North Collins Central School District Update As we enter the 21 st century, the North Collins Central School District realizes that the world is continually changing at an accelerated rate. The purpose of public education is to prepare students to be successful contributing citizens and lifelong learners. In order for us to provide the best possible educational environment for our students, the North Collins Central School District is in the process of a $15, 000, 000 capital project (construction has begun). Construction is expected to be completed January/February 2002.
This construction and renovation will make our schools a source of pride for the entire community. Each curricular area will have the resources needed to meet and exceed the New York State Education Requirements. Approximately $200, 000+ will be spent on technology / computer hardware to ensure a technology rich learning environment. In addition, we have also allocated funds for a Distance Learning classroom to expand the educational and vocational opportunities available to our students. Components of the renovation and building program include, but are not limited to: Heating, electrical and plumbing upgrades throughout the facilities as well as necessary improvements to make both facilities ADA-compliant (elevator).
Renovation of all classroom spaces to accommodate the latest instructional methods and standards (Technology-rich integrated classrooms). Additional classroom space for the mandated Pre-Kindergarten program. Replacement or renovations of athletic spaces including the gymnasium, fitness and training rooms, assembly, locker facilities, community indoor track and bleachers. New cafeteria spaces that will accommodate students and community use.
New expanded Library Media Centers for the elementary and high school. Both will have electronic card catalog systems (SIRS Mandarin). The high school's LMC will have a self-contained computer lab. A Distance Learning Classroom/Computer Lab in the high school. Additional high school science labs to accommodate new State Education Department requirements. Construction of expanded space for industrial arts, music, band, and other programs.
District Vision Statement The North Collins Central School District envisions the use of technology to enhance the learning process first and foremost for the students and secondly for the community. Students will acquire the skills necessary to become effective users of ideas and information and critical thinkers. By creating and integrating a technology-rich environment, we will develop a positive learning environment that will prepare students to become successful contributing citizens and one that sustains life long learning. District Goal Today's world, more than ever before, demands a well-educated population.
We will provide our children with the education they need in facilities that accommodate the emerging educational initiatives and technologies that are shaping our world. This renovation and building project will position our schools to meet the challenges of the next millennium. We are creating a flexible, durable, and technology rich educational campus that will serve the community well into the next century. Introduction The North Collins Central School District will attempt to achieve a balanced use of technology for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Technology will be used as an instructional tool for better student achievement and a better understanding of our global world and the community at large. This plan will be used as a guide that will be updated and reviewed on an annual basis, or as needed.
As we move forward with our building construction and technology plans, we realize and acknowledge the need to work within our district and community as team to achieve our goals. We also must be flexible in our plans to create a knowledgeable technology community base in North Collins, New York. This plan is founded on the following beliefs and guiding principles which will underpin the use of these new tools: All learners (students, teachers / faculty , non-teaching staff, parents, and other community members) will need to know how to use technologies to create new ideas and value added products, to explore innovative ways of learning, to develop new ways of managing and organizing information, and to publish and share information with the ultimate aim of increasing the quality of life for themselves and others. All learners will need to adjust to new relationships as the uses of technological tools create more opportunities for independent learning and new models of learning.
All students will need to use technologies to communicate, analyze data, manage information, and solve problems. As we begin our planning process, our plan will be accomplished in the phases stated below: Phase I (Planning & Development) Planning and developing communication with committees throughout the district to begin our planning strategy. We will prepare a survey for faculty and staff regarding current technology and future technology usage (vision) in each of our buildings. This survey will be used as a tool for a needs assessment of our current situation and plans for the future. We will investigate the variety of technologies that are available and how the district can implement these technologies with current equipment / future purchases and available staff. If utilization of available staff is not available, serious consideration has already been given to hire a full-time Technology Coordinator/Technician.
We also hope to form a planning committee to guide us in developing technology plans and programs for all users. Phase II (Pilot Projects, New Equipment, Staff Development) Develop and implement the use of instructional technology in the classroom (currently underway). This will start with pilot projects in each building. Faculty will be surveyed for those most interested in beginning the development of integrated technology in the classroom. This instruction will be congruent with the new educational learning standards so that implementation is in compliance with our state education vision.
