The District is rural in nature, with a
significant number of parents commuting outside the area for employment,
raising somewhat of an obstacle regarding communications between the school
and parents. The use of Moodle served as one way to facilitate improved home
/ school communication. The LOTI survey also indicates that the district
suffered from a lack of technology literate teachers. The Tech partners plan
provided an opportunity to train train teachers in the use of technology, as
well as opportunities for varied online instruction.Students also expressed a
need support the easy transfer files from home to school. The introduction of a digital portfolio
provides a possible solution.
The plot: The apprehension of a number of teachers who viewed
themselves as not not proficient with the use of technology and their
reluctance to become involved with training to improve their proficiency.
Recruiting particpants for the various
training technology sessions.
The teachers: 10
teachers were directly involved. The
participants in the Moodle training and implementation were individuals
willing to acknowledge their need for training and make the time commitment
for professional development opportunities offered through the grant project. Providing a core group that understand the
use and applications of Moodle and other online tools will serve as a model
to encourage others to utilize these tools.
students: Students are
actively seeking ways to easily transfer files from home to school, to digitally
collaborate, and access assignments online.
A core of students expressed interest in online instruction as a means
to access a variety of educational opportunities.
The use of Moodle file logs and tracking of
students access online courses.