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A program that helps both teachers and students <br /> Collaboration<br /> Social networking <br />21st century learning<br />
Learning Village<br />Houghton Mifflin Learning Village is an application that both educators and students can join together in a learning community. Collaborating among its members help students higher level thinking which is crucial for 21st century learners. Educators can use the space to collaborate and align to state standards that are created and designed specifically for our school district. The calendar feature is useful for both student and teacher to keep track of assignments, projects, readings etc. <br />
to provide students with ways to work collaboratively using technologies in a personalized environment. Effective learning will increase when learning villages are present in an educational setting. <br />The TIME IS NOW<br />
Recognizing Problem <br />Or Need<br />I had heard this expression from my principal and thought what a great concept. Although, I am not a teacher, I often hear from teachers that they feel overextended. Teachers time is often consumed by creating meaningful lesson plans that will extend the students thought process, finding the time to implement each lesson, grading to a rubric and providing insightful comments not to mention benchmark testing, teaching to standards and finding ways to meet each student at their present level. No wonder why when a new concept, idea or program is "pushed" on them they are closed off and think it is "just something else to do".<br /> All too often, educators lack the critical instructional resources to provide students with the individual support they need. Now, with the power of technology, educators can enhance classroom content and make curriculum available to all students and teachers from one central learning hub. By effectively integrating digital content as a learning tool across the entire district, teachers and students gain unlimited opportunities for focused, efficient instruction that connects and aligns resources to the district benchmarks.<br />
As 21st learning is upon us…Houghton Mifflin Learning Village is a powerful instructional framework that represents the next generation of learning – creating a single point of access for curriculum, communication, collaboration, teaching and professional development. <br />
About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt <br />Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company is a education company that is globally known. The Company publishes a comprehensive pre-K-12 educational product as well as publishing reference works and award-winning literature. A company with roots that date back to 1832, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is proven to be an a company with a commitment to innovation. <br /> About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology <br />Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Learning Technology (HMHLT) develops and delivers interactive pre-K–12 solutions that raise student achievement. With many curriculum-based technology products for all subject areas, HMHLT provides a research-proven approach for “integrating instruction, intervention, assessment and reporting, professional development, and school-to-home connections”.<br />The Company behind the Product<br />
Helps educators adapt lessons and instructional models in real-time to provide the appropriate challenge for students.<br />Helps administrators build digital dashboards and customize reports to their district workflows to make informed instructional decisions<br />Development<br />
Time Line<br />http://www.hmhinnovation.com/Press-Releases.php<br />
Commercialization<br />Houghton Mifflin Learning Village <br /> Communication channels include Mass Media, Reputation and Events<br />http://www.hmhinnovation.com/Events.php<br /> <br /> <br />
Innovators- Georgia Department of Education<br /> (June 2008) Strategies: Dashboard for resources needed to support curriculum, best practices, 21st century learning skills to accelerate learning and consistency.<br />Early Adopters- Bakersfield City School District<br /> (June 2009) Strategies: Organization for materials and resources to enhance teachers instructional expertise with a single log on.<br />Laggards those who have not adopted any collaboration tool as of 2010.<br />Adopters of Learning village<br />
Decentralized Approach<br />Client control by local systems. Learning village is set up individually according to the school’s needs. <br />Key change agents will be Instructional Coaches at each school site as well as Teacher of the Year. <br />
Role Of Change Agents<br />Will be able to highlight positive attributes of the innovation.<br /> Establish individual relationships with teachers by taking time to visit with each of them and observe their classes.<br /> Analyze findings of observations with teachers.<br /> Explore the innovation to meet the teachers individual needs.<br /> Encourage key teachers to speak to others about innovation.<br /> Reinforce with teachers who adopt the innovations importance, as well as keeping abreast of any new issues.<br /> Help teachers foster new relationships with other teachers preferably from another school to spread benefits of innovation.<br />
Laggards will need extra attention to see perceived benefits of Learning Village.<br /> Hands on training <br /> Allow time needed to sit with those already adopting and implementing. <br /> Meet with those laggards regularly to address questions/issues<br />Help those Believe<br />
Strategies to adopt<br />Trialability<br /> Incentives<br />
Reaching critical Mass<br /> A key to reaching critical mass with Learning Village will be to;<br />Target individuals in a system whom others look to for help.<br />Offering incentives to the teachers for trying Learning Village.<br />Act as if “Everybody’s using it” and it’s the next big sweep in Education.<br />DON’T GIVE UP ON THE IDEA<br />
Philosophy<br />As a school we are an educational organization with goals to help students progress in their learning and help them become and feel successful. Part of that is to differentiate lessons based on students needs. Learning Village can help obtain those goals by providing a way for teachers to collaborate and share lessons. Not every student “gets it” the first time or necessarily the way we teach it. It is important that we find ways to engage those students without taking the time and effort to redo or rethink our lessons. <br />We know a teachers time is valuable, so why not share our expertise and knowledge with one another and we will more likely connect concepts with students. Learning Village will analyze each students performance and identify resources that will help your instruction. <br />
Believe<br />As becoming an educator each one of us made a commitment to provide what is best for students. What better way than to implement Learning Village. A specifically designed program for our all of us that will align objectives, content, assessment and resources to our benchmarks and standards. We are all educators who wish to do the very best we can for each and every student. Learning Village is a platform that can aide us in achieving that in a more efficient way.<br />Advocacy of innovation and commitment to integration on the part of the institution's administration is essential to its success, in addition to a strong advocacy ,conditions are necessary for technology adoption and diffusion, training on real needs is crucial to its integration Time for experimentation and development of applications is essential. Successful peer users are needed to lead its integration into the curriculum. This we can do!<br />Let’s be a part of the implementation of this great tool designed specifically for our needs.<br />
http://www.hmhinnovation.com/LV.php<br /> Rogers, E. M. (2003). Diffusion of Innovations.<br />New York, New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc.<br />References<br />