We live and work in a digital environment – one of instantaneous access to information and communication. Wireless access is assumed; ubiquitous access through ‘smart’ devices is expected. Just as these capabilities allow us to interact in ways we could not imagine 20 years ago, our education system needs to develop our students with the skills and flexibility for jobs that do not exist today and in many cases we cannot even imagine. We understand the components of a great education system that equitably prepares students for the opportunities of the future and have created a Technology Vision and Plan to support it.
Renton School District Technology Vision
Using technology intentionally and innovatively leads to greater equity and achievement for all students by:
This ensures high quality instruction and learning for every child, every day in every environment and advances our goals of achievement, college and career readiness, and equity and access. Incorporating technology throughout all district operations provides efficient and effective services.
The citizens of Renton have provided the District with strong and reliable support for the integration of technology into teaching, learning, and district operations since 1992 through a series of levies and bonds. Their continued support through the six-year Levy passed in February 2016 allows for technology to become an integral and daily part of every student’s education. Technology enhances strong student learning by providing students with greater access and rich opportunities, through powerful instructional models supporting:
To implement these models our technology plan will dramatically increase student access to instructionally appropriate mobile devices such as laptops and tablets. Various models of technology integration will be piloted and adopted as fitting for the various grades and classes – these include more computers in the classroom, students having their ‘own’ device, computer on wheels (COWs) available as needed, and access to online resources and curriculum from anywhere. New instructional models will incorporate digital materials and some content will be available completely online. ‘Cloud-based’ tools, such as Office 365 and the Canvas learning management system will allow students, teachers, and parents access to class resources from anywhere and at any time. Classrooms will be modernized with new displays/projectors and the capability for teachers and students to easily and seamlessly show their work on the classroom screen. Teachers will be supported through a range of professional learning opportunities and will participate in the piloting and selection of curricula and various technologies.
Technology is necessary to support the District’s operations -- all day, every day. The District plan will continually update our infrastructure, hardware, wiring, and software to meet the growing expectations and requirements of our $200 million operations. Our vision includes digitizing our business operations and moving away from paper. This will increase our efficiency and provide real-time data to allow for tracking, monitoring and improving all business operations. Our vision of a mobile digital environment enhances our ability to recruit, train, and retain a diverse, high quality staff for schools and departments. The conversion to digital information allows for providing a wider range of information, curriculum, and data to parents about their children and their classes.
Though this vision is forward-looking, there are critical challenges that we cannot ignore, including:
The Community’s support through the 2016 Levy allows us to meet these challenges directly. Collaboration and commitment across departments and schools allows us to solve these problems and support the District’s vision of ‘ensuring high quality instruction and learning for every child, every day in every environment and advances our goals of achievement, college and career readiness, and equity and access.’