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MICDS Strategic Technology Plan

Vision: MICDS aspires to create an innovative, contemporary learning environment comprised


of an engaging, rigorous, and developmentally appropriate curriculum that acknowledges
evolving, emerging skillsets and literacies, supports differentiation, provides opportunities for
global collaborations, and facilitates meaningful assessment. Teachers consistently,
intentionally and thoughtfully employ technology in an increasingly student-centered,
interdisciplinary learning environment to develop critical and creative thinkers with the ability
to ethically manage, manipulate and create information as they tackle real and relevant
problems. To this end, our students and faculty will have access to and support for a range of
tools and strategies that foster the acquisition of the knowledge and skills required for lives of
service and purpose in the 21st century.

Priorities

I. Ensuring that technology is an integral component of all curricular and


programmatic development

Deepen the commitment of students, teachers, parents, and administrators to the best uses of
technology in teaching and learning

• Establish mechanisms and allocate time to share and discuss the role of technology in
the academic program and particularly in student learning: consider what we're doing
and what we need to be doing
• Ensure that hiring, professional development, curriculum, and evaluation reflect the
important role of technology in education
• Accommodate and foster the use of technology to enrich extracurricular and athletic
experiences
Develop forward-thinking curriculum that includes contemporary (21st century) literacies

• Articulate a scope and sequence of literacies to facilitate changes in instruction


• Be responsive and intentional in the inclusion of emerging technologies; change, grow,
and innovate as opportunities become available and relevant to K-12 education
Ensure that resources, technical support, and internal expertise are sufficient and properly
leveraged to sustain and grow the technology program

• Increase understanding of the academic environment and its interface with technology
by all members of the technology department
• Create redundancy in roles to ensure timely, effective support is always available
• Perform an annual audit of the efficiency and efficacy of applications and processes that
support the academic program
II. Using technology as a catalyst/accelerator for student centered learning

Promote student independence and ownership of learning through technology

• Identify pre-existing student skills and help build a well-rounded student technology
toolkit which can be used where relevant in learning
• Leverage students’ eagerness, comfort and fluency with non-Academic uses of
technology in the service of their own learning
• Lead students to understand and exercise executive function, digital citizenship, and
ethical use of technology
Partner teachers and students in learning to facilitate a pedagogical shift in the role of teachers

• Structure classrooms in a way that promotes and encourages more student


independence and direct student access to resources and tools
• Design curriculum to allow for more student choice and greater differentiation by
content and ability level
Leverage technology to strengthen our commitment to Best Practice and diverse learning
strategies
• Create an environment that embraces collaborative, interdisciplinary, and project-based
learning opportunities
• Utilize technology to increase student reflection and self-assessment
Match assessment strategies to the learning process

• Utilize portfolio, formative and diagnostic assessments to measure learning processes


and provide more frequent and timely feedback
• Teachers' assessment of students evolves to remain consistent with shifts in learning
strategies
III. Expanding the locations and opportunities for learning through the use of
technology

Create a ubiquitous learning environment.

• Increase access to human and technological resources beyond the typical school day
• Provide formal and informal online/distance education opportunities
• Employ virtual worlds as venues for collaboration and exploration
Integrate the work of the library and technology

• Clarify roles and responsibilities among members of both departments


• Coordinate and promote a common skill-set for information literacy
• Increase connections to foster student research, collaboration, and creativity
Converge social networking, online collaboration, and global connections

• Explore programmatic implications of electronically facilitated social interaction


• Utilize social networking mechanisms for sharing ideas internally and with a broader
community
• Reach outside our school community for partners and resources
• Extend our reach to include distant countries and make intercultural connections
• Cultivate situations that augment learning with service and activism to develop
leadership
• Understand and utilize power in communication to a wider audience
IV. Fostering and advancing faculty professional development to better utilize
technology to enhance learning

Build teacher investment in ongoing learning about technology, emerging strategies, research
on learning, and contemporary curriculum

• Commit to ongoing professional development opportunities to continue to provide a


forward-thinking curriculum and innovative educational experiences for students.
• Extend faculty and staff education to include non-academic and social aspect of
technology use
• Encourage faculty to utilize and model technology in their own lives and learning
• Implement outcomes from professional development in the classroom
Create a rich faculty learning environment that ensures teachers have access to experiences
that develop their expertise with technology tools and strategies

• Provide differentiated resources and learning opportunities for faculty


• Organize online and face-to-face large and small group learning opportunities
• Create and develop personal learning networks
Update hiring and evaluation procedures to include assessment of technology knowledge,
skills, and implementation

• Develop teacher learning and growth plans


• Establish process for demonstrating and documenting growth
• Ensure academic leadership (department chair, division heads, etc) understands and
values role of academic technology

Mantra: Making Innovation Tradition