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Introduction to OCTI

An introduction to the Oldham County Technology Initiative, which I founded and co-led from 2011 to 2014. Last revised July 2014.

Adam Watson

on 22 July 2014

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Transcript of Introduction to OCTI

Introduction to OCTI

1. Teaching with technology, as well as student use of technology, is part of Core Content standards and necessary for 21st century learning.

2. Edtech implementation is a powerful way of increasing relevancy, engagement and publishable opportunities to authentic audiences.

3. Technology is only a tool for learning. Although it has value as a means to a goal, technology should NOT be the "end" or a goal in itself. Edtech supports but does not replace good teaching.

4. Students already use or will use new technological devices and Web 2.0 skills at home and in the workforce. Teaching with technology recognizes and validates their real world experience and skill sets; in some cases, it utilizes valuable tech resources that students already own.

5. Educational staff plays a crucial role in teaching ethical and moral use of technology.

How does OCTI impact teaching and learning?
Final Thoughts /
OCTI by the Numbers
: annual budget (2/3 for subs)
: number of Oldham County schools involved (ALL except pre-school)
: the year when OCTI crossed over 100 teacher members
: the number of steps it takes to begin an educator's edtech journey.
"A Journey of a Thousand Miles begins with..."
Fall 2010: Oldham County (KY, USA) Handheld Tech Initiative
Summer 2011: Adam Watson's Superintendent Proposal (using existing "OCLI" as template, LMS as edtech coach)
2011-2012: first full year of Oldham County Technology Initiative (OCTI). Noel Gnadinger (LMS, SOHS) becomes co-leader along with Adam, forms district Steering Committee.
Grass-roots, volunteer, teacher- and LMS-led, long term, community (online and in person).
NOT forced, top-down, "one-off" PD.
Local school meetings; 3 district meetings, including 2 day seminar with lab host classroom observations
Watson's original May 2011 proposal
Core Content ELA Standards:
ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS):
Web 2.0
(Not passive sites, but making content, such as blogging, podcasting, Prezis, etc.)
Student-owned tech
(when uniformity and consistency are not necessary, such as using student smartphones)
School-owned and app-driven tech
(when uniformity and consistency are important, such as same app on school-owned iPads)
Promo video, March 2013 (2:59)
Official District website:

August 29, 2013 feature story on WDRB FOX 41 (3:15)
(web article at
Remember SAMR!
How will edtech transform
your teaching?
OCTI Lab Classroom Observation Form
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