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3
Feb

Salisbury High School Site Visit – March 4, 2014

adp-salisbury-tl2014siteApple, Inc. is sponsoring a site visit on March 4, 2014 at Salisbury High School, focusing on TL2014, our 1:1 technology and learning initiative. If you are thinking about a 1:1 implementation in your district, come learn how we have navigated the infrastructure, financial and professional development challenges of such a program. Regardless of the kind of device you are considering, you are welcome to see how the elements of a 1:1 implementation come together to change learning and instructional practices in the classroom.

See the link below for registration details. We hope to see you on March 4!

Agenda
8:00 a.m.    Arrival and Registration
8:20 a.m.    Welcome
8:30 a.m.    Overview of the TL2014 initiative
9:00 a.m.    Classroom visits
10:15 a.m.    Teacher and student roundtables
11:15 a.m.    General Q&A
11:30 a.m.   Wrap-up

Registration Details: Salisbury High School Site Visit – March 4, 2014

30
Jan

Salisbury Middle School Site Visit – February 27, 2014

adp-salisbury-tl2014siteApple, Inc. is sponsoring a site visit on February 27, 2014 at Salisbury Middle School, focusing on TL2014, our 1:1 technology and learning initiative. If you are thinking about a 1:1 implementation in your district, come learn how we have navigated the infrastructure, financial and professional development challenges of such a program. Regardless of the kind of device you are considering, you are welcome to see how the elements of a 1:1 implementation come together to change learning and instructional practices in the classroom.

Agenda
8:00 a.m.    Arrival and Registration
8:20 a.m.    Welcome
8:30 a.m.    Overview of the TL2014 initiative
9:00 a.m.    Classroom visits
10:15 a.m.    Teacher and student roundtables
11:15 a.m.    General Q&A
11:30 a.m.   Wrap-up

See the link below for registration details. We hope to see you on February 27!

Registration Details: Salisbury Middle School Site Visit – February 27, 2014

5
Dec

TL2014 renewed as Apple Distinguished Program – 2013-15

adp-salisbury-tl2014siteAllentown, PA — December 5, 2013 — Salisbury Township School District is pleased to announce that Teaching and Learning 2014 (TL2014) has been named an Apple Distinguished Program for 2013-15 for its successes in enhancing and extending teaching and learning with thoughtful and innovative implementations of technology. TL2014 was previously designated an Apple Distinguished Program for 2012-13.

The Apple Distinguished Program designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Randy Ziegenfuss shared, “The Apple Distinguished Program recognition renewal is continued affirmation that our teachers, administrators and school board are on the right path to providing a world class education for our students.”

Started in September 2011, TL2014 is designed to bring to life, by June 2014, a vision for education in the 21st century. TL2014.org is the primary communication tool for teachers, students, parents and community about all things related to the initiative. The web site contains stories reflecting student learning in a progressive learning environment, assessment and evaluation reports and all program implementation documentation.

While TL2014 has increased the learning opportunities for Salisbury students, it has also provided a solution to a complex educational challenge: moving forward to create a progressive learning environment for all children while reducing budgetary impact. TL2014 increases levels of access District-wide with a personal MacBook for all students in Middle and High School (grade 6-12; 950 students) while increasing access at the elementary level (grade K-5). The leasing of Apple technology has resulted in a significant four year budgetary savings for Salisbury Township School District.

29
Jun

In Their Own Words: Teaching and Learning in a 1:1 Environment

photoThis article appeared in the June 2013 Newsletter of the 1:1 Institute.

The Salisbury Township School District, a Project RED Signature District and Apple Distinguished Program, has just completed its second year of Teaching and Learning 2014 (TL2014), an initiative aligned to the district’s strategic plan and designed to transform teaching and learning in the classroom. A core component of the initiative is a 1:1 computing environment in middle school and high school.

Over the past two years, we have learned the value of building the capacity of students, teachers and administrators to realize the vision of a classroom where students have increased opportunities to develop important skills in collaboration, communication, creativity and problem solving and teachers shift the focus to student engagement and changing assessment. Salisbury Township School District has truly become a learning organization where our vision for the classroom is reflected in the work of all stakeholder groups.

