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Instructional Technology

James Foster, Ed.S., Director of Instructional Technology
Sara WalkerNBCT Technology Teacher/Facilitator 
Welcome to Russellville School District Instructional Technology 
Technology has the power to improve teaching and learning like never before. The Russellville School District’s mission is to improve student achievement through technology-enriched learning opportunities. Our school board’s goals and vision sees technology as a requirement in the educational program. Therefore, we are committed to infuse classroom technology that engage students in thought-provoking tasks that facilitate real world problem solving.

Our Superintendent
sees technology as a vital component within the  instructional setting, not just to do the same things more efficiently, but to transfer current practices into  collaborative-rich environments. The current millage proposal is making such learning environments possible. Some of the new transformations include interactive whiteboards, online learning systems for professional development and classes, online courseware for school and home use, as well as an increased awareness of the needs of 21st Century students. We are truly excited about the transformation of our classrooms with this new technology and the ability of this technology to support and extend many different teaching and learning styles.

The technology department sees the use of technology in a myriad of ways. A typical visit to a classroom should reveal:
  • Teachers and students collaborating on learning through the use of interactive technology.
  • Learners access appropriate software to help accelerate comprehension in the core areas—math, language arts, social studies, and science—as well as the arts, business and educationalsubjects. In addition, the school's network provides access to a wealth of productivity resourceslike word processing, presentation tools from anywhere in the school.
  • Students produce and broadcast information through various means of communication.
  • Students access the Internet via high-speed connection; teachers communicate within variouslearning communities--school, district, community and the world—through the school’s emailsystem.
  • All classroom computers are part of the school network and all schools are connected to a highspeed
  • fiber optic network.
The newest addition to the technology palette is the inclusion of sustainable, recurring, technology professional development throughout the school year. Sessions are held each afternoon in the Instructional Technology Lab from 4:00-6:00 pm and are open to all school district employees. Topics are based upon the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards for students, teachers, and administrators. Through these informative sessions, employees receive intensive instruction that ensure technology-rich productivity for all stakeholders and their respective recipients.

Although no district in the nation has mastered the blend between providing online education with the traditional classroom, we believe our technology vision of the 21st century classroom is the future of education.

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