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Technology Plan 2007-2010

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									                       Technology Plan 2007-2010


                          Oceanport School District



                      Mr. Jim DiGiovanna, Superintendent



                          Members of the Board of Education
                                 Ricard McKenna, President
                               William McVitty, Vice-President
                                       Steven Briskey
                                   Melissa Parker-Combes
                                       Cathy DiFede
                                       Robert Huber
                                    Christopher McCrae
                                      Kelly McGowan
                                       Mary Sharkey
                             Serifina Banich, Sea Bright Liaison




                                Renee Bonin, Principal
                          Thomas Maggio, System Administrator




Our Mission: We inspire all students to develop into creative, self-reliant, productive
and competent individuals committed to life-long learning and to act as responsible
citizens in a diverse, technological world.
      Three-Year Local School District/ Charter School
                    Technology Plan

              July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2010
                              ********

County: Monmouth County                     Code: 25

District/Charter School or Affiliation: Oceanport Boro

District Code: 3830

Grade Levels: Kindergarten - Eighth Grade

Web Site: www.oceanport.k12.nj.us

Date Technology Plan approved by school board or governing
body______________________________________

Is the district compliant with the Children’s Internet Protection Act
(CIPA)? (Y/N) Yes

Please indicate below the person to contact for questions regarding
this technology plan:

Name: (print) Thomas Maggio

Title: System Administrator

E-mail: tmaggio@oceanport.k12.nj.us

Phone: (732) 542-0683 Ext. 1119

Signature: __________________________Date:____________________
Superintendent/Lead Person Approval:

District Superintendent/Lead Person:(print) James DiGiovanna

E-mail: jdigiovanna@oceanport.k12.nj.us

Phone: (732) 542-0683 Ext. 1123

Signature: _______________________________Date:________________



County Coordinating Council Approval:

Lead Agent: (print) _____________________________________________

Title: ________________________________________________________

E-mail: ______________________________________________________

Phone_______________________________________________________

Signature: ______________________Date:_________________________
                                       II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The students we teach today must be well equipped in order to reach their full potential in a technological

world. One mission of the Oceanport Schools is to exploit technology to the greatest extent possible,

bringing it into the classrooms for the benefit of our community of learners. We seek to seamlessly weave

the use of technology into the curriculum, to enhance instruction, modernize classroom management and

teaching styles. By taking full advantage of hardware and software, our vision is to move students from

being passive to active learners, thereby raising their academic achievement.



By continuing to invest in the district’s technology program, it is a goal of the Oceanport Schools to put

all of the resources and information of the global computing environment at the fingertips of every

student and teacher in the district.


The technology infrastructure must not only address the physical plant’s needs but also the needs of a

secure system. A secure system maintained by skilled technical staff includes such items as: (1)

emergency data retrieval tools supporting the educational technology network, (2) regularly scheduled

backup of all data stored off site and (3) a firewall in place to protect against unwarranted intrusion into

system data, and (4) physical security of key servers.


In three years, technology will become more of a presence in every aspect of the district’s work to

educate our students. Access will improve as our student-computer ratio goes down and speed will

improve as our infrastructure and hardware is upgraded. As educators and students become at ease with

the presence of technology tools, we will learn to use them effortlessly in our business of teaching and

learning.




                                   III. TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW
A. Technology

1. Inventory of Current Technology Networking and Telecommunications Equipment
The Oceanport School District currently has 205 desktop computers, 30 laptop computers and 6 servers.
More than 60% of the classrooms have more than one computer while several classrooms have four or
more computers. All 241 Oceanport district computers are Internet connected. The Oceanport District is
connected to their ISP, Atlantic Internet Technologies, via a T-1 line. A Sonicwall firewall is used to
prevent unwanted inbound traffic and to filter outbound URL requests for inappropriate material.
Symantec’s Corporate Antivirus software is used throughout the district on all machines. The district
operates its own Unix (FreeBSD) server that serves as both an e-mail (Sendmail/Popper) server and a web
server (Apache). All district staff has district e-mail accounts accessible worldwide. All educational staff
has their own Internet web sites. The district web site, www.oceanport.k12.nj.us, includes information
about the Board of Education, both schools, the PTO, and has links to the individual teacher’s class web
sites. Both schools use the Rediker Administrator’s Plus Odyssey database for student administrative
purposes. Both school nurses keep electronic records using Health Master software.
The district System Administrator maintains all software and hardware.

        Facilities Infrastructure

The Oceanport School District is comprised of two buildings, Pre-k thru 4 and 5 thru 8. The Pre-k thru 4
also houses the Board of Education offices. These two buildings are connected via a second T-1 line. The
backbones of each building’s infrastructure are fiber optic cable. Both buildings are fully switched
ethernets. Pre-K thru 4 has a 1 Gigabyte backbone while 5 thru 8 have a 100 MHz backbone. Each
building is its own Windows 2000 domain with two Windows 2000 domain controllers serving 5 thru 8
and a Windows 2000/2003 combination in the Pre K thru 4 building. A stand-alone Windows Server 2003
serves the Board of Education office. One of the six servers is new, one is two years old, three are three
years old and the one is six years old. All workstations run either Windows 2000 Professional or
Windows XP Professional operating systems. All students and all staff have their own ‘user name’
account and ‘Home’ directory. All users must logon to the system. Electrical power supply has been
deemed adequate for the foreseeable future in both buildings.

