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  1. 1. Morgan County Schools Technology Program 3-Year Technology Plan 2008-2009 – 2009-2010 2010 – 2011 By: Shannon D. Kamer Technology Coordinator .
  2. 2. 3-Year Technology Plan Page 1 FY 2008-2009 – FY 2010-2011 I. Overview Currently our infrastructure represents the area of our greatest strength. Our computer network has grown to over 1000 computers. Currently, all 8 schools are connected to our Central Office, which has a partial DS3 for our egress, with 7 schools connecting via 100Mb Fiber and one school connecting via dual T1 lines. All schools have HP ProCurve 10/100Mb switches in their wire closets, which then run to a HP ProCurve 10/100/1000Mb central switch. Each desktop computer has Network/Internet access and is direct-wired to a switched port in a wire closet (instead of sharing a switch or hub that is dropped into a classroom or lab). All of our network servers are Dell PowerEdge with RAID 5, and approximately 98% of our PCs are Dell, with the remaining being Macintosh. We use Altiris Deployment Servers at each site to manage and maintain all our desktop computers. All sites have a Microsoft 2003 server that serves as that location’s Active Directory Domain Controller. We also have several Windows 2000 Application Servers and a Microsoft Exchange 2003 installation on a Windows 2003 Server. The Technology Department is extremely capable and well trained. Students are doing very well utilizing the computers, and our school district now has a reputation among local businesses for graduating students that are skilled computer users. Our biggest challenges are providing better training for our teachers and acquiring financial resources necessary to replace obsolete computers. I. Year One (FY 2008-2009) - System Improvements and Training Goals/Strategies: FY 2008-2009 will be a focus on Technology training for School System employees. Our system has a great Technology Infrastructure but there is a great need for increased technology training so that it can be utilized more efficiently by its users. We will rely on our Technology Committee to indentify key areas that require additional and/or ongoing training. In addition, the committee will help identify cost effective resources for providing this training. Aside from training, we need to keep existing systems updated at an appropriate pace in order to prevent exhausting available future financial resources due to mass system upgrades. We also would like to evaluate printer leasing to help determine if our department could be more cost-effective with alternate printing solutions. These and other goals for this year are as follows: 1. Organize and Implement Technology Training Teams 2. Increase Teacher Technology Training 3. Enhance Network Security with Additional Configuration Safeguards and Installation of a Intrusion Detection System 4. Continue Installation of CCTV Security System in all Schools 5. Acquire new School Accounting Software 6. Evaluate Printer Leasing programs for Cost Reduction purposes 7. Upgrade existing Windows 2000 Servers to Windows 2003 Server 8. Upgrade existing Microsoft SQL Server 2000 installation to Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2007
  3. 3. 3-Year Technology Plan Page 2 FY 2008-2009 – FY 2010-2011 Professional Development: Although there will always be a demand for equipment, enough is currently in place to make significant progress in training personnel. Our Technology Committee will be tasked with evaluating potential resources, and determining a feasible plan for addressing training needs on a regularly scheduled and ongoing basis. The initial focus for this year will be on addressing teacher and staff training needs in the areas of Office Application Software, Student Educational Programs, and Collaborative/Communicative Software. Assessment of Technology Equipment/Services Needs: We are concerned that we are not replacing obsolete computers at a rate that is acceptable. We strongly believe that none of our computers should remain in service beyond the 5-year mark. In essence, our goal is to replace (on average) 20% of our computers each year. In order for us to “catch up” to this pace, we project a current need for an additional $300,000, and an increase of 25 to 30% to our yearly Technology Budget. Unfortunately, our technology funding is significantly below a normal operating budget. Without additional funding, we will be somewhat restricted to emergency purchases only. The budget shown in the next section reflects the additional amount. Budget Planning: The spreadsheet below illustrates the planned breakdown for a budget of $240,000. This amount is divided proportionally between the schools based on student population. Expenditures for this year are planned as follows: Budget Plan for FY 2008-2009 Category/Description Amount % of Total Category 1: New Computers $100,000.00 42% Category 2: Wiring $12,000.00 5% Category 3: Printing $21,600.00 9% Category 4: Upgrade/Repair $16,800.00 7% Category 5: Software $10,000.00 4% Category 6: Software Maintenance Fee $15,600.00 7% Category 7: Peripherals $7,200.00 3% Category 8: Misc./Other $4,800.00 2% Category 9: Training $12,000.00 5% Category 10: Security Systems $40,000.00 17% Total Expenditures $240,000.00 Programs such as the Universal Service Program (E-Rate), and other State/Federal programs are expected to assist in the areas of Telecommunications, Internet Access, and Internal Connections. However, we are careful not to create a plan that is significantly dependent upon this type (potential) funding for its success.
