A Technology Action Plan

        A Technology Action Plan
                                  By Lynda Kieler, December ...
A Technology Action Plan

1     Introduction

Our Vision

Students of Wharton Elementary School will have equal access...
A Technology Action Plan

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A Technology Action Plan

of the district. The District Facilitator listens to the needs of the campuses and
with the Tec...
A Technology Action Plan

Access to digital content is available          Independent student                        Us...
A Technology Action Plan

After school in-services and summer                     Summer Opportunities:                 ...
A Technology Action Plan

Instructional leaders will model new           Leaders will model use of            Principal...
A Technology Action Plan

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This action plan is but a start of where we hope to go. It is hoped that by being r...
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  1. 1. A Technology Action Plan A Technology Action Plan By Lynda Kieler, December 2009 "Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time." -Chinese Proverb- 1
  2. 2. A Technology Action Plan 1 Introduction Our Vision Students of Wharton Elementary School will have equal access to technologies that will equip them with the 21st century skills necessary to compete in a global community. Our Mission Teachers will improve their teaching and student learning through the use of technology as a direct result of their professional development and the support of the district instructional leaders' commitment and support through a technology rich infrastructure and ongoing evaluation of all areas and stakeholders' needs. Planning Evaluation With an understanding that evaluation is key to moving this action plan forward towards success for all stakeholders, preliminary evaluation was done before reflecting on a course of action. Based on interviews with a campus principal, the district technology director, a technology facilitator, teachers and students; the district and campus technology perceptions and climate was assessed. Further preliminary evaluation consisted of a review of the Texas STaR Chart data which indicated that our district is lacking in the areas of professional development and implementation of technology into the curriculum. The results from the Project Tomorrow Speak Up findings, and a review of the Texas Long Rang Plan, Wharton’s Three Year District Plan, and ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards also gave direction for this action plan and reiterated the need for instructional leadership and accountability. 2
  3. 3. A Technology Action Plan Organizational Chart Superintendent District Technology District Curriculum Director Director District Technology Technology Principals of Committee Facilitator Curriculum and Instruction Campus Technology Teachers Committee Technology Assistants Students The Superintendent gives the Technology Director the budget and supports decisions made by her/him. The Technology Director and the District Curriculum Director discuss needs for integration of technology into the curriculum. The District Curriculum Director then meets with the Campus Curriculum Principals to oversee that technology is an integral part of the curriculum. The District Technology Director meets with the District Technology Committee made up of district teachers representing each campus to determine needs for the campuses 3
  4. 4. A Technology Action Plan of the district. The District Facilitator listens to the needs of the campuses and with the Technology Director, plans services for each campus per their needs for development for teachers and students as well as overseeing that the Technology TEKS are taught. Evaluations made at this level are formative. The Campus Technology Committee meets before the district committee meets to discuss technology needs and the Curriculum principal may also attend the meeting to ensure that technology is being asked for that will impact students in a positive manner. In addition to help from the Technology Facilitator, teachers can receive technology assistance from the assistants that run the labs and report computer issues to the facilitator. Through the organizational make up, it is hoped that when all of the fore-mentioned individuals are groups are aligned, that students will benefit from the technology and technology integrated learning that they need in order to be successful 21st century learners. 2 GOALS Teaching and Learning Goal 1: Improve student achievement and teacher effectiveness through the use of technology Strategies Student Evidence Teacher Evidence Students will master Technology  Student checklists of  Records on student TEKS mastered TEKS mastery  Student products  Lesson Plans Teachers will integrate technology  Student projects related to  Integrated Lessons in their curriculum curriculum will demonstrate  Collaboration with an understanding of concepts colleagues on ways to using presentation software integrate and multimedia applications.  Effectively incorporate the use  Student will work of new technologies such as interactive whiteboards, collaboratively using blogs, websites, web-quests, technology to effectively podcasts, and RSS, to communicate information and communicate and enhance ideas to multiple audiences instruction. 4
  5. 5. A Technology Action Plan Access to digital content is available  Independent student  Use of on-line resources through internet research such as United Streaming  On Line assess to Library  Use of on-line curriculum and databases  Use of virtual field trips  Student Blogs Demonstration of Digital citizenship  Will exhibit the proper  Will exhibit proper and cyber ethics behaviors and expectations of behaviors and expectations digital citizenship in their roles of digital citizenship in their as students. roles as teachers  Will follow the Internet  Will follow the Internet Usage Policy Usage Policy Summary: The goal of teaching and learning is for teachers and students to use technology in an integrated manner which will enhance both learning and teaching. Proper internet usage is expected of all technology users and we feel that as educators we have a responsibility to educate our students on how to use the internet safely. From mastery of Technology TEKS to use of programs that help students and teachers communicate to internet safety when interacting with others and researching, we expect our students and teachers to develop the skills needed to compete in the 21st century. Educator Preparation and Development Goal 2: Campus staff performance with technology will improve Strategies Student Evidence Teacher Evidence Instruction by Facilitator on use of  Students will show mastery  Teacher will be an indirect various computer programs through projects learner in the lesson  Use of programs to produce  Teacher will integrate evidence of curriculum programs into curriculum and objectives will increase and use them to present lessons students will become independent in use of the programs 5
