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map for their work. Additionally, all teachers are encouraged to use Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s Substitu- tion, Augmentation, Modification and Re- definition (SAMR) Model as a guide when designing learning experiences for students. We are now engaging students in learning opportunities that were unattainable when technology was not readily available in our classrooms. When visiting classrooms it is possible to see students using green screen applica- tions to design presentations that go far be- yond traditional oral presentations, utilizing Google Expeditions to go on virtual field trips to locations around the world, using Google Hangouts to conduct interviews with authors or experts in specific fields of study, and collaborating with peers in a multitude of ways using G Suite tools that don’t require students being in the same room together. The influx of technology also means that responsible use needs to be explicitly ta ught to students. As students progress through their K-8 educational experience, digital citizenship lessons are taught in every class- room, which are vertically aligned across grade levels. This ensures students will learn what being a responsible digital citizen is and help them to remain safe while interact- ing with online content. As a result of this strategic approach, our district and all of our schools are recognized by Common Sense Education as a Certified District in Digital Citizenship. There are many layers to ensuring in- structional technology is implemented in a K-12 environment with student learning at the center of every decision. Using a col- laborative and strategic approach, it can be accomplished. With access to the right tools and information, the learning for our stu- dents can be transformed into an interactive experience where their individual agency is ignited. That kind of passion for learning is what we all strive to achieve. Resources • Federal Communications Commis- sion, regulating all interstate wire, satellite and cable, as well as international commu- nications originating or terminating in the United States: fcc.gov. • Common Sense, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology: commonsense.org. • Consortium for School Networking, professional association for school system technology leaders: cosn.org. • International Society for Technology in Education, empowering educators to har- ness technology to accelerate innovation in teaching and learning: iste.org. • Google for Education, providing a va- riety of services for implementing G Suite, Chromebooks or tablets to meet school needs: https://edudirectory.withgoogle.com. • International Association for K-12 On- line Learning, iNACOL, transforming ed- ucation systems and advancing policies and practices to ensure high-quality learning for all: inacol.org. Julie A. Vitale, Ph.D. is superintendent of Romoland SD, where Trevor Painton is the assistant superintendent of Educational Services and Vince Butler is chief technology officer. May | June 2018 11