  4. 4. 3-Year Technology Plan Page 3 FY 2008-2009 – FY 2010-2011 Evaluation Process: A Technology Plan Evaluation will be scheduled in January and July of 2009 to monitor progress toward the above-identified goals. Progress evaluated in January will mostly be a checklist of projects that have or have not been completed. The objectives for the July evaluation will be to form a basis of comparison for technology initiatives that have been implemented and to correlate specific programs to student test data in corresponding subject areas. II. Year Two (FY 2009-2010) - Advanced Technology Utilization & Training Goals and Strategies: FY 2009-2010 will focus mainly on implementing/testing of a Voice Over IP solution which would reduce our cost in long distance and increase availability of lines in/out of each site. In addition, we plan to continue our focus on training. Goals planned for this year include: 1. Testing/Implementation of 1st Distance Learning Class for Morgan County 2. Continue Installation of CCTV Security System in all Schools 3. Implementation of a Voice Over IP solution 4. Implementation of a Off-Site Backup solution 5. Implementation of a Course Management system 6. Upgrade existing Library Management system 7. Execute Printer Leasing testing at 2 or more sites The Technology Committee will develop a 3-tiered, team approach to training. The 3 teams will address these 3 areas of training: (1) Teacher/Staff Training Team – focuses on training in the area of Student Management Software, Desktop Applications, and Collaborative/Communicative Software. (2) Curriculum Integration Team – focuses on training teachers to integrate technology into their classroom as a tool to enhance teaching as well as incorporating into student assignments to promote learning. (3) Student Training Team – focuses on developing student computer skills through direct training on specific application software and hardware. Telecommunications Assessment: New computers will again require the largest portion of the overall resources. In order to make advances in Distance Learning and Video Conferencing, there will be some increases in money required for items such as Internet cameras and related presentation/multimedia equipment. A significant portion of training expenditures will likely be applied toward outside professional training services required for developing the skills of designated (internal) trainers, who will then be used to train personnel inside the school system. Promotion of Curricula and Teaching Strategies that Integrate Technology Numerous studies and research support the premise that the use of interactive multimedia is a powerful tool for integrating technology into curricula. Furthermore, use of this tool
  5. 5. 3-Year Technology Plan Page 4 FY 2008-2009 – FY 2010-2011 will be aligned with the Tennessee Instructional Technology Standards under the category of Computer Technology Research and Development. Ideally, a Multimedia Presentation Station would be available for every classroom for teacher and student use. Practically speaking, this is not affordable. A more realistic goal (and targeted use of EdTech funding) is to provide one of these stations for each of our 8 schools. We believe these to be especially useful in computer labs and/or science labs, and will lead to improvements in student academic achievement in computer technology and/or science. The timeline for this integration would be to have these in place within 3 months of approval of funding. In the event, the funding is insufficient, the schools with the highest needs would receive priority, and the remaining schools would be taken care of in the following funding year. Professional Development: The Technology Training Teams identified in the above section will offer a better organized and more focused approach to addressing training needs of teachers, other staff, and students. The Teachers/Staff Training Team is expected to build on the program started in the previous year, and offer more training opportunities during the course of this year. The Curriculum Integration Team will also contribute toward professional development in training teachers to incorporate technology into the classrooms. Technology Type and Costs: E-Rate discounts are applied to our Telecommunications and Internet Access expenses. BEP funding is utilized for the bulk of our Technology Plan. We do provide enough software for meaningful utilization of all of our computers, including those that are associated with other funding sources and initiatives (e.g. Multimedia Presentation Stations). We maintain flexibility in most of our expenditures so that we can add to, improve, repair, or replace components as needed to insure success of important technology initiatives. Funding sources and purchases for all technology initiatives are reviewed by the Technology Coordinator to insure that all plans and initiatives are coordinated and executed as efficiently and effectively as possible. Our current plan is to utilize EdTech funds in the areas of Interactive Multimedia, Professional Development, and/or Wiring Infrastructure as described in the above sections. We anticipate that these funds will be insufficient to address these needs, so an assessment will be made at the appropriate time to determine which area(s) represent the highest need. Note: Please see section entitled “Budget Planning” for additional cost details. Evaluation & Accountability: Meetings will be scheduled quarterly to discuss specific projects in regard to their progress toward completion and/or their effectiveness toward school improvement. The evaluation effort becomes a much more formidable task when asked to directly correlate specific projects and programs implemented to data such as student test scores, or cost impacts in areas like school administration. The Technology Committee will appoint an Evaluation Team whose purpose is to track these projects and programs over time to determine their effectiveness. A concentrated effort will be made to determine and track the effectiveness of specific learning assistance programs such as Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, Orchard Learning, and Plato.
