Westwood ISD District Profile ESC Region 7 District Size: 1,600 – 2,999 4 Campuses 570+ Computers District Wide (4 Computers per student and 1 Computer per teacher) 1,717 Students 60.80% Economically Disadvantaged
Technology Planning Committee Superintendent Technology Director Curriculum Director Director of Finance High School Principal Junior High School Principal Elementary School Principal Elementary School Vice Principal Primary School Principal 7 Teachers
Westwood ISD Vision StatementIn the future Westwood ISD will be characterized by trained personnel that willfacilitate student learning using modern technology that is fully integrated into thecurriculum. The skills acquired by students will enable them to be prepared andproductive in an ever-changing technological society. Mission StatementThe mission of the Westwood ISD Technology Committee is to anticipate andprepare for the future technology needs of the district through research, planning,needs assessment, establishment of technology standards, pursuit of grant monies,acquisition of skills and knowledge through staff development, instructionaltechnology modeling, and appropriate evaluation of programs. The TechnologyCommittee will contribute directly to the academic development of all studentsthrough innovative technological leadership, helping provide a diverse and dynamiclearning environment characterized by excellence in teaching, and by establishing alearning culture where informed users practice responsible, legal, and ethical usesof technology and information. (Westwood ISD, 2011)
Technology Plan PurposeWestwood ISD has prepared this Long Range Technology Plan toarticulate a common vision for technology and identify thestrategies that will help incorporate advanced technologythroughout the district. These strategies will be used to improveacademic achievement, technology literacy, and the developmentof critical thinking skills that are essential for academic and theworking success. This will enable teachers to integratetechnology effectively into curriculum and instruction. (Westwood ISD, 2011)
Technology Plan BackgroundThis plan was based on information drawn from many sources including: Texas Long Range Plan for Technology No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 Technology Applications TEKS E-Rate A review of the literature to identify best practices A survey of school site hardware and instructional media A survey of teachers A survey of administrators Interviews with site and district administrators School site meetings
National and State Technology Plans National ETP Texas LRTP Learning: Engage & Empower Teaching & Learning Assessment: Measure What Educator Preparation & Matters Development Teaching: Prepare & Connect Leadership, Administration, Infrastructure: Access & & Instructional Support Enable Infrastructure for Productivity: Redesign & Technology Transform (TEA, 2006) (U.S. Dept. of Education, 2010)
Westwood ISD Technology Plan Goals Goal 1: 100% of the instructional staff will utilize multiple technology resources to support research-based instruction strategies to improve student learning and meet diverse learning needs. Goal 2: The district will provide on-going staff development to assist educators in the expanding effective teaching practices to incorporate technology. Goal 3: District and school administrators will plan for and provide technology resources to improve student achievement and to support school operations. Goal 4: District infrastructure will be configured and maintained to provide access to quality technology resources for the entire district. (Westwood ISD, 2011)
Goal 1 will integrate technology into 100% of the teachers in the district instruction to improve student learning and meet the needs of individual learning styles. Correlates to Texas LRTP categories: EPD 01 & 08, TL 01 100% of the students and teachers will have access to and use of technological curriculum resources. Correlates to Texas LRTP categories: EPD 02, 03, 04, 07, 08 & 09; TL02; LAS 01, 03; I 01 100% of students and staff will have the ability to participate in distance learning opportunities. Correlates to Texas LRTP categories: EPD 01, 08; TL08, 13; LAS 15; I 01, 06, 09 100% of the campuses will have the ability to positively impact the parental and other adult community through technology. Correlates to Texas LRTP categories: TL12, 14; LAS 09, 13 (Westwood ISD, 2011)
