Technology in RSU 63

Technology in RSU 63

Hello RSU 63 Community Members,

 

Over the past months, we have taken a closer look at technology in RSU 63. The Technology Vision (below) was developed by our Technology Committee and approved by the RSU 63 Board of Directors. Teachers used this Vision as a guide for identifying and prioritizing technology standards for each grade level. These have been incorporated into our Grade Level Brochures found at

 

http://www.edline.net/pages/RSU63/District/Curriculum/Grade_Level_Brochures

 

­­We have taken steps to move towards the Vision and implement our Grade Level Technology Standards. These include providing additional software for student use and adding classes at the Holbrook School. Technology classes are now held once a week for Grades 5, 7, and 8. The 8th Grade students have a choice between four different classes (Computer Programming, Multimedia, Web Design, and Productivity). Several Grade 6 students have been invited to participate in a new Trimester II After School Robotics Program. Next year, we hope to be able to provide Technology classes to our Grade 6 students as well.

 

I am excited about the work accomplished and what it means for our students and staff. I would like to thank all our teachers and Board of Directors for their support and hard work. I would especially like to recognize Peter Walsh (Holbrook STEM Teacher), Ashley Perry (Technology Curriculum Development Teacher-Leader), and George Cummings (Technology Coordinator).

 

Sincerely,

Susan

 

Susan M. Smith

RSU 63 Superintendent of Schools/

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

 

 

RSU 63 Technology Vision

 

RSU 63 uses technology to enhance high quality academic programs, instruction, and learning in a safe and supportive environment so students succeed in school and reach their fullest potential in life.

 

  • The RSU 63 community recognizes the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of living, learning, and working in an interconnected digital world, and acts in ways that are safe, legal, and ethical.

 

  • RSU 63 will use technology to empower our learners by giving them choices and the ability to work at their own pace. We will do this by meeting learners where they are and providing a rigorous learning path for all students. Providing choices will help our students be connected learners who know that learning does not only happen in the classroom.

 

  • RSU 63 provides ongoing professional development that supports highly qualified, skillful teachers in technology use and integration using technology to help teachers plan, coach, guide, and facilitate learning in new ways.

 

  • RSU 63 will use technology to help facilitate effective communication. Students will learn to communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats, and digital media appropriate to their goals. Teachers will also use technology to collaborate and communicate with parents, students, and colleagues.

 

  • RSU 63 students will actively explore real world problems, developing ideas and employing strategies for solving problems in ways that leverage technology.