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Dallas isd technology plan

  1. 1. CURRENT STATE OF DALLAS ISD “A committee of Dallas school trustees learned….that the district is now in compliance with the federal E-Rate program after being frozen out for eight years. The district could potentially be reimbursed more than $140 million for technology projects.” (HOBBS, 2013) • From 2004 thru today, the District has not received any eRate program federal funding. • DallasISD is behind its urban counterparts. • Infrastructure is outdated. • Frequent outages. • Provider opts for repair instead of preventative maintenance. ***Despite the challenges presented by lack of eRate funding and poor services from our ISP, the District does have the tools and devices in place to take advantage of emerging technologies. (Shuman, Tyminski, & Pinkman, 2012)
  2. 2. TEXAS LONG-RANGE PLAN FOR TECHNOLOGY, 2006-2020 DallasISD has evaluated the current state of technology in regard to instructional programs, administrative systems, and technology infrastructure. The needs assessment focused on the initiatives that will help the District address educational technology improvements in the areas identified by the TEA Long Range Plan for Technology: State Vision • Teaching and Learning • Educator Preparation and Development • Leadership, Administration and Instructional Support • Infrastructure for Technology Leadership National Vision • Strengthen Leadership • Consider Innovative Budgeting • Improve Teacher Training • Support e-Learning and Virtual Schools • Encourage Broadband Access • Move Toward Digital Content • Integrate Data Systems (Texas Education Agency, 2006)
  3. 3. BUILDING TEACHER CAPACITY THROUGH RIGOROUS AND RELEVANT STAFF DEVELOPMENT Dallas ISD supports the professional growth of its teachers through ongoing, sustained professional development that focuses on helping students reach and exceed district defined goals. • Teachers are expected to acquire needed technology skills in order to successfully deliver instruction, meet student needs, and assist other campus staff in professional development. • Training topics include basic use of the technologies, integrating the technologies into curriculum areas, and using technologies to support authentic assessments. (Shuman, Tyminski, & Pinkman, 2012)
  4. 4. WHAT ARE THE DISTRICT NEEDS In order to meet the national goals of the Texas LRPT, Dallas ISD learning takes place in a context of highly engaged students that are working through sustained efforts to achieve and exceed standards of each content area.. Key elements : • Building Teacher Capacity Through Rigorous And Relevant Staff Development • Providing An Organized Curriculum That Is Based On Clearly Defined Standards • Giving Students Access To Appropriate Tools As Determined By The Demands of Discipline being Studied • Using Meaningful methods of Feedback And Assessments (Shuman, Tyminski, & Pinkman, 2012)
  5. 5. GIVING STUDENTS ACCESS TO APPROPRIATE TOOLS AS DETERMINED BY THE DEMANDS OF THE DISCIPLINE BEING STUDIED Dallas ISD recognizes that students must use technology in meaningful ways in order to acquire 21st century skills that are needed to compete in a global society. Students must learn to use technology to collect, interpret, and communicate information to others. This is done through a variety of technologies in Dallas ISD: • Interactive-capable projectors • Moodle • 3D-capable projectors • Digital Video cameras • Interactive Classroom software • Interactive video conferencing • Document cameras • E-resources • Mobile technologies • Student email • Online repository • MicroSoft Live and 360 (Shuman, Tyminski, & Pinkman, 2012)
  6. 6. PROVIDING AN ORGANIZED CURRICULUM THAT IS BASED ON CLEARLY DEFINED STANDARDS Dallas ISD provides an aligned and rigorous curriculum for all students. • To facilitate these activities that require higher levels of sustained efforts by students, greater technological bandwidth is required. • Teachers and students will be utilizing a variety of online resources to collect, analyze, and communicate information. • Students are expected to use current technologies that support the rigor of the discipline and meet clearly defined standards. (Shuman, Tyminski, & Pinkman, 2012)
  7. 7. USING MEANINGFUL METHODS OF FEEDBACK AND ASSESSMENTS Teachers and administrators in Dallas ISD utilize technology to assist in assessing student learning. A variety of technologies give teachers and administrators current data that can be analyzed. They allow quick access to data that greatly enhances instructional planning and differentiation of instruction for students. (Shuman, Tyminski, & Pinkman, 2012) • My DataPortal • Curriculum Central • Principal Dashboards
  8. 8. TECHNOLOGY NEEDED TO SUPPORT TEACHING AND LEARNING PHILOSOPHY Due to the rigorous demands of this philosophy, specific minimum technology support is needed. This support is outlined below by identifying what technology is available in every classroom and then, more specifically, what additional technology is needed for specific content areas. Every classroom: • Interactive-capable projector • Interactive Classroom software • Document camera • Digital Video camera • Classroom Audio system • Wireless access with increased bandwidth • Grades PK-4: 1 cart of 25 netbooks per 5 classrooms • Grades 5-8: 1 cart of 30 netbooks per 6 classrooms • Grades 9-12: 1 cart of 30 netbooks per 6 classrooms (Shuman, Tyminski, & Pinkman, 2012)
  9. 9. REFERENCES HOBBS, T. D. (2013, April 5). Education. Retrieved November 5, 2013, from Dallas Morning News: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20130404dallas-isd-in-compliance-with-federal-technology-program-after-eight-years.ece Shuman, G., Tyminski, F., & Pinkman, L. (2012, March 1). DISD FOI Documents. Retrieved November 5, 2013, from Dallas Friends of Public Education: www.dfpe.org/PDF/DISD-Strategic-Technology-Plan-081012.pdf Texas Education Agency. (2006). Long-Range Plan For Technology., 2006-2020. Retrieved from: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=21474 94561&libID=2147494558