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Frisco ISD Technology Plan
Leanne Crane Lamar University“An effective technology plan is based on the shared vision of educators, parents,community members, and business leaders who have technological expertise. Itensures that technology strengthens existing curricula and supportsmeaningful, engaged learning for all students. It also specifies how the technologywill be paid for and how its use will be supported.” (November & Staudt, 1998).
By providing a unique learningenvironment that maximizesstudent opportunity andinvests in meaningfulrelationships, the mission ofthe Frisco Independent SchoolDistrict is to partner withparents and community indeveloping caring citizensequipped to continue learningand pursue their aspirations.
ESC Region: 10 Number of Campuses: 56 Total Student Enrollment: 40,279 District Size: 25,000 - 49,999 Percent Economically Disadvantaged: 13% Number of Teachers: 2,655 Number of Full Time/Part Time Employees: 5,100
As of May 9, 2012, FISD student enrollment was 40,279. Student Demographics 57.52 percent-white 15.11 percent - Hispanic 13.37 percent - Asian 10.55 percent - African American 2.76 percent are two or more races .58 percent - American Indian/Alaskan Native .12 percent - Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Enrollment by special programs is as follows: Bilingual/ESL, 4.5% Gifted and Talented, 7.2% Special Education, 9% There are 59 languages served in the Frisco ISD!
K-5 Elementary Schools: 33 Middle Schools: 13 High Schools: 6 Special Program Schools: 4 Administration Complex Service Centers: 2 Transportation Facilities: 3 Memorial Stadium and Athletic Offices Natatorium Joint-Use Facility with City of Frisco, Major League Soccer/Hunt Sports Group, Collin County – Pizza Hut Park and Pink Field provide soccer and football fields for Frisco ISD students, Dr Pepper Arena.
The 2010National Education Technology Plan(NETP) calls for revolutionary transformationrather than evolutionary tinkering. It urges oureducation system at all levels to Be clear about the outcomes we seek. Collaborate to redesign structures and processes for effectiveness, efficiency, and flexibility. Continually monitor and measure our performance. Hold ourselves accountable for progress and results every step of the way.(U.S. Department of Education, 2010, p. 7).
One of fastest growing school districts in the nation, growing 10- 30% every year Rapid growth has provided a true challenge in the development of a strong technology program for our district Constant need to implement the best emerging technologies. Continuous addition of administrative and instructional staff. Most important link in a strong technology program is the ability of the employees to use the equipment and resources correctly. Technology campus based support positions created Instructional Technology Facilitators on every high school campus with one Instructional Technology Facilitator shared between 2 campuses at the elementary and middle school levels. Instructional Technology Specialists are provided on every campus to provide a first line of support for technical issues teachers encounter on a daily basis. District Technical Support Specialists provide more specialized technical support and problem resolution within 8 hours of a problem being reported.
Balance? Equity?District Growth vs.Equitable Technology“It is imperative that the vision statement andthe technology plan are developed withforesight, consensus, and long-range goalplanning” (November & Staudt, 1998).
Technology, when implemented effectively, empowersteachers, administrators, students, and parents to track and manage learning more effectively. "I think were hoping to provide more data to more people in a more efficient fashion. If done correctly, more people can ask and answer their own questions, rather than calling my office and asking me" (Sausner, 2003).
We Believe… The FISD Technology Vision is dynamic, adapting to continual changes in technology and society. Curriculum-driven technology is not isolated and should be seamlessly integrated. High expectations and project-based assessment foster creativity and higher order thinking. Site-based support and relevant staff development are essential. Technology is an instructional resource utilized to enhance learning for all students. Technology provides an avenue to strengthen communication among students, parents, FISD staff, and the local and global communities.
By providingleadership, infrastructure, support, and professionaldevelopment, the FriscoISD TechnologyDepartment will empowerstudents, educators, andthe community to utilizecurrent and emergingtechnologies as tools forlife-long learning.
Fiber Optics/WAN Instructional Technology Library & Media Services Network Administration Telephones Videoconferencing Graphic from www.friscoisd.org/ly/departments/technology/
Technology Expenditures: $13,526,970 $691,939 Teaching & Learning Educator Preparation &$5,432,992 Development $4,653,809 Leadership, Administratio n & Support Infrastructure for Technology $2,748,230 Expenditure/Student $364.40
The infrastructure integrates computerhardware, data and networks, informationresources, interoperablesoftware, middleware services and tools, anddevices, and connects and supportsinterdisciplinary teams of professionalsresponsible for itsdevelopment, maintenance, andmanagement and its use in transformativeapproaches to teaching and learning. (U.S.Department of Education, 2010, p. 11).