By September 2001, each classroom will have at least one computer workstation connected to a large overhead monitor with a VCR. This workstation will be connected to a network allowing teachers to interact electronically with one another and other professionals and organizations around the world that will enable them to identify and utilize resources that will enforce their curriculum and support the New York State Educational Learning Standards. Examples of this would be the ability to access databases of resource materials, lessons, and instructional strategies / techniques . Within the building, teachers and staff will be able to share information, such as, coordination of activities relating to instructional curricula, counseling, etc. This network may also be used to provide classroom management support, such as, planning tools, assignments, grades, attendance, student reports, discipline, school information, etc. (Software examples: K 12 Planet.
com OR ParentCONNECTxp). Our Library Media Centers will also be technology rich via the integration of new computer workstations. These will contain an electronic on-line card catalog (SIRS Mandarin) of all library materials, research software (CD-Rom) and electronic database subscriptions for conducting research. They will also be used for productivity applications such as word processing, creating databases, spreadsheets, and presentations.
These services combined with proper instruction and collaborative projects with classroom teachers will ensure that North Collins is producing students who are effective users of ideas and information and who have the desire to be life long learners. Our capital project is allowing us to create a district wide technology rich environment and we realize, understand, and support the need for staff development to support instructional programs, the instructional process, the curriculum, and management decisions. Teacher in-service time will be mandatory and classroom release time will be available. Teachers will be encouraged to make site visits to successful model schools. In addition, the district will continue to develop its relationships with several local colleges to take advantage of resources at this level.
Phase III (Staff Development Programs, Continuous Planning, Evaluations Tools: Goals, Indicators, Benchmarks, and Measures) Once technologies (Hardware/Software) have been approved and ordered, staff development / in -service programs will be mandatory district wide. As stated above, staff development will be critical to ensure that all staff is well trained and informed on how to properly and effectively integrate these new technologies into their classroom teaching experiences. When all staff completes their foundation workshops, there will be classes that will build upon one another. We realize that many teachers and staff may already be technologically inclined regarding the foundation skills, therefore, we will create a way for these individuals to "test-out" of certain workshops. In order for them to be excused from a workshop, they will need to pass by a specified percentage (to be determined by the technology committee and passed by the North Collins Board of Education). These individuals may then have the opportunity to either teach workshops or work as mentors.
We believe a mentor program will be extremely beneficial and rewarding for all involved. As new technologies and software emerge, there will always be the need for staff development. This will involve continuous planning and on-going support from the district as a whole. Creating goals, indicators, benchmarks, and measures will be our best evaluation tool of areas needing instruction. District Technology Goals and Objectives Several goals for the use of technology are important and need to be considered while planning and implementing our district technology plan.
Some of the most critical goals are: To develop a clear concept of the impact of new technologies on the roles and relationships of the people working with these new tools and developing strategies to minimize any negative impacts. Concepts and strategies we will need to cover: 1. Redefining what teachers do and how they do it. 2. Redefining what students do and how they do it. 3.
Providing support in the form of staff development. 4. Providing support in form of opportunity to influence the changes and the pace of the changes. In addition, support the redefinition of their roles and relationships. 5. Providing opportunity for technology users to express and overcome their fears.
To develop high quality internal connectivity between the whole school community in our district (LAN). Connectivity is defined as the facility with which relationships can be developed between two users using technology. Internal connectivity in its simplest form would include communication links between members of our local building or district site and between members of different schools or district sites using the Internet. To develop high quality external connectivity between the whole school community in our district.
This might include relationships between the district and local colleges such as SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Buffalo, and the local public library. This will also include any other connectivity that would enhance learning opportunities or facilitate the business of education (i. e. Distance Learning).
