eLearning & Technology
“New technology is common, new thinking is rare.” - Sir Peter Blake
Defining eLearning at Shawnee SchoolsBroadly, eLearning at Shawnee Schools occurs when teachers and students use technology to support their achievement of academic goals.
More specifically, Shawnee Schools will be providing eLearning opportunities in many ways including the following:
Companion sites complement a teacher’s brick and mortar classroom. All teachers, grades 6 through 12, will begin developing companion sites in the 2013-2014 School Year.
Companion sites feature:
- Week at a glance
- News forum (for communication)
- FAQ forum
- Important class links
- Electronic versions of classroom resources (like presentations, handouts, worksheets, etc.)
Shawnee Schools is committed to providing tools that are platform neutral in order to utilize any device on our network.
BYOT - Bring Your Own Technology
In the 2012-2013 School Year Shawnee Schools implemented a plan in order to allow students to bring their own devices to school and utilize. Click Here to view the BYOT policy.
Our Community’s 3 Year Vision for Technology and eLearning
Goal 1: All students will be College and Career readyGoal Description: Redefine the use of technology to become a seamless tool for integration of curriculum as students learn through inquiry, performance and practice to become college and career ready.
Needs Assessment: The Ohio Department of Education has clearly defined what all students, teachers, schools and districts are expected to know and be able to do. This process will ensure that students make progress each year and graduate from school to succeed in college and in a modern workforce. Technology amplifies all students’ ability to achieve measurable academic progress, career & college readiness, and global competency.
Goal 2: Universal Access & Collaboration
Goal Description: Collaboration of ideas and learning will occur through the cloud and appropriate/emerging learning tools that work anytime, anywhere, and on any device.Needs Assessment: A vast number of technology devices and tools exist today and are ever increasing. In order to improve the integration of technology into the classroom we must develop a platform neutral system.
Goal 3: Implement Internet Safety CurriculumGoal Description: Beginning in 2012-2013 school year Shawnee School's will implement an age appropriate curriculum on Cyber Bullying, Social Networking, and Internet Safety.
Needs Assessment: Youth embrace new technologies such as text messaging and social networking. Digital Citizenship Training is a priority. Without proper guidance, these types of communication technologies have been deemed to be dangerous to a child’s physical and psychological well-being.
Goal 4: Technology Acquisition and Standards
Goal Description: Evaluate, maintain and upgrade the district’s end user devices.Needs Assessment: Decreasing technology budgets along with emerging digital devices have forced schools to evaluate the need to maintain or upgrade end user devices. Transitioning from server based storage to the "Cloud" must also be evaluated to determine the needs to expand additional equipment.