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Technology-Rich Unit Design and Look-Fors in Classroom Observation
During our day, we had the opportunity to have the awesome Ron Houtman come and talk to our administrators about things to look for in regards to teacher's lesson design and in their observations. He provided them with some great insight as to different technology evaluation models, things to look for when they conduct classroom/teacher observations, and how the 4 C's fit into the effective technology use. As stated in his outcome for the day, the administrators would work, "To develop a classroom design template that will allow educators to assess technology integration within the context of higher-order thinking skills (HOTS) that infuses important disciplinary concepts. ". His presentation led to great discussion and sharing among our administrative group.
Shown to the above are the sketchnotes I took from the first part of his presentation.
Murder Mystery Activity
- We changed the names of the people in the story to the names of some of the administrators in the room.
- We selected pairs of administrators to work together based on our observations of their 4 C's strengths. This put our admins in 4 different groups.
- Based on their 4 C strength, we created custom rules for their group, taking away the strength. For example, the group with the strength of Critical Thinking was given the solution and told they just need to recite the facts and the solution to the group as their presentation. The only exception was the group of 1 individual who had full reign and access to any resources to put together the solution.
- Each group needed to present their solution at the end of the allotted time.
Listed below are the cards and information we used for our activity.
Action Plan - Planning Time
As part of this action plan building, we delved further into the results of the pre-survey that each building administrator filled out prior to attending the Digital Learning Summit. The questions that were asked were aligned and organized by the Four Domains of Danielson’s Framework for Teaching. Each question was aligned with a change order and well as proficiency level. A scoring guide was created to help provide administrators with suggestions for strengths and weaknesses as well as how to move forward. How the administrator interpreted these results and used them for their building vision was unique and allowed them freedom to focus on areas that might not have been as strong as others. It was meant to be a guide based on their own self-evaluation.
What Is Next?
We had a great day working with everyone and we can't wait to see what our administrators come up with!