Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 5621 | WWW.CAPSS.ORG Strategies to make the vision a reality Why is this important? Technology is an essential part of life and work in the 21st century. Technology has led to transformation of how we live and work, and graduates of Connecticut schools must be able to use these tools of society and the economy. While students should learn how to use technology, technology is also a tool that can transform education. Networking platforms can connect students, teachers, and schools to learning partners in other locations. Information technology can help teachers document how each of their students has mastered academic standards.17 Technology can facilitate access to a range of assessments and make assessments adaptive to pinpoint a student’s level of mastery.18 While technology-assisted education has many advantages, three components are especially important to student-centered learning. These include: 1. Technology can assist both teacher and students in monitoring progress on the standards toward learning milestones. This is especially important with student-centered learning because of many standards and indicators. 2. Technology provides one method of allowing students to progress to mastery at their own pace. 3. Technology done right is a key tool in efforts to provide an equitable education for all. The vision All students in Connecticut have access to technology that supports and extends learning opportunities, that facilitates “anytime anywhere” learning, and enables educators to implement student-centered, mastery-based learning. Leverage Technology ◆ Access to current technology All students have access to current technology. Technology hardware and software are constantly evolving and shaping how we live and work. Students need access to technology that is currently in wide use in homes and workplaces. ◆ Access to high-speed internet Many education resources are available online, but without a strong connection to the internet it can be difficult to download or stream materials. All schools need access to high-speed internet and adequate bandwidth so students and teachers can simultaneously connect. ◆ Seamless information and data systems Educators and students need information and data systems that seamlessly connect educational resources, platforms 21 | WWW.CAPSS.ORG