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  • 1.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   Pennsylvania Department of Education COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 333 MARKET STREET HARRISBURG, PA 17126-0333 Educational Technology Plan Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Entity: Philadelphia School District Address: 440 N. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19130 Phone: (215) 400-4000 Contact Name: Blair Thallmayer 1  
  • 2.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   Phase 1: Prepare to Plan 1.1 SCHOOL DISTRICT AND COMMUNITY DEMOGRAPHICS Location: The School District of Philadelphia 440 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19130, 215-400-4000 William H. Ziegler School Regional Office: East Address: 5935 Saul Street. Address: 2603 N. 5th St. Philadelphia, PA 19149 Philadelphia, PA 19133 Phone: 215-537-2510 Phone: 215-291-5680 Fax: 215-537-2987 Fax: 215-291-5690 Diversity: People a household relationship population of 1,406,415. Gender for households are 651,610 males and 754, 805 females. There are 370,385 students age 17 and younger living in Philadelphia. Race and ethnicity for households in Philadelphia include: 592, 159 white; 628, 312 African American; 3,079 American Indian and Alaska Native; 72,898 Asian Americans; 442 Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders; 88,554 some other race alone; 20, 971 two or more races; and 146, 856 Hispanic or Latino Americans. Demographics and Socioeconomics: This section of the profile reports information on the students who attend the school. Included here is information on the grade levels the school serves, as well as a display of student demographics such as enrollment by race/ethnicity, the percentage of students from low-income families, etc. Most of the information displayed in this section of the profile is summarized from individual student records collected in the District's Data Warehouse, which stores and connects information from various data systems including the School Computer Network (SCN). Demographics, Attendance, Suspensions and Incidents: William H. Ziegler School Location #746, East Region is for grades K-8 and has about 474 enrolled for the 2008-2009 school year. The population of race/ethnic composition is 53.4% of African American students, 25.7% Latino, 12.7% Caucasian, 6.3% Asian American and 1.9 % other. About 75% of the students attending receive free or reduced-price lunch, 14% are in special education program, 2.4% are in a mentally gifted program and 17% are English for speakers of other languages. Attendance for the academic year has been 93%, with enrollment of 474 students. The total number of students that were suspended was 64. The teacher attendance for the school has been 92% and 93.6% for the Philadelphia district. The number of serious incidents within the school were 15, including assault on student, assault on teacher/adm, disorderly conduct, vandalism school property, and weapons cutting instruments. Breakdown of the Schools: The School District of Philadelphia has approximately 180,000 students in over 270 public schools. The District is divided into twelve regions each under the supervision of a Regional Superintendent. The Regional Offices include: Alternative School Region, Central East Region, Central Region, Charter Schools Region, Early Childhood Partner Region, East Region, High School Region, North Region, Northeast Region, Northwest Region, South Region, Southwest Region, and the West Region. There are sixty-one high schools in the School District of Philadelphia. There are one hundred and 2  
  • 3.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   five elementary/middle schools in the School District of Philadelphia. There are about seven hundred other schools in the School District of Philadelphia, including private, alternative and charter school. Teacher Backgrounds: All certified teachers new to the district must submit a copy of the following documents along with Standard Application for Teaching Positions in Pennsylvania Public Schools: PA Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse Background Check, 2 References or 2 Letters of Recommendation, FBI Clearance Check, Copy of Certification or a “Program Completion” Letter from college/university stating successfully met all of the requirements for certification and are being recommended to the PA Department of Education for Certification, Complete PA Physical Form, and Salary credit will be given for prior verified full time teaching experience and education level (if already have a Master’s degree, please submit official transcripts). Parent & Community Involvement: As parents, guardians, and caregivers, you know how important it is to be involved in your child's education. It is a key factor in many students' success. At the School District of Philadelphia, we want to support and be an active part of your involvement. We have several organizations within the School District of Philadelphia. There are also external organizations you might find helpful. Parent Organizations in the School District of Philadelphia include: Parents Unified for Charter Schools (PUCS), Philadelphia Home & School Council (PHSC), Title I Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), Philadelphia Right to Education, Parents United for Public Education (PUPE), PA Parent Information & Resource Center (PIRC), Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE), National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS), Parent Teacher Association (PTA), and State Parent Advisory Council. For more information please visit the School District of Philadelphia Parent website at http://www.phila.k12.pa.us/parents/getinvolved.html . 