Temple City Unified School District’s Technology Committee has been drafting a plan to implement new educational technology in all of the district’s schools. The plan, which is based on the Student Technology Standards, should be in effect by spring of 2009.
Six overarching standards govern what and how technology will be implemented: creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, research and information literacy (the ability to evaluate the accuracy of information), critical thinking, digital citizenship, and technology operations and concepts.
Before the district can implement the new machinery, they must determine what would most enhance a student’s learning experience.
“We don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” notes Curriculum Coordinator Trang Lai, “We want to look at student needs and then assess what equipment we want to get.”
Chief Business Official David Jaynes adds that “it’s nice to have the equipment, but if you don’t know how to use it, it’s nothing more than a paperweight.” Rachel LaSota, one of three school board members, agreed by suggesting that our schools introduce classes like the Introduction to Microsoft elective at an even younger age.
The Technology Committee will continue their work throughout a cycle of assessment periods. More information about the plan can be found on their website, at http://tcusdtech.wikispaces.com
This article was written by Jason Wu. It was published in the Temple City Voice on May 14, 2008.