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Technology Plan 2006-2009

 

Gasconade County R-1 School District

164 Blue Pride Drive, Hermann, MO 65041

 Telephone: 573-486-2116 FAX: 573-486-3032

 Web Site: www.hermann.k12.mo.us

 

Technology Plan

 2006 - 2009

  

Approved by Gasconade County R-1 Board of Education

March 9, 2006

 

Overview and Table of Contents

 

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Introduction

 

Technology Planning Committee

This section describes the activities of the previous three years, summarizes the work of the current committee in preparing this plan, and lists current members and their affiliations.

 

Mission Statements

This section contains our District and Technology mission statements and notes their relation to the Technology Focus Areas and our Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.

 

Current Status

Compiling Raw Data

This section lists the data source, the data origination, and the technology focus area related to the data we used to examine our progress over the previous three years

 

Review of 2003-2006 Technology Plan – Goals, Activities, Outcomes & Progress

This section lists our previous goals and objectives and summarizes the results we observed.

 

2006-2009 Technology Plan Goals

This section presents our Goals for the 2006-2009 years and their relation to the Technology Focus Areas and Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.

 

Technology Focus Areas – Goals, Objectives and Action Plans

This section summarizes the data and information used to evaluate each technology focus area during the previous three years and lists the current strengths and weaknesses revealed by our review. We then list our current goal related to each TFA, its related objectives, and our action plan for maintaining strengths and improving weaknesses.

TFA1 - Student Learning …

TFA2  Teacher Preparation…

TFA3  Administration, data management, and communication processes

TFA4  Resource distribution and use

TFA5  Technical Support

 

Communication, Dissemination, Monitoring and Evaluation

 

Gasconade County R-1 School District

Technology Plan

2006 - 2009

Introduction

The Gasconade County R-1 School District is a rural district lying mostly in the northern half of Gasconade County and the southern half of Montgomery County.  Our District also includes portions of Franklin and Warren Counties.  The school district serves an area of 342 square miles. Population centers include Hermann, Berger, Rhineland, Big Spring, Swiss, Stony Hill and Gasconade.  Hermann is the largest town with a population of 2,754 by the 2000 census. The total population of the district is approximately 9000, with about 1100 students enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade.  The Gasconade County R-1 School District includes three buildings: Hermann Elementary (preschool-3rd), Hermann Middle (4th-8th), and Hermann High (9th-12th).  

 

Our district has a strong agriculture base with approximately 60,000 tillable acres of agriculture land; about 8% of our population is directly involved in farming.  Tourism is the other strong business base. Many of the restaurants, wineries, shops, bed and breakfast establishments, and other businesses rely on the large number of tourists who visit this area throughout the year.  A few small industries are located within the district.  Some residents commute to larger communities for employment. As of the 2000 census, the median household income for Gasconade County was $35,047. Approximately 405 (36.5%) students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

 

The community and the school district have built a strong bond.  For example, the local hospital and the school district have developed a partnership, and students volunteer throughout the area as community helpers.  The patrons in the district have demonstrated their commitment to education by providing the means for a new high school and a sports complex, an addition to the elementary school, renovations to the middle school, and upgrades in technology.  The school board’s support of education is evident through its commitment to keeping class sizes small, ensuring a competitive salary schedule, and helping teachers pay for advanced degrees.

 

The School Board approved the 2004-2009 Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP) in October of 2004. 

 

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education conducted our last Missouri School Improvement Program (MSIP) review during the 2004-2005 school year, and we continue to be fully accredited. The District earned “Distinction in Performance” from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in 2005.

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 Technology Planning Committee

The Technology Planning Committee members serve as advisors and monitors of the technology progress of the District. The group met as a whole and in subgroups to review the previous plan’s activities, outcomes, and overall progress. The committee also invited input from other district and community stakeholders.

 

The following table contains a list of the current committee membership. This group has been instrumental in developing the current plan. The committee divided into focus groups based on the Technology Focus Areas.

 

The 2006-2009 Technology Committee chose to revise the Mission Statement so it will even more clearly identify our commitment to our students and our alignment with the five Technology Focus Areas. Similarly, the Committee chose to state five goals, each one related directly to one of the Focus Areas.

 

The Technology Planning Committee plans to meet at least once a year as a whole; focus groups will meet more often to review progress.