To develop and implement high quality education program delivery models. The learning objectives of these models would be designed to address current curriculum learning outcomes with increasing emphasis on the skill development of learners to use the new tools in a relevant, principled way. This will include the development of the learning standards in each curriculum area. We will define the technology skills that will need to be addressed and focus the development of our models (learning projects) within these specific skills highlighted and emphasized. To develop cost effective communications systems to facilitate the business of education. This includes not only education delivery models for programs, resources, and information but also support for the day-to-day administrative functioning of schools and the district.
To develop the research and production potential of the new technology tools to enable all learners to explore and handle increasingly complex issues, to share new ideas and creations, to enhance consult ive processes to improve personal and group decisions, and to provide "lifelong" learning opportunities. To develop high quality technology support and technology training services for all members of the district. This includes staff, students, and community development in the skills necessary to maintain an increasingly complex technological infrastructure. Scope Technologies will need to cover both instructional and administrative functions within the traditional and non-traditional learning environments.
As aforementioned, the district will provide services to develop, train personnel, and maintain the communications infrastructure. In addition, new ways to deliver educational programs and services to the whole district community will also be implemented. Current available technologies related to information technologies and management information systems (MIS) are acceptable during this interim time. The philosophy for using available technology entails integrating these tools into an electronic "resource system" to serve the business of education. Current available resources include: computers and associated hardware, telephones, video, cable, CD-ROM, and fax machines. Standards throughout the district need to be consistent with the New York State Learning Standards.
As new technologies emerge, they will be evaluated against the criteria established by the strategic vision and guiding principles for the district. Implementation of new tools will be an ongoing process consistent with the concept that these plans are in "perpetual draft" to enable the district to adjust direction quickly. Instructional Scope Administrative Scope Information search strategies Move from paper to a digital control system Evaluate research skills Electronic Purchase Orders Communication skills using technology Electronic Work Orders Improve cultural understanding Web services Creation of new opportunities for learning E-mail and other communication Publishing Electronic financial management Instructional Scope Administrative Scope New learning / instructional delivery models Audio/Video conferencing Distance Learning Conferencing Staff development Needs Assessment A recent survey of the status of the school infrastructure and hardware inventories showed a variety of technologies in use. The survey showed that technology varies according to school and grade levels and the expertise of personnel within the school. Most of our progress has been in building infrastructure within the Library Media Center and business departments at the high school level. The elementary level has such a wide variety of equipment that the greatest challenge will be to have everyone able to communicate well in the current environment.
This will be resolved once new technologies are put into place in the 2001 school year. We will need to focus on staff development and the learning of productivity applications that can be applied in a generic way at every level. Staff development will consist of an evaluation process including goals, indicators, benchmarks, and measures that still need to be developed and approved by the board. Once these are in place, we will be able to act swiftly to new situations, technological developments, and opportunities that arise. Each building must begin to use school-based needs assessment and site-based teams to begin to plan for future technology needs in each upcoming budget cycle. The effort to coordinate these needs will create a better technology rich learning environment.
The district will continue to examine alternate technologies and options for the most cost-effective solutions to support our strategic vision and current technologies. Our present status is outlined below: Elementary School High School One computer lab (not networked) Networked computer lab for student use Staff has access to a variety of computers equipment in many classrooms Library Media Center has one phone line for Internet use Library Media Center has one phone line for Internet use Business Department has a networked lab for business students Office uses computer equipment for information management Art Department has one Power Mac for student use Office uses computer equipment for information management We need to establish criteria for dispersing funds. For example: All new equipment will be upgradeable and must be done in a consistent manner. School or district site licenses for various software needs to be budgeted for. Programs need to be used that offer compatible solutions.
We need to investigate creative uses for obsolete equipment. We also need to further develop our support network. For example, provide time for site resource contacts to meet for networking and sharing problems and solutions. Stakeholder and Community Input All community members and learners must have a stake in education technology planning. The district would like to schedule community meetings this school year to gain the input needed to set the strategic direction and to facilitate and monitor the process and the progress toward our new strategic vision.
