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Technology Plan Phases 1-3


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Technology Plan Phases 1-3

  1. 1. Phase  1  -­‐  Prepare  to  Plan    1.1  SCHOOL  DISTRICT  AND  COMMUNITY  DEMOGRAPHICS     East  Stroudsburg  University  of  Pennsylvania  was  established  in  1893  as  a  Teacher  prep  school  called  East  Stroudsburg  Normal  School.  The  University  went  from  private  to  public  in  1920  and  changed  its  name  to  East  Stroudsburg  State  Normal  School.  In  1927  the  school  earned  the  right  to  confer  Bachelor  of  Science  degrees  in  Education  and  Health  Education.  It  then  had  the  title  of  East  Stroudsburg  State  Teachers  College.  In  1960  the  name  changed  to  East  Stroudsburg  State  College  and  became  East  Stroudsburg  University  in  1983.     The  University  is  located  in  the  Pocono  Mountains  and  is  an  hour  and  a  half  away  from  both  New  York  City  and  Philadelphia,  PA.  The  school  is  located  on  213  acres  of  land  in  the  town  of  East  Stroudsburg  and  has  63  buildings.  The  newest  academic  building  sine  1973  is  the  Science  and  Technology  building  which  was  built  in  2008.  There  are  68  Undergraduate  Degrees  and  a  19:1  student  to  teacher  ratio.  The  school  is  slightly  diverse  with  22%  of  students  being  of  another  race  besides  Caucasian.       The  University’s  Disability  Services  Department  founded  the  first  ever  Disability  Honors  Fraternity,  Delta  Alpha  Pi.  The  program  assists  about  400  students  out  of  the  school’s  7,387  students.  The  program  has  services  such  as  its  own  Assistive  Technology  Department  which  helps  students  with  not  only  alternative  technologies  to  help  them  read  and  write,  but  hires  note  takers  to  help  them  in  the  classroom.        1.2  PLAN  PROCESS  OVERVIEW  AND  STAKEHOLDERS     -­‐  Administration  &  Management:     Dr.  Julie  Albiero-­‐Walton,  Professor  Academic  Enrichment  &  Learning  and  Director  of   Disability  Services   Virginia  Reiner,  Professor  Academic  Enrichment  &  Learning  and  Disabilities  Specialist   -­‐  Communications  :     Phyllis,  Department  Secretary   Diana,  Department  Secretary   Patrick  and  Krista,  Graduate  Assistants     -­‐  Curriculum  and  Instruction  –   Dr.  Julie  Albiero-­‐Walton   Jenny  Wood  Collier,  Assistive  Technology  Specialist     -­‐  District  Technology  Advisory  Committee  –   Jenny  Wood  Collier   Krista  Hess,  GA    
  2. 2. -­‐  Hardware  &  Infrastructure  –     East  Stroudsburg  University  Computer  Specialists    1.3  TECHNOLOGY  AND  EDUCATION  REFORM     To  assist  students  with  their  school  work.     To  update  all  computer  hardware  and  software  to  be  compatible  with  our  assistive   technologies  and  the  entire  University.    Phase  2  -­‐  Build  Communications    2.1  MISSION  AND  VISION  STATEMENTS      Mission  Statement:  East  Stroudsburg  University’s  Disability  Services’  Assistive  Technology  Department  is  dedicated  to  assisting  eligible  students  with  their  assistive  technology  needs.  By  employing  an  assistive  technology  specialist  and  providing  various  equipment  that  students  can  sign-­‐out  for  the  semester  we  can  make  a  student’s  educational  experience  better  by  having  their  accommodation  needs  met.    Vision  Statement:  In  five  years  time,  the  Disability  Services’  Assistive  Technology  Department  will  have  an  organized  and  completely  compatible  service  with  the  University  by  keeping  an  assistive  technology  specialist  and  updating  software  and  hardware.      2.2  ONGOING  COMMUNITY  COMMUNICATION       Community  Communications  Plan             Message:  Students  in  need  of  alternative  formats  of  textbooks   Audience:  Disability  Services  Students   Methods:  Mass  email    Resources:  messages   Timeline:  Sent  to  students  at  the  beginning  and  end  of  each  semester.   Beginning  for  those  who  haven’t  ordered  books  yet.  End  for  those  who  wish  to   get  a  head  start  on  getting  their  texts.   Evaluation:  The  Technology  Specialist  and  GA.       Message:  Students  who  need  to  pick  up  books   Audience:  Students   Method:  Personalized  Phone  Call   Resources:  phone   Timeline:  Called  when  the  student  has  come  to  check  if  their  books  are  in   a  week  after  classes  start.  Also,  when  books  come  in  if  they  take  a  while.   Evaluation:  The  Technology  Specialist  and  GA  with  an  Excel  worksheet.  
