Technology Vision Unpacking
Technology Vision Unpacking
Douglas Irish, Information Technology Coordinator
During our first Technology Leadership Team meeting for the year, faculty representatives from all areas of the school were given time to “unpack” our Technology Vision (stated below). They were asked to identify the key components of our vision and then discuss and record where this vision is evident in our classroom practice as well as in their own professional practice. They were also asked for ideas on what more could be done to support our vision. The edited results of our discussion are below.
TAISM encourages the development of information literacy skills across the curriculum to enable TAISM students and staff to be responsible, resourceful, innovative, discerning and informed users of technology and information.
Key components of our Vision:
• Applies to all students and staff
• Emphasizes the development of information literacy skills across the curriculum, integrated within all classrooms
• Demonstrates that we are trying to create responsible and educated users of technology
• Allows for flexibility to learn and freedom of self expression
Our vision is evident in our classrooms:
• Through our one-device-per-student model that we are building, which will see all grade 3 through grade 12 students with an iPad available to them
throughout the day
• MS/HS students are allowed to take home their devices to extend the technology learning in their homework activities
• Our school has many subscriptions to online databases
• Teachers teach students how to find and evaluate information
• We encourage students to be critical readers of information
• We review what appropriate use of technology is and teach digital citizenship from grade 1 onwards (infused in normal curriculum)
• Students support peers through collaboration
• Teachers discuss using the right tool, technology or other, at the right time, trying to keep a good life balance
• Students are creating projects previously impossible without the use of technology
• Teachers create opportunities for students to develop a unique understanding beyond curriculum
What are our faculty members doing themselves to support this vision?
• Demonstrate responsible use through the tools assigned to them
• Model digital citizenship for students
• Attend professional development opportunities to learn more about current uses of technology
How can the IT Department (including faculty) support the technology vision for the future?
• Provide staff with more opportunities for professional development
• Articulate digital citizenship curriculum across all grade levels
• Allow time for departments/grade levels to share integrated technology learning