Committees will meet to discuss specific tasks pertaining to technology planning. We have already implemented an Acceptable Use Policy (see attached copy on page 26). The view of the District Technology Planning Committee is that the planning process is ongoing and should not be limited to the needs of grants. Changes are continual and accelerating. We must be flexible and able to adjust to the changes. Input and planning must be ongoing, fluid, and flexible to quickly adjust to take advantage of changing conditions.
Our goal is to have a "perpetual" draft available to all interested stakeholders for continual review, evaluation, and revision as the plan moves toward "completion." Stakeholder representation is extended, but not limited to, the groups below: o Students o Teachers o Staff o Parents o Board of Education o Administrators o Community Members o Chamber of Commerce o Support Staff o Community Organizations o North Collins Public Library o SUNY College System at large Funding Monies have been allocated from our capital project for wiring and a backbone for the district network. In addition, we have budgeted funds for technology hardware, software, and other services. Funding for Technology Into Education planned changes will need to be comprehensive and long-term. Funding will be provided through various methods.
We need to remember and plan for the fact that currently most technology equipment is considered obsolete in four to five years. We will try to acquire equipment that is considered to be "upgradeable." Purchase of goods and services will be done in the most cost effective manner possible. This will likely require centralized purchasing with a technology coordinator facilitating these needs. Some sources of funding for the future transition period are listed below: o District based budgeting (regular line item in budget for technology) o Facility training o In-service staff training / development o Community based training o Maintenance (computer technician) o Hardware o Software / Electronic Database Subscriptions o Federal grant programs o State grant programs o District Capital Improvement (Bond) o Consideration of leasing programs o Corporate sponsorships and grants o Cooperative project funding Staff Development (Also discussed in Phase III) Building a technological infrastructure to reach toward our vision is only a small step. A major task ahead of us is the building of the human infrastructure.
Several key points must be addressed. Preparing teachers is one of the foremost steps. We need to prepare / train them for the new changes that technologies will bring into their classrooms. A significant way to accomplish this preparation is to involve all the players in the development of their site plans as well as the district plan, particularly with respect to staff development plans. "To bring the power of information technology to education, America must first invest in preparing teachers to use these tools in the classroom. The effectiveness of technology in improving student achievement rests upon a teacher's ability to understand, access, and bring these technology-based experiences into the learning process.
The process of bringing technology into the school begins with bringing it to the teacher. Recent research shows that when teachers have access to technology training, they use technology more effectively in the classroom and students reach higher levels of achievement." (1998 StaR Chart: focus on Professional Development, CEO Forum on Education and Technology. "Technology Counts '98," Education Week, October 1, 1998. ) The District will review and encourage school administrators to review internal staffing priorities. The objective is to free time for a school based technology resource person. This resource person would facilitate in-service training and provide a first line of contact for solving glitches and difficulties as they arise.
We are committed to investing both time and money to prepare our teachers to use this new technology in an effective manner in their classrooms. Having teachers integrate technology into their current curriculum is our ultimate goal. Several strategies being used to facilitate staff development are ongoing. Some progress has been made in these areas: (as indicated by C = Complete, IP = In progress, P = Pending) o A District Technology /Resource Coordinator (IP) o A District Wide Area Network Consultant (IP) o Plans for designing and training site based network resource contacts (IP) o Mentor system with contact person (IP) o Set-up trained students as a support network for teachers and students (IP) o In-service training for teachers to use technology to vary teaching strategies (IP) o Encourage education partners to offer credit courses (C) o Teaching and non-teaching workshops on "software use" (C) Evaluation and Review Our District Technology Planning Committee will set the strategic direction, facilitate and monitor the process and the progress toward achieving our strategic vision. As stated earlier, goals, indicators, benchmarks, and measures must be put into place to be successful during the evaluation process. Examples: (Adopted from the U.
