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PS29 School Wide Digital Architecture by Mind Map: PS29 School Wide Digital Architecture
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PS29 School Wide Digital Architecture



Chromebooks (23), Encourages use of Google Apps (requires it), Build community around THIS device, teachers in K-2, projector issues?

MacBook Air (22), More production power than Chromebook; More potential maintenance than Chromebook, Reserve these for check-out technology or class use?, Tech Cluster, Teachers?, teachers in 3-5, specialty teachers

Digital Displays

Interactive White Boards (Smart)

Apple TV or Chromecast (?)

Document cameras

Projectors & Pull-down Screens

Flat Screen TVs?

FUTURE: iPads, Apple TV, Chromecast...

Laptop carts?


Intranet for staff and student communications. A suite of "cloud-based" tools that allow for collaboration and a single location for important school resources. Powerful tools for you to use privately or in your own way for your own practice. Teaching the use of these tools through common staff tasks.

Gmail (

your username for all Google Apps

to be used for all staff communication

stay logged in

log in to multiple accounts

PD NEEDS, reset your password, forwarding

Google Drive

like Word but online "in the cloud" live collaboration on documents live feedback for colleagues or students

GOOGLE DRIVE - STUDENTS (Gr 3-5), Curriculum Potential, DIGITAL PORTFOLIO, all typed work is archived in docs, images of any written work can be photographed and uploaded to Google Drive, Drive + Blogger or Sites, Media literacy teacher teaches skills and setup; all teachers leverage the use of the tools for student work management and collaboration., Access and comment on student work as well as collaborative curriculum docs, Upload photos of student work to annotate, Develop curated Student Portfolio folders, Students learn to digitize, organize and publish their best work using available tools and Drive, Create Forms for surveys & quizzes, Create self-grading quizzes (Flubaroo Plugin), Logistics, Each student makes a folder and shares it with Media Lit & Classroom Teacher, Students could have content area folders, and a "portfolio" folder (optional)

PS29 STAFF DOCUMENTS (SHARED FOLDERS), Folder Structure, Grade Level Curriculum (i.e. Grade X), Organizing Docs in Folders with Naming Conventions, Move Shared Docs & Folders from "Shared with Me", minutes/agendas, Rubrics, etc., Unit/Lesson Plans, Procedures and forms, vertical social studies plan, etc. unit maps grade links to CCSS links to Danielson admin forms (field trips etc.) grammar scope and sequence grade team minutes (lead by tech committee members), unit maps & related docs, Archive and home of live curriculum and school documents, grammar scope and sequence, Daily Schedule (page), Policies, Forms, trip request, peer mediation, testing calendar, Curricular, Logistical Goals, Establish naming conventions (i.e. Grade, Class, Year, Title), class number, teacher/student name, OR grade level, Understanding Uploading & Conversion of Files (Word esp.), Word, Powerpoint, PDF, Excel, .Notebook, Convert Word Templates to Google Docs Versions, other...

Google Sites

STAFF PORTAL Google Site, Links to Staff Google Calendar, Admin Announcments, Links to all staff documents in Google Drive

Google Calendar

staff events (private to staff)

public events (shared with community)

grade level/class calendars (optional)

NO Gmail in short term plans

2014-15 Goals

Define the "Why?"

Use Digital Resources to ENHANCE what you already do well.

Use concept of media literacy to continuously reflect on use of digital resources (staff & students)

Develop K-5 Media Literacy Scope & Sequence

Working backward from the skills kids will need to conduct independent research, synthesize information, execute media production projects (media literacy, critical thinking as authors combining text, images and audio); And to express themselves through public/private responsibly (digital citizenship)

Co-Plan with teachers interdisciplinary projects integrating content, CCLS, & media literacy cluster skills & concepts, Yearly focus on a type of production per grade level, K-1 ongoing logs of learning (rotating through different kids, assisted by teacher or TA), 2-5 Varying levels of independent student productions, K-5 Digital Citizenship, GOAL: Design projects that align with CCLS & develop media literacy (understanding concepts + hands on practice)

Assess what’s needed in K-2 to prep kids for 3-5 Goals

Challenges, balancing inquiry driven with search efficiency, teacher comfort, tech support/maintenance

K Activity Websites/Collaborative Productions, Suggested home extension, Will collaborate on teacher guided multimedia projects

1 - Basics, Keyboarding & Collab Projects, typing, doc formatting, OS Basics, Browsing, addresses, search, Keyboard Shortcuts, Vocabulary

1/2/3 Typing Practice, Typing practice games, Reinforce with Google Drive, "Home Row", ID the letters on the keyboard, Introduced by Susannah, reinforced at home

1/2/3 Web Research Best Practices, Learn keywords, search terms (browser, Internet, search engine, URL, etc.), Connect to units of study, Scaffold by searching within specific "loaded" sites, Introduced by Susannah, reinforced in classroom

2/3 Establish Digital Citizenship Core

2/3 reinforce & assess above through Small Scale Independent Digital Productions, iMovies, Presentations (google), Glogster, Blogging or publishing writing on google site (i.e. Peace Blog), Google Maps (custom), Add more based on what fits with current units

