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Tech Plan

  1. 1. Welcome to Arcadia Unified School District’s Technology Plan 2009 - 2012 <ul><li>Presented by </li></ul><ul><li>Ing Mu </li></ul><ul><li>May 15, 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Lamar University Academic Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>EDLD 5362 Information Systems and Management </li></ul>
  2. 2. Vision for Technology in the Arcadia Unified School District <ul><ul><ul><li>The rapid advances of our society require that all members of an educational organization participate in ongoing changes. We acknowledge that technology will be a pervasive part of our students’ future, both economically and socially. Technology is a resource for learning which must be readily accessible to all students and staff in the Arcadia Unified School District. Not an end in itself, technology is a set of tools which when skillfully used extends students’ abilities to communicate effectively, engage actively in their own learning, interact with knowledge, and use information to create and contribute new ideas. (AUSD Technology Plan 2009-2010, 2009, p.3) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The revision of the District’s Technology Plan was guided, throughout the planning process, by the vision statement created by the Original Technology Advisory Committee in 1995-1996. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><ul><ul><li>Retrieve and use information to solve problems </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Network and interact with other people locally and globally </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Empower students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Learn through differing modalities and multiple intelligences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make learning exciting by providing students with quality work through technology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use higher order thinking skills such as synthesis and analysis </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Engage students in cooperative, collaborative learning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Experience and experiment through simulations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teach and learn in individual and non-traditional sequences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Provide access to school resources twenty-four hours per day </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Manage systems and communicate in more efficient and less intrusive ways within the classroom, schools, and community. (AUSD Technology Plan 2009-2010, 2009, p.3) </li></ul></ul></ul>In order to realize our goals for students, we expect technology to be used instructionally in ways that provide enhanced opportunities to:
  4. 4. California Department of Education <ul><li>Arcadia Unified School District Technology Plan complies with the requirements of Enhancing Education Through Technology Title II, Part D in No Child Left Behind (Sec. 2414) </li></ul>
  6. 6. STAKEHOLDERS / PLAN DEVELOPMENT The Arcadia Unified School District’s Technology Implementation plan has been developed in several phases by numerous stakeholder representatives. The original plan, developed in 1995 to 1996, was revised in 1998 by a committee of teachers, administrators, industry experts, students and parents. These documents served as a starting point for subsequent technology plans. The current revision was developed by a core group who created a draft of the plan using the state guidelines and input from the stakeholder review sessions. (AUSD Technology Plan 2009-2010, 2009, p.4)
  7. 7. Curriculum Goals <ul><li>Curriculum Integration to Improve Teaching and Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Technology will be integrated into all curricular areas and will be aligned with district content standards to enhance student learning and teachers will use data to drive decision-making. </li></ul><ul><li>Student acquisition of technological and information literacy skills </li></ul><ul><li>Information literacy skills will be acquired by integrating their use into the District’s Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics and Science curricula and by the use of the Student Technology Standards. These skills will incorporate the American Library Association’s “ N i ne Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning ” </li></ul><ul><li>Addressing appropriate and ethical use of technology </li></ul><ul><li>AUSD students will receive appropriate instruction distinguishing lawful and unlawful use of technology in the areas including but not limited to copyright, fair use, peer-to-peer file sharing and use of other’s work. (AUSD Technology Plan 2009-2010, 2009, p.13-31) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Curriculum Goals <ul><li>Addressing Internet safety and online privacy for students </li></ul><ul><li>AUSD students will receive grade appropriate instruction regarding Internet safety and online privacy. In addition, network and software solutions will protect AUSD students from known Internet threats. </li></ul><ul><li>Utilization of technology to ensure equitable access for students </li></ul><ul><li>AUSD students will have equal and appropriate access to technology in classrooms, libraries, media production centers, and technology laboratories. </li></ul><ul><li>Student record keeping and assessment, i.e. grade books, attendance and assessment (eFACTS): </li></ul><ul><li>AUSD will provide staff development to encourage the use of the Electronic Focus on Curriculum, Teaching System (eFACTS) including the components of grade books, attendance, assessment, standards, and test creation. </li></ul><ul><li>Statement for utilization of technology to improve two-way communication between home and school </li></ul><ul><li>AUSD teachers, administrators and staff members will use technology to increase their communication with parents and the community. (AUSD Technology Plan 2009-2010, 2009, p.13-31) </li></ul>
