Thursday, October 22, 2009

Some examples of technology at the high school

With so many people using websites, wikis, and blogs, it would be nice to create a directory of your work. Please list the address of your site below. I would like to eventually post it on the school wiki as well.

Plainsschoolstuff wiki:

John Langley:

Mr. Langley's Digital Classroom
Mr. Langley's Classroom blog

Plainsman (yearbook staff workspace)
Thoughts of a Pirate blog
Lesson Plans and presentations/handouts
Online book club
Public yearbook forum
PPHS Yearbook Facebook group (private)

Brian Conklin:
All courses on the same site, including a tentative science club calendar (when it works...)

Emily Chrisman:

My website has links for each class, calendar for big events, list of assignments as they occur, my powerpoints and other documents uploaded to it.

I also text students with reminders - not a blog but is communication
I just created a survey for my students to evaluate my classes. The link to this Google Doc is on my website.

Jenni Durbin:

All of my courses are linked off the main page

Krystal Oh:

website for all classes, including an assignment calendar, links, and attachments of handouts, etc. needed for class

wiki for DEAR postings and peer responses

Google Spreadsheets make collaboration easy!!

Recently, the building RTI team had the task of completing a records review to look for students who are in need of additional supports. Essentially, we had an excel spreadsheet full of test data (ISAT, Explore, and PLAN). In the past, the team would have taken the excel spreadsheets, analyzed the data, and then complete an assessment. Each assessment (there are six people on the team) would have to be reassembled and then re-distributed. This process would have required an additional meeting and a lot of data rearrangment.

Instead, we uploaded the excel data into the google spreadsheet. Each team member was invited to edit the form. With that, the team members could analyze the data, indicate which students were a concern with a yes or no in the cell and add any comments as needed. The result was that each person, working at his or her convenience created a complete document that showed consensus on who needed attention. From there, we could identify the students and enter the next phase of the screening process.

Uploading the data was very easy. We saved time and got great results.

I can see this type of use in the future for any type of data analysis that a team has to do. I'm curious if anyone else has used spreadsheets in class settings, and how those activities could adapted to use google spreadsheets.

What Have You Done Lately

This blog is created for staff to describe how technology is being used in the classroom to expand the opportunities for students. It can also be used to post questions and get technical advice. You are invited to share your experiences.