2008 - 2011 Technology Plan

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					Albert Lea Area Schools


 Technology Plan

   2008 – 2011
     July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2011

         Latest Modification
          October 7, 2009

Please complete the contact information on this page and the
checklist on the following pages and include them with your
technology plan.

Name of School District:    Albert Lea Public Schools

School District Number: 0241

Contact Person Name: Floyd Harves
Contact Person Mailing Address: 211 West Richway Drive
Contact Person Phone Number: (507) 379-4810
Contact Person E-mail:

URL for this Technology Plan: HTTP:// and select Technology
plan from the left hand list of links.

Please complete the following checklist by indicating on which page each of the criteria is

                                    CRITERIA                                         PAGE(S) WHERE
                                                                                      CRITERIA IS
I. Planning and Needs Assessment (schools and libraries)

Organization Leadership and Technology Planning Committee                            Page 2 – 6

Demographics of School District, School, Regional Public Library System, or Public   Page 7

Needs Assessment Method and Results                                                  Page 8 – 10

II. Vision, Goals, Objectives, and Strategies for Technology

Technology Integration with Curriculum and Instruction                               Page 18 – 20

Increase/Improve Technology Access                                                   Page 21

Administration                                                                       Page 16

Professional Development                                                             Page 68-73, 82

Assessment                                                                           Page 18, 24

Online/Distance Learning                                                             Page 17-18

Parental Involvement                                                                 Page 25

III. Policies and Procedures

Equitable Access for Students with Exceptional Needs                                 Page 30

Data and Network Security (schools and libraries)                                    Page 28

Internet Safety and CIPA Compliance                                                  Page 31 - 42

IV. Technology Infrastructure, Management, and Support (use template                 Page 55-55
provided by MDE).

Telecommunications Capacity                                                          Page 56

Equipment Access for Instruction                                                     Page 56-57

Assistive Technology                                                                 Page 57

Average Age of Equipment for Instruction                                             Page 56

Handhelds, Tablet PCs, Interactive Whiteboards and other devices                     Page 17

Replacement Schedule                                                                 Page 85-91

Technology Platform                                                                  Page 55

                                      CRITERIA                                           PAGE(S) WHERE
                                                                                           CRITERIA IS
Technology Staff Support                                                                  Page 68

V. Role of School Media Center (schools)                                                 Page   65 - 69
VI. Staff Development and Training                                                       Page   71 - 76
VII. Budget for Technology                                                               Page   77 - 81
VIII. Implementation Plan (schools and libraries)                                        Page   81 - 92
IX. Evaluation Plan (schools and libraries)

Summary of Results of Evaluation of Previous Three-Year Plan                             Page 93 - 97

Evaluation Strategy for 2008-2011 Technology Plan                                        Page 94


This 2008-2011 Technology Plan is the official submission of the

Albert Lea Public Schools
(name of school, school district, regional public library system, or public library).

Signature of Superintendent, School Administrator, or Regional Public Library System Administrator and System
Governing Board Chair, or Public Library Director

Date: ____________________________________

                           Albert Lea Area Schools Technology Planning Guide

Organization:             Albert Lea Area Schools
District No:              241
Contact Person:           Floyd Harves
Address:                  211 West Richway Drive
                         Albert Lea, MN 56007
Phone:                   (507) 379-4810
I. Executive leadership, Planning and Needs Assessment
                                                                                Pages:      1 - 10
II. Vision, Goals, Objectives and Strategies for Technology
                                                                                Pages: 11 - 26
III. Policy, Procedure and Forms
                                                                                Pages: 27 – 54
IV. Technology Infrastructure, Management and Support
                                                                                Pages: 55 – 64
V.    Roll of School Media Centers
                                                                                 Pages: 65 –70
VI. Staff Development & Training
                                                                                 Pages: 71 –76
VII. Technology Proposed Budget & Replacement Cycle
                                                                                 Pages: 77 –81
VIII. Technology Implementation Plan
                                                                                 Pages: 82 –92
IX.   Evaluation Plan
                                                                                 Pages: 93 –97
K – 8 Scope and Sequence
Disaster Planning
        This Document is available on-line at HTTP://

    Section - I
Planning and Needs

                                         Albert Lea Area Schools
                                         District 241 School Board

The School Board is the governing body of the District. It is comprised of six local
citizens each elected to four-year terms. The School Board establishes policies and
goals and has the final control of all District matters within the framework set by the
State Legislature and the State Department of Education.

The Superintendent is an ex-official member of the Board and chief executive officer of
the school District. He is responsible for advising the Board on all matters and for
executing Board Policies and decisions.


Jill Marin ............................................................................................ Director

Sally Ehrhardt .................................................................................... Director

Linda Laurie ...................................................................................... Director

Bill Villarreal ...................................................................................... Director

Jolinda Schreiber ........................................................................... Treasurer

Bill Leland.............................................................................................. Chair

The director of technology meets with the School Board monthly to keep the board
updated on issues and changes that effect technology within the Albert Lea school

                         ―Review of monthly planning and needs assessment.‖

                                    District Administrative Team

Dr. Mike Funk ........................................................................ Superintendent

Lori Volz .......................................................................... Director of Finance

Judy Knudtson ........................................................... Director of Curriculum

Reid Ulve ............................................................................... Director of MIS

Floyd Harves ............................................................. Director of Technology

Keith Erickson ................................................... Director of Special Services

Alan Root .................................................................... High School Principal

Marsha Langseth ..................................................... Middle School Principal

Jean Jordan ................................................................. Elementary Principal

Del Stein....................................................................... Elementary Principal

Corrine Tims ................................................................. Elementary Principal

Ross Williams ............................................................... Elementary Principal

Mary Williams ................................................................... High School Dean

Jim Quiriam ...................................................................... High School Dean

Bruce Olson ....................................... Director of Facilities & Transportation

Mary Nelson ......................................................... Food Service Coordinator

Christopher Chalmers ................................... Community Education Director

As a member of this committee the director of technology keeps the administrative team
updated on issues and changes that effect technology within the Albert Lea school
district. As district leaders this committee provides the needed building support to
assure technology is being used in appropriate and effective ways.

                       ―Review of monthly planning and needs assessment.‖

                                            District Technology
Planning Committee

This committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month to review the use of
technology and integration throughout the Albert Lea School District

Floyd Harves ............................................................................. Director of Technology
Reid Ulve ............................................................................................... Director of MIS
Judy Knudtson ............................................................................Director of Curriculum
Lori Volz ................................................................. Director of Finance and Operations
Dr. Mike Funk ........................................................................................ Superintendent
Doug Kenison .......................................................................... District Network Support
Troy Bibus ....................................................................... District Computer Technician
Mark Jensen.................................................................... District Computer Technician
Sally Ehrhardt ........................................................................................... School Board
Richard Harves ................................................................................ 5th Grade Teacher
Mary Hallum .....................................................................................2nd Grade Teacher
Roger Zeman ............................................................................... Middle School Media
Robert Decker ................................................................................... Special Education
Casey McIntyre ......................................................................... Middle School Teacher
Neal Skaar ................................................................................... High School Teacher
Peggy Bennett .................................................................................. 1st Grade Teacher
Lynda Kiesler ............................................................................... High School Teacher
Michael Sundblad ......................................................................... High School Teacher
Carol Frydenlund ............................................................................. High School Media
Brenda Reeder ................................................................................. Elementary Media
Staci Waltman .................................................................................. Elementary Media
Kathleen Niebuhr ............................................................................. Elementary Media
Beth Erickson ............................................................................... Assistive Technology
Dan Kenison................................................................................................ Community

(Each building has a local Technology Committee comprised of building staff and
administrators, who meet on a monthly basis sending issues and request to the District
Technology team.)

Budget Advisory Committee

This committee meets on a monthly basis and reviews the budgeting process for Albert
Lea Area Schools

Lori Volz ....................................................................................... Director of Finance
Debbie Goodnature ..................................................................................... Secretary
Linda Laurie ............................................................................... Community Member
Connie Hesley ............................................................................ Community Member
Patricia Dahl ............................................................................... Community Member
Jane Lair .................................................................................... Community Member
Linda Bottelson .......................................................................... Community Member
Sally Ehrhardt ............................................................................. Community Member
Susie Paul .................................................................................. Community Member
Mark Rofshus ............................................................................. Community Member
Dan Claussen ............................................................................. Community Member
Terri Wichmann .......................................................................... Community Member
Vicky Manges ............................................................................. Community Member
Terry Sigurdson .......................................... Non-Licensed Employee Representative
Keith Erickson ............................................................. Administrative Representative

District Technology Director meets with this committee annually to review budget and
update the committee on the focus of technology throughout Albert Lea Schools

District Curriculum Committee

Herbert Anderson ......................................................................... Community Member
Sue Axsmith .................................................................................................... Teacher
Cassie Boettcher .......................................................................... Community Member
Jeff Bodensteiner ......................................................................... Community Member
Shierley Christopherson .................................................................................. Teacher
.................................................................................................... Elementary Principal
William Danielson ......................................................................... Community Member
Mary DeRaad ............................................................................... Community Member
Chris Dorman ............................................................................... Community Member
Beth Erickson ............................................................................... Community Member
Cindy Falk ....................................................................................................... Teacher
..................................................................................................... Community Member
Jane Johnson ............................................................................... Community Member
Mary Larscheid ............................................................................. Community Member
Dr. John Laurie ............................................................................. Community Member
Loyal Leas ................................................................................... Elementary Principal
Bill Leland............................................................................................. Board Member
Jill Marin ............................................................................................... Board Member
Millary Miller ................................................................................. Community Member
Mike Miller .................................................................................... Community Member
Paula Prescott ............................................................................. Community Member
Al Root ....................................................................................... High School Principal
Gary Shindler ............................................................................... Community Member
Sheila Schultz .............................................................................. Community Member
Sandi Sorenson ............................................................................................... Teacher
Vern Teras ................................................................................... Community Member
Cory Thomas ................................................................................ Community Member
Marjorie Thorn .............................................................................. Community Member
Wendy Walker .............................................................................. Community Member
David Wentzel .............................................................................. Community Member

This committee must approve all curriculum changes throughout the Albert Lea School
district. The Director of Technology meets annually to review the technology scope and
sequence as well as other curriculum issues related to technology.

Albert Lea Area Schools Demographics
Albert Lea Area Schools is a geographically large, rural school district in southern
Minnesota, located about 100 miles south of Minneapolis at the crossroads of 1-35 and
1-90. While this location would seem to create a metropolitan hub, in reality Albert Lea
is a rural town of 18,000 with manufacturing, food preparation and health care

During the summer of 2002 our largest employer burned to the ground causing a loss of
over 500 jobs in the area with no plans to rebuild. Albert Lea is the largest town in
Freeborn County and it is suffering a steadily declining student population in an
increasingly aging population. Our senior citizens often feel disenfranchised from the
community as it changes, especially with regard to color and language. The new
families who do move in are much more diverse and highly likely to have English as
their second language, if they have any English language skills at all.

The district is comprised of 4 elementary schools, 1 middle school, 1 high school, and 1
area learning center. Currently the district serves just fewer than 4000 students from
the town of Albert Lea and five small villages (Clarks Grove, Hayward, Hollandale,
Manchester, and Twin Lakes) that are included in the 225 square miles that encompass
the district. At least 42%of the public school students ride buses to and from school.

Below you will find demographic information reported to the State in the Fall of 2006:

              Lakeview    Hawthorne Halverson Sibley          Southwe   Area     Senior
              Elem.       Elem.     Elem.     Elem.           st        Learning High
                                                              Middle    Center School
Total         33          30          35          28          38        9          73
Number of
Total         451         444         394         396         502       76         1227
Number of
%             36.1%       48.8%       50%         43.7%       38%       59.2%      28%
d Lunch
Grade Level   K-6         K-5         K-6         K-6         7-8       7-12       9-12

Needs Assessment:

Present Status
All teachers use computers in connection with their curriculum. While word-processing,
e-mail, and the Internet are the predominant uses, a large number of teachers are
exploring many other possibilities of educational technology including multi-media.
Teachers are using computers for reporting grades, attendance, and communicate with
parents using online tools such as email, webpage’s and Parent Portals. However, local
surveys have shown that staff still feels a need for more training in most aspects of
technology including the use of productivity tools.

By having all buildings completely wired, staff is able to be directly contacted with the
entire District as well as the world. Currently buildings are connected to our wide area
network through the use of a 50 megabit fiber optic connection which we are hoping to
increase soon. Currently, each building is equipped with two high-powered computer
servers and 1000 megabit switches which allow for fast connection within each building
for applications running from the local servers. Over the last 3 years we have increased
our Internet connection speed to a 25 megabit. We will proceed with our plan to
upgrade our switches and hubs with high speed switches and replace older computer
systems with new high-speed computers. While the overall student-to-computer ratio is
now 4:1, the majority of our curriculum is Internet based and the speed continues to be
a problem as we move forward. Also, lack of appropriate server based supplemental
classroom software remains a problem.

In the last three years the school system has addressed the following equipment issues.
These efforts have included the upgrade of the AS400 to allow for Web access as well
as increased speed and capabilities, and the implementation of a Parent Portal,
allowing parent direct access to student information including attendance, grades, lunch
accounts, shot records, state and district testing results as well as special
announcements. We continue to add projection systems and have implemented a
Smart Board pilot during the past year.

Key Results of Needs Assessment
Even with all the new technology added to the classroom, integration is still a concern.
We will continue to try new initiatives for the integration of technology, however, it
appears that time and funding are the major issues.

Internet speed and access need to be increased as needed. With current internet
speeds students are unable to take advantage of the latest high bandwidth tools
available such as the vast array of interactive software, streaming video and timely
access to the latest information.

The 8 building Technology Coordinators, 4 Building Media Specialists and mentors now
provide staff development support. We now have two computer technicians and a
network technician to support the hardware and software needs of the District. The
AS400 system, located at the District office, supports the school's student information
system. The MIS director manages the AS400 and telephone system. This team of
people is led by the Director of Technology.

In summary, time, training, speed of connectivity and appropriate software remain the
key to success in our District. Time is the key component to staff development within
our school district. With all the new initiatives driven by No Child Left Behind, there is
little time for staff to participate in structured technology staff development. Speed of our
Internet connection will continue to be an issue as the demand for bandwidth increases;
we will need to increase the speed of our connections. While we try to meet most
integration needs using Microsoft Office, the Internet and a growing amount of
specialized software, it is clear that more time is needed in most areas to achieve true
technology integration throughout the system.

The following pages will describe how Albert Lea Area Schools will attempt to meet
these needs and what benefits will be gained by each of them.

Needs Assessment Tools Used

The district technology planning team used the following means of input to categorize
and determine our current and future needs. In bullets below you can see the specific
components of the needs assessment. In bold face you can read the participants in the
needs assessment. We have always attempted to gather input from as many
constituents as possible so that the results meet needs that have been commonly

      Online surveys
        o Local web based staff survey (3 years of data) See Attached Graph

      Building and District level meetings
         o Building / District Technology Committees
                Membership is composed of (Community members, teachers,
                  Administrators, School Board members, Media Specialist, Special
                  Ed teachers, and business partners

         o Building Staff Development / District Teacher Learning Council(Staff
           Development) Meetings

         o Grade Level / District Curriculum Committee Meetings

      State wide technology meetings
         o MEMO Statewide Technology Coordinators Meetings

         o Southeast Minnesota Technology Leaders Group Meetings

      Online staff problem reporting database
        o 6 years of searchable data

      Email Requests

      Attendance at technology conferences and seminars
         o Ties Conference

         o Classroom Connect

         o Other misc. one & two day training sessions

    Section - II
Vision, Goals, Objectives
   and Strategies for

                                 Executive Summary

Students attending Albert Lea Area Schools will graduate and live in the 21 st Century.
Their needs will be dictated by a rapidly changing society. Already our students are
faced with a technology rich environment many of us couldn't dream of a few years ago.
It is the responsibility of our school district to prepare our students to have the
necessary skills and tools to live in this rapidly changing world. In addition to the basic
skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic, our students need to be technologically literate
to be functional in today's ever-changing environment. Title II, Part D, Goal 2(a) of the
NCLB Act states that by eighth grade each student must be technologically literate.
Decisions made today will affect the quality of the education delivered to the students of
today and tomorrow.

