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The Instructional Technology team assists in opening the digital doorway for all learners in the district, including students, teachers, and staff, through customized training, modeling, and ongoing support. Instructional Technology Facilitators work with schools to develop pathways to personalized learning through the various digital programs, tools, and resources throughout the district.
The definition of blended learning is a formal education program in which a student learns: (1) at least in part through online learning, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace; (2) at least in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home; and (3) the modalities along each student’s learning path within a course or subject are connected to provide an integrated learning experience.
An education model that seeks to accelerate student learning by tailoring the instructional environment - what, when, how and where students learn - to address the individual needs, skills, and interests of each student.
STUDENTS TAKE OWNERSHIP OVER THEIR OWN LEARNING while also developing deep, personal connections with each other, their teachers, and other adults.
Canvas Learning Management System (LMS)
Broward County Public Schools has selected Canvas as our K-12 Learning Management System (LMS).
Teachers and students can log on via this link using their Active Directory username and password: https://browardschools.instructure.com
Learn More About Canvas this Year!
Training opportunities will be posted in Learning Across Broward (LAB) for teachers, administrators, and district personnel.
The following Canvas Courses will be offered multiple times throughout the school year. Check Learning Across Broward (LAB) for the most current offerings.
- Canvas for Teachers
- Canvas for Teachers, F2F & Online
- Blended Learning Tips & Tricks in Canvas, F2F & Online
- Formative & Summative Assessments in Canvas, F2F & Online
- Collaborative Projects in Canvas, F2F
- Best Practices for Creating Online Assignments, Office365 & Canvas, F2F
- Using 3rd Party External Tools in Canvas, F2F & Online
- Canvas for School Administrators
- Canvas Champions: Looking for a Canvas Champion at every school!
Want to keep up with what's new in Canvas and the Digital Resources available? Check out these two courses available in Canvas.
Digital Classrooms Program
The Digital Classrooms Program (D2/3/4/5/6/7) provides a 1:1 blended learning environment to students who have access to their Windows device throughout the school day and at home (in most cases). This 24/7 access to their math, reading, and science digital curriculum, a learning management system, and other digital resources provide opportunities for students to personalize their learning.
The BCPS Digital Classrooms Program is now in 100 schools! The program began in the 5th grade at 27 elementary schools in the 2013-2014 school year and has expanded each year to other schools and in many cases, to other grade levels within the school. Teachers, media specialists, and micro-technologists are provided extensive professional learning opportunities to understand how to implement the program.
Fourteen Broward middle and high schools are using a digitally-based curriculum program for students who are native speakers of languages other than English to develop and strengthen listening, speaking reading and writing skills and develop independent reading endurance while acquiring the English language (ELL Students).
Called Digital DLA, the goal of this program is to enable ELLs to control their pace, place and path of instruction by using digital devices and digital curriculum content for communication, collaboration, research, knowledge acquisition, and presentation of learning through assessments. The vision is to move ELLs towards a personalized learning environment in the Developmental Language Arts through a secondary ESOL – Reading course. Digital DLA incorporates digital tools, learning strategies and web based applications in the creation of this personalized learning space.
Digital Textbook Access
(Online repository for Broward County Public School's instructional materials, Canvas resources, and all kinds of really cool learning tools is just what you need.)
Global Scholars Program
Global Scholars is an online global awareness education initiative sponsored by Global Cities, Inc., a program of Bloomberg Philanthropies. It connects classes of students, ages 10 – 13, in large urban areas with their international peers using an interactive, multimedia electronic classroom.
It is currently operating in over 45 cities around the world. There is no cost to participating schools. Global Cities, Inc. provides the curriculum, access to the e-classroom, and professional development. Broward has identified 22 middle schools to participate in the program.
Interactive Classrooms Project
With the increase and availability of student devices through the SMART Bond and other District initiatives, many schools have identified a need to update the classroom learning environment. The district has selected the Recordex Simplicity Touch interactive flat panels to begin the process of standardizing the classroom presentation system. Over the past year, all K-12 media centers have received the interactive system and media specialists and
microtechshave attended professional development.
The Interactive Classroom system comes with a microphone and the NovoPro Wireless collaboration system. Schools can elect to receive a document camera and slate. The Recordex system can be used for hands-on interactive lessons, independent student stations, or with teachers in Professional Learning Communities. Built with a smart TV interface, students and teachers can easily access and share interactive media, browse the Internet, present content, and wirelessly collaborate. Up to ten students can annotate on the screen at one time, and up 64 students can wirelessly connect to the system with mobile devices.
In February 2017, the Information and Technology Department began installing 1,000 Recordex systems in classrooms. Schools will receive approximately 1 system for every 200 students. Principals select the classroom teachers that will receive the equipment. Media Specialists are expected to play a key role in modeling the use of the system and supporting the classroom teachers that receive the equipment.
Monthly training opportunities for the Interactive Classroom Teacher is being offered through Learning Across Broward (LAB). The training goal is to help teachers acquire instructional strategies using interactive classroom tools to support personalized learning. Participants will gain the ability to implement instructional strategies for the blended learning classroom.
Learning.com is a leader in providing K-8 digital literacy solutions and offers solutions for grades K-12 that make it easy to integrate digital literacy into everyday instruction. In Broward County, their software is used extensively in the Sprouting STEM Museum Magnet Schools, where it provides the framework for introducing students to the technology skills they require to be future-ready learners and engages them in inquiry-based projects to dive deeper into the connection between core studies in math, science, and literacy and creating digital artifacts using technology applications.
