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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Tech Plan, From the beginning

Currently working on creating a Tech Plan from scratch.

It's times like this when I'm thankful that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) exist. I remember last year, working in a school district where the technology standards were so dated that they were not even intertwined with the general curriculum.

The Elementary (K-5) Technology Standards were literally as follows:

1.  Use a variety of technology tools to gather data and information. (e.g., Web-based resources, e-books, online communication tools, etc.)

2.  Use a variety of technology tools to organize data and information. (e.g., word processor, graphic organizer, audio and visual recording, online collaboration tools, etc.)
3.  Use technology tools to present data and information (multimedia, audio and visual recording, online collaboration tools, etc.)

In a way, the above standards were great because it meant that there were endlessly possibilities for implementation. However, in another way, they felt so very drab, because the language was so separate from that which was used in defining the standards of the classroom teacher.

Now, working in a position where I have the authorization to create a curriculum, I've also been finding ways in which to set up technology standards for each grade level from preschool thru 12th grade. In addition, to the technology integration that is included in the CCSS, I strongly believe that there should be a basic set up technology skills and operations that students should have a strong foundation in by the culmination of each grade level.

Below is a simple grid highlighting some of these skills, which is still currently undergoing construction, so please excuse the holes. The complete version will be posted soon...

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