I attended the recent Illinois Computer Educators' Conference in Saint Charles, Illinois, and was absolutely amazed by both the depth and quality of the presentations. I am the principal of a K-6th grade school in South Elgin, Illinois, and thought we were starting to implement some exciting things related to technology. We procured a classroom set of iPads using external grants, document cameras for every classroom, and have significantly upgraded our building's tech infrastructure. All great first steps, but when I saw the incredible things that are happening out in the educational landscape, I saw just how much more was possible.
I was inspired to start this blog to chronicle our journey through a full tech upgrade at our school, from resource procurement and management to changes in pedagogy using technology.
We are all collectively taking our first steps toward tech integration and implementation. Some big questions remain in front of us. Resource questions: Chromebooks or laptops? Schoology or Edmodo?How many iPads? Which apps? Pedgogical questions: How to best integrate technology given the more rigorous expectations of the Common Core State Standards? How to define the content (i.e., what students should be able to know and do at every grade level, although the PARCC Model Content Frameworks help there) and process (i.e., what skills students need to demonstrate their content mastery) skill gaps at every grade level, and create and implement plans to address those gaps by the 2014-2015 school year?
When I've got that figured out, I'll let you know. In the meantime, we're on the path!