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         Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Saskatchewan’s PreK-12 education system fosters and promotes digital fluency, the ability to use digital technologies readily and strategically to learn, to work, and to play, and the infusion of technology in teaching and learning to improve outcomes for all students. Our education system is focused upon attaining high levels of achievement for all students, equitable opportunities for all children and youth to learn and succeed, smooth transitions, and system accountability and governance. Effective technology use supports these priorities in a variety of ways including ensuring that students are fluent for a digital age, handling complexity with adaptability and creativity through the use of real-world tools and processes.

The integration and effective use of technology is vital to Saskatchewan’s teaching and learning environment and to enhancing learner success. Not only can technology facilitate creative, flexible and purposeful thinking and knowledge construction within the classroom, it also extends the “reach” of educational opportunities for students regardless of geographic location, population density, timetable conflicts or an individual school’s ability to offer particular courses. The acquisition of skills and dispositions related to technology is fundamental in an information age and knowledge-based society; technology use is no longer just an option for our students and teachers, but a fundamental literacy.

The Technology in Education Framework addresses three main areas: teaching and learning; administrative uses; and, provincial infrastructure. The purpose of this framework is to provide direction for the use of technology within the Saskatchewan education system. The framework is divided into four sections:

  1. Principles which guided the development of the framework;
  2. Expectations which describe stakeholder commitments;
  3. Outcomes which are attainable through particular strategies; and,
  4. Roles and related responsibilities for educational stakeholders.

During the initial phase of implementation, the teaching and learning component of the TEF will be supported through:

  • Finalization and release of digital competencies for students;
  • Development of digital fluency continua for students, educators and administrators;
  • Performance of a needs assessment and development of plans and supports for professional development for educators and administrators; and,
  • Development of guides for Digital Citizenship and B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device).

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