Why develop a technology use plan? An effective technology use plan will assist administrators, teachers, and parents as they use technology in school and at home as an educational tool to improve student academic achievement .
Who should be a part of the team and planning process?
Older Students (6 th grade)
What are the steps in developing a technology use plan?
1. Identify areas of need where technology could help the school/students improve.
2.Find out how administrators, teachers, parents, auxiliary staff, and students feel about using technology. Would technology be used if it was available?
3. Research what technologies other schools are currently using to solve similar problems.
4. Train the staff, students, and parents to use technology.
The students at Whittier Elementary are an at risk population. Whittier's Academic Report Card By integrating technology into the school’s curriculum more effectively academic achievement is likely to improve .
All certified and classified employees at Whittier Elementary play an important role in the tech use plan. Each staff member has an individual comfort level for using new technology in the classroom. Staff members possess individual learning styles that help them learn about new technologies at the school. To make the transition to using the new technology as smooth as possible the following options will be available to help staff learn the new technology:
A. Technology classes for parents and staff.
B. TeacherTech website www.techteacher.org and DVD’s for home use.
C. School technology expert, Ima Technerd available for support.
“ An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
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If you have any problems with your computers before the regularly scheduled maintenance check up just call 1-800-COM-PROS and they will send a technician to your classroom that day.
Each year students across the state of Idaho are given a series of academic tests depending on their grade level to track progress in reading and math. These tests include:
IRI (Idaho Reading Indicator) for students K-3 rd
ISATS (Idaho Standards Achievement Test) for students 3 rd -6 th
CBM (Curriculum Based Measurement) 4 th -6 th
IRI, ISAT, and CBM scores of Whittier Students would be tracked from fall 2009 – fall 2012
Teacher documentation of improved academics
Timeline Spring 2009 Summer 2009 Fall 2009 Spring 2010 Buy laptop computers Computer Maintenance Students use laptops daily @ school/home Students use laptops daily @ school/home Hire a computer teacher Computer lab is set up for teaching Students attend bi-weekly computer classes Students attend bi-weekly computer classes Students take standardized tests Students take standardized tests Whittier Staff/parents get educated about math/reading software Whittier Staff/parents get educated about math/reading software Whittier Staff tracks student academic progress Whittier Staff tracks student academic progress
By providing students at Whittier Elementary with adequate access to technology and research based educational tools academic achievement will improve. These students will be prepared for academic success in the future.
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