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Workshop activity… How can you structure evaluation so that it's continuous and impactful?
Reflection and evaluation are ongoing processes that can be both formal and more informal. A formal evaluation process and schedule should be established at the start of any initiative. Smaller, less formal evaluations can be conducted at various other times, in order to confirm initiative steps are aligned with your goals. For example, an informal review of a new teaching practice may be conducted once the practice is implemented to ensure students are benefitting
Workshop activity… You have been asked to draft a project proposal to provide students at your school with 1 to 1 access to technology, as a step towards creating a Modern Learning Environment.
Present your proposal on 3 slides… Slide 1: Current usage profile. How many students, have how much access to computers while at your school, how often, for how long? Slide 2: Project Goals. Why do you want to increase access, and what will be the outcomes? Slide 3: 1st Steps. How do you plan to achieve your goals and what are your priorities? How will you know if you have?
We have to re-conceptualise the boundaries of what technology now makes possible for learners...
“My goal in life is to find ways in which children can use technology as a constructive medium to do things that they could not do before.. ..to do things at a level of complexity that was not previously accessible to children” Prof. Seymour Papert 1998
10 things they don’t tell you about 1 to 1 initiatives 1 Despite all protestations, most people still focus on the technology because it’s the easiest thing to focus on.
10 things they don’t tell you about 1 to 1 initiatives 2 1 to 1 is NOT about digitizing traditional learning.
10 things they don’t tell you about 1 to 1 initiatives 3 Successful initiatives require ongoing and consistent focus and attention.
10 things they don’t tell you about 1 to 1 initiatives 4 There is no “next big thing.”
10 things they don’t tell you about 1 to 1 initiatives 5 1 to 1 is not a panacea for solving all of your learning problems.
10 things they don’t tell you about 1 to 1 initiatives 6 Infrastructure costs, including demands on bandwidth, increase.
10 things they don’t tell you about 1 to 1 initiatives 7 Most schools do NOT set the bar high enough.
10 things they don’t tell you about 1 to 1 initiatives 8 1 to 1 is only one very small step toward ongoing school reform.
10 things they don’t tell you about 1 to 1 initiatives 9 Success has far more to do with a well articulated, shared vision than technology.
10 things they don’t tell you about 1 to 1 initiatives 10 We do this not because it is easy... but because it is hard… …hard fun.