In an effort to continuously evaluate our educational offerings and programming for areas of potential improvement, we are currently studying technology integration and student device use in all of our schools. This review will enable us to assess both the educational and financial impact of the current use of devices.
A 30-member Technology Integration Study Committee has been formed and is comprised of teachers, parents, administrators, School Board members, community members and students. The group is committed to answering the following main questions:
- How do devices currently impact teaching and learning in RTSD?
- How could/should devices enhance teaching and learning in RTSD?
- What device(s) and level(s) of access provide the optimal learning experience and best meet district goals?
- What is the financial impact of the recommended program on our budget?
May 24, 2018
The Technology Integration Committee met on May 2 to receive an update on what has transpired since their recommendations were shared with the School Board. The committee also began looking at the K-8 inventory to start to look at expanding the recommendations made for the high school to K-8.
April 10, 2018
The final presentation to the Board took place at its monthly business meeting on April 3 (rescheduled from March 20) and was guided by the PowerPoint here. Drs. McCook and McQuiggan shared the many ways the department is looking at reallocating funds to cover the cost of the move to laptops at Radnor High School. At the conclusion of the presentation, the Board adopted a resolution committing to instituting an annual technology to off-set the cost of a full-service laptop for each student. View the PowerPoint here. Watch the meeting here.
December 21, 2017
The Technology Integration Study Committee held its final meeting on Tuesday, December 19. The study group has been meeting over the last 10 months to carefully examine the use of one-to-one devices at Radnor High School. The final meeting began with a review of the belief statements on which the group has come to consensus; sharing the instructional vision for technology in Radnor; and circulating copies of the draft findings to date.
The next portion of the meeting was a panel of six Radnor High School students and four teachers moderated by Radnor High School Principal Dan Bechtold and Wayne Elementary School Assistant Principal Gabe Savage. The panel answered questions about the current use of technology at the high school, the Schoology Learning Management System, and the preferences and opinions of panel members. (Click here for a transcript of the panel discussion.)
The third component of the meeting was a device experience facilitated by the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU). The CCIU was invited to share information about devices because the committee was interested in an unbiased look at possible devices for Radnor High School. The CCIU presented a Windows laptop, an Apple laptop, a Microsoft Surface, two types of Chromebooks, and Apple iPads. The committee moved around in small groups and learned about each device. There were also opportunities to ask questions and try each device. The device experience was partnered with a presentation by Dr. Byron McCook, the district's Director of Technology, on the various funding implications of selecting different devices.
The meeting concluded with committee members compiling pro/con lists relative to each device. Every committee member was able to contribute to all five device pro/con lists and each was provided with a copy of the final product. Committee Members have until Friday, December 22 to complete a survey and share their final recommendations. A summary of these recommendations will be forwarded to the administrative team. The administrative team will bring the final recommendation to the Board Curriculum Committee starting in January.
December 2, 2017
The Technology Integration Study Committee met on Nov. 30. The group reviewed data compiled from several data sources; examined statements drafted from the major themes in that data; reviewed the district’s multi-year technology plan; and discussed “how we would like to see technology used in schools” in small groups. The final meeting of the committee is Dec. 19 and will include the Chester County Intermediate Unit bringing various devices to the district and running students through a series of tasks to evaluate them. The group will also look at financials related to device purchasing and work as a group to finalize recommendations.
October 30, 2017
The committee met on October 24 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The first agenda item included a panel discussion with representatives from higher education and the business world. The panel addressed questions about the technology expectations in the work place and at the university level.
Distinguished panel members included: Asante Q. Barr, Rutgers School of Nursing, Associate CIO and Assistant Dean of Infrastructure Instructional Design and Educational Support; Dr. Kevin Clapano, Saint Joseph’s University, Director of Data Analysis & Assistant Director of the Office of Accreditation, Certification & Part Adjunct Organizational Development/Leadership; Ben Sydnes, Bimbo Bakeries USA. Finance Manager; and Amy VanGelder, Price Financial, Lead Mortgage Consultant, Price Financial
The second agenda items included a look at the parent and student survey and focus group data, which can be accessed here. The committee previewed the data together and each committee member received a hard copy to review independently.
October 19, 2017
The Technology Integration Study Committee held student focus groups on October 5 at RHS. Students were invited via Schoology and other internal communications to gather in the Library during Community Period. Nearly 30 students attended to share their thoughts about iPads, instructional technology, and the 1:1 initiative overall. Building- and district-level administrators led the small groups and took notes that will be shared with the committee. Parent focus groups will be held Thursday, October 19.
