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Technology in the Boston Public Schools

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Presentation to the Boston School Committee on technology in the Boston Public Schools. Presented on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 by Melissa Dodd, BPS Chief Information Officer

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Technology in the Boston Public Schools

  1. 1. Technology in the Boston Public Schools Office of Instructional & Information Technology Type Date HerePresentation to the School Committee Type Presenter Name/Contact HereApril 25, 2012 1
  2. 2. BPS Technology VisionWhy technology matters Technology enables educational innovation to prepare students for college & career success in the 21st century. Providing access to customized technologies that empower students to engage in learning everywhere helps close access and achievement gaps. 2
  3. 3. Technology plays a key role in supporting theAcceleration Agenda•  Accelerates literacy and STEM skills•  Enables access to data to target student learning needs and assists with differentiation of instruction•  Enriches student experiences through the arts & digital media and extended learning & after-school programming•  Enhances communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking Students Teachers Technology Foundation for Learning Infrastructure Data 3
  4. 4. Infographic: Technology in the BPS 4
  5. 5. Our technology efforts focus on four pillars Expand Equitable Access to Technology Strengthen & Integrate Systems to Accelerate Data-Driven Decision Making Empower 21st Century Learning Engage Families & Community 5
  6. 6. Expand equity of access to technology•  Provide technology tools to support teaching and learning −  All classroom teachers have laptops for instructional use through Laptops for Learning (L4L) −  Teachers received orientation training with ongoing PD & support•  Upgrade school infrastructures to provide building-wide wireless•  Offer online professional development to support effective teaching•  Identify operational efficiencies to maximize limited resources −  Centralized technology purchasing in Spring 2012 saved over $330,000•  Develop partnerships to expand access to technology & resources −  Focused on technology access, libraries, and student opportunities 6
  7. 7. Expand equity of access to technology 2011 2012 Legend Red = Does Not Meet Foundation Yellow = Meets Foundation Green = Exceed Foundation Foundation = Computer/mobile lab less than 5 years old58% Meet or Exceed Foundation 79% Meet or Exceed Foundation We have established a baseline foundation of technology tools for students by upgrading mobile laptop environments in 33 schools 7
  8. 8. Strengthen & integrate data systems toaccelerate data-driven decision making•  BPS uses over 60 separate systems to collect and store data•  To make data available when and where it is needed, we must ensure that these systems are −  User-friendly −  Connected•  We are carrying out a multi-pronged strategy to meet these needs −  Upgrading core systems and retiring legacy systems −  Designing useful, thorough reporting & analytic tools −  Automating operational processes −  Bolstering application security to ensure student confidentiality•  Moving forward, we will create and implement centralized protocols for adopting systems 8
  9. 9. Strengthen & integrate data systems toaccelerate data-driven decision making Student Information System (SIS) is a fully integrated system that lets schools collect & manage data while making data accessible to students and families −  Daily & period attendance −  eTranscripts & online gradebook −  Scheduling −  Student & family portals −  Department, school, class, teacher web pages Data warehouse is a central repository for academic and operational data, allowing robust reporting & analysis for schools and the district −  Leading & lagging indicators −  Attendance reports & dashboards 9 −  Assessment data: MCAS, DIBELS
  10. 10. Empower 21st century learning skills for students•  Supporting higher-order thinking by embedding technology in the curriculum −  In the last 2 years, over 1,000 teachers are infusing online content (e.g., blogs and wikis) to advance literacy, communication, problem-solving & collaboration•  Preparing students for digital citizenry −  Curriculum & resources on key elements of cyber safety made for kids, by kids −  BPS Cyber Safety Mentors have educated over 24,000 Boston youth since 2006 −  Strengthening information literacy through school- based library programs•  Meeting unique learning needs by differentiating instruction −  Includes use of assistive technologies to allow multiple means of representation, expression & engagement −  Examples: text-to-speech software, visual depiction software, online apps, iPads, audiobooks, e-books 10
  11. 11. Empower 21st century learning skills for students•  Promoting self-expression & creativity through Adobe Youth Voices −  900 students learn multimedia software & develop digital media projects on real-world issues impacting youth −  May 31: Showcase, Burke High School•  Gaining real-world experience through the Tech Apprentice Program −  Annually, 100+ students participate in paid, technology-focused summer internships −  Supplements high school technology courses (which enroll 4,199 students each year)•  Learning STEM through Robotics −  600 students across grades K-12 learn and use robotics principles through in-school and extended learning opportunities −  June 2: Robotics Olympics, Wentworth 11
  12. 12. Engage Families & Community with Technology•  Monitor student progress via SIS Portal•  Pre-register for schools online•  Learn technology skills in your child’s school through Tech Goes Home•  Access city resources with One card: school ID, T pass, library & community center access•  Discover BPS schools•  Get the latest bus information on your phone 12
  13. 13. Technology Roadmap: Innovation on thehorizon in the next three years Expand Equitable • Continue to expand access for students Access to through mobile devices & e-content Technology • Prepare for online PARCC assessments • Implement cloud-based email & Strengthen & collaboration tools Integrate Systems • Create Personal Learning Environments •  Design digital literacy curriculum Empower 21st •  Implement blended & online models for extended Century Learning learning opportunities & graduation requirement •  Unlock digital doors through social media •  Build out SIS portal as robust communication tool Engage Families & •  Redesign online school registration Community •  Promote district with coherent BPS web presence 13
  14. 14. Next Steps•  Join us at an upcoming technology event! −  May 31: Adobe Youth Voices Showcase @ Burke High School −  June 2: Robotics Olympics @ Wentworth Institute of Technology −  June 23: Tech Goes Home Graduation @ Faneuil Hall•  Unlock digital doors for learning −  Engage in a community process to develop a Social Media Policy that provides structured access to social & digital media tools, such as YouTube, for educational use −  Present policy to School Committee for approval•  Present LINC 4ward, a comprehensive three-year technology plan 14
  15. 15. To Learn More: Melissa Dodd Chief Information Officer Boston Public Schools mdodd@bostonpublicschools.org www.bostonpublicschools.org/technology @BPSTechnology 15
  16. 16. Appendix: Recent recognitions•  Boston Public Schools recognized in •  Boston identified as leader in bullying T.H.E. Journal, a national K12 prevention & cyber safety education Educational Technology magazine, for technology innovation in large urban •  TechBoston Academy recognized by school districts (September 2011) President Obama for its innovative http://thejournal.com/articles/2011/09/12/big- use of technology to engage city-rules.aspx students and achieve excellence•  Henderson Elementary highlighted in •  Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School PBS News Hour for use of assistive awarded Apple Distinguished school technologies to support inclusion. award twice – only urban school to (March 2012) be recognized http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/american- graduate/jan-june12/ amgradengaging_03-21.html •  Tech Apprentice Program recognized as national model by NSF•  Hurley K-8 and Boston Green Academy librarians received prestigious awards from Massachusetts School Library Association. (March 2012) http://bostonpublic.blogspot.com/2012/04/bps- librarians-and-parents-group.html•  BPS CIO profiled in COMPUTERWORLD, a national IT magazine (April 2012) http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/ 9225869/Melissa_P._Dodd 16

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