- Discuss plan with current administrators (First discussion completed)
- Create a committee of teachers, technology leaders, and administrators
- Continue to gather facts through my Digital Learning and Leading online graduate course through Lamar University
- Discuss technical aspects with Technology Department of adding Blackboard throughout the district (Phase I is finished. Follow up monthly)
- Discuss plans to save money and suggest ideas for funding through grants
- Discuss options for additional online course offerings
- Implement Blended Learning in my Graphics Design class slowly
- Encourage the way students view learning by taking ownership of personal projects
- Allow students choice and voice in projects but set specific deadlines that must be met
- Students will learn at exponential rate – obtain certifications (achieve campus goals)
- Allow students to present projects using Adobe CC, blogs, collaboration, videos, images, pictures, video/photo lab with lights, backdrops, and microphones
- Learn from students – encourage students to teach me at least one new method of presentation per project
- Peer review, collaboration, and reflection on student projects (house all electronic projects in an e-portfolio such as wix.com)
- Ignite a fire in the district and community (have students create ebook type videos for our pre-school students in the CTE building then post videos on school website)
- Provide after school “lab” time in my computer lab for students to shoot and edit video and use Adobe CC
- Provide guidance to students who want to use their personal iPhones to shoot and edit videos
- Students create a series of “How To” videos and share with classmates and other teachers
- Students leave my class with knowledge and a desire for deeper learning
- Students will be more employable by using skills learned in Graphics Design class and will be able to share their digital creations with prospective employers
- Share student projects, videos, blogs, and pictures with administrators and other technology teachers
- Share lessons with co-workers and ask for feedback
- Measure student growth in real time using various online assessment tools to gather immediate feedback and results
- Review, reflect, revise as needed throughout the process
In order to provide a positive learning experience for all of my students, I would like to propose a blended learning concept in my classroom. Students will be working at their own pace, taking ownership of their own learning by choosing projects to work on while mastering the necessary skills required.
Most of the lessons will be delivered via YouTube, other Google docs, videos that I create, podcasts, iTunesU, and other various websites that we find are meaningful to student success. This will allow the students to dig for additional information instead of face-to-face lectures.
After much research, I have learned that my students will become more employable and learn new ways of solving problems by using the Blended Method of learning. My goal is that my students will leave my class with a desire to learn more each day. If learning is more personal and students are given a choice, I think they will develop ownership and strive to learn more.
I will also offer assistance in my computer lab after school for those students who want to receive additional help or simply just move forward. This time will not be “game” playing time, this will be actual tutorial time for those students who may not have the necessary programs on their home computers or devices.
I have several students in my Graphics Design class that I feel are not properly ready for the content that needs to be delivered in a timely fashion. For instance, I have several students who are enrolled in the introduction class while simultaneously enrolled in my advanced class. On the other hand, I have several students who master every lesson within a few minutes each day – with the remainder of my students right on track.
My hope is that my advanced students will teach me a thing or two! And, I want to make the class more exciting for them – this will help lower the disruptive behaviors plus boost learning levels. I will still monitor and adjust as needed and will meet with each student one-on-one weekly to discuss their progress and offer assistance. My teaching methods will be altered in a fashion that will encourage and require deeper learning.
Please follow the links below for additional background information that I have reviewed and other research that I have submitted in my Digital Learning and Leading online course through Lamar. I will be updating my website blogs, posting videos that I feel are worth viewing, and adding information on the books that I am reading and enjoying! Also, feel free to leave any comments and suggestions. I am looking forward to piloting this program and continue on my path in this exciting digital journey.