 

 

Student

DistrictParent

Teacher

District

Administration

Community Member

Title

Primary TFA

Kathi Ham

 

 

 

X

 

Director of Curriculum

All

Maribeth Dann

 

 

X

 

 

Reading Coordinator, eMINTS Teacher

All

Anne Worland

 

X

X

 

 

Elementary Teacher

TFA1

Tarey Vieth

 

 

X

 

 

Library Media Specialist

TFA1

Sid Daller

X

 

 

 

 

Middle School Student

TFA1

Gary Menke

 

 

 

X

 

High School Principal

TFA1

Daniel Pilger

X

 

 

 

 

High School Student

TFA1

Mark LeRoy

X

 

 

 

 

High School Student

TFA1

Steve Heidger

 

X

 

X

 

Elementary Principal

TFA2

Kent Sherrow

 

 

X

 

 

Middle School eMINTS Teacher

TFA2

Sherry Englert

 

 

X

 

 

Middle School Teacher

TFA2

Diane Pankau

 

X

X

 

 

High School Teacher, Parent

TFA2

Sharon Meyer

 

X

 

 

X

City of Hermann Representative

TFA3

Randy Eikermann

 

X

 

 

X

Business Owner, Hospital Board Member

TFA3

Mark Brooks

 

X

 

X

 

Middle School Principal, Parent

TFA3

Debbie Brethorst

 

X

 

 

 

Parent

TFA3

David Heaney

 

X

 

 

 

Board Member

TFA4 & 5

Mary Kunstmann

 

 

 

X

 

Technology Coordinator

TFA4 & 5

Joan Mundwiller

 

 

X

 

 

Elementary Teacher

TFA4 & 5

Dana Kallmeyer

 

 

X

 

 

High School Business/Computer Teacher

TFA4 & 5

Tina Toedebusch

 

 

X

 

 

Library Media Specialist

TFA4 & 5

Mark Billings

 

 

 

X

X

Technology Specialist, Business Owner

TFA4 & 5

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 Mission Statements

 

            District Mission Statement

The mission of the Gasconade County R-1 School District is to enable our students to reach their potential and to become responsible citizens.

           

CSIP Goals for 2004-2009

1.      Students in the Gasconade County R-1 School District will meet or exceed district and state expectations for achievement.

2.      All graduates of the Gasconade County R-1 School District will be prepared to enter post-secondary education, vocational training, or productive occupations.

3.      Students, parents, staff, and community members will partner together in the education of the Gasconade County R-1 School District’s students.

4.      The Gasconade County R-1 School District will provide a safe environment in appropriate facilities.

 

         Technology Vision Statement

Technology is an integral part of the learning process in Gasconade County R-1 School District.

  

Technology Mission Statement

Our Technology Mission is to provide the technology resources needed to support students in reaching their potential and becoming responsible citizens.

 

Accepting this mission means that the District will:

·        Use the power of technology to increase overall student achievement and meet technology literacy standards, (TFA 1, CSIP 1.1, 1.3)

·        Assist teachers in updating and acquiring skills needed to integrate technology into instruction, (TFA 2, CSIP 1.2)

·        Use suitable technology to manage data and to communicate effectively within our district and the community, (TFA 3, CSIP 3.1)

·        Supply adequate technology resources and support for students, teachers and staff. (TFA 4 & 5, CSIP 1, 3, 4)

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Current Status

Compiling Raw Data

Data analysis helped us identify the District’s current strengths and weaknesses in the five Technology Focus Areas. The following table lists the data source, the data origination, and the technology focus area related to the data. We reviewed data at the appropriate interval for the data source during the entire three year time frame of the previous plan, e.g. technology inventory is conducted annually; N2H2 content filter data is provided daily.

 

Data Analyzed

Data Source

Data Origination

TFA Reviewed

Assessment/Curriculum

 

 

 

     MAP test scores/summary reports (annual)

Standardized Assessment

State

TFA 1

     SAT test scores/summary reports (annual)

Standardized Assessment

National

TFA 1

     ACT  test scores/summary reports (annual)

Standardized Assessment

National

TFA 1

     PLAN test scores/summary reports (annual)

Standardized Assessment

National

TFA 1

     Interim Assessments

Local Assessment

District

TFA 1

     District Curriculum Guides

Local Standards

District

TFA 1, 2

    

 

 

 

MSIP

 

 

 

     MSIP Review

Review

State

TFA 1 - 5

     MSIP Advance Questionnaire

Survey

District

TFA 1 - 5

 

 

 

 

District Plans/Budgets

 

 

 

     Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (annual)

