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  • 1. Technology Needs Assessment Johnson High School Prepared by Allison Bryan
  • 2. Objectives Johnson High School will:
    • Produce globally competitive students by:
      • Integrating technology across the curriculum
      • Improving technology availability for students & teachers
      • Encouraging distance learning opportunities for students
    • Be led by 21 st century professionals by:
      • Offering diverse training resources
      • Providing follow up support for teachers
      • Encouraging Global Awareness training
  • 3. Objectives Continued Johnson High School will:
    • Be healthy and responsible by:
      • Training students & teachers in the responsible and ethical use of resources
      • Installing security cameras
    • Guide innovation by:
      • Creating professional growth opportunities
      • Implementing an active MTAC
      • Initiating partnerships with community members
  • 4. Objectives Continued Johnson High School will:
    • Be governed and supported by 21 st Century systems by:
      • Allocating money for technology upgrades
      • Implementing filtered communication systems (email, blogs) into classes
  • 5. School Description
    • 1300+ students
    • 84 faculty
    • 4 administrators
    • Title I school
    • 4% enrolled in AP classes
    • 17% enrolled in CTE classes
  • 6. Student Demographics
    • 4% Asian
    • 12% Hispanic
    • 33% African-American
    • 48% Caucasian
    • 3% Multi-racial
  • 7. Current Available Technology
    • 1 computer lab for rotating teacher use
    • 3 dedicated computer labs for CTE teachers
    • 3 laptop carts for classroom use
    • 18 computers available for student or class use in media center
    • 10 data projectors for classroom use
  • 8. Available Technology Continued
    • All technology available for classroom use is used every day
    • Many teachers’ needs are not met
    • New teachers expect to use technology in their classrooms
  • 9. Survey Questions for Teachers
    • Do you feel that technology motivates students?
    • Would you like to integrate more technology?
    • How comfortable do you feel using new technology in your classroom?
    • What type of technology do you wish we had at Williams?
  • 10. Survey Distribution and Tabulation
    • Surveys will be distributed to teachers, administrators, and staff in their school mailboxes. They will be returned to a central location.
    • Student surveys will be distributed, filled out, and collected in homerooms.
    • Parent surveys will be distributed in the PTSO mailing and returned in enclosed envelopes.
  • 11. Survey Questions for Students
    • Do you have a computer at home?
    • If you have a computer at home, can you use it to access the internet?
    • What do you use computers for?
    • How often do you use computers to complete school assignments?
    • Would you like to use more technology in your classes? How so?
  • 12. Survey Questions for Parents
    • Do you use email to communicate with your child’s teachers?
    • What computer skills would you like to see emphasized in school?
    • How often does your child use technology to complete homework or for entertainment?
  • 13. Survey for Administrators
    • How important do you feel technology staff development is for teachers?
    • Would you prefer to have staff development site based or through Central Office?
    • How comfortable do you feel using the following technologies: email, NC Wise, presentation technology, school websites, ConnectEd?
    • How can technology be used to improve supervision of students and visitors?
  • 14. Survey for Classified Staff
    • What type of staff development would be beneficial for your technology needs?
    • How do you use the technology available to you at Johnson High School?
    • Would you be interested in taking distance learning or online classes through the school system?
  • 15. Interviewees
    • One teacher from each discipline
      • Teachers are the people who will be carrying out the vision. Their input is crucial to ensure ownership of the plan.
    • The administrator in charge of media
      • This person will be able to advocate for the money necessary to implement the plan.
  • 16. Interviewees Cont.
    • Technology lead teacher from Central Office
      • This person would help ensure that the school’s plan is aligned with the district technology plan.
    • PTSO President
      • This person will serve as a liaison between the parents and the school. He will communicate the opinions of the parents.
  • 17. Documents/Data
    • Computer Skills Test data, specifically, JHS scores as compared to other schools
    • EOC data
    • Previous Technology Plans
    • School System Technology Plans
    • Teacher technology usage statistics
    • Staff development attendance
    • Classroom observations
  • 18. Focus Group
    • Made up of local business and community leaders, Central Office personnel, and parents
    • Questions
      • What skills do you feel are necessary for success after high school?
      • What type of technology should students be comfortable with?
      • What do you see as technology trends in the next five to ten years?
  • 19. Focus Group Data
    • Collected by two members of the MTAC
    • Analyzed by the entire MTAC along with the survey results
  • 20. Findings
    • Reported in writing to all stakeholders
      • Teachers
      • Administrators
      • Parents
      • Students
      • Community leaders
  • 21. Report -- Teachers
    • Most teachers agree that technology motivates students and they would like to incorporate more technology into their classrooms. Younger teachers feel more comfortable with implementation while veteran teachers tended to say they found technology intimidating.
    • Most teachers would like to see more projectors & SMART boards in their classes with appropriate staff development.
  • 22. Report -- Students
    • Almost all students have access to computers with internet access.
    • Most students use computers for recreation, communicating with friends, and completing class assignments
    • Every student answered that they would like to see more technology in the classrooms. Ideas included blogs, video games, more SMART boards, and computer-based assessments.
  • 23. Report -- Parents
    • About half of the parents communicate with teachers via email. The other half still use the phone.
    • Many parents indicated the need for internet safety instruction.
    • Almost all parents see their children using computers daily.
  • 24. Report for Administrators
    • The administrators believe that technology is important, and staff development will help to promote technology in classrooms. However, there are limited resources, and money may need to come from places other than the school system (grants, fundraising, etc.)
    • Most of the administrators feel comfortable using email and ConnectEd, but need instruction on using the school website and NC Wise.
    • Increasing the number of SROs and surveillance cameras would be useful in monitoring behavior.
  • 25. Report for Classified Staff
    • Most classified staff primarily use email and don’t have a need for using other technology available at the school. The main exception are the 2 teacher assistants.
    • None of the staff indicated an interest in taking distance education classes through the school system, but some would like to use school equipment to complete assignments for college courses.
  • 26. Recommendations
    • Buy more projectors and SMART boards for use in classrooms
    • Institute staff development for teachers to improve technology skills on workdays or during planning
    • Use Gaggle or similar email programs for students, parents, and teachers
    • Explore gaming and social networking as possible ways to reach students