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Goal 03

    All students will master technology skills that are requisite for the 21st century workplace, apply these skills in solving practical problems, and demonstrate positive ethical behaviors when using technology.

    Strategies

    1. Introduced in technology literacy classes and reinforced in all classes that incorporate technology, data security practices will be mastered by all students.
      • The domain security system currently in place in the high school and district offices that requires all users to login using a unique username and password will be extended to the rest of the district.
        1. Budget: 0.00
        2. Primary Funding Source: N/A - requires workstation reconfiguration
        3. Secondary Funding Source:
      • Automatically-connected, account-protected, secure server storage space will be provided for all students (and they will be instructed in its use).
        1. Budget: 0.00
        2. Primary Funding Source: N/A - requires workstation reconfiguration
        3. Secondary Funding Source:
      • The iSAFE program will be implemented in all buildings.
        1. Budget: 1000.00
        2. Primary Funding Source: District Categorical Funds
        3. Secondary Funding Source:
    2. A secure, internal E-mail system will be provided for students that allows them to electronically communicate with teachers and administrators.
      • A student E-mail server must be purchased and installed (using Open Source software).
        1. Budget: 3500.00
        2. Primary Funding Source: District Categorical Funds
        3. Secondary Funding Source:
    3. Office suite software will be employed as a tool for developing and enhancing student problem-solving skills across the curriculum. For instance, word processing software will be used as a tool for collaborating on and improving writing; spreadsheet software will be used as a tool for storing, calculating, graphing, analyzing, and making predictions about data.
      • The high school business department will design and implement a curriculum to prepare students for success on the Microsoft Office User Specialist certification test (MOUS).
        1. Budget: 2000.00
        2. Primary Funding Source: District Categorical Funds
        3. Secondary Funding Source: Federal Grants
      • Project-based learning units across the curriculum will require student use of and provide appropriate training in office suite software as it relates to the curriculum.
        1. Budget: 0.00
        2. Primary Funding Source: N/A
        3. Secondary Funding Source:
      • The school district will continue to lease Microsoft Office software through the Microsoft School Agreement program until such time as it secures a better alternative.
        1. Budget: 90000.00
        2. Primary Funding Source: District Categorical Funds
        3. Secondary Funding Source:
      • The district will provide mobile computer labs in sufficient numbers to support the use of office software in specialized applications, not only in specialized classrooms, but also in the field and in conjunction with data collection devices.
        1. Budget: 0.00
        2. Primary Funding Source: N/A - covered in another goal
        3. Secondary Funding Source:
    4. The district will implement a collaboration/courseware system to enhance student learning, while providing experience with collaboration technologies currently in use the workplace.
      • The district will install, configure, and implement an Open Source courseware system.
        1. Budget: 0.00
        2. Primary Funding Source: N/A
        3. Secondary Funding Source:
    5. Students will practice ethical behavior with respect to technology use.
      • Teachers will continue their annual review of the district's Acceptable Use Policy with their students.
        1. Budget: 0.00
        2. Primary Funding Source: N/A
        3. Secondary Funding Source:
      • Librarians will continue to provide instruction in copyright/intellectual property at an age-appropriate level.
        1. Budget: 0.00
        2. Primary Funding Source: N/A
        3. Secondary Funding Source:
      • The iSAFE program will be implemented in all buildings.
        1. Budget: 1000.00
        2. Primary Funding Source: District Categorical Funds
        3. Secondary Funding Source:

    Professional Development

    The district technology coordinator has already provided instruction to teachers in the use of network-managed computer systems in the buildings in which they have been configured thusly. Written tutorials have also been made available on the district's Intranet site. This professional development will be offered in each building upon the reconfiguration of its computers as network-managed systems. The training will also be offered for new teachers as part of the induction plan.

    Faculty district-wide have also been trained in the use of the district's web-based E-mail system by the district technology coordinator. Refresher training will be provided if requested, and training for new teachers will be provided as part of the induction plan.

    NEIU 19 will provide iSAFE training during the summer of 2006 for teachers who will conduct the program for students. It will be repeated when needed to replace teachers who leave the district.

    Office suite training for teachers of the MOUS program will be provided by Keystone College in the 2007-2008 school year. Curriculum will be developed in the ensuing summer such that the program can be implemented in the 2008-2009 school year.

    Office suite training for the general faculty will be conducted by the district technology coordinator as part of the monthly technology training offering. As usual, this will be supplemented by written tutorials posted on the district's Intranet site; it may eventually be supplemented by the interactive training on the Intranet as well. In addition, MOUS teachers will serve as resources to teachers in the use of office suite software.

    Finally, teachers will receive professional development in the use of the courseware system from the district technology coordinator. Teachers will initially use this system on a volunteer basis, and, upon the request of the teacher to use the system, the technology coordinator will do the training on a one-on-one or small group basis. Written tutorials in the use of the system will be made available on the district's Intranet site.

    Monitoring/Evaluation

    While several options would be available for monitoring and evaluating the individual strategies, the only real way to monitor whether students have gained the necessary skills for success in the 21st century workplace is to review the post-graduate experience of recent graduates and their employers. Therefore, the high school guidance office will develop and disseminate an annual survey that includes pointed questions about the level of workplace preparation afforded by the North Pocono education. Survey responses will be reviewed by district administrators.

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