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  • Welcome to this presentation of the Arlington Independent School District’s Strategic Plan for Technology 2010-2015; Presented by James Hawks. Our agenda will include:An IntroductionBackground InformationThe AISD -Strategic Plan for Technology 2010-2015Recommendations And Conclusion
  • The National Education Technology Plan 2010 recognizes that technology is at the core of virtually every aspect of our daily lives and work. The plan indicates that an essential component of an educational system or a technology enhanced learning model is “a comprehensive infrastructure for learning that provides every student, educator, and level of our education system with the resources they need when and where they are needed” (Office of Educational Technology, 2010, p. 11).
  • To achieve this goal “we must rethink basic assumptions and redesign our education system” (Office of Educational Technology, 2010).
  • Technology is ubiquitous. According to the Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology, “Across the globe, exponential growth in technology has transformed every aspect of business, government, society, and life. Advances in technology, mathematics, and science across the globe have resulted in a global intellectual and economic race never before seen or imagined” (“Long-range plan for technology 2006-2020,” 2006).
  • Arlington Independent School District’s technology plan advocates that “all teachers will use emerging technologies such as computers, handheld devices, interactive whiteboards, digital cameras, and projectors to provide 21st Century, standards-based learning opportunities to all students” (“AISD Strategic Plan for Technology,” 2010).
  • Standard-based learning opportunities mentioned in the Arlington Strategic Plan for Technology are based on the Texas Education Agency Technology Applications which has six strands based on ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETSS)(“19 Tac chapter 126, subchapter b,” n.d.).  
  • The National Educational Technology Plan, Texas – Long Range Plan for Technology (LRPT), and Arlington Independent School District’s 2010 -2015 Strategic Plan for Technology call for integrating technology and technology applications into the classroom. These plans urge students and educators to embrace educational, collaborative, and corporate technologies that will be needed for students to succeed in the 21st Century.
  • The Arlington Independent School District is a large metropolitan school district located in Arlington, Texas between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas and is the ninth-largest school district in Texas.
  • The Arlington Independent School District serves over 64,000 students. AISD currently has nine high schools (three of which are alternative education programs), thirteen junior high schools (one of which is an alternative program), fifty elementary schools, and one Pre-Kindergarten facility.
  • AISD’s 2010-2015 Strategic Plan for Technology was drafted in 2009 as an outgrowth of the passage of the bond election in November 2009. A Strategic Planning Committee that took the combined effort of more than 50 individuals including teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists, technology personnel, a UTA professor, and an outside consultantworked together to develop AISD's Strategic Plan for Technology 2010-2015.
  • The plan was designed to be consistent with the Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology, ISTE’s NetS standards, SBEC Technology Applications Standards, and the district and campus STaR Charts.
  • To ensure consistency across multiple data and input sources, four working committee groups were formed, one for each of the four categories of the Texas STaR Chart:Teaching and Learning Educator Preparation and Development Leadership, Administration and Instructional Support Infrastructure for TechnologyCommittee members were charged with drafting goal statements, objectives, and strategies.
  • The greatest technology needs of the district were identified as:Restart the replacement computer programTransition to a five-year technology refresh cycle on desktop and laptop computers and associated technologies.Provide a projection system in every classroom.Update computer labs at all levels.Maintain key district systems.AndEqualize computer-to-student ratios among schools.
  • The AISD Technology Plan was published on AISD’s website under four tabs. The tabs were titled Teaching and Learning, Educator Preparation, Leadership, and Infrastructure. A final tab was added to explain how the district would evaluate progress in implementing the plan.
  • The first key area of the AISD Strategic Plan for Technology 2010-2015 is Teaching and Learning. The committee’s chosen objective states- All teachers will use emerging technologies such as computers, handheld devices, interactive whiteboards, digital cameras, and projectors to provide 21st century, standards-based learning opportunities to all students.
  • Some of the twenty-four strategies to accomplish this Objective include:  Provide instructional coaches, mentors, and technology trainers. Model and embed the use of electronic tools in PD sessions.Participate in statewide technology PD opportunities.Teachers master Technology Applications Educator Standards I-V.
  • The second key area of the AISD Strategic Plan for Technology 2010-2015 is Educator Preparation. The committee’s chosen objective states - Provide all teachers and campus administrators with professional development that models and supports full integration of emerging technologies in all curriculum areas.
