Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bring Your Own Technology Initiative

February 22 at Valley View Middle School, I held the last orientation meeting for the"Go Wireless" Bring Your Own Technology Initiative for this school year.

We currently have around 130 students, about 10% of the population bringing their own technology to school at Valley View. On March 1st, we will hold a similar student/parent orientation at South View Middle School.
At each training session, I ask students about their hopes on how the laptop will enhance their learning. You can see their comments in the image on the right.


While 130 devices in a school of 1300 may not seem like much, our Director of Media and Technology Services, Steve Buettner pointed out that it represents 4 computer labs coming to school each day!


It's rewarding to see all of the students connect to the network right away and have access to the survey and other resources they now have access to in the classroom. Our district tech staff continues to improve the infrastructure to make the use of personal technology possible.
Edina Public Schools featured in Converge Magazine
Last fall, our district was featured with several others in an article on the Bring Your Own Technology model in Converge Magazine. Many districts are seeing the advantages of students bringing their own technology as a way to sustain programs. The "Bring Your Own" model has been in place now at Edina High School for the last three years. With the additional netbook carts we have purchased at each building, we hope to allow for greater access to information and tools for students to create authentic artifacts of their learning. 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century

On Friday, February  18th, Twin Cities Public Television aired a program 
entitled, Digital Media: New Learners of the
21st Century
.

From the tpt Website: “Targeted at parents, teachers and anyone concerned with education in America, this documentary takes viewers to the front lines of an education revolution. "Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century" examines how mobile devices and digital media practices can empower young people to direct their own learning. Documenting five success stories both inside and out of the classroom, the program demonstrates how digital media, games, smart phones and the Internet are fundamentally transforming the way young people communicate, collaborate, participate and learn in the 21st century.”

Several staff and parents watched the program, and chatted about it here.
You may view the program in it's entirety below:



Please take a look at the video and take a moment to provide us feedback on the form below. You may also look at additional video and Web resources we have collected on our Engaged and Inspired Learning Website, for additional information. Thank you!


Cross Posted on Did You Know: Edina blog.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Join Us Tonight!

Here is a note we sent out this week to parents, teachers and students. I'm looking forward to the conversation!

Edina Parents, Teachers
and Students
,
On Friday, February
18th, Twin Cities Public Television will be airing a program
entitled, Digital Media: New Learners of the
21st Century
at 8:30 p.m. (The program will also are on
tpt 2.3 at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 19)



From the tpt Website: “Targeted at parents, teachers and
anyone concerned with education in America, this documentary takes viewers to
the front lines of an education revolution. "Digital Media: New Learners of the
21st Century" examines how mobile devices and digital media practices can
empower young people to direct their own learning. Documenting five success
stories both inside
and out of the classroom, the program demonstrates how digital media, games,
smart phones and the Internet are fundamentally transforming the way young
people communicate, collaborate, participate and learn in the 21st
century. 56 minutes long”
We would like to invite you to watch the program and to engage in a “Virtual Viewing Party!” During the show, you can either join our live chat on Today’s Meet at:
Or
You can also follow the #edinae&i hashtag on Twitter and share your thoughts as you watch the
program.
Either while viewing the Digital Media: New Learners for the 21st Century video, or after the program, please take a moment to provide us feedback. You may also look at the video and Web resources we have collected to spur thoughts or discussion. Thank you!


Friday, February 11, 2011

The Choice Is Yours Laptop Program

Families who are members of The Choice Is Yours program in Edina are provided with a laptop computer and Internet access. Mary Manderfeld, Assistant Director of Administrative Services who administers the program notes:
One of the barriers the Choice is Yours (CIY) students and families may face in
Edina Public Schools is access to computers and the Internet. Each year Edina
High School and Middle Schools are increasing their use of technology within the
classroom setting. Many classes are placing their entire syllabus with all
homework assignments online. The academic registration process at Edina High
School is completely online at this point. Families and students need to have
Internet access in order to register in a timely fashion for classes the
following year. By having a computer, families are also able to log in to theirs
student’s academic information to see grades, missing assignments and other
vital academic requirements. Families and students who do not have a computer or
access to the internet at home are placed at an immediate disadvantaged to peers
who have access to this information. Edina Schools is happy to assist our
families by providing computers and internet access to lessen the digital
divide.
The computers are paid for out of the Integration funds received
from the State of Minnesota
Sara Swenson, Media Specialist at Edina High School asked a few of the students what impact the program has had on their learning. Here are their responses.