  6. 6. A Technology Action Plan After school in-services and summer Summer Opportunities:  Attendance logs opportunities on use of interactive whiteboards, use of mp3 players for  Creating a digital story  Teacher lesson plans podcasts, blogs, website creation,  Podcasting  PDAS Observations interactive games, virtual field trips, digital storytelling, digital cameras, etc  Use of digital cameras  Integrated Curriculum by as needs arise confident teachers  Teachers mentoring other teachers Summary: Knowing that effective use of technology will only occur if we have the skills or know how of the technologies, staff development becomes key to our plan to improve the use of technology on our campus. Staff development has to evolve to meet the needs of the stakeholders. Using facilitators on each campus to teach students lessons will provide indirect training for teachers in a non threatening way. Dialogues that initiate from the student lessons between the facilitator and teacher or even teacher to teacher will lead to one on one instruction and teacher to teacher mentoring. Due to the current use of Professional Learning Communities within each grade, technology needs and trainings can be tailor created for grade level, subject level and campus level in-services. Administration and Support Services Goal 3: Administration will provide instructional leadership for the campus in integrating technology into the curriculum and improving efficiency. Strategy Administration Evidence Teacher Evidence Provide a rich technology  Campus technology is  Teachers use a variety of environment for teaching and learning maintained and up to date technology hardware, software  Technology on campus reflects and internet sources to meet the the current tools needed to needs of their students st create 21 century learners  Teachers facilitate their students' use of a variety of technologies to learn and to create meaningful learning products Instructional leaders will show  Leaders look for evidence in  Teachers take initiative to try new commitment and support for use of lesson plans technologies with their students technology  Leaders showcase students and  Teachers and their students are teachers who use technology in showcased in newsletters or their teaching and learning newspapers for their initiatives 6
  7. 7. A Technology Action Plan Instructional leaders will model new  Leaders will model use of  Principals will use the technologies technologies technology in communications they expect teachers and students with faculty to use in effective ways to communicate with a variety of audiences  Community /school communication will be improved through the use of technology utilized by the instructional leaders. Summary: Knowing that the instructional leader can facilitate the use of technology used on a campus by his/her support and patience with teachers and students as they experiment to find the best way to use the technologies, administrators will demonstrate to the faculty and students their appreciation for effort and by making sure that the technologies on the campus are maintained and up to date. Use of old technology will not serve the students or teachers in the most effective way. The leader will make sure that the students and faculty are receiving the training they need to effectively use the most current applications and technologies. Evaluation Goal 4: Effectively evaluate the use of technology by all stakeholders and maintain and improve the infrastructure as needs develop so that we meet the standards outlined in the Long Range Technology Plan. Types of Evaluation Of Students by Facilitator, Of Teacher and Teacher and Campus Administrator by Leaders Facilitators, Technology Director Planning  Student records on mastery of Tech  Previous year in-service training TEKS from previous year and subsequent use of  Student products technologies in the day to day job  Student participation in summer  Campus technology requests and activities teacher technology requests  STaR Chart data Formative  Students continued mastery of  In-service and development Tech TEKS opportunities show that teachers  Student products that improve in are advancing in their mastery of sophistication programs  Finding ways to improve on past  Teachers and administrators use and find alternate ways of problem solve to find ways to make doing learning tasks learning and their job more effective and efficient through the 7
  8. 8. A Technology Action Plan use of technology  More teachers and administrators are using technology more of the time versus the way they used to, making modifications and adjustments as needed. Summative  Students fill out questionnaires at  Teachers and administrators the end of summer learning comment on how they felt about opportunities in-services and which ones they felt  Students evaluate the technology helped them the most they used during the year and  Monitoring of use and mastery in highlight their learnings using the technologies acquired  Students electronic portfolios  Teachers and administrators show should reflect an increasing mastery collaborative effort to solve of skills and programs problems with facilitators that  Student interviews can assess what occur when using new technology learning needs they have that still so that they will have future need to be addressed successes  Because of teacher and administrators learnings students are introduced to new technologies being integrated into lessons Summary: Professional development evaluation and program evaluation should include three types of evaluation: planning, formative and summative. Evaluation should take place at every level and be an ongoing process. In the planning evaluation, data from the STaR chart, in-service records, observations from the previous year and technology requests will move the professional development and for the following year and help to determine how well we are in line with meeting our goals. The formative evaluation will occur throughout the year as direct observations and products and integration of technology with lessons and job performance. The summative evaluation will take the year into account and look at the critical levels of professional development evaluations: participants' reactions, participants' learning, organizational support and change, use of new knowledge and skills and the impact the development subsequently had on student learning outcomes(Gusky, 1998). 8
  9. 9. A Technology Action Plan 3 Summary This action plan is but a start of where we hope to go. It is hoped that by being realistic and creating situations that will immerse teachers in learning situations that the use of technology will increase at an exponential rate as teachers feel comfortable with the technology through the forms of professional development outlined above. Evaluation will be key to monitoring the success of this plan at each step of the way. Though Wharton is a small district, we feel strongly that our students deserve the opportunity to hone skills they will need to collaborate in the 21st century global community through the use of technology both during the school year and with summer learning opportunities. 4 Resources Agency, T. E. (2006). Long-Range Plan for Technology. Austin: TEA. Education, I. S. (2008). National Educational Technology Standards. Retrieved December 1, 2009, from http://www.iste.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=NETS Ganske, S. (2008-2011). Wharton ISD Three-Year District Technology Plan. Wharton: Wharton ISD. Guskey, T. (Fall 1998). The age of our accountability. National Staff Development Council , 36-44. May, S., Ganske, S., & Roddy, H. (2009, December 4). Technology in Wharton ISD. (L. Kieler, M. Rath, & P. Parsons, Interviewers) Selected National Findings. (2008). Retrieved Dec 1, 2009, from Speak Up 2008 for Students, Teachers, Parents and Administrators: http://www.tomorrow.org/docs/SU08_selected%20national_findings_complete.pdf Texas Campus STaR Chart Summary. (2008-2009). Retrieved 11 14, 2009, from School Technology and Readiness: http://starchart2.esc12.net/campusSearchlist.aspx?foryear=20082009&district=Wharton&campus= 9