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					                                     Abstract

       The Vision of the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District includes the

Statement “By the year 2003, 100 percent of San Benito CISD students will be proficient

in the use of the information superhighway”. Teachers will utilize a variety of innovative

technological approaches to produce graduates who are lifelong learners.

       The continued success and quality of public education at San Benito CISD will close

the gap between technology’s mere presence, and its effective integration into the curriculum

to enhance student performance and to develop skills necessary for the 21st Century.

       Teachers and administrators will apply technology’s resources to develop the full

academic abilities of all SBCISD students. The district will make the necessary adjustments

and shifts to ensure that our schools become digital learning environments. Such an

environment will be problem and project centered, collaborative, student-centered,

communicative, customized, productive, and will result in lifelong learning at anytime, from

anywhere.

       The San Benito CISD planning involves a four-step cycle of Technology Integration

as listed below:

•   Planning, Investigation and Experimentation

       •   Schools go through an initial stage of planning and experimentation in which a few

           educators begin using technology in new ways and become technology

           proponents

•   Initial Capital Investments

       •   Once the school or district is convinced of the value of educational technology,

           initial investments are made to bring technology into the schools
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•    Readjustment

     •      As educators become increasingly comfortable with technology and its potential,

            they expand the scope of activities that utilize technology. Schools readjust

            investments, expectations, and teaching methods to take advantage of

            expanding resources technology makes available to improve performance and

            achieve concrete educational objectives.

•    The Emergence of New Work and Organizational Model

     •      Technology becomes an essential tool for students and educators. It allows the

            flexibility to create new forms of collaborative and inquiry-based learning and, at

            the same time, improves academic performance

         The district has accomplished the objectives set forth in it’s 1998-2001 Technology

Plan and the goal and strategies in this plan will guide technology advancement into the next

three years of the 21st Century.




                                    Goals for 2001-2004
1.       Equip every classroom and every teacher with technological tools and multimedia
         computers.

2.       Maintain and equip every Internet lab with innovative technological tools and
         multimedia computers.

3.       Maintain and equip every school library with multimedia computers connected to the
         Internet.

4.       Maintain and upgrade the infrastructure that provides efficient Internet connectivity for
         every school in the school district.

5.       Maintain an environment that encourages curriculum enhancement and technological
         innovation.

6.       Maintain and provide accessibility by all students to technological tools available in
         computer labs and the library.

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7.    Continue providing professional development to empower every teacher with
      technological-fluency, and ensure the integration of Internet resources into the
      curriculum.

8.    Involve the community in the utilization of technology to promote student learning.

9.    Provide technicians to support the maintenance of technology, and computer
      specialists to ensure integration of technology into the curriculum.

10.   Maintain and Upgrade the Administrative Computing System to provide more timely
      and efficient accountability services.


             To accomplish these goals district is committed to find funding sources using

      local funds, competitive and non- competitive grants such as national technology

      discount grants (E-Rate), state grants (TIF), Technology Integration in Education (TIE)

      grants, Technology Literacy Challenge Fund (TLCF) and grants from local and private

      businesses. The district is also prepared to lease a large quantity of computers or

      courseware as it has done in the past by borrowing money from Apple, Inc., Jostens

      Inc. and Light Span Inc.




