Literacy with ICT - Challenges

Guiding questions:


2006 -2007 (first year of LwICT implementation)
  • What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?
  • How are you supporting any teachers who may be resisting LwICT?
  • What tips does your team have for overcoming challenges in implementing LwICT?
2007 - 2008
10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?
10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who, for a variety of reasons, are reluctant to accept their responsibility to develop their students’ literacy with ICT?
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming the ‘sticking points’ in implementing LwICT?



School division responses:


Beautiful Plains


10. Challenges:
10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation? Grade 7 – 8 students have multiple teachers. It has proven difficult to effectively report on students in these grades. Lack of access to technology for the grade 7 and 8’s in high schools is also a problem. Allowing impromptu opportunities for learning is affected by the limitation of access to the labs. Getting teachers to use effective teaching styles in order to use technology effectively.

10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who may be resisting LwICT? Our problem teachers will be transferred to Rolling River S.D. at the end of the year….Seriously as well, teachers have the option to sign up for ELITE OR CITI to enhance their skills.

10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming challenges in implementing LwICT? Periodical discussion/contact with LwICT continuum at inservices, meetings, PD’s, so it is not forgotten.

Border Land


10. Challenges:
10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?
Getting school reps who are willing to commit. Need to have teachers that are willing to take on something new on top of an already new and heavy workload. The ownership and responsibility of the equipment and finding a balance between the two.
10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who may be resisting LwICT?
The equipment incentive is meant to work there as well as educating at different levels – in schools, on divisional committees, principal’s associations.
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming challenges in implementing LwICT?
Start small. Don’t be pushy work with those that want and gradually welcome others in. Easy to use software and equipment along with the training to get them started.

Brandon


10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?
· Stress level of classroom teachers due to other divisional and provincial initiatives
· Finite amount of financial resources available
· Negative attitudes towards the initiative and technology
· Lack of administration support
· Absence of the team leader for much of the year
10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who may be resisting LwICT?
· Offering individual assistance
· Offering PD opportunities
· Encouraging teachers to start small
· Giving positive strokes
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming challenges in implementing LwICT?

DSFM


Evergreen


10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?
Time, competing priorities, budgetary considerations
10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who may be resisting LwICT?
Resistance has been subsiding as small groups have been used, reporting on the report card must occur, and letting teachers know this is a long term plan and not another phase.
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming challenges in implementing LwICT?
Let teachers know that LwICT is here to stay,

Flin Flon


What challenges have you experienced
Hard to use the continuu can be a challenge
not all teachers have the use of the technology when they need it
time

How are you supporting teachers that may be resistant
This year we are only working with people that have volunteered, so not much resistance
reporting may prove to be an issue. We are planing a meeting where will discuss the method that we will use to report and evaluate the best way that teachers (specificly at the Jr High Level) can report on the students in a meaningful way.

What tips do you have
Show them how many of their lessons are already effective for meeting the discriptors on the continuum
increase tech support and mentorship options

2007 - 2008
10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?

Time to meet with individual teachers involved and to meet as a group. Resistance from teachers that are reluctant. Access to adequate computer time, issues with the computer server.
10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who, for a variety of reasons, are reluctant to accept their responsibility to develop their students’ literacy with ICT?
Doing one on one simple introductions to the continuum expectations. Mandatory PD time at McIssac School for epearl.
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming the ‘sticking points’ in implementing LwICT?
Mandatory in servicing, a push from administration in support of the ICT continuum.

Fort La Bosse


10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?
- Technology not working for teachers when needed.
- Learning new software
- Use of Continuum in assessment difficult
- Time to do LwICT activities.
- previous knowledge

10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who may be resisting LwICT?
- went with the winners this time. Wanted success and momentum that would bring others on board in years following.

