Information Technology in our Schools
A Chromebook is a laptop that runs the Google Chrome Operating System (Chrome OS). It is simply a web browser that allows access to Google Apps that live in the cloud.
An iPad is a tablet that runs the Apple Operating System for personal devices (iOS). They allow access to many programs in the form of Apps (applications). Users interact with their apps through a touch screen interface and voice commands. The iPads in our schools have been loaded with a standard suite of apps to allow for maximum collaboration and creativity.
A SMART Board is an interactive whiteboard that works through touch detection. Students and staff can manipulate objects on the board such as images, shapes, videos, and written text.
GAFE (Google Apps for Education):
An online environment where teachers and students can create and store digital resources to support and enhance learning and achievement. Working with GAFE allows for the sharing of these files with others for excellent collaborative opportunities.
A word processing tool where one can create text documents with embedded media that can be shared with others. Docs allows for real time editing and commenting when working collaboratively with others.
Demonstrate your understanding of an idea by creating a dynamic slideshow presentation with various forms of media such as videos, images, animations and slide transitions. Presentations can be posted public on the web for all to see, shared with individuals or groups of people, or kept private.
Analyze information and track results with this spreadsheet editor. Sheets provides tools to support how data is viewed through the use of formulas, charts, filters and pivot tables.
Ways our Tech Tools Support Student Learning:
Both iPads, and Chromebooks lend a hand in helping to develop the skills of collaboration with students in RCDSB. Both devices give access to GAFE with more functionality available on the Chromebooks. Students can use both devices to work collaboratively and in real time from anywhere on anything from a simple writing task to a group website.
iPads are an amazing tool to help support and develop skills of creativity. With the iPad being intuitive to use, and with the ability to share the content from one app to another, one can easily use the features of many apps to pull together an original piece of work.
Both iPads and Chromebooks support students with the critical thinking process. With quick access to the internet, students can easily explore ideas and seek answers to their questions. Both devices provide a way for students to organize the information they discover in ways that are meaningful to them. Collaboration apps on both the Chromebooks and iPads allow students to work together in real time when manipulating, analyzing, and evaluating the information they gather.
Building Capacity for Technology Integration
Technology is an excellent tool to help support the development of 6 important skills (6Cs): Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Citizenship, and Character. Skills that have been defined by Michael Fullan as being essential for whole child development and successful 21st century citizenship.
Planning for technology integration should begin with rich purposeful tasks, and successful pedagogical practices as the foundation of teaching and learning.
After considering task and pedagogy, the SAMR model describes how we can monitor the transformation of tasks from using new technology that simply substitutes the old, to tasks that redefine learning and use technology in meaningful ways that further develop the 6Cs.
For successful technology integration to take root, the TPACK model would suggest that one must be confident and knowledgeable in pedagogical practice, in the content that is being taught, and in the use of the technology being used.
For more information on the 6Cs, you can check out Michael Fullan's publication here
For more information on the SAMR model, click here
For more information on TPACK, click here
ICT Plan 2013-2016
Please find below a link to a downloadable PDF of the RCDSB Information and Communication Technology Plan 2013-2016 (ICT Plan). This plan was created based on feedback and information from a variety of sources, including: feedback sessions with RCDSB stakeholders, needs analysis, consultation with other boards, a review of current literature and a variety of pilots conducted in different schools. Through the initiatives outlined in the ICT Plan, we continue to not only keep our IT infrastructure current but also to enable our system to support effective pedagogical practices and efficient services.
ICT Plan 2013 to 2016 (3 Mb)