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Goal 06

    The district will provide the state-of-the-art hardware, software, networks, and technology resources that will be relevant to students in their future workplaces and effective in accomplishing both administrative and instructional tasks.

    Strategies

    1. The district will adopt a five-year replacement cycle that replaces all of the computers in one of the district's five buildings each year.
      • The district will purchase enterprise-class, network-managed, five-year-warranted computers sufficient to ensure that all classrooms, labs, and offices are properly equipped.
        1. Budget: 960000.00
        2. Primary Funding Source: District Categorical Funds
        3. Secondary Funding Source:
    2. The district will standardize on a single platform to reduce support/repair costs, professional development costs, infrastructure costs, and acquisition costs.
    3. The district will seek to eliminate inkjet printers from all areas except art/graphics classrooms by redistributing existing laser printers and digital/networked copiers for shared printing instead of individual printing (as they are currently deployed).
      • The district will establish an annual maintenance/repair/replacement budget for laser printers.
        1. Budget: 51000.00
        2. Primary Funding Source: District Categorical Funds
        3. Secondary Funding Source:
    4. The district will seek to improve its network by providing a minimum of five switched 100 Mb ports in each classroom and office, a wireless overlay, and a fiber-optic backbone that could be employed at 10Gb.
      • The district will make these upgrades during the course of the upcoming district-wide building project, set to commence in the summer of 2006.
        1. Budget: 400000.00
        2. Primary Funding Source: Local Bond
        3. Secondary Funding Source: State Funds
      • The district will provide high-speed Internet, Internet2, and district-to-district network connections/services.
      • The district will join the Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional WAN.
        1. Budget: 0.00
        2. Primary Funding Source: N/A - in another goal
        3. Secondary Funding Source:
    5. The district will employ emerging technology devices as needed to support educational programs.
      • The district will purchase handheld computers and mClass software to support Dibels testing.
        1. Budget: 75000.00
        2. Primary Funding Source: State grant
        3. Secondary Funding Source:
      • The district will purchase interactive whiteboards/projectors to support classroom technology integration.
        1. Budget: 105000.00
        2. Primary Funding Source: District Categorical Funds
        3. Secondary Funding Source: State grants

    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.

    NEIU 19 will provide professional development to faculty and administration in the use the WAN and services that run over it. These professional development sessions will begin in the fall of 2006 after the WAN is up and running.

    When mClass is purchased and implemented in the fall of 2008, Step-by-Step Learning, the regional training partner for Wireless Generation, the maker of mClass, will provide training for administrators and teachers in its use. The technology coordinator and already-trained teachers/administrators will conduct future training sessions for additional grade level teachers or new teachers.

    Interface whiteboards and projectors will be the subject of professional development conducted by the district technology coordinator, in conjunction with the NEIU 19 and their "Technology on Wheels" program.

    Monitoring/Evaluation

    The success of this plan will be determined by reduced cost and improved services. The district currently spends an extraordinary amount of money to provide services that work on the Mac OS 9 and OS X and Windows 2000 and Windows XP. This often requires 2-3 vastly different training systems. Standardized, consistently contemporary systems will reduce software costs, training costs, acquisition costs, support costs, and repair costs. Cost savings in these areas will help to fund keeping systems current and to provide additional services. The technology coordinator and business manager will evaluate these expenses and by extension the success of this goal.

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