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UCF Mission and Vision

The District's mission statement provides our fundamental purpose - it is what we are truly about as an organization - "To empower each student to succeed in life and contribute to society"

School districts are built upon the promise of potential – the potential of the students, faculty, staff, and community as a whole. Our vision is the picture of the district operating at its best. When the Unionville-Chadds Ford School district is operating at its best, we are all unlocking the potential of our students, faculty, staff and community. Our vision statement simply put is: Unionville-Chadds Ford School District – “Unlocking the Potential in All of Us!”

Mission
"To empower each student to succeed in life and contribute to society"

Vision Statement
“Unlocking the Potential in All of Us!”

UCF Educational Technology - Background and Goals

Our instructional technology program exists to support and enable the district's mission and vision by supporting the learning environment within our schools.

Background

We recognize that the rate of change in our world is increasing and that superior skills in the understanding and responsible use of technology are essential to unlocking student potential. Students live in a digital world and their needs have driven our teachers to adopt more and more advanced instructional technology tools in their classrooms.  In 2013, UCFSD’s Board called for a comprehensive review of the District’s instructional technology program, resulting in a comprehensive report and recommendations for the future.

The Educational Technology Roadmap presented and adopted in March of 2014 calls for increasing technology integration into our instructional program. Teachers will make course content available digitally, while improving their use of digital tools and resources. Students will have more access to portable devices and the ability to access content 24/7. Professional development and extending our network is critical to the success of these initiatives. While we continue to support technology integration to enhance student achievement, we will increase our efforts to promote digital citizenship in all of our courses.


Goals

Classroom Learning Environment

  • Support innovation, exploration, and creativity
  • Foster high-order thinking and understanding over simple knowledge of facts
  • Connect to real-world inquiry based-learning, where critical thinking and problem solving are key components of instruction
  • Drive collaboration

Given the mission, vision, and learning environment goals, instructional technology acts as an enabler. Specific goals for integrating technology include:

  • Engaging all learners - students, parents, and teachers
  • Providing access - anytime, anywhere
  • Building teacher capacity and supporting innovation through continuous learning and professional development
  • Using social media to support inquiry and collaboration while building digital literacy

2015-2017 Educational Technology Plan

2014-2015

After the development of the Educational Technology Roadmap, we conducted a pilot program of the Canvas Learning Management System. There were two major outcomes of the pilot.

  1. Participants in the program confirmed that Canvas provided many benefits for teaching and learning and should be adopted by the District. Based on this finding, we are moving forward inplementing Canvas, primarily for secondary education.
  2. Many in the LMS pilot believe they could more fully realize the potential of the LMS if their students had greater access to computers/devices. Based on this finding, we will conduct a 1:1 pilot program using Chromebooks in the fall of 2015. Below are some details of the pilot program.

2015-2016

In 2015-2016, we continue to roll out Canvas while evaluating the right model for a 1:1 initiative.

  1. 50 more secondary teachers will be trained and will adopt Canvas in their classroom.
  2. One Patton team and two teachers at Unionville High School will participate in a 1:1 Chromebook pilot.

2016-2017

The vision for 2016-2017 is that we will be ready to roll out our new educational technology infrastructure. The size and scope of this roll out will depend on an evaluation of the 1:1 pilot.

For more details, review the presentation to the Board April 2015 and read the full memo to the Board from the June 2015 Board meeting.


 

 

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