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2012-15 Technology Plan

Addison Northwest Supervisory Union

2012-2015 Educational Technology Plan


Executive Summary

The Addison Northwest Supervisory Union has made progress towards meeting our technology goals in spite of struggle with funding towards some of our projects. As a result of a major redesign of our server infrastructure we have had had to skip a year of funding of our desktop replacement cycle at Vergennes High School. This new design is also moving us away from Novell to a full Windows Active Directory domain and the beginning of a district-wide common domain structure. We have also researched a replacement wireless network at VUHS in anticipation of continued growth in wireless devices, both school owned and personal, in the coming years. A unified Windows structure will help us model the delivery of curriculum across the district.

We have had great success transitioning from Novell Groupwise to a Google based email/GoogleDocs system. Initially we were using the system as an email replacement. We soon started working with staff and students to implement GoogleDocs as our primary suite for word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations.  At the end of this plan we are still expanding usage and developing a professional development strand for the coming year that will help our staff develop classroom settings based on GoogleDocs. The goal is for teachers to create templates that will be shared with students. These documents will be saved by students and handed back into teachers with the goal that the process be paperless.

The district’s first 1:1 program started in our Addison Central School with all of our 4-6 graders receiving a Dell netbook as the result of a grant from the Digital Wish foundation. Infrastructure was improved for wireless throughout the building to accommodate the added use of wireless devices and a new Windows server was purchased for file storage and backup. Digital Wish provided weekly Internet safety and application training for students and teachers. We are looking at this curriculum as a model for Internet safety at our other schools with this new technology plan.

Vergennes elementary and Vergennes High schools are both delivering curriculum using Moodle. We are using both the Global Classroom from grades 7-12 and our Moodle system on our Internet host. We expect the growth of Moodle to expand in the coming year.

Our central office and two of our schools have switched their web sites to Joomla, a content management system (CMS). This system allows multiple users add and edit content without the need to FTP connections or specialized application software. Users are given different levels of access based on need and can only edit content that has been assigned to them. This enables users to add content on their own without the aide of tech personnel.

The use of Free and Open Source (FOS) software has continued. The district is no longer relying on Microsoft Office as our primary software suite and all of our students have access to Libre Office as well as other FOS tools depending on activity and grade level.

PowerSchool has become an invaluable tool for record keeping and communicating with students and parents. In the 2011-2012 school year 87% of student accounts have been accessed on line. The average length of visit to the site was 18 minutes. The parent portal for PowerSchool was opened for all students grades 5-12 in the 2011-2012 school year.


 

 

Student-Centered Learning

 

Organizing Question for This Goal

 

What is your SU’s intent for how students, teachers, and administrators will use technology to support the development of personalized learning in all students?

 

Essential Questions for Creating Local Action Steps

 

The local plan should include action steps that address and/or create responses to these questions:

     In what ways will schools use technology to promote, support, and manage student-centered learning?

     How will the SU promote teaching methods and strategies that best support the use of technology in student-centered learning?

     How will the SU create technology policies and procedures that support student-centered learning?

     How will technology "specialists" in schools support student-centered learning?

     How will support keep students safe online while still utilizing a variety of online tools including social networking media?

     How will collaborative online tools be used to support student-centered learning?

     How will students take advantage of online tools to create and foster their

 

Action Plan Template for Goal __

 

Local Goal: Our SU will:

 

Action Step

Description

Staffing

Infrastructure

Budget

PD

Y1/Y2/Y3

Data Collection/Eval.

1

Research 1:1 computing

Tech Dir

Tech Teachers

Director of Curriculum

Increasing internet bandwidth in all 4 buildings

 

Purchase representative samples of devices (i.e. iPads, Android and Chrome Book)

local and potential grant funding

Research into PD  and academic programs

 

 

Train Teachers and Principals

Y1 Research into devices and costs

 

 

 

Y2

Write results of research and share with School Boards and Principals

2

Develop a vertically teamed, 1:1 computing pilot project in one subject area, and seek funding

Teachers, technologists in all 4 schools

We will need to expand internal wireless network capacity.

