Bedford’s Vision 2017 guides the work of our department and promotes the integration of technology to enhance teaching and learning in our K-12 classrooms. It is no longer enough for students to use technology merely to access information. Research proves that learners develop ideas and thinking by actively constructing their own knowledge and learning through the creation of products, content and creative expression. We believe that our students need to be self-reflective learners who collaboratively work in teams, think critically about issues, creatively solve problems, effectively communicate through various media, and are productive global citizens by producing new and innovative ideas.
Our middle and high school librarians are exploring ways to make our spaces more collaborative and student-centered. They have been researching the idea of Learning Commons and Makerspaces. Currently our programs focus on literature and research skills. The middle and high school librarians would like to establish inviting collaborative learning spaces where these skills are tied to creative problem-solving learning experiences. Students would use low and high tech tools to integrate literacy skills with science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills to creatively solve problems. This interdisciplinary approach would emphasize literacy, digital literacy, communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.
The Instructional Coaches at the John Glenn Middle School and the High School research and recommend a variety of technologies to meet the needs and learning styles of all of our students. They also provide professional development opportunities, such as modeling lessons, offering workshops, and coaching colleagues. This position focuses on supporting teachers in designing, implementing and assessing learning opportunities that integrate technology in new and effective ways to improve teaching and learning.