Support Innovative Professional Learning with Technology
Promote and support current and emerging technology-based resources that support educators in developing and employing innovative strategies and practices to support student-centric learning models to increase quality of education and equity for students.
Results (What do we want to accomplish?)
- Educators support personalized , deeper learning experiences that are enhanced through appropriate and meaningful technology integration.
- Through the use of technology supports (e.g., learning and/or content management systems, student information systems, adaptive technologies) educators will monitor students’ progress to personalize learning and inform instructional practices.
- Educators utilize the instructional technology resource teacher-This is a PDF document. model to support student engagement through technology in the classroom.
- Educators understand how to enhance performance-based and alternative assessments through the intentional integration of technology.
Indicators (What evidence will exist of completion?)
- Types and numbers of professional learning opportunities are documented and recorded.
- Number of professional online courses and resources offered to educators and number of participant completers.
- Current and emerging technology-based resources used by educators as indicated by the Technology Usage Survey responses.
- Collect information on the number of students enrolled in advanced coursework (e.g., dual enrollment, AP, IB) internships, and mentorships or receiving industry certifications.
Action (What action will be taken?)
- Develop and revise existing policy and guidance documents to support innovative learning experiences.
- Work collaboratively with teacher and technology stakeholders to create instructional resources that can be used by educators to support innovative learning experiences.
- Revise the Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel to support the recruitment, development, and retention of knowledgeable and skilled teachers and school leaders.
- Promote the use of micro-credentialing-This is a PDF document. to provide avenues teachers can use to pursue individual professional goals in the integration of technology in teaching and learning.
- Promote in-school and out-of-school technology-based learning opportunities (such as pursuit of industry certifications, professional licenses, and dual enrollment courses) along with career exploration, exposure, and planning opportunities.
- Integrate the proficient use of technology into professional learning activities sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).
- Guide and support teacher education programs for the inclusion of technology skills that promote adaptation and integration of current and emerging technologies into professional practices, the use of assistive technology, as well as working knowledge of digital citizenship skills and issues.
- Provide information about assistive technology availability and uses through the Training and Technical Assistance Centers (TTAC).
- Support instruction in the development of rubrics and other evaluation tools for use with performance-based assessment that integrate technology.
- Coordinate and collaborate partnerships with professional organizations and local school divisions to align agency professional learning goals to ensure targeted and strategic professional learning experiences in the area of instructional technology for teachers statewide.
- Institutions of higher education
- educational stakeholder groups
- professional organizations
- business and industry groups
- local school divisions
Related Resources from VDOE and Elsewhere
- Resources for Revised SOL
When new Standards of Learning are adopted, the VDOE provides resources and professional development opportunities to support the new approaches to learn embedded in the standards. An example is a 2015 presentation regarding Supporting the Mathematics Process Goals through Research-based Teaching Practices-This is a PDF document.. Teachers can learn about these opportunities through Teacher Direct.
- Deeper Learning Workshop Materials
TVDOE partnered with Jobs for the Future’s (JFF) Students at the Center initiative with generous funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to convene an all-day forum on September 26, 2016, focused on the use of performance assessments as a lever for transformative teaching and learning. Materials from the conference, Assessing For Deeper Learning: A Transformative Pathway to Prepare Virginia Students for the Future, are provided on the VDOE web site.
- Accountability Terminology Guide
The terminology used in Assessment and Accountability can be confusing. The VDOE has gathered together a list of frequently used terms, the Accountability Terminology.
- Guidelines for ITRTs
Although it is almost a decade old, the Instructional Technology Resource Teachers – Guidelines for Teachers and Administrators-This is a PDF document. still provides guidance regarding the work Instructional Technology Resource Teachers (ITRTs) are designed to do in the school and school division. It includes the results of three studies about how ITRTs impact learning, and offers some recommendations.
- CanDo: A Tool to Support CTE in Schools
Virginia’s Career and Technology Education (CTE) Resource Center provides information about and support for CanDo which is web-based tracking developed for teachers by Arlington County – in association with SchoolTool. Using Virginia’s state-approved task/competency lists, educators can track students’ progress electronically. Administrators have access to real-time scores and reports that satisfy state and federal requirements.
- Special Education Resources
Although the resources collected by the eight regional Training and Technical Assistance Centers (TTACs) are directed to Special Education teachers, the resources are helpful for all educators. See their extensive list of resources on technology.
- Innovative Assessments Being Explored
Eleven school divisions from around the state are participating in a grant to explore innovative assessments, Student-Led Assessment Networked Improvement Community in Virginia. After the pilot is completed, the divisions will share their experiences with other school divisions.
- USDOE on Teacher Preparation
In December 2016, the U.S. Department of Education published Advancing Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation: Policy Brief. In this document, the US DOE argued that teacher preparation programs need to shift their approach to pre-service teacher preparation so that graduates would be able to “effectively select, evaluate, and use appropriate technologies and resources to create experiences that advance student engagement and learning.” The policy brief “identifies key challenges and solutions to the effective integration of technology in teacher preparation, provides guiding principles on how to move the field toward effective integration of technology in teacher preparation programs, and identifies areas of opportunity and collaboration for stakeholders across the field.
- Staying Current with Copyright
Staying up-to-date on copyright is difficult because the law changes with new technologies as well as new judicial decisions. An authoritative resource for all educators is from the American Library Association (ALA) website.
- Social Media and PLNs
One way that teachers can create their own Personal Learning Network (PLN) is through the social media platform Twitter. Teachers can pursue information or skills that they are interested in learning, and connect with others who are like-minded. The Complete Guide To Twitter Hashtags For Education can help the novice begin to use twitter for their own professional learning. There are many other ways to connect with other educators, however—Second Life, Pinterest, even Facebook. The Virginia Society for Technology in Education(VSTE) supports a variety of learning communities. The VDOE provides a professional learning network database of Virginia division contacts for specific topics such as Integration of Technology and High School Redesign.