  6. 6. 3-Year Technology Plan Page 5 FY 2008-2009 – FY 2010-2011 Collaboration With Adult Literacy Service Providers: Currently, our Central Office Computer Lab is utilized for adult education/training services. Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) Compliance: Filtering services (to help block harmful Internet sites) are currently provided by the ISP for the Tennessee State Department of Education, Education Networks of America. In addition, we have other local measures, including a Cisco PIX Firewall to further assist in blocking inappropriate material/communications. We also have a policy addressing issues associated with safety and appropriate use of the Internet. This policy is entitled “Student Access To Electronic Media” (Descriptor Code JHF), and has been adopted by the Morgan County Board of Education through public notice and public hearing. Budget Planning: Practically speaking, it will never be possible to fund all of the technology needs for this school system. A more realistic approach is to determine the maximum level of funding that the school system can support from year to year. Budget uncertainties make it extremely difficult to plan ahead. The following budget reflects an amount equal to that anticipated in the previous year. Budget Plan for FY 2009-2010 Category/Description Amount % of Total Category 1: New Computers $104,000.00 43% Category 2: Wiring $12,000.00 5% Category 3: Printing $21,600.00 9% Category 4: Upgrade/Repair $16,800.00 7% Category 5: Software $11,000.00 5% Category 6: Software Maintenance Fee $15,600.00 7% Category 7: Peripherals $7,200.00 3% Category 8: Misc./Other $4,800.00 2% Category 9: Training $12,000.00 5% Category 10: Security Systems $35,000.00 15% Total Expenditures $240,000.00
  7. 7. 3-Year Technology Plan Page 6 FY 2008-2009 – FY 2010-2011 III. Year Three (FY 2010-2011) - New Technologies and Advanced Applications Goals/Strategies: FY 2010-2011 is the year targeted for an increased emphasis on utilization of video streaming technologies. Following a successful “proof of concept” in Year Two, we expect to have a lot of interest in expanding the program to multiple schools. A similar strategy is planned for implementing web-based courses. We are hopeful we can generate enough interest in this year to grow the program in the future. We plan to focus more resources toward implementing a successful program in this area by organizing and involving a much larger group of students, teachers, and administrators committed to this specific task. Another goal is to outline/define specific curriculum paths that will help prepare students for the ever-increasing demands for technical skills. As of Year Three, our existing Server Software/Hardware will be at the end of their lifecycle and will have become less efficient and reliable. Therefore, upgrades to both will be needed. These and other goals for this year are as follows: 1. Expand Distance Learning Course Offerings 2. Prepare and Offer the County’s First Web-Based Course. 3. Develop a User-Friendly, Web-Based, Support Database for Common Computer/Network Problem Resolutions 4. Complete Installation of CCTV Security System in all Schools 5. Video Conferencing 6. Server Hardware Upgrades 7. Server Operating System Upgrades 8. Expand Current Printer Leasing Project 9. Network Analysis: Begin Upgrading existing Network Hardware Professional Development: Training will continue for programs designated as “on-going” from the previous year. The primary initiative for Professional Development will be to continue training for programs designated as “on-going”, and identify new training resources for adding new programs or technologies. Although the technology for setting up the above-identified goals is complex, the burden for training users is relatively light. In fact, these particular programs likely will not require additional training above and beyond those training programs already established. Assessment of Technology Equipment/Services Needs: Software expenses will be higher to allow purchase of web-based courseware and applications. Increasing Distance Learning Course Offerings will track directly with increase in the necessary multimedia equipment. There is also a possibility outside services will be required for customized software needs. If financial assistance is not available from other resources, it may be necessary to reduce spending in some of the other categories. Although needs in other areas are not likely to diminish, it might be possible to postpone them, while we shift the necessary resources to where they are needed most.
