DIGITAL CONVERSION

BES Technology Opportunity Statement

 

The ultimate goal of producing the highest possible student success rates at BES will happen in part through providing purposeful technology integrated instruction. The highest level of student achievement takes place when Technology is used as a transformative tool, rather then just an enhancement tool.

Our Digital Conversion Page is designed to help facilitate blended learning and the SAMR model to help successfully integrate technology into the classroom to improve students higher order thinking and technology skills.

BES App Vetting and Request Model

BES uses an app vetting process to help make sure that technology is being used purposefully, which we are modeling after Washington County Public Schools.  Our data showed that teachers were only using a limited number of apps we originally had on the iPads. We decided to begin focusing on quality not quantity as we reduce the number of available apps.  The same apps will be available on all iPads across all grade levels for continuity.  Requested apps will be vetted to make sure they are building skills and capacity for students and fall under one of the following 9 criteria…

 

  • Support Self-Evaluation and Reflection

  • Support Photo and/or Video Annotation

  • Support Compare and Contrast

  • Support Word Processing with Multi-Media

  • Support Real-Time Collaboration

  • Support Mass Communication and Feedback

  • Support Personalized Learning

  • Support Project-Based Learning

  • Support Formative and Summative Assessments

 

Once it was determined the selection of apps fell into at least 2 of the categories above to build student capacity we then vetted the apps using the following 6 measures to ensure sustainability

 

1) Alignment to the Curriculum: the ability to integrate into the WCPS Curriculum

2) Vetting: the process used to select software

3) Population Alignment: the ability to support the identified population

4) Compatibility: the ability to run on multiple platforms

5) Validity: mandated or supported by other external agencies

6) Sustainability: criteria to support current and new resources

 

Our Device app selection document is attached, and these apps have been rolled out among all iPads. We tried to limit the selection to no more than 60 apps and an image size of 10gbs, to allow students to have access to at least 6gb of storage space to create and save projects. (Some of our iPad models are a max of 16gb.

About Technology at BES
BES Technology Plan
Digital Citizenship
Our Work with the SAMR Model and Best Practices
BES Technology
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Worcester County Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Supervisor of Human Resources - Worcester County Board of Education, 6270 Worcester Highway, Newark, MD 21841  410-632-5000

 

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100 Buckingham Road  Berlin, MD 21811 | Phone 410-632-5300 | Fax 410-632-5309

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