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					         CITI
Commonwealth Information
  Technology Initiative
   http://www.citi.mass.edu
 http://www.donahue.mass.edu




http://www.cs.umass.edu
Alana Wiens &
 Charles Schiller
CITI is a public/private
partnership to promote IT
education, through strategic
investments, that prepares
graduates to participate, lead, and
innovate in the knowledge-based
economy of Massachusetts.
Launched in 2000, CITI brings
together K-12, community
colleges, public universities and
industry to promote IT education
across the curriculum and
respond to technology workforce
needs.
Instructional Technology
           vs.
 Information Technology
          ????
Technology for learning
         vs.
 Learning technology
What is Information Technology
             Fluency
  and why is it important??
Promoting Information Technology Fluency

• Skills- a sufficient body of knowledge to permit people to use a computer
   effectively today

• Concepts- refers to the fundamental knowledge underpinning IT, such
   as how a computer works, digital representation of information, assessing
   information authenticity. Concepts provide the principles on which students
   will build new understanding as IT evolves


• Capabilities- forms of higher-level thinking applied to IT problems,
   including everything from sustained reasoning to thinking technologically
    (National Research Council report: “Being Fluent with Information Technology” 1997 currently being revised and
        Sponsored by the National Science Foundation)
• Fluency Concepts
  –   Fundamentals of computers
  –   Organization of information systems
  –   Fundamentals of networks
  –   Digital representation of information
  –   Structuring information
  –   Modeling and abstraction
  –   Algorithmic thinking and programming
  –   Universality
  –   Limitations of Information Technology
  –   Social impact of computers and technology
• Fluency Skills
  –   Set-up a personal computer
  –   Use basic operating system facilities
  –   Use a word processor to create a document
  –   Use a graphics or artwork package to manipulate an
      image
  –   Connect a computer to the Internet
  –   Use the Internet to locate information
  –   Use a computer to communicate with others
  –   Use a spreadsheet to model a simple process
  –   Use a database to access information
  –   Use on-line help and instructional materials
• Fluency Capabilities
  –   Engage in sustained reasoning
  –   Manage complexity
  –   Test a solution
  –   Find problems in a faulty use of IT
  –   Navigate a collection and assess quality of the
      information
  –   Collaborate using IT
  –   Communicate using IT about IT
  –   Expect the unexpected
  –   Anticipate technological change
  –   Think abstractly about Information Technology
“The new standard of “fluency” assumes
an ability to use abstract reasoning; to
apply information technology in
sophisticated, innovative ways to solve
problems across disciplines and subject
areas;
to interpret vast amounts of information
with analytic skill; to understand basic
principles of programming and other
computer science fundamentals; and to
continually adapt and learn new
technologies as they emerge in the future.”
   Tech-Savvy: Educating Girls in the New Computer Age: AAUW
Why fluency??
Three rationale:
- Education
- Workforce
- Societal

(From “Being Fluent with Information Technology” Computer Science and
   Telecommunications Board)
Educational Rationale
• Technology as an enabler for new
  educational opportunities
• Computers as a conduit of powerful ideas
  and cultural change
• Providing the opportunity to develop
  critical thinking
Workforce Rationale
• All jobs need to understand IT
• Business needs employees with a core
  understanding (i.e. Easily trainable)
• Improved job mobility
• Changing nature of work
• Massachusetts economy needs
  workers to work in technology infused
  sectors
• Changing job descriptions
• Employees no longer at one job for
  life – need broad skill sets
Societal Rationale
• Better understanding of the world around
  them (e.g. Databases to understand risks
  of datamining or credit card transactions)
• Better educated electorate
• Understand how to evaluate social
  impacts of information technology
How do we achieve
      this?
      Soapbox #1

Multiple Points of
       Entry
     Soapbox #2


   Information
Technology Across
  the Curriculum
 IT Minors & ITAC (H.E. and now K-12)
    (Information Technology Across the Curriculum)
Example: http://www.umass.edu/itprogram/
Example courses:
• Social Impacts of IT (Communications)
• Contemporary Internet Communication
  (English)
• Introduction to Visual Culture (Art)
• Genomics and Bioinformatics (Biology)
• Geographic Information Systems
  (Forestry)
• Taking IT out of pure computer
  science and integrating it with
  other subjects.
• IT in context.
• Provides multiple points of
  entry.
      Obstacles
                    or
This makes a lot of sense, why aren’t we
                doing it??
• Teachers
• The system (including parents)
• Testing
• Gender, race & income divides
Teachers
• Installing hardware before teachers
  receive training
• Training in basic skills rather than
  integration
• Disseminating best practices
• Show tangible benefits
• Need to reach pre-service teachers
The system
• Administration, teachers and parents need
  to value IT fluency
• Need to have time and budgets
  (infrastructure & training)
Testing
Gender, race & income divides
• 4% of CS undergrads at UMass
  Amherst are female
• Underrepresented in IT classes,
  workforce & academia
What’s CITI and
how can you help
     us??
• K-20 strategy
• Awareness – conferences, articles,
  networking
• Policy
• Networks/cooperation
• Policy
• Licensure
• Grants
CITI & BHE - Board of Higher Education

