BISS Digital Learning Environment, August 2011

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Information about BISS Digital Learning Environment, August 2011

Published on September 1, 2011

Author: julielindsay



Meeting #1 of the BISS Digital Learning Environment strategic planning group.

BISS Digital Learning Environment Meeting #1 Wednesday August 31, 2011 Chair: Julie Lindsay, E-Learning Coordinator Beijing BISS International School, China

Finding the Fun "My digital life is like.........., because......... and I wish I could........... to improve communication and learning at BISS”.

Aims and GoalsBISS Digital Learning Environment Strategic Planning Defining what a digital learning environment is at BISS and creating a shared vision for e-learning within the community Developing a digital learner profile and continuum for learning where both teachers and students can be challenged through logical and supportive standards and goal setting Defining an essential digital toolkit that can be used across the curriculum, including hardware, software, networking and support Implementing professional development to fully support goal-setting and growth along the continuum within the digital learning environment Providing opportunities for all community members to interact with, participate in and benefit from the digital learning environment

Strategic Goal #1 To develop a shared vision for e-learning and define a digital learning environment as it exists at BISS. Expected Outcome: Members of the BISS community create a vision that is clearly understood and shared and provides a platform for further goal setting and strategic development in e-learning. A digital learning environment model that is pertinent to BISS can be created and shared based on this understanding.

Strategic Goal #2 To develop a digital learner profile and continuum for learning where both teachers and students can be challenged through logical and supportive standards and goal setting Including skills, standards, attitudes and habits for learning Digital citizenship Approaches to assessment Scope and sequence, ISTE NETS, curriculum integration

Strategic Goal #3 To define an age-appropriate digital toolkit that includes associated hardware and software Standardize and streamline To support the teacher and student continuum Feed into budgeting

Strategic Goal #4 To develop a shared understanding of what it means to learn within a digital learning environment and create necessary policies and procedures to support this IT Support and Services Hardware and software review New teacher and student support Standardized wording in policies and guidelines Strategies for sharing and communicating with the extended community

Strategic Goal #5 To create a professional development program that meets the needs of all stakeholders though a variety of group and individualized programs and that allows for progress along the continuum Accountability, appraisal H.E.A.T. Levels: Literacy, Adapting, Transforming Teacher readiness A BISS teacher knows how to…….

Meetings - Workflow Meeting times 2011-12 Semester 1 Wednesday August 31 - Introduction Wednesday September 28 – Future of the Library at BISS as a digital learning hub – Team workshop Wednesday October 26 – Team work strategic goals; Library draft doc Semester 2 Wednesday February 8 – Draft docs strategic goals Wednesday March 28 – Bringing it all together Wednesday May 9 – Finale!

Team Composition SS and ES Teachers Whole school positions AMT members Admin and IT staff Parents? Students?

Vision Statement What do we want learning to look like at BISS while using digital technology? What are our essential beliefs and values? Can we create a viable and realistic vision statement? How long/short should it be? Who should it be written for? Who is going to read it? How do we then act on it?

Staff Survey The ability and confidence levels of users at BISS How often and when hardware and software is used What elearning tools are being used with students now Teaching and learning styles – individual, group work (personal, collaborative) What are the obstacles to better use of digital technology What are the PD needs now? In the future?

Future of the Library at BISS Team based, think-tank meeting related to the BISS Digital Learning Environment strategic planning What is the current role and function of the library at BISS? What transformation do we want to see? What are other schools dong? Meeting: September 28, 3:30-5:00

Final Words “We have so much to learn from jazz-band leaders, for jazz, like leadership, combines the unpredictability of the future with the gifts of individuals” Leadership Jazz, Max DePree

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