August 14, 2008 Technology

August 14, 2008 - Technology

Thank you to everyone who attended the Summit 303 meeting.  We continue to be impressed with the lively and valuable conversations in each of the small groups of district parents, staff, residents, and students.  If you haven't been able to join us yet, it's never too late.  Each meeting stands on its' own and your feedback will be invaluable.

This month, we kicked off the Summit with a pre-meeting technology fair.  We hope you were one of the many individuals that came early to view and experience the technology available to todays students and educators. 

Following the technology fair, attendees heard from Dr. Terry Tamblyn, an expert in instructional technology, as he discussed trends, moving ahead, and what our comparison districts due in relation to technology that help to make them great.  Following Dr. Tamblyn, Mr. John Reichling, District 303's Executive Director of Technology, discussed where D303 is today with technology integration and where we are currently going.

In order to help you catch up if you were unable to attend, or if you'd just like a review, here are the:

1. Agenda

2. Presentation Slides

3. Executive Summary

4. Verbatim Responses 

5. ISTE's Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS) 


  Agenda

Agenda (pdf)

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 Presentation Slides

Technology (overview & D303) (pdf)

Technology (Dr. Tamblyn) (pdf)

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 Executive Summary

As a Result of the 
Small Group Work Activity

At the August 14, 2008 Summit 303 community meeting, residents, staff and students participated in discussions related to technology in District 303. Following a presentation on the topic, participants in small groups were asked to come to consensus on the following items:

Discussion Item #1
You’ve just heard a presentation about best practices in the area of technology and instruction and then a short summary of where D303 is in relation to these best practices. What three to five recommendations regarding instructional technology, in priority order, would your group hope might be included in the Summit 303 final recommendations?
 
Discussion Item #2
Describe what classroom tools and/or experiences you would expect a D303 student to have related to the use of technology in their instruction (in elementary, middle, and high school).
Discussion Item #1
 
The groups prioritized their recommendations regarding technology in District 303 in this order:
 
1.    83% said technology must be aligned with curriculum
Comments:
      Teachers must be required to utilize technology in the classroom
      The technology must engage the students
     
2.    75% said the overall infrastructure for technology is a high priority
Comments:
      Whiteboards, LCDs, etc. need to be in all D303 classrooms
      Must have wireless available in the buildings
      Should be a 1:1 ratio (computers to students)
      Online grading, homework
 
3.    75% said there must be ongoing staff development in technology
Comments:
      Need a plan for continual training of teachers
      Need to have tech support in place
 
It was also recommended that there be a process in place to continually assess new technology.  The groups also suggest keeping parents and the community informed about technology options, upgrades, etc.
 
Discussion Item #2
 
The work groups indicated their technology expectations at the elementary, middle, and high school level.
 
Elementary School:
        Basic keyboarding skills, word processing
        Understanding of the “ethics” associated with using technology and the Internet
        Availability of laptops and/or computer labs at all District schools
        Understanding of how to use technology for research
        Well trained teachers
        Consistency
 
Middle School: 
      Appropriate behavior online, understanding of ethics, plagiarism issues, Internet safety
      Presentation skills and ability to research and write a quality report
      Access to “blackboard” capabilities – electronically submitting and receiving school work
      Advanced software skills
      Consistency – continual access to tools
      Art and music applications
 
High School:
      Preparation for digital future, technology “for life”, interaction with global communities
      Master standard software, refine skills, explore expanded applications
      Wireless connection and access to computers
      Opportunities to create products, web design, etc.
      Fine tune online research skills
 
OTHER COMMENTS:
†      Curriculum needs to determine technology
†      Nothing is bullet proof! Don’t lead us to believe nothing can go wrong 
†      Keep information and communication open
†      All of the things that we are looking at do not require money; it requires better utilization of the technologies already there 
†      Need better testing and roll out of automated testing equipment so it doesn’t impede learning and instruction
†      How do we balance the use of technology with the need for personal interaction?
†      Need to be on the cutting edge of technology 
†      Educate on podcast technology
 
  
To see a complete list of responses from the August 14, 2008 Summit 303 meeting,
please refer to the “Verbatim Responses” document.
 

 Verbatim Responses

Verbatim Responses Document (pdf)

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