1.2 PLAN PROCESS OVERVIEW AND STAKEHOLDERS - Administration & Management: o Name Role/ Organization: Arlene C. Ackerman, Ed. D. Superintendent of Schools o Name Role/ Organization: Maria Pitre, Ph. D. Chief Academic Officer o Name Role/ Organization: Michael J. Masch, Chief Business Officer o Name Role/ Organization: Melanie S. Harris, Chief Information Officer o Name Role/ Organization: Shawn Crowder, Chief of Staff o Name Role/ Organization: Sherry A. Swirsky, General Counsel - Communications: o Name Role/ Organization: - Curriculum and Instruction: o Name Role/ Organization: Paul G. Vallas, Chief Executive Officer o Name Role/ Organization: Gregory E. Thorton, Chief Academic Officer o Name Role/ Organization: Cecilia, P. Cannon, Associate Superintendent - District Technology Advisory Committee: o Name Role/ Organization: Deanna Burney, Eloise Brooks, Michael Casserly, Donna Cooper, Linda Darling-Hammond, Richard Elmore, Patricia A. Harvey, James P. Honan, Jeffrey R. Henig, Jerry Jordan, Dan Katzir, Myong 3  
  • 4.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   Leigh, Karen K. Mapp, Michael J. Masch, C. Kent McGuire, Lorraine Monroe, Lerory Nunery, Robert S. Peterkin, Ander Porter, Michael A. Rebell, Lori Shorr, Sheila Simmons, Warren Simmons, Lew Smith: Transition Advisory Team. o Name Role/ Organization: Robert Westall, Technology Services - Hardware & Infrastructure: o Name Role/ Organization: Melanie S. Harris, Chief Information Officer (CIO) 1.3 TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION REFORM Phase 2: Build Communications The learning environment in which virtually all students learn at high levels will be one that is highly individual. A necessary part of individualization will be technology-rich classrooms. There are seven strategies that the district plans on implementing with Children Achieving: Component VII. The strategies are: (1) Aggressively pursue increases in efficiency and effectiveness in key non-instructional areas; (2) Investigate alternative financing opportunities; (3) Ensure that the District is making optimal use of existing space and planning strategically for future space requirements, (4) Ensure that the District is drawing on all available resources to the maximum extent possible, (5) Augment the District's operating budget with additional private resources, (6) Aggressively pursue greater equity and adequacy of federal, state and city funds and their distribution, and (7) Redesign teaching and learning so that who, how, where and when are viewed as the variables and student achievement remains the constant. School Vision for Technology Use William H. Ziegler Elementary School is dedicated to giving our students the 21st century skills needed to solve problems and meet with success in our constantly changing world. We feel that technology is a tool that enhances the core curriculum; as educators, our goal is to provide students with the skills that will carry them through their educational journey. Technology is one of the resources we use to meet the various educational needs of our student population. As an IMS school, teachers will be trained in the use of Schoolnet. They will be able to use the data from Benchmark tests, as well as, the standardized tests to aid in their decision making for projects and differentiated instruction. Through email, teachers will better communicate with administration and each other when face-to-face planning time is unavailable. Students, at Ziegler, will be involved in many different forms of technology instruction. Students will use project based learning and collaborative lessons involving all parts of the core curriculum. The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) will be addressed in classrooms, as well as, in the labs. Students will learn and use Schoolnet to enhance the lessons learned in class. Students will have access to Study Island as a PSSA Prep to better prepare them for the standardized test. Students, at risk, will also have the opportunity to us Fast ForWord and Earobics to increase their academic performance. Parents of Ziegler students will have the opportunity to learn about internet safety. They will have training on Parentnet and will have access to the parent resource page on our school’s website. 4  
  • 5.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   Current State of Technology in Building A. Introductory statement (narrative): Because we are one of the last cohorts, we just received 33 intel iMacs. The rest of the computers are older iMacs which are slow and outdated. We have refurbished Compaqs used for Fast ForWord. We have new digital cameras and video cameras. Each teacher has a Promethean Board, projector and G4 iBook. B. Current network capabilities: We have an ethernet line and are wireless through the use of airport hubs in both buildings. C. How technology is being integrated into the curriculum: Many teachers do collaborative projects with the lab teacher. Teachers are also using the computer programs to make the curriculum come alive. Teachers are also using the Promethean board to teach using interactive lessons. Some programs used are: PowerPoint, Word, Kidspiration/Inspiration and Appleworks. Future programs to be used will be iLife suite. D. Staff development: Teachers will be trained in the use of Schoolnet, using email, using the Promethean board and taking Benchmark tests online. They will learn to use online resources to enhance the core curriculum and for differentiated instruction. 