For the next eighteen
monthsthe selected schools listed below will be participating in the Lighthouse Schools Project for Personalized Learning. We will be working with Education Elements to help design, develop, and implement instructional strategies that bring us closer to what we as a district envision personalized learning to be:
“An education model that seeks to accelerate student learning by tailoring the instructional environment—what, when, how, and where students learn—to address the individual needs, skills, and interests of each student. Students take ownership over their own learning while also developing deep, personal connections with each other, their teachers, and other adults.”
Education Elements will work with each school to assess readiness and then to develop individual professional development pathways towards reaching this educational goal.
School Name Principal Gator Run Elementary School
Lauderhill Paul Turner Elementary School
Richard Garrick Pembroke Lakes Elementary School
Eagle Point Elementary School
Christine de Zayas
Park Trails Elementary School
Charles McCanna C. Robert Markham Elementary School
Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School
Russell Schwartz Attucks Middle School
Lauderdale Lakes Middle School
Parkway Middle School of the Arts
Gifted Academy @ Plantation High School
Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE)
Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) programs are designed to help educators move along a pathway from those who are just beginning to integrate Microsoft tools into the classroom to becoming leaders of innovation in education. Microsoft has developed these programs to recognize global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers for better learning and student outcomes. This is the first step on a journey of joining a professional learning network of enthusiastic educators who come together to learn, share, and grow.
Start your journey by becoming a Microsoft Innovative Educator. MIEs are educators that are using Microsoft tools in the classroom and have learned the fundamentals of some of these tools, such as Windows 10, Edge, OneDrive, Word online, PowerPoint online, Excel online, Sway, One Note, and OneNote Class Notebook. Participants will learn how to use the Office 365 applications for student collaboration and about 21st Century Learning Design to help set the foundation for technology integration in their classrooms.
To become a Microsoft Innovative Educator, you need to attend a 2 day, face-to-face training and join the Microsoft Educator Community. To register, please go to Learning Across Broward and search for “Microsoft Academy.” Upon completion, participants will receive
a MIEcertificate and digital badge.
To learn more about the Microsoft Innovative Educator programs, please click on the following link, https://education.microsoft.com/microsoft-innovative-educator-programs/overview
Newsela is an innovative way to build reading comprehension with nonfiction that is always relevant: daily news. It is easy to use and has amazing articles for students to read. Every article is written at five (5) reading levels and is Common Core-aligned.
Articles are high-interest topics, leading students toward a deeper examination of content through interactive annotations and editable written-response questions. From astronomy to zoology, there is something for every student’s taste and every teacher’s subject area. The program automatically assigns articles to students and teacher are able to see who read the story, passed the quiz and took notes, all in a single screen. The teacher and administrator binder record student results and displays reading-level achievement in a crystal-clear, visual format.
Technology Integration Matrix (TIM)
Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) Training Application
What is the Technology Integration Matrix?
The Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) illustrates how teachers can use technology to enhance learning for K-12 students. The TIM incorporates five interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, constructive, goal directed (i.e., reflective), authentic, and collaborative (Jonassen, Howland, Moore, & Marra, 2003). The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells, each with a description of the types of activities and technology tools used.
What is the Technology Integration Matrix Observation (TIM-O) Training?
The TIM-O is a flexible tool for classroom walkthroughs that can be used for formative feedback, peer coaching, grant evaluation, or professional development planning. The TIM-O is a web-based system that works on any device and requires no software installation. It’s designed to guide principals, teachers, and others through the process of evaluating the level of technology integration within a particular classroom. When completed, the tool produces a profile for the observed lesson in terms of the Technology Integration Matrix.
Broward County Public School is offering training opportunities for administrators, teachers, magnet coordinators, media specialist, and district support staff on how to effectively use the TIM- O tool when observing classrooms using technology. Participants in this training will learn how to identify the various technology integration levels and the different learning environments. Collection of this data is extremely valuable as it is a requirement to the state in order to receive our annual Digital Classrooms allocation which helps us to purchase technology and to deliver ongoing professional development.
What do you have to do to become a TIM-O Observer?
- Complete a 1-day TIM-O face-to-face training (Technology Integration Matrix Observer) at a location in Broward County Public Schools.
- Complete a 20-hour online training course (TIM for Instructional Design & Coaching) through Canvas.
- Complete the application below and obtain principal’s signature indicating approval of your training participation and ability to conduct observations during the year.
- There is a $500 stipend for completing both trainings and conducting five (5) TIM-O
observation/coaching cycles (Pre-Conference –> TIM Observation –> Coaching Session –> Follow-Up Observation). These observations can be done at your home school or any school in Broward County.
- In order to receive the $500 stipend you must complete the online course after work hours. The face-to-face training can be completed through a TDA signed by your principal.
TIM-O Observer Application
Please fill out the following application to indicate your interest in becoming a TIM-O Observer.
Vocabulary.com combines the world’s smartest dictionary with an adaptive learning game that will have you mastering new words in no time. Students do not just memorize but rather achieve mastery. Students can ditch the flash cards and stop memorizing definitions.
Vocabulary.com teaches them words by systematically exposing them to a wide array of question types and activities that help them understand all the meanings and nuances of every word they are learning. Even after achieving mastery, the software continues to reinforce what students have learned to make sure that it all stays fresh in their memory. More information to come to the district for use second semester.