College and Career Ready - Through a Technology Lens
November 19, 2014 4:00 - 6:00 pm
New England Tech East Greenwich Campus
Considering that technology is rapidly changing…..Are we preparing our students to be college and career ready?
Rhode Island does not have an official state definition of what it means to be college and career ready, but Rhode Island is one of the many states that has implemented the Common Core Standards (CCSS). The CCSS require that students are able to... “use technology and digital media strategically and capably”.
Educators refer to the International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE) and the Common Core Initiative to begin to understand the essentials in preparing our students for their future.
ISTE’s position with regard to CCSS is as follows...“ISTE believes digital learning plays a central and substantive role in ensuring all students graduate college and career ready. Technology, used effectively, can help all students meet and exceed the rigorous learning goals embedded in the Common Core State Standards by providing access to tools and resources that personalize instruction and creating rich, engaging and relevant learning environments.”
The Common Core Initiative website describes our students as employing... “technology thoughtfully to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use. They tailor their searches online to acquire useful information efficiently, and they integrate what they learn using technology with what they learn offline. They are familiar with the strengths and limitations of various technological tools and mediums and can select and use those best suited to their communication goals.”
According to the CCSS website, the PARCC assessment ...“will include challenging performance tasks and innovative, computer‐enhanced items that elicit complex demonstrations of learning and measure the full range of knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college and 21st century careers.”
Please join RISTE for an information session and a panel discussion on November 19 where we will begin the conversation to define college and career ready, focusing on teaching and learning, critical skills and envisioning the future in which we are preparing our students.
Ravi Pendse, PhD Vice President and CIO, Brown University- will guide us in thinking about the future of technology - Will we be ready??
Wendy Drexler,PhD Chief Innovation Officer, ISTE, will help us understand and connect to the ISTE student and teacher technology standards which guide our work in preparing our students.
Robert Littlefield, Principal, Portsmouth High School, RI, will give us a picture of what this school does to prepare students for college and careers.
Dr. Lynne F. Burke, Director of Educational Technology & Information Systems, Coventry Public Schools will describe their plans and progress.
Joe Devine, partner at Bridge Technical Talent in North Kingstown will provide his perspective as a business owner of an IT staffing company.