Preparing for PARCC & Common Core Testing

OETC Conference
January, 2014
Jackson Local School District
District Planning Overview:
Janet Thompson, Technology Director
Preparing for PARCC and Common Core Testing
Grades 3 – 5
Carolyn Lindesmith, Technology Assistant
Lori Morton, Gifted Teacher
District Overview
Located in Massillon, Ohio
Approximately 6,000 Students
Six Buildings (4 elementary, 1 MS & 1 HS)
Five technology support staff
Approximately 3,000 Computers
Background/District Vision
• In 2010, we formed a Technology Planning Committee comprised of staff,
students, parents, and administration. The top technology needs identified
• Cloud Computing (Google Apps ~ Bearworks)
• Provide wireless capabilities in all of our buildings
• Adopt a BYOD initiative at our MS & HS.
• Enterasys was our vendor of choice:
• Functionality
• Active Directory Integration
• Cost effectiveness
Background/District Vision
• A filtering appliance was needed in order to effectively
manage the BYOD initiative. We selected the Palo Alto
Firewall Appliance :
• Integrates with the Enterasys system/devices
• Provides traceability & usage reporting
• Enables us to control the various types of bandwidth
Background/District Vision
• The Technology Committee’s Vision has proven to be on
target and has facilitated curriculum planning district
• Becky Gribble, Elementary Curriculum Director, has
been a visionary and identified the need to begin
preparing students in grades 3-5 with the technology
skills critical for the 21st Century. Elementary
Technology Classes began in the Fall of 2012 for grades 4
& 5 and the Fall of 2013 for grade 3.
PARCC Planning
Spring 2013
• We utilized both the PARCC Assessment Administration
Capacity Planning Tool & the MCOECN Tech Readiness for
online Assessments Planning Tool
• Computer deficits were identified at our Middle School
and Elementary Buildings.
• Upgrades are necessary district wide
Elementary Buildings
• Created six new stationary labs using student computers
from grades 3-5 classrooms.
• Purchased a mobile lab of 32 for each elementary.
• Mac to PC transition in our elementary buildings.
Middle School
• Summer 2013:
Created two additional stationary labs of 30 computers each.
Moved a mobile lab of 30 laptops to the Middle School.
• Future Plans:
Upgrade existing Windows XP computers with Windows 7 during this
school year.
Create two more stationary labs of 30 computers each this coming
High School
• Upgrades and replacements are planned:
• Open labs - 6
• Laptop Carts - 10
**off lease Windows 7 PC’s with 6 year warranty
Key Points
• Curriculum and Technology work closely
continually adapting the District’s technology
focus to support the ever increasing learning
• Questions?
“We are teaching elementary students to become experts at
manipulating the devices because we want them to be able
to focus on concepts and think critically without undue
attention to the technology. The goal is to help students
become as proficient with a computer as they are with the
books and pencils they currently use to take tests, most
importantly, technology allows teachers to provide
individualized lessons to students so that each child
receives the instruction they need.”
Becky Gribble
JLSD Elementary Curriculum Director
Curriculum Initiatives
Curriculum Director developed three week rotations in
Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts for grades 3-5.
Cat Book - Common Core used to develop content
Agendas incorporate various technology skills: typing,
researching, collaborating on projects through Google
Drive, emailing, website navigation, creating fiction and
non-fiction stories, and learning through video clips.
Technology Agendas developed for these rotations.
Tech Class Overview
• This is the option Jackson adopted. . . other districts
may develop other methods of preparing for PARCC.
• All students in grades 3-5 go to a computer lab every
day for approx. 45 - 50 minutes. Scheduling remains a
challenge, but the classes have become a priority due to
Tech Class Overview (cont.)
• Flexible content based on classroom instruction. Stress
tech skill and shorten tech project if necessary.
• Objectives and Assessments included with each lesson.
• Rubrics supplied when appropriate.
First Nine Weeks, Weeks 1-5
Internet Safety/Etiquette - BrainPop
Typing - Using Typing Web,
Sumdog for free typing games, national typing contest
Web Scavenger Hunt pre- and post-tests (local and nationwide
resource search)
(* Explore more lesson plan examples tomorrow)
Grade 3 First Nine Weeks
Grade Three, First Nine Weeks, Weeks 1-5
Grade Three, First Nine Weeks, Weeks 8-9
Downloaded option - Mind Node
Comic Life
Online option -
Library Collaboration
Tech classes go hand-in-hand with our
school’s library.
• InfOhio
• World Book
• TrueFlix
• Big Universe
• Printed books that relate to Common Core
Integrate Curriculum with Tech Tools
Use technology applications like Kidspiration, LibreOffice,
Comic Life, and Google Earth.
Use technology web resources like Google Apps,
Storybird, Typing Web, Blogging using the Teacher’s
Schoolworld Websites, BrainPop, Big Universe, InfOhio,
World Book Online, TrueFlix, Super Science, United
Streaming, Primary Resource Sites, and Read-WriteThink.
(*Explore more in-depth tomorrow)
Online Testing
Math: Grades 3-5, Protractor Resources-Link One
Math: Grades 3-5, Calculator Resources-Link Two
Language Arts: English Language Arts/literacy
Math: Grade 3, Flower Gardens (fractions)
*We dedicate at least three weeks prior to testing for these lessons.
Tech Agenda Examples
2013-14 Third Grade, Third Nine Weeks, Weeks 1-5
Google Docs introduction
• Google Docs Assessment
• Project Assessment
Tech Agenda Examples (con’t)
Grade Five, Second Nine Weeks, Weeks 4-7
Daylight Hours Spreadsheet
Website Navigation
Holiday Scavenger Hunt
Test Prep Sites (lessons span the month of
March proceeding testing; 3-5 math,
reading/language arts, science)
Software Examples - Lori
Show how to use different programs Tagxedo, Storybird, Read Write Think, (Bio
Cube, Trading Card) etc., United Streaming
(similar to Learn 360), BrainPOP, TV 411,