This is the technology plan for the Dimmitt Independent School District. We are a small 2A school located in the Texas Panhandle.
Our current technology plan was approved by the Texas Education Agency in April 2009 for 3 years. 3 years is the maximum time for which a plan will be approved. An approved technology plan is a requirement to receive funds from E-rate.
The district has made a serious financial commitment to provide students and teachers with best technology available, given budgetary constraints. Most of the funds available come from various federal funding sources, including e-rate. The yearly technology expenditure is just over $935 per student. All campuses and classroom have internet connections.
A yearly comprehensive needs assessment is done for technology, in conjunction with the needs assessments of all programs. While the existing technology levels are adequate for the present time, there are identified needs that must be met in order to continue to provide the students and staff with cutting edge technology. The prioritized needs include integrating the Technology TEKS in all grades K-8; replacing and upgrading all hardware, software, network infrastructure, and to provide cost effective telecommunications.
The goals for the district were determined by surveys of students, staff, and parents and community members. The goals were also written to address NCLB requirements, E-rate statutes, and needs assessments. Goal 1 is……
The district is not a wealthy district, and depends heavily on federal funding. We could not provide the level of telecommunications we have if not for E-rate funding. The yearly budget, including Internet access, is about $355,000.
Yearly program evaluations are vital to continual improvement. All stakeholders participate in the evaluation, which include gathering data from various sources including student work samples and assessments, interviews, as well as meeting goals set in the District and Campus Improvement Plans. All teachers and administrators complete the STaR chart yearly in order to assess their levels of technology proficiency. Inventories are conducted each spring to ascertain levels of various technology hardware and software needs.
The Texas Long-Range plan for technology is designed to promote academic excellence. The plan is divided into four areas-teaching and learning, educator preparation and development, leadership, administration and instructional support, and infrastructure. Our local plan addresses the areas of teaching and learning, integrating technology into the curriculum and infrastructure. We need more emphasis on the leadership and administration area in our local plan in order to better align with the Texas state plan.
The Federal government issued a long-range technology plan, entitled “Learning Powered by Technology. This is an ambitious plan, and great care must be taken in order to meet and finance all of the goals.
There are five main goals of the federal technology plan, which include engaging and empowering students and teachers, measuring what matters, redesigning and transforming technology education, preparing and connecting students, ensuring the students have access to all levels of technology, enabling the students to reach high standards of learning. It is hopeful that the government will continue to support technology education on a national level, and ensure all students have equitable technology access.
I believe there are two areas of the federal plan that may have a great impact on our local district. The first area is productivity, which supports the rejection of the idea of all students must be in class a certain number of minutes and days, regardless of their unique strengths or needs. The plan encourages flexible grouping, based on need rather than age, and time arrangements that are individually determined. The second area is in the actual teaching practice of solo teaching. The plan supports team teaching and collaboration, and encourages the use of Professional Learning Communities, facilitated by the Internet and networking.
The Children’s Internet Protection Safety Act was enacted to protect children from inappropriate Internet site. While some may consider filtering an infringement on student rights, most educators agree that some level of filtering is essential.
Although the federal government does require filtering, it cautions against over-zealous filtering, and does not give guidance on appropriateness of specific sites.
Information systems offer many of the best uses of the Internet. The advent of Web 2.0 tools allows for independent users to collaborate, add content and edit the web, connect socially and professionally through networking, allows for education to take place 24/7 and in any location, and has brought people together from all over the world that would have had no chance to collaborate or communicate without them.
