As part of the Hoover Engaged Learning Initiative (ELI), Spain Park High School also established an iPad team which they called their “Think Tank” team. In earlier post, I outlined their thoughts on the different levels of engagement of their staff at the beginning of the ELI initiative. I asked Dr. Ken Jarnigan if they would share their ideas and they agreed to. This type of collaboration between our 2 high schools will prove valuable to our initiative.
THE 3 LEVELS OF TEACHER ENGAGEMENT
We must respect all levels!
LEVEL 1 – EMERGED 33%
Emerged – At this level teachers completely emerge technology in their curriculums and instruction. They are the ones who go all the way with engaging students with iPads. These are the innovators, the brave.
LEVEL 2 – BLENDED/HYBRID 33%
Blended/Hybrid – At this level teachers are cautiously optimistic. They need to explore the idea and sample using the technology at their own pace.
LEVEL 3 – SAMPLE/EXPLORE 33%
Sample/Explore – At this level teachers will only use the technology on a personal basis. They will use it for organization, communication, and productivity.
1% WILL NEVER GET THE iPAD OUT OF THE BOX
We need to put emphasis on RESPECT for all levels. Over a period of time all should be at the emerged level.
LEVEL 1 – HOW TO BE FULLY EMERGED
Teacher will be flipping the classroom and rethinking how they teach, but will not use technology for every single assignment. The teachers will use the iPads as an organizational tool by placing their agendas on their iPads, teacher notes and assignments will appear on Moodle or Edmodo, teachers will use videos and share videos with other teachers, teachers will have electronic calendars, etc... Teachers will be thinking about what students can do outside of the classroom, will be finding apps to supplement content, will be using content specific apps, will be recording lessons for their websites or Edmodo, and will be communicating with parents about apps being used in the classroom. Teachers at this level will have blogs and websites ready when students come to class, they will allow students to create videos about content and will show videos created by other teachers, will lead professional development and give tips to others on iPad apps, and will work with community leaders and professionals to gain insight into what apps are being used to increase efficiency for these professionals.
LEVEL 2 – HOW TO BE BLENDED/HYBRID
Teachers who are at the blended level will have moderate usage of the iPad in their classrooms. They will facilitate learning using their personal iPad and will take things one app at a time. Their focus will be on the basics such as using the device for organization and will basically find simple apps that will allow them time to get comfortable with the iPad. Their instructional delivery will be similar to it was before the initiative. They will use apps such as grading apps, will use the iPad for classroom management, and might incorporate things like simple flash cards. Some of these teachers might just use the iPad for one class and might not use them in all classes. They will be likely to try a new app with each new unit. Students in these classrooms might work in groups with devices and the teacher will likely learn a great deal about the device and apps from the students. The device will be helpful when the teacher encourages student to go to a variety of web sites at the same time, for learning games, for student organization, and for reminder timers.
LEVEL 3 – HOW TO BE SAMPLE/ EXPLORE
Teachers who are in the sample/explore level will focus more on teacher productivity. They will further develop their comfort with Edmodo and Dropbox. It is likely that they will still use the computer lab as before and might be less collaborative due to their comfort level and insecurity with the device. Organizational tools used by the sample/explore teachers might be email, calculator, Internet browsers, and calendar. These teachers will take more time to just play and explore in a personal level with the device before using in to supplement instruction. Their personal interest could drive their learning of the device.
Again, it will be essential to remember that WE MUST RESPECT ALL LEVELS!