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Learning Technology Plan
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In 2012, voters across our district approved a mill levy override that, among other improvements, greatly strengthens our District’s capacity to equip students with 21st century technology tools. In order to ensure that this investment aligns with instructional priorities and school needs, the Instructional Technology Advisory Committee was convened and tasked with developing a set of recommendations for technology access. From their months of work, the Learning Technology Plan was developed.
Teaching and learning is changing. In the past, access to digital resources, while nice, wasn’t a required part of the curriculum. The move to Common Core standards changes the expectation of access to technology. In fact, if you were to browse our district curriculum documents, you’d find over 150 direct mentions of technology use in every subject from Art to English to Social Studies and Mathematics.
We realized that in order to provide students and teachers with adequate access to digital tools for learning, we needed to think beyond the computer lab model of technology access and provide ways for every teacher and student to access these tools every day. The Learning Technology Plan is an attempt to meet the needs of teachers and learners moving forward.
How will learning change as a result of the LTP?
The use of mobile devices in support of student learning can be powerful. By providing increased access to tablets and other technology resources, teachers and students have opportunities to participate in rich opportunities for learning that can expand beyond the classroom walls. In addition, by providing secondary students with take-home devices, learning can be extended to the home and can include the entire family. Through the Learning Technology Plan, students and teachers have the tools they need to investigate, communicate, collaborate, create, model, and explore concepts and content in authentic contexts.
By the end of school year 2013-2014
- Two middle schools will pilot iPad mini devices for students and teachers
- All middle school teachers will be assigned an iPad mini
- All middle school classrooms will receive an updated desktop computer
By the end of school year 2014-2015
- All middle school students in the district will be assigned an iPad mini.
- All elementary labs will be updated
- All elementary schools will receive a Chromebook cart
- All PreK and K teachers will be assigned an iPad mini
- Half of high school classrooms will receive an updated desktop computer
- Half of high school teachers will be assigned an iPad mini
By the end of school year 2015-2016
- Half of elementary classrooms will receive an updated desktop computer
- Half of high school students will be assigned an iPad mini
- Remaining half of high school teachers will be assigned an iPad mini
- Remaining half of high school classrooms will receive an updated desktop computer
By the end of school year 2016-2017
- Remaining half of high school students will be assigned an iPad mini
- Remaining half of elementary classrooms will receive an updated desktop computer
- Elementary teachers will be assigned an iPad mini
By the end of school year 2017-2018
- All elementary classrooms will receive a set of iPad minis.
The Learning Technology Plan provides a variety of technology tools including iPad minis, Chromebooks, and desktop computers.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Click here for a list of frequently asked questions
- Click here to submit questions or comments regarding the Learning Technology Plan
- Click here to view the Learning Technology Plan Overview
Notes from the Learning Technology Plan Public Deliberation Sessions
During the week the Learning Technology Plan mailed to all parents of incoming sixth, seventh and eighth graders, we sent 11 tweets out through our district Twitter account highlighting content from the mailing and where parents can learn more on our website. We also shared the news coverage from the iPad roll out and John Couch’s visit on our LinkedIn Company page.
- View the LTP Informational Mailer (English)
- View the LTP Informational Mailer (Español)
- Smart Infrastructure, A Research Report from the Center for Digital Education and Converge (Page 12)
Education Today: John Couch, VP of Education, Apple Inc.
Don Haddad, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, John Couch, VP of Education for Apple Inc. and Instructional Technology Coordinator, Michelle Bourgeois, discuss technology in schools and the cultural shifts taking place in the corporate world and throughout school districts across the nation.