  9. 9. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT <ul><li>Instructional staff and administrators will increase their self-knowledge of technology skill levels based on the EDTECHPROFILE Technology Assessment Profile and the District’s Teacher Technology Standards. </li></ul><ul><li>Using the EDTECHPROFILE evaluation, all instructional staff and administrators will establish a Personal Technology Growth Goal and Implementation Plan that will include several possible sources of learning opportunities. The teachers’ personal growth goal will align with the District Content and Technology Standards for Students and ultimately with Technology Standards for Teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>Each school site LITE (Leaders Integrating Technology in Education) Tech will act as the site’s technology resource, responsible for organizing and coordinating technology resources at that site. </li></ul><ul><li>The District will develop a menu of technology professional training which coordinates courses and workshops available in a variety of formats and times, and addresses the needs of staff. </li></ul><ul><li>The District will continue to research and explore new technologies and their applications to share with teachers for dissemination in the classroom to improve student learning through the Model Technology Program and other methods. </li></ul><ul><li>The District will provide coaching and in class modeling for teachers on effective technology integration. (AUSD Technology Plan 2009-2010, 2009, p.35-44) </li></ul>
  10. 10. INFRASTRUCTURE, HARDWARE, TECHNICAL SUPPORT, AND SOFTWARE COMPONENT <ul><li>AUSD will provide high-speed access to the network and Internet for all sites. </li></ul><ul><li>AUSD will maintain network hardware, including routers, switches and servers to maximize instruction and administrative functions. </li></ul><ul><li>AUSD will upgrade remaining network segments to high speed switching technologies at school sites excluding AHS, which was completed in 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>AUSD will maintain the district Technology Training facility for staff development and student use. </li></ul><ul><li>The district will provide support and assistance to school sites in order to: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>meet district minimum classroom configurations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>keep technology current </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>maintain current student-to-computer ratios. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The district will provide local network file servers and attached storage for student, teacher and administrative uses. </li></ul><ul><li>AUSD will continue to provide systems and resources that support the use/maintenance of technology by students and staff. </li></ul><ul><li>AUSD will continue to provide a suite of software to all users that supports learning and administrative functions. (AUSD Technology Plan 2009-2010, 2009, p.53-61) </li></ul>
  11. 11. FUNDING AND BUDGET COMPONENT <ul><li>Arcadia Unified School District has made a substantial financial commitment to technology use and support in the district. Annually the district spends close to $1 million from the General fund to support this effort. Additionally school sites use their resources to purchase equipment, software, and to provide support. The Arcadia Educational Foundation has been a generous supporter of educational technology contributing more than $5 million towards this purpose over the last six years. In addition to general fund and foundation contributions, the district has established a special reserve fund with over $1 million to provide ongoing support for equipment and migration as existing equipment ages. This reserve fund generates interest and in good financial times is the recipient of additional funds from the district. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition to district resources, grants have been received to help provide funds for technology. These include the Digital High School grants and other state sponsored grants. Plans are to continue applying for grants from a number of sources. The district has applied for eRATE but has not been very successful in receiving substantial discounts on anything other than voice and basic Internet connectivity. The only exception was the second year of eRATE when we received funds for new servers for all school sites. The district will continue to apply for eRATE for whatever potential savings it can garner. One disadvantage the district has in receiving eRATE funds is that we have a very low National School Lunch Program participation rate. (AUSD Technology Plan 2009-2010, 2009, p.62) </li></ul>
  12. 12. YEARLY BUDGET ALLOCATIONS <ul><li>$315.000 </li></ul><ul><li>Certificated Personnel Salaries: Director, TIS; Teachers on Special Assignment; LITE Techs; Subs for Staff Development; Staff Development Instructors </li></ul><ul><li>$140,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Classified Personnel Salaries: Technical Support Specialist; Network Manager; Help Desk Support; Clerical Support </li></ul><ul><li>$50,997 </li></ul><ul><li>Employee Benefits: Certificated and classified statutory and health & welfare benefits </li></ul><ul><li>$100,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Books and Supplies: District suite of Software licensing; Instructional Supplies for Staff Development and Model Technology Program </li></ul><ul><li>$185,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Services and Other Operating Expenditures: Maintenance and Support Agreements; Internet and WAN support </li></ul><ul><li>$270,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Capital Outlay: Implementation Costs for Technology Plan: WAN replacement; new equipment for school sites; model technology funds. </li></ul><ul><li>Total Yearly Budget: $1,060,997 (AUSD Technology Plan 2009-2010, 2009, p.63-65) </li></ul>