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Texas Education Agency2009 Technology Plan Approval Certificate<br />The Texas Education Agency is certified by the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) to approve technology plans for participation in the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Program.<br />DIMMITT ISD has a technology plan that has met the standards and criteria outlined by the SLD. <br /> This approval is effective for 3 years.<br />This plan was approved on April 28, 2009.<br />
Current Technology Levels<br />Technology Expenditure Per Pupil: $936.09<br />Number of Campuses with Direct Connection to Internet: 3<br />Percentage of Campuses with Direct Connection to Internet: 100.00%<br />Number of Classrooms with Direct Connection to Internet: 100<br />Percentage of Classrooms with Direct Connection to Internet: 100.00% <br />Technology Expenditures: $1,065,000.00<br />- Teaching and Learning Budget: $183,000.00<br />- Educator Preparation and Development Budget: $117,000.00<br />- Leadership, Administration and Support Budget: $324,000.00<br />- Infrastructure for Technology Budget: $441,000.00<br /> ("Long range plan," 2009)<br />
Needs Assessment<br />Existing Technology<br />Technology Needs<br />Complete the integration of K-8 Technology Applications TEKS <br />Replace/upgrade computer hardware, software and network equipment/infrastructure to keep pace with network management, and web accessibility requirements<br />Continue seeking cost effective means to provide better telecommunications ("Long range plan," 2009)<br />Internet Access to all classrooms <br />Hardware: File servers on each campus, 1000 Computers, 30 handheld devices, wireless access on each campus<br />Software: Novell, Windows, WinSchool, RSCCC, Microsoft Office and age appropriate Educational Software <br />
DISD Goal 1: Provide training for all staff in order to integrate technology into teaching and learning, instructional management, professional development, and improving job efficiency. ("Long range plan," 2009)<br />
DISD Goal 2: Integrate technology to enhance and improve student learning and achievement in grades K-12 to graduate technology proficient students as defined by state-level TEKS.("Long range plan," 2009) <br />
DISD Goal 3: Parent and Community Involvement willcontinue to increase with theadvancement of technology.. ("Long range plan," 2009)<br />
DISD Goal 4:Enhance and maintain a secure information technology infrastructure that provides a high quality environment for teaching, learning, and administrative needs. ("Long range plan," 2009) <br />
Budget for year 2011<br />- Telecom cost: $108,400.00- Telecom source: 90% E-Rate, 10% Local, - Materials cost: $15,375.00- Materials source: 100% federal- Equipment cost: $50,000.00- Equipment source: 90% E-Rate, 10%Local- Maintenance cost: $150,166.00- Maintenance source: 100% Local- Staff development cost: $6,059.00- Staff development source: 2% Title I and 1% Local- Miscellaneous cost: $25,000.00- Miscellaneous source: 100% State and LocalTotal: $355,000.00 ("Long range plan," 2009)<br />DISD Budget<br />
Evaluation method used for integrating technology into the curriculum and instruction will be peer review, student products, PDAS evaluations by principals, teacher self-reports, criterion rubrics, informal interviews , AEIS and DIP/CIP. <br />The Committee will evaluate the STaRChart survey to determine the advancement from current level of School Technology and Readiness to the goal of Target Tech level. <br />Inventory list of hardware and software plus the budget will support the evaluation of acquisitions of educational technologies and supplies. <br /> ("Long range plan," 2009)<br />DISD Evaluation<br />
Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology“Promote Academic Excellence” (Texas Education Agency, 2006)<br />
Learning Powered by TechnologyNational Educational Technol0gy Plan(Shimabukuro, 2010)<br />
National EducationalTechnology Plan (Shimabukuro, 2010)<br />Five Areas Addressed<br />Learning: Engage and Empower<br />Assessment: Measure What Matters<br />Productivity: Redesign and Transform<br />Teaching: Prepare and Connect<br />Infrastructure: Access and Enable<br />
Areas of Greatest Local Impactbased on National Ed Tech Plan implementation<br />Productivity<br />Rejects requirements of “seat time” and age grouping<br />Encourages flexible grouping and time arrangements<br />Teaching<br />Rejects solo teaching<br />Encourages team teaching Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)<br />
CIPA Requirements<br />Schools must certify they have an Internet safety policy that includes technology protection measures.The protection measures must block or filter Internet access to pictures that are: (a) obscene, (b) child pornography, or (c) harmful to minors (for computers that are accessed by minors).Schools may disable the blocking or filtering measure during any use by an adult to enable access for bona fide research.(Federal Communications Commission, n. d.). n. d.)<br />
Filtering Requirements<br /> FCC expects schools to implement filtering in "good faith and a reasonable manner," but states the FCC has no interest in defining what categories or specific sites schools should block; and warns that schools rigidly over-filtering risk violating the constitutional rights of students. (Federal Communications Commission, n. d.). <br />
Best Practices in Information Systems<br />InnovationCollaborationWeb 2.0Social NetworkingProfessional Learning CommunitiesDistance EducationGlobal Communities<br />
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