Technology and Computing
Director of Instructional Technology, Business Education and Secondary Libraries
The Half Hollow Hills Central School District believes that it is critical to foster information literacy in the 21st century learner. The ability of students to locate, analyze, interpret, present, and share information using technological tools and digital resources is fostered in our classrooms through the integration of technology with the PreK - Grade 12 curriculum. The 21st century skills that are essential for student success in school and the workplace are the 4 C's: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication. Critical thinking involves developing problem-solving skills. Creativity is the ability to think outside of the box. Collaboration is the practice of working together to achieve a common goal. Communication is the ability to convey ideas in a clear and coherent manner. Our Instructional Technology program provides an innovative pathway through which to enhance and support instruction and learning in our district.
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Instructional Computing Technology Integration Plan
The overall purpose of the District Technology Plan is to assist in maximizing student achievement by providing students technology tools to support authentic learning experiences by enabling them to find analyze, manage, present, share information and construct new knowledge. Across all grade levels, access to technology allows for:
- differentiation of instruction
- student use of real-world tools
- increased collaboration among students
- student acquisition of visual and information literacy skills
- student acquisition of basic technology skills
- students engaging in higher order thinking activities
- student use of concept maps to help them organize, interpret and use information in new ways
- student use of collaborate tools to enable them to work with others to engage in exploration and solve problems
- student use of media tools to enable them to express their ideas in creative and engaging ways, allowing them to express processes and complex ideas more clearly and easily than they could with text alone.
Technology and Staff Development
The inservice program also reflects the philosophy of active participatory learning. Teachers are trained in the mechanics of using the hardware and software through the exploration of tools that enhance and expand the curriculum by including learner-centered, interdisciplinary, constructionist activities. All staff development sessions have been designed to serve as models for participatory learning. As learners, the teachers engage in activities that involve collaborative learning, discussion and independent research.
To assist teachers and administrators in expanding their skills and to further incorporate technology into the curriculum, intensive professional development workshops are held during the summer. A significant array of inservice courses in technology are offered throughout the year. In addition, teachers attend topic-specific workshop training sessions before and after the school day. All of these learning experiences incorporate current research based educational strategies regarding best practices of teaching and learning and applying technology tools and resources as appropriate to implement these practices to support curriculum.