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2010-2011 Glenbow Elementary - Smart Table

Proposal

A team of teachers at Glenbow School would like to conduct a collaborative inquiry project to explore the essential question:

What is the impact of a horizontal digital multitouch environment on student collaboration & learning?

This collaborative inquiry project will explore the impact of horizontal multitouch technology (SMART Table) with K-Gr. 2 students, our first nations learners and our students with diverse learning needs as they engage simultaneously in hands on activities, sharing their knowledge and ideas and learning skills that will reach far beyond the classroom. This project will impact 325 K-2 students and 15 teachers in our school community.

As an interactive learning center, the SMART Table will be used to encourage collaboration, discussion and consensus building through digital lessons, educational games, and interactive learning activities. Groups of two to six students will simultaneously touch and manipulate the surface and engage in learning activities suited to each child’s learning needs and interests. Due to the nature of this technology, there is excellent potential for teachers to incorporate universal design for learning principles and create learning activities appropriate for all children, no matter their ability or learning style.

The potential to improve student learning is untapped in this area. The SmartTable was just introduced in 2008 as the world’s first multitouch, multiuser interactive learning center for early education (2010SMART Technologies ULC.) and has the capability to transform learning.

Using Horizontal Multitouch technology with our K- Gr. 2 students will result in:

STUDENT CENTERED LEARNING

  • Cooperative learning and teamwork
  • Interactive nature provides a context for development of oral language skills
  • Multi-touch ability encourages students to work simultaneously, collaborate & manipulate the table
  • Engage students with diverse learning needs
  • Instant communication and feedback
  • Hands on and active learning


UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING

  • Teaching & learning focused on student engagement
  • Customized learning activities are created for students, maximizing learning and success for all learners
  • Students work on individual skills
  • Students learn through visual, auditory & the tactile
  • Allows for various levels of functioning: cognitive levels, communication levels, motor skills
  • Digital representation allows students to express their understandings at a variety of different levels
  • Special needs – all are engaged
  • Increases ability to be flexible and engage students in learning
  • Increases student engagement and motivation with diverse learning needs
  • Social connections are naturally created


DEVELOPMENT OF 21st CENTURY SKILLS

  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Collaborator
  • Communicator
  • Self –directed learner
  • Innovator

Through the use of this technology students and staff will also implement the NETS-S & Performance Indicators for Students and Teachers. Glenbow school is a unique setting in that we have diverse learning needs in our school population that include special needs children with physical & cognitive challenges, as well as our First Nation students. Using multitouch technologies at Glenbow would provide RVS with knowledge and information regarding several groups of diverse students that could be utilized in schools throughout the division.

CONNCECTIONS TO 21st CENTURY LEARNING, THREE YEAR EDUCATION PLAN & SCHOOL EDUCATION PLAN
Goal One:

  • Students access specialized programming though use of horizontal touch technology. SMART Table used as assistive technology for students with diverse learning needs.


Goal Two:

  • Implement the NETS (National Education Technology Standards for Students and Teacher).
  • Develop and implement strategies to address the diverse needs of
  • FMNI and special needs students (UDL).


Goal Three:

  • Use of horizontal multitouch technology to engage students in interactive

and cooperative learning activities focused on global citizenship and environmental stewardship

Goal Four:

  • Improve earning opportunities for FNMI, and gifted students.
  • Facilitate job embedded professional learning and embedded coaching for staff to support the implementation of 21st Century learning models.


Goal Five:

  • Build an understanding of 21st Century instructional practices.
  • Redefine literacy in the context of 21st Century learning.
  • Integrate 21st Century skills throughout the curriculum
  • Instructional practices meet the needs of the 21st Century learner
  • Curriculum delivered is student centered
  • Goal Six: Foster an environment that increases accessibility to contemporary technologies for all learners.


COST:
The cost of a SMART Table utilizing a one time starter grant for up to five SMART Tables is $5189.00.
Project Request: Two SMART Tables for a total of $10, 378
All costs for PL and embedded coaching will be covered by the school.

SHARING OUR LEARNINGS:

  • All teachers in the project will participate in Embedded Coaching opportunities offered twice a week
  • Project teachers will share best practices during AISI time and once a month at staff meetings
  • Project teachers will coach their grade team partners
  • Sharing with our parent community throughout the year at school council meetings
  • Post our learnings on our school website as the project proceeds
  • A resource of exemplars and interactive learning activities will be developed for sharing with RVS schools
  • Presentation to other educators within RVS in the form of an Open House, a Video Podcast and schools coming to visit
  • Project teachers would be willing to work with other schools wanting to implement the use of horizontal touch technology


PROJECT TEACHERS:
Embedded Coach: Bruce Gramlich
Kindergarten Lead: Diane Brooks
Grade One Lead: Melanie Hamilton
Grade Two Lead: Greta Millenaar
Resource Teachers: Gale Kelly and Diane Padlesky Therrien
Administrator Support: Deb Rougeau-Bell, Susan Parker
U of C Action Research Consultant: Michelle Jacobson

RECOMMENDED VIDEO LINK: SMART Table
http://downloads.smarttech.com/media/video/table/texas_july10/table_video.html

 

SUBMITTED BY:

Glenbow School
Horizontal MultiTouch Technology Proposal
September 2010

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