Here’s the list we came up with during our planning – all of these items need to be in place for technology integration to be a success:
- A clearly articulated, documented mandate for teacher expectations.
- Understanding what IT integration is (and isn’t) and how the Facilitator can be utilized to enhance the teaching and learning experience.
- Ability to flexibly utilize technology tools and infrastructure to meet the needs of global 21st Century teaching strategies.
- Transparent curriculum infrastructure (wiki) – clear, easy to access documentation for the entire school curriculum.
- Clearly articulated Year at a Glance maps from teachers and the establishment of static units, building on experiences from past years.
- Understanding that collaboratively planned unites with authentic learning experiences that embed the backward design process result in higher achievement of the Standards & Benchmarks. Flexibility with the classroom dynamic and teaching is an essential component of 21st Century teaching and learning.
- Creating, documenting and sharing common assessment practices.
- Sharing successes with technology, both internally and through external visionaries on site within structure Professional Development as based on a mandate.
- Common planning time with IT Facilitator – grade level teams (framework requires grade level planning time)
- Classroom technology support, particularly for mobile carts (charging, set-up)
- Instructional support – specifically the addition of middle and high lab assistant to support integration (the teacher will not always be proficient)
- Revision of curriculum map format to embed IT integration.
- Equitable access to technology resources.
- Professional Development to increase teacher comfort level with technology (as supported by the roles listed in our framework)
- Purchase of peripherals and software to enhance the teaching and learning experience.
What do you think? What are we missing?