What Principals Want and Value from the Campus ITS

Linked to this posting is a Wordle that was created using principal comments regarding job performance and expectations of the campus Instructional Technology Specialists. The more times a word is repeated within a text, the larger it is displayed on the Wordle. Based on the product that resulted, it is clear that the principals show greater appreciation for the efforts of the ITS on teacher training, curriculum, and classroom instructional support more than they do of the “fix-it” efforts. This is right in line with the Vision, Mission, Goals, and personal beliefs of the Instructional Technology Department.


Concept-Mapping Techniques and Software

Concept-mapping, described in its most simplistic form, is a visual form of outlining. As with outlining, it captures thoughts and ideas, organizes those thoughts and ideas, and shows dependencies/connections between those thoughts and ideas. However, this technique, also called idea-mapping and mind-mapping, goes beyond the limitations that are inherent in such a linear tool as outlining. Concept-mapping provides a visual representation or diagram for individuals and groups to easily see how ideas connect to each other and relate to a main topic.

Because it is visual,
– ideas can be more easily explained and conveyed
– deeper thinking and understanding is promoted
– problems, possibilities, and scenarios can be more easily analyzed and explored
– engagement in the brainstorming process is encouraged and facilitated
– collaboration is increased

Although this technique can be done with a pencil and paper, chalkboard, marker board, or an easel pad, using digital tools such as concept-mapping software, document cameras, and interactive devices increase flexibility, documentation, and sharing to a much higher and more engaged level.

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Be sure to click on your school in the side bar to see examples of how this,
as well as other, technology is being integrated into the curriculum.
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