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Tuesday, February 2 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
A K-20 Creative Design Team Approach to Addressing Problems of Practice in a Future Ready Middle School Setting

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Learning teams work at their best when diverse perspectives, expertise, and skill sets from across all levels of the educational community unite to imagine creative ways for tackling authentic, context-specific challenges. This session describes a K-20 collaborative partnership approach to identifying and addressing problems of practice related to technology integration in schools. A creative design team—comprised of in-service teachers, pre-service teachers, a university faculty instructor, school administrator, and library & information technology teacher (LITT)—was developed to help advance the school's Future Ready mission to "maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship" (see: http://futureready.org/). Iterative design thinking was used to:

• establish a common understanding of specific challenges faced by teachers in the school;
• research, generate insights, and ideate solutions for how to address the problems using technology;
• develop and implement prototypes across different classrooms; and
• evaluate what worked and share the outcomes with the broader school community.

Some project outcomes included exploring apps for differentiating instruction, creating an open educational resource (oer) for digital citizenship, and organizing an 'hour of code' event school wide.

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Anita Zijdemans Boudreau

Educator, School of Learning & Teaching, Pacific University
Anita is professor with 20 years experience in teacher preparation and educational technology consulting. Her work as a research practitioner is informed by interests in the performing arts, human development, culturally responsive practice, and participatory action research. Tech... Read More →

Tuesday February 2, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm PST