New York Independent School Hopes PD Can Maximize Technology Use in the Classroom

New York Independent School Hopes PD Can Maximize Technology Use in the Classroom

This school is looking for a way to administer professional development to teachers to better support learning in their blended environment.

State: New York Number of Students: 156
School Type: Independent School Free and Reduced Lunch: N/A
Grade Level: 6-12 English Language Learners: N/A

School Context

A college-prep boarding and day school for students, grades 7-12, with dyslexia and similar language based learning disabilities.

State of Technology

Teachers are not getting appropriate training to maximize using technology in the classroom.

When the school first went 1:1, they had required lessons twice a year to develop how to use technology. These were effective for a short time. They then tried to incorporate short, half-hour class sessions four times a month for students when they needed help. The school re-vamped these flexible classes so that during this period, once a week teachers could use this period for technology professional development. However, no one is using this anymore due to time constraints for grading and planning.

Tech Needs & Requirements

First, the school would like a platform that is customizable to meet teachers where they are. They envision having teacher leaders and other stakeholders develop content to be delivered in an online format.

Secondly, the school would like to create a repository or online library that can be accessed from multiple devices so that teachers can learn from wherever they can access the internet.

Third, the school would like to audit/get data from the tool, including who is using the tool and who is not.

Ideal features include: ability to embed video; integration with Camtasia (a screencasting software; link to third party content; badges for completing or micro credentialing if possible; ability for teachers to take notes or complete activities; administrative control, cloud-based administering user accounts integrated with Active Directory (single sign-on); and tagging so users can search.

The student will not be using this tool.

Teachers are both the users and creators of content. They should have the ability to create a PD session but also take one. They should be able to upload/embed video. They should also be able to search for relevant PD sessions and be able to take notes and offer feedback

The tool must offer content customization, embedding video and ability to navigate through the content easily. The school offers Lenovo Thinkpads. In the tool, the school would like to see: number of views, length of time spent on course/session, scoring system, assessment feature/activity feature and downloadable to CSV. The tool should Integrate with Active Directory.

*Content From 2016

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