Professional Development, Differentiated and Digitized (PD3): Muncie Community Schools Learning Management System Adoption and Implementation

The Professional Development, Differentiated, and Digitized (PD3) immersive learning project has the primary goal of assisting Muncie Community Schools (MCS) develop teachers who adopt and integrate different technologies within their instructional practices.This was done in several ways. First, PD3 students focused on assisting the district in the adoption and implementation of a new Learning Management System (LMS) Schoology. Students created professional development opportunities, helped teachers create digital curriculum and assessments, and promoted use of the LMS. These included creation of a Schoology professional development course within the LMS, individual technology mentoring between BSU students and MCS teachers, and a district wide professional development session. Second, students designed, developed, and implemented a four-week Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) unit on electricity for kindergarten through third grade students at a MCS after school program. BSU students modeled effective pedagogical practices and meaningful technology integration as they implemented the unit with teachers and for K3 students. In the Fall 2017, students have continued working with Muncie community school teachers and are developing content within the Schoology LMS. They are also developing the initial stages of the Professional Learning Program (PLP) for teacher education candidates, faculty, and community partners. The PLP will focus on the National Technology Standards for Educators and is intended to aid educators at all levels to learn more about meaningful technology integration for learning and teaching.

Faculty Mentor: Jon Clausen
Department: Educational Studies
Community Partner: Muncie Community Schools
Students: Karen Huey, Demi Novinger, Katlyn Redman, Sarah Schlosser, Jeremy Svoboda, Carli Vose, Sam Walden, Jordan Wallace

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