The proposed education plan for a future campus seeks to maximize the use of modern technology in instruction while considering differentiated instruction and incorporating the four Cs of planning. As for differentiation, the school will use various techniques, including mini-lessons and flexible grouping. To benefit students with specific difficulties, such as struggles with reading and writing, teachers will be prepared to implement memory strategies (elaborative rehearsal) and peer tutor activities. Easy-to-use text document editors and spell checker applications will be utilized in classrooms to benefit students with dysgraphia and other issues affecting handwriting. Students who struggle with memorizing information and writing from dictation will be instructed on using speech-to-text software during classes.
The plan incorporates comprehensiveness by making a variety of students’ and parents’ preferences, including teaching in-demand skills and maximizing visual aids’ use, reflected in the proposed strategies. Using affordable software and equipment, the school will start teaching 3D printing and 3D modeling skills in art classrooms. Additionally, teachers will be instructed on conducting technology-enriched biology and science field trips using diverse applications, including Sky Map and insect/animal identification apps. Virtual field trips to art and science museums will also be organized to maximize students’ comprehension of diverse topics. Finally, digital libraries and cloud computing tools will be implemented to facilitate students’ and parents’ access to reading materials, grades, grading rubrics, and homework assignments.
Finally, there will be strategies to achieve the other Cs crucial to planning. Measures to promote collaboration will include partnerships, including remote communication, between elementary school teachers and speech pathologists (Picciano, 2011). Additionally, the school will use electronic student identification records with notes from teachers that can be accessed by school psychologists and social workers for concerted work and intervention planning. Commitment will be maximized by organizing staff education and lectures on the role of technology in promoting the school’s mission. Regarding continuity, within the frame of continuous improvement procedures, parents, teachers, and students will provide anonymous and non-anonymous feedback regarding the perceived benefits of technology and instruction-related changes. Monthly administrative staff meetings will be held to discuss the identified trends and improvement areas and share process improvement proposals.
Picciano, A.G. (2011). Educational leadership and planning for technology (5th ed.) Pearson.