The rumors are true – new technology is coming

I wanted to provide you with a brief update on how the 2012 Mill Levy Override instructional technology dollars will be invested.

You may have seen the article that appeared in last weekend’s edition of the Daily Times Call or are aware that the Board of Education approved the ITAC committee’s recommendations during their June 10th meeting (if you would like to see & hear the recommendations approved by the Board, go to the 38-minute mark of the video).

These recommendations represent the best thinking from a tremendously diverse, representative, and talented committee and I could not be more proud of their work or confident of the direction we are heading.

So, now that we know what the future of instructional technology will look like in our schools, the next question I often receive is WHEN will schools receive the new technology. The short answer is that a subset of the larger ITAC committee is working on those details and will keep you updated as details emerge. One thing is certain, however, and that is that this initiative will take several years to be fully implemented.

In other words, contrary to some popular rumors, you will not see hundreds of iPads in your school when you return from summer.  Again, this effort will take many years and there is a great deal of preparation that needs attention before that happens (e.g., professional development, policies, infrastructure, communication, etc.).

I hope this information informs and inspires you.

Have a great year!

Joe McBreen, Chief Information Officer

Images from one of the ITAC meetings held during the spring of 2013:

1 thought on “The rumors are true – new technology is coming

  1. I’m sure this is premature, but I’m not sure what to say to the negative people when discussing that article. Mostly, people who assume the kids will just destroy and trash the iPads. I have a lot more faith in you guys and the kids, but how do you respond to that? Also, how do you respond to the people who think technology isn’t that crucial to education? I want to be able ton respond correctly.

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