Data is gathered in many ways each year STaR chart Reporting through a representative on the District Technology committee Participation in annual, anonymous, campus surveys to assess technology needs in the following areas ▪ Hardware needs ▪ Software needs ▪ Training and support ▪ Progress towards specific technology goals Principal meetings Technology department meetings Technology Planning Committee meetings to analyze data and includes parents, community leaders, and representatives from every campus.
Network/Telecommunciations Data network is served by a WAN that is comprised of our own private fiber and AT&T’s gigaman services. 38 of district buildings are connected with our fiber 17 buildings use the AT&T service which qualify for Erate WAN back-up is provided for all campuses when direct line of sight is possible using Cisco wireless units should WAN fiber services fail 100 MB service provided to all desktops 154 MB internet connection service provided through Grande Communications Network protection from outside hazards provided by Cisco Firewall, N2H2 filtering system, and Sophos virus protection 17 campuses are wireless throughout (13 elementaries and 4 secondaries) with wireless provided at all campuses in the library, front admin area, the cafeteria, and the gym
Telephone Services One telephone per classroom/office Local campus switch service is provided by a Nortel Option 11/CS1000/CS1000E/fiber remote switch that is connected to an Option 81 switch at the central office. Local building service include size additional phone lines for emergency services and back-up lines in case of WAN interruption.
Hardware Standards Computers Elementary Campuses ▪ Teacher computer and three student computers or laptops in every core classroom ▪ As student computers are updated (currently on a five year cycle), they are being replaced with laptops ▪ Three computer labs on each campus ▪ Libraries are equipped with six student computers and three laptops for teacher checkout Middle School Campuses ▪ Teacher computer in every classroom ▪ Four hard wired computer labs on each campus ▪ Two full wireless laptop labs consisting of 30 machines each ▪ Libraries are equipped with 14 student computers and three laptops for teacher checkout. ▪ 25 additional student desktop computers that may be used/placed on each campus according to individual campus needs
High School Campuses ▪ Teacher computer in every classroom and workroom ▪ 100 additional desktop computer available for teacher use in cubicle areas ▪ 16 hard wired computer labs on each campus ▪ Two full wireless laptop labs on each campus ▪ Libraries are equipped with 25 student computers and 25 laptops for teacher checkout. All building principals at every level receives a laptop
Additional Equipment in Every Classroom Ceiling mounted projectors Document cameras Integrated sound systems Streaming video capabilities Tandberg video conferencing equipmentEquipment Available for Checkout on Campus Wireless keyboards Smart tablets Student Response Systems Digital Cameras/Digital Video Cameras Scanners Color and B/W network printers Palm held devices
Software Standards SunGard Eschool Plus Student Information System Gradebook Attendance Parent Contact Information Eduphoria Curriculum bank Collaborative lesson planner Data analysis tools for local and state test disaggregation Online professional development system (includes PDAS, tracking of all PD, and course enrollment catalog) Complete list of software is provided to every campus
Ongoing staff development using “job embedded”, after school, and summer training opportunities Ongoing instructional and technical support on a daily “just in time” basis Ongoing evaluation of campus standards and equipment with long range plans Continued focus on furthering information access for administrators Continued focus on next steps to automate user authentication via SIF standards Evaluation of possible migration of our current ERP system (finance & human resources) Evaluation of virus protection, spam, and web filtering services Evaluation of storage and backup methods and needs for expansion Need for two additional T1 lines to accommodate addition of five new campuses in 2012-2013 Solution for online student registration in grades k-12 Ongoing support of remote access for district employees Evaluation for providing the most current solution for data driven decision making
Objective 1.1: Staff Development personnel will be provided by the Technology Department for each campus. Strategy 1.1.1: A Technology Integration Facilitator (certified teacher) will be provided for all campuses to conduct on-going technology staff development. Strategy 1.1.2: A Technology Specialist will be provided for all campuses to provide the support for the follow through of the staff development. Strategy 1.1.3: A District Technology Applications Facilitator will be provided for all Technology Applications teachers to support innovative teaching and provide cutting edge training.
