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Chadwick School is an independent, K-12 school located in Palos Verdes.

This is our first year with PLP. Our team members are:
Deborah Levy, Team Leader -- Technology Integration Specialist (K-12)
Siri Fiske -- 6th Grade Science Teacher
Ann Biedenweg -- K-6 Science Teacher

Team Project:

Professional Growth for Chadwick Faculty:

21st Century Learning: An Overview, an Action Plan

What are the problems we will address?
Describe what you wish to change, for example, aspects of content (e.g. test scores), process (e.g. ability to collaborate), climate (e.g. morale), or tech use (e.g. embedded use of technology in instruction). Be as specific as possible in describing what you want to change.

  1. What is 21st Century Learning, and Why Should You Care? (Voicethread presentation/commentary)
  2. How Do We Better Engage the 21st Century Learner? (6th Grade Wiki as an example)
Our goal is to change how faculty feel about using technology in the classroom -- we want them to feel:
  • inspired
  • empowered
  • supported

What are our objectives and assessments?

Develop objectives and authentic assessments for determining what you want learners (faculty) to be able to know and do after the project and how you will determine they have indeed mastered the objectives your project laid out.
In other words: What do we want our teachers to come away with? What is the beginning point to be followed up with during the year? How will we know when objective is met?

  1. Objectives -- ideas: That all teachers understand "Shirky", That all teachers change and share 1 thing from 20th to 21st century learning, all teachers 21st-centuryize one lesson
  • (fill in)
  1. Assessments -- three times during the 09-10 year (Village, MS, US once each) -- ideas: Way to show/publicize what your class/project is doing (website/wiki/etc.) communicate with each other more visibly and we can assess who and how they're using; preceded by every faculty meeting, one department shares 1 lesson that's been 21st centuryized learning project with objectives and assessments -- assess that students are more engaged, via survey or conversation following their project
  • (fill in)

What is our networked design?
How will you design your project so participants can share, connect, collaborate, or move to some type of collective action?
How will put the pieces of the project together so participants can share/connect/collaborate -- it's the approach to this 'new' 21st century learning. The skills are where we bring our ideas into play together (not just 'tell me what to do')

  1. Deborah creates the Voicethread based on research and learning done together with the PLP and otherwise.
  2. Siri and Ann and Deborah work with each other and the 6th graders to create the Wiki and all projects that will live within its context

Set the Context
What have others done (at your institution or elsewhere) to address this problem? Do some research as a team to see what others have done. Get ideas. Divi up different research roles to individual team members.

  1. Deborah researches with InTELA (Independent Technology Educators of Los Angeles) to get some examples of how other schools teach their teachers
  2. Siri will...
  3. Ann will...

Proposal (Logistics)
How will you plan to solve the problem or answer the question? Describe what you will do to address the problem/opportunity described earlier. Are you doing anything differently than others have attempted? Why or why not? Why do you propose that your approach will succeed better than prior attempts or will work better with your students or faculty?

  1. Voicethread presentation/communication
  1. Wiki

Address the problem through the example of the 6th grade science wiki.

Evaluation (Part of Assessments)
How will you determine the success and effectiveness of your solution and the impact of your project? Do you plan to determine pre and post results? How will you know that the behavior of your students/faculty has changed/improved? Note: You may not be able to obtain your results by the end of your year. However, you should have a plan in place to evaluate your project and report on the results. The idea is to develop a solid plan to share with others. If you implement this year or next is entirely up to you. When possible make this an action research project.

  1. The evaluation will take place over a long period of time, focused on the 2009-10 school year.
  2. Methods
  • self-reflection by students and faculty
  • Shirky-ize: Share/Think, Cooperate/Connect, Collaborate, Collective Action

Timeline (Meetings, Deadlines)
How will your project progress? Indicate the dates of project initiation and completion for each step of your design, implementation, and evaluation.

  1. The project begins in February 2009
  2. April 6th -- ready to present to Elluminate session
  3. April 20th -- ready to present at F2F in Atlanta
  4. August 2009 -- present overview of 21st Century Learning (Powerpoint/Voicethread) to all faculty
  5. August 2009 -- roll out year-long training, support, inspiration and education plan to meet goal of project
  6. December 2009 -- Assessment #1
  7. Februrary 2010 -- Assessment #2
  8. May 2010 -- Assessment #3
  9. June 2010 -- document progress and findings of the project to PLP and to Chadwick administration and faculty

How will you document your progress along the way? Will you share in your team group room in NING? Will you create a collaborative blog? A wiki? A Google Doc? Choose one and then everyone will use the document to make the process transparent. "Inquiry" approach that translates to the classroom on a smaller scale.

  1. Because our group is just three people, we have been communicating in these ways:
  • face to face meetings
  • email
  • a conference in FirstClass (like a Wiki)