Manchester School District

Technology Leadership Philosophy

Mindset Shift

Maintenance to Innovation

Previously, technology was considered a tool used to help educate students. Now, we consider technology an integral part of student and professional life – not just “tools”, but actually a change agent that is shaping our culture and our way of life. We believe that we need to take an active role in helping shape student access, understanding, and use of technology as a part of their lifelong learning. Our Technology Leadership Philosophy, is driven by student-centered learning strategies, global business market trends, and new technology integration. This philosophy serves as our guiding principal for the dynamic execution of the the Manchester School District Living Technology Plan.

Together our philosophy and technology plan define how we will provide services and infrastructure that deliver pervasive capabilities which enable people to work and learn together more effectively.

In todays globally connected world, both workers and learners need to have the skills and resources to be successful 21st century citizens. Our focus must reach beyond technology architecture and address how individuals and teams of learners work together, in the context of lifelong learning.

We want to empower 21st century learners with a new perspective. Creating, analyzing, distributing and consuming information is a necessary part of work and life and mastering these skills is a critical factor for college, career and life success. Learners must have access to agile systems resources to be able to adjust and innovate quickly. Legacy systems that focus only on todays problems are not adequate to meet the demands of 21st century learner. The learning environment must include tools that are ubiquitous, easy to use and drive innovation.

The TRC will focus on continuous improvement of the support areas which are critical to 21st century learning: Learning Environment; Professional Learning; Curriculum and Instruction; Standards and Assessments

Our goal is to build technology infrastructure and services that allow staff and students to learn and work together easily and intuitively and support new transformative pedagogies. Our learning environment will be platform agnostic. The learning environment will be integrated in the sense that when new infrastructure, applications and skill capabilities are added they will build on previously implemented designs.

The learning environment will allow learners to create multiple forms of knowledge artifacts that promote innovation without the need for IT department involvement. Our goal is to get technology tools into the hands of end users so that learning, innovation and knowledge creation can happen without the traditional costs associated with the strict control of legacy IT systems constraints.

We aim to enable students, staff and families to work together in teams anywhere, and adapt learning to their own personal styles. We seek to streamline our operational environment eliminating the legacy systems that require considerable amounts of IT staff time to integrate, maintain, upgrade, and troubleshoot. By adopting blended learning methodologies using a mix of independent online study, experiential learning, and classroom instruction facilitated by highly qualified teachers, we will extend collaboration beyond the walls of the classroom, allowing teachers to meet the individual learning style of each child. Once technology is highly available in the hands of learners, technology integration/adoption will grow and thrive much like a living organism. At the same time, the IT department will continue its shift to providing services that foster a growth/innovation mindset as opposed to fixed/maintenance mindset.