Objective 1.2: A variety of staff development opportunities will be available to all personnel. Strategy 1.2.1: Campus specific workshops will be provided throughout the school year, determined by the current needs of the entire staff. Strategy 1.2.2: Summer technology integration classes will be offered for all personnel. Strategy 1.2.3: Job-embedded training will be offered on an as needed basis on each campus. Strategy 1.2.4: Information for the Master Teacher Technology program will be made available to all teachers and all teachers will be encouraged to participate.
Objective 1.3: FISD will develop and implement online opportunities to assist teachers in staff development. Strategy 1.3.1: Online training modules and "How To" video streaming seminars will be provided for all staff via an organized, web based curriculum library. Strategy 1.3.2: The Technology Department will facilitate the online registration system for teacher staff development courses.
Objective 1.4: All FISD educators will be expected to show proficiency for the effective use of Technology. Strategy 1.4.1: Teachers will be required to use technology as an instructional tool in the classroom. Strategy 1.4.2: All educators will be required to use technology as an administrative tool (email, grade book, attendance) following SBEC Standards. Strategy 1.4.3: All educators will be required to complete the Texas Star Chart to establish progress towards mastery of Technology Applications Educator Standards.
Objective 2.1: All students will have the opportunity to use technology through online research and project-based activities that reinforce the core curriculum, and be proficient in all Technology Applications TEKS. Strategy 2.1.1: A technology applications scope and sequence will be provided to guide teachers on FISD expectations for student mastery at grades K-5. Strategy 2.1.2: A technology applications scope and sequence will be provided to guide teachers on FISD expectations for student mastery at grades 6-8. Strategy 2.1.3 : Technology Applications high school courses will be offered to meet state graduation requirements. Strategy 2.1.4: Numerous online resources will be provided through the libraries to enhance core curriculum.
Objective 2.2: All students will have the opportunity to participate in interactive projects and fieldtrips via videoconference. Strategy 2.1.1: Continue to increase the number of videoconferencing experiences for all students, focusing on collaboration between schools.
Objective 2.3: A safe technology environment will be provided for all students and staff. Strategy 2.3.1 : Continue to require a signed Responsible Use Policy for every student and employee before network access is granted. Strategy 2.3.2: Continue to use the most effective firewall, virus protection, and filtering strategies available.
Objective 3.1: All teachers will use technology as an instructional tool. Strategy 3.1.1: Instructional Technology Department will provide the teachers staff development to insure effective use of the multimedia teaching stations Strategy 3.1.2: Teachers will develop integrated lessons utilizing the multimedia teaching stations provided in each classroom. Strategy 3.1.3 : Provide a means to post online content for curriculum enhancement and reinforcement to support individual student learning and needs that includes parental and student access to course content. Strategy 3.1.4: Instructional Technology will identify and provide quality instructional resources where appropriate to help enhance curriculum and instruction.
Objective 3.2: : All teachers and administrators will use technology as an administrative tool. Strategy 3.2.1: All teachers in grades 2-12 will use the district-wide computer grade book application for grade keeping and attendance reporting. Strategy 3.2.2: All teachers in grades K-12 will use electronic mail and have the ability to create individual teacher websites for communication with colleagues, parents, and students. Strategy 3.3.3: Continue to research, update and implement administrative software packages for all departments within FISD including student services, finance, nursing, principals, etc. Strategy 3.2.4: The technology department will facilitate the data analysis of all TAKS based and benchmark testing for teachers and administrators, encouraging data driven instruction for individual students and student populations. Strategy 3.2.5: The technology department will provide the technology framework for fostering consistent communication between schools and community. Strategy 3.2.6: The technology department will provide an online curriculum management tool with access to district curriculum activities and documents that includes the ability to share teacher lesson plans. Strategy 3.2.7: The technology department will provide assistance and leadership with creating, funding and implementing technology modules in all plans developed within the district.
Objective 4.1: All campuses in FISD will meet a district-wide minimum standard for technology software and hardware. Strategy 4.1.1: Every campus will update their inventory listing of all technologies annually. Strategy 4.1.2: The district standards will be updated on a yearly basis with input from meetings with principals, district technology committee, and results from surveys and STaR charts. Strategy 4.1.3: Equipment will be provided for all campuses to enable them to meet the district standards. Strategy 4.1.4: The technology department will provide guidance and support for the technology plans in classroom, library and campus improvement plans.
