Time to bridge the divide between curriculum and technology

Is it time to break down the barriers between your district’s curriculum specialists and technology folks? Effective technology integration in day-to-day learning would seem to require the two departments working in tandem, to not only increase student achievement but also improve efficiency as well as serve as a model for effective use of collaborative technology. Ann Ware’s post, titled Overcoming the Divide Between Curriculum and Technology Leaders, claims there’s a big difference between the vision and reality of this partnership:

The digital revolution is changing how many U.S. school districts create ­engaging learning environments, with collaboration between the ­curriculum and technology ­departments slowly becoming the norm rather than the exception. By ­developing a common language around how students learn best, these leaders are fostering a shared vision for effective 21st century learning.

Unfortunately, there remains a striking gap between this vision and the day-to-day strategic work these leaders are doing.

In our district, we’ve taken those steps by ensuring our technology team — comprised of traditional techies, the media specialist, tech integration specialist, and technology instructors — are at the table for all decisions involving curriculum, instruction and assessment. Based on our vision of "anytime, anywhere, any device" learning, we’ve blurred that distinction that previously separated these two critical areas. It’s allowing them to develop a common language around improving instructional design as Ware calls for in her post. We’ve gone a step further by ensuring that school principals AND the superintendent are actively engaged on a daily basis, creating a leadership triad that’s pushing our district ahead.

About David Britten

Retired U.S. Army Officer, former elementary, middle and high school principal, currently serving as a public school superintendent.
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