Instructional Technology Update & Highlights From Andover Innovation Lab Week Of February 24-February 28th, 2014

The state of teachers engaging in new projects with technology at
Andover High School!

On Monday, the help desk received some older laptops
to assist with projects for blogs, web development and using Google tools.
Myself and the Lab Coordinator Zachary Griffin worked with Social Studies staff
during their department meeting time to add links of resources, images and
presentations which were organized according to different courses. The staff
did a great job at learning how the technology worked and could immediately
benefit from sharing between course and curriculums.
Teachers have been very open about making regular appointments
with me to learn more about Google Drive, Forms and Google Groups. The teachers
are fine tuning their knowledge with Wikispaces and using hardware such as
scanners and their interactive boards. I have spent the past week working with
5 teachers beyond the Social Studies department with improving their skill base
with Wikispaces to enhance in their classroom web space.

On Tuesday I met with Dr. Allen from the World
Languages department and we circulated ideas surrounding the creation of a
website for the World language department at the high school. The page would
focus on sharing the focus of the program at the high school and also
spotlighting its great faculty. Myself and the help desk will provide the
layout and we will work to get them started.

Paula Westmacott a Special Education teacher at the high school
dove into learning more about using her interactive board when she with me on
Wednesday. I was able to walk her through step by step related to the Epsom
Interactive hardware, software and pens. She will be mainly using a series of
websites and documents with the interactive board. She is excited to integrate
this knowledge into her SMART goals as an educator and use it in a variety of
collaborative classroom activities.

Additionally, I was able to assist Physical Education teacher
Carol Martini with the creation of a portion of her slide show for her “Warrior
Way” program she will be presenting to students over the coming weeks. She made
a great slideshow using her iPhoto tools and I worked with he in iMovie to add
2 different songs over the photos. She then embedded this video into her

Health teacher Holly Breen is using the sharing options within
Google Drive to

enable students to share work more efficiently and return feedback
to students
faster. She has also adopted the Chrome Browser for the use of
Youtube resources in the classroom as well. 
On Thursday I was able to attend a training based in the
development of an advisory program at Andover High School. We read a variety of
interesting and intellectually stimulating articles surrounding the development
of students emotional and intellectual well being. We were also able to
thoughtfully consider what a program the High School would look like and who it
may serve. I look forward to being part of this process moving forward.

Also on Thursday, a great article featuring the Andover Innovation
Lab & Help Desk was published in the Andover Townsman. Dustin Luca included
great photos from students projects at the help desk and highlighted some of
the benefits we bring to the school.
Here is the link:
To close the week I finished the final draft for a potential grant
from the AEA for some Google Chromebooks for the Innovation Lab/Help Desk. Here
is a link describing more about what this web based laptop has to offer
We hope to integrate tools like these at the help
desk moving forward and provide a model of success related to technology

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