Objective 4.2: FISD will continue to provide the same high level of voice and data services to new campuses. Strategy 4.2.1: Nortel system 11 switch will be installed on all new campuses. Strategy 4.2.2: Provide current Cisco switches for LAN as required by district standards. Strategy 4.2.3: Frisco ISD will continue to connect new campuses with high bandwidth capabilities by either extending our own fiber infrastructure or by leasing services. Strategy 4.2.4: Provide current Xirrus and Cisco wireless access points as required by district standards.
Objective 4.3: FISD will continue to provide technology accessibility to the community. Strategy 4.3.1: The Technology department will facilitate the computer on loan program of used computers to FISD families who exhibit a need for computer access in the home. Strategy 4.3.2: The technology department will provide/facilitate the use of specialized software and computer lab accessibility for the GED and Community Education programs.
Objective 4.4: FISD will continue to provide support for technology across the district. Strategy 4.4.1: A Technology Specialist will be provided for every campus as a first line of technical support. Strategy 4.4.2: Centrally deployed technical support will be available for every 1200 computers in the district.
Objective 4.5: FISD will continue to utilize all available revenue sources appropriately to fund the technology program. Strategy 4.5.1: Funding will be accomplished with a combination of state technology allotment, M&O and bond funds. Strategy 4.5.2: Technology department will continue to work with other entities both within and outside the district to secure alternative funding sources such as grants and federal programs.
Objective 4.6: The technology department will continually research emerging technologies for possible use within the district. Strategy 4.6.1: Technology staff will attend state and national conferences to stay abreast of trends and innovations with educational technology.. Strategy 4.6.2: Technology staff will visit with at least one district a semester to discuss their successes and best practices. Strategy 4.6.3: Technology staff will implement appropriate emerging technologies that support identified needs of the district. Technologies that will allow the district to meet the 1 to 1 ratio for students will remain a primary focus Strategy 4.6.4: Technology department will adjust and submit a yearly technology plan that will meet the guidelines for E-Rate, No Child Left Behind and the state long range technology plan. Strategy 4.6.5: Technology Department will review and adjust the districts business continuation plan on a yearly basis.
Evaluation of the Frisco ISD Technology Plan is an on- going, annual process. The Board Technology Committee consists of: Three board members Leadership staff from technology department (instructional, operations, network, information management)
The accountability methods used for evaluation include: Campus surveys and STaR Chart reports PDAS documentation evaluating effectiveness of technology in the classroom Reports from the online registration system for staff development Documentation on the growth of technology integration lesson plans in our online Curriculum Library Documentation on the growth of video conferencing projects as recorded with the online distance learning calendar Registration documentation for our Technology Outreach Program, GED, and Community Education programs to evaluate community access to technology resources Campus inventory reports of hardware and software Documentation of maintenance and support provided by our online work order system
According to the 2001 PEW Internet & American Life Project “students are frustrated and increasingly dissatisfied by the digital disconnect they are experiencing at school.” They would like to see More educational use of the internet outside school Significantly increased quality of access to the internet while in school Increased professional development for teachers so teachers can better integrate the use of the internet into curricula Greater importance of keyboarding, computer, and digital literacy skills Greater effort to ensure that high quality online information and access is available to complete school assignments online easily Policy makers educate themselves more and seriously consider the “digital divide” to better understand the inequities that exists among student access and use of the internet
How do we leverage our state learning standards withtechnology to create a collaborative, interactive andhighly personalized learning experience for alllearners which will successfully prepare them for theirfuture?“Students are different, but educational practice andthe material that supports it is changing only slowly”(Horizon Report, 2009).Our schools are faced with a need for radical change.
Redesign and transform our thinking about learning Stay current with the research and schools that are doing things successfully Learning 24/7 Flexible learning environments including video conferencing, blogging, collaborative online learning for both teachers and students Connected teachers Teachers sharing research and resources; collaborating online Using data effectively We know how to collect the data, but do we know how to manage and use it effectively to drive instruction? School administrators—and not teachers—set the tone for Internet use at school. (Levin & Arafeh, 2002).
“Educators must recognize that “although the fundamentalpurpose of our public education system is the same, the roleand process of schools, educators, and the system itselfshould change to reflect the times we live in and our goals asa global leader. Such rethinking applies tolearning, assessment, and teaching processes and to theinfrastructure and operational and financial sides of runningschools and school systems” (U.S. Department ofEducation, 2010, p.12).Technology trends and its momentum are positioned toend the traditional classroom model of the industrial ageas we move to the new, student empowered model ofengaged learning anywhere, anytime.
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