Local Assessment

District

TFA 1, 2, 5

     District Budget (annual)

Local Assessment

District

TFA 1 - 5

     Technology Budget (annual)

 

 

 

     Professional Development Plan (annual)

Local Assessment

District

TFA 1, 2

     2003-2006 Technology Plan (annual)

Local Assessment

District

TFA 1 - 5

     Policies and Procedures                                    

Local Assessment

District

TFA 1, 3, 4, 5

          Student/Employee Internet Agreement (AUP)

 

 

 

          Copyright Policy

 

 

 

          Filtering Policy

 

 

 

          CIPA

 

 

 

          Gifts to the School District

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standards

 

 

 

     Show-Me Standards/GLES

State Standards

State

TFA 1, 2

     ISTE Standards/NETS

National Standards

National/International

TFA 1

 

District Program Reports

 

 

 

     eMINTS reports

Local Assessment

District

TFA 1, 2

     Library Media Circulation Reports (monthly)

Data Management Tools

District

TFA 1, 2

 

 

 

 

District Surveys

 

 

 

     Graduate Surveys (annual)

Survey

District

TFA 1

     Technology Needs Assessment – students (annual)

Self-Evaluation

District

TFA 1

     Technology Needs Assessment – teachers (annual)

Self-Evaluation

District

TFA 2

 

 

 

 

MORENET Reports

 

 

 

     MRTG Usage Statistics

Administrative Networking Tools

District

TFA 3, 4, 5

     NetFlow Reports

Administrative Networking Tools

District

TFA 3, 4, 5

     N2H2 Filtering Incident Reports

Administrative Networking Tools

District

TFA 3, 4, 5

 

 

 

 

District Technology Reports

 

 

 

     Technology Work Order Reports

Data Management Tools

District

TFA  4, 5

     E-Rate Application (annual)

Local Assessment

National

TFA  4, 5

     Census of Technology (annual)

Local Assessment

District

TFA 1, 4, 5

     Technology Inventories (annual)

Data Management Tools

District

TFA 1, 4, 5

     Technology Purchase Requests

Data Management Tools

District

TFA 4, 5

     Network Evaluation Reports (2004-2005)

Consultant Evaluations

District

TFA 3, 4, 5

 

 

 

 

Data Management Tools

 

 

 

     SIS (Student Information System) reports

Data Management Tools

District

TFA 1, 3, 4, 5

     Winnebago Library Reports

Data Management Tools

District

TFA 1, 3, 4, 5

 

 

 

 

 

 Goals

Review of 2003-2006 Technology Plan – Goals, Activities, Outcomes & Progress

This section lists our previous goals and objectives and summarizes the results we observed.

 

2003-2006 Goals

  1. The district will provide sufficient resources and personnel to prepare staff members to utilize technology for administrative tasks and to integrate technological resources into the curricula in order to improve student learning.
  2. The district will provide sufficient resources to insure all students have the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to use appropriate technology to improve student academic performance.
  3. The district will develop a plan to provide appropriate technology resources in each building.
  4. The district will insure all new constructions and renovations are designed to enhance the utilization of technology.

 

2003 – 2006 Action Plan

Outcomes & Progress

TFA Addressed

2003–06 Goal

1.      Computers will continue to be incorporated in the classroom curriculum where appropriate.  In-service training, resources, and time will be provided to develop related curricula.

eMINTS program implemented 2005-2006**

On-going PDC

TFA 1, TFA 2, TFA 4

Goal 1

Goal 2

2.      Computers continue to be available to students, staff, and district patrons on a daily basis with prior scheduling.

Each classroom has at least one computer. Sixteen classrooms and all three libraries have additional computers for student use.*

TFA 1, TFA 2, TFA 3

Goal 1

Goal 2

3.      Staff will continue to be offered instructional time on the design and maintaining of a web page.  This PD will be offered throughout the year and continued yearly for new staff and a refresher training for present staff.

Training is given to each new group of teachers in July with refreshers offered at least annually.

TFA 2

Goal 1

4.      Partnerships will continue with the Regional Professional Development Center and with community businesses to provide staff development.  Staff will be provided with support and resources to investigate and develop proficiencies in assorted technologies and their curricular applications.

Staff members have attended MOREnet conferences and RPDC Technology workshops.

TFA 2

Goal 1

5.      Portable computers, lap tops, will be purchased and used for a check-out incentive to provide learning beyond the school day.