        Pre-K thru 4

Pre-K thru 4 has a 25-station computer lab. Also in this lab are a laser black and white printer, a color
printer, a scanner and a ceiling mounted video projector that can display the teacher’s computer screen
image or the image from a DVD/VCR player. All lab machines are Pentium 4s running at 1.7 GHz.
Pre-K thru 4 has a library with eight desktop computers, a wall mounted TV/VCR, and a laser black and
white printer. Library computers are Pentium 4s running at 2.4 GHz. The library records are kept
electronically using Sagebrush’s Winnebago Spectrum software.
Besides the routine student administration database functions Pre-K thru 4 also uses their database for
daily attendance record keeping, electronic grade keeping, computer generated report cards, and all report
generation.




        5 thru 8

The 5 thru 8 building has a 28-station computer lab. Also in this lab are a black and white laser printer, a
color laser printer, a scanner, and a ceiling mounted video projector that can display the teacher’s
computer screen image or the image from a DVD/VCR player. All machines are Pentium 4s running at
2.6 GHz. A 28-station mobile wireless laptop unit resides in 5 thru 8. All laptops in this unit are Pentium
4s running at 1.6 GHz. The 5 thru 8 building has a library with 12 desktop computers and a black and
white laser printer. Also in the library is a copier. The library records are kept electronically using
Sagebrush’s Winnebago Spectrum software. Besides the normal database functions, 5 thru 8 uses their
database for electronic daily attendance record keeping, electronic grade keeping, computer generated
report cards, discipline records, class scheduling, and all report generation.

       District Software
Software in use district wide includes:
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2000
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003
    • FreeBSD – Sendmail, Popper, SpamAssassin, Apache
    • Symantec Corporate Antivirus
    • Windows 2000 Professional
    • Windows XP Professional

        Administrative Software:
    •   Sagebrush Winnebago Library Software
    •   Rediker Administrator’s Plus
    •   Jackson GradeQuick
    •   Health Master

        Software for use in Grades Pre-K thru 4:
    •   Kidpix Studio Deluxe
    •   Grammer Rock
    •   World Explorer
    •   Mighty Math Carnival
    •   Mighty Math Zoo
    •   Story Book Weaver
    •   Filed Trip to the Sea
    •   Field Trip to the Earth
    •   UltraKey Keyboarding
    •   MS Office 2000 standard
    •   MS Office XP standard
    •   MS Office 2003 Professional
    •   MS Publisher
    •   MS Frontpage 2000 or 2003
    •   MS Works 6.0
    •   Assorted DOS Educational Games
    •   Accelerated Reader




        Software for use in Grades 5 thru 8:
    •   UltraKey Keyboarding
    •   MS Office 2000 standard
    •   MS Office XP standard
    •   MS Office 2003 Professional
    •   MS Publisher
    •   MS Frontpage 2000 or 2003
    •   MS Works 6.0
    •   Oregon trail
    •   MGI PhotoSuite
    •   Netscape Communicator
    •   World Discovery Deluxe
    •   Spanish For The real world
    •   How would You Survive

2. Technology Inventory needed to improve student academic achievement through 2010 including,
but not limited to:

In Oceanport there is a continuous evaluation of all computer hardware and software.
Future plans include but are not limited to:

           • Technology equipment and networking capacity
        The addition of a second mobile laptop unit in the 5 thru 8 building.
        Upgrade of the 2 Destination Station screens with 42” plasma displays.

        The addition, in Pre-K thru 4, of two computers, in each of four third grade rooms, for a total of 4
        computers in each room.

            • Software
        Individual vendor support contracts are maintained. Upgrades and updates are applied as they
        become available. Primary curricular software includes Microsoft Office tool applications such as
        MSWord, MSExcel and MSPowerpoint. Open source applications are being investigated to help
        defray licensing costs. Other software applications for student use include Kidspiration and
        individual titles for practice of specific skills.

            • Technology maintenance policy and plans
        All repairs of current hardware and software will be done in-house as needed by the system
        administrator. Support contracts for administrative software will be maintained on an annual
        basis.

            • Telecommunication services
        The district provides each staff member with a district e-mail account. All professional staff
        members have their own district provided Internet web sites. The district web site,
        www.oceanport.k12.nj.us, includes information about the Board of Education, both schools, the
        PTO, and has links to the individual teacher’s class web sites. The primary purpose for
        telecommunication services is to enhance and strengthen the home-school connection.



            • Technical Support
        A full time system administrator is employed by the district. The administrator maintains all
        hardware, software in both schools and provides internal, on-demand technical support to users.

            •   Facilities infrastructure
        Upgrade of the 5 thru 8 backbone with the addition of a fiber optic line from the MDF (main
        distribution frame) to an IDF allowing a ‘home run’ distribution out to the IDFs (intermediate
        distribution frame). The addition of ‘Stacking’ kits for all multi switch IDFs (intermediate
        distribution frames) in 5 thru 8 building.

3. District Integration of Assistive Technology Devices
Student with special needs are provided assistive devices such as Alpha smart keyboards for writing and
Phonic Ear system for auditory processing. These devices aid teachers’ ability to make accommodations.
The Child Study Team continually evaluates the needs of the district’s student population. They make
recommendations for the purchase of assistive devices, which are then integrated as part of the districts’
technology network.

4. District’s Web Site Accessible to All Stakeholders
The district web site, www.oceanport.k12.nj.us, includes information about the Board of Education, both
schools, the PTO, and has links to the individual teacher’s class web sites. It is accessible to all
stakeholders with Internet access. It is also accessible in both school and local libraries.

5. Plan for Replacing Obsolete Computers/Technology and Criteria
A standard has been set for replacement every six years. Priority is given to servers, workstations in the
computer labs and then workstations in the main offices of each school. Criteria for obsolescence include
(1) failure to run current software, (2) insecure software/hardware issues, and (3) lack of vendor support.

