to: Creswell Board of Directors and superintendent price
from: JOEL HIGDON, Technology Director
subject: FEBRUARY board report
· Our District will be sending a team of five staff members to the 11th Annual Instructional Technology Strategies Conference (ITSC) in Portland. Anna Baltrusch (CMS), Nancy Buchanan (CMS), Aaron Keo (CES), Ruby Price, and I will be the team in attendance. The conference is sponsored in part by the Organization for Educational Technology & Curriculum. Our participation is being funded by a recently received “Title IID Technology Readiness Grant” from the Oregon Department of Education. The ITSC is a unique, wireless technology conference for teachers, administrators, curriculum directors, and technology administrators; a wealth of information will be delivered over two days. Our goal is to share the ideas and information received from our attendance with district staff. We will also use the conference to help us in the second go around for our “21st Century Technology Rich Learning and Teaching IID ARRA” grant application.
· Technology integration for our student learning has a new development in the works. In the coming days sixth grade teacher Kim Kuhnhausen will begin utilizing a Wiki webpage for her students and their classes. I am working with Mrs. Kuhnhausen in the development of this new venture for our district. So what is a Wiki? Well… A wiki is a Web site that allows users to add and update content on a given site. This is made possible by Wiki software that runs on the Web server. Wikis end up being created mainly by a collaborative effort of its users. A great example of a large wiki is the Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia. The term "wiki" comes from the Hawaiian phrase, "wiki wiki," which means "super fast." I guess if you have lots of users adding and discussing content to a Web site on a regular basis, the site could grow "super fast.” In our case the users will be our sixth grade students working in collaborative ways with their fellow students in other class periods. The students will be able to engage with each other over learning topics and curriculum controlled by Mrs. Kuhnhausen. As we progress with this development other staff will be able to create their own Wiki webpages. With this development our delivery of learning topics and curriculum will have another avenue available for our students. These new Wiki webpages will have some similarities to our current online BlackBoard system. It is a welcome development that should pay dividends in student achievement.