The Instructional Technology Support (ITS): Model Schools Program is designed to offer professional development and curriculum development for teachers to successfully integrate technology into the curriculum and classroom.
Basic service (517.000) includes:
• In-district days for instructional workshops (as scheduled with Peri Nelson, except on county-wide Superintendent’s Conference Days)
• On-site follow-up to training (model lessons, planning, problem-solving and coaching)
• Shared workshops between districts
• BOCES-led ITS: Model School Workshops
• Technology Newsletters/Blogs
• Technology Integration and assistance with Common Core Learning Standards
School districts that participate in CoSer 515 CLO (Common Learning Objectives) are required to participate in the Model Schools CoSer. 517.000.
Districts may purchase specialized software for presentations, hire outside consultants or specialized presenters, or additional professional development and curriculum services through the ITS Model Schools CoSer.
517.010 / 517.020 / 517.025
Technology itinerant support staff will facilitate the integration of instructional technology as a teaching tool, intervention tool, and assessment tool. ITS: Model Schools staff supports educators with instructional practices that strengthen student skills and proficiencies through the integration of technology.
Itinerant staff will help teachers implement research-based best practices in their classrooms to enhance learning through research, communication, and the use of an array of technology tools.
Districts may request an Itinerant Computer Education Coordinator who will support classroom initiatives with technology including, but not limited to: Interactive White Boards and Interactive Student Response Systems); Schoology (Virtual Learning Environment); Microsoft Office; Castle Learning; Digital Photography; Internet Safety; ISTE Standards for Students, Teachers, and Administrators (formerly NETS); Technology Planning; and Technology Literacy Assessment.
Districts may request additional staff on a per diem basis (517.010) or on an FTE basis: 517.020 for Secondary and 517.025 for Elementary. Both services provide a link between districts and BOCES instructional technology department.
Aid is available for those districts paying professional development stipends for technology-related instruction.
Aid is available for substitute teachers for those teachers attending Model Schools Workshops.
517.050 / 517.051
Oswego BOCES provides blogs for classrooms using the most widely used and preferred blogging and CMS software in the industry, WordPress. Our implementation makes it very easy for a single administrator to manage all users and all blog sites in one easy to use dashboard interface. Hosting the service inside our network also allows for restricting access to a finite set of web viewers. This is a feature that no other blog service currently offers.
Some of the ideas for using a blog for the classroom would be:
Demonstration of Proper Use – social networking is here to stay; teachers can use blogs to model appropriate behavior while teaching critical writing skills
Critical Reading – providing a peer evaluation of a writing sample
Connected Thinking – skills that demonstrate an active understanding of how the writing a student does is related to the topic they are writing about
Extension of the Physical Classroom – an essential part of the classroom today is to extend it past the brick and mortar of the walls and into the digital realm.