For our students to thrive and be successful in an ever changing world environment, we must ensure that all ALCDSB classrooms reflect our vision for the learner. Across ALCDSB, we must focus on creating learning environments for students where both teacher and student are learners, understanding becomes as important as knowing, innovation and exploration are part of learning, and students and teachers connect with their community and the world. In this context, pedagogy and the innovative use of technology are combined to foster growth in Catholic character and the skills of critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and inquiry, communication, creativity and innovation, and digital citizenship.
Technology has been infused in many ALCDSB classrooms and continues to grow. Social media and video platforms such as Twitter and Skype have connected our classrooms with others across the world, strengthening our relationships with our local and global communities. Creation tools such as Adobe Voice and ExplainEverything have not only given our students an opportunity to demonstrate their learning in innovative ways, but have also given a voice to all students. Collaboration tools such as Padlet and Poll Everywhere have extended learning opportunities for our students beyond the walls of the classroom. Technology has, and will continue to play a vital role in transforming the learning experiences of students across ALCDSB classrooms.
As part of the Board's Technology Embedded Learning Plan (TELP) and laptop roll-out, grade 4-8 teachers in our elementary schools have received professional development that focused on content-neutral technology tools that can be integrated into the Curriculum. In addition, technology is being embedded in numeracy pod professional learning days to align technology and math instruction. The Technology Embedded Learning Team (TELT) is now looking at how technology can support teaching and learning in primary classrooms.
Over the next three to five years, the ALCDSB will focus on the use of educational technology to support our top achievement priorities. In doing so, the Board will provide our students with the opportunity to create, collaborate, communicate problem solve and think critically. At the secondary level, which includes BYOD, the focus will be on improving teacher and student access and productivity; enabling teachers to use technology to support student learning through the four core instructional strategies; and creating an expectation that student devices are a fully integrated tool for teaching and learning.