This week’s assignment asked us to examine and reflect upon educational technology plans at the national, state, and district level. Schools are definitely moving into uncharted territory based on a very quick glance at what’s going on nationally. According to Edcentral.org, only 19 states have up-to-date technology plans. The state of Virginia is mentioned as a model state in this regard. When you combine this information with the infographic above, we should be concerned that an increasing amount of money is being spent on educational technology without the proper planning in place for long-term success.
I enjoyed completing the Maturity Benchmarks Survey for Pride ES. I discovered that we fall into the Islands Stage with the overall progressions being: Emergent, Islands, Integrated, and Intelligent. Here are the key indicators of the Islands Stage and a look forward into our next stage of development, the Integrated Stage:
The keys to moving forward at Pride ES will be as such:
- A curricular focus from teachers who intentionally incorporate technology into their lesson plans. Currently, teachers will need to take ownership of this because our district has not laid out how to do this in our educational technology plan.
- Maintain current administrative focus on electronic grading, attendance, and mail. Improve ongoing planning around technology integration and be transparent about line item budgets that effect technology in the classroom.
- A support focus, at all levels, to promote and prioritize technology training for all personnel. As well, provide fair and adequate time and compensation for those charged with maintaining our technology system on site.
- Maintain focus on innovators so that leaders are present within buildings. Provide paid professional development opportunities to network with others at this level of expertise.
Finally, I would add that Pride ES has work to do in the area of community relations. We need to inform our parent community, civic groups, and local businesses about the importance of technology in the classroom and how it can transform learning. Intel has been a huge support, but families need to understand what technology can do for their child. This information gap can be closed by offering family technology nights and by having teachers create new ways of keeping families up-to-date when worksheets and printed class newsletters no longer go home.