to: Creswell Board of Directors and superintendent price
from: JOEL HIGDON, Technology Director
subject: March board report
· Our attendance at the 11th Annual Instructional Technology Strategies Conference (ITSC) in Portland was well received. Our participation was funded by a recently received “Title IID Technology Readiness Grant” from the Oregon Department of Education. This grant afforded us the opportunity to send a small cadre of staff that included Anna Baltrusch (CMS), Nancy Buchanan (CMS), Aaron Keo (CES), Ruby Price, and me. A wealth of information was delivered over two days. Over the coming weeks we will be sharing the ideas and information received with other district staff.
· Last month I reported on our development of a Wiki webpage at our middle school. This month I am excited to be sharing our development of a new virtual learning environment for our students – “Moodle” (we techies across the spectrum can sure come up with some creative naming). We are working with the Oregon State University’s hosted virtual school district to create these new interactive online resources. Through the use of Moodle we will be creating online courses that can be used by both students and staff. The courses that are created can supplement a classroom curriculum or be a stand-alone course. For example, we are presently creating Moodle courses for three new software suites - Co-Writer, Write-Outload, and Inspirations. The goal is to help staff learn and be able to utilize these new resources in their classroom. Worth noting - these three software suites are broadly used by districts to help enrich and raise student development in writing and critical thinking. Staff members have expressed an interest in being able to use them so consequently the new Moodle courses are well timed.
· Are you a fan? Our district presence on Facebook continues to be successful. Building from our initial rollout at our Middle School we will be debuting Facebook pages for our High School and Creslane. Look for them the week after Spring Break. We are also exploring the possibility of classroom or staff Facebook pages. I have formed an in-house ad hoc committee to help outline such an endeavor.