Through some odd and not all that interesting turns of events, I’m pretty much the chair of our school’s technology committee. I’ll spare you the details, but it wasn’t exactly where I saw myself fitting into the system this year (my first at this school). Nevertheless, it is what it is and I hope to make the best of it.
Task number one: Come up with a mission statement for the technology committee.
I’m pretty new to the school and don’t have the greatest understanding of what the goals of the committee have been in the past. As I see it, the committee’s job is to: (1) provide support and timely teacher professional development on how technology tools can be used to improve teaching and learning, and (2) act as a go-between for teachers and those making purchasing decisions on where technology money could be spent where it would have the greatest effect per dollar.
I’d really prefer if it sounded like a real person talking instead of sounding bureaucratic and overly wordy. However, since mission statements are pretty much solely for those people who enjoy bureacracy and wordiness, I may be willing to settle somewhere in the middle.
Here’s my first go at it:
Working to support teaching and learning through the effective use of technology in the classroom.
Providing teachers with the tools and training to use technology in support of effective teaching and learning.
Guess I’ll try one typical wordy one too (though I won’t like it):
The technology committee strives to provide technological tools to teachers, students, and the community in order to support our students and staff in their teaching and learning. Students will graduate as effective digital citizens able to contribute to society utilizing 21st century technology tools and skills.
Seeing as this post is a bit of thinking in public, what do you think of the above options? What mission statements do your schools use for technology committees (or whatever you call them where you are)?