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Ed 306.42 ICT Literacy Standards

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  1. Ed 306.42 ICT Literacy Standards Cathy Higgins Office of Educational Technology New Hampshire Department of Education

  2. Session Purpose • Provide a series of periodic work sessions • Create a consensus of thought and action around the new ICT Literacy Standards • Discuss and explore ways to adapt your current school program to the new standards. • Discuss ideas for creating common ICT assessment rubrics will also be discussed NH Department of Education

  3. Agenda • Identify attendees and expectations • Describe significance of ICT • Review Q & A provided in Technical Advisory #2 (just released 1-17-06) • Understand how your school or district status currently aligns to the new standards • Begin ongoing sharing of resources via future sessions, periodic emails, and online NH Department of Education

  4. Tech Coordinators Library media specialists Tech integration teachers Computer lab teachers Curriculum coordinators Classroom teachers School administrators Guidance Counselors Participants – Which one are you? NH Department of Education

  5. What are your needs and expectations from this session? ? NH Department of Education

  6. What’s an ICT Literacy Program? • The ideal ICT Literacy Program weaves technology experiences into all content areas and all grade levels and supports students in building digital portfolios of their work. • NH Department of Education

  7. Standards? Which standards? NH Department of Education

  8. NH School Minimum Standards • School Minimum Standards updated over past 2 years • New standards took effect 7/1/05 • Include new ICT Literacy Standards • Formerly called Computer Literacy • Ed 306.42 Information and Communication Technologies Program NH Department of Education

  9. Why ICT? See SITES Module 2 Report (ISTE Publication) p. 83-84: • “In the knowledge economy and information society, citizens need to be able to search for, analyze, and manage huge amounts of information; they also must be able to use that information to solve complex problems and create new knowledge and cultural products.” NH Department of Education

  10. Why ICT? See SITES Module 2 Report (ISTE Publication) p. 83-84: • “Instead of pedagogy that focuses mainly on transfer of defined knowledge and skills, new approaches are required that emphasize a more active involvement of students.” NH Department of Education

  11. Why ICT? See SITES Module 2 Report (ISTE Publication) p. 83-84: • “Changing content and goals implies other ways of assessing students. Instead of measuring the extent to which students are able to reproduce knowledge, assessment must measure students’ ability to apply knowledge in realistic settings…. NH Department of Education

  12. Why ICT? See SITES Module 2 Report (ISTE Publication) p. 83-84: • “Closed formats of assessment need to be changed to more open formats, such as portfolio and performanceassessment.” NH Department of Education

  13. Why ICT? See Partnership for 21st Century Skills website: • “Every child in American needs 21st century knowledge and skills to succeed as effective citizens, workers and leaders in the 21st century.” NH Department of Education

  14. Why ICT? See Partnership for 21st Century Skills: • “There is a profound gap between the knowledge and skills most students learn in school and the knowledge and skills they need in typical 21st century communities and workplaces.” NH Department of Education

  15. Why ICT? See Partnership for 21st Century Skills: • “To successfully face rigorous higher education coursework, career challenges and a globally competitive workforce, U.S. schools must align classroom environments with real world environments by infusing 21st century skills.” NH Department of Education

  16. Frequently Asked Questions NH Department of Education

  17. Portfolios NH Department of Education

  18. Is a digital portfolio required of both middle school and high school students? • Yes • Districts encouraged to design ½ credit H.S. courses so that students create portfolios as a culminating experience in the course. • Proficiency in high school must be measured against a high school level assessment rubric, not a middle school level rubric. NH Department of Education

  19. Do middle school students have to create digital portfolios? • Yes, the district must provide opportunities for 8th grade students to demonstrate competency by submitting a digital portfolio which is then assessed using locally developed rubrics. NH Department of Education

  20. Is the middle school portfolio built in the 8th grade year or is it cumulative? • Ideally, it is a cumulative portfolio representing the development of a student’s competencies over their experiences in grades K - 8. • Start with what you have. Over time, portfolios will more fully represent a student’s work through all elementary grades. NH Department of Education

  21. Does this end-of-8th grade portfolio qualify for the required H.S. ½ credit? • No, it does not, but it does qualify as the prerequisite for the higher level course that shall be taken in high school to meet the ½ credit requirement. NH Department of Education

  22. More Portfolio Questions • Who reviews the portfolio and determines whether or not students are competent? • How do we define what is required in the portfolio? • Are there any guidelines for portfolio creation? Do we need to build a rubric? NH Department of Education

  23. Your district’s teachers review the portfolios, using a locally developed assessment rubric, in order to determine competency at the end of 8th grade. NH Department of Education