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                            Table of Contents
Abstract.....................................................................................................................................1-3
Table of Contents....................................................................................................................4-5
Introduction ...................................................................................................................................6
Definition of Technology .............................................................................................................7
Board of Trustees and Administrators ......................................................................................8
Letter of Support ........................................................................................................................9
Instructional Technology Committee ...................................................................................... 10
Roles and Responsibilities of Instructional Technology Committee................................... 11
Vision ......................................................................................................................................... 12
Mission ...................................................................................................................................... 13
Philosophy ............................................................................................................................... 14
Demographics .......................................................................................................................... 15
Current Status of Technology............................................................................................ 16-21
Instructional Computer Inventory Needed ............................................................................ 22
Other Computers and Equipment Needed .......................................................................... 23
Goals for 2001-2004 .............................................................................................................. 24
    Goal 1 - Infrastructure for Technology ............................................................................... 25
    Goal 2 - Infrastructure for Technology ............................................................................... 26
    Goal 3 - Infrastructure for Technology ............................................................................... 27
    Goal 4 - Infrastructure for Technology ............................................................................... 28
    Goal 5 - Teaching and Learning ......................................................................................... 29
    Goal 6 - Teaching and Learning.......................................................................................... 30
     Goal 7 – Educator Preparation and Development........................................................... 31
     Goal 8 - Administration and Support Services ................................................................ 32
     Goal 9- Administration and Support Services ................................................................. 33
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    Goal 9- Administration and Support Services.................................................................. 34
Projected Budget and Cost Analysis............................................................................... 35-44
Staff Development .................................................................................................................. 45
Curriculum ........................................................................................................................... 46-59
Sustainability and Securing Funding ................................................................................60-61
Evaluation ................................................................................................................................ 62
Evaluation Benchmarks ............................................................................................................ 63
Implementation Timeline ................................................................................................... 64-67
Appendices ............................................................................................................................. 68
Appendix A: Network Design .......................................................................................... 69-76
Appendix B: Technology Organizational Chart .............................................................. 77-78
Appendix C: Acceptable Use Policy and TSAT Info.................................................... 79-83
Appendix D: Seven-year TAAS Comparison Chart.................................................... 84-85
Appendix E: Total Current Computer and Peripherals Inventory ................................ 86-87
Appendix F: Staff Development Database ................................................................... 88-92
Appendix G: On-line Repair Request and registration Forms sample........................ 93-95
Appendix H: Professional Development and Implementation Model/ Guidelines..96-100




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                                 Introduction
         San Benito is located near the center of the Lower Rio Grande Valley in South
Texas. San Benito is known as the Resaca City because of the Resaca de Los Fresnos, an
old river- bed that bisects the city and still serves as a scenic recreational spot.
         Mexico flanks the City of San Benito to the west and the Gulf of Mexico to the east.
Just minutes from the Mexican Border and the Los Indios International Bridge, the City of
San Benito is rich with Mexican culture and natural environmental beauty.
         This year 8,913 students are attending San Benito Schools. The district operates 16
campuses - two high schools, two middle schools and 11 elementary schools. By creating
an environment where students, parents and teachers are active partners in the learning
process, San Benito students are excelling. Evidence of this is seen in the significant gains
made on the 1999-2000 Texas Assessment of Academic Skills Test. San Benito CISD is a
State Recognized School District for the fifth consecutive year. "We make sure everything is
tied to instruction and will benefit our children," says Superintendent Joe D. Gonzalez. San
Benito students are becoming life-long learners.
         The San Benito Consolidated Independent School District is determined to meet the
needs of all students in the 21st century. Technology will be used to increase the learning
opportunities for all children, and it will provide students with tools and resources for success
in the technological world.
         The goals and strategies in this Technology Plan will guide technology advancement
at the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District during this critical period from
2001 to 2004.




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                  Definition of Technology
       Technology is a tool that extends human capabilities to solve problems. It is used to

assist students in the acquisition of knowledge and it empowers teachers and administrators

to stimulate learning more effectively. The teacher becomes a facilitator of learning, and

technology becomes one of the many tools the student uses in learning. Technology as a

learning tool provides a repeatable process, one that the student can use repeatedly to

acquire new knowledge.

       Educational technology encompasses computers, software, radio, television, satellite

communications, interactive video, electronic interface devices, wireless devices, robotics,

internet , distant learning and digital content. Digital content is the digitized multimedia that

calls upon students to seek and manipulate information in collaborative, creative and

engaging ways that make digital learning possible. It includes video on demand, web sites,

e-mail, On-line learning management systems and computer simulation. Distance learning

connects students with teachers and experts in distant locations.




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     Board of Trustees

         Oscar de la Fuente - President
        Gilbert Montalvo - Vice President
          Joe G. Gonzalez - Secretary
             Mario Silva - Member
        Manual Gonzales, Jr. - Member
        Leonel (Leo) Ramirez - Member
            Hector G. Leal - Member

              Finance Committee
          Joe G. Gonzalez - Chairman
                 Hector G. Leal
               Gilbert Montalvo

              Building Committee
             Mario Silva - Chairman
             Leonel (Leo) Ramirez
             Manuel Gonzales, Jr.

