My Digital Classroom

Jessica Caviness - Coppell High School

EMAIL: jcaviness@coppellisd.com  TWITTER: @mrsjcaviness

During my 14 years of teaching I have used everything from chalk boards, to iPads. Transforming my classroom did not happened overnight. It is a slow and steady process...one day at a time!

Timeline of our 1:1 iPad Initiative

  • Educators received iPads in December 2012
  • Professional Learning designed for & attended by all Educators Jan - Aug 2013
  • Learners iPad rollout in August 2013
  • Continued Professional Learning opportunities several times a month, Sept 2013 - June 2014 (during the day and after school). Archived on iCHS Website.
  • CISD iDesign Summer Conference (iPad Enrichment) - June 2014

Lesson Redesign

“It is not about the technology; it’s about sharing knowledge and information, communicating efficiently, building learning communities and creating a culture of professionalism in schools. These are the key responsibilities of all educational leaders”. – Marion Ginapolis

Designing learning experiences - this is where I made the shift from designing teacher centered (lecture based & group work) to learner centered (discovery learning, scaffolding activities, student created learning resources, etc.) activities. It is important to point out that I never abandoned the content or TEKS (learning standards), I just redesigned the way it was structured & delivered. Technology supports the learning, it does not replace the teacher. I also design with the SAMR model in mind; always evaluating each learning experience I design and pushing myself to go beyond the substitution level.

  • Interactive Smart Notebook Lessons
  • Trained to design learning experiences using Understanding by Design and Problem Based Learning strategies
  • Twitter (extends the walls of the classroom)
  • QR Codes that linked learners extra support & supplemental instruction - anytime, anywhere.
  • Educreations videos they create & share to learn form each other.
  • Scaffolding Experiences - Self-directed stations
  • BaiBoard - collaborating in small groups through a digital whiteboard.
  • Skype - connecting with guest speakers and elementary classrooms from across the nation!
  • Polleverywhere.com
  • Socrative.com
  • Interactive Axes

Communication, Collaboration & Creation

CREATION RESOURCES

  • SMART Notebook for lesson canvas (not always a direct teach)
  • Google Site - hub for archiving images, links, documents, digital dropboxes, videos & Twitter feed.

COMMUNICATION

  • Twitter (all learners can access - fast follow, embedded feed on Google Site & twitter account - following).
  • Google Forms for digital drop boxes (example)

COLLABORATION

  • Baiboard
  • Google docs
  • Educreations + Google Forms = collaborative reviews
  • Twitter conversations (learner to learner, educator to learner)

**Technology is not always the most appropriate resource. I use it as much as possible, but I do not force the use. The way you choose to execute the learning experiences that accompany your curriculum/scope-and-sequence should drive the use of technology, not the other way around. I use technology when it pushes the learning to a higher level and supports the learners creating understanding, not necessarily just a substitution for what they would normally be doing on pencil/paper (ie: whiteboard app = substitution vs. baiboard = augmentation).

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