The use of technology in the Schalmont Central School District is meant to transform education and improve student performance, as envisioned in the New York State Learning Standards.
A Smart Schools Investment Plan (PDF) was developed for this district out of the strong belief, supported by research, that technology can significantly enhance the learning environment, increase staff productivity, and improve the teaching and learning process. Furthermore, technology is seen as a critical component for the preparation of our students. Our Technology Plan defines the vision and objectives for moving students forward into the 21st century.
The use of technology tools in the district is focused on the development of higher level analyses, evaluation, communications, presentation and decision-making skills. Software tools and software applications are selected based on the need to increase student learning within and across the subject areas in order to prepare students for their future in the 21st century.
Technology is also important as a means of changing teaching and learning in order to prepare students with the 21st century skills they need to be successful. This technology-based learning will expand the opportunities available for students to interact with, to understand and to change their world.
The State Education Department approved Schalmont’s Instructional Technology Plan on Oct. 30, 2015. The Schalmont Board of Education approved the plan for submission for Smart Schools funds at its Nov. 9, 2015 meeting as required.
Technology Vision Statement
We will strive to provide educational opportunities that will engage every student and build capacity in order to prepare students with the necessary 21st century competencies to compete and excel in a complex, evolving, and interconnect world.
Greater Technology Access For Teachers and Students
A major focus of the Schalmont District Technology Department has been finding ways to ensure that our students are able to access technology when they are away from school now and in the future. Another focus has been providing state-of-the-art technology to teachers in the classroom.
Google Apps for Education
All students at Schalmont now have access to a full suite of applications through our Google Apps for Education account. The benefit of using Google Apps is that the applications are entirely web-based meaning students don’t need to install any software on their own computers.
Work that is completed on Google Apps is automatically saved “in the cloud” which allows students to access the files when they are in school and at home (or anywhere else they are connected to the Internet). In addition, documents and files can be easily shared with teachers and collaboration between students has never been easier to allow group work to flourish.
A Shift in Computer Hardware for Classrooms
The district in the 2014-15 school year began a shift from teachers using desktops to laptop computers in Schalmont classrooms with centralized printers in all schools and the piloting of student Chromebook tablets.
A Shift to Google Chromebooks
All incoming ninth graders receive and maintain Chromebooks through their senior year with Chrome carts placed at the middle and high schools.
Schalmont Instructional Technology Goals
Use educational technology appropriately to improve learning and monitor student progress through Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.
Provide learning environments that support technology integration and allow for authentic technology experiences for students with global audiences
Provide professional development and ongoing support enabling staff to be knowledgeable when working in technology rich environments.
Provide educational leadership for technology integration
Expand partnerships between district schools and businesses, local colleges and universities, community residents and parents through the use of technology.
Update and/or develop educational policies that pertain to the use of technology in schools to match philosophy, goals and standards outlined with the Technology Integration Plan.