10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming challenges in implementing LwICT?
- Having resources for hardware, software, PD, release time.
- enhanced tech support

Frontier


What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?
Geography, communication between various levels of governance, goal setting, the steady team, money, resources (hardware and software)

Garden Valley


Hanover


What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation? Lack of funding.
How are you supporting any teachers who may be resisting LwICT? Providing hardware supports and teaching resources (lessons plans to be shared across the division) to help with school mentors.
What tips does your team have for overcoming challenges in implementing LwICT? Make the implementation a school-wide process.

2007 - 2008
10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?

- Contact time for our peer coaches, due to timetabling and other related problems, to work with the teachers they are mentoring has been limited.
- Getting school-based priorities to be aligned with divisional and provincial LwICT implementation goals.
10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who, for a variety of reasons, are reluctant to accept their responsibility to develop their students’ literacy with ICT?
- By giving schools access to a divisionally funded support teacher and by providing lead teachers (peer coaches) in each school.
- By providing access to a bank of lessons (infused with technology) on a divisional wiki.
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming the ‘sticking points’ in implementing LwICT?
- Using the LwICT wiki, First Class resources, access to MECY team members and CECM to find solutions to problem areas.

Interlake


Challenges
  • Time!
  • Budgeting concerns. We’ve had to convince our other divisional consultant to share her budget.
Support for teachers
  • Offer opportunity to work with the mentor in their school.
Tips
  • Time, money, and training are important. Getting as many people on board.
10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?
Challenges include:
  • Training all division teacher
  • Working within a departmentalized enviroment
  • Funding of support personal
  • Comfort and experience levels of the various staff members
  • Timetabling issues

10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who, for a variety of reasons, are reluctant to accept their responsibility to develop their students’ literacy with ICT?
  • Division wide training/discussion sessions were provided
  • Mentorship programs in place in each school to give the "just in time supports"

10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming the ‘sticking points’ in implementing LwICT?
  • Provide as many supports as possible

Kelsey


Challenges
    • Our Division and School Board had other priorities lately, that has pushed LwICT to the back-burner.
    • The level of technology (or lack thereof) at the primary level is a concern.
    • Teacher-resistance to implementation. Resistance is futile.
Support for teachers
    • We are encouraging resistant teachers with the development of in-school mentors to help ease their concerns.


2007 - 2008
10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?
Getting staff to see importance of LwICT. Having enough stable technology within the division.
10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who, for a variety of reasons, are reluctant to accept their responsibility to develop their students’ literacy with ICT? Allowing them to implement LwICT at their own pace.
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming the ‘sticking points’ in implementing LwICT? Keeping technology in working order so teachers don't get discouraged.

Lakeshore


2007 - 2008
10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?

10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who, for a variety of reasons, are reluctant to accept their responsibility to develop their students’ literacy with ICT?
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming the ‘sticking points’ in implementing LwICT?

Lord Selkirk


Challenge
    • Our biggest challenge has been that LwICT hasn’t been included as a curricular priority.
Support for teachers
    • Offering school/classroom visits; individual PD
Tips
    • *Additional time; available technology; realistic divisional plan

2007 - 2008
10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?

10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who, for a variety of reasons, are reluctant to accept their responsibility to develop their students’ literacy with ICT?
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming the ‘sticking points’ in implementing LwICT?


Louis Riel


MFNERC


Mountain View



Mystery Lake



Park West

2007 - 2008
10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?

- people being pulled in multi-direction; many priorities; the day to day challenges.
10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who, for a variety of reasons, are reluctant to accept their responsibility to develop their students’ literacy with ICT?
- teachers seek in-school/peer support; trying to let everyone know that it's a multiyear process, despite the fact that they have to do it; division is giving 3 release days for teachers if they choose to use it.
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming the ‘sticking points’ in implementing LwICT?
- release time for teachers; peer support; online support; trying to let everyone know that it's a multiyear process, despite the fact that they have to do it;

Pembina Trails




Pine Creek

10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?
10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who, for a variety of reasons, are reluctant to accept their responsibility to develop their students’ literacy with ICT?
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming the ‘sticking points’ in implementing LwICT

Portage La Prairie

2007 - 2008
10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?

