One of the great opportunities I’ve enjoyed this school year has been the work of the Technology Task Force. I announced the creation of the group during my State of the Schools address in October. Since then, three separate groups of students, community members and staff members have been hard at work discussing, conducting site visits and looking into different ideas related to where Hilliard Schools wants to be with individual devices and technology integration in classrooms. All of the groups came together in January for cross-committee discussion and feedback related to this initiative. Since then our administrative team and staff members have been hard at work reviewing every comment and considering how we might take their key findings and put them into action in our schools.
I’m pleased that months and months of work is finally reaching a level where we can take action. On Tuesday, March 11, I will host an Online Lunch regarding the Technology Task Force Findings and share our plan for implementation moving forward. I will ask Executive Director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction Kim Halley and Technology Director Rich Boettner to join us and together we will share our plans for how technology will allow us as a school district to take the next step in meeting our mission of ensuring every student is ready for tomorrow.
During the task force, it was clear from all three groups that personal electronic devices should not simply replace existing educational tools. Instead we should use this opportunity to transcend the way students learn. It was also very clear that the question wasn’t IF we should move toward personal electronic devices for students, but rather HOW we should make this goal a reality.
I look forward to sharing our vision for this important step in our educational evolution during the Online Lunch. At Hilliard Schools we strive to actively communicate with our parents and residents alike and look forward to not only sharing our story, but addressing your questions as well. The session will begin at noon and residents may begin logging in from the district’s website www.hilliardschools.org as early as 11:30 a.m.