The district’s Technology Workgroup was formed in 2014-15 to co-construct a vision for educational technology in the district and its role in teaching, learning, communicating and collaborating. In the 2014-15 school year the workgroup focused on two main questions: (1) Where are we as a district now? (2) Where do we want to go?
The workgroup was asked to think big, and has been concentrating on what the technology gets us. Will the technology lead to different cognitive action, more engagement, more collaboration (among staff and among students), expand the breadth of our courses, enable students to be content creators, provide for interdisciplinary opportunities, and/or further enhance our understanding of the languages of technology?
While the current Syosset Technology Workgroup is comprised of teachers and administrators it is our intent to continue to engage more parents, students and community members in the process. The task before us is exciting and challenging. Our workgroup is organized around seven subworkgroups. These subworkgroups include members of our entire school community to further leverage the experience and expertise that exists in our district.
In the 2014-15 school year the workgroup was engaged in the following activities:
- Team Site Visits to other districts and institutions.
- Reviewing technology vision development and implementation plans from other school districts locally and nationally.
- A survey was developed, administered, and presented to teachers.
- Members attended conferences & presentations with leaders in education technology as well as other industries. (Google Apps, NY Technology Summit, Intel, Apple).
- Creating a repository of shared information on Google Docs.
- Based on the research, site visits and review of best practices, members of the technology workgroup were asked to submit proposals for pilot projects to be implemented in the 2015-16 school year. The intent of the pilot projects is to guide us toward a more refined technology vision for Syosset.
In the 2015-16 school year we continued our efforts from the prior year and moved forward with the next steps in constructing our educational technology vision through:
- Enhanced professional development opportunities dedicated to technology
- Further development of an online repository of resources for teachers
- Engagement with parents and students, alumni and other community members in IDEA sharing forums
- Continued analysis of technology success stories through site visits and attendance at other districts and state/national organizations
- The launch of educational technology pilot programs and the monitoring and evaluation of their progress
The 2016-17 school year will bring a significant increase in the number
of pilot technology projects across the district. Many of the pilot
projects being launched this year expand on those from the prior year;
these pilots are called adjacency pilots. Other new pilot projects were
inspired by exposure to the innovative instructional opportunities that
occurred in the 16 initial pilots.
For more information on the pilot technology projects occurring throughout the district click on the links below.
Diagram of pilot projects
Summary description of pilot projects