Laptops are available for Special Services teachers. A laptop is available for high school teachers and district personnel to check out, 2004-2005. Technology coordinator uses a laptop for support.

TFA 1

TFA 2

TFA 4

Goal 2

Goal 3

6.      The district will continue to look at and possibly develop a system that will permit the lease or purchasing of Distance Learning to improve student access to courses not available locally. 

Investigated, but not implemented due to program constraints and equipment costs.

TFA 1

Goal 2

7.      The district will have a yearly inventory of all technology equipment.  The inventory will be coordinated by the Technology Coordinator and all records of inventory will be kept within the technology coordinators office.

Annual inventories kept in spreadsheet and on paper in Technology Coordinator’s office.

TFA 4

Goal 3

8.      Additional computers will be purchased each year through grants or other funds to replace any computer deemed unusable.

30 Purchased 2004-2005

64 Purchased 2005-2006*

Unusable sent to MO Prisons’ Computers for Schools Program

TFA 4

Goal 3

9.      Upgrades and maintenance will be done on all machines on a yearly basis unless demand proves otherwise.

Ongoing as needed. Most High School classroom computers upgraded to Window 98.

TFA 4

Goal 3

10.  Classroom computers are connected to the LAN/WAN of the district.

100% completed. Network infrastructure upgraded 2005.*

TFA 4

Goal 3

11.  Students, parents, and patrons are able to access the district web page containing homework, and research information beginning with the 2002-2003 school year.  It will continue to be improved and maintained on daily or a weekly basis as needed.

District Web site is operational, beginning 2002-2003. Keeping it current continues to be a challenge.

TFA 3, TFA 4

Goal 3

Goal 4

12.  A phone system in the elementary building has been installed in the 2001-2002 school year to link them to the existing phone system within our district. The high school and middle school were equipped with the automated system prior to the 2000-2001 school year.  All staff members have voice mail in which parents, students and patrons are able to leave voice mail messages.

Voice mail is being maintained. New staff are added to system as needed.

TFA 3, TFA 4

Goal 3

Goal 4

13.  The middle school will be automated with the high school library through the Spectrum Program during the 2003-2004 school year.

Completed as planned. Added 4 computers for card catalog use in 2004-2005

TFA 3, TFA 4

Goal 3

Goal 4

14.  The elementary school will be automated with the high school and middle school library through the Spectrum Program during the 2004-2005 school year. 

Decided not to proceed with this portion due to smaller number of students.

TFA 3, TFA 4

Goal 3

Goal 4

15.  Classroom computers will be linked between the administrator's and counselor's offices to be used to perform administrative functions such as attendance and grade reporting. 

Use SIS software throughout district for Special Services reporting 2005-2006.

TFA 3, TFA 4

Goal 4

16.  Administrative and counselor offices are linked through our network for attendance and grade reporting purposes.

Use SIS software for Student Record Management, such as attendance, grades, Special Services, Core Data reporting.

TFA 3, TFA 4

Goal 4

17.  A full time technology coordinator is employed for the purpose of coordination, implementation, and maintenance of the district’s technology. 

Technology Coordinator changed from 11 to 12 month contract as of 2003-2004.

Consultants used for network upgrade, 2005.

Contractor hired for Jan-Jun contract .75 time 2005-2006.

TFA 5

Goal 4

 

Additional Activities

*    As a result of as change in district funding parameters, the Board of Education asked the community to approve a bond issue in April 2004. Upon approval of the bond issue, the District undertook a complete upgrade of the network infrastructure and accelerated scheduled hardware and software purchases.

1.      This project included testing, replacing and reorganizing all CAT5 cabling in the district, replacing two servers and installing one new server, upgrading the network software to Windows 2003 Server, installing new Cisco switches throughout the District, and installing a new firewall. TFA 4

2.      We are in the processing of moving our E-mail to Microsoft Exchange, which will give us common calendars as well as improve E-mail for all staff. TFA 3

3.      We are also in the process of moving our Web page to a different server, and bringing our content filter back in-house from MOREnet. TFA 1, TFA 3

4.      Middle and Elementary School classroom and District personnel computers were replaced with Windows XP computers. Twelve computers were purchased for an Elementary Computer Lab adjoining the new Media Center.

 

**  A second project not anticipated in our previous plan was the result of receiving an eMINTS grant in the Spring of 2005.