  • Our recent past and our current relationship

  • Matching funds and the private sector

  • Economic Stimulus Bill funding
               FY2005 and FY2006
BHE - Seven Regional STEM Networks
               Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics

      http://www.mass.edu/pipeline
      Pre K-16 Networks


Berkshire Network

Central Network

Greater Boston East Network

Greater Boston West Network

Northeast Network

Pioneer Valley Network

Southeast Network
The STEM Collaborative
        http://www.stempipeline.org

At STEM Summit II, CITI funded
    The “Wingspread” Strand

Goal: Thinking about “Strategic Planning for
 Information Technology Fluency in PK-20
 Education”
     IT Licensure Study funded by CITI
• Information Tech. in all teacher licenses?
• IT in Principal and Supervisor licenses?
• Expand Instructional Technology licenses
  – Keep Instructional Tech. Teacher?
  – Reinstate Instruction Tech. Specialist?
  – Clarify IT Coordinator, Director, etc.?

  Supporting ETAC and MA DOE decision making
            Summer 2005 Projects
• Teachers Implementing Imaging and Imagery for
  Classroom Learning (TI3CL) – PV STEMnet
• Berkshire Teachers Teaching with Technology
  (BT3 ) – Berkshire STEM Pipeline Network
• Project MAKE-IT and LIFT2 – Framingham SC
• QCC Summer Technology Academy
  (Quinsigamond CC, BATEC Replication Project)
• Teachers Implementing Imaging and
  Imagery for Classroom Learning (TI3CL) –
  PVSTEMnet
       Workshops for teachers to expand their skills
   in using Imaging and Imagery in their teaching
   through the use of digital photography and
   Photoshop Elements.
http://umassk12.net/pvnet/imagery_files/TeacherProjects/index.htm
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• Berkshire Teachers Teaching with
  Technology (BT3 ) – Berkshire STEM
  Pipeline Network

Workshops and online components for
 teachers in Berkshire County to increase
 fluency skills in their teaching and use
 various technologies in their classes.
Multidisciplinary Achievement, Knowledge,
 and Experience through Information
 Technology - Project MAKE-IT
           Framingham State College
 Online course for teachers to upgrade
 their information technology skills in order
 to facilitate their integration of these skills
 into their teaching.
Leadership Initiative for Teaching and
 Technology - LIFT2
          Framingham State College
Development and implementation of
 differentiated instructional support through
 two online graduate courses to meet the
 varied needs of Middle and High School
 teachers in improving IT integration in
 STEM curricula.
QCC Summer Technology Academy
   (Quinsigamond CC, BATEC Replication Project)
Two three-week workshops for HS Juniors
  1) Robotics
  2) PC Maintenance, Game Programming, and
     Webpage design


A lot of business-industry involvement.
                                  Eleven New Projects for 2005-2006
                        Project                          Type                            Lead Organization

Getting Fluent in IT                                PD new            Bristol Community College
PV ITAC: Robotics, Design, and Collaborative                          Holyoke Community College and
     Learning with IT                               PD new            Educational Technology Program UMass Amherst

IT Module Field Testing and Dissemination           PD new            UMass Boston

Infusing Technology Across the Curriculum           PD new            UMass Medical School

Leadership Initiative for Teaching and Technology   PD continuation   Framingham State College and LIFT2
Multidisciplinary Achievement, Knowledge, &
      Experience through Information Technology     PD continuation   Framingham State College and the Learning Curve
                                                                      Berkshire STEM Pipeline Network;
Berkshire Teachers Teaching with Technology         PD continuation   Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Teachers Implementing Imaging and Imagery for
     Classroom Learning                             PD continuation   PV STEMNET
                                                    Pre-Service
Creative Classroom Computing                        Course Devel.     Northern Essex Community College
                                                    Pre-Service
Literacy in New Times                               Course Devel.     UMass Amherst
                                                    Pre-Service
Starting Out with Computer Savvy Teachers           Course Devel.     UMass Boston
Questions to consider:
What are other obstacles IT faces in our
 schools?

How do we overcome these obstacles?

What could ITAC look like at my school?