Jackson County School District's 3-Year Technology Plan July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2012 I. Needs Assessment This plan is the result of an assessment program to determine the current status of technology in the Jackson County School System. This assessment included interviews, questionnaires and E-Tote surveys. II. Stakeholders Involvement in Planning Shareholders involved in planning are: Joe D. Barlow, Director of Schools Joe Halfacre, Technology Coordinator Karen Holder, K-12 Supervisor Marcella Bentley, Vocational Supervisor Betty Pruett, Title I, Title II and Title IV Director Danny Holder, Special Education Supervisor Charles Breidert, Principal, Gainesboro Ele. School Gail Myers, Principal, Jackson Co. Middle School Jay Thaxton, Principal, Jackson Co. High School Tammy Woolbright, Principal, Dodson Branch Ele. School Consolidated Planning Team III. Timeline This plan will for a three-year time period that begins July 1, 2009 and concludes June 30, 2012. Ultimately, funding will determine the degree of accomplishment of this plan each year of this 3-year period. If we are to implement this plan effectively, some parts of it will be ongoing such as staff development, upgrading and maintaining equipment, and improving our connectivity. We will provide these activities through the use of Title II, Part D funds, local funds, vocational funds and E-Rate funds, and they will receive our highest priority. Other goals on a yearly basis: 2009-10 Internet access and upgrades Telecommunication Service-Local and Long Distance Purchase additional software E-Rate/Local fund Vocational, Local, D E-Rate/Local fund Replace/upgrade existing computers (1/5 of all) Service Contract of existing software packages—Atomic Learning, Discovery Assessment, Academy of Reading, Academy of Math, Panda Virus, etc. Purchase additional LCD projectors for each school Purchase interactive whiteboards for each school Purchase instant response system for each school Use Gaggle to implement student email at the high school Purchase server to serve software programs 2010-11 Internet access and upgrades Telecommunication Service-Local and Long Distance Local, At-Risk, an Local, BEP, Vocati Part D, & other Titl Local, grant funds, Vocational Local, At-Risk, gra Vocational Local, At-Risk, gra Vocational Local funds E-Rate/Local funds E-Rate/Local funds E-Rate/Local funds Add additional wireless access at the high school, middle school and Local and BEP Dodson Branch Local, grant funds, Additional mobile carts at each school Vocational Purchase interactive teaching systems—whiteboard, LCD projector, Local, At-Risk, gra laptop, and response system for each school Vocational Vocational, Local, Purchase additional software D Replace/upgrade existing computers (1/5 of all) Service Contract of existing software packages—Atomic Learning, Discovery Assessment, Academy of Reading, Academy of Math, Panda Virus, etc. 2011-12 Internet access and upgrades Telecommunication Service-Local and Long Distance Purchase interactive teaching systems—whiteboard, LCD projector, laptop, and response system for each school Add additional wireless access at all schools Purchase additional software Replace/upgrade existing computers (1/5 of all) Service Contract of existing software packages—Atomic Learning, Discovery Assessment, Academy of Reading, Academy of Math, Panda Virus, etc. IV. Responsible parties: Local, At-Risk, an Local, BEP, Vocati Part D, & other Titl E-Rate/Local funds E-Rate/Local funds Local, At-Risk, gra Vocational Local and BEP Vocational, Local, D Local, At-Risk, an Local, BEP, Vocati Part D, & other Titl Joe Halfacre, Technology Coordinator, Jackson County Schools will oversee this plan under the direct supervision of Joe D. Barlow, Director of Schools. V. Jackson County School System Mission Statement The primary mission of the Jackson County School System, in partnership with the community, is to graduate 21st century citizens who will be value-oriented, careerdirected, competent in communications and problem solving, skillful in creative and critical thinking, and knowledgeable of technology in a global and multicultural society. VI. Technology Mission Statement Since the ability to process and manipulate information is essential for individual and community economic success, it is important that we reflect the Jackson County School System's mission statement in graduating citizens with knowledge of technology. We want to insure that technology is available to all students in a variety of forms, so that, our graduates are competent in and comfortable with the use of all forms of technology as information resources and to possess skills to work together with individuals and organizations to make decisions and solve problems. VII. Goals and Objectives Goal One: Use technology to improve students' math and language skills by providing software programs aligned to address the State of Tennessee's state standards and curriculum framework. Local, Federal and Title II, Part D funds will be used to fund this goal. Objectives: 1. Provide software programs that are based on relevant research and aligned to the State of Tennessee's curriculum standards. These programs will be used to provide both intervention and remediation. 2. Place a LCD projector cart that is equipped with a laptop, bundled software package, instant response system (clickers) and a LCD projector at every grade level at the Gainesboro Elementary and the Jackson County Middle School; to every four classrooms at the Dodson Branch Elementary and every department level at the Jackson County High School.. 