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  • 1. Cypress Fairbanks Technology Plan
    Michael Peck
    May 11, 2011
  • 2. District Background
    The cypress Fairbanks School district currently serves over 108,114 students. The district has over 83 campuses, which includes 52 elementary schools, 17 middle schools, 11 high schools, two alternative schools, two adaptive behavior campuses.
  • 3. Technology expenditures
    Teaching and Learning Budget: $ 7,489,685
    Educator Preparation and Development Budget: $ 2,046,508
    Leadership, Administration and Support budget: $ 8,801,795
    Infrastructure for Technology Budget : $36,459,378
    Total $54,797.366
  • 4. Computer Ratios
    Computer to Student Ration: 3 students for every computer
    Computer to Teacher Ratio: 1 Teacher for every computer
  • 5. Teaching Teachers
    Cy-Fair currently sets aside well over 2 million dollars a years for training teachers.
    Teachers receive training on incorporating 21st century technology into their classrooms.
  • 6. 21st Century Tools
    All teachers are required to do the following:
    Create and use Wikispaces
    All 11th grade students are enrolled in the One-to-One program. This program gives each student a laptop while they are in 11th grade.
    Moodle is now being used in 11th grade to go along with the One-to-One program.
    Eschool Grade book has been installed through out the district. This provides the teachers with tools that will make them more effective in reaching out to parents, and viewing student data (Devaney, n.d)
    Project Share.-A great tool that allows teachers to work together.
  • 7. 21st Century Tools
    Edmodo - A social network for teachers and students that allows students to turn in their work.
    The Ning. This is a social website that can be created to provide feedback to stakeholders. (Ning, n.d.)
    Twitter/Facebook/Myspace -All of these social networks are being interwoven into the classroom. “Using social networks is a good way to meet students on their terms”(Smith, n.d.).
    I-tunes U - Many teachers allow professors from M.I.T. or Harvard provide lectures to high school students.
    Skype is being used to allow students to interact with classes and professionals around the world.
  • 8. Social Networking
    Image: (Foley, 2011)
  • 9. Current Technology implementation
    All classrooms, libraries, and office spaces are connected to local area, wide area and Internet networks.
    All classrooms and libraries have networked teacher and student stations.
    All classrooms and offices have access to management software such as grade book, attendance reporting, and student records
    All employees have access to email
  • 10. Current Technology Implementation Continued
    • All elementary campuses have two 30-station computer labs
    • 11. In addition to numerous computer labs dedicated to specific courses, all secondary campuses have laptop labs for student use
    • 12. All secondary campuses have a distance learning classroom that allows students and staff to participate in video conferencing activities
    • 13. Instructional software and/or access to fee-based online resources must go through a district wide preview committee before district purchases are approved
  • Technology Projects
    • Increase student use of technology
    • 14. Increase the number of CFISD teachers who have successfully completed the Texas Teacher Technology Competencies Certification (TTCC) program
    • 15. Move to a five-year replacement program for classroom workstations
    • 16. Add to an online database of student assessment data with links to online lessons to help teachers where needed
    • 17. Evaluate and expand existing video conferencing systems
  • Technology Projects Continued
    • Continue the use of E-Rate supported networks for internet connections
    • 18. Implementation of new business systems, including Grade Book, Attendance, Human Resource, Finance, and Payroll systems, to support next generation solutions for the district
    • 19. Evaluate new technologies that can streamline administrative functions, provide better availability of data for decision making, and improve learning in CFISD
  • Professional Development
    • Train 3-4 certified teachers at each campus to serve as campus based technology trainers
    • 20. Require trainers to attend update trainings each semester
    • 21. Assist the training team at each school to create an annual campus technology staff development plan
    • 22. Require campus technology trainers, junior high and high school Technology Application teachers to complete the Texas Teacher Technology Competencies Certification (TTCC) program or obtain TA certification
  • Professional Development
    • Require teachers to attend at least 6 hours of technology staff development each year
    • 23. Require new CFISD teachers to attend a technology session at New Teacher Academy
    • 24. Provide ongoing professional development and support to K-12 teachers and all district staff regarding district guidelines, content providers, equipment, scheduling, and funding of videoconferencing events
  • Internet Access
    • Number of Campuses with Direct Connection to Internet: 83
    • 25. Percentage of Campuses with Direct Connection to Internet: 100.00%
    • 26. Number of Classrooms with Direct Connection to Internet: 5524
    • 27. Percentage of Classrooms with Direct Connection to Internet: 100.00%
  • Technology Infrastructure
    • Move district from an eight-year to a five-year replacement cycle for most equipment
    • 28. Tweak adjustment cycle to meet usage of equipment
    • 29. Provide high speed data access and upgrade network infrastructure components on a rotating basis through all campuses and locations in the district
    • 30. Use an on-line database to submit and track help requests for all systems in the district
  • Recommendations
    • Continue to evaluate Technology Plan on a yearly basis
    • 31. Provide more opportunities for teachers to participate in online learning
    • 32. Begin to expose teachers and students to online content
    • 33. Work with community partners to create computer access for lower income families
    • 34. Develop partnerships between networks
    • 35. Involve students in planning process
  • References
    Anthony, D. (n.d.). Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Technology Plan. Cypress-Fairbanks ISD . Retrieved May 15, 2011, from
    Create a Social Networking Site with Ning, the Best Social Site Platform. (n.d.). Create a Social Networking Site with Ning, the Best Social Site Platform. Retrieved April 22, 2011, from
    Devaney, L. (n.d.). Digital access, collaboration a must for students | 15 Essentials for Effective School Technology Management | eSchool News, School Technology News and Resources for Today's K-12 and Higher-Ed Educators. Retrieved April 22, 2011, from
    Edmodo | Secure Social Learning Network for Teachers and Students. (n.d.). Edmodo | Secure Social Learning Network for Teachers and Students. Retrieved April 22, 2011, from
    Foley, M. (n.d.). Social Networking Media Optimization Marketing Facebook Twitter | Credit Union Web Design. Avtec Media - Credit Union Website Design Web Development Hosting Credit Unions. Retrieved April 22, 2011, from
    Smith, F. (n.d.). How to Use Social-Networking Technology for Learning | Edutopia. K-12 Education & Learning Innovations with Proven Strategies that Work | Edutopia. Retrieved April 22, 2011, from