            Curriculum Committee
        Leonel (Leo) Ramirez - Chairman
                 Hector G. Leal
                Gilbert Montalvo



        Administrators
       Joe D. Gonzalez – Superintendent
 Celeste Sanchez – Assistant-Superintendent for
              Curriculum & Instruction
  Lorenzo Sanchez - Assistant-Superintendent for
          Finance and Human Resources
Roger Barrus –Executive Assistant to Superintendent
      Chand Taneja - Director of Technology



  A State Recognized School District

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                         Letter of Support

TO: The San Benito CISD Technology Committee

SUBJECT: Technology Planning

       I want to thank the Instructional Technology Committee for spending hours reviewing

and developing a Technology Plan for 2001-2004. Technology is a powerful tool, which can

help educators improve the educational program.

       San Benito CISD strongly supports the selection and implementation of technology

in our quest for excellence. During the last eleven years, the Technology Committees have

led us through the process of developing a first-rate technology program.

       We will continue to use state technology allotment funds, national technology funds,

and funds from grants and other sources to develop excellence in learning, and to

accomplish our goals through technology.




Sincerely,




Joe D. Gonzalez
Superintendent




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    Instructional Technology Committee
Celeste Sanchez, Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Instructions, San Benito CISD
Chand Taneja, Director of Technology, San Benito CISD
Carol Brock, Teacher, Berta Cabaza Middle School
Jo Elda Cadena, Teacher, Berta Cabaza Middle School
Dolores Vega, Teacher, Miller Jordan Middle School
Chris Rojas, Assist. Principal, Berta Cabaza Middle School
Marjorie Lucks, Teacher, Berta Cabaza Middle School
Roberto Ramirez, Teacher, Dr. Garza Elementary
Chad Wilmoth, Teacher, Ed. Downs Elementary
Kimberly Gaynor, Teacher, Frank Roberts Elementary
Danny Kyral, Librarian, Fred Booth Elementary
Ana Cavazos, Lab Manager, La Encantada Elementary
Ruby Brady, Assist. Prin., La Paloma Elementary
Rebecca Zamora, Teacher, La Paloma Elementary
Eden Reyes, Teacher, Landrum Elementary
Rosallinda Martinez, Teacher, Miller Jordan Middle School
Normalinda Garcia, Assist. Principal, Miller Jordan Middle School
Jeannette Cavazos, Lab Manager, Rangerville Elementary
Rolando Monsevalles, Assist. Principal, San Benito High School
Laura Gonzalez, Teacher, Ninth Grade Campus
Rudy Diaz, Teacher, San Benito High School
Ma Sussane Martinez, Lab Manager, Sullivan Elementary
Lisa Starling Student, San Benito High School
Nathan Lambright Student, San Benito High School
Fernando Rosa, Professional Development Coordinator., San Benito CISD
Timothy Moon, Principal Rangerville Elementary School
Elaine Sandell, Principal, Ed Downs Elementary School
Ruben Franco, Planner/Evaluator, San Benito CISD
Celia Longoria, Community Relations Director, San Benito CISD
Ana Cruz, Parental Involvement/Library Director, san Benito CISD
Sisley Carillo, Director, San Benito Boys and Girls Club
Dr. Carl Lansford, Instructional. Computing Specialist, UT Brownsville
Ron Roger, Citizen, San Benito Literacy Center, San Benito


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                 Roles and Responsibilities of the

              Instructional Technology Committee
       The Instructional Technology Committee will lead as the San Benito CISD

implements this Instructional Technology Plan to meet current and future needs of all

students, teachers, and administrators.

ROLES:


1)     Provide leadership and direction to all the technology subcommittees and their tasks.

2)     Provide input and research to determine technology needs of the district (equipment,
       training, and facilities).

3)     Act as a forum and a mechanism for organized input and discussion.

4)     Assist the Director of Technology in the progress of the district’s technology program.



