I was asked by my principal to think BIG. What would a technology rich school look like?Â My first thought was to correct the title of the assignment. Not a “technology rich”, but a technology integration rich” school. I wanted the emphasis shifted from technology (which is often set equal to hardware) to integration and LEARNING!!!
I started brainstorming with my colleague Paige M. about what the essential components would be. This is the list we came up with…. if money were no object… (the hardware is in addition to what our school currently already has in place)
Technology Integration Rich School
- 1:1 laptops students for older grades
- Alphasmart class sets for younger grades
- Tablet Laptops for faculty
- LCD Projectors
- SmartBoards in every classroom
- Wireless access across the school
- Ipod lab
- Digital Camera Class sets
- Flip Camera class sets
- Wii Fit and Sport
- IT Support
- Curriculum Integration
- Professional Development Trainer
- 21st Century Skills
- Global Awareness
- Geographic Literacy
- Professional Development
- Creation and support of your own Personal Learning Network
- monthly workshops
- international conferences
- Monthly/Weekly planning time (substitutes)
- Student Assessment
- Teacher Evaluation
- Lesson Plan Sharing
I also threw out the question of “What are components of a technology integration rich school to my twitter network and received the following answers.
@cwebbtech added the component of “Stakeholders” which I felt is an important addition to the components list. Who are the stakeholders in a technology integration rich school?
What are your thoughs? What would you add or take away, if you were to devise a plan to create and run a technology integration rich school?