Education Technology Insights April 2016 K12 Solution Special
I was directed to this online publication while reading an excellent article by Doug Johnson about the 1:1 initiative.
The editorial poised two very important points:
“…the emphasis is on personalized learning and adaptive technology-the byproduct of the increased focus on the student.”
“…students having access to more digital learning options than ever before.”
Therefore this edition focuses on “The 10 Hottest K12 Solution Providers” to help “stakeholders in the education sphere take meaningful decisions while implementing technology solutions.”-Tina Rosen, Editor-in-Chief
I selected an article by Candace Threadgill, Director of Information Technology, Klein ISD called, Future Ready Leadership in K-12.
Threadgill proposes: Fostering and Leading A Culture of Digital Learning Within Our Schools, Helping Schools and Families Transition to High-Speed Connectivity, Empowering Educators through Professional Learning Opportunities, Accelerating Progress towards Universal Access for All Students to Quality Devices and Providing Access to Quality Content and to achieve each of these things the following topics need to be addressed or focused on:
“We work together to protect student privacy and to teach students to become responsible, engaged, and contributing digital citizens.”-Threadgill
She also puts an emphasis on the making sure the “district’s technology infrastructure” is able to “ensure broadband classroom connectivity and wireless access.”
Providing learning opportunities for teachers and teacher librarians will only “effectively leverage learning data to make better instructional decisions” according to Threadgill. I would also add the training to keep up with changing technology is always going to be a positive outcome for TL’s, students and staff.
As for “universal access” it is best acquired by the use of “quality devices” which will in turn maximize “safe and effective use of technology so student have opportunities to be active learners, creating and sharing content not just consuming it.”
The content goal for Future Ready programming is “high quality digital content that is aligned to college and career ready standards..”
I absolutely agree the most with Threadgill’s point: Today children are regarded as digital natives and the assumption is that they know how to use technology to acquire information to support and enhance their learning experience”which only points to the need for Teacher Librarians to be their guides.
Threadgill suggests “A Future Ready Leader has the ability to pull together the vital resources and actively collaborate with the community, parents, business partners and staff to transform their district into a model of education.” I wonder if she realizes that she just summed up the qualities and skills of Teacher Librarians.
This magazine is a great find. Technology and being a Teacher Librarian work hand in hand and having a source that combines the two is a wonderful resource.