What does NVUSD have to say about technology and 21st Century Learning?
When you navigate to the home site, you can find these topics sprinkled throughout different board policies, education code references, and various site pages. After clicking through a bit of a maze, I found that the district has a page devoted to 21st Century Learning. This page is the most centralized place to find information about the role technology plays in student learning at NVUSD:
This page promises that “technology-rich classrooms that engage students in relevant, rigorous inquiries” are important to the district’s vision for student centered, 21st Century Learning. The Six C’s are also cited as a critical component of the NVUSD mission. From this page, you can also access the district’s philosophy, goals, and objectives page. Highlights from that document:
While it seems that technology and 21st Century learning are an important focus within the pages I visited, there are not many specific details which outline exactly how the goals mentioned will be addressed. For example, the last bullet above discusses the importance of teachers being well trained and supported in 21st Century skills. However, I found a doc on the website titled, “Master Plan for Professional Learning” that doesn’t support this claim. The master plan includes professional learning for ELA, Math, Science, PBIS, Intervention, GLAD, PBL, Special Education, AVID, ALPS, etc...but no mention of technology. I must note that the only tech based professional learning I can currently think of has always been supported by NapaLearns. Every February, we have the InnovatEd conference, which is heavily supported by NapaLearns--and don't forget about the growing population of teachers who have been supported in this wonderful Innovative Learning Masters Program.
I wanted to also mention that the district has a page dedicated to the Bring Your Own Device program. On this page, the Tech Use agreement and consent forms are linked in, as well as a Digital Citizenship resource (Common Sense Media).
In final reflection, my main suggestions to NVUSD would be: