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Tablets for Teachers “Technology Integration that Works”. Jefferson County Public Schools Louisville, KY. Presented by:. Cary Petersen, Executive Director, Information Technology Sharon Shrout, Director, Computer Education Support (Instructional Technology)

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tablets for teachers technology integration that works

Tablets for Teachers “Technology Integration that Works”

Jefferson County Public Schools

Louisville, KY

presented by
Presented by:

Cary Petersen, Executive Director, Information Technology

Sharon Shrout, Director, Computer Education Support (Instructional Technology)

Donna Bryant, Education Technology Teacher

Mary Beth Singleton, Education Technology Teacher

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jefferson county public schools
Jefferson County Public Schools

Large Urban School District of 97,915 students

More than 54.9% of JCPS students receive free or reduced price lunches

83% of the teachers have a Master’s Degree or Higher

Student to Computer ratio – 4.25:1

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technology environment
Technology Environment


  • Islands of technology excellence in many schools
  • One-to-One Pilot started 2004-2005
  • JCPSeSchool – District’s virtual school
  • JCPS Online – District-wide Learning Management System
  • Online technology assessment system – CASA (Computer Application Skills Assessment)
  • CSILE – Knowledge Forum in 17 schools
  • Data Warehouse

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the situation
The Situation
  • Computers being under utilized in many schools.
  • School observation process indicated that very few teachers (10% to 15%) were using technology for teaching.
  • Many teachers didn’t have a workstation or the workstation was the oldest machine in the classroom.
  • The 2003-2004 Principals’ survey indicated that technology was the least beneficial of expenditures for improving instruction.

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before we even get started1
Before we even get started!

$30 million spent on computer technology . . . not helping students learn

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how can we change
How can we change?

Dedicated computer for the teacher

Replace the standard overhead projector with computer as the primary instructional tool

Train teachers how to embed technology into their curriculum

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desktop vs laptop
Desktop vs. Laptop

Desktop PC

  • Was approximately $200 less at the time of purchase.
  • Stationary system
  • Because of lack of quality systems for students, teachers

tended to share their computers with their students


  • Portable for teachers to take home to get comfortable
  • The unit would not be shared with the students
  • How could we afford this?
  • How could we not afford to purchase these?

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convertible tablets
Convertible Tablets

Similar laptop capabilities.

Tablet could be used with the digital projector with the stylus as an interactive whiteboard.

Tablets were about $300 more.

Fewer vendors had the convertible tablets.

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why tablets are great
Why Tablets Are Great

Require relatively little training

Support richer data entry – Digital pen allows for more intuitive input

More productive

Potentially less obtrusive

More accessible

More precise



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bottom line
Bottom Line

The Tablet PC has features that are not available when using an overhead projector or standard PC.

Teachers can use the inking features to highlight specific details within an instructional presentation, word processing document, or spreadsheet to enhance and strengthen the learning process.

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getting teachers comfortable
Getting Teachers Comfortable

Digital projector – effective instructional use

Training –incorporating tablet into instruction

Embedded PD – applications and content area specific

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technology integration project tip1
Technology Integration Project (TIP)

Designed to increase the integration of technology into classroom instruction by providing each teacher with:

  • Tablet PC
  • Digital Projector
  • Professional Development
  • Classroom Coaching

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tip objectives
TIP Objectives

Increase teachers’ technology proficiency

Provide new and improved means of instructional delivery

Boost student achievement through more engaging classroom instruction

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initial training
Initial Training

TabletPC basics

Windows Journal

Ink Flash Cards

Inking in Office products

Linking tablet features to instruction

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embedded pd follow up support
Embedded PD/Follow-up support


KET Encyclomedia


Windows Journal

SMART Notebook


MS Ink Flashcards

ePD Endorsement/JCPS Online/ TIP Resources /CLICK

MS Photo Story

JCPS Website/Instructional Links

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implementation 2005 year 1
Implementation 2005 – Year 1

Target math teachers in middle school and 5th grade (300+ teachers)

Summer PD and school based coaching

Education Technology Teachers worked with classroom teachers

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transforming classroom instruction
Transforming classroom instruction

The change begins…

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transforming classroom instruction1
Transforming classroom instruction
  • Overheads pushed to the corner
  • Stylus becomes more important than chalk
  • Daily notes archived instead of existing in the moment
  • Archived notes available to students in printed or electronic format

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implementation 2006 year 2
Implementation 2006 – Year 2

Over 700 teachers from every school in the district received the technology

Focused on high school math, middle and elementary science

Summer PD was changed from 12 hours to 6 hours

School based PD continued with the Education Technology Teachers working with classroom teachers

Trained 154 School Technology Coordinators (STC) during the year for better support for Year 3

Collegial support from Year 1 Math teachers

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year 2 observations
Year 2 Observations

The “Year 1” Middle school math teachers were observed using technology in 91% of their classrooms.

