The internet and electronic devices have changed our world, offering unparalleled resources and associated challenges. As the technology has expanded, so have the immediate and future needs of our students and staff. To help meet these challenges, the Educational Technology (Ed Tech) Facilitator supports the learning of both teachers and students in the effective implementation of technology.
Many changes have occurred over the past two years. Wireless connectivity is available throughout the board and we have introduced laptop carts to the schools that supplement the computer labs, allowing students to use the internet more actively to research for school projects in the classroom. The schools have started teaching about digital citizenship and personal responsibility regarding the information that students share about themselves, their families, and others on the internet.
The Wireless Writing Program, in Grade 6, is continuing this year. We are looking more closely at Non-Fiction reading and writing as well Critical Thinking skills. Office 365 will become one of our tools of choice, using OneNote for students to respond to reading; as a Writer’s Notebook; and to allow teachers to provide feedback in a timely manner. Students will also be able to peer edit and assess each other’s work using the collaborative elements of Office 365.