Parkland School Division SLItech members are working towards a new emerging educational leadership vision for education. The SLItech group consists of 61 participants, which includes principals, assistant principals, teacher leaders, curriculum facilitators, assistant superintendents and IT staff. Over this past school year, 50+ hours of professional development has been provided. Year 1 of SLItech learning combined information from the goals and outcomes below, the study book Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works by Pitler, et al. and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators.
Through various surveys, group sharing, school visits, online collaboration and reflection this past year, the SLItech group implemented a majority of the goals and outcomes for this project, identified nine effective strategies for administrators to integrate technology and celebrated school-site learning and growth.
GOALS and OUTCOMES
- 93% feel supported, confident and effective in leading technology integration at their sites.
- 96% believe that effective and appropriate integration of technology support staff and student learning.
- 71% see that PSD has a shared vision of what effective technology integration looks like
- 67% comment that their site has a knowledgeable and skilled team to promote and support technology integration.
- 73% report that divisional and school leadership capacity enables continuous improvement.
- 96% state that technology is viewed by students and staff as a tool to support learning.
- 68% accepted and used the insidePSD portal and see it as a responsive and reliable learning, communication and collaboration environment.
- 86% believe that students will be better prepared for life after high school.
SLItech members believe that this project is critical for each of them to become more effective instructional and technological leaders in their schools. They actively participate in the selection and implementation of the tools teachers will use to engage students and improve learning. These leaders are engaged and are increasing their Professional Learning Network (PLN) through blogs, wikis, nings, Twitter, RSS aggregation, social bookmarking, videoconferencing and the insidePSD portal. As well, resources are being shared to implement at their school sites such as the H.E.A.T. (Higher order thinking, Engaged learning, Authenticity, Technology Use) framework and the TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge) learning activity types.
SLItech Year 2 shall see a continuance on the goals and outcomes work and the establishment of a shared vision and action plan for innovative teaching and learning with technology in PSD. The portal will also evolve to include a teacher and student presence seeing a more in-depth implementation of the nine strategies.