2.1 MISSION AND VISION STATEMENTS Our Core Beliefs • Children come first. • Parents are our partners. • Victory is in the classroom and facilitated by a strong instructional leader. • Leadership and accountability are the keys to success. • It takes the engagement of the entire community to ensure the success of its public schools. Declaration of Education Mission- The mission of the School District of Philadelphia is to provide a high quality education that prepares, ensures, and empowers all students to achieve their full intellectual and social potential in order to become lifelong learners and productive members of society. Ziegler Elementary School Our Vision The Ziegler School vision has been created over time. The principles are implemented through our instructional practices and efforts to build a school climate that expects quality and decency. As part of our educational academic vision, goals begin in kindergarten, with our Kindergarten is Key meeting, we stress the importance of reading and parental involvement. At Back to School Night, the principal and teachers convey Ziegler's vision and speak about how crucial parental involvement and support is in helping us attain our goals. 5  
  • 6.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   Our Mission The Ziegler School community is committed to having its entire student population achieve at proficient levels and above, by the year 2013-2014. Ziegler school works diligently to foster a positive school environment where all students, parents and staff feel a sense of safety, family and belonging. The staff, parents and community continue to support each other and work together to provide a safe and caring learning environment. William H. Ziegler: The Man and the School Our school was named after Dr. William Henry Ziegler who was born April 4, 1855, in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. As a young man he worked in a hardware store to gain enough money to pay his tuition through medical school. He walked from Richmond to downtown Philadelphia every working day. Dr. Ziegler graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1880. After graduation he became a physician for the Police Department. Dr. William Ziegler was elected to the Board of Education on October 5, 1923. He served as a member on the Philadelphia Board of Education for twenty-five years. William Henry Ziegler died in 1953. The William H. Ziegler Elementary School was dedicated in his honor on October 9, 1957. 2.2 ONGOING COMMUNITY COMMUNICATION - Community Communications Plan Current technology available for: Students, Parents, Teachers Message: To display information about the school. Audience: Students, Parents, Teachers Methods & Resources: Telephone Calls/ Voice Machine, Text messages, Emails, District Website http://www.phila.k12.pa.us/ , School Website http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/schools/z/ziegler , Wikispace http://zieglerschool.wikispaces.com/ Timeline: Academic/School Year Evaluation: 2.3 PARTNERSHIPS AND COMMUNITY LINKAGES Investigation of Potential Partnerships Lists A. Public Libraries a. Name: Free Library of Philadelphia i. Contact Name: Elliott Shelkrot ii. Contact Phone: 215- 686- 5300 6  
  • 7.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   iii. Description of Potential Partnership: Programs & Services for a new direction, educator or fun diversion- library programs can help take the first step. Children programs: Homework Help Online, LEAP After School Program, Reading Olympics, Science in the Summer, and Summer Reading & online Summer Reading. Teens: Field Family Teen Author Series, Homework Help Online, LEAP After School Program, Summer Reading & Online Summer Reading, and Teen Tuesdays. iv. Possible Benefits to School District: Careers, Free Library Blog, Material Selection, Department Directories, Expansion Project. v. Possible Benefits to Group or Organization: vi. Potential Contribution to District Technology Planning Effort: b. Name: Johnson UGO Philanthropy Library i. Contact Name: ii. Contact Phone: 215-685-1471, 215- 338-5020 iii. Description of Potential Partnership: Programs & Services for a new direction, educator or fun diversion- library programs can help take the first step. Children programs: Homework Help Online, LEAP After School Program, Reading Olympics, Science in the Summer, and Summer Reading & online Summer Reading. Teens: Field Family Teen Author Series, Homework Help Online, LEAP After School Program, Summer Reading & Online Summer Reading, and Teen Tuesdays. iv. Possible Benefits to School District: Careers, Free Library Blog, Material Selection, Department Directories, Expansion Project. v. Possible Benefits to Group or Organization: vi. Potential Contribution to District Technology Planning Effort: B. Higher Education a. Contact Name: University of the Arts i. Contact Phone: 215- 732-4235 ii. Description of Potential Partnership: This College has a number of academic fields, including art and design, performing arts, media and communication and liberal arts. The primary mission is to invigorate student learning by supporting innovative, dynamic teachings and promoting the lively exchanges of ideas concerning “the art of teaching” within the community of learners. Students in the public 7  
