Vision and Mission
This Information and Technology Literacy plan supports the District’s mission by utilizing information (library media) and technology resources to provide challenging opportunities for each student to succeed in a changing world. We believe that the successful use of these resources helps to provide a learner-focused, effective education that meets the unique abilities and needs of diverse learners.
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· To prepare students to use instructional media and technology as a tool to actively engage in the learning process to expand knowledge and individualize learning to meet the School District of Rhinelander’s academic goals.
· To promote and develop 21st Century skills that address real world problems, explore ideas, and gather information to construct original thought and communicate effectively.
· To work collaboratively, in support of continuous improvement, to determine how and when the Information and Technology Literacy (ITL) Standards will be integrated into the curriculum.
· To provide professional development opportunities that facilitates the implementation of the ITL Standards and evaluates the effectiveness of their integration.
· To provide equitable access to library media and technology resources that enable effective utilization in school, district, community, and global environments.
· To create an efficient, cost-effective, learning organization that supports a high-performing, collaborative system, which uses technology to make data driven decisions based on sound, agreed upon principles.
Monitoring and Evaluation
The technology department, which consists of the Superintendent, the educational technology specialist, and the technicians, meets on a weekly basis. The Library Media department meets monthly. The building computer contact people meet with the technology department as needed. The information and technology literacy committee meets several times a year. All of these groups discuss issues and concerns related to educational technology, brainstorm solutions to any problems that occur, and share innovative ideas. They all contribute to a continuous evaluation of the goals and objectives that are stated in the information and technology plan and determine necessary steps to update the plan. Following district level meetings, building representatives are responsible for disseminating information to their building staff.
From the District Information and Technology Plan, individual school ITL plans will be written by a building team after gathering input from their staff. After staff review, these individual plans will then be evaluated and updated on yearly basis. Building level plans will be monitored and used to develop future district goals.
Members of the library media department and the technology department continuously evaluate research and literature that pertains to emerging technologies and how they affect classroom teaching, learning, and curriculum. Key aspects of this information are shared with building computer contact people, information and technology literacy committee members, and other staff members at meetings and via email. The District web site contains several web pages that link to specific resources that focus on research pertaining to information resources and educational technology. We are working closely with the curriculum department to make sure that information and technology is used to meet the needs of a diverse group of learning styles.
Progress on goals and objectives will be documented and reported on at information and technology literacy committee meetings. The district technology specialist and the district library leader will maintain the documentation and evaluation data identified in each objective. Progress will be included in the board annual reports.
The school board receives an annual report outlining technology efforts and progress on the information and technology literacy plan and its goals.
Copies of the plan will be available in each District building.