District Long Range Technology Plan
The Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District utilizes technology to enhance opportunities for student problem-solving, critical thinking and resource management. As digital learners, our students engage in authentic activities that facilitate exploration, interaction, and global communication in an effort to prepare them for success beyond the classroom. Digital literacy and civic citizenship help equip students to be responsible members of today's global society.
This plan begins with the district’s educational technology vision statement. This statement provides the foundation for the beliefs and values that are embraced and employed by the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District to deliver a 21st century learning environment that fosters collaboration, creativity, and increased student achievement.
The plan begins with our Technology Vision Statement:
In today’s globalized society, digital literacy is an increasingly important skill for individuals to develop and refine. Our challenge is to prepare all students to become responsible digital citizens with the skills necessary to compete in this new world. Our goal is to deliver a learning environment in which students will utilize technology to foster collaboration, synthesize new ideas, and inspire creativity. It is our belief that implementing a progressive and ambitious technology plan that incorporates the very latest trends in educational technology will facilitate student driven learning that is interactive and relevant to the real life experiences of today’s “digital natives”. Through this environment, we encourage and empower our students to be self-directed lifelong learners that possess the ability to use critical thinking skills and technology to solve problems, collaborate, synthesize information, and effectively communicate in order to be successful and competitive in today’s world, as well as tomorrow’s.
Our plan outlines goals in six major areas:
Instructional and administrative information management systems – Providing the necessary infrastructure to support and facilitate the continuity of instructional and administrative information flow throughout the district and provide open access to a wide variety of global informational resources through the use of the Internet. In addition, ensuring that the district is prepared to meet the demands of state reporting, evaluation, and testing mandates, such as NJSMART, EE4NJ, and NJSLA.
Technology infusion – Supporting and enhancing instructional delivery systems through the widespread integration of educational technologies to meet New Jersey Student Learning Standards and to engage 21st century learners.
Professional development – Continually refining the digital literacy and 21st century skills of teachers, administrators, and other district personnel to maximize the utilization of the technology resources that are available throughout the district.
Access and utilization – Ensuring that all students in the district have an equal opportunity to utilize technology to increase achievement and connect with others globally through a ubiquitous computing environment.
Community involvement– Engaging the community through various traditional and electronic methods in order to maintain an open channel of communication and share the vision for technology throughout the district with our partners in the community.
Research and development – Maintaining awareness of emerging technologies and educational trends in order to keep the district’s technology related offerings up to date and relevant to the needs of our students and staff.