RESPONSIBILITIES:


1)     Attend meetings as per established calendar.

2)     Discuss and review information handouts and reports provided, as appropriate.

3)     Participate in all subcommittee activities as per appointment, and carry out tasks
       assigned.

4)     Assist in tasks relating to selecting and facilitating the implementation of San Benito
       CISD’s Instructional Technology Program.

5)     Disseminate information gathered at the meetings to the campus principal and peers.




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                                        Vision
       By the year 2003, 100 percent of San Benito CISD students will be proficient in the

use of the information superhighway. Teachers will utilize a variety of innovative

technological approaches to produce graduates who are lifelong learners.

       The continued success and quality of public education at San Benito CISD will close

the gap between technology’s mere presence, and its effective integration into the curriculum

to enhance student performance and to develop skills necessary for the 21st Century.

       We (teachers and administrators) will apply technology’s resources to develop the

full academic abilities of all SBCISD students. The district will make the necessary

adjustments and shifts to ensure that our schools become digital learning environments. Such

an environment will be problem and project centered, collaborative, student-centered,

communicative, customized, productive, and will result in lifelong learning at anytime, from

anywhere.




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                                       Mission

       The mission of San Benito Consolidated Independent School District is to produce

graduates who are lifelong learners by guaranteeing a quality education that includes a strong

curriculum, individualized instruction, innovative technology, and a positive learning

environment that is developed and nurtured by risk-taking, ownership, cultural diversity,

loyalty, and collegiality.




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                                 Philosophy
       San Benito CISD is committed to supply the resources and the appropriate training

required to integrate technology into every phase of the education process. By including

technology as a component of a well-balanced K-12 program, SBCISD will enhance

student’s cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills so that they achieve success. The

district believes that:



1.     Students must master a solid core of academic content and be able to locate
       additional information as needed.

2.     Students must be able to access, exchange, compile, organize, analyze and
       synthesize information.

3.     Students must develop the ability to communicate information and ideas using a
       variety of media and formats.

4.     Students must be proficient in the use of technology.

5.     Students must develop the ability to evaluate information and sources.

6.     Students must become self-directed learners and possess the skills to be life-long
       learners.

7.     Students must develop the ability to produce and publish models, content and other
       creative works.

8.     Students must develop the ability to collaborate and cooperate in team efforts.

9.     Students must develop the ability to interact with others in ethical and appropriate
       ways.

10.    Teachers must integrate the Internet into the curriculum so that students become
       utilizers, consumers, and producers of technology.

11.    Teachers and staff must achieve technological proficiency through systematic
       professional development provided by the district.




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                   Demographics

        Total students in district                       8913
                  White Students                       223 ( 2.5%)
                 Hispanic Students                    8672 (97.3%)
            African American Students                   18 ( 0.2%)
                   Other Students                            0
             San Benito High School                        1531
             Ninth Grade High School                        560
          Berta Cabaza Middle School                        941
           Miller Jordan Middle School                     1005
            Frank Roberts Elementary                        416
               Dr. Cash Elementary                          519
              Fred Booth Elementary                         673
              Ed Downs Elementary                           562
            La Encantada Elementary                         460
               Landrum Elementary                           357
              La Paloma Elementary                          515
              Rangerville Elementary                        457
                Sullivan Elementary                         338
            Dr. Raul Garza Elementary                       507
     PRC/Bootcamp/Darrel Hester Center                      72
           Total teachers in district                   572.5 FTE
                     No degree                           5.0 FTE
                      Bachelors                         494.4 FTE
                       Masters                           73.1 FTE
            Average teacher salary                       $37,796
      Average experience of teachers                       12.1
             Student/Teacher ratio                         15.5
             Disadvantaged students                   7728 (86.7 %)
                   At-risk students                   5205 (58.4 %)
Students eligible for national school lunch program   7965 (89.0 %)




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           Current Status of Technology
       San Benito CISD developed a Three-Year Technology Plan for 1998-2001 based

on the premise that the twenty-first century will require “new basic skills” that involve much

more than traditional teaching. The plan focused on helping administrators and teachers use

technological tools to work more efficiently. The district accomplished the goals and

objectives as set forth in that technology plan.

