Project Plan EWYL 2004

1. Name of Project. Horrall Techno Team
Description: A student technology team will support the Integration of technology into the classroom. Students will learn name and parts of tech equipment in the school, how to access on line sites and develop reference skills, thereby making real world connections to their curriculum.

2. Partners, if you are working with a partner or partners
Joanne Orlando and Margo Morrison

Margo Morrison is a third grade teacher at Horrall School in San Mateo. She has taught Kindergarten through 4th grade at Horrall School for 30+ years. She has a degree in History with a Masters Degree in Teaching. She has lived in the Bay Area for her entire life. She loves to read, travel and visit art museums.

Joanne Orlando is a second grade teacher at Horrall School in San Mateo. Her passion is teaching. Joanne has taught in grades, Kindergarten through Junior High, for the last 25 years. She loves books, gardening, arts and crafts, music and her dogs.

3. Rationale.

We believe this project is very important to our teachers and students .
Integrating technology into our curriculum will help everyone. We believe that real-world information is not getting integrated into the curriculum because the computers in our classrooms are not turned on and therefore information is not easily accessible to teachers and students. We hope to solve this problem by training second and third graders to turn on the computers in their classrooms and also show them research tools and skills that can be used on-line and off.

4. Enduring Understanding(s)
The students will be able to identify sites that will help enhance classroom instruction. They will be able to access various real-world reference materials and web sites to provide support to the teachers in their classrooms. Making choices, solving problems, recording data, and working collaboratively are only some of the skills we hope our students will achieve and internalize.

5. Assessment Strategies
We will assess the student’s tech knowledge at our first team meeting and base our instruction on that assessment.
Ongoing assessments will be met through journaling done in the student’s notebooks, as well as, calendaring of their field work. Demonstration of student use and knowledge of the equipment to peers, teachers and parents will also help us assess our instruction. Anecdotal record keeping by facilitators will also be part of the mix.

6. What is the Real World Connection?

Utilize the internet and other technologies to enhance the instruction in the classroom,
thereby, enhancing basic skills, thinking skills and personal qualities.

7. How will technology be integrated into this project?

We will create a digital portfolio of how the children will integrate technology into the learning structure of their individual classrooms. Teachers, students and parents will inform the direction of the facilitator’s instruction. Children will share web sites and how to access information (dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesaurus) with their classmates and their teachers.

8. Collaboration
-How will you create collaborative groups? Students will be chosen by homeroom teachers and facilitators.

-- How many students will be in each collaborative group? Each group will have six to eight students. All second and third grade classrooms will be represented.

-- How will you determine student rolls for the collaborative project teams?
children will have choice which roles they take on and may change monthly as we move through the different aspects of the project.

--How will students work with their partners or the project team?
they will work in small groups with buddies from their classroom. We envision this as a trainer or trainers model where one member of each group will be trained as an expert on one piece of equipment and then they will go back to their group and train the other members. Then those members will go back to their classrooms and train a peer. Each team will have an expert on each piece of equipment, thereby allowing each member to share their knowledge while training members of their group.

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