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Hello, everyone, and congratulations on completing this unit. In this video, we are going to take a quick look back at some of the key points that were covered related to developing a classroom plan for device management. The purpose of this unit was to introduce you to the many factors that need to be considered as we develop plans for managing our 21st century blended learning classrooms.
Are objectives were to survey the available resources that you may have access to within your teaching environment, to understand and explain acceptable use and responsible use policies, and to create a set of classroom expectations based on Robert Marzano's Framework for Teaching, and finally, to reflect on the usefulness and effectiveness of those classroom expectations.
Throughout this unit, we referenced many online sources and tools that I hope you will take advantage of. They've been created to help you successfully implement technology in your district, school, and classroom. Even if you feel confident with your current plan, the resources will help you look at them from a different perspective and help you keep it updated.
You may have also noticed that throughout this unit, many questions were posed. The purpose of these inquiries is to get you to reflect on current practices as well as generate discussion among your colleagues, as they did with mine. It is this type of collaboration that is part of what makes professional learning communities successful.
As educators, we know we can't just throw money at problems to fix them. This is especially true in terms of technology. When the temptation to buy the latest and greatest device is so strong, districts need discipline and a plan that includes taking stock of the inventory, figuring out what can be reused or repurposed, and what will give the most bang for their buck. This should all be done with an eye how the technology will help you to achieve the goals set forth by your school improvement plan.
The terms "responsible" an "acceptable use" came up often this unit. And that's because your policy will have a lot to do with how you go about structuring your blended learning classroom. Either way, the goal is to provide students with access to the internet in a safe way. We also reviewed some important regulations that need to be adhered to, according to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and the Children's Internet Protection Act.
Whether you teach preschool or high school, Robert Marzano's Foundations of Teaching Framework is a wonderful resource to have handy. In this unit, we spent time looking at the blended learning classroom through the lens of his first domain, classroom strategies and behavior. We also considered the physical space of a classroom and establishing expectations and the consequences. It is so important to do this in the context of meeting the needs of our 21st century learners.
Another common thread in this unit was reflection. This can take on many forms with our students, our colleagues, and with ourselves. It is just important that it happens. It is an example of John Hattie's Visible Learning philosophy. We want students to be able to self-assess and make revisions to they work or to their behavior.
We two should be doing the same in terms of our teaching practices. Perhaps participating in lessons like this one is a result of recognizing an area that you would like to grow in and making that happen. Whatever the case, we want reflection and self-assessment to be a natural occurrence.
So in that spirit of reflection, let's take a look back at the unit that you just completed. The unit objectives in this unit were as follows. We talked about taking stock of your resources and making the most out of what you have by reusing, repurposing, and planning for sustainability. We also went over two types of policies, acceptable and responsible use, and the pros and cons of each. We focused on Robert Marzano's Foundations of Teaching, and particularly those dealing with classroom expectations, and finally, the importance of reflection.
So you did it. Congratulations. I believe we are teaching in an exciting time with endless possibilities. As a final food for thought, ask yourself why you chose this profession. What can you do to get the most out of your students and yourself professionally? Thanks so much for watching. We'll see you next time.
(00:16-00:51) Unit Objectives
(02:02-02:29) Use Policies
(02:30-02:56) Classroom Expectations
(04:09-04:27) Food For Thought