September 28, 2017
The committee met on September 14 to review data around the “teachers’ voice” of the study. The group heard from two Radnor High School teachers who compared the technology practices of today to the technology plan laid out to the RTSD School Board in 2011. The group also had time to review data from the June 15 teacher survey and June 15 teacher focus groups. Committee members were invited to participate in two upcoming site visits. The first was on September 22 at Downingtown STEM Academy and Downingtown Middle School. The final site visit will be Springford School District on October 3.
September 15, 2017
The Technology Integration Study Committee continues to gather information from multiple stakeholders. A survey for Radnor High School parents is now open and available by clicking here. The parent survey will be open until September 30, 2017. RHS students were surveyed on September 14; more than 1,000 students participated. Parents and students will next be invited to focus groups for deeper conversations around survey themes.
July 29, 2017
Representatives from the Study Group traveled to the International Society for Technology Integration (ISTE) conference in San Antonio, TX from June 25-28. The RTSD team included Dr. Byron McCook, Director of Technology; Dr. Maureen McQuiggan, Director of Secondary Teaching and Learning; Jim Kearney, Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning; Libby Cornman, Teacher; and Chris Augustine, Network Technician.
The conference featured 550 companies, over 15,000 attendees and a wide variety of learning opportunities. The RTSD team focused their efforts on collecting data around productivity systems such as Google’s GSuite, Apple Classroom and Microsoft 360. District staff was able to meet with some of the top educational representatives from various companies, test drive all the latest technologies, and attend educational sessions.
Specific conference strands allowed the team to specialize in leadership, system administration, instruction and research. A number of sessions addressed 1-to-1 initiatives and many districts came forward to share their successes and challenges. The group collaborated with educators from places such as Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The group will share what they learned at the conference with the Technology Integration Study Committee and use the information to help move the study forward.
June 15, 2017
June 15 was devoted to engaging the entire faculty in the work of the Technology Integration Study.
The day began with an overview of the technology study for K-12 teachers. Teachers heard about the site visits and committee work completed to date and also were given a preview of study activities that will take place in the fall. High school teachers spent the rest of the day in three different presentations. Microsoft, Apple and Google each sent representatives to RTSD who shared the productivity suites offered by their companies. Teachers of K-8 spent the day in three rotations as well.
In the first rotation, teachers learned about the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards and the SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition) Model. In rotation two, teachers read articles, watched videos and discussed the pros and cons of a technology rich classroom vs. a technology limited classroom.
After the research, the groups split up and held lively debates. In the final session, K-8 teachers shared ways they use technology in the classroom and then in small groups used the SAMR Model and ISTE Standards to evaluate those activities. At the end of the day, each teacher completed a technology survey, offering input that will be used by the Technology Integration Study Committee.
June 9, 2017
The Technology Integration Study Committee met for the third time on Thurs., June 9. The agenda included a debrief on the four recent site visits, a presentation by Dr. Dan Cane around technology cautions and a review of the June 15 technology In-Service Day plan for teachers.
June 1, 2017
Representatives from the study committee completed a site visit of Ridley High School. Ridley began a 1-to-1 iPad program four years ago. Ridley students in grades K-12 have individual iPads that they take home daily. Both the elementary reading and mathematics programs are fully online. Byron McCook, Kate McKenna, Chris Augustine, Susan Barnes and Maureen McQuiggan spent the morning meeting with administrators and the district's technology staff. The team also spent an extended period of time visiting classrooms and talking with teachers and students.
May 30, 2017
Representatives from the study committee completed a site visit of Lower Merion High School. Lower Merion began a 1-to-1 Apple Air Laptop program in 2008 and it continues today. Byron McCook, Kate McKenna, Chris Augustine, Susan Barnes, Libby Cornman, Charlene Mastro and Maureen McQuiggan spent the morning meeting with administrators and the district's technology staff. The team also spent an extended period of time talking with a wide variety of teachers and hearing about their experiences with Apple laptops.
May 22, 2017
Representatives from the study committee completed a site visit of E.T. Richardson Middle School in Springfield, Delaware County. The middle school currently has 1-to-1 Chromebooks in place for all students. Byron McCook, PT Kevgas, Kate McKenna, Cheong Tsang, Doug Kent, Edna Simon, Susan Barnes and Maureen McQuiggan spent the morning meeting with administrators and technology staff and then toured several classrooms. After the classroom visits, the team spent time talking to teachers and hearing about their experiences with Chromebooks.