  • 8.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   schools will be able to visit as well as create art with the help of pre- service teachers and the staff at the University of the Arts. iii. Possible Benefits to School District: Saturday Arts Lab (k-8) with vivid imaginations and boundless energy, kids are full of creative potential. These programs give young artists a diverse experience in the visual arts- they work with paint, pencil, crayon, pastel, clay and more. iv. Possible Benefits to Group or Organization: These programs help students: find their element, exercise their imaginations, v. Potential Contribution to District Technology Planning Effort: b. Contact Name: University of the Sciences in Philadelphia i. Contact Phone: 215- 596-8800 ii. Description of Potential Partnership: Residential Living Centers and Tutoring Project of the Collaborative of Public Schools. Big brother/ Big sister program also is available for K-12 students. Also, clothing, books, toy and soap drives benefit many of the neighboring schools and community members. Students at USP also painted pumpkins with school students, as well as tutored and mentored local students. Organized a day long reading program and enrichment and art centers at local elementary schools. iii. Possible Benefits to School District: Tutoring and mentoring program including reading programs and art centers. iv. Possible Benefits to Group or Organization: v. Potential Contribution to District Technology Planning Effort: C. Businesses a. Contact Name: Best Buy i. Contact Phone: 215-676-7206 ii. Description of Potential Partnership: Best Buy @ 15 Scholarship Program and Philanthropic Focus. As a company, Best Buy works with organizations to support programs that provide opportunities for youth. Their goal is to provide positive experiences that will help them to excel in school, engage in their communities and develop leadership skills. In addition, the company also encourages local volunteerism by providing charitable gifts to organization where employees volunteer. 8  
  • 9.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   iii. Possible Benefits to School District: Supported technology brands and the latest tools. Let Best Busy take care of the next years technology roll out for your school district. iv. Possible Benefits to Group or Organization: By becoming a volunteer, schools and classrooms will have the opportunity to be presented with grants to enhance their technology programs within the schools. Software programs, computers, displays, printers, electronics, imaging, networking and storage are all categories in which educators will be able to purchase/ given with grants and scholarships. In addition, discounts and rebates are always available on the Best Buy website. v. Potential Contribution to District Technology Planning Effort: Technology solutions and back-end support systems that connect teachers and students. D. Community Organizations a. Contact Name: YMCA i. Contact Phone: 215- 632- 0100 ii. Description of Potential Partnership: The mission of the YMCA is to put principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. YMCA has a number of programs for all ages, including aquatics to camping, health and fitness to sports and teen leadership. iii. Possible Benefits to School District: YMCA collectively represents one of the largest collaborative organizations in the country. YMCA improves lives and communities, along with international reach. iv. Possible Benefits to Group or Organization: The nations YMCAs respond to critical social needs by drawing on collective strength as of one of the largest not-for-profit community service organization in the US. Today children and adults of all ages, races, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels are welcome. v. Potential Contribution to District Technology Planning Effort: b. Contact Name: The Schuylkill Center for Environmental in Philadelphia i. Contact Phone: 215-482-7300 ii. Description of Potential Partnership: The Schuylkill Center’s wide selection of programming is geared towards all types of people including students, teachers, families, and individuals. The Center focuses on providing the highest level of environmental education to program participants in order to foster curiosity, the desire to learn, 9  
  • 10.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   and a love for the nature. To learn more about a specific program, click on the options on the left. iii. Possible Benefits to School District: Ignite students’ interest in the environment through hands on explorations. The Schuylkill Center offers a variety of education programs, with hands-on activities for students to make discoveries and connections. iv. Possible Benefits to Group or Organization: For over forty years, The Schuylkill Center has been an environmental education resource for all citizens, but especially teachers. The Center strives to give teachers the knowledge and confidence they need to teach about various environmental science topics. Make sure to take advantage of the Center’s teacher offerings like Professional Development, Curriculum Supplements, and even our Teacher Membership opportunity. v. Potential Contribution to District Technology Planning Effort: Phase 3 - Assess Current Status 3.1 SUCCESS OF PREVIOUS PLAN In the past support technologies were labeled into three groups (audio, visual and digital). Our audio group included: cassette tapes, radio, Music CD-ROMs, Talking books, multimedia CDs, recordings (rhymes and reading and musical instruments). Visual included: videotapes, video discs, overhead projector, slide