Learning Through Technology School Visits

Purpose

Learning Through Technology School Visits are designed to recognize the positive efforts of educators who are integrating technology into their learning environments. They are also an opportunity to provide support to schools as they continue to leverage their technology for better student outcomes.

Structure

These are designed to be half-day visits. The agenda for the day will be tailored to the specific goals of each school through conversations with a Digital Learning Specialist at the Department, prior to the scheduled visit. Each visit includes an opportunity to:

  • Participate in a collaborative conversation with a group of teachers and school leaders to discuss either: the school’s technology plan, an implementation goal, or other focused question – all with the lens of promoting student learning with technology.
  • Visit classrooms
  • Hear student voices and/or see evidence of student learning
  • Optional: Participate in a brief professional learning activity for educators OR develop a plan for a future professional learning opportunity for educators.

Expectations

Participation of certain members of the Maine DOE and Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) partners is tailored to the desired outcome and focus question identified by the SAU/school point person. Responding to the questions below promptly increases the probability that potential team members will have the date and time of the visit available on their calendars.

At least a week before the scheduled visit, the SAU/school contact person has sent the following information to Amanda Nguyen (amanda.nguyen@maine.gov):

  1. Location for the visit
  2. List of participants on the SAU/school team for the visit
  3. Subject of the collaborative conversation (technology plan, implementation goal, or focused question), as well as the desired outcome for the collaborative conversation
  4. Desired protocol/structure for the collaborative conversation.
  5. Sample Agenda.

Note: We can work together to develop this!

School Visit Outcomes

A. SAU/school team identifies takeaways from collaborative conversation and is able to plan for next steps.
B. SAU/School team and MLTI team debrief the school visit process.
C. Maine DOE team shares one or more school stories with other educators on the Learning Narratives site.
D. Maine DOE team gathers information from the school in the form of quantitative or qualitative data related to using technology for one or more of the following categories:

  • Integrating across the curriculum
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Formative assessment
  • Developing conceptual understanding (vs. gaining procedural knowledge)
  • Producing or creating (vs. consuming)
  • Deeper learning or learning that will transfer from one context to another (vs. surface level learning)
  • Increasing student agency, ownership, or voice and choice while learning
  • Enabling and promoting student self-regulation
  • Making student thinking visible
  • Making student progress over time visible
  • Extending the learning beyond the classroom
  • Improving communication among students, teachers, and families
  • Connecting to resources beyond the walls of the school
  • Ensuring more students are able to participate more fully in learning activities
  • Increasing student motivation and engagement
  • Real-world problem finding and/or solving
  • Computer coding / Computational thinking
  • Digital citizenship
  • Family and community engagement
  • Student leadership
  • Content-specific
  • Proficiency-based learning
  • Creative thinking
  • Project-based learning
  • Mindfulness
  • Guiding Principles
  • Cognitive science
  • Maker centered learning