B. Cyber Safety

1. Filtering Method
The filtering method is the Sonicwall CFS content filtering.

2. Acceptable Use Policies used for Students and Staff
Acceptable Use Policies are distributed and returned signed to all students and staff. Staff copies are
maintained in the district’s central office. Student copies are maintained in each school office. A copy of
the district’s AUP is attached at appendix 1.

3. Educating Students about Online Safety
Students are introduced to Internet safety as part of their weekly computer class in the elementary school
and as part of their cycle class in the middle school. Video presentations are available for use by teachers.

4. Providing parental resources regarding online safety
Parent evening programs are presented by the guidance counselor to create an awareness for parents.
Additionally, the guidance counselor speaks at PTO meetings about issues surrounding online safety.


C. Needs Assessment

    1. Current Status
a. After careful evaluation, teachers and staff integrate technology into their teaching across the
curriculum 20% of the time.

b. The Doug-Johnson rating scale was used to determine teacher and library media personnel proficiency.
Teachers and library personnel were surveyed and results were tabulated. Results show 10% are operating
at a Level 4, 80% at level 3, 10 % at level 2 and no teachers are operating at a level 1. The survey
instrument can be referenced at http://www.doug-johnson.com/dougwri/rubrics2002.html.

c. Current Educational Environment and Barriers
        i. Classrooms are equipped with between 1-4 computers, the lab has 25-28 computers, the
        libraries have between 8-14 and computers are available in each faculty room. All teachers and
        staff are assured access to technology.

       ii. Students are guaranteed weekly access. Additionally, they have access as part of their
       educational program according to curriculum guidelines and teacher preference.

       iii. The needs of teachers and staff are evaluated annually in coordination with the Local
       Professional Development Committee. Together training sessions are planned based on teacher
       interest and need.

       iv. The needs of students are evaluated as part of their computer class. Teachers conduct activities
       and exercises that provide both informal and formal assessment opportunities of their students’
       proficiency.

       v. Past professional development opportunities are part of the overall plan for instructional staff
       training. Each session is designed to address the needs of the teaching staff and affect student
       growth in their acquisition of computer literacy skills.

       vi. Professional development for all administrators is provided on demand by the technology
       coordinator. This approach has been very successful in furthering the effective use of technology
       in the classroom or library media center.

       vii. This on-demand support and training was provided in the 2006-2007 for all staff.
       Additionally, teachers had the opportunity to attend training outside the district through nationally
       recognized seminars and by attending invitational workshops in neighboring districts. Training is
       turn-keyed within the district for support staff.

       viii. On-demand support and training was provided in the 2006-2007 for all administrators.
       Additionally, administrators had the opportunity to attend training outside the district through
       nationally recognized seminars and by attending invitational workshops in neighboring districts.

       ix. Other than on-going support from the technology coordinator, all teachers, administrators and
       staff support each other. Team planning is available for this purpose.


c. Current Educational Environment and Barriers (con’t)

       x. Professional development needs and barriers related to using educational technology as part of
       instruction have been identified. Space, time and money have been identified as barriers. The
       computer lab is over utilized. Funds are not available for additional lap top carts to gain access in
       the classroom. A rigorous curriculum also demands a great deal of time, which makes use for
       hands-on, paper and pencil activities rather than integrating technology. If funds were available, a
       broader array of technology equipment would be purchased to match more carefully the teaching
       styles in each school. Also, teachers could be paid to plan more ways to integrate technology into
       the curriculum.
   2. District Needs
   • Employ and retain a district computer teacher to aide in staying current and finding ways to move
      the district forward.
   • Investigate new software for student use. Make purchases, installation and providing training for
      instruction.
   • Revise computer curriculum document
   • Design a district eighth grade computer test that will demonstrate proficiency and guide
      instruction
   • Revise and implement a teacher survey that will guide professional development
   • Plan a series of technology workshop sessions within the district for teachers, administrators and
      staff
   • Establish a set of laptops that can be taken home by teachers and students
   • Establish procedures for the continued revision of the District Internet Use Policy and the
      Acceptable Use Policy
   • Upgrade infrastructure
   • Maintain and expand resource sharing
   • Purchase additional classroom computers to reduce ratio
   • Equip each classroom with a projector

   3. Prioritized District Needs
   1. Upgrade infrastructure
   2. Establish procedures for the continued revision of the District Internet Use Policy and the
       Acceptable Use Policy
   3. Design district 8th grade computer test to demonstrate proficiency and guide instruction
   4. Revise computer curriculum document
   5. Employ and retain a district computer teacher to aide in staying current and finding ways to move
       the district forward.
   6. Investigate new software for student use. Make purchases, installation and providing training for
       instruction.
   7. Revise and implement a teacher survey that will guide professional development
   8. Plan a series of technology workshop sessions within the district for teachers, administrators and
       staff
   9. Purchase additional classroom computers to reduce ratio
   10. Equip each classroom with a projector
   11. Maintain and expand resource sharing
   12. Establish a set of laptops that can be taken home by teachers and students



                       IV. THREE-YEAR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

   A. History

1. List of 2004-2007 Goals

Goal 1 - Information Literacy Skills:
Review existing curriculum and make connections with technology integration where applicable.
Revise educational technology course objectives and assessment standards for grades 1-8.
Goal 2 - Professional Training and Expectations:
Plan for on-going, sustained professional development opportunities.
Use e-mail to communicate with faculty
Make use of technology part of supervision and evaluation practices

Goal 3 - Access to technology:
Implement scheduling protocols for wireless cart and instructional lab for equitable access.
Purchase additional classroom computers to reduce student to computer ratio.
Move classroom websites to in-house web server.
Maintain classroom websites with quality information.
Survey needs of students who do not have access to technology in their homes.

