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1.15.16

The Technology PLC met and discussed online resources that students could use to prepare for the ACT. This is a list of resources. These are mostly free resources. Some require account setup. We think it would be a good idea to post these on our school website. A tab or page could be created for test prep.

 

http://www.varsitytutors.com/free-act-resources

requires an account, but free with diagnostic tests, practice tests, and questions of the day

all subjects

 

http://opi.mt.gov/pdf/assessment/ACT/12ACT-Free-resources-with-cover-sheet.pdf

A fact-sheet style resource for educators, parents, and students.

 

http://www.freetestprep.com/acttests.php

online practice tests

 

http://www.testpreppractice.net/ACT/Free-Online-Tutorials.aspx

a tutorial, but no practice tests provided

 

http://www.actstudent.org/sampletest/

sample questions only

 

http://blog.prepscholar.com/complete-official-act-practice-tests-free-links

free sample online test

PDFs of several practice tests that can be downloaded

 

http://www.mhpracticeplus.com/act.php

online practice test

 

https://www.prepfactory.com/

this is not a free resource

requires account creation

 

http://www.sparknotes.com/testprep/books/act

gives a broad overview of the skills and concepts on the test

 

http://www.shmoop.com/act/test-prep.html

this is not a free resource

 

http://www.mometrix.com/academy/act.test

video reviews

practice tests

flash cards

 

Motivation:

As motivation on test day we discussed the possibility of allowing the Juniors who are taking the ACT to have open campus (like semester exams) on the day of the test when they are finished testing. We feel this would motivate these students to attend on that day knowing they are able to leave when they finish their test.

 

Incentives:

Some incentives we discussed are:

-students making the benchmark score (when taken as a Junior) will get a free "skip day" the day before Spring Break their Senior year.

-gift card drawings for those making the benchmark score

-an extra college day (or two) senior year for those making their benchmark score

-a college day field trip to AU, UA, Troy, ASU for those making the benchmark.

 

 

PLC 11/9/15

Agenda/Topics Summary
Homecoming Fundraiser Report

We have $1482 in technology account. Ordered t-shirts 3 times and have 30 shirts left. This was a good fundraiser. We raised $1200 from tech fee collection. Debits from this account include 3 printer cartridges, one teacher projector and 3 bulbs.
We only made $12 at silent auction but we had no expenses. The idea was good but not well publicized.
Technology Show Case


Email teachers to remind them to submit projects.
We need to get donations for prizes.
Businesses who have already contributed: Wagon Wheel, Wrights Produce, Millbrook Theater. Committee members should contact at least one business. Take donation letter with you.

Give staff opportunities to learn and use new technology.


What did you already learn at Tech Connect that you can use in class.
Tara has created a survey for faculty to see what they would like to learn more about. We can then set up a professional development opportunity.
Have teachers donate $10 of teacher money to cover network printer ink.

Put this request on next faculty meeting agenda.

Outcomes:
Technology Show Case needs to be publicized to faculty.
Showcase prizes need to be collected from businesses.
Organize faculty survey of Tech Connect.
Get $10 donation on next agenda.


Next steps:
Check on progress for prizes for Tech Showcase.
Submit tech survey to faculty.
Discuss fundraiser for 2nd semester.

Resources/support requested:
Need Dr. McGowin to approve $10 donatiion from teachers to Tech account for network printer and to include it on next faculty agenda.

 

 

 

 

PLC 8/7/15

Agenda/Topics

Summary

A "Chalkable" Icon is now in INOW

 

 

 

The technology PLC members should explore its features so that the upsides can be presented to the faculty at a later date.  Do not use it yet to input grades or attendance.  Formal training needs to be done on this. Members should view instructional videos about "Chalkable" on U-tube.  Question:  How do students log onto "Chalkable"?

Technology PLC Homecoming Activities

 

 

 

1.During the homecoming reception in the new gym for alumni, we would like to have a silent auction in the lobby as a fundraiser.  We need to contact local business alumni and school clubs to donate items.  Provide tax exempt letter to business.  Items of special value might be signed helmets and footballs from D. Milner and others celebs.

