Digital Learning Inventory
During our classroom portion of the program, we completed a Digital Learning Inventory of our school in order to compile a comprehensive evaluation of our digital resources and how they were integrated into our lessons and learning. There is a list at the end which includes my 5 best digital resources that I discovered this year which are annotated as to how they aided me in my teaching.
Digital Learning Environment Inventory
What tools, software, operating systems, and equipment are available in your school and classroom?
I teach Kindergarten at Altus Early Childhood Center in Altus, Oklahoma. It is the only school in our county teaching exclusively Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. There are four other elementary schools which also teach Pre-K and Kindergarten in Jackson County which are: Blair, Duke, Navajo and Olustee, Oklahoma.
1. Each classroom includes a computer for teacher use. These are the Apple MacBook Air using the Microsoft Windows Operating System. Each computer has Internet access through Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, the Microsoft Office Suite, and Interactive Smartboard software. All 16 classrooms at AECC have an Interactive Smartboard, as well as the library, computer lab and cafeteria.
2. The school has one computer lab with 25 Dell computers with headphones. Teachers are set up on a three day per week forty minute schedule. Each classroom has its own cart of 27 laptops with headphones. Students receive unique log-ins and have access to work on individualized programs, such as iStation for testing and interventions.
3. Teachers use the Infinite Campus program to record grades and attendance. Teachers use Class Dojo and the Remind Application to communicate with parents.
4. Teachers have Wifi to access internet learning tools for use with Smartboard and student laptops.
5. A firewall blocks from all school computers some social networking sites, as well as some sites and searches that are considered inappropriate to minors. Additional sites are blocked from teacher and student access including movie sights and other non-learning sites
6. Videoconferencing is available through screen mirroring and screen share, for educational communication and video connecting with other classrooms.
7. Students may access different subscription-based online resources at school or home using log-ins and passwords provided by the school such as iStation, abcya.com, Teach My Monster To Read, Epic (reading site).
2. How does your school make use of school and/or teacher websites?
The school website, located at http://aecc.altusps.com contains contact information, an events calendar, and daily school announcements.
Teachers do not have individual websites through the school system. Communication about student assignments, class activities, and grades happens through the Class Dojo and/or remind application.
3. How are you currently using technology for learning?
1. I use my interactive Smartboard throughout the day. We begin with songs about letters and numbers during our breakfast in class time. For my lessons, I use videos to teach students the letters of the alphabet and their sounds. We also use songs for learning numbers.
2. During Reading, Phonics and Math I use my smartboard as a whiteboard for students to go to individually during our lessons to write answers to questions and check their knowledge of concepts. Our Reading Program MyView has a component that reads our daily story to students using a digital read along books.
4. From the list of global e-learning sites included below, which are available at your school?
Please reserve time to explore these sites and process what they have to offer.
iEARN www. iearn.org
Global Nomads Group www.gng.org
Outreach World http://www.outreachworld.org
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals https://unfoundation.org/sdgs/united_nations
Global Education Conference http://www.globaleducationconference.com
All listed sites are available for teacher access.
5. What sites and tools are colleagues in your building using?
These are examples of sites and tools used in our building:
Our teachers use Youtube, ABCmouse, Jack Hartmann, Epic Reading, Istation.com, starfall.com, funbrainteaching.com, kahoot.com, teachyourmonstertoread.com and abcya.com for learning numbers, letters and reading.
For Social Studies we use National Geographic and National Geographic Kids.
6. Is there a system for evaluating student technology literacy in your school? If so, how effective or helpful have you found the assessment?
We do not have a system for evaluating student technology literacy at our school.
Gather suggestions from students on their ideas for integrating technology into their learning.
Here are a few student suggestions:
I failed to ask this question before school let out early for COVID-19.
What tools that are not presently available, would help to achieve district objectives?
If our school could access Skype, we could have interactions with students globally. This would be a tremendous help in collaborating with other schools. I still can do the collaborations using screen share and my laptop, but Skype would be more streamlined.
iEarn would be a great subscription to purchase in order to access global collaboration opportunities. This is something that I will probably purchase for myself this coming school year.
Using your Digital Learning Environment Inventory, develop a solution or suggest an improvement customized to your circumstance and curriculum. Create, implement and evaluate one change in a globalized lesson plan to use technology for learning in a meaningful way.
Students in my class often illustrate a story to that I may evaluate their understanding of the setting, characters and events in a story. This year, the one change I made was to collaborate with a teacher and her fourth grade class in Maryland. Her class read three South American Folktales from South America to my students via iMovie on the Smartboard. My students chose their favorite story of the three and illustrated it. After my kindergarteners had illustrated the story, we reconnected to the other classroom through screen share on the smartboard and my iPhone, so that both classes could see the illustrations, talk about the stories, and see and talk to each other about the project. It was a great project as my first collaboration. I will want to expand on this project and do it again this year because the students all loved it. They were very engaged in the lesson and everyone got to participate.
Post- course reflection: List five featured digital tools that have had the greatest impact on classroom instruction, and annotate the list with strategies for using the tool.
United Nations “ World’s Largest Lesson: My students are very young, 5-6 and these concepts of saving the planet and gender equality were new to them, but I thought the ideas were very important to touch on, probably for the first time in their life, just to get them thinking about the goals and that they are out there to work on. Additionally, I loved the different colors of the characters and that they were all different but the same.
Students ReBuild, Hunger Challenge: This Hunger Challenge became my Globalized Unit Plan. The lesson was a Project Based Learning Lesson, so each student planted their own seed in their own container to grow their own lettuce plant. We combined all of the plants and the students were able to eat a salad they grew. Another aspect of the challenge was to share food, so I organized the school food drive and my students brought food to take to the local food bank. The final aspect of the challenge was for each student to illustrate their favorite recipe and submit it to the challenge. Every student participated and the Bezos family donated $3 for each of their entries to the challenge so we raised $66 for the cause.
The Gapminder.org: The visited 264 families in 50 countries around the world. They collected 30,000 photographs to show what people look like and how they live around the world. They sorted the homes by income and country so that we could see how people really live. This was fascinating for my students to travel to India, Burundi and China on our Smartboard. They could see similarities and differences in the way people live.
Books: (Apple iPhone App) I fell in love with Books when our school was let out for the school year at Spring Break. Our librarian decided to have us teachers read a bedtime story nightly for our students for the last nine weeks so that we could keep in contact. I downloaded several books and would screen mirror them on my smartboard, then record me reading and upload to an application called and the book would show on our Facebook Page at 7 p.m. before bedtime.
Quicktime Player I learned to use this after we were out of school for Covid-19. I was able to record a virtual Art Lesson for my entire school. I taught the students how to make Chinese lanterns. After I recorded this lesson and others, we just uploaded it to our Facebook page for the school.