  24. Is it stored just in district? How does it move from place to place if it needs to do that (i.e., building to building)? • Storage locations are determined by the district. The Department recommends that districts review their current storage capacities and develop long term plans as needed. • Options: • Storing each student’s files on individual CDs • Individual student folders on the school server • Using a web-based storage provider • More options? NH Department of Education

  25. Do the new standards impact this year’s classes for the end of the year? • Schools should assist current 8th graders to produce a digital portfolio this year, if at all possible. • It is acceptable to be moving toward a goal that meets this standard. NH Department of Education

  26. If they do not complete the portfolio by the end of 8th grade, how can they take their more advanced class to fulfill their ½ credit? • They can’t take a more advanced class until they successfully demonstrate competency through the portfolio approach. • Students could take a 9th grade “Intro Course” or could develop a basic portfolio in 9th grade, which would then qualify them for an advanced ICT high school course. NH Department of Education

  27. Are students in the current freshman class (2009) required to create a digital portfolio? Since the class of 2009 and 2010 may not have a portfolio, should we ask for a waiver for these students? NH Department of Education

  28. Since the portfolio is an intended approach to instruction for all of grades K – 12, current freshmen (2009) will be expected to meet the new requirements to develop portfolios in high school as part of their high school instruction. • Regardless of whether or not they have a completed 8th grade portfolio, they will still need to complete a high school “½ credit course or demonstrate proficiency.” NH Department of Education

  29. We have a 7th grade course called "Understanding Computers.” Upon completion, we award students ½ unit of high school credit. Is there a minimum of hours that must be attained by students to receive their mandatory computer credit for this course? NH Department of Education

  30. Seventh grade courses cannot be used to satisfy the high school credit requirement. • The standards specify that students are to demonstrate competency at the end of 8th grade through the use of digital portfolios, followed by taking a high school course to earn ½ credit in high school. • This type of middle school course can be used to help students develop end of 8th grade portfolios. NH Department of Education

  31. Can there still be a test out option for all middle school students in a district? • No, the high school should not award ½ credit for a middle school course. NH Department of Education

  32. There is one exception to this practice. • Under Ed 306.26 (e), it is possible for a local school board to have a policy for granting high school credit for middle school work based on demonstration of competency. NH Department of Education

  33. There is one exception to this practice…. • Must ensure “the course demonstrates content requirements consistent with related high school course(s) and the student achieves satisfactory standards of performance.” • If a student requests ½ credit of ICT literacy for middle school work, the high school must review that student’s portfolio to ensure it is actually high school / advanced level work. NH Department of Education

  34. Does this portfolio become part of the student’s record or does the student retain it? • Yes, the portfolio is a student record. However, FERPA allows parents or a student to have copies of any and all records in the student’s file maintained by the school/district. NH Department of Education

  35. We have a 9th grade class called “Intro to Computers.” Is this class not needed? Is a portfolio, created within the context of regular core content classes and used to assess their technical skills, to be used instead of the Intro to Computers class? NH Department of Education

  36. The district can decide whether to keep the course or simply move to a portfolio only approach. • If course is still offered, address topics listed in Ed 306.42(c) at a high school level. • Consider using this course also as a forum for students to develop portfolios in high school, which are further refined during their entire high school experience and then used for college and job application purposes. NH Department of Education

  37. Which high school courses are districts required to offer? • Districts determine how to configure ICT courses, but the four topic areas listed in Ed 306.42 (c) must be provided. • High schools should ensure that students have opportunities to gather digital artifacts and develop portfolios. NH Department of Education

  38. At least offer a basic ICT course which addresses the four areas.  • Above that, courses offered as "advanced" could be tied to a variety of disciplines (i.e., vocational courses or computer science courses for networking or programming, business courses using office productivity software, or graphics courses using Freehand and Flash). NH Department of Education

  39. One course or a combination of courses can provide flexibility for students to follow a particular topic most suited to their career aspirations. • For example, students who intend to follow a career in graphic arts may find that course work that emphasizes using a variety of multimedia software and equipment provides the most relevant experience. NH Department of Education

  40. How will districts be monitored to ensure they are following the ICT requirements? • The Office of School Approval has a process for reviewing and approving schools on a five-year cycle. • This process includes review of the extent to which schools meet each of the School Approval Standards. • Additional monitoring can occur during technology plan reviews, as well as through various Department surveys and reports. NH Department of Education

  41. District Status • Refer to the questionnaire. • What is your current school or district status in relation to the standards? • What do you need to work on? • Assessment rubrics? NH Department of Education

  42. More Resources • See questionnaire, page 3 with links • Essential Schools has a great set of information on digital portfolios: NH Department of Education

  43. Complete the questionnaire • Your responses will help: • contribute to statewide info • Ensure that you receive email updates about new information and resources NH Department of Education

  44. Thank You for Joining Us! NH Department of Education