GTPS Technology Mission Statement
The Gloucester Township School District is continuing its transformation from classrooms with a single computer to a completely integrated 21st century teaching and learning environment. Teachers are equipped with state of the art technology and resources to help engage, enrich, and challenge students in an interactive and collaborative setting. Teachers and students have access to desktop computers, tablet devices, interactive whiteboards, document cameras, student response systems, online subscriptions and resources, and other course specific software.
Parents are able to stay connected and informed via the District’s website, parent portal, and school based teacher webpages. Gloucester Township Public Schools is committed to staying at the forefront of technology integration to ensure that our students are engaged and equipped with the knowledge and skills to become successful members of an ever developing and dynamic world.
Our mission statement parallels nicely the newly developed and recently adopted Common Core State Standards. (CCSS, 2010 http://www.corestandards.org/
“The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt. The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit bearing entry courses in two or four year college programs or enter the workforce. The standards are clear and concise to ensure that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of the expectations in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics in school.”
“The Common Core State Standards were written by building on the best and highest state standards in existence in the U.S., examining the expectations of other high performing countries around the world, and careful study of the research and literature available on what students need to know and be able to do to be successful in college and careers. No state in the country was asked to lower their expectations for their students in adopting the Common Core. The standards are evidence-based, aligned with college and work expectations, include rigorous content and skills, and are informed by other top performing countries. They were developed in consultation with teachers and parents from across the country so they are also realistic and practical for the classroom.”
The integration of technology within the curriculum and the infusion of technology into the classroom have proven both beneficial in engaging students and in improving their retention of content in all subject areas. Therefore, the goal of implementing instructional technology in the Gloucester Township Public School (GTPS) is two-fold.
Student achievement is of the highest priority to the CCSS, the GTPS Office of Curriculum and our Instructional Staff. Our primary goal is to ensure that our students are both prepared and ready for success in college and in their future chosen profession! Our students have equal opportunities to access information and technology resources. They are encouraged to use these resources to support and improve their academic achievement. A prerequisite and avenue for student achievement is the commitment the GTPS Office of Curriculum has placed in providing on going Technological Professional Development to the GTPS instructional staff.
Professional Development opportunities provided by the District occur throughout the year under the title of Effective Educators Academy. Consequently, our instructional staff is competent and highly effective in accessing and implementing the use of technology in the classroom.
GTPS Technology Programs
The elementary school technology educational program encompasses the introduction of technology, keyboarding, integration of educational applications, programs and online resources in the learning process. Students learn to utilize and maintain technology devices, files, and folders while gaining a foundation for digital citizenship.
The middle school technology educational program courses allow students to explore a wide range of technology and systems. Students design and create solutions tovarious challenges and explore career tasks in the related technology, industrial, communication, science, and engineer fields. Technological problem solving and presentation skills are developed through the use of hands-on activities, open ended projects, and design challenges.
The goal of both levels of our technology educational programs is to offer our students various technological experiences so they can be productive members in a sophisticated technological world.
GTPS Technology Support
The Management Information Technical Services
Department (MITS) manages all areas of technology related to setup, configuration, maintenance and support. In addition, the MITS Dept. maintains the network and infrastructure, network and internet filtering and security. MITS employs a full time staff of 9 professionals to support district level and building level technology initiatives.