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Canastota: Technology committee sets goals

The Canastota Central School District technology committee has set goals for the upcoming school year. Director of technology Dan Farsaci presented those goals and its three-year plan to the board of education.

There are technology foundation standards set for students and technology standards and performance indicators set for teachers and administrators. The district must provide the opportunities for each to meet these standards.

The committee's first goal is the increase parent communication and involvement for students in the entire district. They feel the way to do this is by developing teacher web sites, furthering development to the district's web site that will include more school information and to continue promoting the use of email in the classroom. Another way to increase parent involvement is to use parents as partners in the use of technology resources and provide students and parents with web-based resources.

Farsaci said the committee would like to provide teachers and students with a strong AUP or Acceptable Use Policy and enforce it and to educate them on issues such as security, Internet use and misuse and ethics.

He said they need to offer teachers web-based tools, professional development in the use of technology to determine gaps and address those gaps. He said teachers need multiple resources and training to address the needs of a diverse population using technology.

Providing students with technological experiences and skills, such as utilizing blogs, desktop publishing and databases to help them compete in the future was part of the committee's third goal.

Teachers also need to have strong professional development opportunities to ensure that all teachers are meeting the current standards, Farsaci said. The goal is to provide opportunities for teachers to explore new technologies and the skills to develop and manage research-based technology and resources to enrich the students. Incorporating basic training in the Internet, software and hardware will contribute to student learning, according to Farsaci.

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