Addressing 21st Century Essentials
Technology today affects the way we communicate, the way we socialize, and the way we "do" business. Thus, students need equitable access to technology so they can develop the technology literacy skills needed to succeed now and in the future.
As a result, our school district is focused on creating and maintaining a sustainable technology infrastructure that supports emerging technologies. By accessing these technologies, students will acquire and apply knowledge critical to their futures. Also, through staff development opportunities and support, teachers will become proficient in using new technologies to enhance the teaching-learning process.
A Pro-Technology Community and District
In 2013, researchers noted that District 623 was "among the strongest pro-technology areas in the State of Minnesota." They found that:
- 91% of Roseville area residents surveyed said it was "absolutely essential" or "very important" that students have the ability to use computers and other technologies for their learning
- 73% rated the district's current technology opportunities as "excellent" or "good"
Even with these high ratings, the district is committed to strengthening its technology and technology literacy efforts.
District Technology Goals
Our 2013-2015 Technology Plan details the activities we are pursuing to strengthen technology and technology literacy throughout the school district. An Administrative Technology Committee meets regularly to review and revise the plan. Helping set a technology vision for the district, the committee also works closely with the District Media Team to ensure the technology plan is supporting curriculum needs.
The Technology Plan goals are to:
- Improve and enhance network infrastructure to support emerging technologies
- Explore cloud computing storage options that will allow document access anywhere
- Provide online learning management tools and electronic curriculum resources
- Improve access to technology tools that engage students and allow flexibility within the learning environment
- Enhance web presence to utilize web 2.0 tools and improve communication with families and the community
- Provide staff development opportunities to train staff on new technologies
District Technology Support
The District Technology Services (DTS) Department and HelpDesk, located at Roseville Area High School, provides technology and information systems support to 1200 staff members, 7,000 students, 11 schools, and over 2,500 computers in the district. The department also provides first-level support to the high school's teachers and students, computer labs, and other media and telephone systems. Each year, the unit is involved in major projects such as the district's flipped classroom and grade 7-8 iPad initiatives.
Roseville Area Schools provides staff and students with access to a variety of technology resources in all buildings. For more information and questions about the services available, please contact the individual schools or the individual building technology support staff. Services include:
- Computers and Computer Labs
- Email and Internet Connectivity
- Audiovisual Equipment and Video Production
This year, District 623 is distributing iPads to all students in grades 7-8. Go to the 1 : 1 iPad Initiative to learn about this exciting new learning opportunity for our students.