Our district is fortunate to have nearly 10,000 computing devices in use each day by staff and students. But what that device usage looks like varies greatly from classroom to classroom or building to building. This year we are working with a group called Digital Promise to help us ensure that our use of technology is meaningful, engaging, based in research, and impactful for our students. Digital Promise will be helping us to develop a clear vision for technology usage amongst students and staff in all of our schools and programs throughout the Peninsula School District.
The first step in this process was the Teaching & Learning with Technology Summit that took place on September 30, 2017 at Henderson Bay High School. Over 50 teachers, administrators, students, parents, business, and community members convened to discuss what is taking place now in a “Day in the Life” of a Peninsula School District student as well as to vision what the “Day in the Life” of a Peninsula School District student could be. This visioning included thinking about what students should be doing throughout the day and how technology can assist them on that journey.
Common themes discussed by summit participants included student choice, creativity, flexibility, accessibility, communication, collaboration, and connectedness. The vast majority of conversations within table groups was centered around the educational opportunities that students would have exposure to rather than the technology tools that will help them get there. An overarching theme of the morning was that technology is a tool to access the learning and should be available to students as they move throughout their day.
The next step is for the Technical Services department in concert with district leadership to take the information collected during the Teaching & Learning with Technology Summit to create a vision for technology usage throughout the district. This process will include visioning what the “Day in the Life” of a future Peninsula School District will entail and how technology usage will be woven throughout that experience. This vision and “Day in the Life” will be presented to the school board during a March 2018 meeting.