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A review of the Texarkana ISD technology plan

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Texarkana isd technology plan

  1. 1. TEXARKANA ISDTechnology Plan<br />A review by Julia Allen<br />EDLD5362 5/15/2011<br />
  2. 2. Vision Statement<br />“In a dynamic learning community, technology connects home, school, and the world, and supports learning as a continuous process. We believe that all students can develop enhanced thinking and problem-solving skills through the use of technology as a basic tool to help them enter the workforce and to become life-long learners” (Sullivan, 2006).<br />
  3. 3. Plan Scope<br />Three year plan<br />A framework for response to changing needs<br />Implemented in three phases:<br />Upgrade of infrastructure and expansion of staff development<br />Expansion of infrastructure, staff development, and technology integration<br />Evaluation and Improvements<br />
  4. 4. Internet Connectivity<br />100% of district’s 600 classrooms and 10 campuses have direct access to the internet. <br />Internet usage does not reflect the problem-solving and higher order thinking skills the district proclaims as its vision for the technology.<br />
  5. 5. School Networks<br />Each site contains its own local area network (LAN)<br />provide access to shared instructional resources <br />comprised of file and print servers, Ethernet switches, IP routers, web servers, IP telephony equipment, and Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS)<br />
  6. 6. Wide-Area Network (WAN)<br />LANs converge into WAN to provide access to Internet and inter-campus communications <br />Provides access to shared communication tools such as E-mail, calendars, and web content<br />Allows sharing of firewalls, web filters, proxy servers, and other security gateways.<br />
  7. 7. Wireless Connectivity<br />Calls for the purchase and implementation of equipment and software to facilitate secure wireless access to network resources<br />
  8. 8. Student Information Management<br />Maintains accurate and secured student data for reporting purposes including reporting PEIMS<br />Data includes: <br />student enrollment<br />Attendance<br />participation in special programs<br />student performance<br />educational progress of mobile students<br />expenditures <br />local accountability information<br />
  9. 9. Student Information Management, Continued<br />Other planned uses:<br />on-line attendance <br />grade reporting<br />
  10. 10. Online Learning<br />Implemented for staff development<br />For student online instruction, district plans to “stay abreast” of the market and implement “applicable” solutions<br />Plan does not emphasize non-traditional approaches but describes use of technology to support current curriculum<br />
  11. 11. Course Management Systems<br />No mention of such resources in the plan<br />Aside from plan to implement online grade reporting, no indication of any plan to utilize such resources<br />
  12. 12. Staff Development<br />Does not address teaching staff effective implementation of technology <br />Seems to indicate plan to teach competency rather than integration<br />“Before technology can significantly improve learning, teachers must first be competent with the hardware and technology applications that facilitate their work in curriculum and support student learning” (Sullivan, 2006).<br />
  13. 13. Technology Support<br />Each campus has at least one Technology Representative who assists with on-site staff hardware/software implementation and support<br />
  14. 14. Beyond Computers<br />Specifically addresses computers and computer infrastructures<br />No provision for use of handheld personal computing devices <br />No mention of technology resources such as:<br />audio-visual equipment<br />video-conferencing tools<br />student response systems<br />interactive white boards<br />
  15. 15. Cloud Computing<br />Describes increased use by staff of online record-keeping and data sharing<br />No other reference to use of cloud storage solutions by teachers or students<br />
  16. 16. Open Source<br />Reference to students’ use of free online resources<br />No specific discussion of open source solutions<br />Mention of proprietary software by name installed on every device seems to support paid solutions over open source<br />
  17. 17. References<br />Cavanaugh, C., Gillan, K., Kromrey, J., Hess, M. and Blomeyer, R. (2004). The Effects of Distance Education on K–12 Student Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis. Learning Point Associates.<br />ICT Integration Guidebook (2008). ICTPD Online Professional Development. <br />Levin, D. and Arafeh, S. (2002). The Digital Disconnect: The Widening Gap Between Internet Savvy Students and Their Schools. Pew Internet and American Life Project.<br />Moore, R. J. (2006, August). The Five Best Accelerators in Schools. School Administrator 63.7. <br />See, J. (1992). Developing Effective Technology Plans. National Center for Technology Planning, Tupelo, MS. <br />Sullivan, F. L. (2006). Texarkana ISDTechnology Plan. <br />