Friday, January 27, 2012

Technology Committee

The Technology Committee met on January24 and 25th. We met for some training, along with collaboration on what technology should like within the Muscatine Community School District. Eighteen participants from all levels met at the board office. The objective was to define clearly what learning is and to set technology goals for the district. It became pretty evident that as a staff we define learning as active engagement that encourages reflection along with a process of obtaining new information. We began to set broad goals for technology. The exact wording is still to come but in general, the committee envisions technology to be integral part of all curriculum (not separate) but a seamless integration. We would still focus on standards and benchmarks of the area being taught and technology would just become a natural part of each lesson. We began discussion of how to obtain this natural infusion, it mostly came back to leveling the playing field of resources. We realize we have pockets of large integration and pockets of little to no integration of technology. Some of this is due to resources and others is due to lack of knowledge. As a committee how may we support both avenues? These are our underlying questions that will lead us in the future to a more advanced and knowledgeable staff. I am excited for the changes!

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