May 15, 2017
The study committee is in the process of finalizing surveys and scheduling site visit interviews. Four site visits have already been arranged. Committee members have been invited to visit Lower Merion High School, E.T. Richardson Middle School, Ridley High School and Radnor High School. Across these four site visits, committee members can see iPads, Chromebooks and laptops in use.
May 11, 2017
The Technology Integration Study Group met on May 11 to discuss the following agenda items:
- Where have we been? Where are we going?
- Q1: How do devices currently impact teaching and learning in RTSD?
- Q2: How could/should devices enhance teaching and learning in RTSD?
- Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition (SAMR) Model
- New Media Consortium (NMC) and CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) Horizon Report
- Review Study Tools
- Site Visit "Look Fors"
- RTSD Teacher Survey
- Schoology/Site Visit Sign Ups
May 10, 2017
Each school building in RTSD has at least one teacher technology facilitator. This supplemental position is provided to support teachers with the integration of technology on a day-to-day basis. The building facilitators run morning workshops, work with teachers individually and communicate technology needs to the central office. This group meets with Jim Kearney, Curriculum Supervisor monthly to coordinate their efforts and align with district priorities. On May 10, Maureen McQuiggan joined the team’s monthly meeting to discuss the Technology Integration Study. The group was brought up to speed on the study progress and had an opportunity to offer input. They also assisted in planning the teacher focus groups that will take place on June 15 and volunteered to help facilitate the sessions.
May 9, 2017
RTSD Curriculum Director Maureen McQuiggan and CCIU Technology Director Charlot Barker met with Radnor High School Department Chairs to hear about ways each department uses technology. The group was also brought up to speed on the technology study progress. Department chairs provided a great detail of detail around the apps, resources and devices used in each content area. The data was recorded and will become part of this study’s data collection.
April 25, 2017
The Technology Integration Study Committee met on April 25 to discuss the following agenda items:
- Why are we here?
- Where are we today and where do we hope to go?
- International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards/Technology Plan
- Hardware, Leasing, Cost of Ownership
- Draft Study Questions
March 13, 2018 (Posted May 8, 2018)
At the March 13 Board Curriculum Committee Meeting, Part III of the Technology Integration Study Report was given. The focus of this presentation was to discuss in detail the financial implications of the recommendation to move to full service lap tops for high school students. CLICK HERE to access the presentation.
February 20, 2018 (Posted May 8, 2018)
At the Feb. 22 Board Curriculum Committee Meeting, Part II of the Technology Integration Study Report was given. This presentation was kicked off with a panel of students and teachers bringing to life the study questions with authentic classroom examples. Part II also outlined the device needs of high school students and the potential budget implications of meeting those needs. The idea of a family contribution to technology expenses was introduced. CLICK HERE to access the presentation.
January 16, 2018 (Posted May 8, 2018)
At the Jan. 16 Board Curriculum Committee Meeting, Part I of the Technology Integration Study Report was given. Part I included a look at the many steps the committee went through to research this important issue. CLICK HERE to access the presentation.
RTSD School Board
- Ken Batchelor, RTSD Superintendent
- Dan Bechtold, RHS Principal
- Tronya Boylan, IES Principal
- Michelle Diekow, RTSD Business Manager
- James Kearney, RTSD Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning
- Douglas Kent, RMS Assistant Principal
- PT Kevgas, RHS Assistant Principal
- Byron McCook, RTSD Director of Information Technology
- Maureen McQuiggan, RTSD Director of Secondary Teaching and Learning
- Kelly Murray, RTSD Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning
- Gabe Savage, WES Assistant Principal
- Amy Goldman
- Susan Stern
RTSD Technology Staff
- Susan Barnes, RMS Teacher
- Enissa Borine, WES Teacher
- Libby Cornman, RES Teacher
- Ryan Frost, RHS Teacher
- Stephen Ludwig, RMS Teacher
- Charlene Mastro, RHS Teacher
- Mike McBride, RHS Teacher
- Janee Peterson, RHS Teacher
- Matt Toresani, RHS Teacher
- Chris Augustine, RTSD
- Edna Simon, RHS
- Cheong Tsang, RTSD
- Justin Kalan, RHS Student
- Brooke McCormick, RHS Student
- Natalina McGrath, RHS Parent
- Kate McKenna, RTSD K-12 Technology Coach
- Ben Snydes, Citizens Advisory Committee Member
- Beth Zigmont, RTSD K-8 STEM Coach
If you are interested in being a part of the study committee, email Dr. Maureen McQuiggan at firstname.lastname@example.org.