I would like to use technology to deepen the learning of my students. I have devices for my students to use and I want to use them more efficiently to collect data and personalize student learning.
Step 1: Create the Class in Canvas
Step 2: Teach the students the components of Canvas
Step 3: Plan out the curriculum/lessons that will be pushed out to the class
Step 4: Create videos of the lessons for each of the content areas (Add to a YouTube Channel) Step 5: Create activities/assignments that are engaging and tied to technology
Step 6: Open the lessons up to the students, so they can complete the tasks at their own pace.
Step 7: Analyze the data (student grades) and determine what students I need to pull students for individualized instruction
Start Lexia with students, collect and analyze data
Looking into a Math programs for students to use/Apps (***ST MATH 20 students)
Create PowerPoints/presentations/etc. For students to use that are geared to students goals
Create book QR codes
Use technology to record prior knowledge and document learning to share with class
Virtual teacher support for small groups
Reflection & Findings:
This is my second year in the Trailblazer program and compared to last year my students were able to start the year off incorporating technology into their learning. My student have had the opportunity to work on Lexia Core5 for the past three months. At the beginning of the year students scored below the target domains on IGDI's. We just completed the second round of testing with my students and their scores dramatically changed. I had some students started with 0 domains above target and have in just three months moved to 4 domains above target.
My students have also had experience using technology to record their thinking in the classroom. Students are watching videos to extend their learning, using QR codes, recording their self, creating graphs, and making picture collages with the use of technology.
I have worked hard to teach students expectations on technology use. We have come across some barriers as how to implement and store some of the documents that we have created. As a class we problem solved how to log into devices, how to navigate programs, how to take care of devices, and how to use the devices and programs appropriately.
I have seen the level of engagement of my students increase dramatically. Students are excited to use the technology and share what they are learning with peers and parents. Families have come to school excited about the conversations their students are having about activities they are doing in class.
My goal is to continue to create extensions to lessons with the use of technology. I am also excited for my students to start working on STMath and to see their progross on math data.
Lexia- My current data is showing that my students have made significant progress since the start of the year. At the beginning of the year I had one student about grade level and now the data shows that I have 14/19 students working above grade level. Reflecting on Lexia data and assessing my students in the classroom I am seeing the same progress in meeting their learning targets.
STMath- Looking at my math data my students are making progress in the Kindergarten level on STMath. We are still in the beginning stages of using this program. However my students data for math has increased since the beginning of the year.
One thing that has been a huge success for my students is using QR codes to access information about our current topic. We also have been using QR codes to look at interactive books in our literacy center. We have used several different apps in our classroom that have extended our learning. One thing my students really enjoy is using Kahoot to review material that they have already learned. This also gives me great feedback to see if students have mastered the topic. Lastly I have incorporated PowerPoint into my lessons to extend my learning.
A roadblock that is loosing instructional time because my computer goes to sleep after 15 minutes. We waste valuable transition time due to this. If a student computer is set up and then it takes a student too long to get to the computer it will time out and a teacher will have to support the student logging back into the computer.
My students have been sharing their learning with their parents. It has been wonderful to see the students showing their parents how to use QR codes to access information, sharing our tech games, and reporting their learning through the use of technology. I also have seen a huge growth in our literacy skills with the use of Lexia.