projector, models (real objects), boards, digital-analog converter, cartoons & drawing and document camera. Digital included computer hardware, productivity software, educational software, presentation software, streaming audio and video, webcasts, internet resources and electronic whiteboards. All of these technologies were and are very valuable within our school, if used correctly. A well-designed learning event ensures that the appropriate technology is used. Digital technologies in the classroom have come along way. When appropriately used, technology fundamentally transforms the school and teachers serve students. It provides teachers and students access to enormously expanded educational resources and individualized instruction. It began to expand the boundaries of the educational setting beyond the classroom and even beyond the school itself. Technology has increased for the students and the staff. Useful input devices within the school include: scanners, digital cameras, graphic tablets, sound input, and touch screens. Useful output devices within the school include: speakers, headphones, projection units (projectors and scan converters). Because we are one of the last cohorts, we just received 33 intel iMacs. The rest of the computers are older iMacs which are slow and outdated. We have refurbished Compaqs used for Fast ForWord. We have new digital cameras and video cameras. Each teacher has a Promethean Board, projector and G4 iBook. 3.2 CURRICULUM AND STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT The learning environment in which virtually all students learn at high levels will be one that is highly individual. A necessary part of individualization will be technology-rich classrooms. The 10  
  • 11.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   infusion of technology throughout the learning process in a thoughtful, focused manner can be a powerful strategy for helping all students achieve at high levels. Furthermore, the effective use of technology throughout schools and the District can be an important vehicle for attaining and integrating the other elements. Many teachers do collaborative projects with the lab teacher. Teachers are also using the computer programs to make the curriculum come alive. Teachers are also using the Promethean board to teach using interactive lessons. Some programs used are: PowerPoint, Word, Kidspiration/Inspiration and Appleworks. Future programs to be used will be iLife suite. Teachers will also integrate the PA standards within their lesson planning. Standards included 3.6 Technology Education (Technology education is the use of accumulated knowledge to process resources to meet human needs and improve the quality of life. Students develop the ability to select and correctly use materials, tools, techniques and processes to answer questions, understand explanations and solve problems encountered in real life situations. These overriding themes require students to design, create, use, evaluate and modify systems of Biotechnologies, Information Technologies, and Physical Technologies), 3.7 Technology Devices (Students use tools to observe, measure, move and make things. New technological tools and techniques make it possible to enact far-reaching changes in our world. Technology enhances the students' abilities to identify problems and determine solutions. Computers play an integral role in every day life by extending our abilities to collect, analyze and communicate information and ideas), and 3.8 Science, Technology & Human Endeavors (Scientific knowledge and societal needs often create a demand for new technology. Conversely, new technology advances scientific knowledge. Both influence society through the impact of their products and processes). In addition, teachers will integrate the NETS into their lesson plans, to prepare students to work, live and contribute to the social and civic fabric of the community. The NETS identify several higher-order thinking skills and digital citizenship as critical for students to learn effectively for a lifetime and live productively in our emerging global society. All students are different, thus have different learning styles. Technology has increased student achievement because it is able to reach many different learning styles. In addition, educational technologies within the school access to students showing positive gains in achievement on research constructed tests, standardized tests and national tests. These educational technologies promote instruction, integration, collaboration and/or simulations that promote higher order thinking. 3.3 STUDENT AND STAFF TECHNOLOGY SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND USAGE William H. Ziegler Elementary School is dedicated to giving our students the 21st century skills needed to solve problems and meet with success in our constantly changing world. We feel that technology is a tool that enhances the core curriculum; as educators, our goal is to provide students with the skills that will carry them through their educational journey. Technology is one of the resources we use to meet the various educational needs of our student population. As an IMS school, teachers will be trained in the use of Schoolnet. They will be able to use the data from Benchmark tests, as well as, the standardized tests to aid in their decision making for projects and differentiated instruction. Through email, teachers will better communicate with administration and each other when face-to-face planning time is unavailable. 11  