       The district adopted the Macintosh computer in 1992 and purchased integrated

learning systems and multimedia-authoring software. Computer training was instituted for

staff and faculty. The installation of a Wide Area Network (WAN) costing almost $1,000,000

was completed in 1997, including a new Technology Resource Center at the Administration

Building. This new digital telecommunications system connects each campus of the district

by T-1 line to the Technology Resource Center and provides high-speed voice, data, and

video communications. The Wide Area Network serves everyone throughout the district and

conserves district resources.

       The present infrastructure has enabled San Benito CISD to complete the following:

Administrative Computing:

•   Electronic time clock

•   Financial management: Budget and Payroll

•   Food Services management

•   Health Care information

•   Inventory and fixed assets

•   Personnel management

•   Special Education information
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•   Daily attendance and grades

•   Student demographics information

•   Technology and Maintenance Repair Request

Technology Self-Assessment Tool ( TSAT)

Library Management and Automation:

•      Access to cable - TCI or Prime Star

•      Cataloging

•      Circulation

•      Technology Center

•      Union Catalog

Electronic Research Tools

Staff Development:

•      Most teachers have achieved basic computer literacy

•      Many teachers have achieved some advanced computer skills

•      Many teachers have received specialized training on ILS and LightSpan courseware

•      Professional Technology Development Center is established for staff and faculty

       training

•      T-STAR satellite is installed and upgraded in 1998

•      More than 150 teachers have completed TIF training curriculum

•      More than 150 teachers have completed Technology Integration training ( TIE grant)

•      Between September 1999 to January 2001 (1602X581 = 930, 762 contact hours)

       581 hours of technology training has been provided to the teachers




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Public Relations & Community Service:

•     Local KSBG Channel 12 is established for communication with the community

•     Local radio station at Miller Jordan Middle School is functioning

•     Parental Involvement Center with some technology is established at each Campus

•     Computer education for parents during and after school hours is continuing

•     District web-site provides an excellent source of information about the schools

•     Technology achievements are publicized via District’s Website, local newspapers

      and state publications



Instructional Technology:

•     Technology courses offered are Technology Applications, Keyboarding, Business

      Computer Applications, Computer Science, Word of Works, Internetworking

      (Cisco), Video Production, Computer Assisted Design and Modular Industrial

      Technology

•     Integrated Learning Systems includes Jostens, Computer Curriculum Corporation,

      Ideal Learning, Autoskills, Expressway To Reading and Light Span

•     Multimedia Software used includes Hyper Studio, PowerPoint, mPower and

      AppleWorks

•     Technology Tools used are Video/data Projector, Digital camera, Digital Camcorders,

      Scanners, CD-ROM ( R/W), Digital Interface devices for science and Robotics

      modules

•     Applications Tools are Word Processing, Database and Spreadsheet

•     Web Page design software includes Claris Home Page and Netscape editor

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•     Curriculum Alignment and ENI management software is used to monitor student

      progress and teacher accountability

•     Student-to-Computer ratio is about 4 to 1



Repair and Maintenance of Equipment:

•     No maintenance insurance is required

•     In-house repairs are done on regular basis

•     In-house inventory of spare parts is maintained at the central office

•     On-line repair request is available for all staff

•     Spare parts are ordered electronically to expedite the repairs

•     Regular annual cleaning of computers is maintained

•     Each computer maintenance technician is assigned 500-600 computers

•     District has a full time network manager to manage its integrated voice, video and data

      network.


Additional Initiatives Completed:

•     Local control of digital telephony Inter-Tel PBX system is maintained

•     Distance Learning at the secondary schools is operational

•     Electronic mail is available to all teachers and students

•     Home pages on World Wide Web (WWW) are published

•     Publications of Student’s projects on the Web are available

•     Internet Access via high speed band width is completed

•     Local TV channel KSBG 12 is functiional and provides information to the community

•     After School (Extended Day) computer activities via PHD grant are available

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•      Computer Repair and Robotic camps during summer are benefiting the students

               A second phase of the telecommunications initiative was funded for the

secondary schools by TIF grants completed in January 1998. Classrooms and labs in the

high school and the two middle schools were equipped with Category 5 wiring and

multimedia computers. The infrastructure provides Internet access in all computer labs and in

most classrooms of the three schools. A Distance Learning Lab for each school was

established.

