in just two months, members of your community will vote on an $18 million educational technology bond intended to update the technology infrastructure of both the school district and local community center. The passing of the bond would provide upgraded technology to improve learning for Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students enrolled in the school district as well as adult learners enrolled in the community’s blended adult learning programs. The leadership teams of both the school district and community have decided to join forces in an effort to encourage voter participation. The leaders believe that by raising awareness and interest in technology as a teaching and learning tool, voters will have a better understanding of and appreciation for the issues pertaining to the bond, which will increase the likelihood of it passing at the polls.
Since this is a joint effort between the school district and community center, you will assume the role of either an educator in the district, or a representative of the community center and plan a portion of a local event involving community members. Your goal for the Final Project is to get residents of your community into the doors of your school and/or community center to raise awareness of and interest in technology integration in the learning environment. As such, this event will need to provide opportunities for attendees to be exposed to and interact with various types of technology. In essence, your event will showcase current examples of technology use in your respective learning environment as well as feature the impact that the bond money would have (i.e., how teaching and learning would improve) if passed.
Once a written plan is drafted, you will propose your event plan to either the school board or community center administrative team through a professional presentation detailing your plan along with a written synopsis of the event plans provided to your audience. Select from one of the two roles shared in the content expectations below and include each component in your Community Event Plan.
Create your assignment using the content and written communication instructions below. Use the Grading Rubric to review your assignment before submission to ensure you have met the distinguished performance for each of the components described below. For additional assistance, review the Week 6 Instructor Guidance page and, if needed, contact the instructor for further clarifications.
Week 6 Presentation Template
Based on the role you have selected to take (either a district educator or a representative of the community center), you will create two components for this assignment: a professional presentation that will be recorded and a two-to- three page handout of the specific ideas for your community event that will be submitted to Waypoint for evaluation. Your community event will consist of several different stations for attendees to visit and gather information from and/or interact with. Your presentation will describe what will be included at each station. Remember that the goal of the event is to inform and excite local residents about how technology is currently being implemented in either the schools or community center and how technology use and thus, instruction and learning would improve if the bond is passed.
Part One: Presentation Content Expectations: Create a professional presentation to be shared using any of the digital presentation tools listed in Week 1. You will talk through your presentation, creating a video and/or audio recording with the link provided in part two of the assignment. More specific instructions can be located in the Week 6 Instructor Guidance. In your presentation, describe what will be included at the following stations at the Community Event;
Station 1: Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Three to four slides. Information shared on the slide(s) and viewed by the audience should be succinct and void of excessive detail. Specific details and descriptions should be included in part two; the written synopsis.
Station 2: Technology and UDL for All Learners: Two to three slides. Utilize information gleaned from your state’s Department of Education website, your local school district’s website, and/or the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) (Links to an external site.) website to support your ideas for this station. Information shared on the slide(s) and viewed by the audience should be succinct and void of excessive detail. Specific details and descriptions should be included in part two; the written synopsis.
Station 3: 21st Century Skills Acquisition and Employability: Two to three slides. Information shared on the slides and viewed by the audience should be succinct and void of excessive detail. Specific details and descriptions should be included in part two; the written synopsis.
Part Two: Written Synopsis
Follow the same outline for all three stations of your event featured in the Part One: Presentation. Here, you will provide the details for each part that would help inform the audience during your presentation. The details are what cannot be included on the slides. This three to five page document will include the link to your presentation and be submitted to Waypoint for evaluation. Your instructor will use your recorded presentation and the written synopsis to evaluate your work.
Written Communication Instructions
Edyburn, D. L. (2013). Inclusive technologies: Tools for helping diverse learners achieve academic success (2nd ed.). Bridgepoint Education.
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