  8. 8. 3-Year Technology Plan Page 7 FY 2008-2009 – FY 2010-2011 Budget Planning: Once again, we anticipate an increased need for new computers. The budget for this year is also dependent on the funding level discussed previously. Other funding sources may help alleviate areas that are "tight", but for planning purposes, our plan will track with the financial resource that is designated and controlled by our Board of Education. Budget Plan for FY 2010-2011 Category/Description Amount % of Total Category 1: New Computers $104,000.00 43% Category 2: Wiring $12,000.00 5% Category 3: Printing $21,600.00 9% Category 4: Upgrade/Repair $16,800.00 7% Category 5: Software $11,000.00 5% Category 6: Software Maintenance Fee $15,600.00 7% Category 7: Peripherals $7,200.00 3% Category 8: Misc./Other $4,800.00 2% Category 9: Training $12,000.00 5% Category 10: Security Systems $35,000.00 15% Total Expenditures $240,000.00 Evaluation Process: Meetings will be held quarterly (and more often if needed) to discuss progress toward expansion of the Distance Learning Project and the development of a Web-Based Course. The Evaluation Team will baseline and then monitor projects such as these by comparing local test scores against scores from traditional classroom settings. Terra Nova, Competency, and/or Gateway scores will be used to baseline the courses, and track future trends or impacts. Teachers and students involved will also be interviewed for their viewpoints regarding the effectiveness of these programs. The effectiveness of the Learning Assisted program for Science will also be evaluated by tracking the appropriate national testing scores. Goals 4-5 will have to be evaluated subjectively based on input from students, teachers, and administrators.
  9. 9. 3-Year Technology Plan Page 8 FY 2008-2009 – FY 2010-2011 Technology Budget (Morgan County Schools) (Range of your plan here ex: 2008-2011) (Future year’s funding is pending and final amounts/costs are approximate Year Category Qty Item Cost per item Total costs Funding Source(s) Dell OptiPlex Desktop 2008-2009 Hardware 100 Computers $955.00 $95,500.00 Local funds, Title IID Local funds, ERate Hardware 1 Site DVR / Cameras $40,000.00 $40,000.00 Discounts Projector / Screen + Hardware 10 Installation $1,500.00 $15,000.00 Local funds, Title IID Hardware 10 Gigabit Switching $5,000.00 $50,000.00 Microsoft Office Pro Local funds (state contract Software 100 License $55.20 $5,520.00 pricing) Software 900 Symantec Anti-Virus $7.55 $6,795.00 Local funds Equipment Repair Services 100 Services $100.00 $10,000.00 Local funds Training on MS Office Apps and misc. Services 160 programs $100.00 $16,000.00 Local funds, Title IID Software 8 Athena Support $585.00 $4,680.00 Local funds Yearly Total $243,495.00 Year Category Qty Item Cost per item Total costs Funding Source(s) Dell OptiPlex Desktop 2009-2010 Hardware 100 Computers $955.00 $95,500.00 Local funds, Title IID Local funds, ERate Hardware 1 Site DVR / Cameras $35,000.00 $35,000.00 Discounts Projector / Screen + Hardware 10 Installation $1,500.00 $15,000.00 Local funds, Title IID Hardware 10 Gigabit Switching $5,000.00 $50,000.00 Microsoft Office Pro Local funds (state contract Software 100 License $55.20 $5,520.00 pricing) Software 900 Symantec Anti-Virus $7.55 $6,795.00 Local funds Equipment Repair Services 100 Services $100.00 $10,000.00 Local funds Training on MS Office Apps and misc. Services 160 programs $100.00 $16,000.00 Local funds, Title IID Software 8 Athena Support $585.00 $4,680.00 Local funds Yearly Total $238,495.00
  10. 10. 3-Year Technology Plan Page 9 FY 2008-2009 – FY 2010-2011 Year Category Qty Item Cost per item Total costs Funding Source(s) Dell OptiPlex Desktop 2010-2011 Hardware 100 Computers $955.00 $95,500.00 Local funds, Title IID Local funds, ERate Hardware 1 Site DVR / Cameras $35,000.00 $35,000.00 Discounts Projector / Screen + Hardware 10 Installation $1,500.00 $15,000.00 Local funds, Title IID Hardware 10 Gigabit Switching $5,000.00 $50,000.00 Microsoft Office Pro Local funds (state contract Software 100 License $55.20 $5,520.00 pricing) Software 900 Symantec Anti-Virus $7.55 $6,795.00 Local funds Equipment Repair Services 100 Services $100.00 $10,000.00 Local funds Training on MS Office Apps and misc. Services 160 programs $100.00 $16,000.00 Local funds, Title IID Software 8 Athena Support $585.00 $4,680.00 Local funds Yearly Total $238,495.00

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