The Morton Elementary School technology plan covers 5 years and will serve as the primary tool to guide the school’s acquisition, sustainability, and integration of technology. This plan will be reviewed annually by our Media Advisory Technology Committee to monitor all components and objectives set forth in the plan.
Morton Elementary School is in Onslow County, NC. Onslow County is situated on the eastern coast line of NC and is the proud home of US Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune, which is the largest amphibious Marine base in the world covering 156,000 acres. Onslow County encompasses over 767 square miles and has a population of over 150,000 people. Our 2007-08 student population is over 24,500 and we currently have 35 educational facilities which include 18 elementary schools, 8 middle schools, 7 high schools, 1 early childhood development center, and 1 alternative learning program.
MES serves 564 Pre-K to 5 th grade students. It is a Title 1 school with 43 teachers, 24 teacher’s assistants, 8 office staff, 1 assistant principal, and 1 principal.
I plan to interview several teachers in different grade levels. Some currently use technology in their classrooms and others seem reluctant to integrate it into their classrooms. By interviewing them, I can create a technology plan that meets the needs of both groups. I can also determine what supports need to be put in place and prioritize what skills need to be mastered.
Our staff took an online School Technology Needs Assessment. It collected data about a variety of broad areas of technology implementation in our school, including:
The degree to which environmental factors support technology use
Professional development opportunities offered and taken advantage of
Uses of technology to support teaching and learning activities
The impact of technology on teaching practice and student outcomes
Overall technology needs
Our staff also completed the Teacher Working Conditions survey late last year. They also completed a professional development survey to assess what areas of development teachers were interested in participating in.
Offer training that helps teachers identify technology standards and how they can be integrated into the classroom. This can meet the objective concerning the on-site training for staff.
Funds need to be spent on electronic resources and materials that staff can have access to
Technology workshops should be categorized into 3 groups: productivity, multimedia, and integration. Topics should include products and software that schools already have or plan to purchase.
These recommendations will be reviewed by the Morton Elementary School MATC and then integrated into the school’s technology plan. Once the plan is compiled, it will be voted upon by the staff and then submitted to the Board of Education for approval.