Goal 4 - Necessary infrastructure:
Upgrade infrastructure
Use computer lab for basic computer classes for local senior citizens and other community needs.


2. 2004-2007 Goal Evaluation
Goal 1 continues as curriculum is never static. Classroom teachers are instructing their students in the
computer lab and making direct connections with the curriculum content as prescribed in the district
guides where applicable. A revision of the educational technology course objectives and assessment
standards has not been accomplished and is one of the first priority needs for this three-year plan.

Goal 2 continues as professional development training and expectations are on-going. Teachers use e-
mail for most if not all correspondence with parents, colleagues, and supervisors. Distribution lists
facilitate articulation in every area of instruction. Technology continues to be a part of supervision and
evaluation practices. A new evaluation instrument for teachers was developed which includes emphasis in
the area of technology education.

Goal 3 was met with scheduling protocols put in place for equitable access, additional computers placed
in classrooms, the migration of all classroom web sites to our in-house web server, and a survey of all
families with Internet access at home finding 5.42% of the students do not have Internet access at home.

Goal 4 was partially met with a major upgrade to the K-4 school infrastructure. For budgetary reasons
upgrading 5-8 was only partially completed. The 5-8 computer lab was used by senior citizens.


3. Added Benefits
An added benefit of the infrastructure upgrades, new servers and more robust operating systems, allowed
the implementation of an intranet web site in each building. Also beneficial was the in-house training, in
HTTP editing and FTP protocols, class room teachers received for creating and maintaining their
individual web sites.

B.      Goals and Objectives for 2007-2010

1. The goals that continue from the 2004-2007 plan include the following:
Information Literacy Skills:
Review existing curriculum and make connections with technology integration where applicable.
Revise educational technology course objectives and assessment standards for grades 1-8.
Professional Training and Expectations:
Plan on-going, sustained professional development opportunities.

2. The new goals to meet the needs identified from the assessments include the following statements,
purchases and installations.

GOAL 1: Students will attain the educational technology and information literacy skills that will
assist them in achieving the Core Curriculum Content Standards and to succeed in the workplace
of the 21st century.

1.1 Educational technology will integrate the district’s curriculum and instructional activities.
1.2 Each school in the district will adopt curricula that include information literacy and educational
technology standards aligned with the Core Curriculum Content Standards and accepted national
standards.
1.3 All students will demonstrate proficiency in using educational technology and information literacy
skills to enhance learning, increase productivity and promote creativity.
1.4 All students will have equitable and easy access to effective and engaging software, CD ROMs and
network resources for content delivery as an integral part of the school curriculum.
1.5 All students will have equitable and easy access to the Internet and other distance learning technology
to obtain information and resources from remote locations and to collaborate, publish and interact with
peers, experts and other audiences.
1.6 All students will use technology tools and applications for solving problems, making informed
decisions, and participating in authentic, project-based learning.
1.7 All students will act responsibly and ethically when obtaining and using onsite and online information
resources.

GOAL 2: Educators will attain the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively use educational
technology to assist students to achieve the Core Curriculum Content Standards.

2.1 All educators will participate in high-quality professional development activities and attain, at a
minimum, intermediate proficiency levels in utilizing educational technology to enhance student
achievement.
2.2 All supervision and evaluation practices will address the effective use of educational technology for
student achievement of the Core Curriculum Content Standards.
2.3 All educators will use technology tools and applications that provide opportunities for authentic,
student-centered, project-based learning.
new goals (con’t)

2.4 All educators will act responsibly and ethically when obtaining and using onsite and online
information resources.
2.5 Schools will have a technology coordinator who offers timely, onsite guidance and modeling to
enhance teacher and administrator proficiency in using and managing technology-based resources.

GOAL 3: Students, teachers and administrators will have access to educational technology in all
learning environments, including classrooms and media center.

3.1 All students and educators will have regular and equitable access to technology equipment when
needed in all learning environments.
3.2 District schools will provide a ratio of five students or less to one multimedia computer in all
instructional classrooms, with each of these classroom computers connected to the Internet.
3.3 The district will have high-quality, highly informative, user-friendly Web sites.
3.4 All educators will have easy access to technical support via a technician and/or electronic assistance
that is necessary to maintain operating technology equipment.
3.5 The district will establish relationships with appropriate partners, including, but not limited to, other
public agencies and entities, education institutions, and private corporations to increase opportunities for
sustained technology access and broad, collaborative learning environments.
3.6 The district will identify and support the needs of students who do not have access to technology in
their homes to enable them to continue their learning through technology when school is not in session.

GOAL 4: The Oceanport school district will establish and maintain the technology infrastructure
necessary for students and educators to access electronic information and to communicate freely
via technology.

4.1 The district will maintain broadband, high-speed networks and reliable Internet access that enables
students and educators to support their curricula activities.
4.2 Both school buildings will have the equipment necessary to provide distance learning opportunities
when and where it is needed in the school.
4.3 Both schools will maintain quality hardware/software with adequate capacity and capability to
support successful learning in classrooms, media centers and throughout the learning environment.

        2007-2008
        Upgrade of 5 thru 8 backbone with the addition of a fiber optic (home run) line from the server
        room down to the IDF3 (intermediate distribution frame) replacing the current copper line.

        The addition of ‘Stacking’ kits for all multi switch IDFs (intermediate distribution frames) in 5
        thru 8 building and expand 5 thru 8 lab wire closet.