  1. We have completed installation of equipment for seven eMINTS classrooms in our Middle School. TFA 1, TFA 2, TFA 4

2.      Seven teachers are participating in the Professional Development for this program. TFA 2


2006-2009 Technology Plan Goals

 

Guided by the Gasconade County R-1 School District’s vision and mission statements and the District’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, the Technology Committee developed five technology goals for the next three years. These goals not only continue to advance other District planning initiatives, they also reflect the five Technology Focus Areas of the U.S. Department of Education and follow the philosophy of Missouri’s Technology Strategic Plan of 2002.

 

The goals were developed to guide the District’s future implementation of technology and to address weaknesses identified through data analysis. Each goal is focused to improve and/or support student learning by improving the instructional and work environments throughout the district.

 

 

1.      Students will improve achievement in all curricular areas by learning in an environment supported by technology tools and resources.  (TFA 1, CSIP 1.1, 1.3, Title IID Program Goals)

 

2.      Teachers will, through on-going professional development, establish rich learning environments using effective, technology-supported instruction to maximize student performance. (TFA 2, CSIP 1.2)

 

3.      The District will use efficient administrative technology processes in order to support student learning, to maintain effective data management, and to enhance communication within the district and with patrons. (TFA 3, CSIP 3.1)

 

4.      The District will provide adequate and equitable access to instructional technology tools and resources for staff and students. (TFA 4, CSIP 1, 3, 4)

 

5.      The District will provide timely, quality assistance and support of technology tools and resources in order to maintain the student and staff learning and work environments. (TFA 5, CSIP 1, 3, 4)

 

 Technology Focus Areas – Goals, Objectives and Action Plans

This section states our 2006-2009 goal for each Technology Focus Area. We summarize our data analysis of the TFA and list the existing strengths and weaknesses revealed by our review of our previous plan. We then state our objectives for each goal and our action plan for maintaining strengths and improving weaknesses.

 

TFA1 - Student Learning …

… as it relates to the Show-Me Standards, including technology literacy

 

Summary of Data Analysis

The District has earned the Distinction in Performance award due to the increased achievement levels on the MAP and ACT over the past three years. Reading scores have improved since the implementation of the Read 180 program at the middle school level. Curriculum review shows that Technology literacy competencies are not fully defined for students. The Advance MSIP parent questionnaire revealed that only a small percentage of parents felt their children were using computers effectively at school. Although eMINTS has been implemented in seven classrooms in 2005-2006, technology integration into the curriculum is inconsistent throughout the district. Computer labs are in place in each building; however not all classes get a chance to use the labs as needed.

 

 

Strengths

Weaknesses

·        Computer labs in each building.

·        eMINTS program.

·        High school curriculum includes computer applications, web page design, graphic design.

·        Middle school curriculum includes keyboarding and computer applications.

·        Use of technology in vocational classrooms.

·        Reading applications, Read 180, SRI, Reading Counts, used at Middle School and Elementary School.

 

1.      Lack of defined grade level technology literacy standards.

2.      Lack of sufficient accessibility to technology resources outside of labs.

3.      Scheduling conflicts for available technology lab resources.

4.      Lack of consistent technology integration into instruction.

5.      Changing technology education standards for post-secondary needs.

  

Goal 1 – Students will improve achievement in all curricular areas by learning in an environment supported by technology tools and resources.

 

Goal 1 Objectives

 

Objective 1:  Students will improve academic achievement through the use of technology-supported curriculum.

 

Action Step / Activity

Weakness addressed

Person Responsible

Timeline/Completion Date

Funding Source/ Estimated Cost

Progress Measure

Continue to expand the existing research-driven, technology-based  reading programs.

 

Building on existing strength

Building principals, Reading teachers

2006-2007, ongoing

District Funds

Grants/

Software: $12,800 - $16,000

Hardware: $4,000 - $6,000

Increased participation in reading programs and successful evaluations

Improve student research skills using technology in core academic areas, libraries, and computer labs.

 

 

1, 2, 3

Library media specialists, classroom teachers, vocational teachers

2006-2007, ongoing

District Funds

Grants

Student portfolios will reflect student research skills

Define educational technology literacy competencies using ISTE and other national and state standards as guidelines.

1, 4

Curriculum committees

2006-2007

No additional cost expected

Competencies are defined for each grade level

Adopt and integrate technology literacy competencies into curriculum.

1, 4

Curriculum committees, Curriculum Director

2006-2007, ongoing during annual curriculum review

No additional cost expected

Curriculum includes technology literacy competencies

Research, develop and implement a plan that enables all students to meet the Missouri Technology Education Program Goals.

