October ITAC Meetings

Both the Elementary and Secondary Instructional Technology Advisory Committees met during the first two weeks of October. Here’s a summary of our work.

Secondary ITAC

Secondary ITAC began by looking at data from our annual LTP surveys of parents, students and teachers and noting trends and further questions to explore.

We then reviewed the SVVSD 6 Essential Components for Learning Technology and examined the Horizon Report for 2017 K-12 Education. We discussed which of these predicted trends we anticipate being relevant to St. Vrain Valley Schools in the next 1-3 years and how our Learning Technology Plan supports these areas.

Finally, we began a dialogue on the upcoming refresh cycle of 1:1 devices in our middle schools and whether we should consider shifting from the iPad Mini to a full-sized model. This conversation will be continued at our next meeting as we continue to gather information and input from stakeholders.

Elementary ITAC

Elementary ITAC engaged in two conversations. In our first conversation we reviewed the current state of the Learning Technology Plan in our elementary schools, which received classroom sets of iPads and accessories as we entered the fourth year of our LTP rollout. We then reviewed the SVVSD 6 Essential Components for Learning Technology  and looked at the trimester goals schools set for themselves, aligning these goals to the 6 Essential Components.

During our second conversation, we examined the Horizon Report for 2017 K-12 Education. We discussed which of these predicted trends (short-term, mid-term, and long-term) we anticipate being relevant to St. Vrain Valley Schools in the next 1-3 years and how our Learning Technology Plan supports these areas.

 


If you’d like to see the agendas and notes from the meetings, you can find them on the ITAC blog under Meeting Documents.

Introducing 2017-19 ITAC Members

Welcome to our newest Instructional Technology Advisory Committee members!

As we move into our 5th year of the Learning Technology Plan, ITAC will continue to serve an advisory role in our technology planning. They are a critical voice in making sure we have representation from all segments of our SVVSD community: teachers, administrators, district staff, and families.

Separate elementary and secondary-level ITAC committees make recommendations which lead to the best possible implementation outcomes.

We rotate one-half of the committee members each year to ensure continuity while also allowing others to add their voice to the group.

This blog will continue to serve as a place for others to join in the conversation and follow their work. Please check in and share your input with our committee representatives.

The new 2017-19 ITAC Committee members:

Elementary

  • Melissa Davis
  • Jill Fuller
  • Traci Haley
  • Temple Hayles
  • Sara Kissinger
  • Kerin McClure
  • Kristina Stem
  • Adam Williams

Secondary

  • Annie Falkenberg
  • Laurieann Henderson
  • Lauren Hodges
  • Doug Jackson
  • Mollie Kelleher
  • Jason Kelsall
  • Karen Percak
  • Zachary Pinkerton

ITAC December 2016 Meetings

Elementary and Secondary Instructional Technology Advisory Committees met during the first week of December. Here’s a summary of our work.

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Elementary ITAC

Elementary ITAC began by reviewing feedback from surveys and a meeting with our elementary iPad Readiness schools (Eagle Crest, Erie, Thunder Valley), who are helping us test processes to use next year when we roll out devices to all of our elementary schools. Based on this feedback and discussion, ITAC made the following recommendations:

  • Provide class sets of iPads to grade level classrooms based on average district class size.
  • Provide access to Specials (PE, Music, Art) and pull-out classes through shared carts of iPads.
  • Give the highest priority to purchasing iPads and work with our readiness schools to determine which accessories are essential and how they are being used.
  • Communicate with schools and with district leads to determine which pull-outs (SPED, G/T, ELL, Literacy) are active in the elementary schools, how these classes operate, and how they might utilize the technology.

We also looked briefly at apps currently provided to our elementary students through Mobile Device Management (MDM) and the proposed process for requesting and selecting additional iOS apps to add to MDM.

 

Secondary ITAC

Secondary ITAC began by discussing Apple IDs – both managed Apple IDs and personal Apple IDs (for students over the age of 13) – and the limitations and advantages of both. We then broke into groups to discuss implications for middle school and high school students and came up with the following recommendations:

  • In High School, we believe utilizing personal Apple IDs (whether linked to personal or educational email account) is a best practice; therefore, we maintain the current practice that every incoming 9th grader create an Apple ID for their use because we expect high school students to be self-directed, informed, collaborative learners.
  • In Middle School, we believe Apple IDs provide the advantage of iCloud backup; therefore we expect 6th and 7th graders to have Managed Apple IDs and 8th graders to create personal Apple IDs (after turning 13) with a recommendation that we educate students about the differences between personal and professional use.

We also reviewed last year’s iMessage recommendations with the intention of reviewing this at our next meeting.