        Replace and upgrade firewall.

        Update computers in middle school computer lab

        Replace server

        Upgrade of the 2 Destination Station screens with 50” HDTV plasma                        displays.

        6 sets of engineering probes for science labs

        8 Computer workstations for science labs


        2008-2009
        2 – (25 set) wireless, multi-user response system

        38 network drops (1 each classroom) to support printing

        3 Color network printers for elementary school
       3 Color network printers for middle school

       1 network black/white printer in each classroom (45 classrooms)

       2 print servers

       cartridges / support

       4 digital cameras

       Photography software

       2009-2010
       The addition ED-Line, a Rediker software module, for Pre-K-8 to allow for on-line parent /
       school interaction of current information and progress.

       Replace existing Mobile Laptop Cart

       Two permanent classroom projectors with ceiling mount

       Rebuild 5-8 Lab facility to enhance instructional configuration




3. It is the goal of the Oceanport schools to provide experiences for students to acquire computer
and information literacy skills that support their ability to gather, organize and present
information and problem solve by the end of eighth grade and graduation from the Oceanport
Schools.

8.1 All students will use computer application to gather and organize information and to solve
problems.

       A. Basic Computer Skills and Tools

               1. Use basic technology vocabulary.

               2. Use basic features of an operating system (e.g., accessing programs,
               identifying and selecting a printer, finding help).

               3. Input and access text and data, using appropriate keyboarding
               techniques or other input devices.

               4. Produce a simple finished document using word processing software.

               5. Produce and interpret a simple graph or chart by entering and editing
               data on a prepared spreadsheet template.

               6. Create and present a multimedia presentation using appropriate
               software.
       7. Create and maintain files and folders.

       8. Use a graphic organizer.

       9. Use basic computer icons.

       10. Use appropriate technology vocabulary.

       11. Use common features of an operating system (e.g., creating and
       organizing files and folders).

       12. Demonstrate effective input of text and data, using touch
       keyboarding with proper technique.

       13. Input and access data and text efficiently and accurately through
       proficient use of other input devices, such as the mouse.

       14. Create documents with advanced text-formatting and graphics using
       word processing.

       15. Create a file containing customized information by merging
       documents.

       16. Construct a simple spreadsheet, enter data, and interpret the
       information.

       17. Design and produce a basic multimedia project.

       18. Plan and create a simple database, define fields, input data, and
       produce a report using sort and query.

       19. Use network resources for storing and retrieving data.

       20. Choose appropriate electronic graphic organizers to create, construct,
       or design a document.

       21. Create, organize and manipulate shortcuts.

B. Application of Productivity Tools

Social Aspects

       1. Discuss the common uses of computer applications and identify their
       advantages and disadvantages.

       2. Recognize and practice responsible social and ethical behaviors when
       using technology, and understand the consequences of inappropriate use
       including:
            Internet access
            Copyrighted materials
            On-line library resources
            Personal security and safety issues

       3. Practice appropriate Internet etiquette.

       4. Recognize the ethical and legal implications of plagiarism of
       copyrighted materials.

       5. Demonstrate an understanding of how changes in technology impact
       the workplace and society.

       6. Exhibit legal and ethical behaviors when using information and
       technology, and discuss consequences of misuse.

       7. Explain the purpose of an Acceptable Use Policy and the
       consequences of inappropriate use of technology.

       8. Describe and practice safe Internet usage.

       9. Describe and practice "etiquette" when using the Internet and
       electronic mail.

Information Access and Research

       1. Recognize the need for accessing and using information.

       2. Identify and use web browsers, search engines, and directories to
       obtain information to solve real world problems.

       3. Locate specific information by searching a database.

       4. Recognize accuracy and/or bias of information.

       5. Choose appropriate tools and information resources to support
       research and solve real world problems, including but not limited to:

            On-line resources and databases
            Search engines and subject directories

       6. Evaluate the accuracy, relevance, and appropriateness of print and
       non-print electronic information sources.

Problem Solving and Decision Making

       1. Solve problems individually and/or collaboratively using computer
       applications.
               2. Identify basic hardware problems and solve simple problems.

               3. Use computer applications to modify information independently
               and/or collaboratively to solve problems.

               4. Identify basic hardware problems and demonstrate the ability to solve
               common problems.

               5. Determine when technology tools are appropriate to solve a problem
               and make a decision.

8.2 All students will develop an understanding of the nature and impact of technology,
engineering, technological design, and the designed world as they relate to the individual,
society, and the environment.

       A. Nature and Impact of Technology

               1. Describe the nature of technology and the consequences of
               technological activity.

               2. Describe how components of a technological product, system, or
               environment interact.

               3. Describe how one technological innovation can be applied to solve
               another human problem that enhances human life or extends human
               capability.

               4. Describe how technological activity has an affect on economic
               development, political actions, and cultural change.

               5. Explain the cultural and societal effects resulting from the dramatic
               increases of knowledge and information available today.

       B. Design Process and Impact Assessment

               1. Demonstrate and explain how the design process is not linear.

               2. Use hands on activities to analyze products and systems to determine
               how the design process was applied to create the solution.

               3. Identify a technological problem and use the design process to create
               an appropriate solution.

               4. Describe how variations in resources can affect solutions to a
               technological problem.

               5. Select and safely use appropriate tools and materials in analyzing,
               designing, modeling or making a technological product, system or
               environment.
        C. Systems in the Designed World

                1. Explain technological advances in medical, agricultural, energy and
                power, information and communication, transportation, manufacturing,
                and construction technologies.