 

5

Building principals, Teachers, Curriculum Director

Research 2006-2007, ongoing

District Funds

Grants

Plan is approved and in place

 

 

Objective 2: Maintain and improve the technology learning environment for all students.

 

Action Step / Activity

Weakness addressed

Person Responsible

Timeline/Completion

Funding Source/ Estimated Cost

Progress Measure

Develop schedule for computer lab use at all grade levels

 

 

3

Building principals, library media specialists

August 2006

No additional cost expected

Schedule is adopted for use in each building

Develop and implement a plan to comprehensively evaluate technology-based learning solutions that have sound research and have shown proven success in improving student learning

 

2, 4

Technology Coordinator, Classroom teachers, Building Principals

2006-2007, ongoing

Annual evaluation

District Funds

Grants

Plan is implemented

Expand eMINTS program within the Middle School

 

 

2, 4

Building Principal

2006-2007, ongoing

District Funds

Grants

$87,000 in 2006-2007

eMINTS program evaluation

 

 


TFA2  Teacher Preparation…

… and delivery of instruction

 

Summary of Data Analysis

New staff members are provided with technology training during their pre-service workshops.  Teacher surveys show an inconsistency among the staff in general as to their level of comfort and knowledge with technological teaching resources. Evaluation of the PDC plan shows effective in-service programs. While technology use is incorporated into its plan, needed follow-up sessions are not always in place. The teachers participating in the eMINTS program at the middle school have been receiving extensive professional development.

 

Strengths

Weaknesses

1.      Core group of teachers who are well trained and competent enough to help others.

2.      Steadily improving technology resources available to staff.

3.      eMINTS professional development.

4.      On-going professional development throughout District.

5.      Annual new teacher orientation includes technology topics.

 

1.      Technology literacy proficiency level varies widely among faculty.

2.      Limited follow-up for professional development technology topics.

3.      Inequitable technology resources available for teachers across district.

4.      Lack of awareness of available technology.

5.      Lack of effective integration of technology into instruction.

 

Goal 2 – Teachers will, through on-going professional development, establish rich learning environments using effective, technology-supported instruction to maximize student performance.

 

Goal 2 Objectives

 

Objective 1:  To provide training to raise the proficiency level of faculty to be able to utilize current and emerging resources.

 

Action Step / Activity

Weakness Addressed

Person Responsible

Timeline/Completion Date

Funding Source/ Estimated Cost

Progress Measure

Define technology competencies for teachers

1

PDC, Curriculum Director, Technology Coordinator

2006-2007

No additional cost expected

Competencies are defined

Develop and implement a training program to deliver technology competencies to teachers

1, 2, 4

PDC and/or Technology Coordinator

2006-2009

PDC Funds

District Funds

Grants

Title IID

Training program is in place and evaluated for effectiveness

Develop and implement incentive program for successful completion of technology competency training

1, 4

PDC

2006-2009

District Funds

 

Incentive program is implemented


 

Objective 2:  Provide continuous in-service experiences to help teachers integrate technology into the curriculum.

 

Action Step / Activity

Weakness Addressed

Person Responsible

Timeline/Completion Date

Funding Source/ Estimated Cost

Progress Measure

Provide each teacher access to a computer, and appropriate peripherals, designated for faculty research, lesson preparation, and record keeping.

3

Building Principals, Technology Coordinator

Beginning of 2006/2007 school year

District Funds

Grants

2006-2007: $20,000-$25,000

Annual Inventory

Continue and expand eMINTS professional development.

1, 4, 5

Building Principals, eMINTS teachers

2006-2009

District Funds

Grants

2006-2007: $28,000

eMINTS program evaluation

Provide ongoing professional development opportunities on the use of technology to increase academic achievement.

2

Professional Development Committee

2006-2009

District Funds

Grants

PDC Funds

PDC program evaluation

 

 

 

 


TFA3  Administration, data management, and communication processes

 

Summary of Data Analysis

Surveys of office personnel reveal that SIS Central is not being fully utilized for core data reporting. As a result of our MSIP review the SIS Special Services module was purchased to improve our compliance with state forms. Teacher and administrative surveys indicated an interest in improving our process for recording grades, attendance and other student data.

 

Strengths

Weaknesses

·        District network infrastructure upgraded in 2005.

·        Microsoft Exchange installed in 2005-2006 for e-mail and calendar.

