TECHNOLOGY PLAN

July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2012

4020 E. 13 Mile Road, Paris, Michigan 49338

231-796-8947

School Code #62470

   Dr. Lori Clark, Superintendent

231-796-8947

Fax: 231-796-2921

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http://bigjackson.ncats.net

Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency

                                                            

VISION STATEMENT

Technology is a tool, a part of the instructional process, rather than the product itself. Students and the community must remain the focus in all technology decisions. Technology will continue to have a significant role in the reshaping of the home and the labor force. Education, as it mirrors societal changes, is undergoing considerable change as it adjusts to a world increasingly influenced by technology. Our students will experience several evolutions of technology while enrolled in Big Jackson Public School, and later in middle school, high school, higher education, and the work place. Therefore, Big Jackson Public School believes that technology should be infused appropriately into the curriculum for both instruction and assessment at all levels and in all areas to create information for students, community members, teachers, and staff. Research supports benefits of infusing technology throughout the curriculum.

 

GOALS

 Education

*Use the CMS program developed by NCRESA to track student academic progress as it relates to standards and benchmarks.

*Provide education for minors on appropriate online behavior along with protecting themselves from Internet Predators with in-school workshops and programs.

*Continue to upgrade the existing Success Maker program including staff training.

*Use MEAP Study Island Program at all grade levels.

*Continue use of software in all classrooms.

*Use Typing program to teach proper typing skills to students.

Improve Technology Service

*Provide new high speed wireless Internet access.

*Upgrade two new computers each year and update technology software as needed.

Website Improvements

*Update website information as needed.

*Provide school closing information.

*Provide a teacher email link to school website.

*Improve design of website to be more usable by public.

Hardware

*Update server as needed.

*Clean and reprogram existing computers on an on-going basis.

*Purchase licenses for Microsoft Office for all computers.

*Maintain network connections to all work stations.

*Maintain satellite Direct TV access.

*Maintain projectors and video presenters.

*Purchase and maintain Smart Boards for classrooms.

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All items mentioned above will be used to increase Student achievement in the core subject areas using the Success Maker program for Math and Reading, along with CMS to help monitor student progress.  Other software items will be used by students to enhance skills taught in the classroom.

CURRICULUM

Goals and strategies, aligned with challenging State standards, for using telecommunications and technology to improve teaching and materials.

                                                                                           Technology and the Curriculum Goals

Student Technology Benchmarks

Kindergarten

1. Identify parts and hardware.

2. Identify how to turn the computer on and off.

3. Identify and use the keyboard functions, including enter and spacebar.

4. Use icons to open a software program.

5. Use the mouse to point, click, and close programs.

6. Identify other types of hardware (telephone) and the use of 911 emergency.

7. Incorporate working checklist as part of lesson plan.

First Grade

1. Review and apply Kindergarten Benchmarks.

2. Identify home row.

3. Identify and select from the desktop appropriate grade level software.

4. Describe technology used at home.

5. Demonstrate ability to print.

6. Learn basic computer care.

7. Incorporate working checklist as part of lesson plan.

Second Grade

1. Review and apply K-1 Benchmarks.

2. Accurately demonstrate the home row and hand position.

3. Demonstrate familiarity with the font selection and size.

4. Demonstrate the use of the file menu: open, safe, print, and close.

5. Become familiar with the toolbar.

6. Demonstrate word processing skills by creating a product.

7. Demonstrate proper handling of hardware.

8. Demonstrate Internet exploration skills.

9. Become familiar with reference software programs.

10. Incorporate working checklist as part of lesson plan.

Third Grade

1. Review and apply K-2 Benchmarks.

2. Demonstrate use of the keyboard with correct fingering for letter, shift,

punctuation keys, and spacebar.

3. Type 5-10 wpm.

4. Use the File Menu: new, open, close, save/save as, print preview, and print.

5. Use the edit menu to undo.

6. Become familiar with use of right click mouse function.

7. Use a menu to add graphics.

8. Perform basic text formatting tasks including: font style & size, color, bold, italic, and underline.

9. Become familiar with copyright laws and licensing.

10. Become knowledgeable of the appropriate use of the Internet, safety rules, privacy, and District Acceptable Use Policy.

11. Incorporate working checklist as part of lesson plan.

Fourth Grade

1. Review and apply K-3 Benchmarks.

2. Incorporate technology specific lesson plans as used in business and government.

3. Master left/right and home row hand positions.

4. Type 10-15 wpm with 65% accuracy.

5. Use the Edit Menu to cut, copy, and paste.

6. Use technology when possible in curricular areas: Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Physical Education, and others as appropriate and available.

7. Describe the impact of the Information Age on people's lives.

8. Be familiar with the Copyright and licensing laws.

9. Review and comply with the District Acceptable Use Policy.

10. Use the Internet as a research tool: type URL in location box; use appropriate search engines; beware of the accuracy, relevance, appropriateness, and comprehensiveness of electronic information sources; and follow Internet etiquette.

