Hello and welcome to my presentation on the National Education Technology Plan, the State of Texas Long-Range Technology Plan and it’s impact and implementation into our technology plan for Angleton ISD. I hope you will find the information and recommendations presented enlightening and exciting for the future of our students.
The purpose of the NETP is to realize the immense potential of technology to prepare our students for success in the increasing internationally competitive-based economy of our world today. The goals of this plan as outlined by Arne Duncan, Education Secretary at the US Department of Education, are to fundamentally change the learning process so that it is more engaging for our students and tailored to individual student needs and interests. To use technology in the next generation of assessments so teachers can regularly receive information to identify and address students individual needs in real-time and throughout the school year, not just at test times. Connect teachers with their peers and experts so that they can continually learn about resources available to meet the ever-changing needs of their students. Build infrastructure to support technology access in and out of school. Finally, to harness the power of technology to help schools become more productive and accelerate student achievement.
There are five objectives or areas that the National Education Technology Plan has targeted as essential to it’s success and the success of our students. These areas, as described by Jim Shimabukuro in his evaluation of the plan are Learning – Engage and Empower both students and teachers, Asssessment – Measure What Matters and converting these tests into information helpful to both students and teachers, Teaching – Prepare and Connect teachers to the sources that will help them prepare meaningful and engaging lessons, Infrastructure – Access and Enable students and teachers both in and out of school to the information they need, and Productivity – Redesign and Transform the system so that students are identified and organized more appropriately therefore best managing time, resources and staff more efficiently.
In Karen Cator’s presentation to the Rural Technology Summit, she summarizes the five areas of the National Education Technology Plan to first discuss learning. Schools need to identify how students learn utilizing technology and incorporate those learning tools into instruction. This is essential to preparing them for the 21st Century skills they will need to thrive and be successful in our ever-changing world. To assist our students in this endeavor, we must also develop personalized, differentiated and individulized instruction and learning that is student centered and relevant. Utilizing the Universal Design for Learning will help our students with disabilities or preferences in their learning styles. We must also be able to transform their informal learning including experiences and tools they utilize outside of the classroom into the formal learning framework within our schools. This includes utilization of mobile devices, such as cell phones and tablet computers, as well as the social interactive environments, such as blogs and wikis, to engage them in their learning.
SecretaryCator has outlined the goals of the assessment piece of the National Education Technology Plan to be measuring what matters or create new and better ways to assess student performance in real-time so teachers and students can work together to improve achievement. Embedded assessments within activities will help to achieve the real-time feedback that teachers need to immediately resolve any learning areas of concern. Progressing toward continuous improvement in assessments with input from multiple stakeholders such as teachers, parents and students can help realize this important goal.
The third essential area identified in the National Education Technology Plan is teaching. Secretary Duncan and Secretary Cator recognize that technology does not replace teachers, in serves to augment teaching. First, teachers should have the technology tools vital to access and keep them connected to online resources both in and out of school. Teachers should be able to connect to peers and experts to enhance lesson plans and assist students in connecting to outside sources of information. When teachers have the technology tools and support they need, they can be highly effective educators who inspire and motivate themselves, peers and especially their students. As with students, teachers should be able to use technology to improve on their knowledge and experiences to motivate and guide their students to maximum achievement.
As outlined in the plan, infrastructure is imperative to creating the proper environment for learning. Teachers and students should have access to technology 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and broadband service should be available to open all technology learning tools. If students do not have access at home, there should be community access points, such as libraries and/or community centers, available for students and parents to utilize. The infrastructure must be supported and equitable for all so that urban and rural communities alike have the same access and availability to the technology resources so essential to our students.
The final component of the National Education Technology Plan is productivity. The goal here is to take advantage of the most cost efficient ways to utilize time, money and staff while still accomplishing the utmost student achievement. This may mean redesigning our processes and structures to take advantage of the technology available. Standards must be in place for interoperability between all stakeholders so that information may be shared for maximum learning potential.
The State of Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology mirrors many of the areas identified in the National Education Technology Plan. Many of the areas addressed are supported by the state regional education service centers. These centers offer curriculum and educator certification programs to help member schools enhance and improve their student learning components, distance education and teacher preparation programs. In addition, continuing staff development sessions increase teacher and administrator knowledge base. Regional education service centers also offer assistance in disseminating information, purchasing and developing network collaborations for member districts and schools. This assists in building the infrastructure vital for maintaining up-to-date and appropriate technology tools now and in the future.
