LEARNING & TEACHING TECHNOLOGIES
"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."Popular Mechanics Magazine, 1949
LEARNING AND TEACHING TECHNOLOGIES
Who Are WeContact the LTT DepartmentRooms - 701 and 707Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
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What We DoThe Learning and Teaching Technologies (LTT) Department is tasked with supporting the development of the vision and the implementation of technologies at CDNIS. The LTT Department works across the community to help manage the complexities of navigating through the technology initiatives at CDNIS.The core of the work of the LTT Department is helping teachers and students meet the goals of both our CDNIS Digital Learning infusion and IB mission statements. In a time of rapid change and innovation brought on by new technologies, it is the responsibility of the LTT Department to support teachers and students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century, with technology-enriched teaching and learning environments.The LTT Department works directly with teachers and students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to infuse technologies into both curriculum and instruction. The LTT Department provides teachers with multiple strategies and opportunities for professional development throughout the year. The LTT team also supports teachers and students in classrooms as teachers work towards infusing technology into their lessons. This includes helping new teachers and students assimilate into the school's systems.
The LTT Department is guided by the following working guidelines:
LTT Department Web SiteThe LTT website consists of information about the 1:1 MacBook programme, notebook order forms, all the policies that guide the technology initiative, information about parent and teacher training, video tutorials on software, and showcases photos and videos on teachers' and students' experiences using technology.Green Screen Video Production -Room 701The Media Centre in room 701 is equipped with a green screen video production suite. Using BoinxTV, students as young as Grade 4 can execute video switching, green screen effects and recording with very little technical assistance. It has become a popular space for students to create content from their MacBook to showcase their knowledge and understanding of any subject.We are constantly rethinking services support to ensure we remain at the forefront of educational use of technology.
The CDNIS MacBook programme began in December 2006 when 30 volunteer classroom teachers were given Apple MacBooks. The volunteer teachers represented a cross section of grades and discipline teams in both the Lower and Upper Schools. One year later the students from the first teacher group received their MacBooks. The following year, building on the positive experience of the first group, another 55 teachers were provided with MacBooks. Six months later, those teacher's students received their MacBooks. By August 2008, all CDNIS teachers had been issued a MacBook. In August 2010, the last remaining Upper School students moved into the 1:1 programme.CDNIS has two distinct MacBook programmes. The first is limited to Prep to Grade 4 in which the MacBooks are owned by CDNIS. The ratio of computers to students for this programme is about 1:4. The MacBooks are stored in mobile carts that can be easily moved between classrooms.The second notebook programme spans the Lower and Upper Schools. This model has a 1:1 ratio meaning that every student has a personally owned MacBook. This programme starts at Grade 5 and extends to Grade 12. Our experience has shown us, and research supports, that a student's learning is more personally relevant and ultimately improved if he or she has access to a personally owned notebook - that he or she can use in a carefully guided learning environment.Teachers and students are using the MacBooks to work with web-based applications like GoChinese, VoiceThread, WordPress, GoogleDocs and even computer-based applications like GargageBand and iMovie. Students also have access to software applications like Photoshop and Excel. Teachers at each grade level determine the set of applications their students will need. Choice is maximised to ensure students can select the most appropriate tool for a wide range of tasks.MacBook versions and software images are all managed by CDNIS, although parents purchase the MacBooks directly from Senco-Masslink. MacBooks are then delivered to the school and distributed to students who must sign the acceptable use policy.
iPad ProgrammeThe CDNIS use of iPads started in 2010 as part of the Digital Learning Infusion initiative. iPads are used across three levels. Sets are available to be borrowed through the Library for short term projects. Sets are also managed in each classroom from Prep through Grade 4 as part of the differentiated learning program. Thirdly, sets are available in the Upper School for specific curriculum work. Finally, specialists sets are used in areas like Sport, Music, Performing Arts, and in the Library. Teachers and students are finding an increasing number of ways to develop literacy, create multimedia, improve communication and collaboration skills, carry out project-based learning, and develop higher level thinking through the use of iPads.
Technology Integrated ClassroomsAll CDNIS classrooms have wireless connection points to support our MacBook programme. All classrooms also have ceiling mounted projectors with accompanying sound systems. Many of our classrooms, where teachers find them relevant to their discipline and grade level, have interactive whiteboards or use Apple TVs to support mobile learning .
Responsible Use Agreement (RUA)The proper care and responsible use of information and communications tools as well as images and videos are fundamental to information and computer literacy. CDNIS expects all students to respect and adhere to all school-wide and homeroom developed responsible use policies.The LTT team also works directly with teachers, students, and parents to help them manage the complexities and impact of digital technologies on traditional environments and personal relationships. Policies, procedures, expectations for use and care of technologies are posted on the LTT website. The school has a Social Media policy and a Social Media Education plan in place.
View some key points on the RUA
Each user commits to:
Students joining the MacBook 1:1 programme are required to sign the RUA.
Parents - CISPA Talks, trainingsThe LTT Department delivers talks to parents on a variety of topics throughout the year. To date, sessions have varied from social media and cybersafety to handling digital devices. It is the goal of the LTT Department to build a solid relationship with CDNIS parents in order to support them as they work with their children with technology at home. It is also important to the LTT to get parent feedback about their experiences. These workshops are aimed at developing competency in parents as well as to assist parents in understanding the learning journey of their children. Further information about topics and dates can be found in the Flash or CISPA website. Parents are also represented on the Learning Technologies Council where new policies and current issues are explored and debated.
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