11. Demonstrate independent use of media center technologies.

12. Demonstrate independent access and use of on-line databases.

13. Incorporate working checklist as part of lesson plan.

Fifth Grade

1. Review and apply K-4 Benchmarks.

2. Develop a report using word processing.

3. Set margins and change page orientation.

4. Create and name folders.

5. Include the use of the Paint feature.

6. Create a multimedia project using the skills mastered in previous grades (Power Point).

7. Use desktop publishing software to create a student project.

8. Use appropriate software.

9. Utilize online sources (encyclopedia, search engines).

10. Use relevance and accuracy in online research.

11. Use Internet information to produce a product (report, etc.)

12. Incorporate working checklist as part of lesson plan.

Sixth Grade

1. Review and apply K-5 Benchmarks for mastery and refinement.

2. Discuss advancements in technology/impact of technology on society.

3. Demonstrate knowledge of and comply with the Big Jackson Public School Acceptable Use Policy.

4. Develop a word processing document that utilizes merging information using the cut and paste features.

5. Develop a document and/or artwork using the Paint Option (Advanced Application).

6. Develop and present a multimedia presentation using scanner, digital camera, and skills developed in previous grades.

7. Use the Internet and other online resources for research and communication to

demonstrate basic Internet search skills.

8. Incorporate working checklist as part of lesson plan.

CURRICULUM

Student Achievement

Students in grades 1-6 make extensive use of computerized Accelerated Reader tests. They also use the Success Maker tutoring program for both Math and Reading. Second through Sixth graders do research on the Internet for Science and Social Studies reports. Second through Sixth graders use word processing to write young author books, short stories, plays, reports, and essays. The yearbook committee uses Print Shop to create the yearbook. Kindergarten students use the computer software to reinforce the reading and math programs. All elementary students use software included in their math program to reinforce concepts. All students will use the keyboarding program to learn proper typing skills.

The success of technology in raising achievement will be measured by an increase in MEAP scores and the quality of research and word processed documents, along with classroom projects and assignments.

Our time lines are flexible. They will depend on two important factors: (1) changes/revisions to the State Standards and Benchmarks for curriculum and (2) purchase of software as agreed upon by staff.

Technology Delivery

Big Jackson Public School will employ alternative methods of instructional delivery through distance learning using various technologies such as Virtual Field Trips in which classrooms will utilize opportunities to explore educational topics electronically. Virtual field trips will be created in which students visit a variety of websites that relate to the current topic being studied.

Parental Communications & Community Relations

Big Jackson Public School will increase communication with parents and the community by continuing existing methods of communication and implementing new projects, including:

*Maintaining the district web page to inform parents and the community about general news, activities, policies, and other bulletins.

*Updating the district web page to include curriculum maps reflecting technology standards that are embedded in existing curriculum.

*Expanding our current email system for teachers in order to provide effective communication between staff, parents, and community members.

*Including parents and community members in district technology committees.

*Providing on-line access to the district's technology plan.

Collaboration

Big Jackson Public School is a K-6 district which does not provide Adult Education or GED programs. The surrounding districts such as White Cloud and Big Rapids provide this service for people in our area.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Strategies

Professional Development Goals:

* Creating a learning environment with respect to technology and education,

* Improving staff competence with technology,

* Implementing technology tools into new and existing curriculum and instruction,

* Review new learning and teaching techniques for staff.

Expectations for Staff and Administrators:

* Teachers will be able to integrate specific technology-based lessons into their subject areas;

* All teachers will receive on-going training in the use of current software and equipment;

* Teachers will be encouraged to develop and implement lesson plans that use multimedia resources existing in their classrooms (e.g., scanners, video projectors), and

* Administrator will be competent technology role model.

Our staff training each year depends on the new software purchases and the new support services provided by NCRESA. We set aside at lease one in-service day per year to focus on technology training. In addition, staff and administration attend various conferences and workshops.

Our technology goals are based on state and national standards. We rely heavily on the Michigan Department of Education's website when reviewing and establishing our technology goals. Another web-based resource is Technology Plan Assessment Instrument (http://www.wmich.edu/techcorps/assess.html).

Time Line: Professional Development training will link technology to student achievement with the goal that staff will utilize technology in curriculum delivery. Specific refinements will vary from year to year as we (l) revisit our goals and (2) state and national standards and mandates change.

2009-2010:

Staff will be updated in the use of CMS, a student management systems created by NCRESA. At least one staff member will attend professional development for effective use of technology in the classroom.

2010-2011:

General goals are similar to the 2009-2010 goals; specific software training and equipment will be designed to match our new purchases and reflect input from administration and staff.

2011-2012:

General goals for 2011-2012 are similar to the 2010-2011 goals; specific software training and equipment will be designed to match our new purchases and reflect input from administration and staff.

