Leadership Meeting
February 18, 2010

Online Professional Development Tools:

Current System:
1. Courses published to ClubEd Staff Development Site
2. Teachers/staff sign up for a class
3. At class, teachers/staff receive paper certificate of completion
4. Teacher/staff turn in paper certificate of completion

Then what happens?

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<---- Look familiar??

Coming Soon!
1. TEA's Project Share - online professional development with tracking, collaboration, and e-portfolios for teachers to access. Future use will include student access for developing portfolios and new ways of assessing student work online. Currently being tested. Invitations to come from Regional Service Centers starting January 2010. So far..... we have no update

Already using:
2. Atomic Learning – Currently use for providing quick video training on over 170 different software applications. Upgrade to 21st Century PD and Technology Integration Package to provide:

  • Ability to add our own customized training videos: Email etiquette, copyright information, any video training we create can be pushed to each account. System tracks completion of viewing.
  • Teacher Assessment - Focuses on application of technology and 21st century skills; based on ISTE NETS-T 2008; 40 questions in multiple choice, multiple select, matching, and true/fase formats; prescriptive professional development; comprehensive reporting; project-based materials and even includes classroom adaption skills for assistive technology needs.
  • Lesson Accelerators - Not just videos on how to use but access to downloads including templates, finished assignments, and rubrics for grading.
  • Workshops - Specific communication workshops on Flat Classrooms. Blogging, Podcasting, etc.
    21st Century Skills – tests teacher proficiencies in 21st century skills

Basically - we can provide each staff member with an IEP for personal staff development on Technology Applications and the NETS-T. But how does this remove the stacks?

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3. Eduphoria – Workshop – tracks staff development and ties to our current PDAS system.



How the System Changes:
1. Teachers participate in online PD provided by Atomic Learning and any other staff development in-district or out-of-district.
2. In-District: Teachers sign-up to attend course offerings. After completed, trainer takes attendance and this automatically updates Teacher Profile with credits.
3. Out-of-District: Teachers enter workshops attended along with any information for getting approval. Campus Administrator approves workshops and credits which updates Teacher Profile.

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Online Training meets LRTP and STaR Chart Goals:
*Increase teacher use of web-based lessons and interactive communications that support learning objectives.
*Professional development needs to include integration of technology and use of proven strategies that facilitate the development of higher-order thinking skills and collaboration.
*Develop on-going professional development which utilizes multiple staff development models including training, observation/assessment, student groups, and mentoring.
*Provide more opportunities for teachers to receive 19-29 hours of technology staff development per year.
*Provide training to help teachers explore and create interactive and collaborative online learning environments.
*Increased use of online learning for professional development and providing for-credit courses for students' individual learning needs.

These specific items can be added to your Campus Improvement Plans to align with LRPT and STaR Chart.


Let's talk Accelerated Reader

Currently have 5 campuses using AR - running on KISD servers:
Daniels spent $4687 on AR Quizzes this year
Nimitz spent $4464 on AR Quizzes this year
Starkey spent $2436 on AR Quizzes this year
Tally spent $3948 on AR Quizzes this year
BT Wilson spent $1465 on AR Quizzes this year

Total: $17000 on Quizzes
Additional: $279 per campus for tech support = 1395
KISD 2009-2010 spent $18395 for Accelerated Reader

Plan - Migrate to Web-based AR with option to add Pre-K

Year 1 = $599 upgrade fee per school (one-time fee) = $2995
Each campus pays $4.25 per student. Current enrollment around 2500: $10,625
Add 3 hours of web-training at each campus for $150 per hour = $2250
KISD 2010-2011 can spend $15870 for Accelerated Reader

Year 2+ = No upgrade fee
Each campus pays $4.25 per student - Approx cost = $10,625
Hosting fee for each school is $399 = $1995
KISD 2011-2012 can spend $12,620 for Accelerated Reader

Benefits of Online Hosting:
Students will have access to all 130,000+ quizzes and any new ones they add. No more having to purchase individual quizzes.
Any book title that is in the AR database qualifies as an AR book - use http://arbookfind.com - and this includes books available in school libraries, public libraries, home libraries and borrowed from friends/family.
Parents can check child's AR information in Renaissance Place Home Connect from ANY web-enabled computer*.
Parents have separate login and have access to resources for home support.
No more installations; automatic upgrades; auto backups; data doctors; nor quiz downloads.
AR Widgets - for Campus website
AR Goal Calculator - individualized goal setting for each student
Accessible on any computer - Mac or PC
Reports can be run on class level; school level; and district level.

Accelerated Vocabulary and ALL Vocabulary Quizzes
Literacy Skills Quizzes - TEKs-type skills that are teacher-driven. Cover class-read novels and students can take these quizzes up to three times. Come with full teacher guides and reports not only show what skills individual students missed but which skills an entire class may have missed.
Recorded Voice Quizzes - Great for early literacy and Special Needs
Spanish Quizzes: Over 7,000 in the system
Textbook Quizzes: Includes textbook and leveled readers: Scott-Foresman, Houghton-Mifflin, Harcourt and MacGraw HIll

Do YOU like?

After meetings with Computer Lab Managers and Librarians:

Different campuses administer AR differently. What would be the best management solution for everyone?

Foreseeable problem: Other districts have required parents to sign a form allowing student names to be posted online. Because the system is online, all student logins and passwords would need to be uploaded. Districts feel that this is an open-identity issue and need full parental approval before allowing student information to be posted.


1) Who manages the administration of the AR Tests? Is it the teachers or the librarians?
2) Where do students go to access AR at your campus?
3) Are their incentives for students who get higher AR points?
4) Are students getting graded on their AR points?
5) Would allowing home access increase prevalence of cheating?
6) Would home access allow students with computers at home a greater advantage than those who do not have computers at home?