Superintendent- Michael Hinojosa Makes sure the district is in compliance with state laws regarding technology. Ensures that the board goals for technology are being implemented. Oversees the 8 Divisions including Finance and Human Development which contains Information Technology. Oversees the budget for technology. Makes sure we are preparing the budget for future technology needs. Director of Informational Technology- Bruce Elis Develop the district technology plan. Coordinates the implementation of the plan and evaluates and recommends modifications as needed. Chairs the district technology committee and provides leadership and direction when needed. Supervises the district technology staff. Recommends budget requirements to support district's technology plan. Insures district is in compliance with state and federal technology mandates and initiatives. Consults with administrators on network related issues. Reports to the superintendent. Information Technology Administrative Assistant- Caroline Hawkins Manages and supervises the day to day activities of the technology department. Monitors help desk systems and distribute work orders. Responsible for maintaining updated inventory of all computer and printers throughout the district. Fields phone call and takes messages. K-8 Coordinator & 9-12 Coordinator- Leslie Darocher & Dennis Scheer Provides assistance and support to teachers and administrators to help them implement technology into their lessons. Assist with technology application issues. Video Conferencing Coordinator- Lori Colwill Provides assistance and support to teachers and administrators to help them implement video conferencing. Assist with video conferencing issues. Instructional Specialist- DeNeene Henderson, Robert Kern, Sharan Bagby Provides instruction, training and resources in order to facilitate the use of technology in the classroom. Provides input in the development or programs that will help students use technology as a learning tool. It up to date on best practices used to integrate technology in all parts of the school. Sometimes is in the classroom helping teachers with technology integration. May demonstrate lessons and then have the teacher take over. Serves as a liaison between district, local, state and federal agencies. Assist in the development and implementation of technology professional development. Principal and Assistant Principal Overall infusion of Technology at the campus through curriculum and instruction. Leading the Media Team meeting in order to establish a connection between technology and the Library. Oversee the decision making of the Tech committee regarding campus decision about technology. Oversee the duties of the Technology Specialist on campus Discipline students who violate the Acceptable Use Policy Ensure all teachers comply with District Technology Directives. Check Electronic calendar to ensure no more than two tests are scheduled per subject area per day. Act as first go-to person for Data Director Campus Technologist- Ciane Grossman They help with basic maintenance of computers. They assist schools in applying instructional technology integration into content areas. They present workshops for the district. They schedule, organize and facilitate training. Teachers Implementation of technology TEKS into their curriculum. Models the use of various technology devices in the classroom. Teaches cyber ethics. Follow the five standards set by the State Board of Educator Certification Follow the Acceptable Use Policy and make sure their students follow it as well. Attend profession development in order to improve technologically. Develop lesson plans that use technology.
The principal’s role is making sure that the organizational chart is implemented and monitored and to stay connected to what is going on in regards to technology. The principal has to support their staff and encourage them to work with technology. The principal is also responsible for reviewing all of the data collected from the STaR chart and determine what the best professional development is for their campus. They need to know what the teachers are doing in the classroom therefore they need to do walk troughs. The principal is also in charge of finding funding for technology needs. The principal also has to encourage teachers to attend professional development for technology.
Professional Development The most important asset for a school is it’s teaching force. An investment that the school district can make in a school system is to ensure that teachers are continually learning. As a professional the process of continuous learning is imperative with the changing technology. On my campus the need for professional development that addresses technology is in both district and campus improvement plans. The district’s curriculum and instruction department are aware of the advantages for using technology in the instructional settings and have incorporated technology and tools into the current curriculum guides for all grade levels. Learning how to use technology in an effective way that helps enhance education is up to the teachers and one way to do this is to support them with curriculum resources that meet their various needs. It is also a good way to meet diverse needs of classroom learners. Professional development should help deepen and broaden the knowledge of content and will include new ways to teach. This will lead to a higher academic achievement by students therefore increasing scores across the board. Teachers and staff will be provided with staff developments to learn new technology to enhance teaching practices. They must apply what they have learned with thought out lessons throughout the school year. The increased use of technology will serve as an accelerator for learning in all content areas. Providing students with the different learner experiences through research-based instructional programs will build strong relationships among teachers and students. OVERALL GOAL: Provide district-wide staff development to ensure efficient and effective use of technologies. STRATEGIES & NEEDS: The district will provide educators with the tools to provide instruction using available technologies. Professional development opportunities will be available to teachers on integrating Technology TEKS into content areas. Federal, state and local area training opportunities available teachers to attend. Content related professional development which will include: technology for teachers based on their needs. PD that is aligned with SBEC’s technology application standards for teachers and ISTE’s standard. All newly hired teachers and staff will be provided technology professional developments. Technology will be modeled during campus staff meetings and development. ACADEMC STUDENT GOAL: Promote integration of technology instruction and curriculum to impact student learning and achievement. Lead teachers will work to present during PD to promote the integration of technology and literacy to achieve critical thinking skills. Increased use of library and media resources to expand and enrich the learning opportunities for students. Continue planning for technology into all Campus and District Improvement Plans. Usage of electronic instructional resources will be monitored and evaluated. Assistive technologies and adaptive technologies will be provided for students that require these products. EVALUATION / ASSESSMENT Assessment on the effective use of technology in the classroom and the impact it has on student learning is an area of need. “Evidence of Completion/Formative Evaluations” consisted of classroom observations, lesson plans, sign-in sheets, agendas and monthly discussions at principals’ meetings (district). None of these are true assessments. The data that is collected does not provide any useful information in determining the needs. The evaluation of technology use and the district plan should be an on-going systematic process. The technology plan should be evaluated once a year with a review of the plan during mid-year. Adjustments to the plan should be documented at the mid-year review. The individual goals and objectives should be evaluated by technology members during monthly meetings. A thorough evaluation of the data collected will impact the teacher’s professional development and student learning. Campuses should make sure that teachers complete the STaR Charts and the results should be analyzed to make adjustments to their individual plans. The results should function as areas of need on the Campus Improvement Plans for the upcoming year. This will help to develop a more useful staff development which in turn leads to improved student learning and achievement. The analyzing of the STaR Chart data also aids in determining the progress of the district and state’s Technology Plan as well. Forms of evaluation methods include, but are not limited to: Annual surveys and needs assessment of both instructional and non-instructional staff Annual interview of campus staff Records of participation such as certificates from trainings, etc. Survey and feedback to plan for future staff development opportunities Monitor and document profession of staff on using and implementing technologies Monitor the following: internet usage, digital and on-line resources, student performance of the use of technologies