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School District 64 to form new Advanced Technology Committee; 
community residents invited to join advisory group

New committee to help guide the future of technology in District 64 schools

As part of its Strategic Plan, Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 is forming a Board Advanced Technology Committee (BATC) to advise and alert the Board of Education about innovative technology issues.  The committee will include community volunteers, teachers, staff and administrators, approximately 15 members in all.

“The work of this committee will help guide the future of technology in District 64,” according to Superintendent Philip Bender, co-chair.  The committee will research best practices related to technology in education and report findings to the Board.  “Innovations, such as 1:1 laptop or iPad initiatives, e-textbooks, and online learning communities, will be possible areas for action research by this group,” he added.

“In contrast to our internal technology implementation group, BATC will offer a more outward and global perspective to help accelerate our technology initiatives,” added Director of Technology Terri Bresnahan, committee co-chair.  

“Community volunteers do not need a technology background, and we welcome all viewpoints about the use of technology in student learning,” Dr. Bender noted.  “The only requirement is to contribute time to help research and develop recommendations,” he added. 

Initial BATC members will be asked to serve through the 2013-14 school year, if possible.  “But, BATC will likely become a long-standing resource for the Board of Education similar to the ongoing work of the District 64 Community Finance Committee,” Dr. Bender stated.

Interested community members are invited to contact Dr. Bender by email at pbender@d64.org to state their interest no later than Monday, December 3.  The committee membership will be formulated that week, and the slate presented to the Board at the December 10 meeting.

The group will have its first meeting immediately after Winter Break in January 2013.  BATC will use a variety of meeting formats to accomplish its work, with extensive use of virtual space to communicate and share information.  Meeting attendance would be possible either in-person or via virtual connection.  The group will divide into task teams during the research phase, and develop recommendations in March.  The schedule calls for a report to the Board on April 8.

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