Local or grant

Train Students and teachers in use of devices

Year 2 or 3

Keep records of our grant seeking efforts.

Local funding in budgets. 

Have a developed plan for the project

3

Embed ISTE NETS-Students

Technologists, Dept Heads, teachers

Curric Director

na

Local

Train members of new K-12 Prof Development Committee

 

Train teachers

 

 

Implement in lesson plans

Year 1

 

 

 

 

Year 2

 

 

Year 3

ISTE standards will be reflected in curriculum maps for all 4 schools, all programs

 

Develop & Pilot assessments

 

Use Standards-based record-keeping in Power School

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indicators of Success for this Goal:

 

Leadership in a Student-Centered Learning Environment

 

Organizing Question for This Goal

 

How will school leaders in your SU exercise and display leadership in using technology as a tool for effective teaching and learning?

 

Essential Questions for Creating Local Action Steps

 

The local plan should include action steps that address and/or create responses to these questions:

     How will the SU create and implement professional development programs rich in content-based technology integration?

     How will SU leaders model technology use for both staff and students, in a variety of contexts?

     How does the SU insure that school leaders follow guidelines put forth by the ISTE NETS-A (for Administrators)?

     In what ways will school leaders build awareness by highlighting solid examples of student-centered learning?

     How will SU leadership administer the successful transition of the teacher to facilitator in a classroom where technology can provide access to rich teaching and learning resources?

     How will administrators/school leaders address best practices in the use of data, and increase capacity in understanding the role technology plays in creating better efficiencies around this data

 

 

Action Step

Description

Staffing

Infrastructure

Budget

PD

Y1/Y2/Y3

Data Collection/Eval.

1

Share CCSS lessons & units using GoogleDocs as a pilot for district-wide curriculum maps

Tech Dir

Curric Dir

Teachers working in summer

na

local

PIlot process within the su; 4 administrators attending curric. mapping seminar

work with CCSS

Loaded on Website 6/13

Web-based templates developed

 

Curriculum Maps uploaded

2

SBAC intro student and teachers

Tech Dir

Curric Dir

Teacher Leaders

Internet capacity is increasing in all 4 schools

local

Readiness Tool in yr 1; teacher training before test

y3 first test

Teachers, infrastructures and students ready for spring, 2015, or possibly ready to participate in spring, 2014 pilots.

3

Bjorn Behrendt

On-Line self-paced GoogleDocs Training, and initiate pilot model classroom(s) within the SU

B. Behrendt hired as consultant

Use existing labs

Title IIA

Workshop for teachers and principals

y`1

Workshop survey/evaluations

4

NETS-Administrators

Tech Director

Presentation

local

PD for principals at summer retreat and meetings

y1-2-3

Meeting minutes, including specific expectations for administrators

 

 

 

 

Flexible Learning Environments

Organizing Question for This Goal

 

What will your SU do to maximize a flexible environment for both student and professional learning?

 

Essential Questions for Creating Local Action Steps

 

The local plan should include action steps that address and/or create responses to these questions:

     In what ways will the SU continue to pursue and grow broadband capacity to support learning opportunities for all schools?

     In what ways will the SU promote use of distance-learning opportunities for the community, parents, school leaders, teachers, and students?

     How will the SU provide professional development for the effective use of distance learning and cloud-based free applications that are accessed via tablets and handheld devices?

     In what ways will the SU require or encourage teachers to become involved in collaborative learning projects with teachers throughout the state, nation, and world?

     In what ways will the SU provide access to learning resources for all students and community members beyond the traditional school day and year?

     In what ways will the SU ensure flexibility in staffing and scheduling student learning opportunities?

 

 

Action Step

Description

Staffing

Infrastructure

Budget

PD

Y1/Y2/Y3

Data Collection/Eval.