  • 12.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   Students, at Ziegler, will be involved in many different forms of technology instruction. Students will use project based learning and collaborative lessons involving all parts of the core curriculum. The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) will be addressed in classrooms, as well as, in the labs. Students will learn and use Schoolnet to enhance the lessons learned in class. Students will have access to Study Island as a PSSA Prep to better prepare them for the standardized test. Students, at risk, will also have the opportunity to us Fast ForWord and Earobics to increase their academic performance. Parents of Ziegler students will have the opportunity to learn about internet safety. They will have training on Parentnet and will have access to the parent resource page on our school’s website. 3.4 TECHNOLOGY INVENTORY 12  
  • 13.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   Peripheral Devices Number Device Number Location 23 Inkjet Printers 2 Digital Movie Cameras 2 Color Laser 20 LCD Projectors Printers 1 Laser Printers 20 White Boards (Promethean) 1 Scanners N/A Other: ie Palms 23 Digital Still Cameras 3.5 FACILITIES # Computers Location Instructor Email Phone Computer Lab 33 201 Technology 25 Annex Lab Lab Cybrary N/A 13  
  • 14.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   Read 180 Mini N/A Lab Fast ForWord 10 Annex Lab Mini Lab 3.6 DISTRICT INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN AND DESIGN Servers Number Processor Number Location Macintosh G3 Classrooms 3 Macintosh G4 2 Labs Macintosh G5 Server Farm Windows 2000 1 (Annex) Non-Instructional Locations Windows 2003 3 :TOTAL 3 :TOTAL 3.7 TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT SERVICES Install the latest anti-virus software Maintain support through the school district’s help desk so that problems are repaired in a timely manner 3.8 STAFF DEVELOPMENT Teachers will be trained in the use of Schoolnet, using email, using the Promethean board and taking Benchmark tests online. They will learn to use online resources to enhance the core curriculum and for differentiated instruction. Our goal at Ziegler Elementary School is to give our students the 21st Century skills to be successful in the world today. Technology is only one tool used to enhance the rigorous core curriculum. The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) is used to access student performance in technology. Teachers need to learn how to assess student learning in technology. As teachers become more proficient in the use of technology, technology integration will become more prevalent. Staff development within the school and Professional Development given throughout the district will help teachers on their technology journey. Teachers are encouraged to collaborate with the technology teacher to create technology projects. Teachers are also encouraged to use online resources, like Schoolnet, to help drive instruction. Students are encouraged to use the various educational websites to supplement their education. Parents are encouraged to view their child’s progress through Schoolnet. When we embrace technology instead of fearing it, we will succeed. 14  
  • 15.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   3.9 CURRENT TECHNOLOGY BUDGET ANALYSIS Due to the drastic budget cuts, money for technology is not written in for this academic year. We will try to have fundraisers, through the Home and School, to bring in money for technology. We will try to write grants to also bring in more technology. Phase 4 - Identify Strategic Goals & Objectives 4.1 CURRICULUM AND LEARNING • 4.1.A: Goal: The school district will integrate technology at all levels throughout the curriculum. o Objective: Teachers will use technology in one lesson in each curricular area per week • 4.1.B: Goal: The school district will train teachers about NETS. o Objective: Teachers will effectively model and apply NETS as they design, implement, and assess learning experiences for students. • 4.1.C: Goal: The school district will integrate technology using NETS throughout the curriculum. o Objective: The students will become proficient in skills taught from NETS. • Goal: To use the school district’s technology curriculum, along with NETS, which is integrated at all levels throughout the curriculum. • Expected outcomes: o Student data is collected and managed through the use of technology. A variety of achievements (presentations, brochures, newsletters, etc.) are entered into a grading program. Data will be disaggregated by teachers, to determine student progress and to help drive instruction. • Student skills and benchmarks needed to be achieved to meet these goals: o Students will become knowledgeable and proficient in the following areas: Basic operations and concepts Social, ethical and human issues Technology productivity tools Technology communication tools Technology research tools Technology problem solving and decision-making tools 4.2 ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT • 4.2.A: Goal: The school district will use technology to instruct professional development sessions. o Objective: Administrators will use technology to promote staff development in areas of greater need: internet, email, spreadsheets, presentation software and information technology. • 4.2.B: Goal: The school district will use technology to initiate online resources. o Objective: Teachers will be trained in Schoolnet, Nettrekker and Promethean Planet. • 4.2.C: Goal: The school district will use technology to promote employment. o Objective: The school district will post employment opportunities on the district website. 15  
