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Action Research

The new school year always ushers in a time of hope for both students and teachers.  It is a time with high expectations for learning and creating while having fun in the process.  Teachers implement new teaching ideas and strategies to help better meet the learning needs of their students.  What better way to analyze if  new teaching strategies are effective then by enrolling in the Action Research Model class!  This is a great course to take with a colleague as having a partner or team to discuss the inquiry process with is valuable (although not required!)  Interested?  Read on to learn about this fabulous class.

What is Action Research?   Action Research formalizes a process that we as teachers do every day.  Teachers start with a simple wondering that is based off their classroom observations.   For example: What if I used Reciprocal Teaching to help increase reading comprehension? Then the teacher strategically implements the strategy and analyzes both quantitative and qualitative data to measure the success of that strategy.  This is a process teacher do every day, the course Action Research helps to formalize that reflection and share successful strategies with other educators.

What are the course expectations?  This is a year long course offered through the Office of Professional Development for three credits.  The class is a hybrid course taking place both in person and online.  Teachers develop a research plan in September, implement their plan during the school year and evaluate their findings in the spring.  We share our findings at an Expo in April.

How do I sign up? Navigate to the Office of Professional Development website.  Then:

1. Click on “register now”

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2. Click on “View by Alpha”

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3. Select “Action Research”

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4. Complete the registration process


We hope to see you in the course! 

Join Us for a Book Study and Conversation Series on Connected Learning

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 10.10.55 AMDo devices arriving in the Fall have you feeling a little unprepared? Do you find yourself excited about the prospects of teaching in a connected classroom, and yet also unsure where to start? Have you dabbled with connected learning in the past and are looking for a group of like-minded folks to push your thinking?

If you answered, “Yes,” or even, “Maybe,” to the questions above, you’re going to want to join the SVVSD ITC’s book study of Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom.

The book offers an introduction to the principles of Connected Learning as well as real-world classroom examples from classroom teachers across the country who share their stories of leveraging connected classrooms to increase their students’ abilities to create and connect in the world at large.

Who: Anyone who is interested is welcome to join the book study which will be facilitated by SVVSD Instructional Technology Coordinators Bud Hunt and Zac Chase.

What: An informal study of Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom.

When: The group will hold meetings twice each week on Tuesday at 3:30 PM and Thursday at 8:30:30 PM beginning June 3, taking a recess throughout July and then continuing in August with a concluding meeting the week of August 18:30. Participants are welcome to join either or both weekly calls. (All times MST.) Please help us plan by filling out this short form to let us know when to look for you.

Where: The meetings will take place in Adobe Connect in this classroom (https://connect.svvsd.org/connectedlearning/). The book can be downloaded as a free PDF here or for $.99 from the Amazon Kindle Store here.

Why: As our classrooms become places of greater and greater connectivity, it is incumbent upon us as teachers to consider the best ways to leverage that connectivity to help students learn and impact the world in which they live.

Connected Learning Principles:

Connected learning is…

  • interest-powered,
  • peer-supported,
  • academically, oriented,
  • production-centered,
  • openly networked,
  • and driven by shared purpose.
Content Discussion Dates and Times
Foreword & Introduction 6/3 @ 3:30PM or 6/5 @ 8:30PM
Chapter 1 – Interest-Driven Learning 6/10 @ 3 PM or 6/12 @ 8:30 PM
Chapter 2 – Peer-Supported Learning 6/17 @ 3:30PM or 6/19 @ 8:30 PM
Chapter 3 – Academically-Oriented Teaching 6/24 @ 3:30PM or 6/26 @ 8:30 PM
Chapter 4 – Production-Centered Classrooms 8/5 @ 3:30PM or 8/7 @ 8:30PM
Chapter 5 – Openly Networked 8/12 @ 3:30PM or 8/14 @ 8:30PM
Chapter 6 – Shared Purpose & Conclusion 8/19 @ 3:30PM or 8/21 @ 8:30PM

Please help us plan by letting us know you’re interested via this short form. Thanks!

It’s Camp Time!


Attention, Campers!

The St. Vrain Valley School District Instructional Technology Coordinators are excited to invite you to apply to attend one of three special technology camp events taking place in the district this June.

First up, Middle School Camp iPad 2014 will take place at Trail Ridge Middle School from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM June 9-12. Fill out this application for your chance to join other SVVSD middle school teachers as they join their bunkmates in exploring the wild wilderness of iPads in the classroom.

Elementary school teachers are invited to apply for SVVSD Elementary Tech Camp 2014. Also at Trail Ridge, camp will be in session from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM June 16-19. Teachers will share stories, craft plans, and explore the technologies coming to their schools over the next few years. After all, aren’t Chromebooks the technological equivalent of the friendship bracelet?