                2. Explain reasons why human-designed systems, products, and
                environments need to be monitored, maintained, and improved to ensure
                safety, quality, cost efficiency, and sustainability.

                3. Explain the functions and interdependence of subsystems such as
                waste disposal, water purification, electrical, structural, safety, climatic
                control, and communication.

These skills will be acquired by the end of eighth grade as determined by a district-
designed assessment. Benchmark assessments will be used that are based on the
indicators listed above at the end of grade three, four, five, six and seven. Both formal
assessments and informal assessments will continue to guide instruction. These
assessments will be collected as evidence that the goals and objectives have been
achieved.



                      V. Three-Year Technology Plan Implementation Table

                                           July 2007 – June 2010
District Goal and          Activity             Timeline       Person Responsible              Evaluation
Objective #
Goal 1              Develop new/         2007-2008        Curriculum            Completed
Information         revised computer                      Supervisor /          curriculum guides
Literacy Skills     curriculum                            Computers

1.1-1.7             Design a district
                    eighth grade         April 2008       Computer teachers /   Assessment
                    computer test to                      Principal             instrument
                    demonstrate
                    student
                    proficiency

                    Establish a set of                    Technology
                    laptops for take     September 2009   coordinator           Laptops with take
                    home by teachers                                            home procedures
                    and students in
                    need

                    Employ and                            Principal
                    retain a computer    September 2009                         New hire
                    teacher to teach
                    once a week
                    classes

                    Review and
                    revise if needed                      Technology
                    the District         September 2007   coordinator /         Amended policy
                    Acceptable Use                        administrative team
                    Policy and User
                    Agreements




District Goal and        Activity            Timeline     Person Responsible        Evaluation
Objective #
Goal 2         Plan on-going,      2007-2010   Superintendent   Workshop and
Professional   sustained                                        training evaluations
Training and   professional
Expectations   development
               opportunities.
2.1-2.5
               Design and                      Principals
               implement a
               teacher survey
               and assess
               interest and
               proficiency.
                                                                Lesson plans
               Observation in                  Principals       Formal classroom
               the lab                                          observations
               Current ideas for
               student-centered
               authentic project

               Use e-mail to                                    Communication
               communicate                     Principals       Logs
               with faculty

               Make use of
               technology part                                  Evaluation
               of supervision                  Principals       Instrument
               and evaluation
               practices
District Goal and    Activity             Timeline             Person Responsible     Evaluation
Objective #
Goal 3               Purchase             2007-2010            Technology             Revised student-
Access to            additional                                coordinator            computer ratio
technology           classroom
                     computers to
3.1-3.6              reduce ratio



                     Maintain             2007-2010            Classroom teachers     Individual
                     classroom                                 Principals             classroom /
                     websites with                                                    program websites
                     quality
                     information.

                     .                                         Technology
                     Investigate ways     2006-2010            coordinator            Recommendations
                     to support those                          Building Principals    for student support
                     needs through                                                    from Child Study
                     assistive devices                                                Team
Goal 4               Upgrade              2007-2010            Technology             Inventory records
Necessary            infrastructure                            coordinator
infrastructure
                     Maintain and         2007-2010            Building principals    Building use
4.1-4.3              expand resource                                                  schedules and
                     sharing                                                          evaluations



B. This technology plan addresses the use of technology including assistive technology to support
learning communities. Recommendations for such devices are made by Child Study Team members.
These recommendations will be implemented on a needs basis. Support will be provided by the
technology coordinator and the AVA person in the respective school building.


C. The process for meeting the NCLB requirement that all students be technologically literate by the
end of grade eight includes the hiring and retention of a highly qualified teacher as defined by the No
Child Left Behind legislation requirements and definition. Another part of the process is to develop both
benchmark assessments and a final eighth grade assessment that is directly aligned with the objectives
and the NJCCCS (New Jersey Curriculum Content Standards) for technology literacy. These benchmark
assessments will identify students in need of remediation and extra support. Similar to the state-mandated
standardized assessment used to evaluate Annual Yearly Progress and progress towards NCLB
requirements, they will be performance-based and help determine whether students actually can use the
knowledge and skills that they have been taught. The final eighth grade assessment will identify needs for
curricular revisions and will measure the success of the overall technology program for students.
D. Telecommunications, information technologies and other resources that are useful in reaching the
stated goals are included in the plan. First is the necessary infrastructure that supports a broad band width
for the number of users in the district. Additional filtering software that is properly maintained is a
priority. Acceptable use policies and user agreement policies are also part of the plan to insure that
information technologies are used to reach the stated goals. Professional development in the area of using
the Internet for educational purposes will continue to be a focus for training sessions.




                     VI. FUNDING TABLE (July 2007-June 2008) and to 2010

         2007-2008                             2008-2009                             2009-2010
Acquired             Expenses          Acquired              Expenses        Acquired              Expenses
Technologies                           Technologies                          Technologies
Upgrade of 5 thru       5,000          38 network drops        4,000         Replace existing       $40,000
8 backbone with                        (1 each classroom                     Laptop Mobile Cart
the addition of a                      room) to support
fiber optic (home                      printing
run) line from the
server room
down to the IDF3
(intermediate
distribution
frame) replacing
the current
copper line.
Upgrade of the 2        4,000          4 digital cameras       $2,400        The addition of         $4,200
Destination                                                                  the Rediker
Station screens                        photography             $1,200        software, ED-Line
with 50” HDTV                          software                              for Pre-K-8 to
plasma displays.                                                             allow for on-line
                                                                             parent / school
                                                                             interaction of
                                                                             current
                                                                             information and
                                                                             progress.
                      VI. FUNDING TABLE (July 2007-June 2008) and to 2010