  • Some of the sixteen strategies to accomplish this goal include: Provide instructional coaches, mentors, and technology trainers. Model and embed the use of electronic tools in PD sessions.Participate in statewide technology PD opportunities.Teachers master Technology Applications Educator Standards I-V.
  • The third key area of the AISD Strategic Plan for Technology 2010-2015 is Leadership. The committee’s chosen objective states - Create, implement, and sustain a 21st century learning environment where all stakeholders are life-long learners.
  • Some of the twelve strategies to accomplish this goal include:Increase the number of TTCC certified teachers annually. All administrators demonstrate the ISTEA Standards Budget for expanded instructional opportunities in technology.Document the integration of technology.
  • The final key area of the AISD Strategic Plan for Technology 2010-2015 is Infrastructure. The committee’s chosen objective states - Continually provide an adequate and scalable infrastructure so all users have access to resources to enable productivity.
  • Some of the thirteen strategies to accomplish this goal include:Use an ongoing replacement cycle.Annually identify obsolete technology.Work toward a 1:1 personal computing ratio.Investigate relevant emerging technologies
  • The final key area of AISD’s plan is Evaluation. Critical indicators of technology progress are provided with examples of how AISD determines and documents whether defined goals and objectives are met.
  • For example, students mastery of technology TEKS are measured by completion of a technology course and/or an online assessment of technology applications TEKS. Another example would be, teacher mastery of SBEC standards as measured by successful completion of Texas Teacher Technology Competencies Certification (TTCC) and/or a Technology Applications TExES exam. For evaluation purposes, nine indicators of technology progress were identified for each objective and its subsequent strategies for achieving those objectives. For each, assessments were specified to serve as measures of whether or not the objectives are met.
  • Arlington ISD is adhering to the plan as demonstrated by the district’s strategy to help achieve the Educator Preparation and Development objective (MGT of America, Inc., 2011). That also serves to support theTeaching and Learning objective as well. The strategy reads as follows: “Encourage andprovide support for participation in the Master Technology Teacher Program and theTTCC” (Technology Teacher Competencies Certification).  During the first year following the initiation of the Technology Plan, approximately 500 AISD teachers completed the TTCC program. 
  • Similarly, AISD has aggressively pursued the Infrastructure for Technology objective byimplementing the following two strategies, among others:  Use an ongoing replacement cycle to update infrastructure and relatedequipment, including classroom computers, computer labs, and associatedtechnology when appropriate.  Implement a site-based decision process to determine what technologies arepurchased with allotted funds.
  • During the first year following adoption of the plan, bond funds were used to procuretechnology resources for schools based on the needs they identified.  They selected equipment of various types from the district’s Technology Bond Catalog (which identifies 31 different types of equipment) which was developed by the district through competitive bids, thereby allowing the district to benefit from the best prices available.  During this first year, $12 million in bond funds was used to support these strategies.
  • While AISD is making progress and adhering to the district’s technology plan, some recommendations or future adjustments are needed.
  • To allow for better technology parity for all campuses and students, the district should develop a bring-your-own technology policy and accompanying program. Our district has forty-five Title I schools. Our students should be given every opportunity to experience the repository and social benefits that the internet has to offer for a complete education and socialization that will prepare them for college and the workforce. Moreover, there is a moral imperative.  One of the most convincing arguments for technology-supported learning in the class-room is the complex linkage among technology, economic power, and political action. When used properly, information and communication technologies open new opportunities for learning and help students acquire necessary technology-related knowledge and skills for work and citizenship in the digital age. (Williamson & Redish, 2009)
  • Provide more opportunities and flexibility for teachers to utilize online learning for their own professional development.Their needs to be more leadership in and acceptance of online professional development.The Texas Long Range Plan for Technology states, “Professional developmentopportunities for educators must be available 24/7 to all educators through a variety of delivery methods, including online and other distance learning technologies” (“Long-range plan for technology 2006-2020,” 2006)
  • Allow students and teachers to be exposed to online content and begin to ease filtering.Again, As AISD has so many students who are economically disadvantaged, their only exposure to the educational benefits of the internet, whether in its social aspects or academic aspects, is at school. We as a district need to teach “ students to use online tools safely and effectively. It comes down to treating everyone equitably” (Boss, S., 2008).
