Technology Updates for Livingston Public Schools

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LIVINGSTON, NJ - Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Mary Oates gave a presentation explaining the district’s technology goals as defined by administrators, faculty and the recently-formed technology committee at Monday evening’s Board of Education meeting.

Oates showed a rubric displaying skill categories with the corresponding grade level in which it is expected that the skill should be obtained. Skill categories listed included intellectual curiosity, collaboration, interdisciplinary and transferable skills, digital literacy, self-direction, global awareness, digital citizenship, proper use of resources and grit, or the ability to respond to adversity.

“These are all goals that we want to aspire to,” Oates said, emphasizing that the philosophy designed by the technology committee is still in its infancy.

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“It’s very important that we focus on standardization across all schools at all levels in the district,” Oates said. “For example, we might have four of the six elementary schools with smartboards or only a few have document cameras.”

As an example of the type of programs that a more robust technology infrastructure can provide, Oates discussed elementary school classes going on “online field trips” to museums in which specific exhibits are displayed online.

When asked for a timeline for the full implementation of the technology vision, Oates responded that the Oct. 13 professional development day for teachers would serve as an important fulcrum for assessing the district’s progress.

“It’s important to remember that technology is a tool, an effective one, but not an end,” Oates said.

O’Neill also gave a progress report about the district’s hardware infrastructure. All chromebooks have been received, while all laptops for Mt. Pleasant Middle School are in place. About half of the laptops needed for Heritage Middle School and Livingston High School have been received, with the rest scheduled to arrive sometime this week.

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