Managing information systems takes more than just making sure everything is working properly. A vision and plan for technology is vital to managing information systems. Without this vision and planning current systems become outdated and may not adequately meet the needs of the school district. The assignments and readings in EDLD 5362 helped give me a deeper understanding and depth of how school districts use information systems.
Through the interviews with a teacher having 20 plus
years experience and my own experiences I recognize the vast change in the
classroom along with technology. Solomon
& Schrum (2007) suggest that the administration will have to encourage and
require the use of technology before any significant change in teaching will
occur. Being held accountable for what
goes on in the classroom is key for the implementation of 21st
century technology. Leadership and
accountability are key for success of student achievement in schools. Moore (2006) said “Good-to-great
organizations avoid technology fads and bandwagons, yet they become pioneers in
application of carefully selected technologies.
This statement had an impact on how I view and even respect school
district technology departments. Looking at the goals of the district I can see
how the technologies chosen are aligned with district goals.
Many teachers, including myself, share the idea that web
filtering can be a “royal pain”.
However, we all recognize that there is a law to protect children and to
prevent embarrassing technology moments for staff and/or students. Careless (2007) stated “For staff, web
filters prevent access to inappropriate sites that could not only interfere
with their jobs, but might also cause considerable embarrassment to their employers
should such surfing become public knowledge”.
I really enjoyed the Horizon Report during week 4. This article helped me better view the
classroom becoming more collaborative and becoming integrated with smaller
portable web enabled devices. I am
excited to see how districts start piloting BYOD as well as how if districts
decide purchasing hand held devices more economical than laptops. As this progresses districts will need to
shape their acceptable use policy to reflect BYOD.
The analyzing of my districts Long Range Plan for
Technology allowed me to gain understanding of how my district plans for and
implements technology in the classroom.
I also found the goal setting to be visionary for moving our district
towards engaging students by using technology.
As a future technology facilitator and leader, studying my districts
long range plan helped me to see the direction we are moving towards as we
implement 21st century technology.
After analyzing the Waxahachie ISD Technology Plan I can recognize how
technology is an integrated concept that is used across the curriculum that
impacts student learning.
Careless, J. (2007, April20). The filtering challenge. Tech and Learning. Retrieved on November
17, 2009 from http://www.techlearning.com/article/7212
Moore, R.J. (2006, August). The five best accelerators
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Solomon, G., & Schrum, L. (2007). Web 2.0: New
tools, new schools. Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in