S. Department of Education "An Educators Guide to Evaluating the Use of Technology in Schools and Classrooms." ) Goals Indicators Benchmarks Measures Professional Development -Increasing numbers of teachers will be trained to integrate technology into their teaching. -By the end of the school year, 50 percent of teachers will have had technology training. -Number and percent of teachers requesting and receiving training by type of training -Teachers will learn how to integrate technology into their teaching -After training, teachers will be able to devise at least three examples of how technology could be integrated into their lessons. -Lesson plans produced at professional development activities -Teacher responses from professional development survey Goals Indicators Benchmarks Measures Availability of Technology -Teacher: computer and student: computer ratios will steadily decline.
-By next year, teacher: computer and student: computer ratios school-wide (counting all computers) will be X: Y and X: Y. -Teacher: computer ratios -Student: computer ratios -Students will actively use computers for projects and assignments. -All students will use computers at school at least four hours per week. -Percent of students who use computers at least four hours per week at school Curriculum Integration -Technology will increasingly be incorporated into the curriculum in all subject areas. -In two years, English, science, and social studies curricula will have at least 25 percent of lessons incorporating technology.
-By subject area, the percentage and frequency of lessons included in the curriculum that incorporate technology. -An increasing percentage of teacher lessons will incorporate technology. -All trained teachers will have at least 25 percent of lessons incorporating technology. -From classroom observations, the percentage of teacher lessons that incorporate technology -Percentage of lesson plans that incorporate technology.
(Adopted from the U. S. Department of Education " An Educators Guide to Evaluating the Use of Technology in Schools and Classrooms." ) The real measure of our success will be in the accomplishment of our learners. Keeping with the state expectations, this document is a "work-in-progress" and will be evaluated on a semi-annual basis.
Current evaluation and review strategies and some initial criteria to measure our success are listed below: (C = Complete, S = Satisfactory, IP = In Progress) o District Technology Planning Committee formed to monitor and reflect on the plan to discuss successes and make adjustments to the plan. (S) o We will be sharing successful programs and projects that will encourage students and teachers to use the technology in a significant way. (IP) o Encourage coordinated efforts for community involvement. (S) o Examples of joint participation: Grant writing with the public library o Student usage of technology. (C) o Public perception of technology use. (IP) o Teacher, student, and principal / superintendent satisfaction with service.
(IP) o Inclusion of technology literacy criteria within Student Learning Plans (IP) o Technology literacy is defined as the ability for students to effectively communicate, analyze data, and solve problems using technologies. o We realize that we are still in an infantile technology stage, however, once our capital project is completed we believe the following are realistic projections: 50% of Grade 12 graduates achieving technology literacy in 2000-2001 75% of Grade 12 graduates achieving technology literacy in 2001-2002 100% of Grade 12 graduates achieving technology literacy in 2002-2003 Projection Dates ADMINISTRATION (High School/Elementary, District, Guidance, Health, and Transportation Offices) For the year 2000-2001 we would like to accomplish the following: Maintain, upgrade, and /or replace outdated equipment as necessary. For the year 2001-2002 we would like to accomplish the following: Replace existing outdated computers with new networked computers. For the year 2002-2003 we would like to accomplish the following: Maintain new computers.
For the year 2003-2004 we would like to accomplish the following: Maintain and upgrade computers as needed. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL For the year 2000-2001 we would like to accomplish the following: Classrooms Labs Library Media Center Presently, there are no computers in the classrooms for student use. One Networked Computer Lab (scheduled to open Jan. 01): 1 teacher workstation connected to a large monitor 22 student computer workstations 1 color flatbed scanner 1 laser printer 1 color inkjet printer Current equipment 3 student computer workstations (Macs) with Internet access 1 color inkjet printer 2 zip drives TV/VCR Cart For the year 2001-2002 we would like to accomplish the following: Classrooms Labs Library Media Center Each classroom will be equipped with: (all computers networked) 1 teacher computer workstation connected to a large monitor 1 VCR 3 student computer workstations 1 laser printer These computers will be used by students and teachers for: Presentations (PowerPoint) Accessing the Internet Research Productivity applications (spreadsheets & databases) Teachers will have the ability to professionally prepare lessons and worksheets within the confines of their classrooms. Thus, they will be more accessible for students seeking help during or after school.