  • Involve students in all aspects of technology planning process and evaluation process.Evaluating the implementation of a technology plan can be conducted by various means. Simple observations, both negative and positive, that have been made by students and teachers using the technology are the most helpful. Interviews and informal meetings with both instructors and students can draw out the lessons that both groups have learned from using the technology. A simple written survey can assist in measuring the extent to which the plan has met its original objectives and expected outcomes.(Ogle, 2002)
  • Enable and require administration and teachers to encourage more embedded formative assessment in everyday lessons by taking advantage of the inherent capabilities of technology.According to the U.S. Department of Education’s Technology Plan, When combined with learning systems, technology-based assessments can be used formatively to diagnose and modify the conditions of learning and instructional practices while at the same time determining what students have learned for grading and accountability purposes. Both uses are important, but the former can improve student learning in the moment (Black and Wiliam 1998). Furthermore, systems can be designed to capture students' inputs and collect evidence of their knowledge and problem-solving abilities as they work. Over time, the system "learns" more about students' abilities and can provide increasingly appropriate support (Office of Educational Technology, 2010).
  • The Arlington Independent School District has a well prepared and implemented plan for technology. AISD has always been careful to make good decisions as stewards of taxpayer’s money and, most importantly, the children of the residents of the Arlington ISD area schools. Due to the enormity of the stakes involved, Arlington ISD stakeholders: parents, students, teachers, administrators, businesses, and others, must revisit and take seriously technology planning. The times are changing and rapidly so. We as a community need to work smarter and come together for the academic and technological future of our students.
  • References 19 Tac chapter 126, subchapter b. (n.d.).Texas Education Agency. Retrieved May 5, 2012, from http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter126/ch126b.htmlAISD Strategic Plan for Technology. (2010).AISD.Net. Education. Retrieved November 27, 2011, from http://www.aisd.net/aisd/techplan/Home/tabid/8608/Default.aspxBoss, S. (2008). Playing it too safe online will make you sorry. Edutopia. Retrieved May 10, 2012, from http://www.edutopia.org/playing- it-too-safe-online-will-make-you-sorryLong-range plan for technology 2006-2020. (2006, November).TEA Texas Education Agency. Retrieved December 26, 2011, from http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=5082&menu_id=2147483665MGT of America, Inc. (2011). Cost containment study for arlington independent school district: Final report (p. 5.4 (217)). Retrieved from http://www.aisd.net/aisd/Portals/95/Budget/4618%20Arlington%20Final%20Report%20ma050311.pdfOffice of Educational Technology. (2010). Transforming american education: Learning powered by technology. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved from http://www.ed.gov/sites/default/files/netp2010-execsumm.pdfOgle, T. (Ed.). (2002). Technology in Schools: Suggestions, Tools, and Guidelines for Assessing Technology in Elementary and Secondary Education. U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved from http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2003/tech_schools/chapter1.asp
  • Edld 5362 week 5 aisd technology plan

    1. 1. ARLINGTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOLDISTRICT STRATEGIC PLAN FOR TECHNOLOGY 2010-2015 James Hawks ET 8041 EDLD 5362
    2. 2. Introduction
    3. 3. The National Education Technology Plan2010 “An essential component of the learning model is a comprehensive infrastructure for learning that provides every student, educator, and level of our education system with the resources they need when and where they are needed. The underlying principle is that infrastructure includes people, processes, learning resources, policies, and sustainable models for continuous improvement in addition to broadband connectivity, servers, software, management systems, and administration tools. Building this infrastructure is a far-reaching project that will demand concerted and coordinated effort.” Office of Educational Technology, 2010
    4. 4. The National Education Technology Plan2010To achieve this goal “we must rethink basicassumptions and redesign our educationsystem.” T Office of Educational Technology, 2010
    5. 5. The Texas Long-Range Plan forTechnologyTechnology is ubiquitous.According to the Texas Long-Range Plan forTechnology, “Across the globe, exponential growthin technology has transformed every aspect ofbusiness, government, society, and life.Advances in technology, mathematics, andscience across the globe have resulted in a globalintellectual and economic race never before seenor imagined.”
    6. 6. AISD’s 2010-2015 Strategic Plan forTechnologyArlington Independent School District’stechnology plan advocates that “all teacherswill use emerging technologies such ascomputers, handheld devices, interactivewhiteboards, digital cameras, and projectorsto provide 21st Century, standards-basedlearning opportunities to all students.” “AISD Strategic Plan for Technology,” 2010
    7. 7. Standards Based TechnologyPlansStandard-based learning opportunitiesmentioned in the Arlington Strategic Plan forTechnology are based on:•Texas Education Agency’s TEKS for TechnologyApplications•ISTE’s National Educational TechnologyStandards for Students (NETS S)•Texas Essential Skills and Knowledge
    8. 8. Technology Plans Consistently Callfor Integration of TechnologyThe National Educational Technology Plan,Texas – Long Range Plan for Technology(LRPT), and Arlington Independent SchoolDistrict’s 2010 -2015 Strategic Plan forTechnology call for integrating technology andtechnology applications into the classroom.These plans urge students and educators toembrace educational, collaborative, andcorporate technologies that will be needed forstudents to succeed in the 21st Century.