Twice a year, the district administers surveys to students, teachers and parents to receive feedback on the program and gauge changes in the teaching and learning environment. In addition to sharing the words of students and teachers, this article will provide a glimpse into teaching and learning in Salisbury’s 1:1 environment.

Teacher as Learner: Systemic change such as a 1:1 initiative can only happen when sufficient resources (both personnel and time) are invested in the growth and learning of teachers. In Salisbury, teacher learning is led by the TLC team, a group consisting of the Supervisor of Instructional Practice, Assistant Superintendent, library media teachers, instructional coach and computer technicians. The team meets regularly to plan professional development opportunities district-wide and building specific.

Since the beginning of TL2014, the TLC has provided professional development to over 80% of the teaching staff. Working in teams comprised of grade level bands (i.e. K-1, 2-3, 4-7, 8-12), teachers are provided release time to attend workshops focused on specific computer applications (i.e.  iLife, iWork, web 2.0 tools) and instructional practices (i.e. SAMR model, project-based learning, challenge-based learning). With support from members of the TLC, teachers return to the classroom to implement a project or strategy developed during the professional development. Upon returning to the group at the next meeting, teachers share successes and collaboratively address challenges experienced in the classroom.

Recently, teachers were invited to share their most memorable classroom teaching and learning experiences from the past year. Here is a sample of what they had to say.

My students were able to use video content to activate and build prior knowledge before beginning a unit. Using the video content, the students were able to engage in higher level conversation and higher level questioning prior to beginning the unit. The level of student engagement and active participation helped to create a productive and interesting conversation which then carried over and into the unit. The ability to quickly and effectively engage the students in a simple prior knowledge building activity resulted in improved student performance throughout the unit.

My students created their own projects for the Gilded Age through World War I this year. They had to plan, design, write their expectations, create a rubric by which the project would be graded and then execute the project. Their work consisted of anything from creating simulations to reenacting the negotiations of the Treaty of Versailles to iMovies to Keynotes with student-created videos embedded to using new tools they discovered like Murally. Because this was student driven/created and assessed according to their standards they raised the standards and performed accordingly. Had I created the project it would likely have been less engaging for the kids and perhaps the standards to which they rose would not have been as high. It was a joy to see their work and how proud they were of it.

I am doing a multicultural unit beginning with Ruby Bridges and A Time for Justice in which kids use websites and information from books to view and decide on a civil rights issue to research and report on. Kids’ sense of fair play and outrage engendered some great class discussions.

Student as Learner: While the continued learning of teachers is integral in any 1:1 environment, student learning is at the heart. TL2014 has focused on increasing learning opportunities for Salisbury students:

  • in critical 21st century skills: critical thinking and problem solving, effective oral and written communication, collaboration, creativity and curiosity, adaptability, organization, initiative and entrepreneurialism.
  • in student engagement in a dynamic, technology-rich learning environment.
  • in project-based and challenge-based learning (CBL), mirroring real-world work force and higher education environments.
  • in differentiation and individualized instruction through the use of technology.
  • in reading and writing in new formats and modes common in the 21st century.

Through regular data collection and analysis, evidence is emerging that we are making progress toward each of these goals. One of the most significant is in the area of shifting instructional practice with increased use of projects and alternative assessments.  Our students now have more choice in how learning is demonstrated.

I completed a history project in the form of a documentary. The resources that were opened up by having a laptop were very helpful in not only assembling the physical documentary but researching. By having a wider range of options and articles, books, reports, and other sources to look at I was able to create a clearer thesis statement than I ever would have without the access the laptops provide.

I completed a project on biodiversity. The project required me to work with a group to research expert opinions online and with scientists. We then chose an idea to make a persuasive presentation using Keynote for the class. When we shared to the class we got many people to agree with our ideas.

I completed a CBL project to increase the quality of school lunches. I made a Google Apps slideshow of my research, and had several shared documents that I worked on with my group members throughout the project. We were able to work together outside of school because of these documents, so we got more done. Finally, we presented the project to the class and shared a video with them as well from YouTube about a school that had a great new lunch program.

In Salisbury, teaching and learning in a 1:1 environment is changing as a result of a focus on the learning of teachers and students. For additional information about TL2014 and to review more examples of learning, visit TL2014.org.

1
May

Teaching and Learning at Salisbury Middle School!

Thanks to principal, Robert Cassidy, for creating and sharing this video!