Literacy with ICT - Strategies

Guiding questions:


2006-07 (first year of LwICT implementation)
  • What strategies are working well in your implementation?
  • What would you do more of/less of?
  • What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?
2007 - 2008
9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?
9.2 What would you do more of/less of?
9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?



School division responses:


Beautiful Plains


9. Strategies:
9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation? The dedication of the 20 teachers familiar with LitwICT.

9.2 What would you do more of/less of? Some mentoring/leadership by these 20 teachers to reach out and develop colleagues’ skills and abilities regarding LitwICT.

9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams? Whenever workshops/in-services are offered, include where the lesson fits on the LwICT continuum. This is a non-threatening way further understand the LwICT continuum.

Border Land


9. Strategies:
9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?
The one on one mentor support has worked really well. Take teachers where they are comfortable. Take a lesson they already enjoy and try to structure it around the technology.
9.2 What would you do more of/less of?

9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?
Provide equipment incentives, strong divisional support that is based on a strong divisional plan.

Brandon


9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?
· FirstClass conference for sharing purposes
· Reflection log
· Sorting activities (supporting skills vs. outcomes)
· Centres approach
· Guiding questions
· Self-assessment (teachers and students)
9.2 What would you do more of/less of?
· More time to meet as a team, or grade group meetings
9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?
· Try to model what you expect teachers to do in their classroom with respect to technology

2007 - 2008

9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?

We had a clear implementation plan.
We are meeting in grade clusters to build support between teachers of similar grade groups.
Our First Class conferences for grade groups and LwICT are growing in use.
Providing release time for group planning/sharing.
Implementing a Peer Coaching model in all LwICT schools.

9.2 What would you do more or/less of?
MORE - provide more release time for teachers.
MORE - participation from our school administrators.

9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?
Peer coaching opportunities.
Grade cluster planning and sharing groups.
First Class grade cluster conferences.


DSFM


  • What strategies are working well in your implementation?
  • What would you do more of/less of?
  • What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?

Evergreen


Strategies that are working well
  • All teachers were involved this year and small groups sessions occurred at each of the schools
More of/less of
  • More collaborative time to share ideas, strategies, lessons, projects
Recommended implementation strategies
  • Small group PLCs

Flin Flon

Startegies that are working well
small group meetings, commitment from the 3 teachers attending the inservices
More/less of
In the forthcoming year I would recomend more release time for a mentorship program

Recomended startegies
less time between implementation meetings
have grade level specific meetings

2007 - 2008
9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?
9.2 What would you do more of/less of?
9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?



Fort La Bosse


9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?
- A clear 3-year vision & plan
- Team meetings
- Release time
- Divisional resources made available
- Tech support
- Staff PD

9.2 What would you do more of/less of?
- Tech support & Staff PD

9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?
- working with the staff willing to go has set some momentum

Frontier


What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?
Need of a steady team, back ups and “understudies.” Specific letters to principals, homes, etc. outlining what is going to happen

Garden Valley


Hanover


Implementation strategy is based around Microsoft's Peer Coaching model.
We are training 26 coaches for our 17 schools. Each coach is a teacher in K - 8. Coaches will work with 1 to 2 other team members to infuse technology into their classroom learning. A Curriculum Support Teacher (CST) will be dedicated in meeting with coaches to support them with ideas, strategies, encouragement and support to ensure a successful year. Each teacher taking part in the 2007-2008 year, will submit 2 technology rich lessons in various disciplines. They will also be reporting to parent on the LwICT continuum. Each group will be furnished with hardware to support their efforts. Most commonly, groups will receive a laptop, projector and cart to support their efforts. Principals are encouraged to schedule overlaping preps to aid in collaboration.

· Communication with school leaders has been successful. Coaches have been chosen. Teams are being constructed. Hardware being purchased. Reporting model has been approved. Teacher support materials have been produced. Peer coach training occurs May 8,9 and May 29,30. Two training sessions in October or 2007 are also planned.