School boards and administrators must be able to access data in timely, accurate and
usable forms. Teachers need to spend more time on instruction and less time on
administrative tasks. Educators need to find new and more effective ways to
accomplish the mission of the district as well as the technology mission (see mission
statement) set forth in this plan. Most importantly, our students need access to the
technology tools and resources to help them learn and succeed in the future. This plan
outlines a technological infrastructure, staff training and technology standards that can
be used to accomplish these goals. How this will impact student learning will be
determined by the creativity and dedication of the staff, students, and community.

                                District Mission

             Equip all learners to think, to achieve, and to care

                                  District Vision

All who enter here are welcome. The Albert Lea Area Schools provide a safe and
nurturing learning environment, in which success for all is expected and celebrated.
The community -- parents, students, staff, business and industry, higher education, and
all citizens are collaborative partners supporting life long learning for all.

Albert Lea Area Schools are places . . .

   Where students are taught by staff who believe that every child can learn, grow, and
   become a responsible contributing member of society.

   Where diversity is honored and celebrated.

   Where all students are engaged in meaningful instructional activities designed to
   achieve success in an ever changing world.

   Where staff are continuously engaged in action research of the best practices for
   teaching and learning to improve their skills in order to meet the needs of all

   Where each unit of our District assures that all systems and practices are in
   alignment with our mission.

   Our schools are places where people come together to honor the accomplishments
   of the past, celebrate the achievements of today, and embrace the challenges of the

                               Technology Mission
To equip all learners with the technological skills needed to succeed in the
                             Twenty first Century

                                Technology Vision
The technology program of District 241 should provide an environment in which all
individuals in the District are empowered to become life-long learners and effective
users of information, ideas, and technology. As such it should be fully integrated into all
aspects of our District’s evolving educational program.

The rationale for our vision is based on the following beliefs:

   The use of technology, by promoting student-centered learning, will have a strong,
   positive influence on our students achieving success in society.

   The use of technology to access, process, and communicate information is an
   essential skill that must be acquired by students in their curricular program prior to
   graduation. These uses must be modeled by staff to help students reach their
   educational goals. On-going Staff Development is a critical piece for this plan to be

   Educational technology in District 241 should not only enhance the learning
   opportunities for students, but via that enhancement should increase the likelihood
   of economic growth and development for the community at large.

   Technology planning must be a coordinated effort among students, staff, building
   teams, the District K-12 Technology Committee, District administration, parents and
   the community.

   Any educational technology plan for District 241 should be open-ended and always
   under construction to provide the best service possible for all our stakeholders-
   students, parents, staff, community members, etc.

   Community members should have access to the educational technology available in
   the District and should support and interact with learners in its common use to
   enhance learning.

   Effective technology usage by teachers requires a commitment by the District for
   support of technology needs in a stable maintenance and replacement cycle.

   Using best practices in technology to support student achievement of the Minnesota
   Academic Standards and NCLB requirements.

In conclusion, every aspect of our technology program in School District 241 has been
designed to serve the districts overarching vision and mission.

Vision of Technology Utilization

The Vision statement previously listed some general beliefs that were used throughout
the development of this plan. The intent of this section is to expand on the
mission/vision statements and describe in more detail how we envision the utilization of
technology in the Albert Lea school district. We hope to give the reader some
perspective on where technology is today in businesses and schools, and where we as
a district will be going with technology. Two basic statements follow; one describes the
academic environment while the second focuses on the administrative environment.
These statements are followed by a summary of Albert Lea Area Schools current

Academic Utilization

When properly integrated into the curriculum, computers in the classroom are proven to
enhance the delivery of instruction and student learning. Two benefits that are realized
when computers are used in the classroom are directly related to improving student
achievement. The efficiencies that are gained by doing many administrative tasks with
their own computer in their classroom allow teachers more time for student instruction.
Not only will teachers have more time for instruction, all of the teacher's available
instructional time can also be more effective and more productive with the use of
computers. This translates into improved student achievement.

An example of an efficiency that may be gained in the classroom is the enhanced ability
to track and follow a student's individual progress. The computers can track student
achievement in each subject. The ability to identify at risk students as well as students
that are high achievers is greatly increased when using technology. The students who
need remediation in a subject area can then use the computers, as well as students
who need enrichment from more challenging tasks. Technology gives the teacher the
tools necessary to individualize instruction for each student. Additionally, the teachers
can utilize their personal computers engage the student while delivering daily lessons,
present timely information by using the Internet, have review and update student
information when appropriate, communicate with parents using e-mail.

The students will use the personal computers in their classrooms in a variety of ways,
depending on the grade level. There is an abundance of specialized education software
(courseware) available today in many different subject areas both locally and on the
Internet. This courseware may be used to help students clarify and reinforce the
subject area presented by the teacher. The students will have access both to many
online resources, which can be worked into the curriculum where appropriate. Students
may use computers for term papers, research projects, for presentations, online
learning opportunities and much more. The possibilities are limited only by the creativity
of the staff and students. One point that is imperative to remember is that computers in
the classroom do not replace the need for instructors, but rather enhance the delivery of

In order to enable teachers and students to make effective use of technology, the ideal
classroom will have a personal computer that is a multifunctional machine utilized for
both classroom use and also administrative tasks. All computers will allow access to

information beyond the classroom. Each classroom will be equipped with enough
additional computers to allow sufficient student access.

Administrative Utilization

The administrative use of computers will be a combination of using personal computers
and larger mid-range systems. Through the use of personal computers we are able to
connect to the larger systems and harness its power. The larger systems perform data
processing tasks in a manner that current personal computers are not able to match.
The tasks that the large computer systems perform are summarized as follows:

1     Security - maintaining access to data
2     Data warehousing and manipulation
3     Multitasking - being able to run multiple jobs concurrently
4     Backup and recovery
5     Performance

In order to take advantage of the strengths of each type of system, personal computer
applications are being utilized for manipulating portions of the data, but this data will
actually reside in the centralized computer system. The terminology for this
implementation is "Client/Server," where the client is the personal computer and the
server is the data repository. By using Client/Server technology, we have the ability to
combine the ease-of-use of a personal computer with the large databases traditionally
found on mid-range/mainframe computer systems. The ability to combine PC's with mid-
range computers, along with sophisticated networks, is allowing administrative users to
plan, track and manage information that allows for a more timely and informed decision
making process.

Historically access to centralized information in many organizations was only given to a
limited number of users in management or administration. We believe that in order to
increase efficiency district wide, teachers also need access to appropriate centralized
information. This plan allows for the centralization of many administrative teacher tasks,
such as parent contact information, attendance, grading and accessing student test
scores and other student information.

Current Environment

Albert Lea Area Schools currently have several different computer systems performing
different data processing functions. In the District Office, many applications are
processed on the IBM AS/400 network utilizing CIMS software. These applications
include financial management, student records, food service, health records, and a
library management system. The administrative staff at each school and media centers
are tied into this administrative network. There are other software tools, including word
processing and spreadsheets, being utilized at both the District Office and in each
building. Though none of the teaching staff has access to the AS/400, they are able to
input their attendance, grades and access student information, through the use of their
electronic grade book and teacher portal. Albert Lea Area Schools has standardized on
Dell computers and Microsoft Office as our productivity tools, has led to an easier
training and increased collegial communications. Many staff members use PDA
technology to more effectively manage resources.

All schools have a consistent amount of equipment in media centers, computer labs,
and classrooms for student use. Albert Lea Area Schools are now at a student
computer ratio of approximately 4:1. Most classrooms are equipped with either
overhead projection units or VCR/DVD players and large screen TV's to engage the
learner. Each teacher and classroom has direct access to a phone and voice mail to
communicate with other staff and families when needed. All computers have secure
access to the Internet and all employees have an individual e-mail account. Our district
currently uses our Parent Portal as a tool to gather and disseminate information to all
stake holders.

Each building has its own Web page to communicate with the world and each
teacher/administrator has individual web pages to facilitate communication with
students, parents, and community.

Video production facilities are in place at both the middle school and the high school, for
creating video presentations.

Currently Teachers in our district are using Discovery Education united streaming, to
gain access to a rich collection of more than 50,000 video segments from among 5,000
full-length educational videos from Discovery School and other award-winning
producers -- with more than 1,000 new titles added every year.

Other initiatives Include Atomic Learning which is a web-based software training for
more than 100 applications our students and teachers use every day. It provides short,
easy to view and understand tutorials that are an integral part of our staff development
program. This product is available to all our teachers, students and parents throughout
the district.

In addition, because of the Minnesota Microsoft settlement, several classrooms are
being transformed into intelligent classrooms to enhance teaching and learning and help
students master 21st century skills. The rooms are equipped with sound systems,
projection systems, and Smart Boards.

Online/Distance Learning

Currently we are using online learning embedded in many grade levels and courses.
The online component is delivered in several different formats: Students are required to
do online research and communications via chat or email with instructor in hybrid
classes. Other courses offer an online component during the regular school hours by
using our computer labs to do online work for the course. At the current time we are not
offering any online courses outside of our district. However, students have the
opportunity to take online courses from other districts, as required by state law, as long
as they follow current district policies for online learning.

In the past, we have offered a number of online courses as part of collaborative with the
Northfield and Faribault school districts. This was made possible through a Title II
grant. The lessons learned from this experience make us cautious about attempting an
online initiative without outside financial support.

Test Data (Data Driven Decision Making)
Both Teachers and Administrators currently use test data to evaluate student progress
throughout the district, schools and classroom. This data is used to make informed
decisions from the needs of district down to the individual student. Currently we are
using Excel and Crystal Reports to help staff work with and evaluate district data.

Individually, each teacher creates a vision driven action plan (VDAP) which includes
goals, objectives and measurement systems to evaluate progress. Teachers analyze
national state and local data to determine if they are reaching their goals. At the
elementary level teachers and administrators are using MAP data, and MCA data to
verify student learning and identify low performance area’s. Middle School uses the
same data along with course evaluations to determine student achievement and
understanding. At the High School they also use the MAP data, MCA data and course
evaluations along with the basic skills test (BST) data to determine student achievement
and understanding. Special Education uses a battery of tests, surveys and other input
devices to develop data to make informed decisions for individual students IEP and 504

Decisions on a multitude of areas are made using these data resources, such as;
course offerings, staff development and resource needs. This data is used to determine
Text purchases, software purchase, curriculum design and scope and sequence. This
data will hopefully identify instructional deliveries that are having a positive impact on
student learning.

Summary of District concerns about On-Line Testing to begin in the spring of

Name person filling out this summary: Floyd Harves

Title : Director of Technology

A scale of 1-5, rate these concerns with
1 no concern to 5 great concern                   Comments What are your outstanding issue.
Equipment                       4      We currently have computers labs in each building that
                                       are used every day to deliver instruction. Our district
                                       currently does MAP testing in the fall and spring to help
                                       teachers differentiate instruction and as a measure of
                                       growth for each student for that year. If we now use
                                       these labs for state testing, we will have lost over a third
                                       of the year to testing and all technology instruction will be
                                       halted during that time.

Materials                        3      At this time we do not require students to have headsets
                                        when they go to the computer labs. We would need to
                                        purchase enough headsets for each builds computer
                                        labs that would be used for testing. Given the fact that
                                        our district was unable to pass our current levy this is just
                                        one more thing we are required to purchase with
                                        supporting funding.

Staffing                         5      After piloting the MTELL and TEAEL tests, our district
                                        has huge big concerns about staffing for the tests.
                                        During the pilot, our Director of Curriculum and Director
                                        of Technology did all the preliminary setup and served as
                                        proctors as they moved from building to building
                                        conducting the test. This is not a workable solution.
                                        Our district has no extra staff that could be re-assigned
                                        during the testing window and would have to look outside
                                        for additional help. Once again we would need to find
                                        additional funding in a budget that is already stretch to
                                        the breaking point.

An analysis of technology research makes our overall objectives
abundantly clear: ‖Technology should not drive the decision making
process. Rather, decisions should be made based on the learning
and teaching needs of the student." The following goals, objectives and
strategies have been identified to.


Goal 1:    Improve technology curriculum through the coordination, dissemination
           and understanding of grade and course outcomes. Coordinate and
           integrate technology outcomes into all content areas to meet No Child
           Left Behind (NCLB) and local/state standards.

Objective: All students will be computer literate by the time they finish the 8 th grade by
           meeting the requirements identified in the current scope and sequence.

            As measured by elements from teacher supervision model the district uses,
            there will be an annual increase in the percentage of teachers observed who
            are deemed proficient or better in the integration of technology enhanced
            curriculum into their instructional activities.


       1. Continued development and evaluation of existing K-8 Technology Scope and
          Sequence (Based on ISTI/MEMO Student Standards) and adopt MEMO
          Standards when completed to ensure that state standards and NCLB
          technology requirements are embedded accurately and appropriately in all
          areas as needed to meet or exceed standards. (Note: Technology Standards
          will soon be imbedded into curriculum areas)

       2. K-6 grade level teams of teachers meet on a regular basis to evaluate the use
          of technology integration to determine what is working and what needs to be

       3. Technology models for the integration of technology will be developed and
          shared by teachers who have attended technology conferences and taken
          training or found helpful web sites. Lessons will be shared by posting them
          on the District Internal Shared curriculum web page.

       4. Teachers will collaborate more to achieve enriched lessons throughout the

       5. Explore learning opportunities through the use of Internet II

Goal 2:       Implement and institutionalize the systematic review of the technology
              curriculum via the curriculum review process.

Objective: All software shows documentation of having been reviewed and acquired
          according to district processes


          1. Use local committee system accountability processes to help direct the
             district to make appropriate changes in technology curriculum.

          2. Maintain appropriate acquisition processes.

          3. Use district community committees to capture community input into the
             technology curriculum review process.

          4. Maintain accountability by presenting an annual technology report in the
             district system accountability report. (SAR)

          5. The district Technology Planning committee will review the K – 8 Scope and
             Sequence on an annual basis to assure that it meets all NCLB and state

Goal 1: Coordinate purchases to make the best use of available funds so that all
        purchases fit the curriculum and administrative needs of the District.

Objective: A spread sheet of hardware and software purchase maintained over time
         shows an equitable distribution of funds annually available to technology.

         Annual updates are given to all teachers to remind them of available
         technology hardware and software in their rooms and buildings to ensure
         purchases work as intended.

         An annual report will analyze total cost of ownership


         1. All classroom technology requests must be sent to District curriculum
            teams to make sure purchases are compatible, appropriate and timely.

         2. All technology requests must be approved by the Director of Technology
            to make sure the most cost-effective approach is taken.

         3. All technology purchases must be approved by the District Technology
            Planning Committee to be sure that they follow the direction taken by the
            district as a whole and that the purchases will work as intended.

         4. All technology purchases must be bundled for best volume prices.

         5. All purchases must fit within the specifications outlined by the district
            technology committee to assure compatibility and decrease the total cost
            of ownership

         6. Maintain computerized inventory.

Research & Development
Goal 1:     Staff will constantly learn about technological advances by exploring
            the newest technological developments and their possible applications
            in Albert Lea Area Schools and the Community.

Objective: Maintain at least the current level of participation in technology events as
           measured by numbers of teachers and staff ―Request for Attendance‖

               Members of District Technology Planning Committee will report monthly on
               sharing events or dialoged in their buildings.


          1.    Encourage visitations to sites where technology is being demonstrated
                creatively and effectively, i.e. other school Districts,
                universities/community colleges, businesses, technology
                conferences/trade shows, museums, etc.

          2.    Encourage communication throughout the District to disseminate
                information on leading-edge technologies.

          3.    Building Technology Teams will meet on a regular basis.

          4.    At each monthly meeting provide orientation sessions on emerging
                technologies; the purpose of these sessions is to capture the interest of
                team members. These sessions help grasp and disseminate the potential
                impact of emerging technologies as a tool in improving and revitalizing
                teaching and learning.

