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This is a draft of Principles of Good Practice for Technology being written by an NAIS committee: The NAIS Technology Task Force on 21st century Curriculum and Technology. We welcome your comments on the discussion page. The draft approved by the committee will be sent to the NAIS board for adoption.--Albert Throckmorton, task force chair.
NAIS 21st Century Curriculum & Technology Task Force
May 12, 2006
On conference call: Susan Booth, Lorrie Jackson, Curt Lineneck, Albert Throckmorton
Unavailable: Bill Freitas, Pamela Livingston
Hi everyone ... I have added my comments below at the end of each section so that they can be removed by anyone .. I have not altered any of the original text ... I have taken Albert's words from 5/16 that "you cannot hurt our feelings" and I have added (C) or (V) or (S) to indicate chocolate, vanilla or strawberry. I believe that vanilla statements do not us NO GOOD and a lot of hard. There is a not a school in this country that would say WRONG regarding "we employ technology to support our mission and goals" ... the problem with vanilla statements is that a school administrator see 8 PGPs for which 6 are vanilla and 2 are chocolate and thinks "we are doing 75% of what we are supposed to" ... I believe that EACH and EVERY statement needs to be crafted to be chocolate (provocative, pushing the envelope, dramatic, significant) ... as I stated at our Boston session on 3/1 and tried to say in our audio session on 3/22, we have an opportunity here to help hundreds of schools move into the 21st century ... but that will only happen if we create statements provide a clear direction and standards to head towards ... the Declaration of Independence is chock full of principles which people had to work at for decades to become true to ... principles [of good practice] have got to be leadership tenets that move readers into action ... Steve 6/3/06
Steve: So what does strawberry mean? Kevin 6/9/06
Leadership compare to 1.0
- The school employs technology to support its mission and goals. (V)
- The school clearly articulates why it uses instructional technology. (V)
- The school’s administrative team includes the key IT leader. (C)
- The school provides faculty, staff, and students equitable access to technology. (V) ... I would rather see "The school sees to it that all faculty have appropriate computer hardware and Internet access for their professional needs." and then a separate items that comments on student access. Steve 6/3/06
I think there are two issues here. One is appropriate access and the other is equitable access. Kevin 6/9/06
- The school addresses technology as an essential element of its short- and long-term planning. (V)
- The school recognizes the unique challenges and opportunities rapid technology change presents and actively addresses them. (V)
- The school includes technology in its regular review of programs. (V)
- School leadership makes sustainable long-term plans for financing school technology commitments. (V) ... by providing the technology coordinator with definitive annual and capital budget allocations. Steve 6/3/06
- Proposed (demetri): School principals, curriculum leaders, and professional development leaders are actively involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of technology integration goals. (C)
Teaching and Learning compare to 1.0
- Educators employ technology to teach to the learning styles, abilities, and life experiences of their students. (S)
- Educators employ technology to prepare students to participate in lifelong learning and a global community. (S) ... I would rather strengthen this by something much bolder said by Alan November at Mohonk 11/11/06 which I can paraphrase as "Educators employ technology to connect to students, teachers and others around the world." ... Steve 6/3/06
Again I think this statement is a mix of ideas and hard to read. Are we saying that educators use technology to help students understand that they should be lifelong learners? Are we saying that they should use technology to support lifelong learners - ie give access to the alumni? This seems a very oddly worded line. The second half I find equally difficult. Are educators using technology to PREPARE students for the global community, or using it to connect them to the global community?
For at least part of the solution I suggest: Educators recognize that technology can change the paradigm of communication between teachers and learners both within the school and across the globe. Kevin 6/9/06
- Educators recognize that technology can fundamentally change the learning process. (Changes the dynamics and roles between students and teachers.) HELP
- Educators create learning opportunities that are not possible without technology. Technology creates learning opportunities impossible to achieve in any other way. HELP
- Students use technology to acquire information fluency and other skills essential for life in the 21st Century. (V)
- Students use technology in authentic hands-on ways. (V)
- Educators employ technology as an essential tool of 21st Century teaching. (V)
- Educators introduce and use developmentally-appropriate technology. (V)
- Educators integrate meaningful technology across the curriculum. (V)
Misfit Piece: (Technology fluency (info literacy/proficiency) is the responsibility of all educators) -- Possibly revisit
Professional Development compare to 1.0
- The school expects educators to acquire and demonstrate essential technology skills and proficiencies. (V) ... I would like to see this change to be "The school creates systems to ensure that educators acquire and demonstrate essential technology skills and proficiencies." Steve 6/3/06
- The educator seeks out opportunities to learn technology and implement best technology practices for her discipline.
- The school provides the necessary time and resources for technology professional development. (C)
- Proposed (tim fish): The school appreciates that technology adoption into the active work of students is a process that requires supported risk taking, significant planning, and increased instructional time. (C)
Character Development compare to 1.0
- The school educates students, teachers, and parents about the safe, ethical, and appropriate use of technology resources. (V) ... I would to see this changed to be "The school educates students, teachers, and parents about the safe, ethical, and appropriate use of technology resources and employs systems to make sure that Legal Software Usage and Internet Safety are in place. Steve 6/3/06
Infrastructure and Administrative Operations compare to 1.0
- The school uses technology to support efficient administrative operations. (V)
- The school has adequate technology staffing and infrastructure appropriate for its size and operations. (V) ... we need to provide a measuring tool such as 1FTE for each 50-100 computers ... I understand that
- The school has identified procedures to insure the integrity of its information systems... I would like to add specifics such as "off site backups, verification of the integrity of backups, random restores" ... we are afterall the ones to provide specifics to others ... John Neiers of Dalton School has been telling me for years to create artificial, contrived scenarios for restoring data to make sure that the tech staff can easily do so and the backup was done with integrity ... there are dozens of horror stories of instituations doing backups for years and only discovering at time of need that the backup was not done with integrity ... Steve 6/3/06
This seems vague to me. "integrity of its information systems". What does that mean? That systems are reliable? That the INFORMATION/DATA is/are well backed up? That the data is secure from theft or hacking? That proper business rules are in place to insure against user error? I don't have a good line here because I am not sure where this is going. If we are suggesing that the school should properly store and backup school data, then we should just say that. If this is about having reliable software and hardware, and software with well defined transaction and rollback safeguards, then that is harder. Kevin 6/9/06
Other Proposed Products and services
- NAIS conference session directed to heads to unpack the PGP
- Independent School magazine article or NAIS monograph about What is a 21st century learner? What are those skills? What are those tools? A visionary statement to answer the most obvious question that the PGPs will raise
- What needs to be included in New Head Training?
- Evidences, preconditions, component of a 21st century technology-rich environment that is dated and updated every 2 years.
- Appendix A: what technology is developmentally appropriate for which age?
- Independent school technology Benchmarks and Standards
- A workshop that prepares educators to assume the role of technology director. The multi-day format could take participants through a detailed look at all the elements of the PGP (infrastructure, leadership, integration, support, budgeting, professional development, etc.)