    9. 9. Background
    10. 10. The Arlington Independent SchoolDistrict Arlington
    11. 11. The Arlington Independent SchoolDistrict 2010 Convocation
    12. 12. The Arlington Independent SchoolDistrict AISD’s 2010-2015 Strategic Plan for Technology was drafted in 2009 Outgrowth of the passage of the bond election in November 2009. A Strategic Planning Committee of more than 50 individuals including: • Teachers, • Administrators, • Curriculum Specialists, • Technology Personnel, • UTA Professor • Outside Consultant Collaboration AISDs Strategic Plan for Technology 2010- 2015.
    13. 13. The Arlington Independent SchoolDistrictDesigned to be Consistent With:  The Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology  ISTE’s NET S Standards  SBEC Technology Applications Standards  District and Campus STaR Charts
    14. 14. The Arlington Independent SchoolDistrict  Teaching and Learning  Educator Preparation and Development  Leadership, Administration and Instructional Support  Infrastructure for Technology
    15. 15. The Arlington Independent SchoolDistrict  Restart the replacement computer program.  Transition to a five-year technology refresh cylcle on desktop and laptop computers and associated technologies.  Provide a projection system in every classroom.  Update computer labs at all levels.  Maintain key district systems.  Equalize computer-to-student ratios among schools.
    16. 16. The Plan
    17. 17. AISD Strategic Plan forTechnology 2010-2015
    18. 18. KEY AREAS Teaching and Learning Educator Preparation Leadership Infrastructure Evaluation
    19. 19. Teaching and LearningObjective – All teachers will use emerging technologies such as computers, handheld devices, interactive whiteboards, digital cameras, and projectors to provide 21st century, standards-based learning opportunities to all students.
    20. 20. Twenty-Four Strategies Will Accomplish ThisObjective Some of the objectives include:  Provide a variety of hands-on technology infused lessons weekly.  Purchase subscriptions to online databases.  Students use tech. to collaborate/demonstrate learning.  Provide student e-mail accounts.
    21. 21. Educator PreparationObjective – Provide all teachers and campus administrators with professional development that models and supports full integration of emerging technologies in all curriculum areas.
    22. 22. Sixteen Strategies Will Accomplish ThisObjectiveSome of the objectives include: Provide instructional coaches, mentors, and technology trainers. Model and embed the use of electronic tools in PD sessions. Participate in statewide technology professional development opportunities. Teachers master Technology Applications Educator Standards I-V.
    23. 23. LeadershipObjective Create, implement, and sustain a 21st century learning environment where all stakeholders are life-long learners.
    24. 24. Twelve Strategies Will Accomplish ThisObjectiveSome of the objectives include: Increase the number of TTCC certified teachers annually. All administrators demonstrate the ISTE A Standards Budget for expanded instructional opportunities in technology. Document the integration of technology.
    25. 25. InfrastructureObjective Continually provide an adequate and scalable infrastructure so all users have access to resources to enable productivity.
    26. 26. Thirteen Strategies Will Accomplish ThisObjective Some of the objectives include: Use an ongoing replacement cycle. Annually identify obsolete technology. Work toward a 1:1 personal computing ratio. Investigate relevant emerging technologies.
    27. 27. EvaluationThe Plan shows critical indicators oftechnology progress that are provided withexamples of how AISD determines anddocuments whether defined goals andobjectives are met.
    28. 28. EvaluationFor evaluation purposes, nine indicators of technology progress were identified for each objective and its subsequent strategies for achieving those objectives.For each, assessments were specified to serve as measures of whether or not the objectives are met.