          5.    Encourage the use of pilot projects to minimize risks and allow evaluations
                prior to full implementation of emerging technologies. All pilots should
                follow Technology and District Curriculum Committee processes.

          6.     Encourage District-Wide software/courseware preview sessions.
                Increased knowledge of staff members of what could be made available to
                them and their students for use in the classroom. Encourage discussion
                among staff members about which software would best benefit the
                students and staff at grade levels and among buildings.


  Goal 1: All technology including our WAN/LAN, Internet services, media
          services and administrative support must be maintained, upgraded,
          repaired, and replaced effectively.

Objective: Reduce the number of items of technology that must be repaired or replace

            Number of requests on district problem log for supporting hardware issues is
            reduced annually.

            Maintain a 4:1 student computer ratio.

            Maintain adequate access speeds when using our WAN/LAN and the


      1.    Maintain an annual preventive maintenance schedule in which all computers
            will be cleaned, evaluated and be inventoried every summer.

       2.     Imaging software should be used for faster distribution of new software as
              well as upgrading and repairing existing computer software images.

       3.     Establish sufficient personnel with training and experience in computers,
              networking, media distribution, and miscellaneous electronics to perform
              routine maintenance and repair.

       4.     Reassign equipment and software/courseware when appropriate for
              maximum utilization of hardware and software.

       5.     Monitor all network services to assure adequate response times and
              reliability as needed

       6.     Continue community collaboration with partners for financing, equipment,
              support and feedback.


Goals:         Students and Staff will have a positive online testing experience
               while taking all required tests.

Objective:      Provide a consistent reliable technology environment to conduct online
               testing and assessment.


              1. Provide adequate training for staff to deliver all required test and the
                 tools needed assess the results.

              2. Monitor, maintain and upgrade all district/building infrastructure to assure
                 adequate speed and reliability to conduct all required tests.

              3. Maintain an adequate number of computers and technology supplies to
                 assure a positive testing experience.


Goals:        Parents will be involved in the education of their child through the
              use of technology

Objective:    The district will use technology as a tool to keep parents informed and
              provide a media for communicating between parents, administration and


   1. Continue to maintain and improve existing web portal between parents and the

   2. Continue to update and maintain existing school web pages.

   3. Increase the number of classroom teachers using web pages to communicate
      curriculum to parents and students.

   4. Each classroom will be equipped with a phone for better teacher parent

   5. The schools will communicate with parent using automated calling systems.

   6. Teachers will communicate with parents through the use of Email.

   7. The district will continue using the local cable TV education channel to provide
      information to parents and community members.

   8. The High School will provide daily announcement and other information using the
      internal TV system

               Section - III
             Policy, Procedure and Forms

Each of these policies and procedures are listed in the technology plan located on
the Albert Lea District web site at Http://

Policies and Procedures

Goal 1:       The use of technology within the District must fall within the accepted
              guidelines to be legal, appropriate, and to avoid unwarranted

Objective: Spot checks and annual inventories report zero infractions of district
           acceptable use policies and guidelines.


          1. Annual review by site technology coordinator for all building staff on district
             acceptable use policies and procedures.

          2. Programs used on any District computers must be legally licensed for use
             on that machine.

          3. District consumable materials shall be restricted to approved instructional
             and administrative needs only, i.e. paper, ink, etc.

          4. The use of the Internet and E-mail will follow the adopted District policies
             which are attached.

          5. The removal of computer equipment from the building by staff will require a
             completed Equipment Checkout Agreement to be turned into the building
             principal before said equipment is removed.

          6. Inventory of all software licenses will be on file according to the instructions
             of the individual company.

Data and Network Security Audit
Basic Premise
      Securing a large multi-node, multi-domain network is a daunting task and a never
      ending challenge. To accomplish this Albert Lea Schools uses the following:
         1. Single point of entry/exit network topology.
         2. Firewalls for protocol and content
         3. Enterprise wide antivirus software
         4. Email screening for content and virus’s
         5. Physical segregation of critical data
         6. Separate security domains for staff and students.

Monitoring and Management
      Network activities are monitored at the local level through the use of event logs
      and event triggered alerts. These specific actions trigger a notification to the
      network administrator through email or alert message when any suspicious
      activity is noted.

      Through the use of GFI Languard Network Security scanning software, routine
      scans are randomly generated to probe and discover system security problems.

      Total Traffic Control Antivirus software is installed on all computers, laptops and
      servers. Any virus activity is then reported to the network administrator through
      email alerts. Antivirus status for each computer can be viewed and managed
      from a single/central administrative console.

Security Audit Results
      At a minimum the following is accomplished weekly.
            Comprehensive scan with GFI Languard against all backbone servers,
            hubs and routers.
            Monthly scans of all subnets and attached computers using GFI Languard
            Daily monitoring of antivirus updates and scheduled scans

      Since the start of the school year in September 2003, the district has
      experienced zero security breaches, fended off 3 major virus outbreaks with zero
      downtime and provided quality network services with a 99.9% uptime.


While the school District must obtain and use certain information about each student in
order to plan the best program possible, this need must be balanced with the right of
each student and parent to privacy. Therefore, access to school information is limited
and controlled.

An annual notice to parents and eligible students regarding student records and data
privacy shall be made in the official newspaper of the school District during the months
of August or September each year.

A parent or student may notify the school, that any or all of the information considered
as Directory Information may not be released for the particular student. Parents and
eligible students shall notify the school District of requested restrictions Directory
Information, in writing, within thirty (30) days of the publication of such notice in the
official newspaper of the school District.

District 241 has identified selected information relating to students called Directory
Information. This information is to be considered public information. Items considered
to be Directory information are as follows:

1      Name of student.
2      Address
3      Telephone listing
4      Date and place of birth
5      Participation in officially recognized activities (including sports).
6      Weight, height, and grade level of athletic team member.
7      Dates of attendance
8      Diploma and / or awards received.
9      Previous educational agency attended.
10     Photographs or videotapes for school approved publications or other school
       approved use.

School boards, administrators, councilors, teachers and other professional staff have an
obligation to protect the pupil's right to privacy in the promotion of educational progress.
Under Minnesota compulsory attendance law, pupils may be considered captive clients.
Students, therefore, should be protected from invasions of privacy by the school system
itself and by other agencies eager to gather personal data for purposes unrelated to the
welfare of the student.

It is the policy of the school District to maintain only that information about each student
pertaining to the student's individual instruction and educational decision-making and
preserve a record of essential and pertinent educational achievement and progress.

Equitable Access for Students with Exceptional Needs
Educational Opportunities must be available to Students with Disabilities

Federal law, IDEA 97, requires that technology must be considered for all
students with disabilities to assist them in accessing the same curriculum as
their non-disabled peers. This type of technology is referred to as “Assistive
Technology." It is defined in terms of devices and services that make access to
technology equal to other students. A student with a disability cannot be denied
access to academic or non-academic educational opportunities because of their
disability. Our school complies with the federal requirement and ensures its
students full accessibility to its core curriculum.

The mission of Albert Lea, District 241 is to provide all students with the opportunities,
materials and technology necessary to ensure academic success. The philosophy of
Universal design and access for all learners is one which we strive to achieve on a daily
basis. Students with disabilities are afforded the same technology consideration and
access as that of their non-disabled peers. Attempts to meet their individual
technological needs are an on going process with the goal being academic success for
all students in our district.

Web Site ADA Compliance Check

ADA compliant checks have found several issues with our current web site. These
problems are being addressed as time permits.

Assistive Technology Training and Support

Our district has an Assistive Technology Coordinator who provides a variety of service
and support for special education staff. The existing technology support staff provides
the computer support necessary to make assistive technology work for the district.

Adopted:            7/15/96

Revised:            8/13/09

                                      DISTRICT POLICY NO. 10300

                                    ALBERT LEA AREA SCHOOLS
                                          DISTRICT 241

                                 TECHNOLOGY--ACCEPTABLE USE

      I.        Purpose

                The purpose of this policy is to set forth policies and guidelines for access to the
                school district computer system and acceptable and safe use of the Internet, including
                electronic communications.

      II.       General Statement of Policy

                The use of computer related technology in District 241 schools shall be consistent
                with the stated educational mission, goals, and objectives of our district. Information
                and Technology Literacy skills are now fundamental to preparation of citizens and
                future employees. Access to the school district computer system and to the Internet
                enables students and staff to explore thousands of libraries, databases, bulletin boards,
                and other resources while exchanging messages with people around the world. The
                school district expects that faculty will incorporate thoughtful use of the school
                district computer system and the internet capabilities throughout the curriculum and
                will provide guidance and instruction to students in their use.

      III.      Limited Educational Purpose

                The school district is providing students and employees with access to the school
                district computer system, which includes Internet access. The purpose of the system
                is more specific than providing students and employee with general access to the
                Internet. The school district system has been installed for educational purpose, which
                include the use of the system for classroom activities, educational research and
                professional development activities. Users are expected to use Internet access
                through the district system to further educational and personal goals consistent with
                the mission of the school district and school policies. Uses which might be
                acceptable on a user’s private personal account on another system may not be
                acceptable on this limited-purpose network.

IV.          Use of System is a Privilege

             The use of the school district system and access to use of the Internet is a privilege, not a
             right. Depending on the nature and degree of the violation and the number of previous
             violations, unacceptable use of the school district system or the Internet may result in one
             or more of the following consequences: suspension or cancellation of use of access
     privileges; payments for damages and repairs; discipline under other appropriate school
     district policies, including suspension, expulsion, exclusion or termination of
     employment; or civil or criminal liability under other applicable laws.


     A.     The following uses of the school district system and Internet resources or
            accounts while not all inclusive, are examples of conduct considered

            1. Users will not use the school district system to access, review, upload,
               download, store, print, post, receive, transmit or distribute:

                a. pornographic, obscene or sexually explicit material or other visual
                   depictions that are harmful to minors;

                b. obscene, abusive, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, threatening,
                   disrespectful, or sexually explicit language;

                c. materials that use language or images that are inappropriate in the
                   education setting or disruptive to the educational process;

                d. information or materials that could cause damage or danger of disruption
                   to the educational process;

                e. materials that use language or images that advocate violence or
                   discrimination toward other people (hate literature) or that may constitute
                   harassment or discrimination.

            2. Users will not use the school district system to knowingly or recklessly post,
               transmit or distribute false or defamatory information about a person or
               organization, or to harass another person, or to engage in personal attacks,
               including prejudicial or discriminatory attacks.

            3. Users will not use the school district system to engage in any illegal act or
               violate any local, state or federal statute or law.

            4. Users will not use the school district system to vandalize, damage or disable
               the property of another person or organization, will not make deliberate
               attempts to degrade or disrupt equipment, software or system performance by
               spreading computer viruses or by any other means, will not tamper with,
               modify or change the school district system software, hardware or wiring or
               take any action to violate the school district’s security system, and will not
               use the school district system in such a way as to disrupt the use of the system
               by other users.

            5. Users will not use the school district system to gain unauthorized access to
               information resources or to access another person’s materials, information or
               files without the implied or direct permission of that person.

     6. Users will not use the school district system to post private information about
        another person, personal contact information about themselves or other
        persons, or other personally identifiable information, including, but not
        limited to, addresses, telephone numbers, school addresses, work addresses,
        identification numbers, account numbers, access codes or passwords, labeled
        photographs or other information that would make the individual’s identity
        easily traceable, and will not repost a message that was sent to the user
        privately without permission of the person who sent the message.

     7. Users must keep all account information and passwords on file with the
        designated school district official. Users will not attempt to gain unauthorized
        access to the school district system or any other system through the school
        district system, attempt to log in through another person’s account, or use
        computer accounts, access codes or network identification other than those
        assigned to the user. Messages and records on the school district system may
        not be encrypted without the permission of appropriate school authorities.

     8. Users will not use the school district system to violate copyright laws or usage
        licensing agreements, or otherwise to use another person’s property without
        the person’s prior approval or proper citation, including the downloading or
        exchanging of pirated software or copying software to or from any school
        computer, and will not plagiarize works they find on the Internet.

     9. Users will not use the school district system for conducting business, for
        unauthorized commercial purposes or for financial gain unrelated to the
        mission of the school district. Users will not use the school district system to
        offer or provide goods or services or for product advertisement. Users will
        not use the school district system to purchase goods or services for personal
        use without authorization from the appropriate school district official.

B.   A student or employee engaging in any of the foregoing unacceptable uses of the
     Internet when off school district premises may be in violation of this policy as
     well as other school district policies. If the school district receives a report of an
     unacceptable use originating from a non-school computer or resource, the school
     district shall investigate such reports to the best of its ability. Students or
     employees may be subject to disciplinary action for such conduct including, but
     not limited to, suspension or cancellation of the use or access to the school district
     computer system and the Internet and discipline under other appropriate school
     district policies, including suspension, expulsion, exclusion, or termination of

C.   If a user inadvertently accesses unacceptable materials or an unacceptable Internet
     site, the user shall immediately disclose the inadvertent access to an appropriate
     school district official. In the case of a school district employee, the immediate
     disclosure shall be to the employee’s immediate supervisor and/or the building
     administrator. This disclosure may serve as a defense against an allegation that
     the user has intentionally violated this policy. In certain rare instances, a user also
     may access otherwise unacceptable materials if necessary to complete an
     assignment and if done with the prior approval of and with appropriate guidance

              from the appropriate teacher or, in the case of a school district employee, the
              building administrator.


       A.     With respect to any of its computers with Internet access, the School District will
              make every attempt to monitor the online activities of minors and employ
              technology protection measures during any use of such computers by minors and
              adults. The technology protection measures utilized will attempt to block or filter
              Internet access to any visual depictions that are: Obscene; Child pornography; or
              Harmful to minors.

       B.     The term “harmful to minors” means any picture, image, graphic image file, or
              other visual depiction that:

              1. Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in
                 nudity, sex, or excretion; or

              2. Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to
                 what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact,
                 actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the
                 genitals; and

              3. Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as
                 to minors.

       C.     An administrator, supervisor or other person authorized by the Superintendent
              may disable the technology protection measure, during use by an adult, to enable
              access for bonafide research or other lawful purposes.


       Use of the school district computer system and use of the Internet shall be consistent with
       school district policies and the mission of the school district.


       A. By authorizing use of the school district systems, the school district does not
          relinquish control over materials on the systems or contained in files, including
          emails and voice mail on the systems. Users should expect only limited privacy in
          the contents of personal files on the school district system.

       B. Routine maintenance and monitoring of the school district systems may lead to a
          discovery that a user has violated this policy, another school district policy, or the

       C. An individual investigation or search will be conducted if school authorities have a
          reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover a violation of law or school district

      D. Parents have the right at any time to investigate or review the contents of their child’s
         files. Parents have the right to request the termination of their child’s individual
         account at any time.

      E. School district employees should be aware that the school district retains the right at
         any time to investigate or review the contents of their data files, encluding e-mail and
         and voice mail. In addition, school district employees should be aware that data and
         other materials in files maintained on the school district system may be subject to
         review, disclosure or discovery under Minn. Stat. Ch. 13 (the Minnesota Government
         Data Practices Act).

      F. The school district will cooperate fully with local, state and federal authorities in any
         investigation concerning or related to any illegal activities or activities not in
         compliance with school district policies conducted through the school district system.


      A. The proper use of the Internet, and the educational value to be gained from proper
         Internet use, is the joint responsibility of students, parents and designated professional
         of the school district.

      B. This policy requires the permission of and appropriate training by the school’s
         designated professional staff before a student may use a school account or resource to
         access the Internet.

      C. The Internet Use Agreement form for students must be read and signed by the user,
         the parent or guardian, and the Media Specialist. The Internet Use Agreement form
         for employees must be signed by the employee. The form must then be filed at the
         school office.


