The Lakota Board of Education approved the initial list of approved instructional applications (apps) at its Jan. 29 meeting. The apps were requested by Lakota staff and reviewed by members of the curriculum and technology departments. “This work is important and must continue to ensure all instructional applications align with Lakota curriculum,” said Interim Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli.
Criteria for approval includes ensuring that the apps are ones that best support student success and comply with board policy. The board policy and its associated administrative guidelines are aligned with state and federal laws to protect Lakota staff, students, families and the district.
“Applications that are proven and fully align with instructional standards can be transformative to learning. However, applications that are not can have a negative impact,” said Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction Lori Brown. “We want to provide our students and staff with a list of approved instructional applications to support student success.”
On Aug. 1, 2024, only apps on the approved instructional apps list will be supported at Lakota. For those that may be denied, alternative options are suggested. An app may not be approved because it is not aligned with Lakota instructional approaches, there is a lack of data security, student privacy concerns or another app may better support student learning.
“The rapid pace of education technology development continues to be exciting, especially when proven technologies impact our student’s learning and engagement, " said Chief Technology Officer, Todd Wesley. “Collaborative review is essential to evaluate the effectiveness and safety in this rapidly expanding space.”