The MSDWT Technology Departments’ mission is to provide secure real-time, accurate, reliable, easy-to-use anytime, anywhere access to the information necessary to empower all stakeholders, enhance a lifelong learning environment, and to enable wise data driven decision-making. Our charter is to empower the community with 21st Century skills. MSDWT Technology Services is charged with ensuring the data is available and that equipment needed to access and make use of the information is functional.
The MSDWT Technology Department is responsible for supporting the District’s central complex of software and hardware, information/communication network, instructional equipment, and technology staff development. Functions include instructional support, systems support, applications program development, computer room operations, user support, and network support. The Department provides all technical support, computer repair, help desk support, programming, Internet/intranet access support, and operates 10 hours a day, five days a week, with staff available 10 hours a day, Monday through Friday.
Technology Services provides service to over 10,000 students (preschool through high school) and 800+ teachers and administrators by supporting the online systems and the processing of curricular applications.
MSDWT is Future Ready
Future Ready Pledge
On November 19, 2014, Washington Township signed the Future Ready Pledge and made a public commitment to maximize digital learning opportunities in their schools. The Pledge articulates the District’s desires to:
- Foster and lead a culture of digital learning within schools
- Help schools and families transition to high-speed connectivity
- Empower educators through professional learning opportunities
- Accelerate progress toward universal access for all students to quality devices
- Provide access to quality digital content
- Offer digital tools to help students and families reach higher
- Mentor other districts and help them transition to digital learning
The Future Ready Pledge comes not long after the district was fully authorized to implement the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs in all eleven of its schools. Using the IB framework for teaching and learning, Washington Township classrooms use inquiry-based instruction to create student-centered, engaging classrooms. The commitment to being Future Ready directly aligns with and supports the District’s IB instructional goals making it easier than ever before to research, collaborate, inquire, and create.
Future Ready Framework
The Future Ready Framework relies on a collaborative leadership team to create an innovative and progressive school culture. Washington Township’s Technology Department has connected with the Curriculum Department to develop a unique partnership that ensures technology integration extends and deepens the curriculum. Technology integration in Washington Township is intentional and purposeful redefining student learning experiences and assessment tasks.
Placing student learning at the center of all decision-making, the Future Ready Framework focuses the leadership team on seven key areas (“gears”):
The district completed a self-assessment of the seven gears and then used the recommendations and strategies as a guide through the Future Ready action planning process. Throughout the process, we focused on the following target areas:
- Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
- Technology and Infrastructure
- Personalized Professional Learning
Click below to sign the Future Ready Pledge!
Blended Learning Through Canvas
Canvas is Washington Township’s Learning Management System (LMS). The district is investing money, time, and resources into leveraging Canvas as the foundation of Digital Learning/Blended Learning for the future. We believe that a common platform for online interaction is essential. Canvas allows students and teachers to share information back and forth as well as allows students to submit assignments, participate in online discussion, and collaborate with other students and teachers.
In preparation for a district-wide digital learning initiative, Washington Township launched a Tech2Teach pilot during the 2015-2016 school year. The purpose of the pilot was to engage teachers from elementary, middle, and high school in the process of developing and shaping the vision for digital learning in Washington Township. The pilot teachers collaborated quarterly with district leadership to share their digital learning celebrations and challenges and to make recommendations for future implementation plans.
Bringing Digital Learning to Scale
Over the next three years, Washington Township will alter its normal hardware replacement and expansion schedule to allow for scaling programs like Tech2Teach. Departments, teams, and individual teachers will be able to apply to a year-long program based on the textbook adoption cycle. This opportunity will occur the year prior to their adoption, which ensures teachers will be well prepared to use technology to deliver their content and new digital resources.
Inside Our Classrooms
MSD of Washington Township – Technology Department
8550 Woodfield Crossing Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46240
Phone: (317) 205–3332 x77261