·        District’s phone system.

·        District utilizes SIS (Student Information Systems) student data management system.

·        District provides the community Internet access to School related information through its Website.

·        Automated libraries at the high school and middle school buildings.

 

1.      Administration and staff are not fully trained in using Microsoft Exchange.

2.      Lack of staff accessibility to school phone system inside the classroom.

3.      Lack of Web access to student records for parents.

4.      All portions of school’s website are not continually updated and maintained.

5.      Student data is not fully available to all stakeholders through existing SIS modules.

6.      SIS Central Office has not been fully utilized.

7.      High School library automation is not complete.

 

Goal 3 – The District will use efficient administrative technology processes in order to support student learning, to maintain effective data management, and to enhance communication within the district and with patrons.

 

Goal 3 Objectives

 

Objective 1:  Provide the School District’s administration and staff with effective inter-school communication.

 

Action Step / Activity

Weakness addressed

Person Responsible

Timeline/Completion

Funding Source/ Estimated Cost

Progress Measure

Present Microsoft Exchange training for all district staff.

 

1

Technology Coordinator

2006-2007,

Ongoing for new staff

District Funds/

$1500

All staff have completed training

Evaluate the feasibility of increasing accessibility of student data to stakeholders.

5

Building Principals, Technology Coordinator

2006-2009

District Budget/

$4,000 – $10,000

Proposal presentation

Complete automation of High School library

7

HS Library Media Specialist, Technology Coordinator

August 2006

No additional cost expected

Card Catalogue is in use

Student ID is used for check-out

 

 

Objective 2:  Provide the staff, parents, and community with enhanced communication technology tools.

 

Action Step / Activity

Weakness addressed

Person Responsible

Timeline/Completion

Funding Source/ Estimated Cost

Progress Measure

Research and evaluate feasibility of making phone system more available to teachers.

2

Building Principals, Technology Coordinator

2006-2008

No additional cost expected for research and evaluation

Implementation costs dependent upon evaluation results

Decision is made on how to proceed

Provide continuing Web page editing training for staff.

4

Technology Coordinator

2006-2007, ongoing

District Funds

PDC Funds/

$1500 per year

Web page training is provided as part of annual PDC schedule

Develop and implement plan to keep all parts of Web site maintained and updated.

4

Technology Coordinator

2006-2007

No additional cost expected

Quarterly Web Site review

Research and implement secure ways for parents and schools to communicate student information electronically.

3

Building Principals, Technology Coordinator

2006-2009

District Funds

Grants

$3,000 - $10,000

Parent survey

 


TFA4  Resource distribution and use

 

Summary of Data Analysis

A study by MOREnet consultants confirmed our need to upgrade our network infrastructure; a bond issue in 2004 permitted us to complete this upgrade and to accelerate hardware and software upgrades throughout the district. Using our inventories as a guide, computers for district staff, including administrators, secretaries, and lunchroom personnel were replaced, and software was upgraded to Windows XP and Office XP or 2003. Computer labs and libraries were upgraded based on the need of each group of students using the computers. Teacher computers were upgraded based on need and building budgets. Each building has installed multiple security cameras for student and staff safety.

 

Strengths

Weaknesses

·        Support of community, Superintendent, and Board of Education

·        At least one computer in every classroom

·        Access to district network and Internet in every classroom

·        eMINTS program in grades 4 – 8

·        Network infrastructure upgrade completed 2005-2006 school year

·        Three new servers installed, with current software, 2005-2006

·        District Web page is in place

·        Phone and voice mail system

·        Every teacher and staff member has a district E-mail address

·        Elementary Lab added 2005-2006

·        All teachers at Elementary and Middle School upgraded to Windows XP computers, 2004-2006

·        High School teachers upgraded to functioning computers, 2005-2006

·        High School Library computers replaced with Windows XP, 2005-2006

·        Security cameras in each building

 

1.      Many high school teachers have older computers and limited access to printers.

2.      Level of technology use and proficiency varies among staff and among administration.

3.      Decisions on acquisition, upgrading and replacement are not based on written procedures.

4.      Inventory procedures and records are all manual and labor intensive.

5.      Cost prevents upgrading entire district resources at the same time, causing some technology incompatibilities.

6.      Elementary lab is not fully equipped for technology instruction.

 

 

 

Goal 4 – The District will provide adequate and equitable access to instructional technology tools and resources for staff and students.