10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who, for a variety of reasons, are reluctant to accept their responsibility to develop their students’ literacy with ICT?
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming the ‘sticking points’ in implementing LwICT?

Prairie Rose

Challenges
Implementation that reaches the entire Division
Reporting – Divisional report cards
Schedule tech teacher time within a small school
Mentorship
Communication
Continued support through mentorship

Prairie Spirit


Red River Valley

2007 - 2008
10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?

10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who, for a variety of reasons, are reluctant to accept their responsibility to develop their students’ literacy with ICT?
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming the ‘sticking points’ in implementing LwICT?

River East Transcona


10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?
10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who may be resisting LwICT?
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming challenges in implementing LwICT?

Rolling River


Challenges

St Alphonsus School


St Emile School

2007 - 2008
10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?
10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who, for a variety of reasons, are reluctant to accept their responsibility to develop their students’ literacy with ICT?
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming the ‘sticking points’ in implementing LwICT?



St Charles School


St Ignatius School


St James-Assiniboia



St. John's Ravensourt


10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?

10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who, for a variety of reasons, are reluctant to accept their responsibility to develop their students’ literacy with ICT?

10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming the ‘sticking points’ in implementing LwICT?

St. Mary's Academy


St Maurice School


10. Challenges
10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?
10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who may be resisting LwICT?
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming challenges in implementing LwICT?

Seine River


Challenges

Seven Oaks


Southwest Horizon

10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?
10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who, for a variety of reasons, are reluctant to accept their responsibility to develop their students’ literacy with ICT?
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming the ‘sticking points’ in implementing LwICT?

Sunrise


Challenges

Swan Valley


    • securing substitute teachers for team members to meet

    • developing peer coaching to implement for LwICT
    • general learning opportunities through PD
    • team members have time at staff meetings/early dismissals to promote LwICT
    • remaining positive and being encouraging

    • see 10.2

Turtle Mountain



2007 - 2008
10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?

10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who, for a variety of reasons, are reluctant to accept their responsibility to develop their students’ literacy with ICT?
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming the ‘sticking points’ in implementing LwICT?


Turtle River


2007 - 2008
10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?

-Gettting the time to share and work/influence other staff.
-Release time for pilot teachers due to lack of subs.
-Juggling LwICT with MY assessment, and other departmental initiatives (ex. PE @11&12), as well as with school based issues and projects.
-Staff turnover
-equipment problems, need more ICT devices, budgetary decisions/priorities

10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who, for a variety of reasons, are reluctant to accept their responsibility to develop their students’ literacy with ICT?
-Administration is "reminding" them of their responsibility in this area
-Team leaders are modeling, coaching and mentoring other staff

10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming the ‘sticking points’ in implementing LwICT?

-Keep the conversations happening amongst staff, especially those who are yet to implement LwICT.
-Keep principal advised on implementation...make sure they are "on board".





Western



2007 - 2008
10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?

10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who, for a variety of reasons, are reluctant to accept their responsibility to develop their students’ literacy with ICT?
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming the ‘sticking points’ in implementing LwICT?


Whiteshell


Winnipeg


Winnipeg Board of Jewish Education


10. Challenges
2007 - 2008
10.1 What challenges have you experienced in your divisional implementation?

Having enough time to meet with teachers as well as educating teachers on the various aspects of LwICT
10.2 How are you supporting any teachers who, for a variety of reasons, are reluctant to accept their responsibility to develop their students’ literacy with ICT?
One-on-one mentoring makes a huge difference to teachers who are not sure how to assess LwICT.
10.3 What tips does your team have for overcoming the ‘sticking points’ in implementing LwICT?
Planning ahead before reporting periods occur can help alleviate the stress involved in implementation and assessment. Making sure teachers understand that LwICT is across the curriculum and is NOT a separate subject area is also important.