Computers will be maintained (all computers networked) 1 teacher workstation 1 large monitor 1 circulation computer using SIRS Mandarin M 3 4 student computer workstations with Internet access 1 laser printer 1 DVD Player For the year 2002-2003 we would like to accomplish the following: Classrooms Labs Library Media Center Computers will be maintained Computers will be maintained 2 laptop computers 1 Smartboard projection system (to loaned out to classroom teachers) For the year 2003-2004 we would like to accomplish the following: Classrooms Labs Library Media Center Computers will be maintained, upgraded and / or replaced on a need only basis depending upon classroom usage and size Computers will be maintained, upgraded and / or replaced on a need only basis depending upon lab usage 2 Smartboard projection systems (to be loaned out to classroom teachers) Computers will be maintained, upgraded and / or replaced on a need only basis depending upon lab usage HIGH SCHOOL For the year 2000-2001 we would like to accomplish the following: Classrooms Labs Library Media Center Presently, there are no computers in the classrooms for student use. We will continue to have the Library Media Center/Computer Lab work on collaborative projects with the classroom teachers. This allows the teachers to bring their classes in and utilize the materials, computers and electronic resources. Students are also encouraged to use the lab during their study halls to conduct research, type papers, etc. New TV's and VCR's have been purchased and are deployed to classrooms as needed. In addition, we have also purchased new overhead projectors and combination tape/CD player machines.
The current computer lab is connected to the Library Media Center. We promote and encourage all students' faculty and staff to take advantage of our current computer lab. Current Equipment: 15 student computer workstations with Internet access 1 teacher workstation with overhead projection capability 1 digital camera 2 networked laser printers 1 color inkjet printer 1 Photo Smart printer TV/VCR Carts We plan to replace a few outdated computers this year as well as purchase a new laser jet printer and a color flatbed scanner. Software will be purchased as needed.
New computers have been allocated for in our capital project for the following school year 2001-2002. Therefore, it is our intension to only replace existing computers that are not working properly or are outdated at this time. See Classrooms and Labs For the year 2001-2002 we would like to accomplish the following: Classrooms Labs Library Media Center Each classroom will be equipped with: (all computers networked) 1 teacher computer workstation connected to a large monitor 1 VCR 3 student computer workstations 1 laser printer These computers will be used by students and teachers for: Presentations (PowerPoint) Accessing the Internet Research Productivity applications (spreadsheets & databases) Teachers will have the ability to professionally prepare lessons and worksheets within the confines of their classrooms. Thus, they will be more accessible for students seeking help during or after school. There will be three computer labs in the high school: 1. English Writing Lab (all computers networked) 16 student computer workstations 1 laser printer 2.
Computer Lab within Library Media Center 3. AutoCAD/Business Class Computer Lab (all computers networked) 1 teacher workstation connected to a large monitor 20 student computer workstations 1 laser printer (Scheduled to open Sept. 2001) Computer Lab Equipment (all computers networked) 20 student computer workstations 1 teacher workstation connected to a large monitor 1 laptop computer 1 color flatbed scanner 1 external Iomega Zip Drive Equipment located within the Library Media Center 1 circulation computer using SIRS Mandarin M 3 Approximately 6 student computer workstations 1 DVD Player For the year 2002-2003 we would like to accomplish the following: Classrooms Labs Library Media Center DVD Players added as needed Computers will be maintained English Lab Computers will be maintained AutoCAD/Business Lab Computers will be maintained Computer Lab Equipment Computers will be maintained 1 Smartboard projection system (to be loaned out to classroom teachers) 1 Digital Camcorder 1 CD-ROM Burner 2 laptop computers Equipment located within the Library Media Center 1 copy machine 1 external Iomega Zip Drive For the year 2003-2004 we would like to accomplish the following: Classrooms Labs Library Media Center Computers will be maintained, upgraded and / or replaced on a need only basis depending upon classroom usage and size English Lab Computers will be maintained, upgraded and / or replaced on a need only basis depending upon lab usage AutoCAD/Business Lab Computers will be maintained, upgraded and / or replaced on a need only basis depending upon lab usage Computer Lab Equipment Computers will be maintained, upgraded and / or replaced on a need only basis depending upon lab usage 2 Smartboard projection systems (to be loaned out to classroom teachers) 5 laptop computers Appendix I Mission Statement / Guiding Principles / Goals Mission Statement: Together we challenge, encourage, and support all learners to be responsible for developing their abilities with respect for self, others, and the environment. Guiding Principles: o We believe that education is a responsibility shared by everyone. o We believe personal success takes many forms and varies for each individual. o We believe that opportunity should be provided for everyone to move towards his or her potential.
