Technology Action Plan

Organizational Chart-Integrated Technology



                                    District Superin...
Technology Action Plan



                     Title                                        Description
District Superinte...
Technology Action Plan

                                                understanding of the Technology Applications
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Technology Action Plan

greatest weakness, therefore the campus will concentrate on ongoing professional development
incor...
Technology Action Plan

monitored and increase in achievement by 5% along with AEIS scores improving by 3% in each
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Technology Action Plan

  1. 1. Technology Action Plan Organizational Chart-Integrated Technology District Superintendent Associate Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Chief Technology Officer Campus Principals Coordinator of Instructional Technology Instructional Technology Instructional Curriculum Specialists (ITS) Specialists Campus Technology Computer Lab Managers Liaisons Secondary Teachers Secondary Students
  2. 2. Technology Action Plan Title Description District Superintendent He/She manages the school system and provides leadership according to the school district’s vision. This individual oversees the operations of all schools and reports to the board of directors. Associate Superintendent for Curriculum & This individual is the direct supervisor for the Instruction district’s chief technology officer. Along with overseeing the implementation of all curriculum and instruction, he/she works with the CTO to determine technology integration at all secondary campuses. Chief Technology Officer This individual reports to the Associate Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction and develops, implements, and oversees the district wide Technology Plan. He assures successful execution of the district’s mission and goals by managing the technology needs of the district and the staffing levels. He makes staffing and planning decisions and is responsible for coordinating the implementation and ongoing management of the student system and other related systems. He serves as the primary project contact, technical consultant, technical advisor, and project manager for technology systems. Coordinator of Instructional Technology This individual is under the supervision of the district’s CTO and is responsible for allocating initiatives for instructional-technology systems; identifies and communicates information on emerging technologies and their application to the learning process; and oversees technology staff development. Instructional Technology Specialists (ITS) These individuals work for the Coordinator of Instructional Technology at the district level. They are responsible for instructing campus- level initiatives (including STaR Chart completion) and for assisting teachers and staff with technology integration. They support instructional software and manage and write staff development that incorporates technology. ITS deliver technology staff development and model best teaching practices. They provide leadership and support for campus-based technology liaisons and lab managers, while communicating effectively both orally and in writing with administrators, teachers and students. Finally, they demonstrate a working knowledge and
  3. 3. Technology Action Plan understanding of the Technology Applications TEKS, the benchmarks and the Technology Applications curriculum documents. Campus Principals This individual reports to the Superintendent and the Associate Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction. He/She is the instructional leader of the campus. He develops and models the vision for technology and communicates that vision to all stakeholders. He provides direction and/or resources for campus personnel and ensures efficient and effective use of the technology tools available. Instructional Curriculum Specialists Instructional specialists are under the supervision of the campus principal and the Associate Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction. He/She assists teachers with curriculum, assessments, and other classroom needs, including providing technology resources. Computer Lab Managers These instructors implement technology and assist classroom teachers and students with computer applications. They facilitate lab lessons that incorporate technology application TEKS and content specific TEKS. Campus Technology Liaisons Individuals who are model teachers that assist with technology needs at the campus level. They provide technology communication between district and campus levels. Secondary Teachers These persons are certified individuals who are responsible for classroom management and instruction. They provide differentiated instruction by incorporating technology tools into content-area curriculum and seek assistance from their district level ITS or their campus instructional curriculum specialist. Secondary Students Individuals who are actively involved in learning and applying technology standards. Professional Development The faculty, staff and students will strive to meet the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards, which include creativity and innovation; communication and collaboration; research and information fluency; critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making; digital citizenship; and technology operations and concepts. The campus administration will analyze and disclose results for the Texas STaR Chart, PDAS evaluations, technology proficiency assessments, and Technology Application TEKS and student technology use incorporated in daily lesson plans to determine professional development needs. Since The Texas STaR Chart and proficiency assessments indicate “Teaching and Learning” has been determined the
  4. 4. Technology Action Plan greatest weakness, therefore the campus will concentrate on ongoing professional development incorporating 21st century skills and technology integration into the curriculum. Teachers will have 24/7 online access to software tutorials via Atomic Learning. Training videos will include software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and Publisher, along with Promethean, Discovery Streaming, Dreamweaver, Inspiration and many other packages. Teachers will also be given professional development opportunities face-to-face. Workshops to enhance skills and software proficiency will be offered on campus, as well as at the district technology lab. Topics will include application software (listed above) in addition to Internet safety, copyright laws, electronic agreement policies, and integration support. This training is intended to inform and improve classroom instruction. The Instructional Technology Specialists (ITS) and the campus Instructional Curriculum Specialist will monitor and assist teachers when necessary, while ITS and master teachers will instruct the hands-on workshops every Tuesday afternoon (under the supervision of the coordinator for instructional technology and the chief technology officer). Other professional development opportunities will be provided to improve communication with students and other stakeholders. Instruction will be offered throughout the year for creating teacher web pages, wikis, blogs, and podcasts. To extend learning experiences outside of the school, the use of distance learning carts will be encouraged. Instructional technology specialists (ITS), instructional curriculum specialists, technology liaisons, and technology- proficient teachers will be responsible for conducting these workshops (under the supervision of the coordinator for instructional technology and the chief technology officer). Four early release days are scheduled by the Associate Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction throughout the school year for further teacher professional development. Digital literacy, classroom response systems, and content-specific activities will take place on these days. For teachers seeking more in-depth assistance or further practice, after school Technology Tuesday classes will be held for one hour (on these designated days). Technology liaisons, ITS, and technology-proficient teachers will instruct these classes. Evaluations Under the direction of the Chief Technology Officer and the Coordinator for Instructional Technology, the IT Specialists will conduct a district-wide professional development survey using Google-Docs forms. Specific needs will be determined to plan for future staff development lessons and to include on the campus improvement plan. The objective is to show 10% increase in the access and proficiency of technology tools. Under the direction of the Chief Technology Officer and the Coordinator for Instructional Technology, the IT Specialists will conduct the Texas Teacher STaR Chart and a technology proficiency assessment for all teachers. Other technology preparation surveys, such as Project Tomorrow’s Speak Up, will be used to determine students’, teachers’, and administrators’ use of technology to improve education. Principals will support this effort by mandating participation from all teachers. Levels of technology proficiency will be revealed for future development along with tracking improvement over the next three years. The expected campus outcome over the next three years is to reach the performance standard of target tech. Campus administrators will conduct walk-throughs and PDAS evaluations and note technology use. Campus Instructional Curriculum Specialists will review teacher lesson plans for technology integration and technology application TEKS. Student benchmark tests will be
  5. 5. Technology Action Plan monitored and increase in achievement by 5% along with AEIS scores improving by 3% in each subject area. These assessments will assist with curriculum development implementing technology applications and meeting the needs of students. A comprehensive assessment of each professional development course will determine participation and further needs. Participating teachers will complete a survey of each activity to determine areas of strengths and weaknesses. At least 65-75% of teachers will participate in face-to-face and/or online activities to improve professional development and technology integration.

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