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State legislation requires an LEA technology plan
North Carolina GS115C-102.6D
Each local school administrative unit with a local school system technology plan approved by the State Board of Education may use funds allocated to it to implement its local plan or as otherwise specified by the General Assembly.
Federal Legislation requires an LEA technology plan
§ 2414. LOCAL APPLICATIONS.
(a) IN GENERAL- To be eligible to receive a subgrant from a State educational agency under this subpart, a local educational agency or eligible local entity shall submit to the State educational agency an application containing a new or updated local long-range strategic educational technology plan that is consistent with the objectives of the statewide educational technology plan described in section 2413(a), and such other information as the State educational agency may reasonably require, at such time and in such manner as the State educational agency may require.
In keeping with the North Carolina vision of building collaborative partners and leadership, a Media and Technology Advisory Committee (MTAC) provides the optimal medium for creating a system-level technology plan and for implementing a strong educational technology program.
Planning is most effective when those responsible for the instructional program are involved in designing, implementing, and making decisions about administrative and educational technology.
Students are more likely to be successful in achieving in-depth learning when the administrative and teaching staff and the community build a collective vision for technology that is connected to teaching and learning.
Guiding Questions, Goals and Objectives chart components
In order to meet all of the specifications required by state legislation, guiding questions and a list of chart components have been provided to assist you in completion of a plan that will meet board approval.
Provide adequate, safe education facilities that support high student performance through the use of variety of technology resources that include: alarm systems; fixed and mobile metal detectors, ID card systems.
Provide for a safe environment by monitoring of student movement through the use of variety of technology resources that include: buses equipped with video cameras; video camera systems to monitor schools, playgrounds, parking lots and sports areas
Provide a means for faculty and staff to communicate through the use of school-wide telephones, cell phones, intercoms and radios
Provide an adequate, safe method for monitoring student performance through methods that could include: student information system programs such as SIMS and NCWise; student management programs such as L-System; nutritional tracking systems like Nutri-Kids and Point of Sales
Provide a safe environment for data to be collected and used through the use of: Internet Filtering based on CIPA; email filtering; up-to-date school and district websites that includes the use of email to communicate with parents and students; and other security measures
Provide flexible, equitable access to resource
Provide opportunities for students to learn and model ethical and personal responsibility
Provide policy and procedures to address global, ethical and responsible use
Provide technology used to educate, monitor and maintain healthy student lifestyles
Provide a system policy and policy management that support technology in schools
Create a budget system that allows for continued support and growth
Provide the necessary technical and instructional personnel to support technology in schools
Provide adequate security of students and networks
Provide administrative applications in support of education
Provide plans for the maintenance and replacement of hardware
Provide and secure infrastructure including School Local Area Networks and District Wide Area Networks
Provide communication and collaboration tools for student, teacher and administrative use
Considerations for Accessible Technology (to be addressed throughout the plan)
Provide adaptive and instructional technology for special needs populations.
Include funding for assistive technology in the budget for special education departments.
Identify and provide specialized instructional resources for at-risk students and for remediation needs.
Identify and analyze assistive technology resources that accommodate individual student learning needs.
Apply assistive technology to the instructional process and evaluate its impact on learners with diverse backgrounds, characteristics and abilities.
All school districts shall establish a process and written guidelines to provide consistency in serving various learning styles through adaptive/assistive technology services and devices, in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 (IDEA).