      Use of the school district system is at the user’s own risk. The system is provided on an
      “as is, as available” basis. The school district will not be responsible for any damage
      users may suffer, including, but not limited to, loss, damage or unavailability of data
      stored on school district diskettes, tapes, hard drives or servers, or for delays or changes
      in or interruptions of service or misdeliveries or non-deliveries of information or
      materials, regardless of the cause. The school district is not responsible for the accuracy
      or quality of any advice or information obtained through or stored on the school district
      system. The school district will not be responsible for financial obligations arising
      through unauthorized use of the school district system or the Internet.


      A. All users shall be notified of the school district policies relating to Internet use.

      B. This notification shall include the following:

         1. Notification that Internet use is subject to compliance with school district policies.

          2. Disclaimers limiting the school district’s liability relative to:

              a. Information stored on school district storage devices.

              b. Information retrieved through school district computers, networks or online

              c. Personal property used to access school district computers, networks or online

              d. Unauthorized financial obligations resulting from use of school district
                 resources/accounts to access the Internet.

          3. A description of the privacy rights and limitations of school sponsored/managed
             Internet accounts.

          4. Notification that, even though the school district may use technical means to limit
             student Internet access, these limits do not provide a foolproof means for
             enforcing the provisions of this acceptable use policy.

          5. Notification that goods and services can be purchased over the Internet that could
             potentially result in unwanted financial obligations and that any financial
             obligation incurred by a student through the Internet is the sole responsibility of
             the student and/or the student’s parents.

          6. Notification that the collection, creation, reception, maintenance and
             dissemination of data via the Internet, including electronic communications, is
             governed by Policy 7131, Public and Private Personnel Data, and Policy 10260,
             Protection and Privacy of Pupil Records.

          7. Notification that, should the user violate the school district’s acceptable use
             policy, the user’s access privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary action
             may be taken and/or appropriate legal action may be taken.

          8. Notification that all provisions of the acceptable use policy are subordinate to
             local, state and federal laws.


       A. Outside of school, parents bear responsibility for the same guidance of Internet use as
          they exercise with information sources such as television, telephones, radio, movies
          and other possibly offensive media. Parents are responsible for monitoring their
          student’s use of the school district system and of the Internet if the student is
          accessing the school district system from home or a remote location.

       B. Parents will be notified that their students will be using school district
          resources/accounts to access the Internet and that the school district will provide

          parents the option to request alternative activities not requiring Internet access. This
          notification should include:

          1. A copy of the user notification form provided to the student user.

          2. A description of parent/guardian responsibilities.

          3. A statement that the Internet Use Agreement must be signed by the user, the
             parent or guardian, and the supervising teacher prior to use by the student.

          4. A statement that the school district’s acceptable use policy is available for
             parental review.


      A. The school district administration may develop appropriate user notification forms,
         guidelines and procedures necessary to implement this policy for submission to the
         school board for approval. Upon approval by the school board, such guidelines,
         forms and procedures shall be an addendum to this policy.

      B. The administration shall revise the user notifications, including student and parent
         notifications, if necessary, to reflect the adoption of these guidelines and procedures.

      C. The school district Internet policies and procedures are available for review by all
         parents, guardians, staff and members of the community.

Legal References:    15 U.S.C. § 6501 et seq. (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act)
                     17 U.S.C. § 101 et seq. (Copyrights)
                     20 U.S.C. § 6751 et seq. (Enhancing Education through Technology Act
                     of 2001)
                     47 U.S.C. § 254 (Children’s Internet Protection Act of 2000 (CIPA))
                     47 C.F.R. § 54.520 (FCC rules implementing CIPA)
                     Minn. Stat. § 125B.15 (Internet Access for Students)
                     Minn. Stat. § 125B.26 (Telecommunications/Internet Access Equity Act)
                     Tinker v. Des Moines Indep. Cmty. Sch. Dist., 393 U.S. 503, 89 S.Ct. 733,
                     21 L.Ed.2d 731 (1969)
                     United States v. American Library Association, 539 U.S. 194, 123 S.Ct.
                     2297 56 L.Ed.2d 221(2003)
                     Layshock v. Hermitag Sch. Dist., 412 F.Supp. 2d 502 (2006)
                     J.S. v. Bethlehem Area Sch. Dist., 807 A.2d 847 (Pa. 2002)

Cross References:    MSBA/MASA Model Policy 403 (Discipline, Suspension, and Dismissal
                     of School District Employees)
                     MSBA/MASA Model Policy 406 (Public and Private Personnel Data)
                     MSBA/MASA Model Policy 505 (Distribution of Nonschool-Sponsored
                     Materials on School Premises by Students and Employees)
                     MSBA/MASA Model Policy 506 (Student Discipline)
                     MSBA/MASA Model Policy 515 (Protection and Privacy of Pupil

MSBA/MASA Model Policy 519 (Interviews of Students by Outside
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 521 (Student Disability Nondiscrimination)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 522 (Student Sex Nondiscrimination)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 603 (Curriculum Development)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 604 (Instructional Curriculum)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 606 (Textbooks and Instructional Materials)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 806 (Crisis Management Policy)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 904 (Distribution of Materials on School
District Property by Nonschool Persons)

The following pages are
handed out to all students for
both student and parent’s
                                 Computer and Internet Policy and Guidelines
                                       For Albert Lea Area Schools

     Albert Lea Area Schools has access to the Internet. Users access the Internet to ask questions,
     consult with experts, communicate with other students and individuals and to locate materials to
     meet their education and personal information needs. All educators have a professional
     responsibility to work together to help students develop the skills needed to select appropriate
     information sources and to evaluate and use information to meet educational goals.

     Users will be required to complete basic training in both use and etiquette prior to accessing the

     Making the Internet available carries with it the potential that some users might encounter
     information that some have identified as controversial and of potential harm. Because
     information on the Internet is fluid (appears, disappears and changes), it is not possible to predict
     or control what users may locate. School officials cannot promise to control the Internet
     environment. While we are committed to maintaining a safe environment for student use of
     computers, we are also focused on providing our learners with the understanding and skills
     needed to use the Internet to appropriately meet their individual educational needs.

     The district’s guidelines for use of the Internet define appropriate educational and ethical uses of
     the Internet and identify individual user responsibilities. The Internet is considered an
     educational resource and as such, any objection to its use should be addressed according to the
     District's Instructional/Media Resources Policy. This policy defines selection procedures for
     resources as well as procedures for dealing with an objection to the resource.

     The building administrators, at their sole discretion, reserve the right to terminate immediately
     the Internet/Computer privileges of any user who misuses it. The use of the Internet is a
     privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges.
     System administrators will deem what is inappropriate and their decision is final.

                   User Notification for Use of the Computer and Internet
                        (These guidelines include the use of E-mail)

Users will be expected to follow the generally accepted rules for network etiquette. The
following guidelines are the minimum taught to all students.

           -- Be polite. Do not get abusive in e-mail messages to others. School policies
              regarding all forms of harassment apply to electronic communication.

           -- Use appropriate language. Do not swear, use vulgarities, or any other inappropriate

           -- Do not reveal your personal address or the phone numbers of students or colleagues
              to unknown Internet users.

           -- Be aware that E-mail is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the
              system do have access to mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal
              activities will be reported to the authorities.

There are some unacceptable uses of the networks. These include, but are not limited to:

           -- Participating in unauthorized “internet relay chat lines” available on the Internet.

           -- Using the network for any illegal activity, including violation of copyright or other

           -- Using the network in ways which violate district policies and behavior standards
              outlined in the student handbook.

           -- Using the network for financial or commercial gain.

           -- Degrading or disrupting equipment or system performance.

           -- Invading the privacy of other individuals by accessing and/or vandalizing their
               computerized data.

           -- Wasting technology resources, including bandwidth, file space, and printers

           -- Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities.

           -- Using an account owned by another user, with or without their permission

           -- Posting items written by students or staff to the Internet without their permission.
              If permission is granted, items will be considered to be fair use and available to the

          -- Student academic work and personal data containing pictures will
               not be posted with their full names on district web pages.

                                     Internet Use Agreement
                                     Albert Lea Area Schools

User Agreement:

I understand and will abide by the Computer and Internet Use Policy for the Albert Lea Area
Schools. I also understand any violation of the regulations in said policy is unethical and may
constitute a criminal offense. Should I commit any violation, my access privileges shall be
revoked, school disciplinary action may be taken, and/or legal action may result.

________________________________                      ____________________
            User Signature                                             Date

Sponsoring Teacher:

I, _____________________ have read the Computer and Internet Policy
           (Please print)

for the Albert Lea Area Schools and agree to promote this agreement with the student. Because
the student may use the network for individual work or in the context of another class, I cannot
be held responsible for the student use of the network. As the sponsoring teacher, I do agree to
instruct the student on acceptable use of the network and proper network etiquette.

_______________________________                        ____________________
            Teacher Signature                                      Date

Parent or Guardian Agreement
(Signature required if the student is under the age of 18):

As the parent/guardian of the above student, I have read the Computer and Internet Use Policy
for the Albert Lea Area Schools. I understand Internet access is designed for educational
purposes. I understand it is impossible for the District to restrict access to all controversial
materials and I will not hold them responsible for materials acquired on the network. Also, I
accept full responsibility for supervision if and when my child’s use is not in a school setting. I
hereby give permission for my child’s use of the Computer and Internet.

_______________________________                        ____________________
            Parent Signature                                       Date

The complete policy can be found for your review at :

                                     Staff Internet Use Agreement
                                       Albert Lea Area Schools

User Agreement:

I _________________________ have read and will abide by the Technology Acceptable Use
Policy for the Albert Lea Area Schools. I also understand any violation of the regulations in said
policy is unethical and may constitute a criminal offense. Should I commit any violation, my
access privileges shall be revoked, school disciplinary action may be taken, and/or legal action
may result.

________________________________                          ____________________
            User Signature                                                 Date

The complete policy may be found for your review at:


COMPUTERS and EMAIL: All staff should be advised that district equipment is for professional use. The
district is required to maintain a permanent copy of all emails coming into and going out of each district
computer. The district could be required to produce a record of email traffic from any district computer,
or any staff email account as public information. Be advised that personal information and personal
emails are not appropriate use of district email accounts. All staff is encouraged to refrain from giving out
email addresses to vendors as well as for non-school related activity. Best practice is to limit any personal
student data on emails, to limit the topic to one subject per email, and to send detailed email to as few
people as possible.

INTERNET FILTERING: All Staff should be aware that the new district’s internet filtering software
includes means by which the technology staff / building administration will be alerted if internet usage is
directed at potentially inappropriate sites. Faculty should make sure students are also aware of this

                               Equipment Checkout Agreement

___________________________                  List all equipment requested and
Teacher Name                                 serial #’s of each item

___________________________                  _________________________________
Address                                      _________________________________
___________________________                  _________________________________
Home Phone

                                                Normal location of equipment

                                             Date equipment to be returned

I understand that with the permission to use District 241 computer equipment off of school
property it is the responsibility of the teacher to:

               1. See that all equipment is returned to the building in the same condition it was
                   in when checked out.

               2. Have proper homeowner’s insurance to cover any theft or equipment damage.

               3. Use equipment for pre-approved school business only.

I have read, understand, and agree to all terms listed in the above agreement.

___________________________ ___________ _________________________
Teacher signature              Date         Administrator

                                                                        Please Print: School Year ____
                                                                        Name _____________________
                                                                        Grade _____________________
                                                                        Student ID # ________________

                             Student Lap Top Computer and Equipment Check Out

Students and staff at ALHS have the opportunity to check out lap top computers and equipment such as digital
cameras, video cameras and tripods to use for school projects both during school hours and after school for use at
home. If any equipment is damaged or lost, the student/parents/guardians are responsible for repairing the damage
or paying for replacement.

The computers are to be used in accordance with the Technology Acceptable Use and Safety Policy for Albert Lea
Area Schools. No software should be installed nor any settings changed on the lap tops. Digital still and digital
video cameras are strictly for school-related projects.

Equipment may be reserved in advance or checked out on a particular day. Students will check an item out after
school and return it by 8:00 a.m. the next day. Daily student check-out will be limited by demand.

Prior to checking out equipment, a student must go through a basic training session covering the care, operation and
appropriate use. The student must also have the signed student and parental agreement on file in the Media Center
as well as a signed Internet Policy on file.

Outside of school, parents bear responsibility for the same guidance of Internet use as they exercise with information
sources such as television, telephones, radio, movies and other possibly offensive media. Parents are responsible for
monitoring their students use of the school district system and of the Internet if the student is accessing the school
district system from home or a remote location.

                                         Student and Parental Agreement

I understand the approximate value of the computer is $1,500, a digital camera is $580, and a digital still camera is
$315, and I understand and agree to the above conditions of borrowing this equipment.

Student Signature                                                                                   Date

I hereby give the above student permission to check out equipment from the High School Media Center for use at
home. I understand the approximate value of the computer is $1500, the digital camera is $580, the digital still
camera is $315, and I understand that I am responsible for any stolen or damaged equipment while checked out by
                           (Student’s Name – PLEASE PRINT

Parent/Guardian Signature                                                                           Date

             Misuse of Internet/Computer Privileges Guideline
                                      Adopted 12-06 High School

Because use of computers and the Internet is a privilege given to students, the following guidelines will
be followed for those abusing this privilege.

First Warning:
Student account will be disabled for two weeks. (Media Center violation)
Student account will be moved to “No Internet Use” folder for two weeks (classroom violation)

Second Offense:
Student account will be disabled for 6-9 weeks at administrator’s discretion

Third Offense:
Loss of Internet use for the entire year.

In a classroom situation, parents will be contacted by the classroom teacher
The administrator will contact parents of students who are not in their instructional area when the
violation occurs.
Records of loss of privilege will be kept per building guidelines.
Staff will be notified when student privileges are lost/reinstated.

Students exchanging sign-ons and passwords with those losing their privileges will be subject to the same
guidelines. At the First Warning, passwords will be changed.

All of the above are subject to the discretion of the building administrators.

Violation of the Internet Policy may be a violation of other district policies such as: bullying, harassment,
violence etc. and may warrant more serious disciplinary actions under those policies.

District 241 Internet Filtering Procedure

This procedure outlines the process that will be used to unblock or block Internet sites.
The filtering review process will be the primary method of controlling filtering in the

The Internet is a very useful educational tool. It also represents a tool that could be
harmful to students and employees. When properly managed, the benefits outweigh
the distracters. There will always be disagreements on what is appropriate for students
to use for educational purposes. No matter what the discussion on the appropriateness
of the site, the District will always fail-safe to the conservative side. It is for this reason
this procedure is very detailed. All users must understand how the District processes
requests for unblocking or blocking a site. If the Internet is used as a teaching aid, it is
highly recommended that the teacher preview all sites a minimum of seven days prior to
being used in the classroom. Because sites can change daily, users need to
understand a site open today may be blocked by our filter vendor tomorrow. If a site is
not previewed a blocked or inappropriate site may cause disruption.

The Technology Division is charged with the management of the Internet and all District
owned network devices that make the Internet possible. Because there is a natural
conflict between the filtering/blocking process and educational Internet needs, the
Technology Division will support curriculum, school operations, special education and
administrative Internet needs through a filter review process.

Filtering Review Process
The District has contracted an outside vendor for general filtering of Internet sites
(blocking and unblocking). However, the District cannot totally accept the vendor’s
solution to the filtering process because the vendor will not understand the educational
need for sites they have blocked to be unblocked or vice versa. To assess the
determinations of the vendor, the District uses a filter review process to refine what the
vendor has blocked or unblocked. The filtering review process is completed by the
Committee to Reevaluate Resources.

Filtering Standards
All users of the Internet should understand that with filtering software, the District does
not have total control over what is or is not blocked. As a filtering company reviews web
sites, they will categorize sites. The filtering company can and will move a site in and
out of different categories. This means a site that is blocked today may not be blocked

The filtering company filters the following categories and denies access to internet
webs/pages if they are listed in one of these categories. The filter logs all denied access
for monitoring and administrative purposes. Using the procedures outlined in this
document, individual sites within each category may be unblocked or blocked.

