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Transitioning Edtech to the Cloud

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At the beginning of the edtech wave, superintendents saw many benefits from using digital resources in the classroom. For administrators looking to take the focus of edtech away from upkeep and back to learning, moving to the cloud could be the answer. While the presenters named several reasons they chose to move to the cloud, their top reason was equitable access to edtech. Frankie Jackson has served public education for 25 years as a chief technology officer.

Empowering Superintendents to Connect Technology and Learning

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“If it’s edtech, it must be good,” used to be the mantra in schools. In fact, many school technology plans fluctuated depending upon the latest fads and what someone learned at a conference and had little connection to curriculum or learning goals. Overall, they implored listeners to move away from using “tech for tech’s sake” and to become intentional adopters of technology that enhances teaching and learning.

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Essential Elements for Moving to a 1:1 Environment

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However, the more successful schools focus on improving teaching and learning first with edtech being just one of the tools to support it. Moving to a 1:1 environment requires an overhaul of every district building and technology resource. Whether the school’s tech-savvy teachers have the new tool first or everyone receives it at the same time, the speakers agreed that all teachers need to have the technology in their hands at least six months before the students.

Key Questions and Recommendations for Online Assessment

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Create and Sustain a Cross-Functional Strategic Planning Team: Both Wright and Robbins said their schools had a lot of silos, not just edtech and instruction, that needed to come together and understand how their specific skill sets are necessary to the process. Embed Technology in Instructional Practice: If students are going to be tested with tech, then they need to be learning that way on a regular basis.