How is Jeffco different from other districts (when it comes to IT)?
All districts operate differently but here are some ways Jeffco looks different than the ³norm´
Ed Tech work a component of instruction, not Technology.
any districts are moving this direction but we made the change over 10 years ago when it was seen as radical.
Educational Technology services sits parallel to departments such asCurriculum/instruction, Special Ed, Assessment, etc. In many cases it is a subset. This isusually not a norm in large districts.
Educational Technology oversees the use of all technology across the Division of Instruction including tools like Student Information, IEP¶s APL¶s Assessment, Libraries, Professional Development, etc.
Jeffco blended the work or technology and libraries over 10 years ago. This is now arequirement under the state ET-IL (Educational Technology ± Information Literacy) plan.
re they going to begin testing standards in technology?
They were tested this year. All districts in the state of Colorado are required to report that data.The law states that all students will be technological by 8
grade. The problem with that isthe federal government will not define technological literate. They leave it up to the state of Colorado and the state of Colorado say we will not define it. We¶ll leave it up to thedistricts to figure it out. So it has been pretty topsy turvy in that area. So there was noassessment but we are required to report how many students are technological literate by 8
grade. Now we as many districts in the state take assessment pretty literally. We just do anassessment in 8
grade. All 8
graders were assessed
Where do you get the standards?
We built our assessment off the ISTE
International Society for Technology in Education
standards. We adopt the ISTE standards as our district standards and we are using the newones. We know there are a lot of states still working off of the old one. I am sure Brent has shared with you the new ISTE standards. That really gives it a glimpse of some of the other issues. We were only able to write standards at this time. We have benchmarks just likeCAP written for every grade level k-12 for those technology standards. They are onlyaligned right now with
of the standards; computer operations, information literacy, and ethical and safety of technology. The other
difficult. That is what we are taking on this year«problem solving, critical thinking and online safety.
Do you have a team where you brainstorm ideas and bounce new methods around?
It is kind of 2 way team here. We are pretty lean. I have one educational technology specialist. We are the smallest educational technology department in the state. And it¶shard for her to do that. I know somebody sent out an email the other day. It stated: They were upset because theyhave a staff to teacher ratio of 80:1. They felt that was so unacceptable. They wanted toknow what other schools were. I replied in an email that we (at Jeffco) have 5000:1 ±