Grant: 360 Degree Camera

180 Degree Teaching Change with a 360 Degree Camera! I wrote 6 grants in 2016, and I will be sharing each grant with you in entirety. Please peruse the grant below and feel free to adapt any information that you may find useful.

180 Degree Teaching Change with a 360 Degree Camera

Brief Project Summary 

You have probably heard people saying that they have made a complete 360 degree change. Well, if they have made a 360 degree change, then they haven’t changed at all. When you go 360 degrees, you return to the exact same place where you used to be. To imply that you have completely changed, you have to use the expression “a 180 degree change.” We want to change the way teachers integrate technology in their classroom 180 degrees by using a 360 degree camera for instructional technology coaching.

Purpose (statement of what grant project will do and accomplish) 

Classroom observation is at best an inexact science that has been historically plagued by the limitations of the human being doing the observation. There’s only so much that eyes can see, ears can hear, or pens can write in a given moment. Since the observer cannot capture everything, the observant must take the observers word which is very subjective.

There is reason to believe that technology can play a critical role in freeing classroom observations from human limitations. There are digital tools that can elevate classroom observation to whole new levels of comprehensiveness and objectivity. While proponents of these tools say that the tools can immensely improve the teacher evaluation process, the real value may lie in the information the tools can give the teachers themselves for self-reflection and professional growth.

To “integrate technology into the instructional program through instructional coaching” as stated in the district improvement plan, this grant project request Ricoh Theta S 360 degree cameras to record classroom observations for technology integration coaching. These cameras will allow (1) educational technology specialists to objectively evaluate, provide feedback, and plan; and (2) teachers to evaluate, self-reflect, and plan accordingly.

This in turn will help to improve and enrich student learning as effective technology integration can extend learning in powerful ways.

SMART Objective (list the goals you intend to accomplish with this project and how you will measure these objectives to determine the impact of the project)

During the 2016-2017 school year, 40 teachers will participate in the Technology Integration Coaching 7 week Rounds where each participating teacher will have 4 classroom observations and 1 co-taught modeling lesson recorded in 360 degrees. The teacher and educational technology specialist will analyze the recorded material for the evaluation, reflection, discussion, and planning of effective technology integration.

Project Description (specifically, how will your project improve, advance or enrich student learning? How does this project support the district’s mission and/or your campus plan? Include research as support for why you want to implement this project. Be sure to include strategies to achieve the goals and objectives listed and research to support why you choose to use this plan of action over another)

Technology Integration Coaching Rounds:

Week 1 – goal setting

Week 2 – formal observation (scheduled; normal lesson with nothing out of the ordinary prepared) & informal observation (not scheduled)

Week 3 – in-depth discussion/self-reflection about observations & technology integration plan developed

Week 4 – modeling (co-taught lesson) & planning of teacher’s lesson with technology integration

Week 5 – finalization of plans with teacher & formal observation (lesson with technology integration)

Week 6 – in-depth discussion/self-reflection about observation & another formal observation

Week 7 – formal debrief of observations/self-reflection & goals for the future

The Ricoh Theta S 360 degree cameras would be used to record 4 teacher observations and 1 modeling lesson per teacher for each technology integration coaching rounds. In total across the selected campuses, each coaching round would include 10 teachers per round. There will be 4 rounds per school year. There will be several opportunities for evaluation, discussion, and self-reflection of the recorded material.

Specifically, this grant project will improve teachers’ integration of technology. Effective technology integration is achieved when its use supports curricular goals. It must support four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts. This will improve and enrich the students’ learning.

This grant project supports the District Improvement Plan:

PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVE 15: The district will implement a District Technology Plan.

1.15.2 Integrate technology into the instructional program through instructional coaching and modeling best practices in the K – 12 classrooms.

1.15.5 Monitor teacher use of technology through lesson plans and site visits in classrooms.

This grant project also requests hard drives to store the recorded video footage.

Project Evaluation (explain how you will measure the success of this project. How do you plan to share the results with your campus, district and Education Foundation?)

The success of this project will be measured by:

  • teacher reflection forms
  • educational technology specialists logs/notes on teacher progress
  • Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) appraisal

The teacher’s appraiser (principal/assistant principal) as well as district administration and Education Foundation members will be invited to attend a teacher’s classroom after the completion of the technology integration coaching rounds in order to view exemplars of effective technology integration that supports curricular goals.

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