         2007-2008                          2008-2009                       2009-2010
6 sets of                3,000      3 Color network       $2,700    rebuild middle        $52,000
engineering                         printers for                    school Lab facility
probes for                          elementary school               to enhance
science labs                                                        instructional
                                                                    configuration

8 Computer               7,200      3 Color network       $2,700    Four permanent        $12,400
workstations for                    printers for middle             classroom
science labs                        school                          projectors with
                                                                    ceiling mount k-4

Replace server 5-        4,000      1 network             $18,000
8                                   black/white printer
                                    in each classroom
                                    (45 classrooms)
update                  23,400      2 print servers       $6,000
computers in
middle school
computer lab

The addition of          2,000
‘Stacking’ kits for
all multi switch
IDFs
(intermediate
distribution
frames) in 5-8
building and
expand 5-8 lab
wire closet.

Replace and              3,000
upgrade firewall.
                  VI. FUNDING TABLE (July 2007-June 2008) and to 2010

       2007-2008                    2008-2009                          2009-2010
Acquired          Expenses   Acquired           Expenses   Acquired Technologies   Expenses
Technologies                 Technologies
Curriculum         $1,824    2 – (25 set)        $4,400
Writing (16                  wireless, multi-
hours, 3                     user response
teachers)                    system
Assessment          $912     Computer            $39,000
Development (8               Teacher
hours, 3
teachers)
SonicWall           $395     SonicWall            $395     SonicWall Support          $395
Support                      Support
                                                           Filtering                  $695
Laptop             $3,500    Laptop              $3,500
Warranty                     Warranty
Extension                    Extension
                                                           Library Support            $495
Filtering           $695     Filtering            $695
                                                           Symantec Anti-Virus        $2,650
                                                           License

Library Support     $495     Library Support      $495     Administrative             $4,638
                                                           Software
Symantec Anti-               Symantec Anti-
Virus              $2,650    Virus License       $2,650    Accelerated Reading        $139
                                                           Support
Administrative               Administrative
Software           $4,638    Software                      Health Masters             $350
                                                 $4,638    Support
Accelerated                  Accelerated
Reading             $139     Reading                       cartridges / support       $2,400
                             Support              $139
Health Masters
Support             $350     Health Masters
                             Support
cartridges /       $2,400                         $350
support                      cartridges /
                             support

                                                 $2,400
Professional       $3,500    Professional        $4,500    Professional               $4,500
Development                  Development                   Development
TOTAL                        TOTAL                         TOTAL
2007-2008         $73,098    2008-2009          $95,662    2009-2010                $124,862
B. Fund Sources include federal, state and local funds. Local district funds are used most to ensure that
students have access to technology and ensure that teachers are prepare to integrate technology effectively
into curricula and instruction. The district’s PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is also instrumental in
providing for technology needs.


C. A copy of the board approval for this plan and the budget for the first year is included in the appendix
2.


                             VII. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

A. The newly hired superintendent of schools will be responsible for coordinating the professional
development activities noted in this plan.

B. The planned professional development activities include but are not limited to workshops,
conferences, seminars and graduate courses. Administrators, teachers and school library media personnel
make workshop selections based on interest.

        1. Every teacher and library media personnel have a desktop computer in their instructional area
        and therefore direct access to educational technology. They also have access to a mobile laptop
        cart in the middle school.

        2. Each administrator has a desktop computer in their office and therefore direct access to
        educational technology.

        3. Ongoing sustained professional development for administrators that will further the effective
        use of technology in the classroom or library media center is addressed by providing on-demand
        support by the technology coordinator. He is knowledgeable in software applications and
        provides training as needed.

        4. Ongoing, sustained professional development for all staff that will further the effective use of
        technology in the classroom or library media center is addressed by providing on-demand support
        by the technology coordinator. Additionally, teachers make use of common planning time to
        support each other.

        5. The professional development opportunities and resources that exist for technical staff include
        membership in organizations such as McTECH, (Monmouth County Technology Educators) and
        through articulation meetings within the regional district.

        6. Assistive technologies are maintained by the person hired to take charge of AVA equipment.
        He/She supports the teacher who is using the equipment in the classroom to support their students
        learning.
C. The ongoing, sustained, high-quality professional development opportunities planned for the 2007-
2008 as it relates to the infusion of technology into the curricular process includes continued emphasis on
tool applications such as word processing, spreadsheet, multimedia presentation, outlining/organizing,
graphic web design and telecommunications. Teachers will participate in training that includes strategies
for making curriculum connections with the use of the various technology tools available to students.
Tool applications will help students acquire, write, organize, synthesize and present new information. In-
class support and coaching is provided on-demand by the technology coordinator. Accountability for
effective use of technology to improve learning is part of the principal’s job in supervising the teachers’
application of the curriculum.

D. Financial and time resources to keep staff current in learning about new technologies fall to the
school budget and local funds. About 30% of the entire professional development budget will be allocated
to technology training.

E. Professional development activities that will continue to support identified needs through 2010, will
continue to include mostly job-embedded training and on-demand support. The use of tool applications
will be expanded to include training in digital photography and photo manipulation.


