Participants will be permitted to take the online exam for completion of Level 1of the program up to a maximum of three attempts. The above named processes have been provided to ensure that all participants are successful as they progress through the program. In the event that a participant is unable to pass the online examination after three attempts with an accuracy of at least 70%, the participant will be placed on a comprehensive professional development plan and will be provided with one additional year to complete a portfolio demonstrating mastery of all components.
Level 2 - 4 Portfolio Completion Process
Through the use of the SWISD District Lesson Planning Portal (Forethought), teachers will develop documentation to support proficiency at Levels 2 - 4. Completion of Level 2 - 4 is not about the formulation of a listing of lesson plans that include technology tools used by teachers and students, but is the combination of the developed lesson plans and the accurate execution of the lesson within the classroom.
Level 2 mastery includes the ability of a teacher to consistently identify instructional tools that can support the delivery of instruction to students. This includes teachers developing instructional resources utilizing tools such as Digital Stories, Videos, Podcasts, Interactive PowerPoint presentations and other teacher developed resources to meet specified instructional needs. This process can also include teachers identifying second party technology resources to enhance learning, such as the use of KLRN Videos, Interactive Response Systems, Web resources or online instructional tools. The art of mastering Level 2 is in the teachers ability to meet the requirements set forth in the rubric and demonstrate that mastery through the development of lessons and the delivery of those lessons utilizing the Designing and Deliverying Effective Instruction format. The master of Level 2 is the art of seamlessly utilizing technology as a teacher in
an appropriate manner. As long as the use of the technology and the development of the lesson plan is considered cumbersome or overwhelming, the level is not yet mastered. Mastery of the level is the ability for the teacher to comfortably use a variety of technology tools in the classroom to support student learning of content.
Level 3 mastery includes the ability of the teacher to consistently identify instructional tools for students to utilizing in conjuntion with teacher instructional tools to master content. In this level, teachers are still utilizing the skills learned and mastered in Level 2, but are extending the activities and the resources for student use in the classroom. This level should promote the creative use of technology by students. Mastery of Level 3 is when a teacher is comfortable in allowing students to select tools that best support their learning and support the content delivered by the teacher.
Level 4 mastery includes the ability of the teacher to seek additional resources and maintain use of technology in the classroom at a high level. Level 4 is a continuous maintenance level, rather than a stepping stone to completion.