Technology Committee Presents Recommendations to the Board
The board of education, as a part of the superintendent’s evaluation last spring, established the following goal: Conduct a district-wide review of technology to study the current status in the district and to develop a more technology-rich learning environment. Waukee High School principal, Kirk Johnson and Waukee Middle language arts teacher Russ Goerend co-chaired a committee of district staff to address the goal.
At the January 13 board of education meeting several committee members presented their work to the board. The committee met nine time over the last six months using three guiding questions throughout the process:
- What is our current reality?
- What is our desired state/How do we define access?
- How do we transform from our current reality into our desired state?
After surveying students, staff and parents, the committee used the results to shape the recommendations needed to create technology-rich learning environments. The recommendations focused on three main areas of improvement: on-going learning and support, access and strong infrastructure.
On-Going Learning & Support
Review, reassess and make staffing decisions to support job-embedded professional learning systemically
Increase & maintain a district supported classroom device-student ratio (i.e. – 1:2)
Encourage & support the use of personal devices
Establish instructionally-based filtering practices
Commit to systemic implementation of cloud-based storage and tools
Revise and adapt current technology plans and policies
Review annually in order to respond to increases in need
The presentation was a discussion item and no action was taken at the January board meeting.
Peyton Wormsley, a fourth grader at Walnut Hills Elementary with the help of instructional coach, Ali Locker created a video to illuminate the impact that technology-rich environments can have on student learning. The project was presented to the Board of Education on January 13.