Steven Webb, superintendent of Vancouver Public Schools and a 2014 eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent, shares five ed-tech devices to improve storytelling
In 2008, more than 400 students, recent graduates, district employees, parents, and community, agency, and business leaders came together to help Vancouver Public Schools (VPS) craft a new strategic plan. Thousands of stakeholders had a chance to weigh in along the way.
That plan, called Design II, has provided a road map to improve learning and teaching throughout the district. During the 2013-14 school year, stakeholders met again to refresh the plan and extend the vision for our schools to the year 2020.
Flexible learning environments are one of six Design II goal areas that guide our comprehensive effort to remove barriers and raise achievement for every student. Our work in this area has been focused on integrating digital technology tools to increase student engagement.
Thanks to a voter-supported initiative passed in 2013, every third- through 12th-grade student will have his or her own digital learning device by 2019. But weLearn 1:1, our digital transformation, isn’t about the technology. It’s about equipping each of our graduates with the adaptive skills they need to thrive in an increasingly interdependent global economy.
Technology empowers and engages learners. Storytelling can inform and inspire. Together, they can invite discovery and growth. In VPS, we want to leverage technology’s storytelling power to accelerate student, staff, and school success.
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