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SD57 - from December 3 school board meeting - Tech presentation


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SD57 - from December 3 school board meeting - Tech presentation

  1. 1. Technology in SD57 Moving from computers as an event to integrated support for personalized learning
  2. 2. BC Education Plan: Technology • Encourages smart use of technology in schools , better preparing students to thrive in an increasingly digital world. • Students will have more opportunity to develop the competencies needed to use current and emerging technologies effectively, both in school and in life. • Educators will be given the supports needed to use technology to empower the learning process. • Schools will have increased Internet connectivity to support learners and educators.
  3. 3. DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY PLAN 2011 PLANNING PROCESS:  Sessions for all SD57 staff were held in the Spring of 2011  Outlined concepts for how technology can play a role to enhance student learning.  Feedback was invited from all employees, for the purpose of setting technology-related goals, priorities, and timelines.  Feedback from staff was reviewed  A document was developed summarizing some of the main themes and identified next steps & goals
  4. 4. DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY GOALS 2011 1. Wireless Infrastructure at all schools  As of early 2012, all schools in SD57 now have wireless capability for both district-owned and privately-owned staff and student devices.  Prior to 2012, only 5 SD57 schools had this capability (which was limited to small areas within the schools) 2. Web-based Applications  Development of District Learning Commons E- Resources Portal 3. Update of Practices and Policies  Policy 6179: ACCEPTABLE USE OF NETWORKS have been updated to accommodate the use/inclusion of privatelyowned wireless devices, as well as Policy 5131, Student Code of Conduct.
  5. 5. 4. Upgrading of Internet Connections  43/44 schools/sites in SD57 have been upgraded and by Christmas ALL 44 will be upgraded.  During the 2012/13 school year, 21 of 22 sites were upgraded.  Previous to 2012, the first 22 sites took approximately 8 years to be upgraded 5. Technology Learning Team Grants Inquiry Examples:  How do we assess the success of a Blended Learning Environment model?  Will the integration of technology and an inquiry approach to learning enhance students’ digital literacy skills?
  6. 6. Learning #1
  7. 7. Preparing Students to Thrive in a Digital World • Use phones for organizers, planning, calculating, mapping, commun icating, taking pictures of homework assignments or experiments • Creative tools for presentations (i.e PPT, Prezi) • Use Moodle for collaborative work • Effective tools for project-based learning • Efficiently find information as needed • Use voice recognition tools • Develop a sense of independence and confidence
  8. 8. Smart Use of Technology • We’re moving from lab structure to mobile technology: i.e. tablets, laptops, e-readers, Smart phones, • Bring Your Own Device
  9. 9. • Encourage and support use of interactive white boards (i.e. SMARTBoards) • Providing teacher release time to assist teachers • Professional development using existing technology
  10. 10. Develop the Competencies Needed to use Current and Emerging Technologies • Classroom blogs • Website use • Documenting learning in a variety of forms: – Video talking to novel element and video shared with classmates and teachers – Audio recording of students reading that can be used to assess their reading and be utilized in reporting (i.e. Evernote). – Print: working group collaboration (Moodle) and Google docs (with pseudo names and schools) – Teaching students how to be responsible with personal information on the internet. – Draft of Digital Literacy Standards (from Ministry)
  11. 11. Challenges and Priority Areas
  12. 12. Document Sharing/Collaboration FOIPOP/FIPPA • Most web based applications are US Based Applications (i.e. Google docs, Dropbox, Skydrive) • Patriot Act means personal information is accessible for US government purposes • School Act requires Boards of Education to protect personal information • FOIPOP Act stipulates no US based cloud saving of personal information • FOIPOP has strict expectations - re: permissions
  13. 13. • Locally developed vs. externally hosted cloud services • Flashy educator resources are Application Dependent – i.e. made for Apple, Android, or Windows products • Personal preference creates frustration for students and staff • Influences the platform issue: single, dual, multiple • Highly used e-resources are not Canadian. This means workarounds re: access. We have to create “pseudo names, pseudo schools” even though we have purchased licences. i.e. Mathletics, Raz Kids, Accelerated Reader
  14. 14. • Haves and Have Nots • People dependent • Pockets of excellence • Different levels of teacher competency/comfort level re: email, word processing, spread sheets, white boards • Some teachers have huge collaboration groups – personalized learning can be accessed in classes by students: i.e. communication, document sharing, calendar sharing, virtual tours of ancient civilizations, world wide student collaboration, Moodle sites, flipped classrooms. • Recognize that students will often know more about the use of tech tools than most adults
  15. 15. Information Technology Infrastructure • Ensuring the security and Data Integrity of District Systems – Protecting our data and systems from unauthorized access and other common threats such as viruses/denial of service attacks etc. – Developing and Maintaining a Comprehensive Disaster Recovery Program – Work with PLNet to ensure the Provincial Network (upstream from SD57) does not bottleneck
  16. 16. Next Steps
  17. 17. Empowering the Learning Process Through Technology  Use of E-Resources (District Learning Commons) • Virtual space • Web casts /webinars (Face to face sessions)  Curriculum and Instruction: each technology learning team grant has a connected staff person • ensures teacher has support with learning • Informs Curriculum and Instruction of Pro.D needs  Projects: i.e. Clic project • Video and audio uploads of individual students learning, put into a format which facilitates conversations with parents about student learning  E-reader Inquiries – Kindle, Kobo • Will e-readers increase student engagement? (survey = yes) • Cost saving – purchase (buy 1 and put on 6 devices) • Many free downloads (Kobo)
  18. 18. Supporting Use of Collaboration Tools • Enable more self directed learning where students can construct their own understanding • • • • Flip classroom opportunities Learning via technology Project based learning (teacher coach) Inquiry questions developed by students • Develop the processes of integrating technology into the learning environment • FOIPOP compliance and legal cloud storage • Finding an effective way that will work!!!
  19. 19. Coaches and Facilitators • Teachers as coaches rather than purveyors of all knowledge: • Help kids to learn how to learn • Help kids to make meaning of the information acquired • Teachers do not need to be experts on devices as many students are • Teacher role is keeping kids safe, extracting information, developing digital citizenship
  20. 20. Professional Development • Multiple webinars and workshops • Opportunities to develop digital literacy skills and a virtual presence • Technology is embedded in Pro.D. (i.e. Assessment Academy Network) • Support from experts for projects, schools and families of schools (i.e. .56 tech support teachers )
  22. 22. We Know the Why and We’re at the HOW • How to transition to using primarily web-based device independent tech tools • Meeting requirements as specified by Legal Authorities • Increasing knowledge around cyber-safety, ethical/responsible use • Exploring Online/Hybrid Learning to maximize Learning opportunities for students in small or rural schools • Increasing staff capacity and comfort levels • Allowing students to be the experts on tech-based tools • Developing a collective District Vision and continuous Learning Plans (Infrastructure is ready and so are we!!!) • ….. Stay tuned