Klein Independent School District embraces the future by providing students with engaging learning experiences and resources in a safe and nurturing environment. Our goal is to continually research and expand technology for teaching and learning in this 21st century globally economy.
Technology empowers students by staying in touch and taking control of their own learningIt affects the way we work, collaborate, communicate, and succeedIt increases innovation and creativityIt opens the door for alternate learning opportunitiesIt changes our learning environment from physical to virtual
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Our technology plan aligns with the state’s long range plan, the national education technology plan, e-rate requirements, the Children’s Internet Protection Act and the NCLB requirements
Within this plan we have goals in place that have met the standards and criteria outline by the SLD.
KISD Technology plan Transforming the Way Teachers Teach and Students Learn Mona Lincoln EDLD 5362
According to Schacter & Fagnano (1999), applied effectively, technology implementation not only increases student learning, understanding, and achievement, but also augments motivation to learn, encourages collaborative learning, and supports the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills (as cited in Pitler, Hubbell, Kuhn, & Malenoski, 2007, pg. 3).
Klein ISD’s Mission to embrace the future and provide engaging learning experiences and resources in a safe and nurturing environment (Klein ISD, 2010). Klein ISD’s Goal to expand technology for the enhancement of teaching and learning (Klein ISD, 2010).
Key Technology Trends Affecting Education Technology is a means for empowering students. Technology profoundly affects the way we work, collaborate, communicate, and succeed. Technology contributes to an increase of innovation and creativity. Technology opens the door for alternate learning opportunities such as on-line and independent learning. Technology is changing our learning environment from physical to virtual (Johnson, Smith Levine, and Haywood, 2010).
Background 38 campuses 44,746 students (35% Economically Disadvantaged) Technology expenditure $49 million with 30% allocated to professional development $30 million allocated for infrastructure Technology expenditure per student $1,093 100% of classrooms have direct connection to Internet 3 students for every computer 1 teacher for every computer 100% of campuses have completed the Texas Campus STaR Chart (Klein ISD, 2010)
Where We Are Now The district technology plan aligns with the state’s Long Range Plan for Technology, the National Education Technology Plan, e-Rate requirements, the Children’s Internet Protection Act and the NCLB requirements. All campuses are fully wired for multimedia, Internet, and other electronic access. All campuses are configured for wireless access to support 1:1 computing. Four of the 38 campuses have 1:1 computing. 1:1 teacher laptops on four campuses. Access to technology is provided to the community (Klein ISD, 2010).
The 2010 National Education Plan and Klein ISD Technology Plan The aim of the National Technology plan, according to Education Secretary Arne Duncan, is to “dramatically improve teaching and learning, personalize instruction and ensure that the educational environments we offer to all students keep pace with the 21stcentury” (Ray, 2011).
Learning - engage and empower learning experiences The Focus – on what and how we teach to match what students need to know, how they learn, where and when they learn, and who needs to learn The Challenge – leverage the teaching and technology to create engaging, relevant personalized learning that mirrors students’ daily lives (Shimabukuro, 2010) The 2010 National Education Plan – Goal 1
to understand financial, economic and business literacy,
to understand, analyze, and intelligently participate in government and the community, both globally and locally,
and to work collaboratively with diverse communities across geographic and time zone boundaries.
Identify and integrate online resources (Web 2.0 strategies such as blogs, podcasts, wikis, and social interaction spaces) to engage students and create interactive learning environments that mirror the way “digital natives” think, process, and learn (Klein ISD, 2010).
Our Goals for Learning…
We need to focus on integrating cloud computing and mobile learning. Johnson states that “Mobile learning is fast becoming a reality …cloud computing is here already, but it has so many facets and evolutions that many haven’t been fully realized in K-12 education” (as cited in Stansbury, pg. 3). The advantage of cloud computing makes it possible to deploy tools that can scale on demand to serve as many users as desired, a way to provide access to services and tools without the need to invest in additional infrastructure (Johnson, Smith, Levine, & Haywood, 2010). We need to incorporate mobile learning for its anytime anywhere access that our learners are familiar with. What We Need to Consider…
We also need to consider game-based learning in the near future (next two to three years). According to the Horizon Report game-based applications are open-ended, challenge-based, and truly collaborative games have a tremendous potential to transform education, have the ability to draw on skills for research, writing, collaboration, problem-solving, public speaking, leadership, digital literacy, and media-making (Johnson, Smith, Levine, & Haywood, 2010). What We Need to Consider…
Our Goals for Assessment… Use data from a District Data management system to assess student academic needs and to develop appropriate student learning plans. Benchmark assessments are given. Provided ready access to appropriate assistive and emerging technologies to assure success of all special populations. Student response systems are in each classroom to give students real time feedback. (Klein ISD, 2010).