If you’re interested in seeing the agendas and notes from the meetings, you can find them on the ITAC blog under Meeting Documents.

2016-2018 Instructional Technology Advisory Committee Application

The Instructional Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) is looking for additional members to join and help us refine our district-wide plan for instructional technology.

ITAC consists of district leaders, school administrators, teachers, school staff, and parents who serve on one of two Instructional Technology Advisory Committees. These committees will provide input and guidance to the technology department and help to refine implementation plans for our technology investments.

If you are interested in serving on a committee, please read the ITAC overview document to understand the commitment and the role of a member. Then, complete the application linked here. Meetings will be held after school 3-4 times per year. A stipend will be available for staff participants.

Schools, please forward this invitation to parents who you feel would be interested in joining a committee.

Thank you for your work to ensure the thoughtful use of technology in the St. Vrain Valley Schools.

Joe McBreen
CTO

Michelle Bourgeois
Project Manager

ITAC Spring Meeting Summary

On March 30, the Elementary and Secondary Instructional Technology Advisory Committees met for the final conversations of the year. Here’s a summary of their work.

Elementary ITAC

Elementary ITAC reviewed the initial app listing for elementary iPads provided by the LTP. We began reviewing additional apps to be considered, so check back on the list over the next several months to see what additions we make!

We also reviewed the proposed settings and restrictions for classroom iPads to be purchased as part of the elementary LTP iPad program including:

  • App age level settings to be 4+
  • App store, iBooks store and in-app purchases to be disabled. Apps and books will be provided through the in-district LANrev apps store.
  • iMessage, Facetime, and Mail to be disabled. Teachers will be able to use these features on their staff iPad.

Finally, we discussed Classroom (Apple’s new feature set built into iOS 9.3) and decided that they warrant further investigation for adoption in elementary. Our 3 iPad Readiness schools (Eagle Crest, Erie Elementary and Thunder Valley K8) will begin to adopt the new Classroom features next year and report back to the committee on their discoveries.

Secondary ITAC

With the addition of Apple’s new School Manager and Classroom features as part of 9.3, we asked ITAC to explore the benefits as well as the implications of adopting these tools at the secondary level. At this time, the committee determined we should not pursue adoption in grades 6-12, but will watch and learn from the elementary schools who will be exploring.

We also explored apps that are installed on student devices in the district and looked at proposals for additions to our in district app store. DTS and the Curriculum team will be investigating the new app proposals for possible inclusion next year.

If you’re interested in seeing the agendas and notes from the meetings, you can find them on the ITAC blog under Meeting Documents.

ITAC 2014 begins

Welcome to our newest ITAC members! As we move ahead in our implementation of the Learning Technology Plan, the ITAC committee will continue to serve an advisory role in our technology planning. They are a critical voice in making sure we have representation from all segments of our SVVSD community: teachers, administrators, district staff, and families.

Because our initial ITAC committee recommendations lead to different implementation pathways for elementary and secondary levels, we’ve split the committee into two. We’ll rotate half of the committee members each year to ensure continuity while also allowing others to add their voice to the group.

This blog will continue to serve as a place for others to join in the conversation and follow their work. Please check in and share your input with our committee.

The 2014 ITAC Committee members:

Elementary

Stephanie Anderson School admin Columbine ES
David Baker District leadership Professional Dev
Ben Bernstein Parent/Guardian Longmont Estates ES
Sarah Bloms STEM Indian Peaks ES
Dede Frothingham School admin Alpine ES
Lynn Hannapel Classroom teacher Indian Peaks ES
LeAnne Kelly Librarian Thunder Valley K8
Amber Mault Classroom teacher Blue Mountain ES
Jennifer Ryan School admin Mountain View

Secondary

Courtney Adams Classroom teacher Longs Peak MS
Kahle Charles District leadership Curriculum
Greg George District leadership Math
Phil Goerner Librarian Silver Creek HS
Linda Goertz Classroom teacher Altona MS
Kara Jostes STEM Trail Ridge MS
Jeremy LaCrosse School admin Westview MS
Andrea McBreen School admin Longmont HS
Laura McDonald Parent/Guardian Sunset MS
Sherri Platt Librarian Mead MS
Jennifer Saless Classroom teacher Erie MS
Paul Stecina School admin Erie HS
Adam Wellington Classroom teacher Coal Ridge MS

The Learning Technology Plan

In previous months, the ITAC committee has shared the documents that frame the “Why” behind our upcoming Learning Technology Plan rollout. With input from others in the district, they framed an Actions and Attributes list to describe how technology should enhance teaching and learning in SVVSD. They also took into consideration the ways in which technology and curriculum are interconnected by looking at the district unit plans and the related technology vertical alignment.

