SET-BC is a Ministry of Education Provincial Resource Program established to assist school districts in educating students who require or would benefit from using technology to access the curriculum.
- Collaborates with BC school district teams to provide professional development opportunities focused on the use of technology to support diverse learners in the classroom
- Assists school districts in training district and school teams on specific technologies used to support their students’ access to educational programs
- Lends assistive technologies (participation, communication and learning tools) to BC school districts to support their student’ access to educational programs.
SET-BC services to school districts include these components:
- Consultation and collaboration
- Professional Development and Training
- Student and Classroom Resources
- Technology Loans
SET-BC allocates services to school districts based on:
- Annual budget and staffing levels
- Annual Districts’ Request for Service
SET-BC services are provided in collaboration and partnership with BritishColumbia school districts.
- District Partners play a key role in coordinating SET-BC services in their districts. School team members who have any questions about the SET-BC process should contact their District Partner for information and support.
Service Delivery Background
For almost 26 years, Special Education Technology – British Columbia (SET-BC) has worked in partnership with BC school districts and independent schools to support their K-12 students’ access to the curriculum through the use of communication, access and learning technologies. As the BC Ministry of Education moves forward with its plan to create a more flexible and personalized education system for all students, we are ensuring our program’s services remain relevant and effective for school districts, their teams, and their students. The document below provides background information on our current service delivery model.
Paralleling the Response to Intervention (RTI) initiatives currently happening across the province, the SET-BC service delivery model provides services across three tiers. Tier 1 services are designed to help districts provide Professional Development opportunities on how technology can be used to support diverse student needs in the classroom. Tier 2 services are designed to help districts provide technology specific training and classroom-based technology solutions. Tier 3 services are designed to help school teams supporting students with challenging and complex needs. This overview document provides a general description of the services in all three tiers, a flow chart of the actual service delivery process during the school year, and a detailed protocol of each component of our three-tiered service delivery model.
Tier 1 Services
SET-BC Tier 1 services are designed to help districts provide Professional Development opportunities on how technology can be used to support diverse student needs in the classroom. This document provides a more detailed description of Tier 1 services and offers some suggested topics for professional development type topics and activities.
Tier 2 Services
Tier 2 services are designed to help districts in two ways: by providing technology specific training and by loaning and supporting classroom-based technology solutions. Tier 2 training services target those technologies currently available in the district, regardless of source, that are being underutilized. Tier 2 training activities differ from Tier 1 Professional Development activities as Tier 2 training is designed to teach participants how to use specific pieces of hardware and software. Tier 2 classroom-based solutions offer classroom teachers the opportunity to implement specific technologies to support diverse learning needs by providing consultation, training, implementation support and hardware and/or software loans. Each year, school districts will identify the specific classrooms that will receive Tier 2 classroom-based solution services.
Tier 3 Services
Tier 3 student-based solutions are intended to build the capacity of some school teams and district itinerant staff to use specific technologies successfully in the classroom to support complex student needs. Tier 3 services could include SET-BC consultant consultation, technology solution planning, coordination of device trials, student-based technology loans, training, implementation follow up and technical support. Tier 3 services also include district specialist support and training. This document provides a more detailed description of Tier 3 services with examples of the types of students for whom teams might consider requesting services.