San Marcos CISD, in partnership with the parents and the community, will provide a quality education to all students, empowering them to pursue productive and fulfilling lives.(SMCISD Technology Plan for 2012-2015) .
What We Believe A community of learners values and honors learning. It is a place where all participants- teachers, principals, parents and students - engage in learning and teaching. Within a community of learners, to be a “teacher” is to know something and to be able and willing to share it with others; to be a “student” is to want to learn and to care about learning something. (SMCISD Technology Plan for 2012-2015).
Instructional Technology Mission To help students and teachers use technology to accelerate learning. (SMCISD Technology Plan for 2012-2015) .
ESC Region: 13 City, State, Zip: San Marcos, TX 78666 Number of Campuses: 10 Total Student Enrollment: 7,518 District Size: 5,000 – 9,999 Economically Disadvantaged: 69.90% (SMCISD Technology Plan for 2012-2015) .
Technology Expenditures: $6,962,850Teaching and Learning: 469,400Educator Preparation & Development: 477,200Leadership, Administration and Support: 237,750Infrastructure for Technology: $2,521,318 (SMCISD Technology Plan for 2012-2015) .
Technology Expenditure per pupil: $926.16Number of campuses with Direct Connection to Internet: 10Percent of campuses with Direct Connection to Internet: 100%Number of classrooms with Direct Connection to Internet: 523Percent of classrooms with Direct Connection to Internet: 100%Computer/Student Ratio: 3 students for every computerComputer/Teacher Ratio: 1 teacher for every computerNumber of campuses that have completed Texas Campus STaR Chart: 9Percentage of campuses that have completed Texas Campus STaR Chart: 100% %(San Marcos CISD Technology Plan 2012-2015).
San Marcos CISD Technology Plan Goals:3. Improve academic achievement, including technology literacy, of all students through the integration of technology into curriculum instruction, and assessment.4. Increase the effectiveness of educators to integrate technology effectively into curriculum, instruction, and assessment through ongoing, sustained, high quality professional development and technology walk through forms.5. Cultivate coordinated district-wide awareness, planning, support to embrace and adopt progressive technologies to support teaching and learning and administration.6. Install, operate and maintain ubiquitous communication and data management resources that reflect current enterprise best practices and promote technology-enhanced execution of all district-approved functions. (SMCISD Technology Plan for 2012-2015) .
SMCISD implements policy from all involved stakeholdersby receiving input and guidance from the following : Review of No Child Left Behind requirements E-Rate requirements Texas Long Range Plan for Technology SBEC Standards for Technology Completion of teacher and campus STaR Chart surveys Review of core curriculum TEKS and Technology Application TEKS (SMCISD Technology Plan for 2012-2015) .
All goals, objectives, and strategies are in accordance with NCLB and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) guidelines set in place as a guide for : Technology Leadershttp://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForTechnologyFacilitatorsandLeaders/Technology_Leadership_Standards.h Technology Facilitatorshttp://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForTechnologyFacilitatorsandLeaders/Technology_Facilitation_Standards. Administratorshttp://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForAdministrators/2009Standards/NETS_for_Administrators_2009.htm Teachershttp://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForTeachers/2008Standards/NETS_for_Teachers_2008.htm Studentshttp://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/NETS/ForStudents/2007Standards/NETS_for_Students_2007.htm
An ongoing, comprehensive needs assessment utilizing thefollowing methods will be used to analyze the current status oftechnology in the district and the future needs : Online teacher surveys Interviews with department heads LRTP meetings Campus inventories Texas Campus STaR Chart Items analyzed included: personnel support, professional development, curriculum integration, infrastructure, hardware, software, student achievement, and technology resources.The findings from the needs assessment help to create goals,objectives and strategies for the technology plan. (SMCISD Technology Plan for 2012-2015) .
1.1 Provide support and instruction for students in the development of basic and advanced technology skills. Provide integration from the technology labs to the classrooms.1.2 Increase student use of technology for problem solving, information acquisition and communication. Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments.1.3 Select and use research-based instructional products to increase academic area learning. Increase the infrastructure for on demand access to all appropriate technology to complete project based learning, problem solving activities, information access and face-to-face and virtual communications. (SMCISD Technology Plan for 2012-2015) .
1.4 Increase student collaboration and communication using technology increase teacher utilization by correlating technology applications into TEKs by content and grade level.1.5 Increase teacher utilization of technology for instruction. Increase student utilization of technology to master technology application of TEKs.1.6 Increase teacher/administrator access to data and productivity tools for the purpose of improving the quality of instruction. (SMCISD Technology Plan for 2012-2015) .
