Final Recommendations to the PUSD Board from the PUSD Educational Technology Advisory Committee (ETAC)

The ETAC committee, comprised of nine Board appointed volunteers from the PSUD community, presented their Final Recommendations to the Board and the community at the May 31st public board meeting. The summary of their findings is included below.

“The PUSD Educational Technology Advisory Committee (ETAC) is a PUSD Board-appointed committee of community volunteers who met from May 2015, where over 60 topics were identified (see Appendix), through April 2016. The committee refined its focus to three key topics (Leadership, Health and Safety, and Technology Planning) to discuss, develop, vote and approve the following ten recommendations.

Leadership

1. The District should present a clear vision of the appropriate role for technology in education. All committee members present voted in favor: Joe Long, Sunny Rickard, Gabriela Dow, Jessica Xu and Noah Li.
2. The District should fund Physical Education, Arts and Music at a level that is at least comparable to the funding for technology. Joe Long abstained. All other committee members present voted in favor: Sunny Rickard, Gabriela Dow, Jessica Xu and Noah Li.
3. The PUSD Board and Superintendent should finalize the District’s IT Organizational Structure with clearly defined roles and position descriptions to ensure accountability. All committee members present voted in favor: Brian Senese, Dena Glynn, Gabriela Dow, Jessica Xu and Noah Li.

Health and Safety
1.
The District should offer students a paper-based curriculum as an alternative option to instruction based on computers and mobile devices. Joe Long voted no. All other committee members present voted in favor: Sunny Rickard, Gabriela Dow, Jessica Xu and Noah Li.
2. The District should address the health and safety risks associated with digital devices, such as internet addiction, vision health, radiation, cybersecurity and privacy. All committee members present voted in favor: Joe Long, Sunny Rickard, Gabriela Dow, Jessica Xu and Noah Li.
3. The District should only introduce technologies that have been adequately studied through independent peer-reviewed research that demonstrates the new technology will not pose a health or privacy risk and will measurably improve student achievements.
All committee members present voted in favor: Joe Long, Sunny Rickard, Gabriela Dow, Jessica Xu and Noah Li.

Technology Planning
1. The District must finalize district-wide TK-12 Technology Standards by the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, present those standards to the community, and work to finalize an overall PUSD Technology Plan as soon as possible. All committee members present voted in favor: Brian Senese, Dena Glynn, Gabriela Dow, Jessica Xu and Noah Li.
2. The District should provide job-embedded professional development via expanded TOSAs for teachers to be successful in implementing the TK-12 Technology Standards into the Common Core curriculum. This professional development should address the unique needs of students receiving special education services and/or using assisted technology. All committee members present voted in favor: Brian Senese, Dena Glynn, Gabriela Dow, Jessica Xu and Noah Li.
3. The District’s use of technology should emphasize creation, such as coding, tinkering, design thinking, project-based learning, robotics and experiential model lessons to support TK-12 Technology Standards. All committee members present voted in favor: Brian Senese, Dena Glynn, Gabriela Dow, Jessica Xu and Noah Li.
4. The District should develop or update a policy that addresses Digital Citizenship so that students are not only competent in technology but also understand, along with parents and teachers, the safe and responsible use of these tools. All committee members present voted in favor: Brian Senese, Dena Glynn, Gabriela Dow, Jessica Xu and Noah Li.”

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