In consultation with the Ed Tech team we have developed a series of team goals for the 2017-18 school year. These goals, although broad, allow for individuals to develop their own specific focus and contribute in their own way. The goals decided on are:
- Model and support a culture of openness and sharing through collaborative practices, public reflection, and celebration.
- Articulate, communicate, and facilitate the implementation – with ongoing reflection? – of a PK-12 Digital Citizenship program/curriculum to all ISB stakeholders (students, teachers & counselors, admin, parents).
- Work with teachers and admin to develop criteria and frameworks that foster continual and sustainable optimization and refinement of our student learning systems, resources, and tools.
Given the emphasis on SMART goals, in developing my own specific focus, I have attempted to be specific, while setting goals that are measurable, achievable, relevant and timely. Though I must admit this is difficult given this is my first year at ISB and I’m not an overly patient person!
In light of this, the first goal I will be working towards is to model reflective practice through blogging professional learning (process and showcase) with the aim of encouraging an active blogging culture at ISB. This relates directly to our first team goal. It is imperative that we, as an Ed Tech team, model an open and supportive blogging culture if we are to expect our students and teachers to think differently about reflection and the learning journey. I will definitely need the support of the team to hold me accountable in this space and through their active engagement and participation throughout my learning journey – sorry all, I need you to read and respond!
The plan of attack here is to establish a time in my calendar, perhaps fortnightly, and block it off for this purpose. Nothing gets in the way! Is this time commitment a reasonable expectation to place upon myself? I’m aiming to make this a space, to not only document my goals and reflect on progress, but a place to reflect and share professional readings, celebrate student learning and engage in a professional dialogue with my colleagues – Exactly what we are encouraging our students to do.
As an indicator of success, I’m hoping that by the end of the year this blog will be packed with meaningful and considered content that showcases my journey while demonstrating an openness to reflective practice. I hope to be proud of this space, see it as an opportunity to share and showcase best practice, and, have it considered a collaborative online environment in which our Ed Tech team, and beyond, are active participants.
My second goal for the year is to model the use of DX through the establishment of a sustainable Digital Citizenship program for both Middle and High School. This is a big one and really needs commitment well beyond the school year. The need for support with this is goal is more significant given the reliance on principals, mentoring coordinators and councillors for their recognition of the importance of the program and their support in offering time within an already busy student schedule.
There are really two purposes with this goal and thus it relates to both our second team goal, to articulate, communicate and facilitate the implementation of a Digital Citizenship program yet also connecting with the previous since the use of DX as the platform is an attempt to encourage a culture of collaborative online communities and the sharing of learning. This is where I wonder, is this goal really SMART given the sheer magnitude of what I am attempting to achieve in the short space of a year?!
First steps involve establishing times in the mentoring schedules for these Digital Citizenship lessons. Middle School, although time is light on, this has now been completed. High School, however, has already proven to be a battle for time. Looking ahead, this has motivated me to get in early for next year and ensure we have a fair time allocation for such a significant program. DX classes are now set up with students, relevant teachers/mentors and we have already started building resources. In fact, last Tuesday Grade 6 were the first to run the workshop on Digital Footprints/Tattoos which was successful in generating an online conversation, using DX, and the sharing of content. I’m keen to get feedback from teachers, once all Middle School grade levels have completed the first lesson and adapt/build further resources based on this feedback. Establishing a cohesive relationship and ongoing dialogue with grade level teams is the key to success of a program such as this.
I’ll be realistic with this one – Ideally, by the end of the year, the beginnings of a structured, relevant and engaging Digital Citizenship program, for Grades 6-12, is articulated, communicated and facilitated through the use of DX. This will give us something to reflect on and improve the following year.