Building Technology Goals

goal-20121_640During first semester, the PLC/Leadership team set five technology goals for OTMS.  These goals are:

  • Teachers will use technology to transform lessons with activities that could not be accomplished outside of a 1:1 learning environment.
  • Teachers will use technology to differentiate instruction.
  • Students will become independent learners in response to differentiation through technology.
  • Teachers will use technology to collect formative and summative achievement data and provide students with timely feedback in response to this data.
  • Students will be given the opportunity to lead in the areas of technology support and digital citizenship.

The leadership team is currently discussing our goals and how we can lead the building to meet them; from these discussions, I have decided to make a shift in my contributions to the weekly newsletter.  My focus during the first semester was mainly tool or process oriented information; from this point forward, my weekly communication with you will be based upon our building technology goals, the ISTE Student Standards (I will discuss the ISTE Standards in more depth next week), and the TAR model.  By basing our conversations on the building goals and the ISTE Standards, I will begin with the end in mind to help ensure that the tools and processes I cover are aligned with these goals and standards.   I introduced several good tools and tips during first semester, but unless we understand why we are using technology and how it can be used to meet our building goals and the ISTE Student Standards, we risk becoming distracted in the pursuit of the newest tool, website, resource, or activity without fully reflecting on why or how we are implementing it into the instructional process.  The leadership team is currently holding conversations about how technology is used in the classroom, and the extent that this technology use is transforming student learning.

As second semester begins, continue to stress the importance of positive Chromebook care and Digital Citizenship.  This ties directly to our student leadership goal and is a necessary component of classroom management within a 1:1 environment.  There are multiple resources available on this topic, and I have chosen four to share.

Best wishes for the second semester.  I’m looking forward to working with you as we continue to learn together.

 

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