Week 11 Emerging Technology: What Specific Policies Will Help Your District Prepare Students for Current and Emerging Technology Use? How Can You Help Lead Your District in Creating These Policies?
I think that the policies ASD has in place right now need to change soon because of emerging technology. Given the budget situation, it is difficult to plan for expansion of technology. According to ASD’s current technology plan, “the overarching goal is to capitalize on opportunities that focus our use of instructional technology to get the greatest return on investment by consolidating resources, restructuring support models, leveraging emerging technologies whenever possible, and utilizing continuous improvement cycles to evaluate and refine our practices.” (http://www.asdk12.org/media/anchorage/globalmedia/documents/ edtech/ASDTechnologyPlan2014-2017.pdf.)
The policy framework from Alberta’s School District has some good policies that we should follow. Five of these policies are:
Student-Centered Learning– Technology is used to support student-centered, personalized, authentic learning for all students.
Research and Innovation– Teachers, administrators, and other education professionals read, review, participate in, share, and apply research to evidence-based practices to sustain and advance in education.
Professional Learning– Teachers, administrators, and other education professionals develop, maintain, and apply the knowledge, skills, and attributes that enable them to use technology effectively and innovatively in support of learning and teaching.
Leadership– Education leaders establish policy and governance structures, cultivate innovation, and build capacity within the system of student-centered learning and system efficiencies.
Access, Infrastructure, and Digital Learning Environment– All students, teachers, administrators, and other education professional have access to appropriate devices, reliable infrastructure, and high-speed networks, and digital learning environments.
In 2013 and 2014, East, Chugiak, and Eagle River high schools and Romig Middle School started a BYOD program. I think a policy is needed for this, as well. Before, phones and electronics were not allowed in school. Now more and more schools are opening up to this idea. In the article “Tips for Creating Technology Policies For K-12,”Chrissy Winske reported on a conversation TechDecisions had with Jennifer Jenson, PhD, Professor of Pedagogy and Technology, about an acceptable use policy. Jenson pointed out that you want as many stakeholders as you can gather when creating a policy. Also, if possible, include someone doing research on technology in schools.
I believe that I can help with creating these policies. If I share my knowledge of what I have been learning in class and show administrators some articles and research about emerging technology, then I can help out. Through the classes that I am taking and the information I am learning, it has become clear to me that my district is falling behind when it comes to this subject. I look forward to finding ways I can pass on what I am learning and finding others who see the need for change in our system, so that we can update district policies and offer our students better opportunities when it comes to emerging tech.
Technology is not going away; in fact it is changing faster than it has been in earlier years. As a teacher, I need to understand what is emerging and how I can use that for education. I think Alberta’s policies, which are based on extensive research, provide a good framework for technology-centered learning. If I share Alberta’s approach, along with some of the research, these may help frame new policies for our district and lead it in the right direction.
Anchorage School District. (2014). Retrieved July 25, 2015, from http://www.asdk12.org/media/anchorage/globalmedia/documents/edtech/ASDTechnologyPlan2014-2017.pdf).
Learning And Technology Policy Framework. (2013). Retrieved July 25, 2015, from https://education.alberta.ca/media/7792655/learning-and-technology-policy-framework-web.pdf
Winske, C. (2014). Tips for Creating Technology Policies for K-12. Retrieved July 25, 2015, from http://www.k-12techdecisions.com/article/creating_an_acceptable_use_policy_for_mobile_learning_initiatives/P2