High school teachers are also invited to apply to join us June 16-19 from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM for High School Camp iPad 2014 at Trail Ridge. Guided by expert counselors, campers will explore the iPads soon to be in their hands and hike through the possible paths to curriculum integration. High school campers will also be assigned their Learning Technology Plan teacher iPads during camp so they can help counsel the rest of their colleagues when they return to school in the Fall.

Applications are due May 2, and campers will be notified of their acceptance by May 9.

Campers can choose to receive 2 semester hours of professional development/salary credit or a $600 stipend for their time at camp.

If you have questions, please contact the ITCs at ITC-Team-Group@svvsd.org and we’ll be happy to help.

Happy Camping!


A New Way to Earn Credit for Tech Learning

One of the things we realized, as we started to coordinate and plan the implementation of the Learning Technology Plan, was that we wanted to build opportunities for teachers, parents, students and community members to learn about using technology on their own time and at their own pace.  As such, we started building the LTP Modules.  Think of these online modules as a menu of options to help you gain expertise in integrating technology into your instruction and into student learning and creation.  Here are the basic ideas:

  • Modules are self-paced and designed to take 1-2 hours to complete.
  • Modules include an overview, an investigation section, an application and discussion section, and a further investigation section.
  • Successfully completing a module means fulfilling both the application and discussion components of that module to the expectations of the module’s teacher.
  • Teachers may complete any four modules in order to receive .5 semester hour of professional development/salary credit.

To earn credit for their module learning, teachers should complete the following steps:

  1. 1. Browse the list of active modules at the bottom of this page or on the module page. Eachmodule includes a stated objective and essential questions to help you decide whichmodules best fit with what you’d like to learn.
  2. Decide how many modules you will complete and make that credit choice when youregister.4 modules = .5 semester hours of credit ($15) 8 modules = 1 semester hour of credit ($15) 12 modules = 1.5 semester hours of credit ($15) 16 modules = 2 semester hours of credit ($30) Out-of-district choice is 4 modules = .5 semester hours of credit ($50)
  3. Select the modules you will complete for credit.
  4. Complete the registration process through the Office of Professional Development.
  5. Pick your first module and begin learning!
  6. Once you’ve completed each of your modules, complete this form. Your modules’teachers will advise OPD of completion of all four modules.

Sign Up Now for Technology Professional Development!

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To help teachers gain security in their learning and teaching, the Instructional Technology Coordinators are happy to be offering the following courses to close out 2013. Each is a 4-hour commitment and will earn you .25 credits.

Using Google Tools in the Classroom

Nov. 13 & 20 4:15-6:15pm

w/ Kyle Addington & Zac Chase

Our Google Apps for Education suite has a wide variety of tools that can be used by both teachers and students. The goal of this course is to gain understanding of these tools and how they can support learning. We will focus on topics like organization and features of Google Docs/Google Drive, using and creating mailing groups, and looking into some of the lesser known applications teachers and students have access to. We will also begin to consider how using Google Drive on mobile devices can affect teacher practice.

St. Vrain Blogs

Dec. 2 & 9 4:15-6:15pm

w/ Zac Chase

St. Vrain Blogs is a free tool for educators who wish to incorporate blogging into their instruction or into their reflective practice. This course will be an exploration of the tool, a WordPress blogging engine, as well as an examination of the relevant safety issues and instructional opportunities and challenges posed by blogging in and about the classroom. Participants will learn how to blog for multiple reasons and will experience blogging in a professional learning community.

Introduction to Google Sites

Dec. 3 & 9 4:15-6:15pm

w/ Mary Ellen Graziani & Jennifer Peyrot

Google Sites is a simple, yet powerful, web authoring tool. You can make a classroom website without the hassle of having to learn things like HTML, CSS, FTP. By the end of this course you will have a start on a website that you will be proud to use with students and parents. We will start with the basics and move towards more advanced features.
By the end of this course, you will:

  • understand St. Vrain Apps, specifically, Google Sites
  • build an easy to develop and use website that you can use in your teaching
  • understand basic principles of web design and communication
  • explore several examples of Google Sites

MOODLE: The St. Vrain Virtual Campus (Level 1)

Dec. 5 & 12 4:15-6:15pm

w/ Bud Hunt

MOODLE is a free online course management software package that allows anyone to build course materials to make available to students. Discussions, web pages, assignments, handouts, wikis and quizzes are just some of the many tools available. This software is already available for your use at http://classes.stvrain.k12.co.us. By the end of this class the learner will be able to:

  • Create course pages with embedded resources and links
  • Enroll students and manage their accounts
  • Create and grade online quizzes, discussions, and other activities
  • Plan online extensions to face to face courses