· Encourage more input and direction at the superintendent’s level.

Interlake


Strategies that are working well
  • Mentorship program in every school.
More of/less of
  • Provide adequate training time for mentors and classroom teachers including planning and follow-up sessions.
Recommended implementation strategies
Mentorship program

Kelsey


Strategies that are working well
  • Having a Computer Shops class is a great proving ground for implementing LwICT strategies. We can then share successful topics and ideas with other teachers.
More of/less of
  • More sharing with other teachers.
Recommended implementation strategies
  • We would strongly recommend having an Options class or a Shops class devoted towards computer use (although made fun!!).
  • We recommend having younger students start learning to type during an Options or Shops class, such as in grade 6 or less.

Lakeshore


9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation? Grade group meetings, having a person whose job is ICT to meet with individual teachers and school
9.2 What would you do more of/less of? More grade group meetings
9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams? Communicator tool – or some form of instant communication between individuals in division – beyond email – “Just in time help”
2007 - 2008
9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?

Collaboration between all teachers within the division;- this collaboration has been facilitated by the use of Microsoft Communicator. This has allowed an instant network of teachers to be available at any time during the day to allow questions, concerns or issues to be addressed immediately. It follows Clarke's "3 E's of Collaboration(patent pending):
#1 has to be Easy
#2 has to be Effortless
#3 has to be Effective
Due to the "3 E's" (patent pending), everyone has a comfort level with Communicator which allows them to experiment and go outside their usual communication to collaborate with others in our division.
Our professional development has had an impact as well. This PD includes: grade group meetings, peer coaching and online support for teachers.
9.2 What would you do more of/less of?
More of:

  • grade group meetings - to allow those teaching the same areas to collaborate
  • more time hands exploration for our teachers of all of the programs available to them
  • more time for teachers to look at assessment with the document and using focused observations for it
  • strong PD model which include: grade level meetings, with in school support using the peer coaching model
  • online support tool
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Lord Selkirk

Strategies that are working well
    • TALL classroom use of items described in 8.3
    • Using products like Atomic Learning and EdClass
More of/less of
    • More engaging projects; individual needs of teachers (dedicated PD – in-classroom); a consolidated effort of curricular pursuits, i.e. less isolated
    • Less large group workshops
Recommended implementation strategies
    • Use models like IMYM as a guide for in-class use of ICT
2007 - 2008
9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?

Mandatory provision of new technology with the PL supports
9.2 What would you do more of/less of?
more JustInTime PD, need more resources, collaboration opportunities,
9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?
be supportive, be persistent,


Louis Riel


MFNERC


Mountain View

2007 - 2008
9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?

Having competent leadership guiding us through the process( Donna Davidson Assistant Superintendent)
Inservicing staff on an on-going basis.
9.2 What would you do more of/less of?
More PD. for pilot teachers and implementation team.
9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?
Continue to support school leaders to aid implementation for all staff in the fall of 2008.

Mystery Lake


Park West

2007 - 2008
9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?

- grade groupings K-2; 3-4; 5-6; 7-8;
- small groups
- homework and sharing of homework with peers
9.2 What would you do more of/less of?
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continue to do homework and sharing
- we'd like to recommend focused release time for teachers to network, research, discuss LwICT
- we should have an IITV system in place by fall; can use it to facilitate professional learning
9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?
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have to implement LwICT but not all at once; not all in one year.


Pembina Trails

2007 - 2008
9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?

divisional implementation team meetings
school implementation team meetings
peer coaching as developed in some schools
networking opportunities
staged implementation beginning with school implementation teams reporting and mentoring rest of staff
9.2 What would you do more of/less of?
more PD time/money going directly to LwICT
more time for peer coaching
creation of technology facilitator at school level
9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?
divisional implementation team meetings
school implementation team meetings
peer coaching as developed in some schools
networking opportunities


Pine Creek


2007 - 2008
9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?
The team meetings. Support from the ICT Coordinator. Hands on strategies in the classroom
9.2 What would you do more of/less of?
More time dedicated to the classroom to support classroom teachers
9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?
More peer coaching. More time for team interaction and planning


Portage La Prairie

2007 - 2008
9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?

