Letter of Proposal

After researching numerous publications in order to evaluate and predict the best path for Dickinson ISD to advance their curriculum, it becomes clear that knowledge of resources holds tremendous value. Now is a time when educational technology is advancing exponentially. As more people are turning onto the positives of digital learning, new ideas and technologies are emerging that challenge old ideas. As a digital learner and leader, it becomes more important than ever to stay acusp on these changes to better lead teachers and individuals in a forward-moving direction of education. To accomplish this grueling task I will:

Monitor and evaluate market trends and research on educational technologies by staying abreast in the latest research from ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, Horizon Reports, and Meeker’s Internet Trends Report

Stay involved with professional learning groups such as the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA), Microsoft Certified Educators, and other online learning communities including those of my classmates

Continue to explore and learn new technologies and ideas through professional development offered by my school district, region, and other professional opportunities

Continue to learn through listening and speaking to colleagues, parents, and politicians about concerns as education shifts to allow for more digital learning opportunities

 

 

Additionally, I believe it will be necessary to additional perspectives as our school district progresses with innovational change. Here is an annotated list of books that will help support our organizational change:

Allan, Barbara. 2007. Blended Learning: Tools for Teaching and Training.

This book will be a valuable resource to help train teachers and show them how to approach blended learning.

Bonk, Curtis & Graham, C. 2012. The Handbook of Blended Learning: Global Perspectives, Local Designs.

This book will be helpful because it gives us insight on global use of blended learning. It also features examples of blended learning and can help us design a more effective system.

Bremner, Ryan. 2016. EdLine User Guide for Teachers.

This book helps teachers understand how to build websites, which is beneficial because course websites will be the foundation of our blended learning transition.

Cennamo, Katherine, Ross, J., & Ertmer, P. Technology Integration for Meaningful Use: A Standards-Based Approach.

This book provides a general approach to incorporating technology into the classroom and is based on a curriculum standards approach. This book is useful because it helps teachers teach students how to use technology and what is legal and ethical.

Horn, Michael & Staker, H. 2014. Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools.

This book is a great starting point for all things about blended learning. It provides information about different models of blended learning, examples of implementation, how to’s, and more.

Tucker, Catlin. 2016. Blended Learning in Action: A Practical Guide Toward Sustainable Change.

This book will help us transition away from traditional learning environments and into a blended learning model. It will be beneficial to read this to limit mistakes along the way.

Stanaityte, Jurate & Washington, N. 2013. Increasing Student Engagement and Retention in e-Learning Environments: Web 2.0 and Blended Learning Technologies.

This book will be beneficial for staff that are struggling to use blended learning in the classroom as it reviews case studies, surveys, and literature reviews to better understand student engagement in blended environments.

Wojcicki, Esther; Izumi, L; Chang, A. Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom.

This book will be great for teachers’ transition to using blended learning models as it discusses the philosophies behind blended learning and how it impacts students.

 

Links to the Innovation Plan:

Overview for Course Website Innovation Plan

Course Website Literature Review

Promotional Video for Course Website Implementation Plan

Outline for Course Website Innovation Plan

Letter of Proposal

 

Featured Image Source:

Sacks, Oliver. (2017). Books By Oliver Sacks. Found at http://www.oliversacks.com/books-by-oliver-sacks/

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