Starting in 2014?: Student Portfolios using Google Apps Accounts, Google Drive Overview, Google docs word processing (in cloud, collaborative), Google Forms, leave a survey for your kids on your class blog -- display results as a graph, students post surveys, or quizzes online, Flubaroo auto-quiz assessments, 5-30GB Storage in Cloud per account, Google Presentations (like powerpoint), Spreadsheets, 3D Drawing

4 reinforce & assess K-3 skills through Independent Digital Productions (videos, blogs, presentations, etc.), Google Drive Portfolios of text and multimedia work, Typed work published in school and online, iMovie video production, Voicethread, Screencasts, Google Docs Presentations, Collaborative archived we elements within Units (i.e. Seth Low in 1st grade with more student involvement, Peace blog + multimedia), Kids are starting to choose tools based on how they serve their communication goals

5 students making tool and production choices based on tasks

NOTE: this is a sketch, and needs to account for students entering grade levels without

Est. Baseline Digital Skills & Tools for Staff

Google Drive Shared Documents, access resources, collaborate on resources

Google Site Portal


Laptop, projector, document camera

Staff becomes more "MEDIA LITERATE" by developing useful digital projects, tasks & practices

Improving baseline Staff Digital Literacy competencies in a more simple set of tools (Drive, Sites, Calendars...)

Building awareness of Media Literacy broad concepts where they support Common Core Standards (i.e. critical reading & writing with new media, making choices in digital realm: citizenship, as producers and consumers), Definition of Media Literacy, critical thinking & literacy extended to new media: core principles, 1: MLE requires active inquiry and critical thinking about the messages we receive and create., 2: MLE expands the concept of literacy to include all forms of media., 3: MLE builds and reinforces skills for learners of all ages and requires practice., 4: MLE develops informed, reflective and engaged participants essential for a democratic society., 5: Media are a part of culture and function as agents of socialization., 6: People use their individual skills, beliefs and experiences to construct their own meanings from media messages., you are already experts if you boil it down to basic communication: who's author, what is their intention, and what audience is this for?, production = "writing" in new media, not hard for kids to pick up skills, communication tool box, kids can be empowered through SCHOOL to use these tools to communicate with the quality/effectiveness you try to teach them with writing, 21st century citizens need to be able to think critically about the media they receive and create in order to be informed citizens of a media-driven democracy and lifelong learners., Relevance to CCSS, fit them into existing work to help connect with standards/goals, new media can be included as "texts", "informational texts", "nonfiction", etc., media projects can demonstrate communication skills, comprehension, meaning-making, etc., Internet research best practices, perfect for getting students to struggle with ambiguity: perseverance, understanding, etc. through discussion and critical analysis.

Keep it simple and manageable - minimize core teacher time spent teaching digital mechanical skills by involving the cluster teacher in planning. Reign in the number of tools teachers are required to use, and have them overlap with student tools when possible.

student voice



sustainability, paperless, time constraints, tech support

Small group instruction

Support all of the above through small group PD

Chromebook vs. Mac

Savvy vs. Beginner

K-2 vs. 3-5

Grade Level

Establish Tech Support


Grade Level Websites

List of Units of Study with Essential Questions

Grade Level Google Calendar

individual class pages, Class Links, email, schedule, customized unit links & info specific to your class, Blog, newsletters, student work, student reflections & observations, trip photos or slideshows, blog posts with resources, announcements, media, deadlines, downloadable forms, etc.

audiences & goals, parents, logistics, extensions, kids, in class organization, at home extension activities, publishing work, you in the future, archived unit resources, looking back on past, organizational memory

MORE, Amazon Wish List, Donors Choose, Adopt a Classroom

Safety/Acceptable Use Policies

Digital Citizenship Contract (TBD), Students in 4th grade build it based on a framework, Use student discussions to generate custom policy and build contract buy-in.


NYCDOE Acceptable Use Policy

Need to develop PS 29 policy (covering bits on digital citizenship, social media, home/school relationship, mobile device use in school)

Checkout procedures and buy-in from teachers to take ownership of devices.

Public Website (Brochure)

Managed by Parent Coordinator

MENU, NEWS, Calendar (Google Embed), Blog of announcements, ABOUT 29, curriculum overview (short), Contact & Location, About Text, Admissions, LINKS TO CLASS SITES, PARENT RESOURCES, Parent Resources, Student Resource?s

Tech Support

Google Groups, staff

Checkout devices

Room Setup


Extends "literacy" to new technologies and forms of media

Understanding the role of media in society

Skills to follow paths of inquiry

Creative self-expression

Modern "digital" citizenship

Reflection on role of media in our lives

Activation of education and inquiry in the real world

Skills: Technical & Critical Thinking

Facilitating a media literate culture in the school

Eduacators: using digital resources to improve teaching and learning

Students: adaptable technical skills, ability to explore and tinker, critical awareness to think about what tools, projects and actions serve their purpose.