 

Goal 4 Objectives

 

Objective 1:  Develop a systematic process for acquiring, upgrading and replacing technology throughout the district.

 

Action Step / Activity

Weakness addressed

Person Responsible

Timeline/Completion

Funding Source/ Estimated Cost

Progress Measure

Develop written short and long term technology acquisition, upgrade and replacement procedures

 

1, 4

Superintendent, Principals, Technology Department

2006

No additional cost expected

Procedures adopted

Establish enduring budget for technology

 

1, 3, 5

Superintendent, Principals, Technology Department

2006, ongoing

No additional cost expected

Budget is in place

Develop and implement a standardized system of inventory of technology hardware, software and operating systems

 

3, 5

Technology Department

2006-2007, ongoing

No additional cost expected/

$2,500-$4,000 if implemented using purchased software

Standardized inventory system is implemented

Develop and implement a plan to lessen impact of technology incompatibility issues

 

5

Technology Coordinator

August 2006, ongoing

No additional cost expected

Staff survey of knowledge of working with various software and hardware versions

 


TFA5  Technical Support

 

Data Analysis:  Help request volume, an increasing inventory of computers, and new project needs made evident a need to increase support personnel. Content of help requests indicate that increasing staff knowledge of technology could also reduce support requests. The difficulty of tracking and categorizing requests shows a need for computerizing this system.

 

 

Strengths

Weaknesses

·        Help request response time has greatly decreased with the addition of .75 person, 2005-2006.

·        MOREnet support.

·        SIS support is available by phone and e-mail.

·        Support service is maintained for most vendors.

·        Knowledgeable staff members assist their colleagues.

 

 

1.      Lack of technology support evaluation process.

2.      Much of the work of the support department is crisis driven.

3.      Staff members need more training in basic troubleshooting.

4.      Manual system of maintaining Help Request records.

 

Goal 5  The District will provide timely, quality assistance and support of technology tools and resources in order to maintain the student and staff learning and work environments.

 

Goal 5 Objectives

Objective 1:  Maintain acceptable Help Request response time.

 

Action Step / Activity

Weakness addressed

Person Responsible

Timeline/Completion

Funding Source/ Estimated Cost

Progress Measure

Implement a work request system for technology requests and evaluation; establish computerized database

 

1, 4

Technology Coordinator

2006-2007

District Funds/

$2,500-$4,000 if implemented using purchased software

Work request system is in use

Establish regular troubleshooting workshops and technology clinics

 

2

Technology Coordinator

2006-2007, ongoing

No additional cost expected

Work requests and teacher surveys

Establish a schedule for designated on-site building support.

 

2

Technology Coordinator, Building Principals

2006-2007, ongoing

No additional cost expected

Schedule is adopted

Maintain and/or increase IT staff as needed to offer efficient and productive technological support

 

1, 2, 3 ,4

Superintendent, Board, Technology Coordinator

2006-2009

District Budget/

No additional cost to maintain;

$25,000 - $40,000 per year if adding staff

 

Program evaluation

 


Communication, Dissemination, Monitoring and Evaluation

 

Communication/Dissemination of the Technology Plan

 

The Technology Plan will be presented to the following internal groups:

·        Gasconade County R-1 School Board

·        The Superintendent

·        Building Principals

·        Professional Development Committee

·        Gasconade County R-1 School Employees

 

We will inform the community, parents, legislators, and civic leaders about the new technology plan through Board minutes, newsletters and through the local newspaper. Evaluation of progress on the plan will be made to the Board during the annual report on the Technology Program.

 

The plan will be available in hard copy, by E-mail, and on the District Web site at http://www.hermann.k12.mo.us.

 

 

Monitoring of the Technology Plan

 

·        The Technology Committee will meet at least annually to review progress of this plan and formulate any necessary correction strategies.

·        The Technology Coordinator will request feedback on progress from various stakeholders, including building principals, eMINTS teachers, and the professional development committee.

·        The District Technology Staff will monitor resources and support level on an on-going basis to ensure fulfillment of the Plan.

·        The Superintendent, Building Principals, and Technology Coordinator will monitor the requisition of all technology to ensure that purchases fulfill the Plan.

 

Evaluation of the Technology Plan

 

We will evaluate this plan using the following:

  • Staff and student surveys on technology use
  • Analysis of data from administrative networking tools
  • Student assessment tools, including MAP, SAT and local assessment data
  • Teacher evaluations
  • Comparison with State and National Standards
  • Review of status of action steps
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