In the broader context of our state and nation, digital learning has taken front stage in education policy and practice. Schools, researchers, vendors, and government agencies are all considering and testing the opportunities and drawbacks of new instructional technology. The pace of change in the area of digital education seems to be steadily increasing. This type of change, by nature, creates uncertainty for all of us. From the frustrations local families have experienced to the debates that are taking place in our state, we are learning valuable lessons about the need for extra communication efforts as the changes press upon us in a variety of ways.
The issue of technology in the classroom will be relevant locally and state-wide for the foreseeable future. To confront the issue locally in a collaborative and public process, I formed the Digital Learning Resources and Policy Review Committee. The public is invited to attend the committee's meetings. Please check the the district's website for meeting dates and time.
Out of respect for the committee, I will defer any statements or recommendations regarding digital learning policy to them. They are a group of intelligent, concerned, and caring people who are sacrificing their time to address a relevant topic in a civil manner for the benefit of students in the Copper River School District. They are very capable of studying the issue, considering public opinion, and making an informed recommendation to the Board of Education. They are also setting an example for our students by demonstrating how to deliberate an issue in a respectful and civil manner as part of the civic process.
For those wishing to know the facts about digital learning in the Copper River School District, many of our teachers have repeatedly and graciously extended an invitation to visit their classrooms to observe first-hand how technology is actually being used. Please contact the school office or classroom teacher to schedule a visit. Additionally, the CRSD website provides helpful information and an informative screencast on digital learning in the Copper River School District.
As always, your individual comments, suggestions, and opinions are welcomed in my office. Please email, call or stop by.
907-822-3234 ext. 223