technology


CESA 7 ETS list of offerings for 2011/12

Select "ETS" or "EWITC" (for summer tech academy) to see specific offerings



Short for web logs, a blog is a web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer. As technology advances, what was often just text, blogs are now often enhanced with multi media including audio, photos, video and more. The main difference between a blog and a wiki is that (most often) a blog has one author, where a wiki has multiple authors. 


There are many tools that one can use to create a blog. Some of the most popular are Blogger, (now paired with Google, one of the easiest to use, in my opinion) Edublogger, "a unique combination of blogging and education", and Class Blogmeister. Created by David Warlick specifically for educators, "this free service will get you and your students blogging in no time. An added bonus to this service is that it is rarely blocked by school filters due to it’s specific safety features." Wordpress is another very popular blogging tool that is used by thousands of bloggers.


TeachingTips.com's blog has a good article entitled 50 Useful Blogging Tools for Teachers, which will be very helpful if you want to start using a blog. Another great "techtorial" as they called it is Education World's Blogging Basics.


Even if you don't want to start your own blog, blogs are a great addition to your PLN (Personal Learning Network.) Blogs usually include an RSS feed which is a software application that allows you to subscribe to the blog. You'll get a notification each time the blog is updated. Using an RSS feed aggregator like Google Reader, or one of a plethora of feedreaders that are available, will make it easy for you to keep tabs on your favorite bloggers. A feedreader will automatically bring all of your subscriptions to your favorite blogs to one place--no need to visit each one individually--a great time saver.


There are millions of bloggers blogging about millions of topics. How to pick your favorites? You might post a Tweet and ask those you follow about their favorites, or just google the topic you're interested in (and likely find more than you'll know what to do with!) Here is one good list of education/technology-related blogs that I found created by OnlineEducationDatabase.org,  and another put together by Kathy Schrock, a leader in ed-tech, but each list is personal, so you'll need to explore a bit to find which blogs will best help keep you in the know.


Some of our favorites? Definitely Kathy Schrock's KaffeeKlatsch, Ian Jukes' CommittedSardine, Karl Fisch's FischBowl, Tony Vincent's LearningInHand, Will Richardson's Weblogg-ed, Steve Hargadon's website and blog, Kim Cofino's AlwaysLearning, Wes Fryer's MovingAtTheSpeedofCreativity, TheInfiniteThinkingMachine, David Warlick's 2CentsWorth, and Steve Dembo's Teach42. However, my blog reading list changes almost on a daily basis with the suggestions of my Twitter PLN!


WEMTA Wired Wednesdays-sponsored by the WI Educational Media and Technology Association

Wired Wednesdays is a series of online webinars presented by WEMTA. These webinars are free for all WEMTA members. For non-members, there is a nominal fee of $20 for each webinar. If non-members register for at least three webinars, they automatically qualify for a one-year WEMTA membership with full member rights.


BadgerLink Lunch and Learn   (List of archived sessions)

The BadgerLunch webinar series explores BadgerLink’s rich collection of information tools Thursdays at noon. For more information, please review the official BadgerLunch Webinar Series Announcement.


BadgerLink is a project of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning. Its goal is to provide access to quality online information resources for Wisconsin residents. Users can search approximately 20,000 full-text magazines, journals, newspapers, reference materials and other specialized information sources. Included are over 8,000 full text magazines and journals, over 1,500 newspapers and newswires, and approximately 6,800 full text books. Full text articles are taken from 2,900 historical newspaper titles. In addition the BadgerLink vendors provide access to automobile repair manuals, company profiles, country economic reports, industrial reports and yearbooks, biographies, primary historical documents, charts, images, schematics, maps, poems, essays, speeches, plays, short stories, author audio programs and book readings, author video programs, book reviews or discussion guides, and many other full text resources not available through regular internet search engines.




LearnCentral.org (Classroom 2.0)



Simple K-12.com Lots of great resources, including some free webinars (others come with membership in their Teacher Learning Community


Atomic Learning (Purchased service)


Technology integration expertise

Levels of using technology (from Marc Prensky in Shaping Tech for the Classroom (Edutopia article):

  • Dabbling.
  • Doing old things in old ways.
  • Doing old things in new ways.
  • Doing new things in new ways.




- Chris-Literacy 2.0 chart on Blooms's here??


RTI, CCSS content area,


STEM Intel Project Based Learning Resources:http://www.intel.com/about/corporateresponsibility/education/k12/projects.htm



Lunch 12:00-12:15

Applying digital tools and resources to student learning (Project Red findings)


 Intervention tools - Title I, ELL, Gifted, struggling  Literacy web2.0,

Carrie Sand's websites


;·       Online collaborating - Google Docs, Wikis, Blogs, VoiceThread
·       Use in core subjects - math tools, science, STEM,  iTunes U and Podcast resources (BYOD discussion here?), ECB,  online classes,  (NEWON), wickety?? iIDEAS website.
·       Virtual Field Trips- Skype, ePals,
·       Search engines - 21cif, Google tools, BadgerLink,


Break 2:30-2:45


Assessments   2:45-3:45      

When teaching changes, assessment has to change!

Principal Classroom Walkthroughs

Creating a Google form or survey for principal walk-through form for use with handheld devices

Example: Google spreadsheet for principal walk-throughs


Project Based Learning Assessments

How to Get Started with Project Based Learning by David Andrade includes a nice list of links to other sites.


 INTEL Assessment Resources -Chris http://www.intel.com/about/corporateresponsibility/education/k12/assessment.htm



Professional Development – Principal’s Plan  -3:45-5:00        

·       Monthly collaboration  - Use tools we showed earlier for classroom use (Google docs, Voicethread, wikis etc.)
·       Principal training in best practice and teacher buy-in
Hands-on Collaboration tools


REFLECTION-Take away ideas for implementation-Poll everywhere??


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