The Angleton ISD Technology Plan mirrors the State of Texas plan in it’s essential elements. Now we must align those goals and objectives to the National Education Technology plan to ensure that our student needs are met in every identified area. All stakeholders, including administrators, parents, students and the community must be informed and educated on the goals and objectives of the long-term technology plans for Angleton ISD. Recommendations to improve upon the current district plan will help incorporate elements of the national and state plans.
As recommendations to align our technology plan with national and state standards, the first recommendation is to create learning environments utilizing technology in engaging and challenging ways to empower students and prepare them for the 21st Century skills they will need. Secondly, create and acquire learning resources, including collaborations and conversations with community colleges and state universities to align our curriculum with the rigorous and relevant standards being required by these higher education campuses. Students must be matched with their personalized, differentiated and individualized learning needs to achieve maximum success both in and out of the classroom.In terms of assessment, it is important to utilize teachers and students to develop suitable assessments that measure learning in a way that can be used accurately and in real-time to improve student achievement. This means embedding assessments into every day activities so that areas of concern can be identified and addressed immediately. This is a continuous and ongoing process that will require attention by all campus leadership and faculty to ensure success.
Teachers in Angleton ISD must be provided appropriate and suitable online capabilities so they can connect and collaborate with peers and experts in their areas of study. This will help to inspire and empower our teachers to develop lessons and activities to engage our students in an ever-growing global community. In addition, we must continue to support teacher’s efforts to use technology in their classrooms to offer appealing lessons that engage our student’s learning environment.Infrastructure to support learning, assessments and teaching is imperative to sustain ongoing educational growth. Having access to technology and the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is important to that effort. Working with community interests to develop access points throughout the district so that students and parents have supported and equitable access available is essential to our efforts.Finally, productivity is achieved when all resources – time, money and staff – are utilized to their utmost capabilities. This may require that we look at our processes and redesign or enhance them to ensure maximum use and interoperability with all systems and campuses.
Our challenge in providing our stakeholders with a relevant and workable technology plan should be to empower and engage our students in meaningful, rigorous learning experiences to develop and enhance their 21st century skills. As stated in our mission statement for Angleton ISD “Our mission is to prepare each student academically and socially to become a responsible and productive citizen.” Thank you for your attention and consideration to this presentation.
National Education Technology Plan (NETP) 2010 and State of Texas Long-Range Technology Plan 2006-2020 Impact and Implementation for Angleton ISD Janet Lumpkins EDLD 5362 May 15, 2011
Purpose and Goals of NETP 2010 Purpose - The immense potential of technology to prepare students for success in the internationally competitive-based economy. Goals – Fundamentally change the learning process Use technology in next generation of assessments Connect teachers with peers and experts Build infrastructure to support access Harness the power of technology to become more productive “By 2020, America will once again have thehighest proportion of college graduates in the world.”– President BarackObama, Address to Congress, February 24, 2009
Five Objectives of NETP 2010 Learning – Engage and Empower Assessment – Measure What Matters Teaching – Prepare and Connect Infrastructure – Access and Enable Productivity – Redesign and Transform
Learning: Engage and Empower Determine “how” students learn Prepare them for 21st Century skills Develop personalized, differentiated, and individualized learning Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Informal Formal
Assessment: Measure What Matters Measure what matters Embedded assessments Real-time feedback Continuous improvement
Productivity: Redesign and Transform Cost efficiency Process redesigns Interoperability standards
State of Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology Four key areas – Teaching and Learning Educator Preparation and Development Leadership, Administration, and Instructional Support Infrastructure
Impact on Angleton ISD Technology Plan Align district plan with state and national plan Ensure student needs are met Inform and educate all stakeholders Recommendations
Recommendations Learning Create learning environments utilizing technology Create and acquire learning resources Aligned with college and career standards Personalized, differentiated, individualized learning Assessment Measure what matters Embedded assessments Continuous improvement
Recommendations Teaching Provide suitable online capabilities Connected Support Infrastructure 24/7 access Access points Supported/Equitable Productivity Cost efficient Process redesign/interoperability
Closing Angleton ISD Mission Statement “Our mission is to prepare each student academically and socially to become a responsible and productive citizen.” District Technology Committee, Angleton Independent School District, Technology Department. (2010). Long-range technology plan. Angleton, TX.
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