2.1 To develop skills of all teachers in the areas identified in the SBEC Teacher Technology Proficiencies and ISTE Teacher Technology Proficiencies.2.2 To involve teachers in the support of other teachers’ technology learning.2.3 Provide training and technical support to teachers and staff. . (SMCISD Technology Plan for 2012-2015)
2.1.1 Continuously revise and define differentiated technology proficiency goals. Appropriate progress towards these goals is expected. These goals are correlated to SBEC State standards for technology and ITSE. Differentiated expectations will be relevant to the job responsibilities of each staff member. To include differentiated ability levels, teachers choice, teacher reflection, real world, and is interactive.2.1.2 Provide a variety of opportunities for teachers to learn & reinforce their technology integration skills (i.e. summer, attendance at technology conventions, campus-based, independent learning, online training, early release, district web pages, etc.) Hold staff accountable for their own technology professional development. Provide online training that includes real-world application and embedded videos of real-world application. Use surveys and assessment to prescribe training to fit the needs of individual staff.2.1.3 Continue utilizing the Web applications, for scheduling, registering, tracking of professional development activities. Investigate use for personal technology plan and online courses. Teachers will present transcript of activities to their supervisor for inclusion in their annual evaluation.2.1.4 Research and implement collaborative activities in support of technology integration 2.1.2 Provide a variety of opportunities for teachers to learn & reinforce their technology integration skills (i.e. summer, attendance at technology conventions, campus-based, independent learning, online training, early release, district web pages, etc.) Hold staff accountable for their own technology professional development. Provide online training that includes real-world application and embedded videos of real-world application. Use surveys and assessment to prescribe training to fit the needs of individual staff.2.1.5 Research and implement collaborative activities in support of technology integration professional development. (SMCISD Technology Plan for 2012-2015) .
3.1 Establish and maintain effective usage of progressive technological tools for planning, administration, and education purposes.3.2 Engage leaders to establish, implement, and revise comprehensive technology guidelines.3.3 Use technology effectively to promote parental involvement and increase communication with parents. Also, strengthen partnerships with businesses and community leaders to assist with technology and community involvement.3.4 Promote involvement in adult literacy programs delivered by the district, or in collaboration with adult literacy service providers.3.5 Leverage technologies and awareness programs to improve the safety and security of students and staff in the areas of physical security, personal information security, sexting, social media, instant messaging, & cyber bullying3.6 Seek innovative funding alternatives for technology integration and maintenance, and capitalize on existing funding opportunities.
4.1 Provide access to appropriately and securely configured workstations, servers and printing resources for all students.4.2 Maintain a network infrastructure to continually meet the growing needs of the district.4.3 Provide Progressive Technology Resources To Teachers and Staff for Increased Productivity. And discover and include new and emerging technologies where appropriate to increase district-wide operational efficiencies.4.4 Develop and implement a data backup and disaster recovery plan that encompasses activities required to maintain viable business continuity.4.5 Continue to work toward optimal user/internet-access device ratio in the district. (SMCISD Technology Plan for 2012-2015).
A classroom technology integration model that utilizes a broad numberof highly visual, interactive technologies with a single computer in order tosupport the nine instructional strategies below: Identifying similarities and differences Summarizing and note taking Reinforcing effort and providing recognition Incorporating homework and practice Using nonlinguistic representations Involving students in cooperative learning Setting objectives and providing feedback Generating and testing hypothesis Using questions, cues, and advance organizers San Marcos has not met the 1:1 computer: student ratio but is making stridesin that direction. The district teachers will be trained in Marzano’s Instructionalstrategies and will be implementing these best practices in their instruction.(Marzano, Pickering and Pollock, 2001)
“Students are different, but educational practice andthe material that supports it is changing only slowly”(Horizon Report, 2009). Students are digital natives and we need todevelop our instruction to meet today’s students. Wecannot continue to teach the way we have alwaystaught. Our students demand we move technology tothe forefront of our instruction.
Evaluation is a continuous, ongoing process. This process is both informal and formal. The Technology Plan is fluid and may change as the district’s needs change. Evaluate the Plan to see what is working and for what is not working and revise if needed. Campus Technologists, Teachers, Librarians, and Principals will provide feedback in multiple forms via email, reports, surveys or at meetings. Monthly meetings and training for technologists and librarians are to review best practices at each campus. Technologists and Librarians will have the opportunity to share problems, requests and ideas. Changes to the plan occur as an ongoing process and changes can be made at any time. (SMCISD Technology Plan for 2012-2015).
Teachers will complete the required STAR Chart. Answers to the STAR chart will provide starting points for improvement. Students will be assessed annually on their level of technology skills achievement. Student keyboarding skills will be assessed annually. Student products will be used to evaluate the effective use of technology along with teacher lesson plans. Records of staff member participation in training will be kept in a professional development database. Reports from the online technology staff development Web site will be pulled on a regular basis and used on the teacher’s summative evaluation. Quarterly inventory of hardware will be done as need to evaluate equipment needs. Support and maintenance of technology is documented by technical support records. Annual budgeting process provides an opportunity to review all associated costs for relevance, quality of results, and continued need. Campus feedback and self reporting will also be part of the evaluation process. (SMCISD Technology Plan for 2012-2015).
Mary L. Thrasher Candidate forMasters in Educational Technology Leadership Lamar University May, 2012
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