o We believe that students should be actively involved in all aspects of their learning. o We believe that education is lifelong, continuous, and takes place in many different ways and places. o We believe in autonomy to make responsible choices. o We recognize the richness in a variety of cultures and values. o We believe that it is our responsibility to provide accessible, safe, relevant and equitable educational opportunities within the resources available. o We believe in cooperation and collaboration and that strength is built through initiative and the contribution of everyone.
o We believe that together we explore change as an opportunity. Goals: o Learner Focus (Success and Access) o Continue to provide all learners with opportunities for success and to support the changing educational needs of society. o Wellness o Establish a safe, healthy and secure working and learning environment, one that fosters awareness, confidence, and enthusiasm. o Roles and Relationships o Clarify roles and promote effective relationships among all education partners. o Openness and Accountability o Demonstrate an increasing level of openness, trust and shared accountability among all education partners.
Appendix II District Technology Project - Conceptual Draft Phase I - Build a District Wide Area Network This phase includes assessing the current state of technology able to support a district WAN and plan for the resources needed to bring the sites to a district standard. o Establishing committees to communicate our planning strategy. o Prepare survey for faculty and staff about current technology and future technology use. Site Tasks Who Status District Committee Plan & Communicate Staff Ongoing District Survey Communicate available equipment and uses All district employees Completed Phase II - Establish and upgrade Local Area Networks This phase involves using the assessment from phase I to upgrade our LAN to a district standard in order to facilitate the delivery of programs to students in phase III.
Another major component of this phase is staff development / training . NTE = Need To Establish Sites Tasks Who Status Classrooms No LAN Administration Teachers NTE Office Resources No LAN Support Staff Ongoing Maintenance Establish technology connection Support Staff NTE Libraries No LAN Library Staff NTE Phase III - Enhance Program Delivery to Students and Facilities Review This phase involves moving from pilot projects to generally established programs to integrate technology into curriculum and to enhance learning opportunities for students. Within this time frame, to support program changes, we will need to continually review the facilities and take into account the new construction and equipment upgrades that will be taking place. As these stages progress, so will the programs we offer our students. Appendix III District Technology Project Status Report As of October 2000 Phase I Review o We have plans to consult with BOCES on purchasing hardware equipment / installation to ensure compatibility with The Western New York Resources Information Council (W.
N. Y. R. I. C. ) o As we move closer to completion of construction and new technology being installed district wide, we will shortly be distributing a new survey to determine technology usage and competency of faculty and staff.
This will be used as a guide for staff development courses. Phase II Review o To prepare staff and faculty for this new technology, and to ensure that faculty members will be prepared to utilize this new technology in their classroom and instruct their students in its usage, we will start conducting staff development opportunities through in-house workshops and different agencies, such as, BOCES, NYSED, and NYS&TE). o We will have a teacher in-service program in the high school computer lab presently located within the Library Media Center. This will focus primarily on the current hardware and software technologies now in place. In the future, computer staff development courses will be held throughout the school utilizing all of the new computer labs. Phase III Review o District pilot projects are bringing new learning opportunities to students in the elementary school.
o We continually communicate with the construction and engineering company to ensure that structural changes will support new technologies and that these upgrades will be completed in a timely manner.