                                     VIII. EVALUATION PLAN

The process and accountability measures that are used to regularly evaluate the technology goals and

integration include teacher observation, scheduled computer lab time for instruction and sign-up time for

application. Additionally the committee of stakeholders will meet and evaluate the progress of the plan as

it relates to district funds. Student work samples will enable the ability to evaluate whether or not our

students are meeting the challenging state academic standards. Rubrics that address both the process and

content of student work help us evaluate student progress towards developing computer skill proficiencies

and literacy in becoming life-long learners.
                                           APPENDIX 1



Oceanport District Use Policy
Computer Network/Internet
Rev. 4 November 15, 2006



A.      District System
        1.     The Oceanport district computer network system, hereafter referred to as
        the System, includes but is not limited to all computer infrastructure,
        hardware, software, files, accounts and data in the district.

        2.      The "system administrators" referred to herein, as employees of the school
                district, administer the school district computer network. The system
                administrators reserve the right to monitor all activity on the System.

        3.      System users are responsible to know the district acceptable use policy.

        4.      The school district may modify these regulations at any time by publishing
                modified regulations.

        5.      Users may not use the System for commercial purposes, defined as but not limited
                to offering or providing goods or services including the purchasing of goods or
                services for commercial use. Accounts or facilities are not to be used for the
                transmission of commercial advertisements, solicitations, promotions, or for
                personal monetary gain or other activities inconsistent with district policy, federal
                and/or state statutes.

        6.     Users may not disclose the password of an account or otherwise make the
        account available to others who have not been authorized to use the
        account by the administration.

        7.      Users are responsible for all usage of their accounts, including their
        District staff websites, and are expected to take appropriate safeguards to
        assure that others do not know their account passwords.


        8.    The signatures of the user, and his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s), if applicable,
              on this document indicate that the parties have read the terms and conditions
              carefully, understand their significance, and agree to abide by the rules established:

.               The following activities are not permitted on the Oceanport School District’s
                network:
              •   Accessing, displaying, printing or distributing offensive messages, offensive
                  literature, pornography, obscene language, discriminatory literature, etc.
              •   Harassing, insulting or attacking others.
              •   Damaging or attempting to damage computers, computer systems or computer
                  networks by any means.
              •   Any use of the network for unlawful purposes, including but not limited to
                  downloading and/or use of copy written material.
              •   Using another’s or allowing another to use one’s password and/or login name.
              •   Use of the district network for accessing or attempting to access another’s data
                  inside or outside the district’s network.
              •   Intentionally wasting limited district system resources.
              •   Use of the network for any commercial purposes.

          9. Users agree not to publish any information on the system which violates or
             infringes upon the rights of any other person or publish any information which
             would be abusive, profane or sexually offensive to the average person, or to
             publish any information which, without the approval of the system administrators,
             contains any advertising or any solicitation for use of goods and/or services.

          10. Although every effort has been made to block access to inappropriate materials
              over the Internet, due to the dynamic nature of the Internet it is possible for users
              to access some systems that may contain inappropriate, offensive, or otherwise
              illegal material. The use of such materials is not condoned nor is it permitted in
              the school environment.

          11. A cancelled user account will not retain any data including but not limited to e-
              mail messages.

          12. Transmission of any material, information, or software in violation of any local,
              state, or federal law is prohibited.

          13. System printing facilities are to be used for academic purposes only.


B.   District Limitation of Liability
     1.        The District makes no warranties of any kind, either express or implied,
          that the functions or the services provided by or through the system will be
          error-free or without defect.

     2.       The District will not be responsible for any damage users may suffer,
          including but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service.

     3.       The District is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the
          information obtained through or stored on the system.

     4.       The District will not be responsible for financial obligations arising
          through the unauthorized use of the system.


C.   Privacy

     1.       System users have a limited privacy expectation in the contents of their
              personal data on the System. All data, including electronic mail, stored on
              the System are the property of the district. The system administrators may at any
              time view any files and communications contained on the system. Users should
              not expect that data stored any where on the System are private.

     2.       System users should be aware that their personal data might be
          discoverable.

     3.       The district will cooperate fully with local, state, or federal officials in any
          investigation concerning to or relating to any illegal activities conducted
          through the System.


D.   Disk Usage

     1.       The system administrators reserve the right to set quotas for disk usage on the
              System. A user who reaches his/her quota of disk space will be prohibited from
              using said disk until that user returns to compliance. A user who remains in
              noncompliance of disk space quotas after seven (7) school days of notification
              will have their files removed by a system administrator.


E.   Consequences for Violations
     Determination of violations and consequences for violations shall be determined by the
     building principal, superintendent and/or the Board.
     Disciplinary actions include but are not limited to:

          •   Supervised use of the system;
          •   Suspension of system privileges;
          •   Revocation of system privileges;
          •   Suspension from school;
          •   Expulsion from school;
          •   Legal action and prosecution by the authorities.
                               Oceanport BOE District Use Policy


                   User Agreement for Computer/Internet Account


User’s Full Name: _______________________________________________


School/Facility: __________________________________________________


User’s Job Title (if applicable): _____________________________________


I understand and will voluntarily abide by the Oceanport Board of Education’s District Use
Policy. Employees are responsible to know the acceptable use policy and to supervise students
during online activities and in the use of the system that is consistent with this policy. I further
understand that any violation of the Oceanport Board of Education’s District Use Policy may be
unethical and/or may constitute a criminal offense. Should I commit any violation, my access
privileges may be revoked. In addition, District disciplinary action and/or appropriate legal
action may be taken. I expressly release the Oceanport Board of Education, its employees,
officers, agents and trustees, from, and hereby expressly assume all liability directly or indirectly
associated or resulting from my use of the Network/Internet. My signature indicates that I have
read the Oceanport Board of Education’s District Use Policy carefully, understand its
significance, and voluntarily agree to comply fully with all terms and conditions therein.


Date: _________________

User's Signature: __________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature:(if applicable)_____________________________

								
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