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HMW (How Might We) develop awareness and support among all staff of the effective use of grade level technology for and by students?

Prep Work Checklist

As the lead, please closely follow the following steps:

  • Innovation Rubric: (Click to download) Identify which row your team wants to focus on this year (Coherence, System Shift, Spread of Prototype or Mindset Shift), and add your team's scores for each row to the comments below.
  • Your Team's Challenge: Imagine you're talking to someone outside the education field who is unfamiliar with your district's context. Explain your team's prototype and challenge from the past year in a brief paragraph as descriptively as possible.
  • Progress Update: Describe how your prototype evolved since our last Institute. What evidence did you gather?
  • How Might We...?: Write your team's most current version of its "How Might We...?" in the notes below. We will be working at this Institute to determine if it makes sense to continue working to address this HMW or if it's time to draft a new one.
  • Optional: Add any attachments connected to your team's update on your prototype and design work using the button below.

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Evidence Documents

Please name documents "Dinuba D&I V (add #)"


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  1. Innovation Rubric

    Coherence - 2+ Our team discussed in depth what it means to meet with the D & I Team (3 on the rubric) we realized that the MIC team has meet with the D&I lead and 2 other members of our 5 member D&I team, but not the whole team.

    System Shift - 2 - We are in the process of expanding on our intial plan for including Design Thinking into our PD. The opportunities are their we just need to work closer with our MIC team.

    Spread of Prototype - 2/3 We are developing tools to gather more evidence to help guide our protype use. More feedback. We have expanded the Prototype to 8 classrooms from the original two.

    Mindset Shift - 1 - THIS IS OUR FOCUS AREA Working with the greater MIC team we will be developing a plan of action to take design thinking beyond the Model Classroom prototypes and PD to the greater "family" as a whole.


    Our Team's Challenge

    How do you develop awareness and support among a large number of people from different environments in a way that lets them feel comfortable so that they can effectively guide students in the use technology. First we have to ask them questions as to what would be best for them. Following discussions with a large number of teachers we came upon the idea of developing a prototype classroom that would model the use of technology as an integral piece of the daily work of students. One that was not all shiny and new, but built with the same brick and mortar of the other classrooms and using the same technology that each classroom had access to. The key to the success of our prototype model, has been that it is from within the family of teachers at a school site. One of their own, someone they have lunch with each day, see in the halls and can feel at ease when entering into their "Model Classroom" to observe it action. Then knowing full well that their co-worker will be there to support them when they take their first steps to using technology in a new and different way. So, two years ago we developed the idea of the model classroom. This classroom was equipped with technology for all students. The first year the model classroom consisted of just two schools sites. The following year a model classroom was placed at each elementary site in the district. The model classrooms were then given push in technology support from a coach from the county office of education. Throughout the year teachers and staff were invited to observe the model classroom at work and collaborate using the tech buddy system similar to the reading buddy system. The model classrooms continue to grow as we continue with our prototype.

    Progress Update

    In order to establish routines and evolve the tactics associated with the “Tech Buddies” approach to developing tech awareness among all of our staff the following has occurred. Our model classroom teachers and students are developing more conceptual awareness of the various technology applications we will be sharing/teaching to other students and teachers. This is due mostly to the mentoring by Dr. Ott (FCOE), Mrs. Johnson (FCOE), and Mrs Heburn (FCOE). Their intense, focused lessons on various technology applications have given our students (and teachers) the expertise and confidence necessary to “move out” and help other classrooms with our “Tech Buddies” approach. Rather than going to another classroom and partnering up with students and “just giving instructions,” our students are able to explain some of the conceptual reasoning behind the use of the technology and applications they are sharing. Students are now able to explain “Why” to their new tech buddie instead of just saying, “Click here, click there, do this….”  This awareness due to the visiting guest instructors has helped evolve our  model classroom status. Our students are much more confident and have a deeper understanding. They are becoming true “buddies” when it comes to tech use in the classroom!  


    HMW (How Might We) develop awareness and support among all staff of the effective use of grade level technology for and by students?