Thursday, July 25, 2013
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Dr. Sean Alford gave a technology presentation to the Dorchester District Two Board of Trustees Monday night.
Alford, three board members and about five technology teachers attended the International Society for Technology in Education conference in Texas recently.
With humor and bullet point delivery, Alford and his team – Kristi Mitchell, Eagle Nest Elementary; Betsy Hare, Oakbrook Middle School; Kristy Selander, Summerville High School; Shelly Bostwick, district office and Frank Johnson, director of technology for DD2 – noted that the conference was a wonderful networking opportunity and a chance to learn what was out there for schools in the way of new technology.
What they discovered, is that DD2 is doing well in the field.
Noting that technology and hardware changes almost moment by moment, Alford said technology teaching is “not about the tool … it’s about mastering the skills.”
“We were able to compare DD2, not just locally or statewide, but nationally and internationally,” he said.
The team noted that DD2 was on par with many districts as far as its current technology and the programs it uses, and has used for a number of years.
The goal, they said is “technologically savvy students with the skills to compete in the workplace.”
DD2 teachers, they said, have the knowledge and skill to know exactly which technological tool to use for best teaching practices.
“Digital technology coupled with solid curriculum is the key,” said Alford.
Future goals, said the team, are to upgrade wireless and infrastructure in each school to support one to one student computing.
“Last year we had 323 access points throughout the district,” said Johnson. “As of September we will have 3,200…one in every other classroom. Our goal? Every classroom.”
The district plans to continuously update its Agreement Usage Policy as well, Johnson said and provide online professional development through its web portal to support 21st century instruction.
“We will evaluate our technology program annually,” said Alford, “and propose changes for public review…we want our students to be able to compete globally.”
Supporting this goal, the district is holding its first Instructional Technology workshop as part of its staff development program this week at Ashley Ridge High School. There are already 300 administrators, teachers and staff registered for the more than 60 sessions offered over a two-day period. The workshop is sponsored by business partners and will cost the district nothing.
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