The Bexley Technology Department supports and maintains district technology operations and support for teaching and learning. This includes network infrastructure, staff/student learning devices, and access to services that support their work. The technology department also includes staff charged with training staff on how to use technology as well as a database administrator supporting our student information system and data reporting.
Bexley Technology Plan: 2019-2021
During the Summer of 2019, a three year technology plan was presented to and approved by the Bexley Board of Education.
Download the Full Technology Plan Here
A summary of the district technology goals are detailed below:
Commitment: Develop and maintain a responsible network infrastructure that supports operations and communications.
No organization can function without an appropriate infrastructure. It is not why we come to work, but without it, we cannot function when we arrive. Our infrastructure includes the tools necessary to keep students safe and their identity and data secured and private. It is also the backbone of our communication and day to day operations.
As we embrace new initiatives, we must keep in mind the impact it has on the technology infrastructure. These are constant and iterative enhancements we must make to keep up with the demands of personal technology.
Commitment: Provide access, service, and support that creates the gateway for innovative instruction
A K-12 technology department provides an enormous set of services to students and staff. The list is ever-growing, and without an appropriate way to manage this growth, the support suffers. Our time with students is incredibly valuable. Any effort to reduce the time required for teachers and students to prepare or support technology should be given special attention.
Those future choices come with cost and prioritization. We are often asked to choose between resources we would describe as “essential,” “necessary,” and “important.” Throughout the next several years, we will have to prioritize and ask big questions.
We do not want to focus on the device or “things.” What is important to us is what it unlocks and allows us to do. If we do not provide the appropriate tools, we cannot successfully support the enhancement of teaching and learning.
Learning Experience Wave
Commitment: Lead the growth and development of technology integration that will redefine and transform our learning environments and learning experiences
We want to teach in a space that allows for healthy and innovative uses of technology. We want that experience to be engaging and valuable to a student whose life after graduation will look much different than the world their teachers and parents were taught. Nearly all career paths include an element of using tools that today we call “innovative” that in such a short time will be merely a standard operating tool.
We must invest in the integration of these experiences now and in perpetuity. We need to find avenues to embrace the learning of today like coding, automation, and robotics while knowing it is the foundation of tomorrow (artificial intelligence, neural networks, and quantum computing). Prioritizing innovative areas cannot take away from our standard classroom content either. The traditional power of technology integration was using the technology to help learn about core content, and in the process you gained a technical skill. Moving forward, we must enhance this beyond a skill, and let it become a craft or competency that engages students into a new understanding.
This does not come without a need for balance. We have students who need assistance with self-regulation of appropriate behavior online, and we have students who do not have access to a personal device or internet access at all. Our most difficult work is the moderation of these two extremes while creating a healthy experience inside and outside our classroom.