3. Technology will be used to assess and prepare students for ACT, SAT, Work Keys, Gateway Exams and TCAP. 4. Give students greater accessibility to technology by increasing the number of computers in each classroom, library, and lab in all school, and by increasing additional time that students have access to the computers through scheduling additional computer time. 5. Existing programs--Accelerated Reader, Academy of Reading, Academy of Math, A Plus, and Plato will be reviewed and evaluated. 6. Continue to review and evaluated different/new software programs, and to seek funding on the programs that would be beneficial to the students of our school system. Goal Two: Improve and expand the curriculum through technology by offering additional courses and new learning opportunities. Objectives: 1. Provide On-line courses via our internet connection. 2. Purchase and implement the use of Polycom software to provide a means of communicating with the world from any classroom in our system. 3. Explore the use of a Virtual High School as a means of providing additional courses and also allowing students the ability to keep on track. Goal Three: Create awareness of the ISTE Standards for students and teachers, and provide the appropriate tools that will allow both students and teachers to obtain these goals. Objectives: 1. Provide teachers with a list of the ISTE Standards. 2. Continue to upgrade/replace equipment, software, and provide adequate bandwidth on our network. 3. Provide more mobile-interactive carts for classroom use. These will include a LCD mobile cart, a laptop, and a LCD projector. 4. Provide staff development for teachers on the use of new ideals that are appropriate to their classrooms—blogs, wikis, social networking, Podcasting, RSS feeds, student email (Gaggle), and online classes (Moodle). 5. Develop and implement a K-12 technology sequence plan. 6. Increase the number of interactive whiteboards and instant response systems (clickers) in the classrooms/labs. Goal Four: Every teacher and administrator will become confident and comfortable in integrating technology into their curriculum through staff development and individual help provided by the technology staff. All professional development will be ongoing, sustained and with effective technology integration and use. Objectives: 1. Staff will receive ongoing, sustained training in Basic/Advance computer skills related to all technologies and Internet search skills. Atomic Learning will be made available for both students and teachers at the Jackson County High School. 3. Encourage and offer financial incentives for teachers to attend conferences, technology seminars, site visitations, workshops and other opportunities to explore existing and new methods of using technology in the classroom. 4. Use the “Train-the-Trainer Concept” in all situations possible to accelerate the process of implementing new ideals. 5. “Safe Use” Goal Five: Develop better communications with parents and community. Objectives: 1. Provide every teacher with an email account that can be use to communicate with people outside the school district, and provide an instant messaging program that can be use for instant communication within the school district. 2. Improve all school/district websites by making the interactive and informative. 3. Encourage teachers to develop individual sites by providing staff development and resources. 4. Use technology to provide parents with accurate/up-to-date information about their child’s progress. VIII. Collaboration Among Educators and with Community Partners To help facilitate an increase in collaboration among teachers, we plan to continue to provide each teacher with communication tools—email and instant messaging programs. We plan on providing additional training in how these two programs can be use as a collaboration tool. We plan on exploring the use of Google Docs, blogs, wikis, etc. as free or low cost collaboration tools. We will continue our relationship with the Adult Education Program, along with exploring additional ways to use our WAN (fiber network) with Tennessee Tech University, Volunteer State Community College, and Livingston Vocation Center and the Tennessee Technology Center at Hartsville Tri-County Campus. Schools will be encouraged to explore different alternatives to increase community collaboration, such as, (a) teachers to develop individual web pages for their classrooms that will be linked to our existing school web pages (b) Family Technology Nights (c)offer training sessions for parents and community after school hours and (d) recruit parent volunteers to assist with technology based programs, etc. IX. Curricula and Teaching Strategies We have Plato, Academy of Reading and Academy of Math in all of our schools and A Plus at the Jackson County High School. These programs are aligned with the new Tennessee State Curriculum Standards, and they are based on a review of relevant research that leads to improvement in student academic achievement. We plan on upgrading or add additional modules to the existing software when there is a need. We will continue to use BrainPop, Learn360 and Atomic Learning as valuable educational tools. We will utilize our existing staff to train any new teachers that may be employed by our district, and existing teachers that see a need to use these programs in their classrooms. We will analyze student data from these programs and our online state reporting system to determine the academic areas that need improving. X. Increased Accessibility This technology plan attacks increased accessibility in two methods. One method is by increasing the number of computers available for student use. This will be accomplished by increasing the number of computers available in each classroom