  • 16.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   • Technology professional development needed to meet these goals: o Teachers will be trained in Schoolnet, Nettrekker and Promethean Planet. o Teachers will be shown how to access NETS off the school district’s website o Teachers will collaborate with the technology teacher to create projects that will integrate technology into the core curriculum o Teachers will be trained in areas of word processing and general computer skills o Ziegler will promote staff development in areas of greatest need: internet, email, spreadsheets, presentation software and information technology 4.3 COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION ACCESS • 4.32.A: Goal: The school district will update the district website to promote communication and information access. o Objective: The school district website will display important updates about access to online resources and web-based tools. • 4.3.B: Goal: The school district will update the school hardware, software and network capabilities. o Objective: The school district will equip schools with airport hubs which will give a wireless internet connection. • 4.3.C: Goal: The school district will repair, maintenance and network support needed to the school. o Objective: The school district maintain support through the school district’s help desk so that problems are repaired in a timely manner • Hardware, software and network capabilities needed to meet these goals: o Computers are equipped with Microsoft Office and Appleworks for presentation, word processing and spreadsheets. Computers have Kidpiration / Inspiration for webbing and outlining. Our school also has Type to Learn 3 for keyboarding. o Staff and students have access to online resources and web-based tools, which promote student learning and support best practices in teaching and staff development. o The school is equipped with airport hubs which gives a wireless internet connection. o All teachers have access to student records and professional development through Schoolnet. • Repair, maintenance and network support needed to meet these goals: o Install the latest anti-virus software o Maintain support through the school district’s help desk so that problems are repaired in a timely manner 16  
  • 17.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   Phase 5 – Create Action Steps for Objectives 5.1 CURRICULUM AND LEARNING TECHNOLOGY ACTION STEPS Action: 4.1.A Steps: 1. Technology will be purchased for the school by the district. 2. Teachers will be trained on how to use technology for educational purposes. 3. Teachers will integrate technology into one lesson in each curricular area per week. Action: 4.1.B Steps: 1. The school district will hold a workshop to teach the staff about NETS. 2. The school district will make handouts of NETS for each staff member. 3. The school district will model and demonstrate each standard from NETS for staff. 4. The teachers will display NETS within the curriculum. 5. The teachers will apply NETS within the curriculum. Action: 4.1.C Steps: 1. Teachers will apply NETS as they design, implement, and assess learning experiences for students. 2. Teachers will teach each NETS standard to students by integration throughout the curriculum. 3. Teachers will assessment student achievement of skills taught from NETS based on a variety of assignments. 5.2 ADMINISTRATIO AND MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY ACTION STEPS Action: 4.2.A Steps: 1. The school district will schedule dates for professional development sessions. 2. The school district will uphold scheduled dates and instruct professional development sessions. 3. At professional development sessions, administrators will use technology to promote staff concerns of greater needs. 4. Technology training will be conduced in areas of internet, email, spreadsheet, presentation software and information technology. Action: 4.2.B Steps: 1. The school district will research appropriate online re sources for educational purposes. 2. The school district will purchase resources for educators. 3. The school district will hold sessions to train staff on how and when to use online resources. 17  
  • 18.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   Action: 4.2.C Steps: 1. The school district will have human resources keep record of employment history. 2. The human resource person will update information on staff status. 3. The human resource person will post employment opportunities when available on the district website, or forward information to the website creator. 5.3 COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION ACCESS TECHNOLOGY ACTION STES Action: 4.3.A Steps: 1. The school district will research and look into a communications person/technology person to create district website. 2. The school district will post employment and hire the best candidate for the position. 3. The staff member will create and update the district website on a weekly base 4. Staff will display online resources and web-based tools on the district website. 5. The staff member will display important updates about the access to online resources and web-based tools. Action: 4.3.B Steps: 1. The school district will research information about network capabilities. 2. The school district will purchase airport hubs for a wireless internet connection. 3. The school district will place and install all hubs within the school buildings. 