Technology and Computing
Director for Technology-Business- Libraries
Integration of Technology into the Instructional Program
Half Hollow Hills shares the perspective of integration of technology as presented in the ISTE Standards
“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” - David Warlick
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Information literacy, the ability to find, analyze, manage, present and share information as well as the ability to adapt rapidly to the changes brought about by the availability of information, is a critical skill for 21st century citizens. Students need to become skilled in the use of the range of technology resources they will encounter. These skills will not only come from special computer classes, but through the full integration of technology in their education.
As 21st-century jobs become increasingly information based, workers need to:
- use multimedia tools to communicate and present ideas and concepts orally, in writing and online
- separate the important, relevant information from the vast mountain of information
- quickly learn specialized information in an ongoing fashion
- work effectively in physical and virtual groups
The district’s philosophy of integrating technology into the instructional program reflects these issues.
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.