High school math teachers were as successful as the middle school math teachers.

More teachers requested the technology for their grade or subject area.

Continued strong support from the Assistant Superintendents and Principals.

Teacher enrollment increased for summer technology classes.

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implementation year 3
Implementation – Year 3
  • Approximately 2,300 teachers were trained in the summer
    • Over 1,100 elementary teachers
    • Over 1,200 middle and high school teachers
  • Six hour PD sessions were scheduled to handle up to 50 teachers per day.
  • ETT’s continue to provide instructional support to classroom teachers
  • STC’s provide technical support
  • Collegial support was present at every school
  • Enlisted support from district instructional coaches
  • Approximately 400 additional teachers were trained during the school year.

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year 3 observations
Year 3 Observations

All schools participated.

Remaining teachers eagerly anticipated the technology for their grade or subject area.

Enrollment for summer technology classes increased with each year of TIP implementation.

Project success exceeds original expectations!

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  • In the first three years of TIP we were able to train over 3,500 teachers in all disciplines (i.e., math, sciences, language arts, arts and humanities, and social studies) and grade levels.
    • 2005 – 300+ teachers
    • 2006 – 700 teachers plus 154 STCs
    • 2007 –2,300 teachers plus approximately 400 additional teachers during the year
  • Summer 2008 1,918 additional teachers received this training.
  • Finished the project for all 5,700 teachers two years earlier than projected.

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student benefits
Student Benefits

Observations indicate increased student engagement in the classroom, because teachers used many resources (i.e., film clips, photos, Web sites) to command their attention.

Teachers inking on electronic versions of curricular materials allow students to closely follow instruction.

Teachers invite the students to write on the tablet when answering questions which adds another dimension of excitement and engagement for students.

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teacher comments
Teacher Comments

The kids love to do problems on the Tablet! And….of course, every day I have to match the Journal page and pen color with my outfit.

Sharon Mudd, JCTMS

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impact on student achievement
Impact on Student Achievement

Students have access to more information

Information and notes are more organized for presentation, visually and exciting

More interactions with students and teachers surrounding technology

Teachers sharing resources they’ve created

Builds a community in the room, students want to teach and participate

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impact on teacher practice
Impact on Teacher Practice

Lessons are more systemic and planned

Tablet allows for more creative teaching

Technology has become important to teachers

As teachers’ comfort level increased, a more collaborative classroom environment evolved

Collegial support increases

Greater participation in additional technology based PD

Instruction becomes more engaging while addressing diverse learner styles

TIP assists teachers in meeting technology goals and standards

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typical activity
Typical activity:
  • A teacher has the ability to annotate, critique, and analyze student work using ink features for whole class instruction.
  • Middle school math and science as well as other content area teachers have their curricular materials “printed” into Windows Journal which gives them the ability to write on the documents when reviewing with students. They have the ability to save the completed work to review again as well as print out materials for students who are absent and miss instruction.

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teacher comments1
Teacher Comments

The best thing is being able to scan worksheets/ lab sheets or samples and actually be able to draw directly on the Tablet. This really helps my kids. Then I save many of the files and print them for absent students or for my ECE collaboration teacher so they can review with ECE students for extra help.

Robi Schultz, Iroquois Middle School

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teacher comments2
Teacher Comments

I am able to save any annotations I make on our notes for the day and post them online for absent students to have a copy. Since many classes are at different levels my annotations vary, thus I have different notes posted online. It saves the hassle of students having to rely on another student for notes.

Lacey Brown Eckels, Farnsley Middle School

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data sources
Data Sources

Principal and teacher surveys

Professional Development

Classroom observations

Achievement Data

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teacher survey
Teacher Survey

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professional development
Professional Development

TIP Begins


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commonwealth accountability testing system cats
Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS)

Proficient and Distinguished went up 21.23%

Note: National Average for urban districts was 5% increase for Proficient and Distinguished for the same time period (Source: Urban Educator – May 2008).

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overall impact
Overall Impact
  • 11.46% reduction of Novice level
  • 21.23% increase at the Proficient and Distinguished level
  • 84% of the teachers used technology as part of their instruction
  • Teachers’ technology skill levels and their ability to use technology in the classroom in meaningful ways increased.
  • Principal surveys showed that
    • 86% felt the program increased student achievement,
    • 96% felt it increased student engagement, and
    • 96% supported expanding the program.

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contact information
Contact Information
  • Cary Petersen – Executive Director, Information Technology


  • Sharon Shrout – Director, Computer Education Support


  • Donna Bryant – Education Technology Teacher


  • Mary Beth Singleton – Education Technology Teacher


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