Filtering Categories

Category                   Description

Violence/Profanity         Pictures or text exposing extreme cruelty, or physical or
(graphics or text)         emotional acts against any animal or person which are
                           primarily intended to hurt or inflict pain. Obscene words,
                           phrases, and profanity is defined as text that uses, but is not
                           limited to, George Carlin's 7 censored words more often than
                           once every 50 messages (Newsgroups) or once a page (Web
Partial Nudity             Pictures exposing the female breast or full exposure of either
                           male or female buttocks except when exposing genitalia.
                           (Excludes all swimsuits, including thongs.)
Full Nudity                Pictures exposing any or all portions of the human genitalia.
                           Excluded from the Partial Nudity and Full Nudity categories
                           are sites containing nudity or partial nudity of a wholesome
                           nature. For example: Web sites containing publications such
                           as National Geographic or Smithsonian Magazine. Or sites
                           hosted by museums such as the Guggenheim, the Louvre, or
                           the Museum of Modern Art.
Sexual Acts (graphics or Pictures or text exposing anyone or anything involved in
text)                    explicit sexual acts and or lewd and lascivious behavior,
                         including masturbation, copulation, pedophilia, and intimacy
                         involving nude or partially nude people in heterosexual,
                         bisexual, lesbian or homosexual encounters. Also includes
                         phone sex ads, dating services, and adult personals, CD-
                         ROM's, and videos.
Gross Depictions           Pictures or descriptive text of anyone or anything which are
(graphics or text)         crudely vulgar or grossly deficient in civility or behavior, or
                           which show scatological impropriety. Includes such depictions
                           as maiming, bloody figures, or indecent depiction of bodily
Intolerance (graphics or Pictures or text advocating prejudice or discrimination against
text)                    any race, color, national origin, religion, disability or
                         handicap, gender, or sexual orientation. Any picture or text
                         that elevates one group over another. Also includes intolerant
                         jokes or slurs.
Satanic/Cult (graphics     Pictures or text advocating devil worship, an affinity for evil
or text)                   or wickedness, or the advocacy to join a cult. A cult is defined
                           as: A closed society that is headed by a single individual
                           where loyalty is demanded and leaving is punishable.

Drugs/Drug Culture         Pictures or text advocating the illegal use of drugs for
(graphics or text)         entertainment. Includes substances used for other than their
                           primary purpose to alter the individual's state of mind, such
                           as glue sniffing. This would exclude currently illegal drugs
                           legally prescribed for medicinal purposes (e.g., drugs used to
                           treat glaucoma or cancer).
Militant/Extremist         Pictures or text advocating extremely aggressive and
(graphics or text)         combative behaviors, or advocacy of unlawful political
                           measures. Topics include groups that advocate violence as a
                           means to achieve their goals. Includes "how to" information
                           on weapons making, ammunition making, or the making or

                          use of pyrotechnics materials. Also includes the use of
                          weapons for unlawful reasons.

Sex Education (graphics Pictures or text advocating the proper use of contraceptives.
or text)                This topic would include condom use, the correct way to wear
                        a condom and how to put a condom in place. Also included
                        are sites relating to discussion about the use of the Pill,
                        IUD's, and other types of contraceptives. In addition to the
                        above, this category will include discussion sites on
                        discussing diseases with a partner, pregnancy, and respecting
                        boundaries. Excluded from this category are commercial sites
                        wishing to sell sexual paraphernalia.
Questionable/Illegal      Pictures or text advocating materials or activities of a dubious
Gambling (graphics or     nature which may be illegal in any or all jurisdictions, such as
text)                     illegal business schemes, chain letters, copyright
                          infringement, computer hacking, phreaking (using someone's
                          phone lines without permission), and software piracy. Also
                          includes text advocating gambling relating to lotteries,
                          casinos, betting, numbers games, on-line sports, or financial
                          betting, including non-monetary dares.
Alcohol & Tobacco         Pictures or text advocating the sale, consumption, or
(graphics or text)        production of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.

Committee for Reevaluation of Media / Websites

The Committee to Reevaluate Resources will be formed annually, prior to September 1 and will convene within the
next thirty days for an organizational meeting. It will consist of nine (9) members. Each category 1 through 7 will be
a two-year term. Categories 1, 3, 5, and 7 will be appointed in the fall of even years, while categories 2, 4, and 6 will
be appointed in the fall of odd years. Additional residents shall be one-year terms.

1.   One school board member appointed by the School Board.
2.   One administrator appointed by the Superintendent
3.   One elementary teacher appointed by their exclusive representative.
4.   One secondary teacher appointed by their exclusive representative.
5.   One professional media person appointed by the media staff to organize the committee. All professional media
     staff will be a part of this committee.
6.   One student from the Senior High School appointed by the Senior High Student Council.
7.   One school district resident appointed by the Superintendent.

At their first meeting, the above seven members will select a chairperson and a recording secretary. They will
appoint two additional residents of the school district to be members. A temporary replacement will be appointed by
the original appointing authority for any member involved with a complaint. After a decision has been reached on
this complaint, the member will resume participation as a member of the committee.

A. When a vacancy occurs on the committee, the professional media person (III, A, 5) shall meet with the
   individual(s) responsible for the category in which the vacancy has occurred and obtain a replacement to
   complete the term.

B.    The chair of the Committee for Reevaluation of Resources shall:
      1. Notify committee members of the objection and set a meeting date.
      2. Distribute a copy of the completed Request for Reevaluation of a Resource form to each committee
      3. Distribute the appropriate Checklist for Reevaluation Committee to each committee member.
      4. Obtain and arrange for reading/viewing/listening to the questioned resource by the committee.
      5. Obtain reviews of the questioned resource and send them to each committee member at least three (3)
          regular school days prior to the reevaluation committee meeting.
      6. Within twenty (20) regular school days of receiving the objection, hold a reevaluation committee meeting
          to discuss the questioned resource, hear testimony and reach a decision. If more time is necessary, the
          committee members and all others involved shall be notified in writing by the chair.
     7. Invite the objector, professional media person or teacher and administrator involved to the committee
     8. Invite appropriate persons to provide testimony during the meeting.

C. The Committee for Reevaluation of a Resource shall:
   1. Examine the questioned resource in its entirety.
   2. Determine professional acceptance of the resource by reading critical reviews.
   3. Weigh values and faults and form opinions on the resource as a whole rather than on passages of sections
       taken out of context.
   4. Discuss the resource in the context of the educational program.
   5. Hear testimony.
   6. Make a decision by public vote.
   7. Prepare a written report using the Report of the Reevaluation Committee form.

D. The Committee for Reevaluation of a Resource shall follow the following steps in handling a request for
   an Internet site to be unblocked:
   1. The user will notify his/her school’s media specialist and request the Internet site be unblocked using the
       required request form.

    2.   The media specialist will notify the technology director via e-mail of the request to unblock the site. The –
         mail subject line will have “Unblock: (insert the URL)”.
    3.   Once a week, normally on Wednesday by 11:30 a.m., the technology group will “forward” all requests to
         unblock to all re-evaluation committee members (COMMITTEE TO REEVALUATE via e-mail). As part
         of the message, the following sentence will be added:
         (Unblocking Process) Please “reply to” this e-mail by 8:00 a.m. next Tuesday (7 days from the date of this
         message) with your recommendation to unblock or leave blocked these sites. The following URLs are
         being considered for unblocking and will be available for viewing at 3:00 p.m. today. Click on the replay
         icon and edit the message with the words Block or Unblock- in front of each site being evaluated using the
         appropriate criteria from the CHECKLIST FOR REEVALUATION COMMITTEE:
    4.   The Technology Division Network Administrator will unblock the Internet sites listed on the E-mail
         message by 3:00 P.M. that day (normally Wednesday) for the COMMITTEE TO REEVALUATE members
         to view.
    5.   All COMMITTEE TO REEVALUATE members will have until 8:00 A.M. the next Tuesday to respond
         via E-mail.
    6.   A folder will be made for each site request. This folder will contain a copy of the request to unblock and
         copies of all responses.
    7.   Based on the COMMITTEE TO REEVALUATE recommendation, the Technology Division will take the
         recommended action by 3:30 P.M. Tuesday. If the Director of Technology or Director of Curriculum has a
         concern over the outcome of the COMMITTEE TO REEVALUATE's recommendation, the Director will
         forward the COMMITTEE TO REEVALUATE's recommendation and his/her concerns to the
         Superintendent of Schools for final resolution. COMMITTEE TO REEVALUATE members, who voted,
         will be given an opportunity to address the Director's concerns, in writing, to the Superintendent of
    8.   The Technology Division will notify all COMMITTEE TO REEVALUATE members of the action taken
         (Block or Unblock) by URL.

    9.   If the action is to leave the site blocked, the individual requesting the site to be unblocked will be notified
         of the action taken by the Media Specialist originating the unblocking request.

E. The Committee for Reevaluation of a Resource shall follow the following steps in handling a request for
   an Internet site to be blocked:
   1. The user will notify his/her school Media Specialist and request the Internet site be blocked. The user will
       need to give the Media Specialist the URL or Internet site address.
   2. The Media Specialist will notify the Technology Division via E-mail of the request to block the site. The
       E-mail subject line will have "Block": (insert the URL)". If the Media Specialist and Director of
       Technology have any doubts about the appropriateness of the site it will be blocked immediately and the
       process continued.
   3. Once a week (normally on Wednesday by 11:30 A.M.), the Technology group will "forward" all requests
       to block to all COMMITTEE TO REEVALUATE members. As part of the message, the following
       sentence will be added:
                (Blocking Process) Please "reply to" this E-mail by 8:00 A.M. next Tuesday (7 days from the date
       of this message) with your recommendation to block or leave unblocked these sites. The following URLs
       are being considered for blocking. Click on the reply icon and edit the message with the words Block - or
       Unblock - in front of each site being evaluated.
   4. All COMMITTEE TO REEVALUATE members will have until 8:00 A.M. the next Tuesday to respond
       via E-mail.
   5. A folder will be made for each site-blocking request. This folder will contain a copy of the original request
       to block, and copies of all responses.
   6. Based on the COMMITTEE TO REEVALUATE recommendation, the Technology Division will take the
       recommended action by 3:30 P.M. Tuesday. If the Director of Technology or Director of Curriculum has a
       concern over the outcome of the COMMITTEE TO REEVALUATE's recommendation, the Director will
       forward the COMMITTEE TO REEVALUATE's recommendation and his/her concerns to the
       Superintendent of Schools for final resolution. COMMITTEE TO REEVALUATE members who voted

         will be given an opportunity to address the Director's concerns, in writing, to the Superintendent of
    7.   The Technology Division will notify all COMMITTEE TO REEVALUATE members of the action taken
         (Block or Unblock) by URL.
    8.    If the action is to block, the individual requesting the site to be blocked will be notified of the action taken
         by the Media Specialist originating the blocking request.
    9.    If the action is to block, a message will be sent to all district teachers

F. The Recording Secretary shall (when a meeting is called to reevaluate print material):
   1. Record attendance.
   2. Take notes and complete the Report of the Reevaluation Committee form.
   3. Obtain signatures from committee members on the Report of the Reevaluation Committee form.
   4. Be responsible for filing all required reports within five (5) regular school days of the hearing.
   5. Send copies of the completed Report of the Reevaluation Committee form to the objector, the building
       principal, the superintendent, the District Curriculum Committee, and the professional media person or
       teacher involved.

IV. Resolution
    A. The written report, signed by all members of the committee who attended the meeting, accompanied by all
        materials used during the proceedings and a minority report, if one is made, shall be filed with the
        superintendent. This shall be the official record of the case.
    B. In the case of a tie vote, the objection shall be denied.
    C. The decision shall be binding for the individual school or as specified in the report by the reevaluation
    D. The decision shall be communicated to all appropriate employees.
    E. A decision to sustain an objection shall not be interpreted as a judgment of irresponsibility on the part of
        the professionals involved in the selection and/or use of the resource.
    F. The committee’s decision may be appealed to the Albert Lea Area Schools District #241 School Board.

                                                                                    Received by ____________

                                                                                    Date Received __________


                       Requests to have unblocked Internet sites blocked

Initiated by _______________________ Date:__________________

Address __________________________ Telephone ______________

Representing: Self ____ Organization or Group __________________

Internet Address/URL:_________________________________________

Please respond to the following questions. If sufficient space is not provided, please use additional paper.

    1.   Have you seen, read, or listened to this resource in its entirety? Yes ___ No ___

    2.   To what do you object? Please cite specific passages, pages, etc.

    3.   For what age group do you recommend this resource?

    4.   What resource do you recommend that would provide additional information on the subject?

    5.   Additional Comments:

__________________________________                         _____________________________
      (Signature)                                                   (Date)

Completion of this form is at the request of the School Board of Albert Lea Area Schools #241.

                                                                                       Received by ____________

                                                                                       Date Received __________


                       Request to Have a Blocked Internet Site Unblocked

Initiated by _______________________ Date:__________________

Address __________________________ Telephone ______________

Representing: Self ____ Organization or Group __________________

Internet Address/URL:_________________________________________

Please respond to the following questions. If sufficient space is not provided, please use
additional paper.

1.   Are you aware of the reason why this site was blocked by our filter/system?
     Yes No If so, what is the reason?

2.   What is the educational value of this site for a defined curricular area?

3.   Are there other currently unblocked sites or resources that meet the current curricular need?

4.   Is there a site third review or web evaluate done on this site?
     Yes No         If so, please provide the review in print or the URL

5.   Additional Comments:

      (Signature)                                                          (Date)

Completion of this form is at the request of the School Board of Albert Lea Area Schools #241.


Author ____________________________ Type of Resource: _________________

Title ________________________________________________________________

Internet Address (URL)________________________________________________

This decision was made on the __________ day of ___________________, 19___

Minority report is attached ___________ Yes __________ No

FINDINGS OF FACT:__________________________________________________

DECISION: _________________________________________________________

The following committee members are in agreement with the above decision.










The following committee members are not in agreement with the above decision.








                             SAMPLE LETTER TO COMPLAINANT

We appreciate your concern over the use of ______________________________ in our
school district. The district has developed procedures for selecting resources, but realizes
that not everyone will agree with every selection made.
To help you understand the selection process, we are sending copies of the district’s:

           1. Instructional Goals and Objectives
           2. Resources Selection policy Statement
           3. Procedure for Handling Objections

If you are still concerned after you review this material, please complete the Request for
Reevaluation of Resources form and return it to me. You may be assured of prompt
attention to your request. If I have not heard from you within two weeks, we will assume
you no longer wish to file a formal complaint.

Southwest Middle School – Hardware Request Form
  Teacher Name:
         Room #:

           Name/Description of Hardware                             Estimated Price

 ***Teachers making SMART Board Requests must first download the free software and
  begin using it. Your request will be submitted under the agreement that the equipment
 will be used on a consistent daily basis. Monthly SMART meetings must be attended***

   1. Please describe the hardware and its educational benefits. (What does it do?
      How will you use it?).
   2. List any research that you have found to validate the use of this hardware. (Other
      than the manufacturer’s sales pitch).________________________

   3. How often do you plan on using this hardware (times per week)?

   4. Where have you seen this hardware being used?




Please describe plans for technology implementation based on responses to the
following questions. Think about these questions in terms of a planning context. For
example, where are you now in terms of telecommunications/Internet connectivity and
where do you need or want to be at the end of the planning cycle? The table can be
expanded as needed to provide complete information.