With much input and guidance from the ITAC committee, we’re exited to share the SVVSD Learning Technology Plan and the timeline for rollout. You can see a copy of the plan by following this link.

You’ll notice that this year will include a focus on two middle school “readiness sites” who will assist us in determining the processes, procedures, and needs as we move forward with the remaining schools. All middle schools were invited to apply to become a readiness site, and the two selected sites will be announced soon.

In the meantime, if you’d like a synopsis of  the “when” and “what” of the Learning Technology Plan by level, use the links below

Elementary Learning Technology Plan

Middle School Learning Technology Plan

High School Learning Technology Plan

There’s much more to share about the plan including the options for professional learning as well as guidelines for parents, students, and teachers. We’ll be discussing these with the ITAC committee and will publish our progress and meeting information here.

We hope you’ll continue to share your input and feedback as we move forward.

 

Continuing the work

During the 2013-2014 school year, a subset of the ITAC committee will continue the work begun by the larger group. Now that recommendations have been approved and rollout plans are coming together, this smaller committee will help guide the implementation of technology across the district.

In order to ensure that we hear from a representative population within St. Vrain Valley schools, we selected representation from a wide variety of roles within the district. Our committee consists of the following members:

  • 1 elementary administrator – Amanda Sauer, Erie ES

  • 1 secondary administrator – Jeremy Lacrosse, Westview MS

  • 1 elementary teacher – Sarah Bloms, Centennial ES

  • 1 middle teacher – Adam Wellington, Coal Ridge MS

  • 1 high teacher Paul Stecina, Erie HS

  • 1 Library representative Sherri Platt, Mead MS

  • 1 curriculum representative Greg George, Math Coordinator

  • 1 OPD representative David Baker, Office of Professional Development

  • 1 student services representative Sally Burch, Student Services

  • 3 DTS representatives Erik Black, Dan Magyar, Mark Stilwell

In May, we held a meeting with this smaller group to begin conversations about possible rollout scenarios and considerations for professional learning and implementation. You can see the agendas for this and past meetings in the ITAC Meeting documents folder to the left.

We hope you will continue to follow this work and participate in our conversations. Send us your wonderings. Ask for clarification when something isn’t clear. Share your ideas for how we can make this program a success.

We look forward to hearing from you.

ITAC Meeting 8: Finalizing recommendations

On April 24, the ITAC committee wrapped up four months of exploration and conversation to provide a vision for instructional technology in St. Vrain Valley Schools. We are excited to share the results of their work with you and to invite your comments.

To gain a perspective on the frame for learning they used as a basis for their recommendations, browse the Guidelines for Instructional Technology Considerations which list the actions and attributes we want our learning spaces to support as well as the Technology-Curriculum Alignment document which highlights the explicit evidence outcomes in our district curriculum where technology is a necessary part of instruction.

The Instructional Technology Advisory Committee Final Report to the Chief Information Officer is an overview of the recommendations for technology implementation across the district. While still a draft and undergoing revision by the committee, this will give you a sense of their final thoughts and recommendations. If you have feedback or comments, we’d love to have you share them with us.

Our sincere thanks go to the 33 members of the ITAC committee for all their work. Their collective voice, spanning multiple grade levels, subject areas, departments, and schools, gave a truly representative voice for this process. It is through their incredible efforts that we have such a powerful vision of the future of learning in the St. Vrain Valley Schools. Additional thanks go to CIO Joe McBreen and our district leadership for entrusting our group with this task.

ITAC Meeting 7

During the seventh meeting of the Instructional Technology Advisory Committee, teams worked to refine their recommendations in four areas:

  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Student devices
  • Teacher devices

We referred back to our our actions and attributes as defined in the Guidelines for Instructional Technology Considerations document as we did so, and also considered the realities of the budget and equipment costs. For many of the recommendations, teams defined three states to bring forward

  • An Ideal State, which would exceed the needs of our actions and attributes and would allow us to greatly expand the use of technology for teaching and learning.
  • An Acceptable State, which would still meet the expectations set out in our actions and attributes, but might not fully realize the ideal state we hope to build for our students.
  • A Minimal State, which would satisfy many of our actions and attributes, but might require some compromises on how those expectations are met.

Teams also began to build a rationale for their recommendations by listing the pros, cons, and implications of these three states. These will be used to build a final set of recommendations that will be presented to Joe McBreen and ultimately to district leadership.

You can see the recommendations as they exist in draft form by using these links. We hope you’ll leave comments, questions and feedback below to help us refine the work we’ve done.