Technology

Technology Integration Plan 2011-2016 - Continued

Community and Parent Support

To make the TIP more meaningful to the general public, communication needs to take place.  This may take the form of school newsletters, school and division website bulletins, and agenda items at the advisory council for school leadership meetings held in all schools. As advances and changes in technology continue to happen at a rapid pace, it is important that parents and the community understand these changes, the impact on their children in the education system, and how Garden Valley School Division is adapting to these changes.

Staff Input/Feedback

The technology planning process needs to involve teachers in the decision making. This involves gathering teacher input via school administrators and the IT and ICT coordinators. This may involve holding information sessions during which staff would have opportunity to express their views in relation to the TIP, discussing the TIP during staff meetings, and gathering input through school facilitators.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Barbara Neufeld - Winkler Elementary School
Ken Hildebrand - Border Valley School
David Hoeppner - Southwood Administration Unit
Garth Doerksen – Emerado Centennial School
Jennifer Loewen – Parkland Elementary School
Mary Eberling-Penner – Plum Coulee Administration Unit
Larry Schroeder – JR Walkof School
Scott Jantzen - Garden Valley Collegiate
James Reimer - Division Office (Information Technology Manager)
David Hildebrand – Division Office (Curriculum Coordinator)
Todd Monster – Division Office (Assistant Superintendent of Programs and Curriculum)

Executive Summary

GOALS OF THE TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION PLAN 2011-2016

Goal 1 – Infusion of technology in learning

To provide, in conjunction with ME's curricula, the ICT literacy skills needed throughout the school community to effectively and ethically infuse technology in learning. Identify a set of standards for students, teachers and administrators that align with the idea of "infusion". All GVSD teachers will create a learning environment that ensures digital age students are empowered to learn, live and work successfully today and tomorrow.

Goal 2 – Teacher Learning

Establish online and offline Professional learning opportunities to facilitate teacher collaboration to improve student learning. To meet the technology learning needs of teachers within the various school communities in GVSD.

Goal 3 – Software / Hardware / Technical Support

To identify and put into place the steps/processes involved in the purchase of hardware/software. To provide current hardware and software to staff and students to support the infusion of technology in learning. To provide the infrastructure to support mobile learning and on-demand technology use. Maintain technical supports to accomplish the goals of the TIP.

Goal 4 – Financial Supports

To ensure the financial supports are in place to provide the hardware, software and technical support needed to fulfill the TIP goals. Provide financial supports to encourage technology innovations initiated at the school level.

Goal 5 – On-going Implementation, Evaluation and Revision

Ensure the TIP is accessible, understood and implemented at the school level. Ensure the TIP is understood throughout the school community. Critically evaluate and update the TIP to reflect changes in curriculum, ICT developments and new technologies. Identify learning indicators to evaluate the effectiveness of the plan in reaching its vision (i.e. ethical use and infusion). Annual review in Oct/Nov. for budget process in January.

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Technology Integration Plan 2011-2016

computer keyboard-smallGarden Valley School Division's Technology Integration Plan (TIP) represents the division's collaborative thinking about the infusion of technology across the curriculum and also future technology directions. The Technology Integration Plan is a 5-year plan, and technology-related decisions and initiatives in GVSD are guided by this plan. This plan is the result of work done by the Technology Leadership Committee for Garden Valley School Division. This committee consists of the principals from each unit in the division, the Curriculum Coordinator, the IT Supervisor, and the Assistant Superintendent of Programs and Curriculum. The group's mandate was to develop the second phase of the Technology Integration Plan. The premise of this TIP is to enhance student learning, provide the necessary structures for teacher learning and collaboration, and create an environment where technology infusion can be accomplished. A summary of the 2011-2016 TIP is presented below.


Technology Integration Plan (TIP) 2011-2016 Summary   (Download pdfTIP_2011-2016_Website_Summary.pdf)

VISION

The vision of the Technology Integration Plan for Garden Valley School Division is to prepare our students to enter the 21st century with the confidence, skills and attitudes to be successful in an ever changing technological world.

Belief Statements

Garden Valley School Division recognizes the importance of information and communication technology as a tool directly benefiting the education of its students and faculty.  To this end, we believe in the following:

1.  that technology is central to the culture of today's and tomorrow's youth,

2.  that students must be prepared for an undefined future: therefore we will foster the abilities to reason, to solve problems and to use technology as a significant tool in learning,

3.  that students are naturally curious and inquisitive, that teachers are important in enhancing this curiosity and inquisitiveness through creative and design-oriented learning,

4.  that technology is a tool that teachers can use to extend curiosity and inquisitiveness and allow students other means to create artifacts of their learning,

5.  that early, middle and senior years will have differing emphasis on technology,

6.  that our students come with a wide range of capabilities, attitudes toward technology, and background experiences but it is our responsibility to provide access to technology to all students as part of their learning

7.  that the principal holds the primary responsibility for providing educational leadership in the school,

8.  that student and teacher innovation should be encouraged and supported, and that access to high quality tools is vital to this end.

MANDATE

This plan is the result of work done by the Technology Leadership Committee for Garden Valley School Division. This committee consists of the principals from each unit in the division, the Curriculum Coordinator, the IT Supervisor, and the Assistant Superintendent of Programs and Curriculum.

The group's mandate was to develop the second phase of the Technology Integration Plan. The premise of this TIP is to enhance student learning, provide the necessary structures for teacher learning and collaboration, and create an environment where technology infusion can be
accomplished. This technology plan addresses:

- The infusion of technology in learning
- Teacher learning
- Software / Hardware / Technical Support guidelines
- Financial Supports needed to sustain the plan
- Implementation, evaluation and continual revision of the plan over the next 5 years (2011-2016)

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