Goal 2 On-going, sustained staff development will be provided to assist all teachers, administrators, and staff in using technology effectively and efficiently. Correlates to Texas LRTP categories: EPD 01, 03, 04, 05, 06, 08; TL02, 04, 05, 06, 09, 16; LAS 01, 12; I 01 All teachers will be competent and highly qualified in Technology Applications as defined by the SBEC Standards for All Beginning Teachers. Correlates to Texas LRTP categories: EPD 01, 03, 04, 07, 08; TL02, 06, 09, 11 (Westwood ISD, 2011)
Goal 3 100% of campuses will utilize district technology as a tool to improve communication with parents, community and other support services. Correlates to Texas LRTP categories: EPD 01, 02, 04; TL05, 06, 12; LAS 02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 10, 11 13; I 01, 03, 04, 08 District administrators will strive to reach a student and teacher to computer ratio of 1:1. Correlates to Texas LRTP categories: EPD 01, 08 Development, implementation, budgeting and monitoring of a technology plan aligned to improved student learning and supportive of school operations will occur annually. Correlates to Texas LRTP categories: TL08, 09, 10, 14; I 02, 03, 07, 09 (Westwood ISD, 2011)
Goal 4 District technology will be evaluated, updated and maintained on a scheduled basis for maximum instructional and informational support. Correlates to Texas LRTP categories: EPD 03; TL08, 09, 11; LAS 03, 04; I 01, 02, 07, 08, 09 Maintain, support and provide improvement to 100% of the district-wide technology infrastructure that will allow access to the most useful technology for students, teachers and community members. Correlates to Texas LRTP categories: EPD 01, 03, 04, 07, 09; TL01, 02, 03 04, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10; LAS 01, 04, 14; I 01, 02, 03, 05, 07, 08, 09 Technology support will be provided to all students, teachers and administrators to ensure maximum utilization of district technology. Correlates to Texas LRTP categories: EPD 01, 03, 05, 06, 09; TL05, 06, 07, 08, 10, 11, 16; LAS 01, 03, 08; I 01, 09 (Westwood ISD, 2011)
Westwood ISD Technology Budget Teaching & Learning $ 6,000.00 Educator Preparation & Development $ 10,000.00 Leadership, Administration & Support $ 179,000.00 Infrastructure for Technology $ 85,000.00 Total: $280,000.00The technology budget is .016% of the total Westwood ISDbudget. (Westwood ISD, 2011)
The Future Westwood ISD’s technology plan will expire in 2014. In designing a new plan the district should continue to consult the NETP, the Texas LRTP, and the NCLB Act. To address the needs of the future of education the district should also definitely consult the Horizon Report and address the 3 new pillars of 21st Century Learning.
Horizon Report The Horizon Report contains 6 categories to move oureducation system to a new and improved globallearning system. Cloud Computing Mobiles Game-based Learning Open Content Learning Analytics Personal Learning Environments (Johnson & Adams, 2011)
New 21 Century st Learning Pillars There are 3 Pillars that address making our schools suitable for21st Century Learners. Pillar #1: “I’m only one of my students’ teachers, but I’m the most important because I teach them to connect to all the others.” Implication area: Instruction Pillar #2: “My students should learn from me how to learn without me.” Implication area: Curriculum Pillar #3: “My students’ knowledge lies not only in their minds but in their networks.” Implication area: Assessment (Mancebelli, 2012)
Westwood ISD Westwood’s future technology plan will hopefully move us closer to becoming an innovative school that includes the model classrooms of the future, classrooms without walls. Global and collaborative learning is the way to ensure that our students are ready for an ever-changing world. Academics First! Excellence Always!
Resources Johnson, L., Adams, S., and Haywood, K., (2011). The NMC Horizon Report: 2011 K-12 Edition. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.Mancabelli, R., (2012, March 22). The Three New Pillars of 21st Century Learning. District Administration. p. 1.Texas Education Agency. (2006). Long-Range Plan for Technology, 2006-2020. Retrieved May, 9, 2012 from http://www.tea.state.tx.us/technology/etacU.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology, Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology, Washington, D.C., 2010.Westwood Technology Committee. (2011). Westwood ISD Technology Plan 2012-2014. Retrieved May 8, 2012 from http://www.westwoodisd.net/default.aspx?name=dis.tech.homepageEDLD 5362 Week 5 Assignment Technology Plan by Kimberely Stephenson is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.