What are your three most critical discoveries for this course? How will the learning you have gained serve you in your role as an educational technology leader?
This course has provided me with a wealth of information to process and learn to implement. Primarily, it has given me a new understanding of how districts make decisions. If District 12 were to adopt the Gartner EA process framework, they would have an easy to follow framework that provides an easy transition from current state to the future state. One of the major benefits of the Gartner model is that it also manages the transition, making it an effective model for my district to follow.
Secondly, I learned the importance of FERPA, COPPA, CIPA, and SOPIPA. I learned that through no fault of my own, other than not being informed of how these laws operated, that I need to change my practices. In an effort to push my students into new learning realms, I, like others, have worked in ignorance of the governing laws. This is something that districts need to identify and correct within their PD offerings. It is the responsibility of the district to teach their teachers about applicable laws, and provide opportunities for them to create lessons that are in compliance.
The third critical discovery was the extent of work that is involved in identifying needs, upgrading the networks, and then testing them, along with evaluating the available machines for SBAC testing. I didn’t realize the extent of work necessary to ensure the testing occurs smoothly. Work in District 12 began last August to prepare for the testing in May.