The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) announces that John Fleischman, Assistant Superintendent of Technology Services, has been appointed to a newly formed task force that will make recommendations on best practices to bring 21st century tools into California's classrooms to improve teaching and learning.
"Most young people use technology extensively in their personal lives, but technology use in K-12 education is often fragmented. Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum. This new Education Technology Task Force will help define and guide the development of a blueprint to advance future efforts," said Fleischman.
The announcement of appointments to the Education Technology Task Force was made by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. The all-volunteer, 49-member unpaid Task Force consists of teachers, administrators, technology directors, local and county superintendents, school board members, parents, researchers, policy advocates, and foundation/community members from around the state.
The Task Force will work in groups led by facilitators to explore education technology in four key areas: learning, teaching, assessment, and infrastructure. Members will make recommendations to the State Superintendent to revise and develop a California Educational Technology Blueprint over the next few months. After the blueprint is developed, there will be a series of public meetings to gather comments on issues identified by the Task Force.
As part of its duties, the Ed Tech Task Force will get input from stakeholders and experts in the field. The State has launched a webpage for the public to contribute information, research, and case studies.