This is a cleaned up version of Principles of Good Practice 3.1 page.
Technology is a ubiquitous part of today's society and increasingly pervades our students' lives. Technology in schools is most often defined as the networked hardware, software, and online resources which support curriculum, administration, and communication. Schools are expected to respond to rapid changes in technology and to those changes technology has made in today’s world. These increasingly powerful tools offer a variety of educational capabilities which can improve teaching and learning. Independent schools are on the forefront of integrating these tools into a robust and personalized educational experience. The principles below offer crucial guidelines for administrators, teachers, and technology staff in planning and managing the role of technology in a rapidly changing environment.
- The school regularly evaluates its use of technology to support its mission, goals, and program.
- School leadership builds widespread consensus for, and clearly articulates in both short and long-term planning, why the school uses educational technology.
- School principals, curriculum leaders, and professional development leaders are actively involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of technology integration goals.
- The school’s senior administrative team includes the key IT leader, and the team models the routine and effective use of technology.
- The school provides faculty, staff, and students equitable access to technology which enables and empowers them to achieve learning and productivity goals.
- School leadership makes sustainable long-term plans for financing school technology commitments.
- The school recognizes that technology integration requires supported risk taking, significant planning, and alters the use of instructional time.
Teaching and Learning
- Educators research, evaluate, and employ technology to support instruction and better meet the range of learning styles, abilities, and life experiences of their students.
- Educators use developmentally-appropriate technology to advance learner-centered environments which promote information fluency, thinking skills, and problem-solving.
- Educators embrace collaborative, technology-enriched, project-based learning to prepare students to be lifelong learners within a global community.
- Educators recognize that technology can fundamentally tranform the nature of the relationship between teacher and learner.
- Educators recognize that technology can create learning opportunities for students that would not otherwise be possible.
- Students use technology in the classroom which supports curricular goals.
- Educators integrate meaningful technology across the curriculum to advance student literacy with information, media, numbers, and ethics.
- The school educates students, teachers, and parents about the safe, healthy, ethical, legal, and appropriate use of technology resources.
- The school recognizes that the single most important factor in technology integration is the teacher.
- The school maintains a process by which educators acquire and demonstrate essential technology skills and proficiencies.
- Educators seek out opportunities to learn technology and implement research-based best-practices for technology use within their discipline.
- The school includes technology integration as an essential component of its professional development and provides the necessary time and resources for it.
- The school seeks to learn from the experience of other schools' successes in technology integration, and recognizes that colleagues learning from and with each other is an effective piece of professional development.
Infrastructure and Administrative Operations
- The school uses technology to improve the efficiency of administrative operations.
- The school has adequate technology staffing and infrastructure appropriate for its size and operations.
- The school has identified procedures to insure the integrity of its information systems
- The school provides a stable and secure network and timely support for computer issues.