Deer Park’s technology plan was geared toward making a total technology school. Each goal of the plan is set to meet designated technology benchmarks and helps meet the Virginia Technology Standards of Learning.
Access to school technology must be equitable, reliable, and convenient to both teachers and students. Technology does no good if no one can use it. Further, security must be taken into account as the level of access grows.
The technology coordinator initiated a training program that used WebQuests and Online Projects that helped teachers and personnel gain confidence and produce their own purposeful internet lessons for their students.
Used a needs assessment survey to help develop training programs for teachers to meet VA Technology Standards of Learning. Teachers then had to create a portfolio (print or electronic) to demonstrate that they had met their goals.
Maine School Administrative District #11, Gardiner, ME
Teachers are expected to use technology regularly to enhance student learning. Some principals require weekly or monthly trips to the computer lab. Support for this technology infused curriculum comes from a wide variety of professional development opportunities.
The Tech TEAMS program helps teachers become innovative technology users and helps make students responsible for their own learning. Professional development goes through 3 stages: acquiring basic technological competence, reforming classroom practices, and the sharing of knowledge between teachers.
Teachers and administrators can not foster school success on their own. Adequate support from outside sources such as businesses, parents, and other members of the community is necessary for successful education.
School leadership must also open and maintain adequate lines of communication with the community.
Canfield Avenue School (Elementary), Mine Hill, NJ
Community members served on a technology advisory committee to help develop a multi-year technology plan and build community support. A community access center is now used on weekends and during the summer to provide access to and training to use technology.