Supporting Resources

Technological training has been and will continue to be provided via sources both inside and outside of the District. Specific sources are listed below. In-services will focus on ways for teachers and staff to become better prepared to implement our technology goals.

Technology Resources

* Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency

* Mecosta Osceola Intermediate School District

* Pearson Digital Learning

* Houghton Mifflin Company

* Scott Foresman Company

* Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Company

* Michigan Department of Education Web Site

* Michigan Virtual University

* Ferris State University

* Magazine Article Summaries

* Muskegon Area Intermediate School District

Budget

Category

Estimated Cost

Year #1

EstimatedCost

Year#2

Estimated Cost

Year #3

Internet Access

$ 3,000

$3,000

$3,000

Technician

$ 1,200

$1,200

$1,200

Licenses

$ 1,500

$1,500

$1,500

Hardware

$4,000

$4,000

$4,000

Software

$ 1,300

$1,300

$1,300

Total

$11,000

$11,000

$11,000

Current status of hardware, software, network infrastructure, and telecommunications:

*21 student workstations                 *4 projectors

*6 staff workstations                       *4 video presenters

*5 printers                                      *phone network in all of the buildings            

*2 copy machines                           *4 laptop computers



Services needed to improve instruction and student learning:

*maintain satellite Internet for higher speed connections.

*replace two computers and purchase an additional one the first year and replace two computers each year thereafter.

*repair printers as needed.

*purchase updated software for Success Maker.

*maintain subscription to free satellite TV from Direct TV.

*update or upgrade Internet block.

*update licensing for Star Reading and Accelerated Reader if needed.

Technical Support with District

*Technology Coordinator

*Knowledgeable Staff

Time Line for Hardware/Software

2009-2012 -All above items are necessities needed on a yearly basis.

2010-2011 - Continue with upgrades and maintenance of existing services in line with our acquisition goals; add software and hardware as needed to support curriculum.

2011-2012 - Continue with upgrades and maintenance of existing services in line with our acquisition goals; add software and hardware as needed to support curriculum.

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Our ratio of one computer for every two students is acceptable.

Coordination of Resources

It is one of the responsibilities of the principal to coordinate state and local resources to implement activities and acquisitions as prescribed in this technology plan. Much of our staff training is provided by either NCRESA or by the MAISD. Whenever possible, we use grant funds to support our technology program. The following are some of the grants which may be used:

* Title II - Part A - Teacher and Principal Training

* Title II - Part D - Enhancing Education Through Technology

* Section 31A

* REAP - Rural Education Achievement Program

* Universal Service Funds Grant

MONITORING AND EVALUATION

Evaluation

Since technology has become an integral part of the operation of our district as well as a primary tool to meet our curricular goals for students, we plan to integrate our technology review within the framework of our existing school improvement process.

The district administrator, technology coordinator, and the school improvement team will participate in the review. They will receive input from and represent staff, students, parents, and Board members.

Areas to be reviewed will include:

*Acquired technologies and their interoperability;

*Curriculum integration of technology, including accreditation goals, student achievement, teacher training, teacher integration of technology, and productivity uses;

*The role of professional development in expanding teacher facility with technology;

*A review of the sources for tech support and training;

*A description of the software and on-line resources available to staff and students;

*A comparison of the actual costs of the technology with projected expenses;

*The acceptable use policy's effectiveness and any needs for revision; and

*An assessment of how the plan's timetable meshes with current practice.

Reviews of the above will have four primary goals:

*To develop a clear evaluation of our progress in each of the above areas,

*To use those evaluations to determine updated goals for improved technology integration,

*To tabulate data and establish specific performance objectives, and

*To update the plan to reflect these new insights (including setting new timelines for implementation.)

*Unmet goals will be reviewed by administrator, technology coordinator, and/or school improvement team in order to decide course of action.

                                         

                                                                                               SUMMARY

¬∑         Access to the Internet and related forms of telecommunications and information sources is at the option and discretion of the Big Jackson Public School Board.

The Internet and related forms of communication and information sources is viewed as a learning and school administration enhancement tool only. Access to such tool will be controlled by the School Administration and will be used only for School business, i.e., student and staff learning and School communication. There will be no public or personal use of the facilities without written agreement from the Board. Similarly, the material accessed must be authorized in advance by the School Administration (and/or the Staff if an explicit delegation of authorization is granted by the School Administration.)

If students or others violate this control process the School assumes no liability or responsibility for material viewed, read, seen or copied. Further, students who violate the control process could be subject to expulsion… see INTERNET USE AND BEHAVIOR CONTRACT. Additionally, any costs, services or legal impacts, etc., incurred by the School for such violations is the responsibility of the individual and/or the parent or guardian.

The School will make a reasonable effort to acquire technology to limit unauthorized and/or improper access to the Internet, but will not assume any responsibility for student or unauthorized use. If the cost of operation, unauthorized use, or other circumstances so warrant, the Board has the right to cancel Internet or other services at once.