October Meeting overview

Our elementary and secondary ITAC committees met for the at the end of October to begin their work in refining our initial implementation plan for the LTP. Our goal is to use these committees to give us feedback and recommendations as we continue to make our program even better.

The committee began by reviewing our norms and looking through the scope of their work so that we all have a clear understanding of how their contributions fit into the larger work of the district. We also spent time looking back through the original ITAC committee’s Actions and Attributes document to identify a priority that we could work on this year.

Elementary Committee Overview:

The elementary committee determined that their priority would be: Teachers model digital age learning for their students and are engaged in continuous professional growth.

In the elementary committee, we discussed the upcoming application for phase 1 elementary schools that will go out in December. The committee made some great recommendations that we incorporated into our plan.

Secondary Committee Overview:

The middle school members determined that their priority would be: Students and teachers model and engage in innovative learning practices such as dynamic sharing, deep thinking, and project based learning. These practices incorporate an awareness of the need to build digital habits and to assist teachers in learning to manage digitally-enhanced learning environments.

High school determined their focus would be:  Students use technology to support critical thinking, problem solving and the ability to gather, evaluate, and analyze information sources.

The secondary committee reviewed data from our existing implementation at the middle school level and reviewed data to help us make decisions on two important areas:

  • Looking at the data from our existing student app installations, are our student app levels appropriate for middle school? Currently students can install any app that is rated for age 12 or below. With the release of iOS 8, many app manufacturers have updated their age ratings and we want to confirm that 12+ is still the right level for our students.
  • Student care of cables is a concern for our schools, especially as we recycle iPads between students. The committee looked at several proposals for working with students who lose or damage their cables.

Both groups were left with the task of gathering wider feedback from their respective peer groups so we can finalize our recommendations in January. If you’d like to follow along with the work, you can find the agendas linked here along with the resources shared during the meeting. Feel free to leave us comments and feedback here so your voice is part of our conversation.

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