Take the Leap: Moving away from IWB

Hello!

@karenqualey

kqualey@isd271.org

Digital Learning Coordinator

Bloomington Public Schools

Our District

We will personalize learning to support students along their pathway to college and career readiness.

Bloomington

10,000+ students

15 K-12

Schools

40% Free & Reduced

Bloomington

K-2 is 1:3 iPads

3-12 is 1:1 Chromebooks

800+ SMART Boards

Our Rationale

Engagement, accessibility and collaboration.

Transitioning away from SmartBoards

We make the best instructional choices we can given the current conditions and when we invest in a chosen technology we strive to make it for the long term. SmartBoards were the right choice for us in 2007 and were a critical element in our early digitization work. Next Technologies for Learning (NTL) is enabling a shift to personalized devices and higher student engagement at individual levels. Though there are many great technologies, we are investing in student devices and the core tools of Moodle, Google and the Hub.

Engagement

Collaboration

Accessibility

Encourage multiple students to actively engage with a resource.

Real-time collaborative lesson design between teachers and collaboration between students.

Students & families able to actively engage with lessons without technical barriers.

Additionally, SMART has shifted to a more restrictive and expensive subscription service that is unsustainable. As other technologies have caught up, the unique instructional features of SmartBoards are few and the cost remains high. ​

Our Process

Our SMART Transition plan began summer of 2015-2016, continues through the 2016-2017 school year, and concludes summer 2017.

SmartBoards are a transitional technology that are fading as​ ​the best choice in interactive tools for instructional use. Which tools will help students have some control over time, place, path and or pace?

1.

SMART Notebook will be supported & updated until Summer 2017

Teachers can still access SMART Notebook software; it just won’t be updated past July 2017.

Without updates to SMART Notebook there will be an eventual decline in SMART Notebook features. SMART is not able to determine which features will decline. After July 2017 we can expect many SMART Notebook features to functional fully, while others begin to fade.

2.

SMART Boards will remain in place.

Existing SMART Boards will be serviced as needed until they are beyond repair.

We will no longer purchase Smart Boards and will no longer pay for or support Notebook software as of the Fall of 2017. All SmartBoards will remain in place and will be serviced as needed until they are beyond repair.

3.

SMART Boards will retain touch responsivity.

Existing SMART Boards will still be able to click and scroll with touch.

Teachers will still be able to scroll and click on their boards with touch, as these features are not reliant on SMART Notebook software.

4.

There will be new & existing presentation options for whole group instruction.

Projectors will remain in the classroom as needed and large LCD displays may be mounted in the classroom as a replacement.

The move towards flexible and mobile tools does not indicate that whole group presentation is being discouraged. It will remain to be supported through a continued use of projectors (projected onto an existing SMART Board or basic whiteboard) and the addition of large 70” LCD displays for the classroom. Schools will determine based on teacher needs and available TRP funds which tools will be purchased and when they will be purchased.

What questions do you have about the transition away from SMART Notebook?

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How will this affect student learning?

Effective teacher practice and planning are responsible for student growth and engagement. These will remain no matter the toolset.

We are confident that past teacher investment in standards based lesson planning and engaging instructional activities will transfer to the next set of best educational technologies. Former experience with managing several of these generational changes (ClarisWorks to iWork to Google Docs) finds that each new generation of tools is more versatile and has greater potential than the one before.

The Plan

Our role is to plan and implement a smooth transition that preserves the best uses and content for staff. We are confident we have the time and expertise for such a smooth transition.

What supports are available?

Time to practice

Time to team up & write

New Tools

1.

Time for teachers to team up and write.

Supported writing time will be offered for teachers to transfer lessons.

Teachers working in teams (grade level or content area) will be provided with supported writing time to transfer lessons. Teams will be supported by media directors, CT’s and digital learning coordinators.

Likely to have teams supported in Summer 2016.

Additional support options available in Summer 2017.

PDF is another resource. Would we choose to directly partner with them ala Sean? Streamline the application.

2.

(Re)Introduction to flexible tools.

Teachers will be provided with flexible tools to exercise new interactive presentation strategies.

Digital learning coordinators will provide optional spring, summer and fall workshops for teachers wishing to demo and try new strategies for utilizing flexible tools that encourage active learning.

3.

Access to a collection of redesigned lessons.

Teams will share and post their redesigned lessons to shared spaces (e.g. DRC).

Questions?

What are the (re)new tools we are considering?

Google Slides

Promotes real-time interactivity for student learning and teacher collaboration for lesson design.

Teacher iPad

Multipurpose tool that allows teacher and student mobility while retaining the ability to share real-time information with large groups.

Doceri

Allows teachers and students to make real-time annotations remotely and aids in the creation of video tutorials.

Explain Everything

Allows teachers and students to make real-time annotations remotely and aids in the creation of video tutorials.

Google Classroom Annotate

Allows teachers and students to make real-time annotations remotely.

Air Server

Wirelessly connects iPads to a large presentation screen via laptop or desktop computer.

Stylus

Encourages detailed tactile response.

LCD Displays

Clear image that can be viewed with normal classroom lighting and can be connected wirelessly to devices.

Apple TV

Connects wireless devices to large LCD displays or existing HDMI projectors.

Questions?

Google Slides

This what we’re really here to explore!

1.

Explore new ideas.

Don’t just replace a lesson. Now is your chance to make it better.

Directions: Cover 4-in-a-row as you explore creative uses of Google Slides.

Feeling inspired? Go for a blackout!

2.

Yes, you can do that in Slides.

Leverage transferrable skills and learn more about Google Slides.

What actions can be reproduced

and how?

Learning

Activity

Reproduction in Google Presentation

Animations

Use of engaging animated & interactive tools

Link to web-based tool

Infinite Cloner

Effectively replicate objects

Copy, paste objects; hold option key

Screen

Shade

Show partial content

Utilize shapes in Google Slides

Locking Objects

Students can move objects with continuity

Screenshot image and use as slide background

What does a redesigned lesson look like?

  • Kinder Calendar

  • Birthday Graphs

  • The Pattern Block Template

  • Spin A Number

Pro Tips

Make a copy here

Self-paced Learning Guide

3.

Engage. Interact. Learn!

You know have more screens than ever before. How can every student engage and interact with your content?

Make a copy trick

Make a copy or work together.

4.

Revision History

That kid messed it up again. No worries with version history! Want to use the lesson five times that day? Version History!

Version history

Version history

5.

Keep your “interactives” at the bottom.

That kid messed it up again. No worries with revision history! Want to use the lesson five times that day? Revision History!

Interactive ideas.

Which emoji best describes your feelings about the move away from SMART Notebook?

6.

PNG! Magic Wand!

Look for images with a transparent background. Use tools in Google Image Search. Make your own transparent background.

Find or Make a PNG

Find or Make a PNG

7.

Holding out for a scribble tool.

It’s the missing link. Real-time ink that stays on the slides is the answer. Tell Google you NEED it! Help → Report a Problem.

Questions?

Which emoji best describes your feelings about the move away from SMART Notebook?

ITEM 2017: Take the Leap - Google Slides