Vision One91 Technology
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Document - 2015-18 District 191 Technology Plan
As part of Vision One91, voters approved $2.5 million per year for 10 years to be used for technology. The funds become available starting with the 2016-17 school year and will pay for new tools, devices, professional development, infrastructure and more. District 191’s Technology Advisory Committee, teacher groups, principals and other administrators have been working to develop a guiding plan for using the new technology funds.
Learning Management System
The new technology funds have allowed District 191 to purchase an online learning management system, called Schoology, that provides resources and tools to enhance and expand learning in and beyond the classroom. Tools such as threaded discussions, course calendars, access to materials at various reading levels and more will help teachers effectively reach all students.
During the 2015-16 school year, social studies teachers have been using Schoology to create and support their classes. Other staff members will be learning the system throughout the year in preparation for all high school teachers to use it in 2016-17, and continued ongoing expansion after that.
Adaptive Curricular Programs K-5
Another major project that will be funded with new technology money will be adaptive reading and math digital programs for elementary schools. These programs will provide curricular resources that adjust to students’ abilities and provide materials at the appropriate level.
During the 2015-16 school year, various adaptive programs will be tried before one or more are selected for use across the district the following year.
As the district provides more electronic and online resources, access to technology that connects to these resources for every child becomes essential. As part of the District 191 comprehensive technology plan, Chromebooks will be provided to all students in grades 9-12 prior to the 2016-17 school year to be used as personal learning devices. This "one-to-one" program will expand to include grades 6-8 in the 2017-18 school year. Device use will also expand at the elementary school level in the future.
Year to Plan
With a full school year before funding is available from the technology referendum, the 2015-16 school year gives District 191 an opportunity to plan, test some possibilities through pilot programs, and train staff members so that pieces are in place before larger potential changes in 2016-17.
Work on writing and implementing technology literacy standards in all grades will also start this year. With so many professions requiring technological proficiency, it’s essential that technology literacy continue to be built into our curriculum and instruction so District 191 students are real-world ready when they graduate.