2. We will be selling 50th anniversary t-shirts as another fundraiser.  Ask local business to hand a sample in their stores to help generate sales in the community.  Ask Samsal, Stringer and Kilpatrick to model them.

Technology Showcase

 

 

 

Members need to find sponsors to donate prizes.  Try not to contact the same sponsors used for the silent auction.  Remind teachers periodically about submitting students' technology projects.

Student Technology Fee

 

 

 

In order to encourage more students to pay the fee, we should provide incentives. These might include the following: making those who pay eligible for door prizes or asking teachers who get 100% homeroom participation to give their class a treat.  Also, do another collection drive with incentives during second semester.

In addition, before Oct 1st, ask teachers to donate $5 from their teacher money to Tech. PLC.  Also, have incentives for this such as drawn name will receive a free period to be covered by one of our members.

 

 

Outcomes:

We have a good plan of action for our PLC.  There is a lot of ground work to be done from familiarizing ourselves with "Chalkable" to contacting businesses for donations.

 

 

Next steps:

1.        Member outcomes on using "Chalkable".

2.       Update on sponsor contacts.

3.       Nail down a plan for Spring student v. teacher basketball game a fundraiser.

 

 

 

 

 PLC 3.20.15

Agenda/Topics

Summary

Technology Showcase

 

 

 

Status on contacting donors for Technology showcase.

Business letter has been emailed to us.

Deadline for entries April 24th.

Committee judge entries Monday, April 28th.

Technology Funding

 

 

 

Funding for technology consumables:  projector bulbs, network printer ink,  and batteries

Incentive for paying the $10 technology fee- homeroom breakfast

Asking each teacher to give an amount from teacher money.

Technology fundraiser - example-shave head and beard of Mr. B, sell tshirts,

Faculty competition during school.

Technology Tools to help students do better on standardized test.

 

 

 

ACT practice site:

March2success( 7 practice tests) and scholarshipsonline.org

Gobal Scholars website for study guides and practice test.

Make a poster for lobby with websites.

SEHS twitter

 

 

 

Develop a twitter site for students to remind them of school related  activities,  A small group would run it and include a coach.

 

 

Outcomes:

Provide a list of possible technology fundraisers to Dr. McGowin, one for each semester. 

Develop an incentive for homeroom that 100% pays $10 technology fee or contributes any cash to technology fund drive.  Jr. Civitan will fund prize.

Investigate why a short faculty competition,, where a student fee is charged, cannot be held during the school day at an opportune time such as homecoming week, before Spring break etc.

Create a poster for websites to help students practice for ACT, Global Scholars, PLAN etc.   Mr. McGowin has informed us that we cannot charge a fee during the school day for an activity, however we can sell concessions.  Best to do this during the first nine weeks on non peprally week.  Clean up would need to be coordinated for afterwards.  We would need to be careful about sugar content of food that we sell.  What account would we funnel food purchases through?

Next steps:

List of technology fundraisers.

Develop position paper for justifying a during school fundraiser for technology.

Ask Coca-cola to create a banner of websites.

At Freshman Orientation:  collect $10 technology fee.

 

Resources/support requested:

Request administrative support for a during school fundraiser.

 

 

 

PLC 1-16-15               

 

Agenda/Topics

Summary

Technology usage in formative assessment in the classroom




Teachers are using the following technology in the classroom:  personal response devices to gather and analyze testing data, creating "vines" as exit checks for comprehension and using google translate capture apps to translate tests into Spanish for Hispanic students.  

"Teach the Teacher" workhsop




On 02/12/15 will be a workshop conducted by students to show teachers how to incorporate trending technology in their classrooms.  If the workshop is successful, there will be another one in March.

Technology Show Case Planning



Committee members need to contact at least two donors to provide prizes for the student winners.  Shay will send us donor letters via google docs.

The dead line to arrange donors is the last week of February.  Shay will email faculty about competition parameters.





Outcomes:  The committee will explore how to show "vines" in class to the students.

The committee members will contact donors to get prizes organized for the Technology Showcase.

The committee will help organize the "Teach the Teacher" workshop on 2-12-15.


