Windham Central has made a significant investment in technology and teacher training in integrating technology into daily activities. In the Spring of 2010, as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Windham Central seized the opportunity to purchase and install permanently mounted presentation equipment in EVERY classroom in the Supervisory Union. This includes a ceiling-mounted projector, screen, and speakers. Some communities matched with local equipment funds and "upgraded" the plan adding interactive whiteboards, document cameras, etc... This infusion of technology has allowed teachers to access contemporary content and present it to their classes in a convenient and efficient manner.
Since then many teachers have launched into 21st Century learning using tools and techniques necessary to stay current with educational content and delivery techniques.
We now have a 1:1 Chromebook initiative that is complete at Leland and Gray.
Student Data Privacy
Letter to Parents and Guardians
Vetting Digital Tools for Student Use
We realize that the educational software market is evolving rapidly. We also recognize that teachers want to creatively use additional technology tools in support of student engagement and student outcomes, and we support these efforts. Although there are many great technology tools out there for teachers and students, there are also many tools with limited functionality, monetizing or social media “hooks” or Privacy issues that should not be used with students.
Protecting Student Data Privacy Guidelines for Teachers
Only use tools that have been approved by the SU or School. For the safety and privacy of all students, do not use any tools independently that have not been approved.
Requesting Apps, Websites, and Accounts
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
From the ISTE Website:
Education technology standards to transform learning and teaching
The time for major change in education is now. In a world where rapid advances in technology have a profound impact on the ways we work, communicate and live, education has struggled to keep pace. The ISTE Standards work together to support educators, students and leaders with clear guidelines for the skills and knowledge necessary to move away from the factory model. These are not the typical boxes educators need to check. They provide a framework for rethinking education, adapting to a constantly changing technological landscape and preparing students to enter an increasingly global economy.
Empowering connected learners in a connected world
As educators, we are preparing students for a future that we cannot yet imagine. Empowering students to become lifelong learners and providing them with the skills to face future challenges resourcefully and creatively is critical. It’s not about using digital tools to support outdated education strategies and models; it’s about tapping into technology’s potential to amplify human capacity for collaboration, creativity and communication. It’s about leveling the playing field and providing young people worldwide with equitable access to powerful learning opportunities.