Boise State University
ED TECH 501
In Henry county our vision is to be within the top
10% of the nations school systems in all academic
areas on or before 2014. We believe that
technology does not drive education but it is a tool
that enables and accelerates it. A technology use
plan will provide direction to our county in
reaching our goal by 2014. It will allow us to see
where we currently are and where we need to be.
We have to prepare our future leaders of our
society to be successful in the technology rich
environment we currently live in, a technology use
plan will ensure that we accomplish this.
The first step to our Students
technology use plan is Teachers
to determine who will Parents
be on our team and
develop and lead the Community leaders
implementation of Administrators
this plan. Our team County Officials
must consist of: Educational
There are several steps to developing a
technology use plan and getting the process
1. Each school must complete a technology
inventory to see what technology we currently
have available to our students and teachers.
2. We must access our current budget and look at
the funds currently available and what
resources are available to get additional
3. A survey needs to be completed to determine
the students, parents and teachers perception to
4. We need to determine how technology is
currently being used for example:
- monitor internet use and activity
- student and teacher computer activity
5. We will have to review each schools annual
improvement plan and see how and if
technology is directly related to the
improvement of each school.
6. Lastly, in this process we must remember that
planning is a continuous process and that we
must continue to evaluate and revise our plan
to make sure we are reaching our goal of being
in the top 10% of our nations schools in all
In Henry County our vision is to be in the top 10% of
the nations schools by 2014. Technology will not guide
instruction but it will allow our teachers to accelerate
the learning curve. Our classrooms will be technology
rich and allow teachers to differentiate instruction to
meet each individuals academic needs. Through
technology not only will our teachers be able to
continue their education but it will allow our students
to generalize the skills they are learning in the
classroom to the real world. The opportunity to
generalize will ensure that are students are highly
competitive when entering post-secondary schools and
the work force upon graduating from a Henry County
Our goals in Henry County will be aligned
with the International Society for Technology
in Education (ISTE).
ISTE’s standards for teachers and students
provide goals and objectives that provide the
framework for students to be successful and
competitive in the digital environment we
currently live in.
1. Teachers use their knowledge of subject
content and technology to assist experiences
that promote student learning and creativity in
both the real world and virtual world.
2. Teachers will customize their lessons to
accommodate the individual learning styles of
their students using technological devices that
supplement and support the individual needs
of each student.
3. Teachers will communicate relevant information
and ideas effectively to students, parents, and
peers using e-mail, class websites, infinite
campus, etc .
4. Teachers will promote and model web and
classroom etiquette insuring a safe learning
environment for each student.
5. Teachers will participate in local and national
professional development activities that enable
them to continually learn about new technologies
and strategies to help accelerate the learning curve
of all students.
1. Students will interact with classmates and
peers employing and using a variety of digital
2. Students will evaluate and select information
from technological resources available to them
that are appropriate to specific curriculum
3. Students will use technology to develop a
solution or complete a project related to the
4) Students will promote safe and responsible
use of the internet and communication devices
in the school and community.
5) Students will use what they know about
technology and apply it towards the learning
and understanding of new technologies
I have created a needs assessment survey for
teachers and students.
Every teacher and student will be required to
complete the survey so we can gain
information that will help guide our plan.
In the needs assessment that I have created I
have broken the assessment down into three
The first page is designed to gain personal
information from teachers. It asks some basic
questions such as where you work, what
grades and subjects you teach. Page one is
simply designed so we can classify teachers
responses by subjects taught, grade level and
school if we wanted to.
The second page is the survey which will be
completed by all teachers.
The Needs Assessment for teachers is designed
to gain knowledge about their technology
background. The purpose in the assessment is
so that we can see what technologies our
teachers have used and are familiar with and
which ones they are using in their classroom.
This assessment has 4 broad questions that
have several sub questions to gain information
from our teachers.
The following are the four main questions on the
1. Have you used the following technologies?
2. Have you used the following computer
technologies for your job as an educator in
the Henry County School System?
