Thursday, August 7, 2014

How to Utilize Technology in All Four Domains of the Danielson Model for Teacher Evaluation

Last year, I was asked to be a part of the new teacher evaluation pilot using the Danielson Framework for Teaching. Along with being a part of the pilot, I read the book Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching 2nd Edition by Charlotte Danielson. Technology has always been a big part of my classroom and as I read the book, I started to envision how technology could be used to assist with my growth and development as a teacher. I created the document below to share some of my ideas with fellow educators, especially those using the Danielson model. Please feel free to share with colleagues.
The Danielson Framework for Teaching and Technology

As we embark on the implementation of the Charlotte Danielson’s Framework for Teaching as part of classroom observations, we have a great opportunity to look at how technology can be used together, with this model, to assist and encourage the growth of teachers. Charlotte Danielson states that using technology tools to enhance learning is an important responsibility of teachers today. She points out that an important part of professional development is staying current with technology. Something that never stops evolving. The evolving area of technology has also provided a way to find and participate in extensive professional development online.

Listed below are each of the four domains and suggestions/examples of how teachers can use the technology at their disposal to help them become more efficient and effective, while meeting the requirements of the framework. This may help generate some ideas of your own, using knowledge or tools you already have, or prompt you to try some of the ones listed. Do not try to implement everything on this list, it is a place to start. This is not a complete list, many more ideas could be developed and added along the way.

***Information on the Danielson Framework for Teaching was taken from the book Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching 2nd Edition by Charlotte Danielson

Domain 1: Planning and Preparation
Domain 2: The Classroom Environment
  • Use professional social networking sites to stay current on effective pedagogical approaches (Twitter chats, Google+ communities, Google Hangouts)
  • Connect with other teachers in the district to answer/ask questions, compare data and plan, when time doesn’t allow face to face, through Skype or Google Hangouts
  • Use quick response systems (Socrative, Clickers, Google forms, Plickers) to have formative data available immediately for adjustments to teaching and learning
  • Collect data on students (using Google forms, or something similar) for quick access and sorting to demonstrate understanding of how students learn and their interests.
  • Recognize the role technology plays in the lives of current students and the way they learn
  • Plan differentiated activities using available technology to be sure to accommodate all types of learners (use professional social networking sites listed above for assistance and support)
  • Use various forms of technology to share student work therefore providing a wider audience and opportunity to expand their knowledge and receive feedback
    • Suggestions include electronic portfolios, blogs, websites, YouTube videos, etc. (Guidelines for posting student work online must be followed) This helps students take pride in their work because of the wider audience
  • Give all students a voice by using tools such as backchannels and blogs with comments
  • Use tools, such as Class Dojo-online of app, to subtly monitor student behavior and provide quick feedback
  • Using quick response systems (stated in Domain 1) to create an environment of immediate feedback
  • Prepare quick surveys to gather information on student demeanor each day to help understand behavior and create a safe and welcoming environment
Domain 3: Instruction
Domain 4: Professional Responsibilities
  • Use Google docs to provide immediate assistance and feedback while students work
  • Introduce blogs or video recordings to assist students with self assessment for growth and reflection
  • Start using electronic portfolios to allow students to archive their work
  • Use alternative forms of discussion to encourage all students to have a voice including blogs, wikis, backchannels and online professional social networks
  • Record lessons and post on a website to give students the opportunity to go back and relearn on their own
  • Continue to use quick response systems to provide individualized and quick feedback
  • Use Google forms, Socrative or other tools to elicit feedback from individual students to measure understanding
  • Use creative visual tools (infographics, videos, images) to engage students and help them understand a topic
  • Record reflection using Quicktime or iMovie for a more detailed understanding of how a lesson or unit went and how it might be changed
  • Use a blog to record reflections
  • Create a maintain a website that communicates with parents and students-could include a vlog of current activities
  • Use Twitter, Remind, or Facebook for more ways to communicate with parents and students
  • Share your expertise and growth with others, collaborate by participating in Twitter chats, Google communities, Google Hangouts and Skype chats that are unique to your content area. Share with others in your profession
  • Use shared Google docs to receive feedback from colleagues and administrators

Written by Jeanette Carlson


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