QUESTION                          RESPONSE
What is your                      Our current configuration is 1000 mps at the desktop,
telecommunications/Internet       100 or 50 mps VLAN/WAN and 25 mps external
connectivity capacity in your     connection to the Internet.
school district or school for
Internet access and video
Do you have plans to expand        Based upon current utilization we are planning on
this capacity within the next      increasing our Internet capacity as neded. We also
three to four years?               plan to upgrade our VLAN/Wan to minimum of 100
                                   mbs per second based upon funding availability.
If you plan to expand              Looking at the increased use of the Internet over the
telecommunications capacity,       past couple of years, we will need to double our
what will be your anticipated      capacity every other year. Which means, by July 1,
capacity by the end of this        2011 we will need a minimum Internet connection of
planning period (July 1, 2011)?    100 meg?
What is your student to Internet- Currently our district has about 3600 students and
connected computer ratio?          350 teachers using 1300 computers which gives us
What will this ratio be at the end less than a 4 to 1 student computer ratio.
of the planning cycle?
What is your teacher to Internet- Currently all teachers have a computer connected to
connected computer ratio?          the Internet that is 3 years old or newer. Based upon
What will this ratio be at the end our technology plan we do not intend to decrease this
of the planning cycle?             ratio in the future.
Are the majority of the            Each of our 4 elementary buildings has 1 computer
computers accessible for           lab of 31 computers and each classroom has a
students located within labs or    minimum of 2 student computers. Our Middle school
classrooms?                        currently has 5 labs of 31 computers and very few
                                   classroom computers. The High School currently has
                                   7 computer labs with 31 computers and 1 with 15
                                   computers. There are also several dedicated
                                   research computers located through out the building.
What is the average age of         With our current replacement cycle the average age
computer equipment used for        of our computers is 3 years old

QUESTION                         RESPONSE
What is the timeline for your    We are currently on a 6 year replacement cycle
computer equipment               which is way to long. By the time we replace our
replacement cycle?               oldest computers they are almost unusable.
What is your computer            To better support our district it was the decision of the
platform? PC-based,              technology team and the school board to have single
MacIntosh-based or both?         platform within our school district. Our district is
                                 100% PC-based
How many technology support      Currently we have 1 network technician who
staff do you have to manage      manages WAN, Internet and Web page. The
your technology infrastructure   network technician is also supported by 2 computer
and network?                     technicians who assist in building infrastructure and
                                 network needs.
Is the technology support staff  At this time based upon our problem log and needs
sufficient to effectively manage assessment, our technicians are able to support
your technology infrastructure   existing technology needs. However, as we move
and network? If not, what staff  forward with increased technology utilization we will
capacity do you think you need? need to look strongly at the capacity of our current
                                 staff and may need to increase the amount of support
                                 time needed.
Is assistive technology for      The technology needed for students with disabilities
students with special needs      is driven by their individual needs as stated in their
provided and supported in your Individual Education Plan (IEP). Each student’s
school district or school?       educational team considers and implements the
                                 technology for each student. Specific attention is
                                 given to providing the individually designed low and
                                 high technology solutions necessary for all students
                                 with disabilities to achieve in all academic areas.

Is technology support staff        The Assistive Technology Coordinator and the
provided with the necessary        Technology support staff work together to provide
training they need, including      special educators with the software and hardware
training associated with           necessary for their students to achieve their
assistive technology?              academic goals. Communication between these
                                   individuals is accomplished by monthly technology
                                   meetings in which all attend, as well as, consistent
                                   communication and consultation on an as need

How and when is technology         Our technicians utilize on-line training courses, on-
support staff provided with        line problem solving resources, OEM provided
training?                          training and other resources, district funded third
                                   party classroom training, and each technician meets
                                   quarterly with the state wide technology support work

QUESTION                          RESPONSE
                                  group. (MEMO – TECH SIG)
What particular challenges does   Currently our biggest issue is funding. With past
your school district or school    State and Federal cuts in the area of technology, and
face in providing sufficient      our district failing to pass an operating levy; these
access and technology             actions will cause a 33% reduction in funding
resources to your staff and       available for the coming year. It is our hope that this
students?                         problem will be resolved after next falls attempt to
                                  pass this levy. If it fails we will be re-writing the plan
                                  to address additional reductions.

District 241 Network Administration and Management

For 2007-2011 Technology Plan

Basic Network Premise
      Provide technology resources; to all buildings, employees and students, enabling them to
      function in a connected learning environment.

       To provide basic networking support for building to building, building to internet, and
       user to user communication. While maintaining a secure, safe and user friendly working

Basic Network Configuration
      District 241 operates a hub and spoke Ethernet based network, configured as follows:

          o 25 mps connection to the Internet utilizing the local cable company as it’s
            Internet Service Provider (ISP)
          o 50 mps connection between buildings utilizing the ISP’s fiber backbone
          o 1000 mps connection internally in each building to the desktop user
          o 1000 mps fiber connections between head end room and closets
          o Each building has a district owned switch connected to the cable fiber
            network, creating a virtual backbone that is managed centrally.
          o Internally, each building has a server designated as a building gateway
            and master server.
          o Each building uses private IP sub netting to provide IP addressing to all
            attached desktops.
          o Internal building network is comprised of layer 3 capable switches in
            numbers needed to connect all desktops

       Server environment
       Windows 2003 servers
       Active Directory Domain Security Module
          o (Top Level Domain)
          o (Staff Domain)
          o (Student Domain)

       Desktop Environment Windows/Intel based PC Platform
       Windows XP SP3
       Roaming Profiles
       Domain Authentication Required For Access
       Currently the average age of our desktop systems is 3 years

Current replacement cycle is based upon the following:
Servers and critical network equipment – 4 years
Desktop computers - 6 years.
Notebooks computers – 4 year
Projectors, Smart Boards, Palms and other instructional aids are replaced as
needed or money is available.

WAN Services to Support Network Operation
Internal DNS, WINS, DHCP, Routing
TCP/IP Protocol
Network File and Print Sharing
Web Services, Filtering, Proxy, Email

LAN / Building Specific Network Services
TCP/IP Protocol
DHCP, WINS, Routing
File and Print Sharing
3rd Party Application / Program Serving
Web Services (Intranet)

External to Internal Configuration (Internet Access, Email, and Web Services)
      25 Mps from ISP Provider ( utilizing one Class C network
      ( External DNS services provided by ISP, all other
      internet/network functions are performed in house.

This diagram details our external connection and basic traffic routing.

All traffic out of Albert Lea Schools passes through the internet filter (Total Traffic
Control V7.01) server located between internet router and external network hub. All
inbound traffic is routed to the proxy server (GW) except inbound email traffic. Inbound
email traffic is routed to the Total Traffic Control filter server (TTC), where it is checked
for virus’s, attachments, content and security; and then forwarded to internal email
server. No direct inbound email protocol traffic is allowed to reach internal users or
computers. Inbound internet traffic (HTTP and FTP) is fire walled at the proxy server
(GW) and held for security checks, protocol checks and correct routing. Requests for
internal content is held by the inbound proxy server, the proxy server collects the
requested content and delivers it to the external requestor. No direct external contact
(port to port) is allowed between an internet user/computer and an internal
user/computer. All outgoing authenticated internet requests are processed by the TTC
server and the server retrieves the request from the internet for the internal user.

                    Basic Network Configuration – Web/Email Services
                                With Total Control Server

                                                                                                          Web Server


                                                                                      Backbone Switch

Charter Switch
                              Total Traffic                                                                 AS400
                             Control Server                                                    

                                                     Email Archive      Exchange
                                                                       Server (WEB)

Building General (basic Settings for all buildings)
       Utilizing private subnets as follows; the district standardized all buildings on the
       same configuration and allows 200 desktop addresses thru DHCP services per
       subnet. Each building may utilize 10 subnet ranges for a maximum of 2000
       desktops per building.

All subnet utilization is based on the following breakdown:
      192.168.xx.1 thru 192.168.xx.14 for switches
      192.168.xx.15 thru 192.168.xx.29 for printers
      192.168.xx.30 thru 192.168.xx.229 for desktops
      192.168.xx.230 thru 192.168.xx.234 for security devices
      192.168.xx.235 thru 192.168.xx.249 Reserved & Wireless Routers
      192.168.xx.250 thru 192.168.xx.253 for servers
      192.168.xx.254 for Master Server (gateway)

Building Details

Brookside Education Center (BEC
     BEC utilizes 2 private subnets to provide services to the District Offices (DO),
     Community Education (CE), Special Services, Alternative Learning Center (ALC),
     Adult Basic Education / Family Literacy (ABE/FL) and Early Childhood Family
     Education (ECFE / ECSE).

       Subnet (Downstairs BEC)
         o District Offices
         o Special Services
         o Network Administration
         o Computer Support
       Subnet (Upstairs BEC)
         o Community Education
         o ABE/FL
         o ALC
         o ECFE / ECSE

High School (HS)
      HS utilizes 4 private subnets over internal fiber to 4 outlying closets. Where
      possible, all staff desktops are connected to the Administration subnet.
      192.168.21.xx – Administration /Staff
      192.168.22.xx – Reserved
      192.168.23.xx – Computer / Labs
      192.168.24.xx – Media Center / Computer Labs

Southwest Middle School (SW)
     SW utilizes 2 private subnets over internal fiber to 3 outlying closets. Where
     possible, all staff desktops are connected to the administration subnet.
     192.168.40.xx – Administration / Staff
     192.168.41.xx – Media Center / Computer Labs

Halverson Elementary (HL)
      HL utilizes 1 private subnet over internal fiber to 2 outlying closets.
      192.168.51.xx – Entire Building

Hawthorne Elementary (HW)
     HW utilizes 1 private subnet over internal fiber to 1 outlying closet.
     192.168.61.xx – Entire Building

Lakeview Elementary (LK)
      LK utilizes 1 private subnet over internal fiber to 2 outlying closets.
      192.168.71.xx – Entire Building

Sibley Elementary (SB)
      SB utilizes 1 private subnet (no outlying closets)
      192.168.81.xx – Entire Building


District Level

1.     Director of Technology
2.     Director of Data Processing / Telephone Services
3.     Network Support Technician
4.     2 Computer Repair Technicians
5.     District Assistive Technology Coordinator (.2 position)
6.     Technology Committee

Building Level

1.     Building Computer Coordinator-This is a full-time teacher with added duties as a
       computer coordinator and receives extra compensation.

2.     Building Technology Advisory Committee - Each building has a committee
       consisting of representation from each grade level and or curriculum area.

Library/Media Staff

1.     Elementary:
       a.   One full-time media clerk in each building
       b.   Two full-time media specialists (each cover 2 schools)

2.     Middle School:
       a.    One full-time media clerk
       b.    One half-time media specialist

3.     Senior High School:
       a.    One full-time media clerk
       b.    One full-time media specialist

Based upon the current level of technology staffing available in our district, our staff is
able to maintain a 99% operational rate. As technology use and equipment age
increases, based upon budget constraints we may not be able to maintain this
operational rate with current staffing.

As curriculum and assessment integration places more of a demand on our network and
technology resources, it will become increasingly difficult to maintain the standards of
technology that currently exist. Because of the demands on the district budget, our
biggest challenge will be to find the resources to comply with these future needs.

   Section - V
Role of School Media Centers

                          The Role of Our School Media Center

All seven schools in District #241 have Media Centers which provide a variety of print,
non-print, on-line, and technology resources. These resources are updated and
renewed annually.

Each of the media specialists serve on their buildings’ technology team as well as the
District Technology Planning Team and play a key role in the development and
implementation of the vision for technology for Albert Lea Area Schools.

A Media Scope and Sequence guides the instruction provided by the media specialists
K-12. The Media Scope and Sequences needs updating as the previous scope was
tied to the ―Profile of Learning‖. During the 05-06 school year, content area standards
were completed and approved. The Media Scope and Sequence should align with the
support of the new curricular standards where appropriate. Media Specialists are
responsible for orientation of students to use of the centers and computer labs, as well
as instruction for each student on the district’s Acceptable Use Policy. The media
specialists assist teachers in meeting the district’s technology outcomes. These
outcomes are met through regularly scheduled classes at the elementary level.
Assistance is provided to teachers both formally and informally with integrating
technology into their instruction. Structured classes are provided for teachers as well as
―just in time‖ learning.

Media Specialists provide additional assistance in the area of technology by selecting,
reviewing and purchasing online resources, technology equipment, maintenance and
upkeep of the Accelerated Reader program, entering student information in the ―active
directory—log-on and password‖ system, and monitor technology equipment at all
levels for staff. At the high school, the specialist also maintains and provides for student
check-out of computer lap-tops and other equipment.

District #241 has adopted the ISTE Nets Standards for students to help meet the ―No
Child Left Behind‖ requirements. The technology team is currently reviewing the Nets
Standards for teachers and administrators and is monitoring implementation. In
addition, teachers are surveyed each year to assess their current level of technology
skills. The technology team then offers staff development options based on those

Our current staffing of the four elementary buildings (grades k-6) consists of two
licensed media specialists, each responsible for two buildings. In the 2006-07 school
year. District #241 became a Minnesota ―Q-Comp‖ or ATPPS district. As a result a .5
media specialist is on year one of a potential 3-year assignment as .5 District ATPPS
Coordinator. The remaining .5 of the media position was filled by a licensed media
specialist and increased by .15 to allow for additional instruction in technology and
media for one teacher preparation period per day. There is one full-time unlicensed
media clerk in each elementary building.

Due to previous elimination of elementary processing staff, the elementary media
centers have piloted a number of ways to provide processing services as well as
maintain media center hours. In 2006-07, three of the elementary media centers close
on Wednesday afternoons of a 5-day school week for processing. The fourth center
has tried to maintain service without closing for just processing. In addition, the media
specialists continue to purchase more and more processing from suppliers. Thus far,
maintaining services without closing the center just for processing has been possible.
The remaining three elementary media centers will investigate moving to a same or
similar model.

Additional cuts two years ago, forced the middle school (grades 7-8) to reduce their
media specialist to half-time. It also eliminated any on-site staffing to the Area Learning
Center (grades 7-12). The high school media specialist (grades 9-12) serves that
building full-time and is also responsible for purchasing materials and equipment for the
Area Learning Center. With the recent failure of an operating levy referendum, the high
school media clerical staff member will be reduced by one hour per day. This may
potentially reduce high school as well as ALC service unless alternatives can be sought.

All media specialists have had their summer work time reduced by one-half.

Budgets for materials and resources have remained constant over the past 5 years.

Currently, we do not partner with other media centers throughout our region.

                       Media Specialist Job Description
                       Albert Lea Area Schools, ISD 241
                                 January 2007
I. Position Title

         Media Specialist for District 241

II. Organizational Relationship

         The media specialists are responsible to the building principals and the Director of Media

III. Primary Functions

         1. To instruct students in the location, use and choice of appropriate materials, both print and
         2. To aid teachers/staff in the location and choice of materials, both print and non print, suitable
            for curriculum.
         3. To select materials which meet curriculum needs, provide enjoyment and promote leisure
            activities that are age appropriate.
         4. Establish media center policies and review them periodically, making adjustments when
         5. Manage the media center as a flexible, multi-tasked learning environment.
         6. Provide assistance with the integration of technology at both the building and istrict level.

IV. Responsibilities

    A. Instructional Leadership

         1. Teach media skills as needed, including forming questions to aid in research, choosing
             appropriate resources, teaching computer applications.
         2. Supplement and reinforce appropriate media skills.
         3. Teach responsible behavior in the care and return of materials.
         4. Teach responsible behavior in the use of technology.
         5. Teach additional or supplemental lessons to small groups and individuals when appropriate
             and time permits.
         6. Assist students in locating materials appropriate to their reading and interest levels.
         7. Schedule research classes and small groups into the media center, supervise research and
             assist in behavior management.
         8. Provide a pleasant atmosphere conducive to reading and study.
         9. Be consistent in supervising students and their behavior.
         10. Attend district meetings and workshops as are scheduled.
         11. Serve as a member of the building and district technology committee.

    B. Collection Development and Maintenance

    1. Select and order materials appropriate for the grade level and curriculum of the building
       which meet the criteria of the selection policy, but also provide materials for students who
       function above and below grade level.
    2. Eliminate materials which are outdated, worn, or no longer used.
    3. Maintain a comprehensive consideration file to be used in ordering materials.
    4. Utilize electronic circulation and management system for processing of additional materials.
    5. Maintain and update on-line services and electronic circulation system.
    6. Inventory to determine the status of the collection.
    7. Participate in the planning and development of changes in the physical facilities and in the
       opening and closing of the media center.
    8. Coordinate the purchase, circulation of media center as well as technology equipment and

C. Staff Relationships

    1. Consult with staff members when selecting materials.
    2. Alert staff members to new materials they might utilize.
    3. Provide bibliographies upon request.
    4. Direct and support staff in the day-to-day operation of the media center.
    5. Provide input into the selection of support staff.
    6. Monitor and insure adherence to the copyright laws of the US in the utilization of the
    7. Meet with and plan with teachers for media classes and team-teaching situations.

