Future Ready Student Learning Technology Plan

To develop the Future Ready Student Learning Technology Plan, a district workgroup formed in 2017 that included representation from key areas of the district. Using feedback from the district (spring 2017 surveys) the workgroup used The Future Ready Framework to develop this plan in an effort to provide a proactive, systemic approach to addressing technology needs while planning across seven constructs or gears of the District that are symbolic of how technology is interconnected in multiple areas that support student learning.

The efforts from the workgroup have provided the district a framework to build upon that will involve additional stakeholders in each gear to achieve the overall goals. Gear level teams will be developed over the next three years (2018 - 2021) to further develop and continually refine the overall plan.

District Vision for Future Ready Student Learning

All students in the Appleton Area School District will fully utilize and leverage the available, safe and diverse technology tools to encourage lifelong and lifewide learning that promotes flexible, student-centered learning and personal inquiry. Technology should help facilitate student empathy for our globally connected world while continually developing communication skills to safely and ethically participate in society.

Seven Gears of the Framework:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Use of Space and Time
  • Robust Infrastructure
  • Data and Privacy
  • Community Partnerships
  • Personalized Professional Learning
  • Budget and Resources

Teaching and Learning

  • Identify and align Digital Age Learning Skills important within the district 
  • Develop Responsible Use Policy and Digital Citizenship strategy for all users
  • Adopt technology integration model/framework to support teachers
  • Develop a data culture with student self-assessment

Use of Space and Time

  • Staff supported to grow within the blended learning continuum
  • Identify and pilot flexible learning spaces and digital supports

Technology and Infrastructure

  • Sustainability with professional development and training
  • Establish a replacement cycle
  • Incorporate internet of things that are part of district network

Data and Privacy

  • Select a digital citizenship curriculum 
  • Define data literacy for various jobs and support with training
  • Establish a review cycle to stay current with laws and regulations
  • Commission a district privacy workgroup

Community Partnerships

  • Select official district communication tools and provide training
  • Plan for universal online communication of technology plan across district

Personalized Professional Learning

  • Set expectations for online, personalized and collaborative professional learning
  • Support of online learning and networking within Compensation Framework

Budget and Resources

  • Map existing resources and tools to curriculum and instruction plans, identify gaps and avoid redundancies
  • Determine total cost of ownership model that is integrated across district budget
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