  13. 13. MONITORING AND EVALUATION COMPONENT <ul><li>The District Technology Advisory Committee meets on a quarterly basis and is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the progress of the Technology Plan. This committee includes representatives from certificated and classified staff, as well as District personnel, parents, and other community members who will monitor the activities at their sites and assist in making recommendations and adjustments to their schools. </li></ul><ul><li>The District will use multiple measures to evaluate the Technology Plan. Each goal in this plan has specific benchmarks and an evaluation component. The district Technology Content Standards will be used as a minimum benchmark for accessing student technology competency. The timelines and benchmarks for each component of the plan will be compiled into an overall timeline for technology planning. In doing so, the team will be able to monitor and evaluate all components of the plan in a consistent manner. The District Technology Team will make an annual report to the Board of Education on the progress of educational technology in our District. At this time, the team will address additional goals and modifications to the original technology plan. Specific implementation activities, timelines, monitoring and evaluation activities are listed within each goal. (AUSD Technology Plan 2009-2010, 2009, p.68) </li></ul>
  14. 14. EFFECTIVE COLLABORATIVE STRATEGIES WITH ADULT LITERACY PROVIDERS TO MAXIMIZE THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY <ul><li>AUSD will continue to provide opportunities for adult literacy for the entire Arcadia community. </li></ul><ul><li>CBET (Community Based English Tutoring) is designed to provide English language instruction to adults who then practice their skills by tutoring school-age children. Five different classes are offered that meet two days each week. Classes are scheduled for 90 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>Adult literacy skills development is offered through the small Adult Education program located at the Rancho Learning Center. Basic literacy skills are a core part of the curriculum for the high school proficiency program. The technology-based materials provide benefits not currently available in text programs. These benefits include: 1) individualized tutorial instruction in language development, literacy, and basic skills, and 2) instructional media and tools which support the English language learner. (AUSD Technology Plan 2009-2010, 2009, p.69-70) </li></ul>
  15. 15. EFFECTIVE RESEARCHED-BASED METHODS AND STRATEGIES <ul><li>The Arcadia Unified School District’s Vision, Mission and Beliefs continue to guide the development and implementation of the AUSD Technology Plan. A Vision for Technology in the Arcadia Unified School District is derived from the AUSD Vision and clearly connects the role of technology with the larger goal and purpose of providing a quality education for Arcadia students. Technology is one of many tools that supports the provision of “e n gaging, meaningful schoolwork for students that results in challenging them to think and reason, develop ownership for their own lifelong learning, respect diversity and become contributing members of society .” (AUSD Technology Plan 2009-2010, 2009, p.71) </li></ul><ul><li>ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) published NETS (National Educational Technology Standards) that were used to guide the development of Arcadia Unified School District’s Student Technology Standards. </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative strategies are developed and implemented in the Arcadia Unified School District through our Model Technology Program. This program is the testing and development laboratory for new and promising technologies or techniques we wish to try on a limited scale to collect data prior to large-scale implementation. (AUSD Technology Plan 2009-2010, 2009, p.76) </li></ul>
  16. 16. National Education Technology Plan 2010 <ul><li>In November of 2010 the U.S. Department of Education published the National Education Technology Plan </li></ul><ul><li>It encompasses five essential areas: </li></ul><ul><li>Learning, Assessment, Teaching, Infrastructure, and Productivity (U.S. Department of Education, 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>How does the new National Education Technology Plan effect Arcadia Unified School District? </li></ul><ul><li>Arcadia school district has always tried to stay progressive. The five components of the national plan has already been incorporated into the three year plan that was submitted to the California Department of Education. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Closing Statement Arcadia Unified School District believes that access to and use of technology is critical for the development of our students. AUSD recognizes that technology will be a pervasive part of our students’ futures and is committed to providing opportunities for students to skillfully utilize a variety of technology tools to extend their abilities to communicate effectively, engage actively in their own learning, interact with knowledge and use information to create and contribute new ideas.
  18. 18. REFERENCES <ul><li>(2009, January). Arcadia Unified School District: Technology Plan 2009-2010. Arcadia Unified School District. </li></ul><ul><li>California Department of Education . EETT: Technology Plan Requirements. Retrieved on May 9, 2010 from: </li></ul><ul><li>(2010, November). National Education Technology Plan. United States Department of Education. Retrieved on May 9, 2010 from: </li></ul>
  19. 19. Credits <ul><li>Images by Ing Mu and courtesy of </li></ul><ul><li>Narration by Ing Mu </li></ul>