The Wyoming of Education (WDE) is holding meetings across the state to gather public input as the Statewide Digital Learning Plan (SDLP) is being prepared for presentation to school districts and legislators. The SDLP is a five year comprehensive technology plan to improve student access to digital learning opportunities.
Librarians are active in statewide educational technology issues. Two school librarians and two members of the Wyoming State Library staff serve on the Statewide Education Technology Plan Advisory Panel. The SDLP meetings offer an opportunity for librarians to weigh in on digital learning.
“Through the work of the Distance Education Task Force we saw the need for a comprehensive plan on education technology and the need to do more to determine the needs of students,” said Brent Bacon, WDE Chief Academic Officer. “The listening sessions will be to meet with folks to make sure we continue to create more opportunities for all Wyoming students.”
One goal of the sessions is to understand how technology is currently being used in the classroom.
“Students, parents, educators, boards of trustees, libraries, the community college system, the University of Wyoming, and individuals from both the public and private sector will all benefit from network connectivity in and between schools, communities, and between the state and the world,” said Ballard.
The tour kicked off in Evanston on January 25, and finishes in Cheyenne on February 10. All listening sessions are scheduled from 4-6 p.m. in school district buildings. Remaining dates and locations on the tour:
- January 27 – Rawlins, High School, Cafeteria
- January 28 – Riverton, Central Office, Round Room
- Feburary 1 – Casper, Central Services, Jefferson Room
- February 2 – Cody, Middle School, Commons
- February 3 – Sheridan, Central Office, Board Room
- February 4 – Gillette, Staff Development Center, Willow Room
- February 9 – Laramie, Special Services Building, District Training Room
- February 10 – Cheyenne, Storey Gym, District Boardroom