Hi my name is Lizzie Anspach, and I am an art teacher in Frederick, MD. This wiki is dedicated to my Final Action Plan for SLM 508.
In this plan I have chosen Issue 3: Your principal has asked faculty to create a project that illustrates how technologies (covered in Modules 1-4) could be used for a specific educational purpose. Your project should address a curricular standard or fulfill some other professional development needs, and ideally, it will be something you’ll actually implement. Use your blog or wiki as the container for your project write-up and media. As a part of continuous school improvement, this plan will address several technologies that will contibute to better communication between parents and teachers.

The school that I teach at has a School Improvement Plan (SIP) goal for the whole school to better communcation with parents. This wiki will provide better ways for teachers to communicate with parents in one easy to use forum.Parents can use the following technologies to be better informed on the current, past and future events bring held at NMES, as well be able to contact teachers and administrators more efficiently.

This plan is an overall goal for teachers from the entire 2010-2011 school year. Beginning in Novemeber, teachers will have training on the usage of all the above tool during their school staff development times each monthNovember: Introduce Twitter: a micro social networking site. This site is very user friendly and is a simple way to improve communication with parentsDecember: Introduce JING. Most teachers already have websites so this technology would be a great addition to their already established websitesJanuary: Inroduce Voicethread. This program would also be great incorperated with the teachers' websitesMarch: Introduce Glogster. This social networking site is so easy that beside using it to communicate with parents this site could also be used to communicate what students have learned: book reports, social studies reports ect.April: Introduce Skype. This technology would be great to help make communication easier especially with upcoming Spring conferencesMay: Introduce RSS Feeds. When school ends parents will lose the ability to talk to teachers, administrators, and Guidence Councilors. By publishing RSS Feeds that deal with a variety of topics parents can find out valuable information, even during a time when school is not in session
The AASL Standards for 21 Century Learners that I incorperated were:
  1. 1.1.6 Read, view, andexternal image nme.jpg listen for information presented in any
    format (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital)
    in order to make inferences and gather meaning.
  2. 2.1.6 Use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and
    technology skills to create products that express new understandings
  3. 2.1.5 Collaborate with others to exchange ideas, develop new
    understandings, make decisions, and solve problems.
  4. 4.1.7 Use social networks and information tools to gather and share information.
  5. 1.1.8 Demonstrate mastery of technology tools for accessing information and pursuing inquiry
  6. 4.1.4Seek information for personal learning in a variety of formats and genres.