    29. 29. EvaluationIndicators AssessmentsStudent mastery of subject-area TEKS TAKS resultsStudent mastery of technology TEKS Successful completion of a technology course and/or an online assessment of technology applicationss TEKSTeacher mastery of SBEC standards Successful completion of Texas Teacher Technology Competencies Certification (TTCC) and/or a Technology Applications TExES exam
    30. 30. EvaluationIndicators AssessmentsIntegration of technology and curricula Lab sign-in database, lesson plans, online group calendars, Media Fair results, PDAS resultsTechnology-related professional development Dates, times, locations and descriptions of all technology-related professional development sessions are posted in an online database so targeted audiences may register. Registration results, sign-in sheets, attendance records, agendas, payment authorization forms, and payroll records serve as documentation.Access to technology at each school The fixed assets database, student enrollment numbers, end-user surveys including but not limited to STaR Charts, and procurement records are used to document and inform decisions regarding hardware and software.
    31. 31. EvaluationIndicators AssessmentsNetwork sufficiency Personnel in the Network Services Department continually monitor electronic traffic on the district’s WANs, LANs and firewalls. STaR Charts are updated on an annual basis and provide feedback regarding the perceptions of every teacher and principal regarding network access and efficiency.Equipment repairs and troubleshooting An online database is used by all employees to request assistance with technology concerns and to document the submission date, problem, solution, and completion date.Target Tech in Texas (T3) and Vision 2020 grant Interim and annual reports are submitted by anprojects external evaluator and include the results of site visits, classroom observations, interviews with administrators and core-subject teachers, and online surveys that include questions related to the quality, usefulness, and effectiveness of project services.
    32. 32. Evaluation of the PlanSo far Arlington ISD is adhering to the plan and meeting objectives.Educator Preparation and Development objectives and Teaching and Learning objectives met as indicated by approximately 500 AISD teachers completing the Master Technology Teacher Program and the TTCC program (Technology Teacher Competencies Certification). (MGT of America, Inc., 2011)
    33. 33. Evaluation of the Plan cont.AISD has aggressively pursued the Infrastructure for Technology objective by implementing two strategies:  Use an ongoing replacement cycle to update infrastructure and related equipment.  Implement a site-based decision process to determine what technologies are purchased with allotted funds.
    34. 34. Evaluation of the Plan cont.During the first year following adoption of the plan, bond funds were used to procure technology resources for schools based on the needs identified. Thirty-one different types of equipment were made available for purchase from the district’s Technology Bond Catalog. Twelve million dollars in bonds funds was used in the first year to support the plans strategies.
    35. 35. Recommendations
    36. 36. Recommendations Allow for better technology parity for all campuses and students, the district should develop a bring-your-own technology policy and accompanying program. Williamson & Redish, 2009
    37. 37. Recommendations Provide more opportunities and flexibility for teachers to utilize online learning for their own professional development. Texas Long-range Plan for Technology 2006-2020
    38. 38. Recommendations Allow students and teachers to be exposed to online content and begin to ease filtering. Boss, S., 2008
    39. 39. Recommendations Involve students in all aspects of technology planning process and evaluation process. Ogle, 2002
    40. 40. RecommendationsEmbed more formative assessment ineveryday lessons by taking advantage of theinherent capabilities of technology. Office of Educational Technology, 2010
    41. 41. Conclusion
    42. 42. Conclusion
    43. 43. References19 Tac chapter 126, subchapter b. (n.d.).Texas Education Agency. Retrieved May 5, 2012, from http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter126/ch126b.htmlAISD Strategic Plan for Technology. (2010).AISD.Net. Education. Retrieved November 27, 2011, from http://www.aisd.net/aisd/techplan/Home/tabid/8608/Default.aspxBoss, S. (2008). Playing it too safe online will make you sorry. Edutopia. Retrieved May 10, 2012, from http://www.edutopia.org/playing-it-too-safe-online-will-make-you-sorryLong-range plan for technology 2006-2020. (2006, November).TEA Texas Education Agency. Retrieved December 26, 2011, from http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=5082&menu_id=2147483665MGT of America, Inc. (2011). Cost containment study for arlington independent school district: Final report (p. 5.4 (217)). Retriev http://www.aisd.net/aisd/Portals/95/Budget/4618%20Arlington%20Final%20Report%20ma050311.pdfOffice of Educational Technology. (2010). Transforming american education: Learning powered by technology. Washington, D.C. Department of Education. Retrieved from http://www.ed.gov/sites/default/files/netp2010-execsumm.pdfOgle, T. (Ed.). (2002). Technology in Schools: Suggestions, Tools, and Guidelines for Assessing Technology in Elementary and S Education. U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved from http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2003/tech_schools/chapter1.asp

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