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Title: Leveraging Technology to Prepare Students for a Digital World

Leveraging Technology to Prepare Students for a
Digital World
  • Office of Instructional Information Technology
  • New Leaders Institute
  • July 22, 2013


65 of todays grade school kids will end up at
jobs that havent been invented yet. - US
Department of Labor Futurework Trends and
Challenges for Work in the 21st Century
Technology plays a key role in supporting the
Acceleration Agenda
  • Accelerates literacy and STEM skills
  • Enables access to data to target student learning
    needs and assists with differentiation of
  • Enriches student experiences through the arts
    digital media and extended learning
    after-school programming
  • Enhances communication, creativity,
    collaboration, and critical thinking

Digital Learning Roadmap Innovation on the
horizon in the next three years
Session Objectives
  • Whos Who in OIIT?
  • Become familiar with school infrastructure needs
  • Learn how to maximize your schools network and
    leverage user reports
  • Understand technology purchasing process and
    learn how to make informed technology planning
    and purchasing decisions
  • Learn about digital tools and opportunities to
    support 21st Century Learning
  • Access your BPS phone, a communication and
    collaboration tool

Introduction to OIIT
  • Whos Who in OIIT?
  • OIIT Network Liaisons
  • Service Desk (x9200)
  • Tier 1 support for technical issues
  • Hours of Operation Monday-Friday, 700 am - 400
  • Summer Holiday Hours (July 1, 2013-August 23,
    2013)  800 am - 400 pm

Network OIIT Liaison OIIT Technician
A Diane Hauser, Interim Billy Russell
B LeRoy Wong Vu Nguyen
C Diane Hauser, Interim Humphrey Myers
D LeRoy Wong Lenes Francois-Annevil
E Cheryl Cambpell George Yessayan
F Cheryl Campbell Phil Warcheski
G H Ed Considine Joe Freeman
Understanding the BPS Network
Maximizing Your Schools Network
  • Network Usage
  • Monitoring School Usage
  • Creating a culture of responsible use and how you
    can help
  • Websense Filtering
  • Intro to Websense Filtering
  • Weekly Usage Example
  • Weekly Bandwidth Example
  • Social Media Guidelines

BPS Purchasing
  • Whats in your school?
  • Purpose of the Form 40 and how it works
  • Technology Purchasing www.bostonpublicschools.or
  • Cycle Purchasing
  • Friday, September 27, 2013
  • Friday, December 8, 2013
  • Friday, March 7, 2014
  • Friday, May 30, 2014
  • New/Bubble Classroom Technology

Empower 21st century learning skills for students
  • Support higher-order thinking by embedding
    technology in the
  • curriculum
  • Example use of simulations to support
    critical-thinking and problem-solving
  • Example collaborative, peer-editing via online
    wiki/shared document
  • Prepare students for digital citizenry
  • Federal requirement to educate all students on
    cyber safety and cyber-bullying
  • Example BPS Cyber Safety Campaign Curriculum
    resources on key elements of cyber safety made
    for kids, by kids
  • Example Strengthen information literacy through
  • based library programs
  • Meet unique learning needs by differentiating
  • instruction
  • Use of assistive technologies to allow multiple
  • means of representation, expression engagement
  • Examples text-to-speech software, visual
  • software, online apps, iPads, audiobooks,

Empower 21st century learning skills for students
  • Promote self-expression creativity
  • Example Adobe Youth Voices, 900 students learn
    multimedia software develop digital media
    projects on real-world issues impacting youth
  • Example Use of voicethread or digital story
    online site to develop multi-media or research
  • Gain real-world, hands-on experience
  • Example Students as publishers through blogging
  • Example Partner with a classroom in another or
  • experts into the classroom through
  • conference (e.g. Skype)
  • Learn STEM skills
  • Reinforces problem-solving, creativity,
  • Example Robotics, 600 students across grades
    K-12 learn
    and use robotics principles through in-school and
  • extended learning opportunities

Online Tools to Support Higher Thinking Skills
Online Communication Tools
  • Student Information System
  • Email staff, students, and families
  • Post messages
  • Host group pages with file storage
  • Google Apps
  • Group messaging
  • Online collaboration tools
  • SchoolWires
  • New external website for the district
  • Departmental and school pages

Using Technology to Support Common Core
Common Core Standard Blended Learning Example
Reading Standard 7  Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats. Using print resources and digital resources such as online databases, eBooks, audiobooks, video and the Internet.
Writing Standard 6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others. Students become producers of writing using digital storytelling, Storykit (app), blogs, Adobe and Scratch programs, and collaborators using Google Docs and wikis.
Speaking Listening Standard 2  Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. Students use PowerPoint/Keynote, Voicethread, podcasts, Garageband, and other programs to present information and research to others.
Language Standard 4c  Consult general and specialized reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech. Use digital learning tools such as Text to Speech, online pronunciation guides, and scroll over, online dictionary to help build vocabulary.

Professional Development Opportunities
  • Summer
  • Leading in a Web 2.0 World (3 seats left)
  • Summer Twitter Challenge
  • Student Information System Workshops
  • Upcoming
  • 21st Century Leadership Cadres
  • Digital Learning Series
  • Stipend for SIS Facilitator (500)
  • Network-based PD/Capacity Building for Educators
    School Leaders

Essential Conditions (iste.nets)
Shared Vision Technical Support
Empowered Leaders Curriculum Framework
Implementation Planning Student-Centered Learning
Consistent Adequate Funding Assessment and Evaluation
Equitable Access Engaged Communities
Skilled Personnel Support Policies
Ongoing Professional Learning Supportive External Context
International Society for Technology in
Education www.iste.org
  • Any Questions?

e-Resources for Schools www.bpslibraries.org
  • Full-text reference books for the arts,
    biography, business, the environment, history,
    literature, medicine, multicultural studies,
    geography, and science for middle and high school
  • Online collection of animated,talking picture
    books to support literacy
  • Includes fiction, non-fiction and foreign
    language titles
  • Highlights text during reading
  • Can be searched by Lexile level
  • Articles and images from more than 1,900
    newspapers, magazines, and documents, along with
    9,000 educational web links
  • Geared to learners in grades 1-9
  • Search by Lexile level to differentiate learning

Online Resources to Learn How to Get Started
  • BPS Educational Technology Resources
  • Follow bpspln edtech on Twitter
  • 10 Ed Tech Voices to Follow on Twitter
  • Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
  • 20 Schools Innovating with Digital
  • Differentiated Instruction Learning Styles
    Online Resources
  • Microsoft Innovative Schools Toolkit

To Learn More
Melissa Dodd, Chief Information
Officer mdodd_at_bostonpublicschools.org Twitter
_at_MelissaPDodd Mark Racine, Deputy Chief
Information Officer mracine2_at_bostonpublicschools.o
rg Twitter _at_markracine Diane Hauser, Senior
Program Director dhauser_at_bostonpublicschools.org T
witter _at_DianeMHauser Ed Considine, Technology
Support Specialist econsidine_at_bostonpublicschools.
org Twitter _at_econsidine Solimar Cruzado,
Business Coordinator scruzado_at_bostonpublicschools.
org Twitter _at_scruzado1 Boston Public Schools
Technology www.bostonpublicschools.org/technology
Twitter _at_BPSTechnology
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