Instructional Technology Task Force

In January and February 2012, a diverse group of fourteen Sherwood educators, students, technology specialists, and community members met to determine a path for the district's technology growth.  From this meeting, a vision and several guiding principles were determined.

Sherwood School District Instructional Technology Vision

The Sherwood School District embraces instructional technology that is readily accessible, enhances and facilitates learning, engages and empowers students and staff, and provides an adaptable learning environment. Students and staff use technology to learn and learn technology to succeed.

Guiding Principles for Student Technology Use

  • Hand-held devices increase student buy-in and engagement, improve student technology skills, enhance curriculum delivery, allow for efficient data collection, and promote distant communication and collaboration.
  • Student computer labs are an integral aspect of our technology vision as students need these more powerful devices to learn high-level skills such as programming and computer assisted design (CAD).
  • Online educational resources such as learning management systems (LMSs) and Web 2.0 tools enhance students' educational experiences and allow for greater differentiation based on learning rate and skill level.
  • Students benefit from explicit instruction in the productive and responsible use of technology.

Guiding Principles for Staff Technology Use

  • Interactive remote media and hand-held devices improve teacher effectiveness by expanding access to flexible and engaging curriculum delivery, allowing for simultaneous engagement of multiple learning rates and skill levels, and providing authentic, real-world engagement for all learners.
  • Online educational resources such as learning management systems (LMSs) and Web 2.0 tools enhance the facilitation of learning and increase teacher effectiveness and efficiency.
  • To be effective, staff need explicit and recurring training in the use of instructional technologies.

Guiding Principles for Infrastructure

  • Technology staffing must be based on a device to personnel ratio that supports deployment, maintenance, training, and troubleshooting.
  • Hardware and software acquisition must be intentional within a framework that supports the advent of new technologies every few years.
  • Technology policies must facilitate the use of new technologies while also providing a framework within which students and staff can safely navigate.

Technology Task Force Members

Heather Cordie - Superintendent

Clark Farrand - Teacher

Tony Giles - Teacher

Jane Glasser - Sherwood Education Foundation President

Connie Hansen - School Board Director

Debbie Hatfield - Applications/Telecom Specialist

Jared Jones - Teacher

Kyler Pace - Teacher

Brian Putnam - Chief Academic Officer

Sydney Rosenbalm - Student

Carlos Sequeira - Principal

Terrel Smith - Teacher

Cheryl Templeton - Registrar

Suzanne West - Director of Technology and Innovation