3. How do your students use technology in
4. Please indicate your level of agreement for
each statement listed. (10 statements about
technologies and beliefs in schools)
The student centered technology survey that
each student will fill out is designed to
determine what technologies and resources
these students have available to them at home
and in the classroom.
The student needs assessment is broken down
into two statements one about technology at
home and the other about technology at school.
The first statement: sent an e-mail
-Last week at school I used a computer
did the following . . . . during class for
Following this used a digital camera
statement are roughly used a computer to
20 different study for a test (USA
statements about test prep)
technology such as: designed a web page
etc . . .
The second and final have a computer at
broad question in the home
student assessment is: have your own
-How much personal computer
technology is in your have an ISP
house and how often have dial up internet
do you use it?
have high speed
Following this internet
statement are roughly
20 statement such as: etc . . .
The following link is to the Needs Assessment
Survey that I have created for the Henry
County School system:
Possibly the most important part of our
technology use plan in Henry County will be
the planning and implementing of professional
development for teachers.
In Henry County we want our teachers trained
and comfortable to all the technologies
available in our schools.
We also want to train them on all of the latest
technologies that are on the market today.
The Educational Technologist at each school or
cluster of schools will be in charge of designing,
implementing and mandating the professional
In Henry County our Educational Technologist
will concentrate on two main areas when
designing and structuring professional
We must remember to make sure our training
sessions are interactive and the teachers do not feel
like they are a waste of time. We must create
“meaningful experiences while learning”
The two main areas our Educational
Technologist will focus on when designing
these courses are:
1. Make sure our courses are designed and aligned
with supporting the standards based instruction
technology is supporting.
2. The final thing we will focus on when designing
these courses is directly related to our vision and
rationale of the plan. We want to develop courses
focusing on how technology can enable and
accelerate standards based learning.
Once we start to implement our technology use
plan we must continue to evaluate and revise
the plan as needed.
As previously stated planning is an on-going
process as is evaluation.
In Henry County we will have formal and
In Henry County we will formally evaluate or
staff and students every six weeks for the first
year of our plan.
After the first year of out plan is finished we
will continue to formal evaluations but these
will only occur every 12 weeks.
Teachers at times don’t like completing formal
assessments and we don’t want to the teachers
to get a bad perception of the plan. That’s why
we will reduce the frequency of formal testing
each year of the plan.
When we are designing our formal evaluations
they will be much like our needs assessment.
The only difference is that they will not be as
Our needs assessment provided us with a
baseline to judge our technology progress with.
Our needs assessment will be revised and
updated to align with our goals and objectives
we have set each year as they relate to current
Informal Evaluations will be our most valuable
evaluation tool for our Technology Use
The purpose of the evaluation process is for
our team to figure out what is working and
what is not.
Once we have determined this we can align our
goals and professional development to these
Members of the Frequent Classroom
planning team will do Observations
the following informal Internet Activity
evaluations on a Observations
regular basis set by Student Account
the planning team: Observations
Etc . . .
School Year Fall Semester Spring Semester
2009-2010 1. Establish Planning 1. Evaluate Needs
Team Assessment and align
2. Set goals and Staff Development to
objective for the next meet the needs.
three schools years 2. Determine if
3. Students and additional funding is
Teachers complete needed for students
needs assessment to gain internet
survey access at home.
plan to faculty staff
School Year Fall Semester Spring Semester
2010-2011 1. Start Informal 1. Necessary changes to
Observations and plan have been made.
data collection. This 2. Three more
information adds to Mandatory Staff
2. Three Mandatory Courses will be
Staff Development taught related to
Courses taught by teacher needs.
Educational 3. Informal Evaluations
Technologist. on student progress
3. End of each six weeks will be a focus.
teachers and students 4. Update Goals and
will take formal Objectives for the
evaluation. 2011-2012 school
4. Planning Team meets year.
every 12 weeks to
revise and evaluate
At the end of each year of the plan a new
timeline for the up coming school year will be
When considering our timeline for each school
year we need to consider where we currently
are and how far we need to go to reach our
If you have any questions or input you want to
add regarding the Technology Use Plan I have
designed for the Henry County School System.
Please e-mail @ firstname.lastname@example.org