Next steps:

  1. Discuss outcomes of "Teach the Teacher" workshop.

  2. Discuss progress of Technology Showcase

  3. Discuss organizing funding for technology needs at Stanhope Elmore High School.

  4. Discuss local technology blitz with technology and stem PLC's.

  5. Discuss field trip for students to Auburn's E day.


Resources/support requested:

  1.  Permanent funding sources



 

PLC 1-9-15

Agenda/Topics

Summary

1. Sign in sheet

2. Tech PLC impact on student achievement last year



All members present must sign in for each session.

Technology Show Case was popular.  There were about 40 entries consisting of podcasts, prezzies, weeblies and even an original app was submitted.  The community participation was excellent in terms of donating prizes for the winners of each category.

3.  Goals for the new year


4.  Digital Information sharing


Teach the Teacher- Have students teach teachers how to use the apps and websites that they use. Find ways to utilize these apps/websites for educational purposes.

http://www.teachhub.com/12-easy-ways-use-technology-your-classroom-even-technophobic-teachers -a link to a great article to assist even leary teachers in implementing technology in their classrooms

See chart in folder which includes technology tools for teacher and student use in order to incorporate technology easily in the class environment

Increase student production of projects using technology.

We are utilizing google docs, Remind 101, Edmodo, My Big Campus to communicate with stakeholders.

5. PLC  Roles




Facilitator:  Shay Atchison

Scribe:  Mary Westbrook

Recorder:  Shay Atchison

6.  Next Meeting


Next meeting will be The first Thursday in February.


Outcomes:

  1. Begin working on a plan to find businesses to sponsor a mobile computer lab and awards for the tech showcase

  2. Have more walk thru observations focusing on technology usage but first email faculty to find the best times to visit classes

  3. Implement Teach the Teacher as mentioned above

  4. Continue to work on charting ideas for implementing technology


Next steps:

Develop a group of students for Teach the Teacher activities

Set up observation teams for a  technology walk thru

Create observation check list



Resources/support requested:



 

PLC 10-6-14

Agenda/Topics

Summary

  1. Analyze data from the Explore Profile Summary Report dated  2013-2014 for current 9th grade students.




We viewed this data to get a better picture of what students have stated about their abilities to use technology currently and what they will need for the future. Table 4 shows that only 18% of responding students felt that they needed to improve their computer skills.  Table 6a indicates that 81% of the responding students are planning to attend a 4 year college.  This means that they are out of touch with reality. We need to require that all students take a basic computer skills and keyboarding class in either the 8th or 9th grade.

  1. Have technology coordinator teach a "My Big Campus" orientation Class.


1st period teachers bring students to library for orientation at beginning of the academic year.

Mrs. Fisher has made a test for this.

  1. New facilitator and co-facilitator for PLC




Tara Baker will be the new facilitator

Brittany Austin will be a co-facilitator

  1. Next meeting


November 13, 2014

 

 

Outcomes:

  1. We decided to look into offering a "My Big Campus" remediation class.

  2. Propose to administration a mandatory computer skills class in 8th or 9th grade.

  3. Explore March2Success web site for use in each class.


Next steps:

  1. Have a presentation to teachers on using March2Success site in class to help remediate for PLAN test.







PLC 9-12-14

Agenda/Topics

Summary

1. Sign in sheet

2. Tech PLC impact on student achievement last year



All members present must sign in for each session.

Technology Show Case was popular.  There were about 40 entries consisting of podcasts, prezzies, weeblies and even an original app was submitted.  The community participation was excellent in terms of donating prizes for the winners of each category.

3.  Goals for the new year


4.  Digital Information sharing


Have an open wireless network for student use in selected AP classes.

Increase student production of projects using technology.

We are utilizing google docs, Remind 101, Edmodo, My Big Campus to communicate with stakeholders.

5. PLC  Roles




Facilitator:  Tony Nelson

Scribe:  Mary Westbrook

Recorder:  Shay Atchison

6.  Next Meeting


Next meeting will be during the October In-Service.


Outcomes:

  1. Begin working on a plan to find businesses to sponsor a mobile computer lab.

  2. Have more walk thru observations focusing on technology usage but first email faculty to find the best times to visit classes.


Next steps:


Set up observation teams for a  technology walk thru.  

Create observation check list.



Resources/support requested: