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The Office of Instructional Technology provides statewide integrated technology initiatives, programs and projects for PreK-12 public schools and career, technical and adult education centers. The implementations include comprehensive components such as planning, hardware, software, infrastructure, professional development, instructional utilization, evaluations and assessment.

The web site lists the various partnerships and programs that advance the goals of the West Virginia Board of Education for 21st century teaching and learning. The progress to meet these goals is based on the valuable work of each district and school technology contact in conjunction with the Office of Instructional Technology.


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Technology Readiness Indicators for Online Testing


The WESTEST 2 assessment will move to an online platform in spring of 2014. There are several factors to consider when planning for online testing. When planning for wide-scale assessments, the traditional considerations include the number of students to be assessed, the number of subjects to be assessed, and the number of days available for testing. As we move to online testing, schools must now consider broadband and testing device availability when planning for testing. The following spreadsheets should be helpful in helping schools determine online testing readiness:

Broadband Indicators


Device Indicators


West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) Policy 2460

Educational Purpose and Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources, Technologies and the Internet

West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) Policy 2460, Educational Purpose and Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources, Technologies and the Internet (Policy 2460), is a policy name change and the replacement of the repealed policies noted in section 1.5 to: 1) include the new federal regulations regarding issues of child safety and acceptable use of the Internet; 2) be in compliance with Universal Service Fund for Schools and Libraries (E-rate) guidelines; 3) reinforce copyright compliance; and 4) align with other federal and state regulations.

Click Here to Dowload Policy 2460


REPORT TELECOMMUNICATIONS ISSUES TO WVDE

Use the button below to report any problem, issue or concern regarding telecommunications issues. This may include existing or new circuits/requests, BTOP implementation concerns, fiber/WAN implementation concerns or any other issue or problem you are experiencing. The WVDE will monitor all submissions and assist counties as needed. We are collecting this data to assist counties when needed and to track the types of issues districts experience related to telecommunications.

Click here to report issues


onTargetWV Credit Recovery Announced

The alarming statistics are all too familiar. Another student gives up on school every 29 seconds nationwide, resulting in more than one million high school students who drop out of American high schools every year. Nearly one-third of all public high school students fail to graduate from high school with their class. In West Virginia alone, students failed more than 25,000 courses in 2008-09.

The WV Department of Education is dedicated to reducing dropout rates and increasing graduation rates for students in West Virginia. To this end, the WV Virtual School is unveiling onTargetWV, a program that will allow students to recover credits they need for graduation and help them develop skills and work habits that contribute to their continued academic success. The new onTargetWV program offers rigorous credit recovery courses with additional scaffolding to sustain learning. These courses are engaging, interactive, and provide differentiated instruction to supply the extra support students need to be successful. An online instructor grades works, answers questions, and provides individualized instruction as needed.

Seats are now available to all schools statewide in the onTargetWV credit recovery program available through the West Virginia Virtual School. A listing of the available virtual courses can be found at http://virtualschool.k12.wv.us/vschool/courses/crcatalog.cfm. The courses are instructor led and offer an adaptive release format that allows the student to work only in the areas that are needed. Each course has been reviewed for alignment with West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives. The cost for each course is $75 per enrollment.

More information can be found at http://virtualschool.k12.wv.us/vschool/courses/CreditRecovery.htm or by contacting Becky Butler at rbulter@access.k12.wv.us (304-558-7880).

To register for courses, contact Gloria Burdette, at gkburdet@access.k12.wv.us or 304-558-7880 ext 53079


techSteps Activities to Include Reading Supports

The WVDE provides techSteps, a personalized, project-based technology literacy curriculum, to all K-8 Schools in West Virginia to assist in ensuring that all students develop technology literacy within the context of 21st century learning. techSteps activities are sequenced to introduce technology skills developmentally and provide a completely integrated and systematic approach for students in meeting the development of technology literacy skills within curriculum. To continue the support of classroom instruction for all learners, techSteps activities are being enhanced with reading supports. These supports promote proven strategies relevant to all students and provide technology support for the struggling reader. These supports include:

  • Text Read Aloud
  • Text Size options
  • Reading Support Strategies
  • Media Rich Glossary (March 2011)
  • Progress Checks (March 2011)

For more information, contact Kathy Boone at 304-558-7880 or kboone@access.k12.wv.us.