Day 40 (of 188) tech review
Today we launch our school districts ‘review of technology’. We are working with IBM Consulting – some that I contacted in other districts cringed, others applauded – so I figured that was a pretty good ‘balance’ – especially as so many critiques were dependent on the actual implementation of the plan. During our first meeting, I became optimistic that this would help us to do something we need to do: identify our “pockets of brilliance” and create alignment (which I know from experience is much more difficult to attain than it may first appear….)
Our District Guiding Qs around technology:
- What kind of learning do we want students to demonstrate?
- What competencies/fluencies do students need to have?
- What skills should we teach to use technology as a learning tool?
- How do we help teachers to integrate technology into instruction?
- How will we build the technical capacity to accomplish this vision?
Our building blocks: infrastructure needs to be in place (not dictating ‘how to use technology’) to enable tech integration
Our Actionable statements:
- Students will create and publish original works.
- Teachers will establish an online educational presence.
- District will support online tools for communicating about student learning
- Support best practices about technology and information literacy
- Digital citizenship program to teach safe, legal and responsible use of technology
Our next steps include district wide surveys and face-to-face group discussions! It’s going to be an interesting journey as we review what we are (and are not) able to do blending technology and education – and it’s nice to get started!