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Integrating technology into curriculum, and the classroom, is no longer an option. Today students are less engaged with the educational process making it imperative we adapt to the learning preferences of the modern world. On the opposite side of the learning equation the typical educator states they are intimidated by technology or feel inadequately prepared to integrate technology into curriculum. Teachers should not fear technology but instead embrace and utilize it to full capacity. Technology integration can be as simple as how to enter grades into a digital grade book or as complicated as a complete integration of a one-to-one computing initiative.
The pace of technological change in schools is surpassing the ability of administrators to follow the latest trends. Understanding all levels of technology integration, and the impact in the classroom, is where Five-Star Technology Solutions is best suited to assist you in carrying out a strategic technology plan for your school district.
Technology Integration Services (TIS) brings assistance to where it matters the most - the classroom. Five-Star Technology Solutions has brought together an integration team with some of the greatest minds in education technology today. Assistance is provided with developing a digital curriculum, understanding data, and providing an overall strategy and plan for the future.
Technology Needs Assessment
Technology integration starts with an in-depth technology needs assessment to evaluate where your school district is today with technology implementation. The assessment will review all technology in use today, the most current technology plan, policies, professional development, leadership committees, along with surveying administrators, teachers, and students.
Student Data Analysis & Staff Evaluation Tool (SDA)
Included with our Technology Integration Services (TIS) is a complimentary license of our Five-Star Student Data Analysis & Staff Evaluation Tool (SDA). This comprehensive solution provides your school district with a data warehouse, a staff evaluation tool, and a daily assessments module teachers can use daily in the classroom to verify student learning and achievement.
Data Driven Decision Making
Understanding data, and the information it provides, is critical at both a student and staff level. We start by taking all your student data and import everything into the data warehouse for analysis. Our team of experts then mine this data to provide Superintendent and building principal level reports to identify strengths and weaknesses at all levels. If schools do not understand students it is similar to a business not understanding the needs of their customer.
Administrator Training & Staff Evaluations
Staff evaluations are important to gauge the effectiveness of teaching staff today. Our integration specialists train all administrators on how to use technology tools to effectively evaluate your teaching staff in the classroom. Identifying strengths and weaknesses allows the creation of a custom tailored professional development agenda, but also allows for the creation of a strategic plan of how to implement a digital curriculum.
Technology integration specialists work with you and your staff to carry out a customized professional development agenda. All technology integration specialists have a teaching license and are certified experts in the realm of education technology and how to integrate technology in the classroom. Professional development is provided at both a group and one-on-one level to your teaching staff for all methods of learning. To learn more about our available professional development workshops please click here.
Technology Integration Services verifies teaching success with the ultimate goal of students being more engaged in the classroom and the overall learning process. This engagement on all levels by students and staff, along with effective integration of technology, provides increased metrics in the form of student test scores.