What is Technology Integration?
According to ISTE's National Educational Technology Standards for Students, as well as the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, creativity, collaboration, problem-solving and digital citizenship are skills that students need to master and apply in all curricular areas. We know that this also aligns with the new Common Core State Standards, where students need to be literate in research and information analysis, understand how to media purposefully, and communicate effectively for authentic audiences. These skills are central to our mission and are reflected in our newly revised (Spring, 2012) LAFSD Strategic Plan.
Our new 2013-16 District Technology Plan sets specific objectives in the areas of curriculum integration, infrastructure, and professional development. Our vision is that students will develop the skills they need to succeed in a media-centric, global society. To achieve this, we will build and support a 1:1 learning environment that is reliable, effective, legal, and evolutionary. We will:
- Commit to using "technology" and understand it is central to how we operate
- Establish, maintain, and promote a culture where Information Literacy is central to students' learning experiences in all core subject areas
- Infuse the use of digital media to support literacy in the location where students spend most of their day - the classroom
- Actively support life long learners at all levels within the educational community
During the 2013-2014 school year, we will be focusing on two major areas of work. First, we will be diligently revamping the Site Technology Plan at each school site to ensure that our site goals align with the recently revised District Tech Plan vision and objectives. Second, we will be taking careful, thoughtful steps at implementing best instructional practices which support the Common Core, and continuing to build capacity in managing mobile devices and delivering powerful 21st Century learning experiences - exciting times!
Some of our current areas of focus include:
- Providing students with equitable opportunities to have integrated learning experiences based on our K-8 LAFSD Common Technology Experiences and K-8 Library Goals
- Using reflective, open-ended creative tools and apps (such as Google Drive, blogging, iTalk Recorder, video, etc
- Deepening our use of research tools such as Destiny and WorldBook Online to directly support the Common Core
- Continuing to invest in our infrastructure and bandwidth to support our growing inventory of wireless devices
- Developing methods for building capacity in our delivery of 21st Century instructional practice
- Continuing to use video conferencing and Skype for virtual field trips (CA State Parks Dept.) and peer-to-peer collaboration
- Building capacity on the topic of Digital Citizenship
- Continuing to explore best practice with using iPads in the classroom
- Deepening the use of SchoolLoop for classroom and district-wide communication, and Aeries.net for data management
- Exploring new teaching strategies such as "flipped classroom" models and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
- Migrating all reading assessment tools to the cloud
We are proud about our progress so far on our journey to provide all students with 21st Century learning opportunities, and we also know there is much more work to do! We are extremely grateful for the support we receive from LPIE, our parent organizations, and our entire educational community so that we may stay current and ensure students build the skills they need to be successful in the digital world.
Thank you for reading about our Instructional Technology program. For questions or comments, please contact Angie Corritone, District Technology Coordinator.