Agenda Item
Meeting Date:
3/19/2019 - 7:00 PM  
9.1 Integrating Educational Technology Across our District:
Elementary Technology Specialist Program
Attachment Summary:
File Attachment:
3-19 ElementaryTechnology Specialist Program Draft.docx.pdf
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Staff will present the status and highlights of our Elementary Technology Specialist Program.  
The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) is dedicated to preparing students to “contribute and thrive in a changing world.” Teachers are experts in content and continue to grow in the area of integrating technology into their instruction. The 2015 voter-approved Measure G Parcel tax provided funding to hire Teachers on Special Assignment (ToSAs), as Elementary Technology Specialists to coach teachers in integrating technology into curriculum. These Elementary Technology Specialists, along with the District Integrated Technology Specialist, make up the Utilizing New and Innovative Technologies in Education (UNITE) Team. For the past three years, this team has empowered teachers to make connections between what is being learned (content), how it is taught (pedagogy), and the appropriate tools (technology).  
To create active student-led classrooms, the UNITE Team continues to support the integration of technology across the core content areas. Team members are assigned to sites, where they serve as pedagogical leaders and technology coaches who work collaboratively with all colleagues including teachers, administrators, site Technology Leads, and District staff. To best support their peers with innovative uses of technology to enhance 21st Century teaching and learning, this team attends various content and technology specific trainings and are active members within the Curriculum and Special Projects Department. Based on need, the UNITE Team develops workshops aligned to the California Standards for integrating technology into the curriculum, as well as the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards for students.

It has been more than three years since the inception of the team and pedagogical shifts are apparent. In the shift to empower learners, skills over content are emphasized; as we are moving away from the traditional classroom model that focuses on expertise and toward one that underscores agility. Teachers are guiding students to assess where they are, determine where they are headed, and consider what is possible. They are inspiring possibilities instead of giving choices. Teachers are not just attempting to make the subject interesting, but also tapping into students’ interests. In creating environments where students want to learn rather than have to learn, students are not only engaged, but also empowered to be active learners creating and applying knowledge. This is a shift in mindset from compliance to self-direction. Students who have made these shifts are able to accurately assess the value of technology and its implications to the learning process, ensuring success in a global community that is becoming increasingly connected digitally.

Fiscal Impact:
The Elementary Technology Specialist Program is funded through voter-approved Measure G Parcel Tax dollars.  
Superintendent's Recommendation
This item is informational only and requires no action be taken by the Board of Education.  
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jodi Robison - Executive Assistant
Signed By:  
Kelly Bowers, Ed.D. - Superintendent