Instructional Technology

Instructional Technology
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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.

  • Blended Learning

    BLENDED LEARNING:

    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.

  • 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.

    Keeping Up With What's New in Canvas

    DIGITAL RESOURCES - EASY AS...1-2-3!

  • Digital Army

    Digital Army Logo

    Innovative Learning partners with school administrators to develop a digital army of willing educators ready to personalize the learning experience and deliver professional development in how to use technology to create personalized learning pathways.

    Want to become part of the Digital Army?
    Click here to learn more about the Digital Army available opportunities.

    Look at the table to below to see all the innovative educators who are sharing what they know with others.

  • Digital Classrooms Program

    Digital Programs 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.

  • Digital Textbook Access

    Click here for Student Resources Digital Textbooks & Digital Resources

    Click here for DIGITAL RESOURCES - EASY AS...1-2-3!

    (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.)

  • Discovery Education

    Discovery Education

    Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for grades K-12. Featuring tens of thousands of standards-aligned and searchable videos, images, primary source documents, podcasts, audiobooks, articles and more. Discovery Education has long been a “must-have” cross-curricular K-12 digital content resource for educators across the country. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students. With its new Streaming interface, Discovery Education continues to transform teaching and learning with award-winning multimedia content. In addition to an updated look and feel, the content creation tools within the services’ new Studio feature will allow teachers and students to collaborate in real-time on virtual projects. These features can be controlled by the teacher to monitor interactions, provide instant grading feedback, review progress, and more.

    Accelerate student achievement in your classroom by capturing the minds and imaginations of students with the fascination of Discovery, tapping into students’ natural curiosity and desire to learn.

  • Lighthouse Schools

    Promoting Personalized Learning in Broward County Public Schools

    Personalized Learning

    For the next eighteen months, the 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 and Innovative Learning will work with each school to assess readiness and then to develop individual professional development pathways towards reaching this educational goal.

    Are you interested in becoming a Lighthouse School? 

    Please click here to find out more about Personalized Learning and how to apply to become a Lighthouse School.

    2019 - 2020 Current Lighthouse Schools

  • Meet the Team

    LoriAyn Stickler
    LoriAyn Stickler
    Project Manager


    The Instructional Technology unit of the Department of Innovative Learning provides instructional support to all Broward schools in the integration of technology and the shift to personalized learning, offering a variety of professional learning opportunities, both online and face to face. The 2019-2020 school year brings many digital applications to Broward schools, teachers and students, along with a menu of support options.

    Adam Rizzi Dana Rubenstein
    Ernesto Gonzalez
    Griselda
    Adam Rizzi
    Instructional Technology Facilitator
    Dana Rubenstein
    Instructional Technology Facilitator
    Ernesto Gonzalez
    Instructional Technology Facilitator
    Griselda Rodriguez
    Instructional Technology Facilitator
    Karen Kaya Lisa Martina Blanco Miriam Seleven
    Karen Kaya
    Instructional Technology Facilitator
    Lisa Paguaga
    Instructional Technology Facilitator
    Martina Blanco
    Online Course Designer
    Miriam Seleven
    Instructional Technology Facilitator
    Paula Jasser Rhonda Weinmann Sarah Myhre Tamika Nelms
    Paula Jasser
    Instructional Technology Facilitator
    Rhonda Weinmann
    Instructional Technology Facilitator
    Sarah Myhre
    Instructional Technology Facilitator
    Tamika Nelms
    Instructional Technology Facilitator

    Look for your Instructional Technology Facilitator (ITF) in the table below.
    Please email your ITF for additional information and school support.

  • Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE)

    microsoft innovative educator badge 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 MIE certificate 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

    Microsoft Innovative Educators

    Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainers

  • Nearpod

    Nearpod The District has purchased Nearpod for all K – 12 teachers to use to teach students about digital citizenship and literacy. Nearpod's Digital Citizenship & Literacy Library Lessons empower students to use technology safely, responsibly, and effectively.

    Nearpod's Digital Citizenship & Literacy Library:

    • Empower students to use technology safely, responsibly, and effectively with Nearpod's Digital Citizenship and Literacy supplemental curriculum.
    • Developed in partnership with Common Sense Education
    • Support instruction in computer science including digital citizenship, coding, applications of technology, keyboarding, and media literacy
    • 400+ learning experiences
    • Integrate Nearpod lessons using the Canvas LTI. Learn more about this integration here.

    College and Career Exploration:

    • Increase access and exposure to college and career opportunities with Nearpod's College and Career Explorations supplemental curriculum.

    Nearpod Social and Emotional Learning (SEL):

    • Build positive, safe, and empowering learning environments with Nearpod's Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) supplemental curriculum.

    Nearpod for English Learners (EL):

    • Reach our English Learners with immersive, relevant instructions with Nearpod's English Learners supplemental curriculum.

    Accessing Nearpod:

    • BCPS Teachers access Nearpod via the Clever Launchpad, or the LTI link in the Canvas Course Navigation.
    • BCPS Students can access Nearpod's Digital Citizenship and Keyboarding Curriculum via the Student Textbooks Page in Canvas.

  • Newsela

    NEWSELA 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.

  • Personalized Learning

    PERSONALIZED LEARNING:

    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.

     

     

  • Teacher Playground

  • Tech Meetups

    The Innovative Learning Team partners with our digital application vendors and Sheridan Technical College to sponsor 4 Tech Meetups throughout the school year. Participants have the opportunity to learn new ed-tech teaching strategies and collaborate with colleagues. This year’s focus will be on how teachers can align the use of Nearpod, Newsela, Vocabulary.com, Microsoft, Discovery Education, and Canvas to the Technology Integration Matrix’s 5 interdependent characteristics of meaningful learning environments: active, collaborative, constructive, authentic, and goal-directed. BCPS teachers can register for the 2019-20 Tech Meetups in LAB and earn up to 16 in-service points during these great nights of collaboration, delicious food, and lots of fun!

  • 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?

    1. Complete a 1-day TIM-O face-to-face training (Technology Integration Matrix Observer) at a location in Broward County Public Schools.
    2. Complete a 20-hour online training course (TIM for Instructional Design & Coaching) through Canvas.
    3. Complete the application below and obtain principal’s signature indicating approval of your training participation and ability to conduct observations during the year.
    4. 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.
    5. 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

    Vocabulary.com 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 flashcards 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 the second semester.

Contact Information

  • Innovative Learning

    600 SE Third Avenue

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

    Phone: 754-321-2620

    Fax: 754-321-2766

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    Dr. Daryl Diamond

    Director

Technology & Instruction