LTHS 205 Instructional Technology Vision:
“Anywhere, Anytime, Teaching & Learning”
By Dr. Todd Wernet and Matt Dusterhoft, Director of Technology
Technology skills are critical to success in almost every arena, and those who are more interactive
with technology will have additional opportunities to learn and grow. The digital divide, once seen
as a factor of wealth, is now seen as a factor of education. Today’s students need to do more than
just learn the concepts and skills introduced in daily instruction.
They need 21st Century skills, the ability to read for understanding, analyze, synthesize and create
using current and emerging technologies. Thus, we must embrace technology as a tool that
connects students, curriculum and learning for “Anywhere, Anytime, Teaching, & Learning.” By
strengthening students’ 21st Century skills and providing opportunities for real‐world application of
technology, we are providing our students with the skills necessary to be College and Career Ready.
At LTHS our technology vision is based on instruction, not the device or tool. The essential question
for us is, “what tool, when paired with the appropriate instructional strategy, will be most effective
for this learning objective?”
During the 2012‐13 academic year, we developed and implemented a Technology Framework for
this objective. The framework included pilots, professional development, upgrading our network
infrastructure, and a tentative timeline for providing each Lockport student with a technology
The pilot programs that were implemented during the year allowed district staff to examine all
aspects of utilizing technology in the curriculum. The pilots incorporated a variety of web based
tools as well as exploring a number of access devices. Examples include world history classes using
Chromebooks to analyze and create information while English classes explored reading novels on
iPads. Additional information on instructional technology pilots is included in this I‐Porter.
In January, the staff had the opportunity to engage in a day of professional development centered
on technology. The first half of the day had the staff hear from a well‐known national speaker via
video conferencing technology. The second half of the day was spent allowing staff to share their
own experiences of using technology in the classroom. Professional growth is an ongoing process
that occurs in small groups ‐ just in time.
Staff was trained on the use of Haiku, a new learning management system that will be used by all
teaching staff at LTHS starting this school year. A learning management system is a software system
that delivers coursework and provides online teaching tools to enhance student growth and
Students will receive instruction on how to use Haiku from their teacher. In addition, teachers will
provide a curriculum map and a course syllabus under course information in Haiku for each class.
During the summer, major upgrades in our network wiring took place at East and Central campuses.
LTHS also added a new wireless network and increased the bandwidth to support the current
instructional technology initiative. Additional technology tools also were purchased, including
Chromebooks, and staff participated in summer training sessions. Beginning in August, teaching
staff will use common time to advance instructional technology in all subject areas.
As a result of this progress during the 2012‐13 academic year, we have now finalized a timeline for
providing devices (Chromebooks) to students. This January, beginning with the second semester, we plan to provide Chromebooks for all LTHS sophomores. For the 2014‐15 academic year, all freshmen and sophomores will be given a Chromebook resulting in 3 full classes of students having a device. Our Tech Plan also provides for students to bring their own personal technology as well. Personal devices as well as district Chromebooks already in district will be available for the senior class. Please see our TECH FAQ’s on our web site for more information.
The blueprint that continues to inspire and guide our work is Project Red “The Technology Factor”
research documenting that, when properly implemented, instructional technology can substantially improve student achievement. The research is powerful and well worth investigating. There is much going on in the district regarding the use of instructional technology. Thus, we now have a dedicated location on the district web page for our initiative, “Anywhere, Anytime, Teaching, & Learning.” We will continue to provide updates on our initiative throughout the year. To learn more, visit Project Red.