The Essential Conditions necessary to effectively transform education by leveraging technology for teacher and student success. In fact, you will soon discover the real essential condition is the process and not the technology.
Proactive leadership in developing a shared vision for educational technology among all Baldwin County Board of Education (BCBE) stakeholders, including teachers and support staff, school and district administrators, teacher educators, students, parents, and the community. This shared vision must focus on the core mission of education and not be enamored by technology. Technology and educational priorities and resources must be driven by a strategic plan that is directly aligned to the annual budgeting process.
Empowered Leaders Stakeholders at every level empowered to be leaders in effecting change. A shared governance is a must in this to provide a voice for every stakeholders, including teachers and support staff, school and district administrators, teacher educators, students, parents, and the community.
Implementation Planning A systemic plan aligned with the strategic plan for the district, school and teacher effectiveness and student learning through the infusion of information technology and digital learning resources
Consistent and Adequate Funding: If technology is critical asset to our teachers and students success funding should be focused on these areas. Technology must be seen as an operational expense and ongoing funding to support technology infrastructure, personnel, digital resources, and staff development is a must. However, process must be inplace to prevent duplication and fraud waste and abuse. Total cost of ownership and return of value must to considered for all technology purchases. It is important to release the indirect cost must be a major consideration in all purchases. Consistent and adequate funding equals stability in the classroom allowing teachers to focus on education..
Equitable Access Robust and reliable access to current and emerging technologies and digital resources, with connectivity for all students, teachers, staff, and school leaders
Skilled Educators, support staff, and other leaders skilled in the selection and effective use of appropriate resources are essential in todays educational process. Without adequate skills a teachers ability to leverage technology is significantly diminished and result in higher operational cost due additional support demands, student remediation and other negative manifestations. Skilled Educators require an investment in professional development.
Educational Support Consistent and reliable assistance for maintaining,
renewing, and using ICT and digital learning resources
Curriculum Framework Content standards and related digital curriculum
resources that are aligned with and support digital age
learning and work
Student-Centered Learning Planning, teaching, and assessment centered around
the needs and abilities of students
Assessment and Evaluation Continuous assessment of teaching, learning, and
leadership, and evaluation and digital resources
Engaged Communities and Partnerships and collaboration within communities to
support and fund the use of ICT and digital learning
Support Policies and Accountability Policies, financial plans, accountability measures,
and incentive structures to support the use of and other digital resources for learning and in district