4. The school district will teach staff members on how to use hubs for wireless connection. Action: 4.3.C Steps: 1. The school district will produce a school district’s help desk with a number of personnel for assists. 2. The school district will maintain support from help desk. 3. The help desk will be trained in areas of repair, maintenance and network support. 4. The district will have maintained support through the help desk so that problems are repaired in a timely manner. Phase 6 - Action Plan Development 6.1 DETERMINE HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS AND ACTION PLAN Hardware Action Steps Action Step: 5.3.B.4 Action: The school district will teach staff members on how to use hubs for wireless connection. Item: Wireless Connection- Airport Hubs Start Date: September 10, 2009 End Date: September 11, 2012 Leadership: Director of Information Technology 18  
  • 19.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   6.2 DETERMINE NETWORK REQUIREMENTS AND ACTION PLAN Network Action Steps Action Step: 5.2.A.4 Action: Technology training will be conduced in areas of internet, and email. Item: School’s internet and email accounts Start Date: August 28, 2009 End Date: August 28, 2012 Leadership: Director of Information Technology 6.3 DETERMINE FACILITIES REQUIREMENTS AND ACTION PLAN Facilities Action Steps Action Step: Action Item: Start Date: End Date: Leadership: Director of Information Technology 6.4 DETERMINE SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS AND ACTION PLAN Action Step: 5.2.C.3 Action: The human resource person will post employment opportunities when available on the district website, or forward information to the website creator. Item: HTML software Start Date: September 1, 2009 End Date: September 1, 2012 Leadership: Director of Information Technology 6.5 DETERMINE STAFF DEVELOPMENT REQUIREMENTS AND ACTION PLAN Action Step: 5.1.B.1 Action: The school district will hold a workshop to teach the staff about NETS. Item: NETS Start Date: October 3, 2009 End Date: October 10, 2012 Leadership: Director of Information Technology 6.6 DETERMINE TECHNOLOGY STAFF REQUIREMENTS AND ACTION PLAN Action Step: 5.1.C.3 Action: Teachers will assessment student achievement of skills taught from NETS based on a variety of assignments Item: Student Assignments proficient by NETS Start Date: September 3, 2009 End Date: September 10, 2012 Leadership: Director of Information Technology 19  
  • 20.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   6.7 DETERMINE END-USER SUPPORT REQUIREMENTS AND ACTION PLAN Action Step: 5.3.C.4 Action: The district will have maintained support through the help desk so that problems are repaired in a timely manner. Item: School District Support Desk Start Date: July 20, 2009 End Date: July 20, 2012 Leadership: Director of Information Technology 6.8 DETERMINE MISCELLANEOUS REQUIREMENTS AND ACTION PLAN Action Step: 5.2.B.3 Action: Teachers will be trained in online resources. Item: Schoolnet, Nettrekker and Promethean Planet (Free) Start Date: July 20, 2009 End Date: July 20, 2012 Leadership: Director of Information Technology Phase 7- Fiscal Analysis and Budget 7.1 THREE YEAR BUDGET Product Item Description Website Quantity Item Cost Total Cost Wireless Apple ® AirPort Connection Hubs Best Buy 800 $180 $144,000 Email Accounts Collaboration Center CC.philasd.org 12 $1,000 $12,000 HTML Software FileZilla Filazilla-project.org 12 $1,500 $180,000 Technology NETS Curriculum NETS 12 $3,500 $42,000 Support Desk Region Help Philasd.org 12 $40,000 $480,000 Schoolnet Training per Region Schoolnet.com 12 $50,000 $600,000 Nettrekker Training per Region Nettrekker.com 12 $65,000 $780,000 Promethean Planet Training per Region PrometheanPlanet.com 12 $20,000 $240,000 Total 824 181180 $2,478,000 Funding Source Total Funding Source # of Funding Sources Universities 2 $206,500 Libraries 2 $206,500 Stores 2 $206,500 Community Organizations 2 $206,500 Grants 1 $206,500 Sponsors 1 $206,500 Fundraisers 2 $206,500 Total 12 $2,478,000 20  
  • 21.  Philadelphia School District Technology Plan   Phase 8- Plan Review and Evaluation 8.1 PLAN MONITORING STRATEGIES To monitor this technology plan to meet all of the goals and objectives we plan on having a Technology Committee in which educators per region will be able to meet twice a year for the next three years. Meetings will be arranged using www.doodle.com . In the meetings, these educators will come together for the purpose of discussing the educational technology plan, often in a formal setting. In addition to coming together physically, communication lines and equipment will also be set up to have a discussion between people at different locations, e.g. a conference call or an e-meeting. At each meeting an agenda will be preplanned, using Google Docs, to discuss, in order, topics of concerns to stay on task. 8.2 EVALUATION STRATEGIES To evaluate the plan for success the school district will submit a survey to collect quantitative information about polling and questioning individuals about the educational technology plan. The surveys will be emailed to staff members twice a year for the next three years using www.doodle.com . In addition, after training sessions, the staff will also be surveyed on the trained just completed. Careful planning is essential for a successful survey, meaning careful attention to detail and usage of procedures will enhance response. Results from surveys will be discussed at the Technology Committee meetings to converse about progression. 21