Ray-Pec launches digital transformation

April 19, 2013 

The Raymore-Peculiar School District officially launched its digital transformation conversation when nationally respected technology expert John Kuglin spoke to nearly 100 parents, students, board of education members, teachers and administrators Feb. 28 at Ray-Pec East Middle School.

Kuglin followed up the next day on March 1 with a full day of staff development for approximately 85 selected teachers and leaders from each school building in the district.

Kuglin’s message included the latest trends in technology, how technology is a vital part of everyday life and what schools, teachers and school leaders should be doing in this digital age. The Ray-Pec School District has continued a focus on identifying strategies to engage students in meaningful ways. Kuglin’s message was a great example of how technology can enhance the classroom utilizing his strategies.

Kuglin’s Power Point presentation can be viewed on the Ray-Pec web site at www.raypec.k12.mo.us. Look under departments for “Academic Services” and then “Digital Transformation.”

Kevin Daniel and Jay Harris, assistant superintendents for the school district, shared the digital transformation process that is intended to help the district move forward in meeting the district’s mission of Preparing Each Student for a Successful and Meaningful Life by ensuring that student engagement is enhanced through technology. The district is seeking input from stakeholders to make recommendations.

Three teams have been established as part of the process. Here is a brief description of the teams:

•  Technology and Infrastructure Team – The purpose of this team is to make recommendations about what device(s) are appropriate for students and staff to use, how to facilitate an effective Bring Your Own Device/Bring Your Own Technology component to the plan, and necessary infrastructure updates.

•  Textbook, Curriculum and Blended Learning Team – The purpose of this team is to make recommendations about the future of textbooks for the district and how to make the conversion to curriculum without books when appropriate. The team will review curriculum and how the concept of blended learning and anytime/anywhere learning fits into the vision of Ray-Pec. The team will make recommendations about the expansion of online learning.

•  Staff Development and Classroom Transformation Team – The purpose of this team is to make recommendations about staff development and use of technology by teachers to improve student success.

Future meetings are tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, Tuesday, May 14, and Tuesday, June 11. The district welcomes additional volunteers. If interested, contact Debbie Powers at: dpowers@raypec.k12.mo.us.

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