School Board – The school board is responsible for allocating funds for technology and
professional development. The school board also approves the District Technology Plan
as well as the District and Campus Improvement Plan.
Superintendent – The superintendent sets goals using the district technology plan. He/she
should also ensure that the vision in the plan is shared by all stakeholders.
Principal – The principal shares the vision for technology with staff. He/she should
model the vision by using technology. The principal should be educated about
technology and share resources available with staff. He/she also plans staff development
sessions based on data and on individual teacher needs. The principal also communicates
needs of staff to technology director and superintendent. The principal is a vital part of
the organizational chart because he is in contact with three of the other stakeholders on
the chart. If the principal fails to do his job in any way, the system will not be effective.
In such a small district, principals have many responsibilities regarding technology
Technology director – The technology director works with the network and available
hardware and software. The technology director troubleshoots and sets network blocks.
The technology director works with both the principal and teacher to help implement
SBDM committee – The site based decision making committee sets goals for campus
improvement. This often includes goals related to technology integration.
Teacher - Teachers implement technology in order to increase student engagement and
success. Teachers also use technology to enhance instruction for 21st century learners.
Teachers should communicate with the principal and technology director about
technology needs in the classroom.
According to Spearman High School principal Bill Belger a small, rural school district
like Spearman ISD is very lucky to have access to great 21st century technology such as
SmartBoards. Mr. Belger believes that all student subpopulations can benefit from the
interactive nature of the SmartBoard. Teachers simply need more direction on class
implementation of the SmartBoards. A goal in Spearman ISD’s district and campus
improvement plan is for all teachers to attend professional development on the
implementation of the SmartBoard in their classrooms. All staff members have
participated in a beginning and intermediate SmartBoard training session. Professional
development must be based on the individual needs of the teachers. Due to differing
levels of knowledge and use, two levels of training will be provided. The campus
principal will assign participants to a training based on the attached survey and by the
principal’s knowledge of teacher’s level through informal evaluations. The campus STaR
chart for Spearman High School in 2007-2008 indicated that educator preparation and
development was a weakness. Access to professional development was rated extremely
low. Therefore, the professional development sessions will be offered on campus.
Professional development must be evaluated to determine its effectiveness. Teachers
will be given a survey after completion of the professional development session. This
will provide feedback on the actual session. Participants will be given a follow up survey
after approximately one month to determine the long term effects of the session.
Examples of the survey are below. The principal will compile results from evaluations in
order to determine the effectiveness of the professional development session. The
summative and formative evaluations will give the principal data about eh success of the
To assess the progress toward success, the principal will ensure that all staff members
participate in the training. If there is a need, additional sessions will be provided at a
later date. This will meet the goal of the District and Campus Improvement Plans that
states teachers will attend professional development on the implementation of the
SmartBoard in their classrooms. The principal will also review the 2009-2010 STaR chart
results and gauge improvement based on the educator and professional development
section. Results will also be measured by evaluation of teacher lesson plans. Teachers
will turn in lesson plans and the principal will monitor technology use in the plans. The
principal currently conducts informal walk-throughs on a weekly basis and will continue
to do so in order to evaluate SmartBoard integration.
SmartBoard Technology Integration Survey
Current teaching assignment: ____________________________
Check the statements that apply to you:
_____ I have attended beginning SmartBoard training.
_____ I have attended intermediate SmartBoard training.
I use my SmartBoard:
_____ Every day
_____ At least once a week
______At least once every two weeks
_____ At least once a month
_____ I do not use my SmartBoard
When I use my SmartBoard:
_____ I touch the SmartBoard
_____ My students occasionally use the SmartBoard
______My students and I use the SmartBoard equally.
_____My students are the main users of the SmartBoard.
For office use only:
Title Summary Rationale Setting Information
Session will Student This Monday,
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Title Summary Rationale Setting Information
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bring two to know what will take place December 14,
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choice. The able to classroom. Computer Room
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SmartBoard Professional Development
Session Attended: Advanced or Integration with Content
The session was applicable to my current teaching assignment.
The session was well organized and worth my time
I created a lesson in the session that I can apply into my classroom.
The presenter was organized and knowledgeable on SmartBoard
I am interested in more SmartBoard training.
SmartBoard Professional Development
This survey is given to session participants approximately one
month after the training.
1. What concepts taught in your professional development session have you
implemented in your class?
2. Did you use the lesson created in the session? (For advanced training this is
the lesson from SmartExchange. For content integration this is the teacher
3. Since the session have you utilized the SmartBoard more frequently in your
4. Has student engagement increased due to the integration of SmartBoard
5. Are there any areas that you would like further training or assistance in
regards to SmartBoard integration?
6. List three possible dates for a principal observation where you plan to
incorporate your SmartBoard in class.