Post 9 on the 30-Day Blogging Challenge: “Write about one of your biggest accomplishments in your teaching that no one knows about (or may not care).”
Well, that stumped me. I’m a fairly public person when it comes to my work, but the “that no one knows about (or may not care)” proved challenging. I even went to visit some long-time colleagues to see if they could trigger something for me.
Here’s what they suggested I write about; it feels like I’m tooting my own horn, but oh well.
Last year in our supervisory union, we had consultants come in and assess the status of technology integration in the various schools. The outcomes were presented to the supervisory union school board and elements have been shared with our local school boards, communities, and faculty. I’m going to share some of it here now, quite publicly.
In the last 5 years, since I’ve been in the role of Technology Integration Specialist, I played a part in building upon and further developing a positive culture around technology integration. I also give most of the credit to the amazing administrator with whom I work, Walter Nardelli, and an even more remarkable faculty in two schools.
“When the vision is clear and leaders communicate plans and expectations and provide adequate resources and infrastructure, conditions for success are in place.” (this in a paragraph describing the success in Williston)
“Students at WSD are more likely to have similar experiences in acquiring technology literacy skills.”
“Teachers at WSD understand expectations about the use and application of technology and are held accountable to meet these expectations.”
Part of the study was a survey for faculty. Here are some tidbits from the survey:
At your school, how frequently are educators exposed to innovations and technology integration strategies? 87% of those who responded said “on an on-going basis”.
Over the last two years, have you participated in school or district-offered PD that was in any way related to technology use? 85% of those who responded said YES.
Innovative, technology-supported teaching practices are recognized 98% said yes.
Educators are excited about learning new ways of using learning technology to improve student learning in their content areas or grade levels. 90% said yes.
We are thinking ahead- how do we continue to improve and provide deep, rich learning experiences for our students? Where and how can technology support that work? We’re fine-tuning our next steps. Stay tuned.