“Appy” Hour Proposal for Moore Elementary
This week, I am going to share an outline for my disruptive innovation idea that I have been creating. Although my idea seems simple, I am addressing a challenge at my building level which is teacher buy-in to using apps and technology in the classroom. There is a core of staff who use technology often, but there are also many who use it as little as possible. I suspect it is because they are uncomfortable using it with the students because they aren’t as experienced using it outside of school. I’ve always liked the saying, “you can’t break the internet”. I am hoping by encouraging staff to get in and play with the apps at our meetings, they will get more comfortable with using technology.
What: Have a once a month meeting, that is optional, for the certified staff at Moore to get together and share apps or programs that we are using both in and out of the classroom to guide student achievement and personal organization. This meeting will be held in a very informal fashion with food and drinks. All teachers who attend are encouraged to share apps or programs that we use in our classroom or personal life but it is not a requirement for attendance.
Why: The research says that teachers who are not comfortable using technology in their everyday life, will be less likely to use it in their classrooms to increase student engagement(Renwick 2014). One model to guide helping us get more comfortable with using technology in the classroom is the TPACK model. Koehler states that TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) is using and combining our knowledge of content, pedagogy, and technology to help the learning of our students. By combining the three areas of TPACK, we can evaluate the technology that we share and can find examples that we can use in our classrooms.
How: I will put myself in charge of organizing the date and time for the events and by providing snacks to the faculty that attends. I will also play with apps such as Periscope and Blab to livestream these meetings out to anyone who is unable to attend or interested in what we are doing at Moore. The apps that will be discussed will be from a variety of sources, such as current research, suggestions from the previous meeting, and apps that are on the devices that they bring to the meeting. The conversation “like” atmosphere will encourage the faculty to discuss apps that are relevant to the “here and now” of their lives and their classrooms. I will put out an email asking for any suggestions a week before each meeting.
Incentives: Faculty will get one hour of professional development credit for attending. We will also be collaborating on writing grants for our Education Foundation to award us devices in the specific grade levels.
**We have already had our first meeting and it was fun! Here are the notes from the first meeting that I shared with our entire facutly.
Moore Elementary Mighty Hawks
Kohler, M. (n.d.). TPACK Explained. Retrieved December 6, 2015, from http://www.matt-koehler.com/tpack/tpack-explained/
Rewick, M. (2014, August 13). How Teachers Can Become Fluent in Classroom Technology. Retrieved December 18, 2015, from http://www.edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2014/08/how-teachers-can-become-fluent-classroom-technology