1

Upgrade internet speed at all buildings

Tech Staff

50mb/vuhs

25mb/fcs&vues

16mb/acs

e-rate and local

n/a

Y1

Ongoing through-put testing during the school year

2

Research Wireless Infrastructure

Tech Staff

n/a

Build into 2013-14 budgets

Consult with other VT school districts and providers

Y1

Research completed and plan submitted to administration.

3

Create single district Active Directory domain

Tech Dir

Eliminate Novell; crate VPN’s

Local

Windows active directory training for all tech staff

Y1:establish vpn’s to vuhs

Y2: establish common directory

Y3: establish common storage and login

District Domain is in place.  AD servers are synced. 

4

Create a second paraeducator strand in software used for learning

VUHS tech guy

existing

Title IIA

This is a professional development strand that lasts all year: Strand 1 is Google and Social Networking; New strand will include work in ALEKS, Read 180, Fast ForWord, and Reading Assistant

Y1-2-3

Paraeducators will complete surveys about their learning at the end of each course.

5

Include at least one on-line component for regular classes in grades 4 - 12

All teachers

Labs, laptops, individual classrooms

local

Tech strand during SU days across the year; technologists in each building work with teachers in classrooms and labs

Y1-2-3

Y1:  Solicit volunteers

Y2:  Volunteers plus first round draftees

Y3:  Remaining staff

6

Early work in dev. multiple pathways to grad. inc. on-line courses

Dir of Curric

Superintendent

Principals

Tech Dir

School Counselors

School Board

existing

local

Identify and train building based monitor to guide students to success

y1: expand Board procedure now in place to include courses NOT in our coursebook; budget for bldg based mentor

y2: Students in courses

Board approved procedure in place.

 

Virtual course sources researched and chosen

 

Students enrolled

7

Develop effective Social Networking policy and vision

School Board

Superintendent

Principals

Tech Dir

Dir of Curric

Dept. Heads

existing

local

Y1 provide pd for the board and administration

y2 workshops for teachers

Y1 research

 

Y2 implementation

Students and teachers trained and using responsibly.  Adequate consequences established for students’ irresponsible use.  Sufficient guidelines provided for teachers.

 

 

Engaged Community Partners

 

Organizing Question for This Goal

 

How will your SU utilize technology to connect to and engage with local, regional, state, and global communities?

 

Essential Questions for Creating Local Action Steps

 

The local plan should include action steps that address and/or create responses to these questions:

     What will the SU do to promote digital citizenship among students and staff?

     How will the SU develop communication resources, and make available to the community existing resources such as the Learning Network of Vermont, thereby solidifying the role of the school building in community participation?

     In what ways will the SU communicate the continuing need for infrastructure that supports personalized learning and enables students to learn in contexts that support lifelong learning?(e.g., through project-based or other applied work)?

     How will the SU create structures that allow for the use of social networks in community-based activities but maintain awareness of digital citizenship and online safety?

 

Action Step

Description

Staffing

Infrastructure

Budget

PD

Y1/Y2/Y3

Data Collection/Eval.

1

PowerSchool Portal for Families and Customization

All 5 - 12 teachers

existing

local

Training on Course descriptions, comments, course content for parents at open houses, in opening of school letters, and in weekly newsletters

Y1  Introduction of PS 7, including single sign-on

Y2 Customization

Y3 Increased use

Feed sign-on data back to teachers 5 - 12 and families through the weekly newsletter(s).

3

Internet Safety

Tech Dir and technologists

existing

Title I

Family Night w/safety task force/workshops from Norwich, State Police, Internet Crime Task Force

Y1 Work with principals and teachers and select annual grade level; pilot presentation

Solicit feedback from families and students

4

Goodrich

HS Principals

Tech Directors

existing

none

reach out STEM connection

Y1 Meet new owners of local engineering corporation

Establish plan

5

Bixby

HS Community Service staff and technologists

xiesting

none

Students mentor adults identified through the public library.

Y1 Train students and have them provide services

Adults will provide written feedback (surveys) evaluating the help they get.



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