I know you’ve heard it before but here’s an Educational Technology strategy that can have impact (I say that because many technology pilot programs and initiatives never have measurable impact on student learning and test scores for a variety of reasons).
In order to be successful in implementing site-wide, or district-wide technology initiatives your program must have two components:
1 – Defined Scope, Scale and Funding
2 – Focused and recurring Professional Development.
The first actually requires an in-depth process to define the Scope and Scale of the Curriculum program – meaning:
– What instructional objectives does the system address?
– And which students are included in the program?
Once these two broad items are defined, the funding to license and procure, and the resources to implement and administer must also be identified and managed. Don’t forget the second half (implement and administer) or you successes will be short-lived.
The second component – focused and recurring Professional Development – is where the Educational Services department makes their mark. It becomes their obligation to define the professional development modules for all aspects of the identified curriculum and its technology components: from orientation to standardized classroom management and pedagogy.
We all know, that the teacher makes all the difference in the world. The question becomes, do they have the most effective tool set, and do we have a way to support them and improve their capabilities in a site-wide and/or district-wide model?