The power of technology to provide educators and learners access to information and opportunities grows every day. As noted in the SRI report Using Technology to Personalize Learning in K–12 Schools, benefits include enhanced supports for teachers, enhanced learning and engagement for students; and more supportive and equitable learning cultures in schools and districts. It is also clear that technology will continue to play a central role in nearly all aspects of our lives over the coming years. Therefore, preparing students for career and life means, in some part, exposing them to meaningful technology while at school.
To make the best use of existing resources to ensure the best possible student outcomes, leadership teams must constantly reevaluate the role and use of technology in their schools, including inventorying their current technology practices before establishing new ones. Additionally, the online safety of students and staff should remain an important priority for districts seeking to boost learning, equity, and well-being.
Before creating a new strategy that supports teaching and learning, it is important to arrive at clarity about the role of technology in the LEA.
While more research is needed, there are signs pointing to technology’s power to personalize learning and meet the needs of students. While most agree on the ability of technology to provide experiences that lead to deeper learning, some educational institutions have yet to make the shift to more innovative approaches. To help, we offer some important considerations when it comes to rethinking the role of technology in schools:
Below is a summary of considerations for planning, launching, and sustaining the use of technology in an impactful manner at your LEA.
Run an improvement cycle focused on ensuring the accessibility and functioning of devices and programs. Continue providing high-quality tech support and maintenance services.
Learners are online more than ever and facing increased threats to their safety and privacy. As system-level leaders, it is important to provide as many safeguards and assurances as you can for families and learners. We’ve compiled a series of steps to help you plan for the most secure online experiences. We also encourage you to look to leading online platforms, such as Zoom, for their guidance.