Instructional Technology

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The Instructional Technology Department works with staff to facilitate the effective use of technology in OSD classrooms. We provide professional development, coaching, and support for instructional staff, guided by the District mission and vision.

 

The Olympia School District believes that effective use of technology in the classroom prepares students to thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape. The intentional integration of technology has the power to transform teaching and learning.

 

We are a G-Suite for Education District. G-Suite for Education is a set of free productivity tools for classroom collaboration. The core services are Gmail (for secondary students), Calendar, Classroom, Contacts, Drive, Docs, Forms, Groups, Sheets, Sites, Slides, and Keep. Schools can use G Suite core services in compliance with COPPA and FERPA. G Suite core services contain no advertising and do not use information in those services for advertising purposes.

 

The OEA Collective Bargaining Agreement provides compensation for up to six hours of Technology Professional Development in the 2017-18 school year. Tech PD courses are offered within the district and fall into four main categories:

  • Google Essentials Series, an ongoing workshop series focused on essential features and classroom applications for GAFE.

  • Schoology Essentials Series, an ongoing workshop servies focused on best practices in the Schoology classroom.

  • Self-paced Google Fundamentals Training, 12-hour in-person and online hybrid course, with cohorts beginning fall, winter, and spring.

  • Grackle Docs Training, An introduction for OSD staff to the Grackle Docs add-on to create and remediate accessible Google documents.

  • Building-based Workshops, 2 or 3 hour sessions provided by building staff or instructional technology coaches to meet a specific need and scheduled accordingly.

 

All Tech PD course offerings must be pre-approved by the Instructional Technology Department. Email one of us for a link to this form.

 

All Tech PD courses may be compensated using Technology Professional Development or Staff Development Hours.  All Tech PD courses are eligible for clock hours under the TPD Blanket Course for 2017-18.

 

Staff

Marc Elliott, Chief Information Officer

Marjorie Jenne, Administrative Assistant

Sharyn Merrigan, Instructional Technology Specialist

Bob O’Donnell, Instructional Technology Specialist

Brenda Ransom, Instructional Technology Specialist