  3. 3.   Message:  Payroll  timesheets  are  due  with  instructions  of  certain  steps   that  were  unsuccessful  the  pay  period  before.   Audience:  Student  employees   Method:  Signs  around  the  offices  and  mass  email   Resources:  printers  and  email   Timeline:  Signs  go  up  Monday  or  Tuesday  of  the  week  timesheets  are   due.  Emails  go  out  on  Wednesday,  the  day  before  timesheets  are  due  to  the   department.      2.3  PARTNERSHIPS  AND  COMMUNITY  LINKAGES     Investigation  of  Potential  Partnerships  List   A.  Alternative  Textbook  Formats   Name:  AccessTextNetwork   Contact  Name:   Contact  Phone:  (866)  271-­‐4968   Description  of  Potential  Partnership:  Students  are  required  to  buy  the   hard  copy  of  the  textbook.  Then,  they  put  in  the  order  to  the  Technology   Specialist  to  get  an  alternative  text  and  the  specialist  puts  in  an  order  to   AccessText.  AccessText  requires  a  membership  from  the  school  to  do  so.     Possible  Benefits  to  School:  Less  interference  for  professors  and  students   in  the  classroom.   Possible  Benefits  to  Group  or  Organization:  Better  graduation  rates   Potential  Contribution  to  Technology  Planning  Effort:  Encourages   students  to  take  classes  they  may  not  have  before.   B.  Businesses-­‐     Business  Name:  Texthelp  Systems  Inc.   Contact  Name:  ?   Contact  Phone:  888-­‐248-­‐0652   Description  of  Potential  Partnership:  The  Company  provides  us  with  a   100  computer  subscription  to  read  and  write  gold  that  we  pay  for.  They  provide   us  with  30  day  demos  for  PCs  and  Mac  OS.  Also,  we  receive  a  code  to  give  to   students  for  a  discounted  personal  copy  of  R&WG.     Possible  Benefits  to  School:  Save  money,  students  do  better  on   homework  and  tests.     Possible  Benefits  to  Group  or  Organization:  Students  are  more  confident   in  their  work  and  with  independence.     Potential  Contribution  to  Technology  Planning  Effort:  ?     Business  Name:  Learning  Ally  (Previously  RFB&D)   Contact  Name:  National  Headquarters   Contact  Phone:  800-­‐221-­‐4792  
  4. 4. Description  of  Potential  Partnership:  Learning  Ally  sends  a  Newsletter   written  almost  entirely  in  Braille  every  month.  We  also  have  access  to  their   70,000  audio  recordings  of  text.   Possible  Benefits  to  School:  More  options  for  students  who  are  blind.     Possible  Benefits  to  Group  or  Organization:  We  have  more  opportunities   to  make  sure  our  students  graduate.   Potential  Contribution  to  Technology  Planning  Effort:  We  will  keep  this   partnership.      Phase  3  -­‐  Assess  Current  Status    3.1  SUCCESS  OF  PREVIOUS  PLAN   -­‐Technology  Policies  and  Acquisition  Strategies    3.2  CURRICULUM  AND  STUDENT  ACHIEVEMENT    First  ever  Disability  Services  Honor  Society  in  the  nation  was  founded  here.  These  students  act  as  mentors  to  incoming  students  in  the  Disability  Services  Department.  Graduation  Rates:  95%  of  students  who  receive  help  from  the  Disability  Services  Department  graduate.    3.3  STUDENT  AND  STAFF  TECHNOLOGY  SKILLS,  KNOWLEDGE,  AND  USAGE      The  Head  of  the  Department,  the  Assistant  Head,  Assistive  Technology  Specialist,  and  GA  took  the  TSAT.   - All  4  checked  all  A1  Standards   - Section  A2:  One  did  not  check  the  first  2  of  A2  or  A2.5  and  A2.7.  Another  said  A2.2  was   “N/A”.   - Section  A3:One  did  not  mark  A3.1  Only  two  continued  to  do  the  entire  TSAT.              -­‐        Section  B1:  One  did  not  check  the  standard  between  B1.4  and  5,  B1.8&  9,  or  B1.12.  The  other  checked  all  standards.              -­‐        Section  B2:  One  did  not  check  B2.2  or  4.  The  other  checked  all.              -­‐        Section  B3:  One  did  not  check  B3.2,  3,  5,  6,  or  8.  The  other  checked  all  but  B3.3.  So,  both  have  a  problem  with  identifying  and  locating  technology  resources,  including  online  curriculum  resources.    At  this  point,  one  is  below  Proficient.   - Section  C1:  One  did  not  check  C1.7  through  9,  11  &  12.  The  other  did  not  check  C1.8.   Both  have  trouble  with  Differentiating  between  formulas  with  absolute  cell  references   and  relative  cell  references  in  a  spreadsheet.   - Section  C2:  One  did  not  check  C2.2  or  3.  The  other  checked  all  3.   - Section  C3:  Both  checked  C3.10,  11,and  13.  All  others  were  only  checked  by  one  or  the   other  or  neither.  Neither  checked  C3.3,  7,  or  8.  