or labs. We will also seek alternative ways to increase the number of workstations and lowering the cost, such as, installing Ncomputing Terminals (Run 4 stations off of one computer), using refurbish computers, taking part in the State Department’s computer donation program. We will make sure that the computers are maintained regularly and are repaired in a timely fashion. The other method of increasing accessibility is developing and promoting better ways to schedule students' access time of the computers. We believe that every student should have daily access to computers. We will use Title II, Part D funds and Local funds to insure that these goals are completed. XI. Equal Access It is a major priority that our students receive equal access to computers in their schools. We fully understand the importance of equal access because our system is in a high poverty area. Our District's E-Rate percentage that is based on our free/reduced lunch ration is 80%. It is our goal to make sure that no student is left behind. Title II, Part D, Title II, Part D funds and E-Rate funds will be used to insure this equality. XII. Budget The Jackson County School System budget is funded on an annual basis. The district's budget technology funds have several sources: Title II, Part D, E-Rate funds, Title IV, Vocational funds and Carl Perkins funds, Basic Education Program funds, Local funds, and various grant sources. Fiscal Budget 2009-2010 New Equipment Software Upgrades and support Assessment Programs Optic Fiber line lease $30,000 $ 7,000 $ 7,000 $ 8,000 $ 9,000 Maintenance--Upgrade and Repairs Staff Development Salaries Internet Access Telecommunication Services $ 7,500 $ 6,000 $95,000 $50,700 $34,000 Years 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 Our budget depends on local, state, and federal funding, it is very difficult at the present to determine the amount of funding during these funding periods. The director and school board has made a strong commitment to funding technology in the past with assurances of continued budgetary support in future years. We will continue to use costeffective practices to insure that we get the most out of our budgeted funds. We will continue to use our grant writer to locate additional funding. XIII. Staff Development Staff development will be planned and scheduled at various times during the school year and during the summer. Staff development will be provided for software programs that are being used in the schools-Academy of Reading, Academy of Math, Plato, Discovery Education Assessment, MSOffice, use of the Internet, etc. Adequate staff development will be provided for any new software program that is to be implemented. In-service programs will include training on effective methods of integrating technology in the classroom. Teachers will be encouraged to attend schools that have effectively integrated technology into their curriculum and to work with fellow teachers to implement these methods into their classrooms. We will continue to partner with Tennessee Tech University to provide staff development through their Technology for Teachers classes. Staff development is also discussed in our Goal Four. All professional development will be ongoing, sustained and with effective technology integration and use. XIV. Interoperability To get the maximum benefit from any technology improvement, it is important that all components, both hardware and software, be compatible with each other. The Technology Team will evaluate all specs to make sure that the improvement will work on our existing system or on the system being purchased. XV. Leadership Role in Technology School Administrator will be trained and made aware of ways to use our existing student database to obtain needed information on which to base their decisions whether it be for planning future programs or problems that may arise on a daily basis. This will allow them to be more effective in their leadership role. Administrators will be encouraged to attend technology workshops and conferences to view the products and services that are being used in today’s education world. Their input and encouragement is necessary to have an effective plan. XVI. Review of Policies and Procedures The Jackson County School System has adopted the following policies that are related to the use of educational technology: Acceptable Use of Internet, Web Page Policy, Teacher Use Policy will be revised this year. Students must sign and take home and have their parent to sign the Acceptable Use of Internet Policy before using the Internet. It will be stressed by the principal of each school that no student is to use the Internet without being carefully monitored by a teacher. These plans will be evaluated on at least an annual basis, and revisions will be made as needed. XVII. Evaluation Careful measurement of all aspects of the technology plan will take place annually to determine what corrections or improvements need to be made in the technology plan. A. Student Achievement: To measure the success of the technology program as it relates to students, the following will be considered: Terra Nova (TCAP) scores, State Writing Assessment results, Gateway Test scores and student surveys results will be analyzed and compared with previous years results. B. Use and Participation: Use and participation of equipment and software can give a good indication of the cost/benefit ratio of equipment and software. To measure this, we will use logs, software administrative tools, and teacher surveys. This will give an indication of the successfulness of each aspect of the technology program. TESS will be used to assess the technology/readiness progress made in each school.