Greg's Technology Inventory @ WHS
<div>Westwood Public Schools is 1-to-1 with Chromebooks in grades 7 through 12. This means every one of my students has their own Chromebook that they bring to every class and bring home with them after school. This ubiquitous access to technology has had a major impact on communication, learning, and teaching at WHS. I took this picture of the 1000+ Chromebooks of the initial 1-to-1 rollout shortly before they were distributed to students in August 2013. </div>
<div>We knew that our 1-to-1 initiative if we didn't provide pedagogical support alongside the physical devices. New "Instructional Technology Coach" positions were created in conjunction with the initiative, and I got hired as one! Thus *I* am one of the resources available to my colleagues. This document is the "one-pager" we ITCs distribute to new faculty each year to "advertise" our services.</div> Tech Help 1 Pager-a.pdf
<div>A video showcasing some ways that I use technology in the classroom. Part of an application to become a Google Certified Teacher. [I got rejected :) ]</div> YouTube
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Westwood Public Schools offers a range of PD courses and workshops that involve technology as a major component. I teach some of them--they are listed here.</span></div> Greg Schwanbeck - EdTech Professional Development & Consulting
<div>One form of PD available to teachers in our school: "Small Bytes," a series of quick (15 minute) introductions to useful edtech tools, presented over lunch. Socrative, Peardeck, Twitter, QR Codes, Online Gradebooks, and more have been featured.</div>
<div>Technology is a tool that serves one's learning objectives. That's our philosophy at Westwood. To that end, I help teachers work through a framework for evaluating educational technologies when decided whether or not to implement a new technology in their classroom. I was interviewed about this framework for an edX course at MIT, here's my interview.</div>
<div>Factor's to consider when selecting educational technologies.</div><div><br></div> SchwanbeckFactorsFramework.pdf
<div>It's all about Google! Being 1-to-1 with Chromebooks, we've fully embraced Google Apps for Education throughout the district. Every faculty member is proficient with Google Apps, as are our students. Teachers deploy a wide range of Web 2.0 tools in their classrooms, and we are lucky to have access to just about any other software we might need--we have a streamlined process for requesting software (and hardware) and our administration makes and effort to "find a way" to make it happen.</div>
<div>OUTSIDE 1-to-1: For courses that demand more computing power than a Chromebook can provide, we have dedicated computer labs--graphic design, computer science, and video production all have their own Mac labs. Supporting all this technology is a robust infrastructure with a substantial amount of bandwidth. Other tech hardware highlights: our new 3D printers in the project lab, and the district's Phantom drone.</div><div><br></div> “Awesome drone footage from Friday night's football game. Yes, The Den IS great again! @WestwoodHS @The_WW_Den Let's keep it going.”
<div>FRESHMAN DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP SEMINARS: All Freshman at WHS take a 10-session course on building a positive digital footprint, online ethics, responsible use, and more.</div>
<div>My PHYSICS &amp; ASTRONOMY LESSON PLAN SITE: Here you'll find a collection of some of my favorite "technology-infused" physics and astronomy lesson plans that I've developed over the years. </div> PhysicsAstronomyLessonPlans
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">SCHWANBECK.ORG: My online home!</span></div><div><br></div> Greg Schwanbeck's Physics, Astronomy, EdTech & Professional Development Page
<div>KEY FINDINGS: (I really get to brag here!) The Westwood High School community is lucky to have ubiquitous access to technology that is truly second-to-none. Additionally, there exists and emphasis on fostering a faculty that leverages technology in meaningful ways and learns and adapts as new technologies emerge. Westwood students are tech-savvy digital citizens during and beyond their time at WHS. When it comes to educational technology, Westwood High School is as good as it gets.</div>
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">CLEAR Guidelines: This poster outlines the district's expectations regarding responsible use.</span></div> Clear Poster v2.pdf
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">"Taking a Dip in the SAMR Swimming Pool"</span></div><div><br></div><div>The SAMR model is the primary framework we use at WHS when integrating technology into our curricula. This article that uses a "swimming pool" analogy is one of my favorites on the subject.</div><div><br></div> I recently got to watch the SAMR master himself, Dr. Ruben Puentedura take the stage at iPad Summit Boston.  His SAMR model research is based on years of observing one-to-one technology integration…
<div>An article I wrote a few years back about my philosophy regarding edtech and how I utilize some Web 2.0 (and other) technologies in my classroom. [Note: I continue to be embarrassed by the title of the article--that was the editor's doing, not me! I wanted "Let's Not Forget: Good Teaching Trumps Good Technology"]</div><div><br></div> I've brought a lot of different technologies into my high-school Physics classroom over the past 10 years, and the results have been nothing short of awe...
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">"Seeing Results: Westwood"</span></div><div><br></div><div>This comprehensive presentation describes the impact of Westwood's 1-to-1 program after two years. The manner and frequency of technology use in the classroom is addressed, along with the program's student learning outcomes. Both good and bad outcomes are examined. Student and teacher testimonials are present throughout.</div><div> Slides 13 and higher were treated as an appendix when this was presented but contain some of the most interesting information.</div><div><br></div> Seeing results: westwood high school 1-1 chromebook initiative Steve
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Resources &amp; Slides for "It's Not What You Think: Enhancing Education by Leveraging Common Technologies Uncommonly"</span></div><div><br></div><div>Here you'll find a link to the slides and resources associated with this talk I've given a various conferences/trainings over the past few years that highlights some of the ways I use technology in my classroom.</div> It’s Not What You Think: Enhancing Education by Leveraging Common Technologies Uncommonly Thank you for attending today’s session! I hope you found it interesting, practical, and enjoyable. I provide edtech professional development and consulting services to schools and educators who are intere...
<div>Slides &amp; Resources - Staying in the loop: Keeping Current as EdTech Rapidly Evolves</div><div><br></div><div>Slides &amp; resources from a workshop I’ve given in the past that covers personal learning networks, edchats/edcamps, and other resources to keep teachers up-to-date with the flood of new edtech tools that come out every day.</div> Resources mentioned in: Stay in the Loop: Keeping Current as EdTech Rapidly Evolves Thank you for attending today’s session! I hope you found it interesting, practical, and enjoyable. I provide edtech professional development and consulting services to schools and educators who are interested i...
<div><span style="font-size:16px;">Slides &amp; Resources - Developing a Framework for Evaluating Educational Technology</span></div><div><br></div><div>Even more about how to make decisions regarding edtech choices educators make in the classroom.</div> Thank you for attending today’s session! I hope you found it interesting, practical, and enjoyable. Presentation Slides (pdf): LINK (Due to file size limits, you’ll likely need to download after clicking the link--you won’t be able to view through Google.) Why not follow me on Twitter? @Greg...

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