Explanation of Technology Proficiency and Documentation
South Carolina Legislation: Proviso 1.40 (SDE: Teacher Recertification – Technology) states:
To ensure the effective and efficient use of the funding provided by the General Assembly in Part IA, Section 1 X.C. for school technology in the classroom and internet access, the State Department of Education shall approve teacher technology competency standards required by local school districts as part of the Teacher Professional Development Plan. Approval of the teacher technology standards by the Department shall be a prerequisite for expenditure of district technology funds. Teachers must demonstrate proficiency in these standards and be validated by the school district.
Beginning with the 1999-2000 renewal cycle, all teachers must demonstrate proficiency during each certification validity period. This is a phase-in proviso where each district must submit an assurance form to the Office of Technology validating that each teacher is proficient in technology prior to the conclusion of his or her validity period.
Florence School District One will comply with the proviso by:
- Aligning district technology competencies with state approved technology standards.
- Competencies cover the following areas:
- Computer Basics: functions and operations
- Computer Applications: Microsoft Office, Google Apps for Education, technology nights/fairs/conferences/grants
- Internet and Classroom/School websites
- Providing training opportunities that are aligned with state approved Technology Components for Teacher Proficiency.
- Technology skill modules and/or workshops
- Technology integration/collaboration
- Staff development programs
- Technology recertification and/or graduate credit courses
- Providing an assessment/documentation program that verifies Proficiency status.
- Performance documents are aligned with the Technology Options for Proficiency
- Technology courses, training opportunities and modules support technology proficiency performance.
- Providing assurance documentation to the Director of Instructional Technology.
The Department of Education endorses and advocates that school districts adopt and follow the standards developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)