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 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.
Year 1 Action
Find appropriate measures and create structure to address digital inclusion and “homework gap”
Successful deployment of LTE equipped devices and Cellular Hotspots provided by the Bexley Education Foundation. Reconfigured District content filter to serve students outside District network.
Increase personal and directed professional learning avenues for teachers
Provided teaching staff district laptops to replace desktop computers to allow for greater flexibility in professional learning. Increased learning opportunities to develop use of modern tools such as Google Apps for Education.
Provide a use-case for technology integration specialists, to be recommended to the Superintendent for hire
Hired Toby Fischer as our first Technology Integration Coach.
Work with area experts on student digital wellness resources to support social and emotional initiatives
Completed a comprehensive development and curation of Digital Wellness resources as part of a consortium with local Districts and WOSU.
Year 2 Action
Increase and promote additional resources to access for families who maintain difficulty securing Internet access.
Met all requests for assistance in providing Internet access. Provided outdoor wireless access at all properties.
Combine professional learning efforts with technology integration coaching cycles and grade/subject area collaboration.
Tech Integration work supported pandemic needs and focused on relationship building. Work is embedded with instructional coaches while leading individual professional learning and working along our staff in the Ohio Blended Collaborative.
Deliver Digital Wellness resources developed in February of 2020 throughout K-12 instruction.
Promoted digital wellness through counselors, librarians, and tech-assistants.
Year 3 Focus
Structure K-12 Digital Wellness education opportunities and family education
Begin individualized or team coaching cycles, focus on personalized learning and outcomes from investment in the Ohio Blended Collaborative
Continue efforts on digital inclusion, with increase in family education opportunities