MCS Technology Integration Model

Modesto City Schools has adopted a model of technology integration that is based upon the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tiers of Technology Integration into the Classroom Indicators. In this model, teachers and administrators transition from basic skills acquisition to complete immersion into a fully digital environment.

  • TIER 1 - Focus on Employee Productivity

    This tier focuses on all employees using technology to get their job done.
    Observable Indicators

    • Produce, store, and retrieve learning materials electronically (e.g., create lesson plans in Word and store them on file server, create and print handouts for students that can be saved and modified in future years)
    • Keep/organize student information, grades more effectively (e.g., use electronic gradebook, extract achievement data from student information system, graph student progress using Excel)
    • Communicate information to parents and students via web or e-mail (e.g., post upcoming events or assignments on school webpage)
    • Communicate quickly with e-mail (e.g., respond to e-mail from parents, learn about school meetings and events via internal e-mail)
  • TIER 2 - Instructional Presentation and Student Productivity

    This tier involves teacher facilitation of large group learning activities and student productivity use of technology.
    Observable Indicators

    • Produce, store, and retrieve learning materials electronically (e.g., create lesson plans in Word and store them on file server, create and print handouts for students that can be saved and modified in future years)
    • Deliver presentations with graphics and sound (e.g., teachers use software such as PowerPoint, Keynote, or audio production software)
    • Create scaffolding for student projects (e.g., teachers provide students with writing prompts or project templates)
    • Facilitate students using technology for assessment (e.g., teachers use online quizzes and diagnostic tools, graph and analyze progress with class using Excel)
  • TIER 3 - Powerful Student-Centered 21st Century Learning Environment

    This tier promotes students to be actively engaged in using technology in individual and collaborative learning activities.
    Observable Indicators

    • Produce, store, and retrieve learning materials electronically (e.g., create lesson plans in Word and store them on file server, create and print handouts for students that can be saved and modified in future years)
    • Engage in individual or collaborative project-based learning (e.g., students engage in real-world projects and problem-solving using email or websites)
    • Write, develop and publish individual or collaborative products (e.g., students publish projects online to be reviewed by parents or peers)
    • Initiate communication with parents, teachers, community members, or other students (e.g., students display self-directed communication through tools such as weblogs)

MCS Technology Integration Model (TIM) Pathways

Technology integration modelIn the MCS TIM, teachers start their integration pathway with a foundation strand called the Digital Classroom Environemnt (DCE). After these foundation courses, teachers begin progression through any of the secondary pathways based upon their personal comfort levels and skill sets. The secondary pathways include Digital Content Delivery, Digital Formative Feedback, Digital Learning Activities and Professional Learning Networks. See below for more details.

  • Digital Classroom Environment (DCE)

    The foundational core of classes to get the teacher familiarized with the electronic classroom environment include the MCS Learning Management System (LMS) Schoology, the electronic gradebook (PowerTeacher Pro) and the devices used by teachers and students.

  • Digital Content Delivery (DCD)

    This strand emphasizes the digital workflow and delivery of content in an electronic format. Topics include presenting with a Surface, Schoology, and Nearpod.

  • Digital Formative Feedback (DFF)

    This strand emphasizes creating and conducting formative assessment in the classroom. Topics include Schoology, Nearpod, Kahoot, and other tools.

  • Digital Learning Activities (DLA)

    This strand emphasizes the integration of technology into a variety of classroom activities. Topics include multimedia apps, strong multimedia project ideas, strategies for searching, and more.

  • Professional Learning Network (PLN)

    This strand focuses on building personal learning networks with technology. The primary focus is Schoology, but educator have access to a variety of tools.