D. Personal

    1. Be aware of trends via membership in professional organizations, attending professional
       workshops and meetings, and reading professional journals.
    2. Keep up to date with new technology in education.

E. Budget

    1. Develop the media center budget with consideration for current and future resource needs in
       all areas with available budget.
    2. Maintain a record of expenditures.

F. Supervision

    1. Assess the qualifications of candidates for open positions and recommend hiring employees
       to perform functions, which help the media center attain objectives.
    2. Supervise all selection, acquisition, technical services and users’ services.
    3. Monitor the work area to insure it is a safe and healthy workplace for employees.
    4. Monitor the work load of each employee to insure optimum working and work load

G. Curriculum Development

    1. Team with teachers to identify appropriate information resources and learning strategies to
       help students reach defined learning objectives.
    2. Team with teachers to design instruction which incorporates information resources and
       approaches needed to achieve outcomes.
    3. Teach the skills of information location, access, evaluation, use and communication as they
       relate to the program of instruction to both students and teachers.
    4. Teach technology skills as appropriate to media curriculum and embedded in content area
       scope and sequence

V. Employment Qualifications

    A. Education

        1. Active Minnesota State teaching certificate.
        2. Major in Instructional Media and Technology or Library Media Education.
        3. State media certification.
B. Classroom experience desired

Section - VI

Staff Development

      ―Equipping Students to Think, to Achieve, and to Care‖ is the mission of Albert
      Lea Area Schools. Supporting that mission are three board approved staff
      development goals around which all professional development and training
      must be organized: 1) Increasing Student Achievement, 2) Enhancing
      Community Partnerships, and 3) Aligning site and individual work with the
      District Decision Screen. As Albert Lea leaders begin to prepare for 2007 and
      beyond, we are not creating a new program for Technology Training, but rather
      we propose to elaborate upon our already proven capacity to deliver quality
      professional development and to supplement the work we are currently doing in
      Albert Lea.

      Our current technology related staff development and training plan includes the
      following components:

      1.   TLC Technology Grants
           District technology leaders along with selected staff will attend the annual
           TIES conference through which they will learn the latest in instructional
           technology as well as attending many sessions to provide technology
           skills which can be taught to all staff during the year. Attendee’s will
           provide on-going training in their buildings through out the year as well as
           provide written documentation of the conference to the Teaching and
           Learning Council.

      2.   Just in time Training
           Building technology leaders conduct training on a regular basis covering
           pressing topics of importance to the teachers. We have found that this
           type of training works well when we need the whole staff to initiate the use
           of technology to complete a specific task. Examples might be changes in
           grading or the use of new technology items being introduced to the

      3.   Partnerships:
           Training in the use of new technology is offered for staff as well as
           community members through our Community Education department. Staff
           may also attend classes at Southeast service cooperative, our local
           community college and classes offered through a partnership with Hamlin

           Collaboration with community brings about more community involvement;
           increased transfer of skills to real-life situations as presented by
           community members; ability to help students and parents/guardians solve
           real-life problems.

      Staff and community are involved in training by community organizations,
     service cooperative, colleges, as well as parents. Students have
     increased skills in specialized programs that place students directly into
     the community.

     For follow-up, all building principles and leadership teams have site
     technology goals that are supported by our summer work. Staff members
     demonstrate competency by staff sharing and collaboration and

4.   Media Staff Development:
     Media center staffs receive annual training in the use of technology for
     library services. Both media specialist and media clerks receive this
     training. In addition media specialists participate in other teacher training
     as well as regularly scheduled MEMO workshops and conferences.

5.   Online Learning:
     All district employee’s, students and parents will have the opportunity for
     online just in time training through Atomic Learning.

                       Results of Staff Technology Survey
             (To view complete survey go to Http://
The answer that corresponds with the category that most closely describes your use of technology in
your own teaching:

                          2004-05          2005-06        2006-07
                                                                        - I am still struggling with the basics of
Entry                         5                2              4             technology use in my classroom

                                                                        - I can integrate technology on a basic
                                                                           level in my classroom (e.G.: word
Adoption                      16               25            25                     processing, etc.)

                                                                         I can see the potential for technology
                                                                         use in my classroom and have used
                                                                       technology to improve my teaching and
Adaptation                    85               86            122                     productivity.

                                                                          - I use technology frequently and
                                                                        "effortlessly" to design and teach in a
Appropriation                 60               43            49            variety of ways in my classroom

                                                                        - I "think with technology" to develop
                                                                              new and successful learning
Invention                     7                21            14              experiences in my classroom.

Goal 1:      Teachers will transfer their technology competencies into their
             teaching strategies for their classroom learning environment.

Objective:   Annual self assessment survey reports increased requests for technology
             enhance teaching strategies.

             The annual self assessment survey reports an increased number of
             teachers who have shared one or more technology enhanced lessons.

             Administrative dialog about the staff supervision model will include an
             assessment of teacher use of technology in classrooms in their buildings
             to identify if some buildings need more staff development than others.

             Staff development evaluation forms show an average measure of 3 or
             more on a 5 point scale for effectiveness of the training.

      1.     Teachers develop classroom presentations and share them on the
             network to enhance all staff presentations.

      2.     Staff development uses examples of technology across all grade levels
             and all subject areas.

      3.     Teachers will become facilitators as they teach their student new

      4.     Staff development opportunities exist annually that provide new technique
             to integrate technology with instruction.

Goal 2:      Technology standards for teachers and administrators will be
             adopted based on MEMO/Nets standards.

Objective:   By 2010 local standards based upon ISTI Nets standards for teachers
             and administrators.

      1.     Identify and presenting MEMO/ISTI standards to the administrative team
             for advice on how to incorporate them into our supervision model.

      2.     Sub-committee works with standards to embed them into the model.

      3.     Administrators present MEMO/ISTI standards to faculty in their buildings
             as far as ongoing supervision model.

      4.     Survey the administration and staff to identify needs of future staff
             development training to help meet ISTI standards.

      5.      Conduct staff development training on perceived needs.

Goal 3:       The Albert Lea District administrative team has been trained in the
              use of various administrative technology tools to increase their
              capacities as an instructional leader.

Objective:    Superintendent collects self assessments from administrators annually
              regarding use of technology in their job which indicates an increase over
              the amount of use from the previous year.

      1.    Administrators share technology examples of how they are using
            technology at one cabinet meeting per quarter.

      2.      Administrative specific staff development is arranged based upon
              individual needs assessment.

      3.      Information from the technology director and others about the latest
              developments in technology uses in education is shared.

      4.      Building administrative technology needs are built into district budget.

Goal 4:       The Albert Lea District Technology staff is proficient in maintaining
              and managing district technology resources.

Objective:    The Director of Technology will assess the skill level of the district
              technology staff based upon the current needs of the school district.

       1.     Provide needed technology journals

      2.      On-line research

      3.      Attend technology training workshop and seminars

      4.      Subject specific train (Bench Mark Learning)

      5.      On-line / on-site support by vendors

Section - VII

District Technology Plan Requirements
2007 Technology Staffing
District Director of Technology
District Director of Management Information Services
District Network Technician
2 - District Computer Technicians
Building Technology Coordinators (Schedule C)
Summer Help
                                        Contact Albert Lea Area Schools
                                              Salary Information

Annual Wide Area Network/Telephone System Fees




MIS Administrative Budget


Annual Instructional Software Budget
PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE                                Purchased with
OPERATING SYSTEM UPGRADES                        computer systems
SPECIALIZED SOFTWARE         Must go through capital budget process
CURRICULUM SOFTWARE                             Curriculum process

Annual Management Software Budget

Annual Maintenance Agreements Budget
CORE SWITCH at High School

Annual Hardware Repair Budget

Annual Staff Development Budget for Trainers
SUBSTITUTE COSTS, WORKSHOPS             = All staff development dollars are currently managed
 by/through our Teaching and Learning Council.

Computer Replacement Budget
Currently Albert Lea Area Schools is maintaining a 4 to 1 student computer ratio. To
sustain this ratio we will be replacing 16% of existing computers over the next six years.
(this will move to 8 years if we are unable to pass current operating levy) Criteria for
replacement will be to replace oldest computers first giving priority to computer labs,
student computers and then teacher computers. In all cases we will take into
consideration student population of each building and the use of the computer.

The funding sources for technology continue to be:
      Title II part D
      District 241 General Fund
      Microsoft Cy Pres Settlement

The following template reflexes our proposed technology budget for 2008-2011. These
items have been listed by Uniform Financial Accounting and Reporting Standards
(UFARS) Object Codes.


UFARS    CATEGORY                   ITEM(S) DESCRIPTION                                           FY2008     FY2009     FY2010     FY2011
OBJECT                                                                                            BUDGET     BUDGET     BUDGET     BUDGET
320      Communications             All communications including Internet, Wan and                100,000    110,000    120,000    130,000
         (telephone, Internet       Phones. This price has been reduced by our estimated E-
         access)                    Rate percentage.
350      Computer and System        Parts and Services                                            $28,700    $28,700    $28,700    $28,700
         Technology Staff           All Staff Development dollars are budgeted through our
         Development                Teaching and Learning Counsel (TLC)
366      Travel Conventions and     Travel, Conference and workshops                              $25,000    $25,000    $25,000    $25,000
401      Supplies and Materials                                                                   $13,500    $13,500    $13,500    $13,500
         (computer software, etc.
         both instructional and
530      Other Equipment –          AS400 / CIMS                                                  $75,000    $75,000    $75,000    $75,000
555      Administrative Capital     Computer replacement for non-instructional staff.             $10,000    $10,000    $10,000    $10,000
555      Capital Expenditures       Hardware replacement and initiatives                          $200,000   $200,000   $200,000   $200,000
         (technology equipment)     Due to failed levy in 2006 our budget for 2008 is reduced
                                    by $100,000. It is our hopes that this will pass in 2007 so
                                    that our budget will be fully funded in 2009.
800      Other Expenditures         Dues and Memberships                                          $4,000     $4,000     $4,000     $4,000

TOTALS                                                                                            $734,966   $754,608   $761,347   $796,210



Action Plan - Timeline

1. Curriculum Integration
          Goals                  Strategy            Responsibility            Scheduled
Integrate technology     Implement K-8 Scope      Teachers                On-going
into all content areas   and Sequence
                         Continued                Technology and          On-going
                         development and          Curriculum              development with
                         evaluation of existing   Coordinators,           evaluation each
                         K-8 Scope and            Technology Team and     spring.
                         Sequence                 Teachers
                         Grade-level teacher      Director of             Meet on a quarterly
                         teams meet on a          Curriculum              basis
                         regular basis to
                         evaluate the use of
                         technology into the
                         Evaluate software        Technology              On-going
                         and hardware as it       Coordinator,
                         fits with curriculum     Teachers and District
                         Allow Staff and          Director of             Monthly Meetings
                         Community input          Curriculum, District
                         into the Curriculum      Curriculum
                         Review                   Committee and
                                                  School Board

2. Staff Development
         Goals                 Strategy            Responsibility           Scheduled
Increase staff         Work with personal      Building ATTPS          On-going
understanding and      learning communities    Coordinator, Building
use of technology in   to integrate            and District
the classroom          technology into         Technology
                       building staff          Coordinators and
                       development training    Director of
                       Just-in-Time training   Technology              On-going throughout
                       for all staff           Coordinators,           the year
                                               Building Technology
                       On-line training        Building and District   On-going
                       opportunities           Technology teams
                                               and individual
                       Partnerships outside    Technology and Staff    On-going
                       agencies                Development
Transfer technology    Teachers share          Teachers, Technology    On-going
competencies to        lessons through the     Coordinator and
teaching strategies    use of local network    Network Technician
                       Teachers will use       Technology              Fall and Spring of
                       assessment tools and    Coordinator,            each year
                       share information       Technology
                       with students and       Committee, Teachers
                       parents using the
                       Teachers will be        Technology              On-going
                       facilitators while      Coordinator,
                       students learn new      Technology
                       technology              Committee and

3. Technology Repair and Replacement
        Goals                 Strategy             Responsibility         Scheduled
Keep existing          Technicians will        District computer     On-going
computers working      monitor problem log     technicians
properly               and respond
                       Keep an appropriate     Technology support    On-going throughout
                       preventive              staff                 the year with heavy
                       maintenance schedule                          emphases during
                                                                     school breaks
                       Keep systems free of    Technology support    On-going
                       viruses and on          staff
                       wanted software
Keep LAN, WAN, E-      Monitor system          District Network      On-going
Mail, and Internet     performance             Technician
connection running
                       Update security as      District Network      Ongoing
                       needed                  Technician
                       Upgrade systems as      District Network      Replacement Cycle
                       needed                  Technician
Replace computers as   Secure funding for      Director of           Annually
they become out        replacement of          Technology and
dated                  computers               Director of Finance
                       Based on budget,        Building / District   Annually
                       identify computers to   Technology teams
                       be replaced
(See following         Replace equipment       District Network      On-going
replacement                                    Technician

                                            Technology Replacement Cycle













     School                 Room            No.         Type            MHz/GHz      RAM/HD

                                                     Dell OptiPlex
      ALC           Classrooms              11                                                                        N                                                           N
                                                       GX110              866        128/20gb
                                                     Dell OptiPlex
  N = Year New      Alc Office Lab           4         GX260              2.1
                                                                                     512/20gb                                             N                                                           4
                                                     Dell OptiPlex
Number represents                                                                    512/20gb                                             N                                                           2
                    Classrooms               2         GX260              2.1
                                                     Dell OptiPlex
Planned Replace #                                                                    512/20gb                                             N                                                           2
                    Teacher                  2         GX260              2.1
                    Teacher                  9    Dell Optiplex GX280     2.2        512/40gb                                                                 N                                                           9
                                                      Dell OptiPlex
                    Media Computer Lab      27                                       512/40gb                                                                                     N
                                                        GX520             2.8
                    Staff Server             1         PE2950                                                                                                                     N
                    Network Switches         4        DELL3248                                                                                      N                                                           4
                    TOTAL                   61                                       To replace                                                                                                       8         4         9

    Halverson       Media Lookup stations    3    Dell OptiPlex GX 1     P2-266       128/3gb               N                                                           3
      Elem.         Food Service/Maint       4     Dell OptiPlex GX1     P2-266       128/3gb               N                                                           4
                                                   Dell OptiPlex GX1
                                                                                                            N                                                           6
                    Classrooms               6            UP              1.4        128/10gb
                                                     Dell OptiPlex
                                                                                                                      N                                                           27
                    Classrooms              27           GX100            700        128/10gb
                                                     Dell OptiPlex
                                                                                     128/10gb                         N                                                           3
                    Classrooms               3           GX110            866
                    Staff Computers         14    Dell Optiplex GX150    1.5 Gig     128/10gb                                   N                                                           14
                                                      Dell OptiPlex
                                                                                                                                                                        N                                                 31
                    Computer Lab            31          GX170L          2.8 GIG      512/40gb
                                                      Dell OptiPlex
                                                                                                                                                                        N                                                 2
                    Staff Computers          2          GX170L          2.8 GIG      512/40gb
                    Media Center                      Dell OptiPlex
                    Research                10          GX170L          2.8 GIG      512/40gb
                                                                                                                                                                        N                                                 10

