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Tell us about your 1:1 or BYOD success story…(get a $500 gift card for your class)!

Authors Darryl Vidal and Michael Casey want to do a case study on your 1:1 or BYOD success story!

First we started by offering autographed copies of our Educational Technology bestsellers – no response.

Then we offered a $50 gift card – no cigar.

Now we’re upping the ante – we’re offering a $500 gift card if we select your 1:1 or BYOD success story as a case study for our upcoming Educational Technology BLOCKBUSTER book “Technology Independent Model for Education (TM).” 

We want to study your planning, implementation and outcomes.  Your success can become an example for schools all over the world.

Submit a detailed description of your recent 1:1 and/or BYOD success story and you will receive a copy of N3XT Practices and VISION autographed by the Authors.

If you are selected for our follow-up interview and case study, you will receive a $500 American Express Gift Card

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Write a complete description of your recent 1:1 or BYOD success story including:

– Your project goals and objectives

– your scope (class, school or district-wide)

– a description of the project including curriculum, budget and duration

– why you think it was (is) a success.  Did you stay within budget?  What are the objective results or measurable improvements?

Send your case study to us at dvidal@networldsolutions.com

VISION – NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON

The newest offering from Darryl Vidal and Michael Casey:

VISION – the first critical step in developing a strategy for Educational Technology is available now!

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Here’s a little teaser from Chapter 1…copyright 2014 – Rowman and Littlefield Education

Vision…

Here’s a dialog:

“What’s the Vision? Do you have a Vision?”

“Of course we have a Vision!”

“Really, what is it?”

“It’s here on our website.”

Every district website has a page about the Vision or Mission.  And typically, there is a bullet point, or two that refers to an emphasis on technology, systems and/or “tools.”  The next logical question then is, how do we use these tools to support the Vision?  Why specifically for technology?  We don’t have a “vision” for other infrastructure and systems – we don’t have a “vision” for plumbing, or lighting, so why do we need a vision for Technology?

Because plumbing is 99% standardized and is designed and maintained to fulfill a specific purpose that all architects and plumbers know and understand implicitly.

Technology, on the other hand, is 99% non-standardized.  There are a thousand ways to implement and utilize technology, so a Vision for technology is as important as the overall Vision for education.  The Technology Vision must directly support the Vision….

How the Vision Supports Instruction

Of course, the key idea about developing an Educational Technology Vision is “Education”, not “Technology.” The vision needs to not only reflect the educational focus, but also needs to embody the essence of what you are attempting to achieve with your instructional practices.

We hear a lot about 21st Century Learning, and Common Core Standards. How do they fit into your vision? How will you embody the pillars of Common Core and 21st Century Learning practices?

Somehow your vision needs to weave in the concepts Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking and Creativity. If these Common Core precepts are not included in the Vision then how are you supporting instructional practices in your district with the integration of technology?

A lot of school districts have rushed to get technology into students hands without really having a vision for how these devices support the districts’ instructional practices. The current impetus for acquiring technology for student use seems to be Smarter Balanced Testing.

Although technology tools are required for Smarter Balanced Testing and the acquisition of technology to support this new testing environment is necessary, what will you use that technology for after the testing period? Is there a plan? Will these newly acquired tools support your instructional practice as well as support Smarter Balanced Testing?

These are some of the reasons why it is important to include in your Educational Technology Vision the connection to instruction, Common Core, and 21st Century learning skills. Without a clear Vision that supports instruction, chaos reigns.

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