Teaching Professional educators will be supported individually and in teams by technology that connects them to data, content, resources, expertise, and learning experiences that can empower and inspire them to provide more effective teaching for all learners (Cantor, 2010). The 2010 National Education Plan – Goal 3
Our Goals for Teaching… Provide high quality and on-going, systemic, job-embedded professional development programs. Participate in annual on-line technology competencies, self assessment and the Teacher STaR chart. Professional development technology classes offered throughout the academic year and summer. Teachers who become proficient in technology become teachers of teachers (Klein ISD, 2010).
A variety of distance learning options including synchronous and asynchronous classes in order to provide anytime/anywhere learning. Each department grade level has a technology leader that provides professional development to all teachers. Teachers are encouraged to pursue Master Technology Teacher certifications offering a one-time stipend of $500. Collaboration with content specialists and technology specialists for ways to integrate technology. Our Goals for Teaching…
Build online learning communities consisting of fellow educators in their schools and professional experts in various disciplines around the world. What We Need to Consider…
Infrastructure All students and educators will have access to a comprehensive infrastructure for learning when and where they need it (Canton, 2010). The 2010 National Education Plan – Goal 4
Our Goals for Infrastructure… To provide a stable and secure infrastructure to deliver appropriate content and allow for growth. Explore multiple financial arrangements to secure and maintain technology. Plan and prepare facilities to accommodate technology equipment. Provide 1:1 computer to staff to meet Long Range Plan goal for computing. Meet the technology equipment target of a student to computer ratio of 1:1 (Klein ISD, 2010).
Provide access to appropriate technology equipment to student and staff libraries, school offices, and in other work and learning areas, ensuring accessibility for students and staff with disabilities. Continue to provide high-speed filtered access to the Internet. Replace or reposition obsolescent technology on a scheduled basis. Build community support through collaborative planning, education and other resources (Klein ISD, 2010). Our Goals for Infrastructure…
Provide and maintain an infrastructure for communications with parents and community members. Develop a disaster recovery plan for ensuring critical technology applications can be recovered in a timely manner. Assure that staffing for both technical and instructional technology support grows in proportion to implementation of technology systems. Add additional district instructional technology teachers, support staff, and administrators to accommodate the growth of the district and the addition of new campuses (Klein ISD, 2010). Our Goals for Infrastructure…
Research and adopt advanced tools to manage the distribution of laptop computers and devices and their demand for access to wireless network, particularly with respect to the 1:1 initiatives. Find a way to assure that all students have Internet access at home. Find a way to bring in smart technology such as iPhones and iPads brought from home. What We Need to Consider…
Productivity Redesign processes and structures to take advantage of the power of technology to improve learning outcomes while making more efficient use of time, money, and staff (Cantor, 2010) . The 2010 National Education Plan – Goal 5
Our Goals for Productivity… Engage the community in district and campus planning that includes technology best practices for teaching and learning. Technology implementation for improved teaching and learning are clearly articulated in district and campus improvement plans. Online access to district information via district, campus, and teacher websites as well as two-way communication. Purchase resources that will enhance student, teacher, staff and community learning through the use of technology (Klein ISD, 2010).
Assure that all district systems and databases are interoperable. Continue to link data management systems that allow all district systems and databases to seamlessly interact with each other. Continue to implement a district-wide student information management system that includes training. Continue to support online grade book solution. Continue to support an online program that incorporates curriculum management, lesson planning, staff development, benchmarking, and the teacher appraisal system into one seamless application (Klein ISD, 2010). Our Goals for Productivity…
Purchase software for all computers that allow students and teacher to actively collaborate during instruction. The software will allow teachers to monitor students as they use the computer, allow teachers to interact with the students remotely, allow students to share their screen with the class via the teacher's computer, and allow students to capture notes that can be viewed at a later time for reference. What We Need to Consider…
To be literate today involves learners acquiring new skills, including those of using technology, understanding science, having global awareness, and most important, having the ability to keep learning (Solomon & Schrum, 2007).
The 21st Century Teaching and Learning Klein’s overall goal is
to equip teachers for creating engaging, relevant, and personalized learning experiences
to prepare students to be adaptable and analytical, and
to give students the skills needed for identifying and using the best tools in a rapidly changing environment (Solomon & Schrum, 2007).
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