            Staff Computers         1     Dell Optiplex GX260   2.4Gig      256/20 Gig           N                     1
            Staff Computers         22    Dell Optiplex GX270   2.4Gig      256/20 Gig               N                      22
            Staff Computers         1     Dell Optiplex GX280   2.6Gig      256/20 Gig                   N                       1
            Staff Computers         11    Dell Optiplex GX520   2.8Gig      256/20 Gig                       N                        11
            Staff Notebook          1         Dell D505                                                  N                       1
            Staff Server            1          PE2850                                                        N                   1
            Student Server          1          PE2400                                            N                1
            Network Switches        9         DELL3248                                               N                            9
                                    147                                                                      13   31   15   22   12   54

Hawthorne   Media Lookup stations   3     Dell OptiPlex GX 1    P2-266       128/3gb     N                   3
  Elem.     Food Service/Maint      1      Dell OptiPlex GX1    P2-266       128/3gb     N                   1
                                             Dell OptiPlex
                                                                                             N                    48
            Classrooms              48           GX100           700        128/10gb
                                             Dell OptiPlex
                                                                            128/10gb         N                    5
            Classrooms              5            GX110           866
                                             Dell OptiPlex
                                                                                                         N                            32
            Computer Lab            32          GX170L          2.8 GIG     512/40gb
                                             Dell OptiPlex
                                                                                                         N                            1
            Staff Computers         1           GX170L          2.8 GIG     512/40gb
            Media Center                     Dell OptiPlex
                                                                                                         N                            11
            Research                11          GX170L          2.8 GIG      512/40gb
            Staff Computers         2     Dell Optiplex GX260   2.4Gig      256/20 Gig           N                          2
            Staff Computers         23    Dell Optiplex GX270   2.4Gig      256/20 Gig               N                           23
            Staff Computers         1     Dell Optiplex GX280   2.6Gig      256/20 Gig                   N                            1
            Staff Computers         11    Dell Optiplex GX520   2.8Gig      256/20 Gig                       N
            Staff Server            1          PE2850                                                        N                   1
            Student Server          1          PE2400                                            N                1
            Network Switches        7         DELL3248                                               N                           7
            Staff Notebook          2        Inspiron1150                                                N                             2
                                    149                                                                      4    54        2    31   47

Lakeview   Media Lookup stations   3     Dell OptiPlex GX 1    P2-266        128/3gb     N                       3
  Elem.    Food Service/Maint      2      Dell OptiPlex GX1    P2-266        128/3gb     N                       2
           Classrooms              5      Dell OptiPlex GX1    P2-266       128/10gb     N                       5
                                            Dell OptiPlex
                                                                                             N                        47
           Classrooms              47           GX100           700         128/10gb
                                            Dell OptiPlex
                                                                                                             N                          31
           Computer Lab            31          GX170L          2.8 GIG      512/40gb
           Media Center                     Dell OptiPlex
                                                                                                             N                          12
           Research                12          GX170L          2.8 GIG       512/40gb
           Staff Computers         2     Dell Optiplex GX260   2.4Gig       256/20 Gig               N                         2
           Staff Computers         22    Dell Optiplex GX270   2.4Gig       256/20 Gig                   N                         22
           Staff Computers         2     Dell Optiplex GX280   2.6Gig       256/20 Gig                       N                          2
           Staff Computers         12    Dell Optiplex GX520   2.8Gig       256/20 Gig                           N
           Staff Server            1          PE2850                                                             N                      1
           Student Server          1          PE2400                                                 N                         1
           Network Switches        8         DELL3248                                                    N                         8
           Staff Notebook          1         Dell D610                                                       N                           1
                                   149                                                                           10   47       3   30   47

 Sibley    Media Lookup stations   3     Dell OptiPlex GX 1    P2-266        128/3gb     N                       3
 Elem.     Food Service/Maint      1      Dell OptiPlex GX1    P2-266        128/3gb     N                       1
                                          Dell OptiPlex GX1
                                                                                         N                       1
           Food Service/Maint      1             UP              1.4        128/10gb
                                            Dell OptiPlex
                                                                                             N                        50
           Classrooms              50           GX100           700         128/10gb
                                            Dell OptiPlex
                                                                            128/10gb         N                        2
           Classrooms              2            GX110           866
                                            Dell OptiPlex
                                                                                                             N                          31
           Computer Lab            31          GX170L          2.8 GIG      512/40gb
           Media Center                     Dell OptiPlex
                                                                                                             N                          13
           Research                13          GX170L          2.8 GIG       512/40gb
           Staff Computers         1     Dell Optiplex GX240   2.4Gig       256/20 Gig           N                         1
           Staff Computers         22    Dell Optiplex GX270   2.4Gig       256/20 Gig                   N                         22

              Staff Computers         11    Dell Optiplex GX520   2.8Gig      256/20 Gig                           N
              Staff Server            1          PE2850                                                            N                       11
              Student Server          1          PE2400                                                N                          1
              Network Switches        8         DELL3348                                                       N                           8
              Staff Notebook          1         Dell C610                                              N                          1
                                      146                                                                          5    52   1    2   22   63

Southwest     Media Lookup stations   36    Dell OptiPlex GX 1    P2-266       128/3gb     N                       36
                                              Dell OptiPlex
              Classrooms              5           GX100            700        128/10gb
                                                                                               N                        5
                                              Dell OptiPlex
                                                                              128/10gb         N                        1
              Classrooms              1           GX110            866
              Media Center                    Dell OptiPlex
                                                                                                               N                           34
              Research                34         GX170L           2.8Gig      512/40gb
                                              Dell OptiPlex
              Computer Lab            63         GX210L           2.8Gig       512/40gb
              Classrooms              17    Dell Optiplex GX240   2.4Gig      256/20 Gig           N                         17
              Staff Computers         5     Dell Optiplex GX260   2.4Gig      256/20 Gig               N                          5
              Computer Lab            33    Dell Optiplex GX270   2.4Gig      256/20 Gig                   N                          33
              Staff Computers         23    Dell Optiplex GX270   2.4Gig      256/20 Gig                       N                           23
              Staff Computers         12    Dell Optiplex GX280   2.6Gig      256/20 Gig                           N
              Staff Computers         11    Dell Optiplex GX520   2.8Gig      256/20 Gig                                N
              Staff Server            1          PE2850                                                                 N
              Student Server          1          PE2500                                                    N                          1
              Network Switches        12        DELL3248                                                       N                           12
              Notebook Checkout       5        Dell Lat120L                                                             N
                                      259                                                                          36   6    17   5   34   69

High School   Large Classrooom        2          Gateway          P3-1.2      512/20gb                 N                          2
              Video Production        4     Globecaster + GXA     P3-1.2      512/100gb    N                       4
              Science Lab             5     Dell OptiPlex GX 1    P2-266       128/3gb     N                       5

Food Service/Maint     3      Dell OptiPlex GX1    P2-266        128/3gb     N                   3
                              Dell OptiPlex GX1
                                                                             N                   11
Classrooms             11            UP              1.4        128/10gb
                                Dell OptiPlex                                                         10
Computer Labs          101          GX100           700         128/10gb                               1
Media Center                    Dell OptiPlex
                                                                                 N                    9
Research               9            GX100           700         128/10gb
                                Dell OptiPlex
                                                                                 N                    10
Staff Computers        10           GX100           700         128/10gb
                                Dell OptiPlex
                                                                128/10gb         N                    29
Classrooms             29           GX110           866
                                Dell OptiPlex
Staff Computers                                                                              N                      2
                       2           GX170L          2.8 GIG      512/40gb
                                Dell OptiPlex
Science Resource       4           GX210L          2.8 GIG      512/40gb
                                Dell OptiPlex
Media Center Lab       31          GX210L          2.8 GIG       512/40gb
Staff Computers        4     Dell Optiplex GX260   2.4Gig       256/20 Gig           N                     4
Staff Computers        27    Dell Optiplex GX270   2.4Gig       256/20 Gig               N                     27
Computer Labs          63    Dell Optiplex GX270   2.4Gig       256/20 Gig               N                     63
Staff Computers        31    Dell Optiplex GX280   2.6Gig       256/20 Gig                   N                      31
Staff Computers        23    Dell Optiplex GX520   2.8Gig       256/20 Gig                       N
Staff Computers        46    Dell Optiplex GX520   2.8Gig       256/20 Gig                       N
Video Production       6     Dell Optiplex GX620   2.8Gig       256/20 Gig                            N
Application Server     1          PE2600                                                         N
Student/Staff Server   2          PE2950                                                              N
Network Switches       24        EXTREME                                         N                    24
Notebook Checkout      4         Dell D500                                               N                     4
Notebook Checkout      5         Dell D505                                                   N                      5
Notebook Checkout      4         Dell D510                                                       N
Staff Notebook         1         Dell D510                                                       N
Staff Notebook         2         Dell D610                                                   N                      2
Staff Notebook         3         Dell D620                                                            N

                 Notebook Checkout      10     Compaq E500                                       N                         10
                 Staff Notebook         1     Compaq EVON180                                     N                          1
                 Notebook Checkout      8       Dell Lat120L                                                     N
                 Staff Notebook         1       Dell LATC840                                         N                          1
                 Signs and Display      2         Nobulis        P2-266      128/3gb     N                       2
                                                                                                                 25        11   7   94   40
                                        479                                                                            9

   District                                   Dell OptiPlex GX
                   Staff Computers      2                        P2-266      128/3gb     N                       2
Administration                                        1
                                               Dell OptiPlex
                   Staff Computers      2                         866       128/10gb         N                        2
                                               Dell Optiplex
                   Staff Computers      4                        1.5 Gig    128/10gb             N                         4
                                               Dell Optiplex
                   Staff Computers      1                        2.4Gig     256/20 Gig           N                         1
                                               Dell Optiplex
                   Staff Computers      1                        2.4Gig     256/20 Gig               N                          1
                                               Dell Optiplex
                   Staff Computers      12                       2.4Gig     256/20 Gig                   N                          5
                                               Dell Optiplex
                   Staff Computers      5                        2.6Gig     256/20 Gig                       N                           5
                                               Dell Optiplex
                   Staff Computers      5                        2.8Gig     256/20 Gig                           N
                                               Dell Optiplex
                   Staff Computers      1                        2.8Gig     256/20 Gig                                N
                     Staff Server       1          PE2950                                                             N
                   Backup Server        1          PE745N                                                        N                       1
                 Proxy/Email Firewall   1          PE2950                                                             N
                    Email Server        1          PE2600                                                N                      1
                     Web Server         1          PE2850                                                             N                  1
                   Staff Notebook       1        Dell D600                                                       N                       1
                   Staff Notebook       1        Dell D505                                               N                          1
                   Staff Notebook       1        Dell D510                                                   N                           1

  Staff Notebook    1     Dell 5000             N                       1
  Staff Notebook    2     Dell D810                      N
  Staff Notebook    1      Toshiba          N            1





Total              45

                                                         35             23   33
grand totals       1435                             95    4   49   51    4    8



                                  EVALUATION PLAN


Technology implementation is a continuous process that adapts to our District’s
changing circumstances and needs and includes ongoing evaluation. System-wide
planning and thinking can be made more effective if continuous evaluation and
monitoring is a part of the total plan. Continuous evaluation facilitates making changes in
aspects of the plan by allowing for the regular measurement of short-term, mid-range
and long-term objectives. Adjusting to and effectively make the best use of the resources
at hand while keeping an objective mind focused toward new ideas that will likely drive
the engines of change. We have devised the following five-step plan for evaluation.


       1. Foremost, the evaluation process must assure that the vision of our District’s
          technology plan be preserved and enriched by containing an ongoing
          discussion and analysis aspect that encourages revision and development of
          the original plan.
       2. Evaluation must measure and assure that the technology program as outlined
          meets the needs of the District at the student, staff, administrative and
          community levels.
       3. It is reasonable to expect that the evaluation process will monitor the
          inventory and use of technological tools.
       4. The evaluation component needs to measure training and support efforts for
          helping District staff and community gain comfort and skills in using
       5. The evaluation plan should track the budgeting process of how funds are
          accessed and used to implement and assure the wisest use of resources.

The Technology Committee will use the same evaluation process that is shown on page
95 to conduct an ongoing evaluation of our 2008 – 2011 technology plan.


The prime responsibility for monitoring the evaluation process of this technology plan will
be a multi-stakeholder committee headed by the Director of Technology. The evaluation
committee will have at least one representative from each of the following stakeholder
groups: elementary teaching staff, secondary teaching staff, administration, District
clerical staff, community business professional, parent, and a school board. This group
will meet at regular intervals, devise data-gathering schemes, analyze the data and
present its findings annually to the school board and the District technology committee.

Evaluation of 2004 – 2007 Technology Plan

Technology implementation is a continuous process that adapts to our District’s
changing circumstances and needs and includes ongoing evaluation. System-wide
planning can be made more effective with continuous evaluation and monitoring as part
of our total plan.

During the past three years we have continued to evaluate and change our plan as the
need became evident.

Evaluation Process used

          On the first Wednesday of each month the District Technology Planning
          Team meets and evaluates the progress of technology throughout the district.
          Agenda items addressed are directly related to the district technology plan
          with checks/reporting on the progress in the following areas:

           Staff Development,
           Curriculum Integration,
           Technology Selections,
           Research and Development of new technology as it pertains to K – 12
           Maintenance and Replacement of technology
           Review and modifications needed to the current technology plan

          Minutes from these meeting can be found on the Albert Lea district
          technology web page. (

          The Director of Technology meets with the school board to review the
          minutes from the monthly meetings and update the board on all technology
          issues and new initiatives. The local news paper and radio stations report to
          the community on agenda items and action taken the following day.

          Each building representative on the district technology team reports monthly
          to their respective building following the district meeting. Building teams
          provide input which is addressed at the next district meeting.

          We currently us a locally developed online survey as an evaluation tool to
          measure and assure that the technology programs address the needs of the
          District Students, staff, administration and community.

          At the end of each year the building technology teams complete a progress
          report on the state of technology with in each building. The Director of
          Technology compiles the data from the buildings and completes the district
          technology / Media section for SAR which sent to each house hold in the
          community and is filed with the state department of education.


Summary of Stated Goals in the 2004 -2007 Technology Plan, using evaluation process
stated on page 86 of this plan.

Goal 1:       Improve technology curriculum integration

              Based on the staff surveys, monthly meetings by the building and District
              Technology teams, Administrative observations, and community
              feedback; the district has improved the integration of technology and
              internet resources into the daily classroom environment. (see chart on
              next page)

Goal 2:       Curriculum Software implementation

              Based on the 2004 – 2007 plan, our district curriculum review and
              acquisition process was properly followed and all goals were met.
Goal1:        Coordinate purchases

              All district purchases based on the 2004 -2007 plan; followed the stated
              plan procedures and were successfully completed.

Research and Development:
Goal 1:      Staff Development

              Through the use of on-line resources, attendance at conferences, building
              meetings, district sponsored staff development days and one on one
              training; the evaluation process showed improvement but due to budget
              constraints, we do not feel the goal was met. This goal will continue to be
              monitored and the strategies to accomplish this goal will be adjusted as
              needed. (see chart on next page)

Maintenance and Replacement:
Goal 1:      Technology Maintenance

              Based on the 2004 -2007 technology plan, all goals for computer
              maintenance were met.

Policies and Procedures:
Goal 1:        Accepted guidelines

              Based on the 2004 -2007 technology plan, all goals for policies and
              procedures were met.

Chart of technology self evaluation survey (2004-2007)

Entry = I am still struggling with the basics of technology use in my classroom.
Adoptive = I can integrate technology on a basic level in my classroom (e.g.: word
processing, etc.)
Appropriate = I use technology frequently and “effortlessly” to design and teach in a
variety of ways in my classroom.
Adaptive = I can see the potential for technology use in my classroom and have used
technology to improve my teaching and productivity.
Inventive = I „think with technology‟ to develop new and successful learning experiences in
my classroom.

Evaluation of the above data shows

A decline in teachers who consider themselves as entry level technology users.

A drop in adoptive corresponds to an increase in appropriate as teachers move from
basic to intermediate technology users.

A larger percentage of the staff has moved to the adaptive class as technology
continues to change and become an interracial part of the classroom. Our district
needs to find new ways of providing on-going staff development on an ongoing basis.


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