One-one-one mentoring, release time in the school for in-school teacher-leader to have regularly scheduled slots for mentorship, hands-on activities relevant to the teacher, sample lessons specific to the teacher
9.2 What would you do more of/less of?
more one-on-one,more in class assistance, less large group lecture style training,
9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?
Have an in school mentor who has release time to work with the teachers in their environment.


Prairie Rose

2007 - 2008
9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?

Still teacher release time, training sessions, Early Dismissals
9.2 What would you do more of/less of?
purchasing more hardware ( projectors, laptops, ...)
9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?
Sharing samples of what teachers/students have already done and use those to assess with the continuum. Continue to share web 2.0 tools. Teachers need time to "play" feel comfortable with the technology.

9. StrategiesPRSD LwICT training sessions
Tech teacher release time
Tech team meetings


Prairie Spirit

2007 - 2008
9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?

mentoring system, team teaching, co-teaching, PLC's, active parent support, identifying "new" leaders in buildings through support/encouragement
9.2 What would you do more of/less of?
More of ... team/co-teaching, mentoring, LwICT infusion in classes.
Less of ... "freedom of choice"
9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?
see 9.2


Red River Valley

2007 - 2008
9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?

Team meetings twice a year.
9.2 What would you do more of/less of?
Teacher release time to mentor.
9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?

River East Transcona



Rolling River



St Alphonsus School


St Emile School


2007 - 2008 9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?
Middle years team members are working together. They revised report cards and are reporting. Early years are trying to get up to speed with inservicing.
9.2 What would you do more of/less of?
More release time and professional support.
9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?
Devoting a portion of time to network with others including release time.


9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?
Collaborative group meetings
PD and Grade Level ICT sessions to discuss continuum, infusion and assessment of ICT
Having ICT person assisting classroom teachers with use of technology
Workshops offered by Department
Informal discussions with colleagues and other teachers
9.2 What would you do more of/less of?
More hands on with teachers and students
More release of responsibility to students for their learning and assessment
More peer sharing of work
9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?
Start small, don't try to do everything at once
Set attainable and realistic goals for each term
Work together, share resources


St Ignatius School


St James-Assiniboia



St. John's Ravenscourt


St. Mary's Academy


St Maurice School

9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?
Regular team meetings for ICT team.
Training for staff
Upgrading hardware and equipment.
9.2 What would you do more of/less of?
More collaboration with peers.
Don't try to do too much at one time.
9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?
We are still at the beginning stages ourselves.


Seine River

9.1 What strategies are working well in your implementation?
Professional development offered by Consultants as part of our Technology Initiative (a laptop for every teacher).
New LwICT/TIC team of teachers developing lesson plans as a resource for all divisional teachers in both languages of instruction (French & English).
LwICT/TIC team of teachers consists of one teacher per grade (K-8) with almost all schools having a representative.
A Software Review Sub-Committee (a sub-committee of our Technology Advisory Group) is reviewing our current curricular software and reviewing new programs as part of our LwICT/TIC implementation.
9.2 What would you do more of/less of?
More time with teachers and their students at the point of instruction.
The more we infuse technology into the point of instruction, the more we realize the need for additional peripheral devices (ie: data projectors, SmartBoards, etc.).
9.3 What implementation strategies would you recommend to other LwICT teams?
Our Technology Initiative that includes a laptop for every teacher.
Involving classroom teachers as an integral part of the implementation.

Seven Oaks


Southwest Horizon



Sunrise



Swan Valley

    • team sessions
    • LwICT blog for communication and information for team members
    • utilized expertise within the division – good presenters, well respected, collaborative
    • feedback forms and reflection time for group PD
    • facilitators guide and resources from First Class
    • see 9.1

Turtle Mountain



Turtle River


Western


Whiteshell


Winnipeg


Winnipeg Board of Jewish Education