On my blog Laura commented about making things positive. This was a big part of what I read. Even though I hear this many times throughout the year, it never hurts to hear it again. I try my best to be positive, but there is always room for improvement. Josie commented on the part I mentioned about Mooresville School District. They implemented tech and saw a rise in test scores. I put this as a reason for tech and it is a good reason. Josie reminded me of how raising test schools should be the secondary benefit. I completely agree with this because I don't think test scores are the best measure of student learning. I believe we should look at student work and actually talk to the students to determine if tech benefits them.
I am envious of Daysha for having a school district that has a well thought out tech policy, in writing! I wish mine did. I think the problem in the area our district covers. It is so large and each site has varying abilities depending on the knowledge of the site tech. Our site tech is still learning so a lot has to be done by teachers. Not much room for PD in tech. She also pointed out the disparity in the amount of tech used by each teacher. Some teachers use it all day, everyday while others seldom use it. This creates a huge disparity in the knowledge of 21st century skills each student gets. There isn't much a single teacher can do. However Daysha did point out that we could test an experiment with new tech continuously. If we do this we should share with others. This could help improve tech usage because we could become the expert at some technologies and help trouble shoot for teachers who are struggling. We could also suggest things that we find work well. This would help eliminate trying things that don't work and save time for many teachers and students.
Aleta is in the same district that I teach in, so it was easy to relate to her post. Our district is trying to improve tech but it is hard to do because our district covers such a big area. I always feel like the school I teach at gets left out because we are so far from Bethel. It seems like the schools closer to Bethel get more help because they are easier to get to. Again this leaves a lot up to site techs. Aleta also talked about how our district is very good at using tech for testing and pre-made programs. She talked about doing interdisciplinary units. I have been reading so much about this and love the idea. The only problem is the way the curriculum is set up and the way credits are given based on this to high schoolers. I would love to see classes and curriculum to be redesigned. Maybe the classes could be less rigid and more open. This is probably bigger than our district, but I can always dream. Maybe someday the credit system will be overhauled. To do all of this we need to update our tech policy as a district. It is our responsibility to keep students safe and show them how to use the internet appropriately.