Expanding Innovation & Technology
September 18, 2013 | Cohort 12 | Connors Conference and Retreat Center, Dover, MA
Technology in the Classroom - General Resources
Redefining Instruction With Technology: Five Essential Steps
An article featured in Education Week by a 4th/5th grade mathematics teacher discussing her challenges in implementing technology in the classroom and the subsequent realignment of her focus to become successful.
Action Planning To Expand Innovation and Technology
National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools
Standard 7 Benchmark Rubrics
Benchmark 7.4 Worksheet
Standard 13 Benchmark Rubrics
The Use of Blogs by Catholic School Teachers and Principals
Blogs are an increasingly popular and effective way for teachers at all grade levels to communicate classroom content, homework assignments, and special announcements to students. Principals and school leaders also use blogs to communicate important information, news, and events to the broader community. Follow the links below for strong examples of blogs that have been incorporated into Catholic schools and their classrooms.
Good Shepherd Catholic School, Beverly Hills, CA
Good Shepherd Catholic School serves a K-8 student population. The faculty biography page (linked above) contains direct links to each teacher's classroom blog, where important information is communicated to both students and parents. The layout and design of the blogs are age-appropriate and interactive. Additionally, there is an apparent strong consistency and buy-in across the entire school leading to successful implementation of this technology-centered initiative.
Holy Cross Catholic School, Overland Park, KS
Holy Cross Catholic School serves a PK-8 student population. This blog is an example of a school-wide / administrative level initiative to communicate with the broader community.
Classroom Chronicles: My Adventures in Web 2.0 and Other Technology in the Classroom
While not directed towards a classroom or broader school community, this blog provides direct insight into the experiences of a teacher striving to implement technology in her classroom over the course of five years (since 2008) - highlighting the benefits, challenges, and insights for fellow teachers attempting to do the same.
Catholic School Classrooms on Twitter
Though a slightly different concept than a blog (inasmuch as posts are much more brief and far more frequent), this Twitter page demonstrates how certain teachers have incorporated live tweets as a means to communicate information to students, parents, and others who are interested in what is happening in the classroom.
Blogs by Catholic Teachers, Principals and Catechists (2010)
Though this article dates from August 2010, it provides solid data on where blogging and the use of technology in the Catholic school classroom stood at that time. While some of the links are no longer active or are outdated, a number of the blogs and other resources to which the article links are still active and have grown since the time of publication (some of the same links are even noted above).