  5. 5. Technically,  neither  are  qualified  to  go  on  to  the  advanced  section.   - Section  D1:  One  did  not  check  any  and  the  other  only  left  D1.5  unchecked.   - Section  D2:  One  did  not  check  any  here  either,  the  other  checked  all.   - Section  D3:  One  left  all  unchecked  but  D3.7  and  the  other  checked  all  but  D3.5,  8,  and  9.              3.4  TECHNOLOGY  INVENTORY  Room   Device   Category   Age  of  Device  Assistive  Technology  Office   -­‐GA  Computer   Instructional   Both  are  less  than   -­‐Specialist   Administrative   5  years  old   Computer  Training  Room   Computer   Other   2-­‐3  years   Laptops   Instructional   4-­‐5  years   Smart  Pens   Instructional   1  year  or  less   Scanner   Other   6  months   CCTV   Instructional   5+  years  Director  office   Computer   Administrative   3  or  less  years   Assistant  Director  Office   Computer   Administrative   3  +years   CATEGORY  A-­‐  Instructional      CATEGORY  B-­‐  Administrative   CATEGORY  C-­‐  Other    3.5  FACILITIES    -­‐  Assistive  Technology  Office:  Two  computers.  Each  has  a  back  up  drive,  are  password  protected,  and  are  in  a  locked  office.                          -­‐  Training  Room:  One  computer  and  other  assistive  technologies.  Computer  is  password  protected,  all  small  technologies  are  in  locked  cabinets.  The  keys  are  in  another  office’s  desk.  The  door  to  the  room  is  locked.  Only  the  locked  door  protects  the  scanner  and  CCTV.                        -­‐  Director  and  Assistant  Director  offices:  One  computer  each.  A  key  locks  each  room  and  computers  are  password  protected.      3.6  DISTRICT  INFRASTRUCTURE  PLAN  AND  DESIGN     All  computers  in  the  director  offices  and  Assistive  Technology  office  are  connected  by  network  to  the  secretary  office.  All  computers  can  share  files  between  one  another.  The  Assistive  Technology  Specialist’s  computer  is  connected  by  network  to  the  Director’s  computer  to  share  confidential  files.  Otherwise,  all  communication  is  done  through  email.    3.7  TECHNOLOGY  SUPPORT  SERVICES     -­‐The  Assistive  Technology  office  is  supported  by  the  University’s  Computing  Department.  All  the  computers  that  are  in  labs  across  campus  have  an  Assistive  Technology  on  them  that  needs  to  be  watched.  Also,  they  handle  our  many  external  drives  and  networking  issues.     -­‐  The  Assistive  Technology  office  tends  to  act  as  support  for  the  rest  of  the  employees  in  the  department.  The  GA  helps  with  many  software  issues.      
  6. 6. 3.8  STAFF  DEVELOPMENT     To  achieve  an  organized  and  completely  compatible  service  with  the  University,  first  we’ll  need  to  ensure  there  will  be  an  Assistive  Technology  Specialist  kept  in  the  department.  This  role  in  the  department  needs  at  least  one  person  that  focuses  solely  on  this  job.  Also,  some  computers  in  the  department  are  older  than  computers  in  the  University’s  computer  labs.  These  will  need  replacements  so  there  are  no  computers  with  XP  or  older  Operating  Systems.  The  computers  in  the  offices  will  need  updated  Microsoft  Office,  Assistive  Technology  software,  and  Adobe  suites.    Also,  the  scanners  will  need  to  be  replaced  with  Read  and  Write  Gold  compatible  scanners.       Most  importantly,  the  Assistant  Director  will  need  to  take  a  basic  computing  course  or  an  instructional  technology  course  to  learn  the  basic  software  and  their  uses  better.  The  Director  and  Assistive  Technology  Specialist  will  take  a  remedial  course  to  brush  up  on  some  skills  and  catch  up  on  some  they  have  missed.  This  way,  they  will  be  of  some  help  with  the  support  that  is  needed  for  all  the  technologies  the  students  use  in  the  department.  Also,  the  Graduate  Assistant  that  comes  in  to  the  position  will  either  need  to  be  an  Instructional  Technology  Student  or  have  a  specified  amount  of  computer  literacy.    3.9  CURRENT  TECHNOLOGY  BUDGET  ANALYSIS      Collier,  Jennifer  :  PATTAN  conference:       $117                       $149                       $146  Franklin  Electronic  Publishers:                 $338             $34                                       $229  Scientific  Calculator:               $325           $7  Amazon  Computing  Center:             $187                                     $297   $16   $30   $30   $12  LENOVO:           $175               $515               $24               $77               $25               $30               $613  APPLE  COMPUTER,  INC.         $599               $1,398               $138  Shi  International  Corp         $415               $421  TOTAL:               $6,307  
  7. 7.