       During 1998-2000 E-rate funding was used to expedite infrastructure, wiring of all

other classrooms, libraries and computer labs in all schools. Network connections, servers

and switches were upgraded as needed to increase bandwidth and reliability.

       Funds from additional TIF grants were used to provide computers and software for all

the elementary schools. During all this time, local technology funds were expended to

upgrade computers and expand computer accessibility for students at all schools. Results

are summarized below:

       Resources of the Internet are available in the library, classrooms and computer labs

•      Collaborative projects with the University of Texas at Brownsville and other schools

       continue.

•      Enhanced science projects were developed and published using the World-Wide

       Web (WWW).

•      Creative writing opportunities include publishing on the WWW.

•      Social science research using the WWW is conducted and published on the WWW.

•      Enhanced mathematics activities using the WWW have been developed.

•      Mentor relationship between students and faculty continues at all levels.

•      Local Multimedia Contest for K-12 continues

•      Distance Learning opportunities continue at the secondary schools.


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•        Technology training for faculty and students continues and has expanded to include

         integration of technology into teaching.

•        Web pages have been published for the San Benito CISD and each of its

         campuses

•        Student publishing on the World-Wide Web continues.

•        Computer-to-Student ration in the district is 1:4

•        There are one to five computers in each classroom

•        More than 50% of teachers have received TIF or TIE Technology Integration

         professional development training

•        District Multimedia Project and Project Integrate achievements have been published

         in the TCET publication Impact

•        Technology integration at the elementary level is also been recognized by TEA T-

         Star program

         For the last eight years technology expenditures from local funds , E-rate, TIF,TIE

and other grants are shown in the chart below:


Year       Local Funds         E-Rate               TIF        TIE         Private
1993       $212,452.94
1994       $572,823.98                                                     $10,000
1995       $609,202.80
1996       $798,059.09                                                     $10,000
1997       $632,470.52                              $850,000               $10,000
1998       $1,995,985.75       $871,786.42                                 $250,000
1999       $1,172,649.92       $422,252.56          $200,000   $150,000
2000       $921,877.00         $441,181.71          $400.000


         In the past the district also has borrowed money to complete large district-wide

technology projects. San Benito CISD has been very consistent in providing resources for

the implementation of technology and is committed to keep its momentum for the next three

years,
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Instructional Computers
   Inventory Needed
       Inert Excel Spread sheet




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Other Equipment needed
       Insert Excel spread sheet




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                   Goals for 2001-2004
1) Equip and maintain every classroom and every teacher with
   technological tools and multimedia computers.

2) Equip and maintain every Internet lab with innovative technological tools
   and multimedia computers.

3) Equip and maintain every school library with multimedia computers
   connected to the Internet.

4) Maintain and upgrade the infrastructure that provides efficient Internet
   connectivity for every school in the school district.

5) Maintain an environment that encourages curriculum enhancement and
   technological innovation.

6) Maintain and provide accessibility by all students to technological tools
   available in computer labs and the library.

7) Continue providing professional development to empower every
   teacher with technological-fluency, and to ensure the integration of
   Internet resources into the curriculum.

8) Involve the community in the utilization of technology to promote student
   learning.

9) Provide technicians to support the maintenance of technology, and
   computer specialists to ensure integration of technology into the
   curriculum.

10) Maintain and Upgrade the Administrative Computing System to
  provide more timely and efficient accountability services.




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Goal 1-Infrastructure for Technology

Equip and maintain every classroom and every teacher with technological tools
and multimedia computers.


Strategies:
1.1   Provide a minimum of six multimedia computers for every classroom.

1.2   Provide a quality projection or display device for every classroom.

1.3   Provide at least one quality printer in every classroom.

1.4   Provide a notebook computer for each teacher after he/she has met the qualifications
      set forth in the SBCISD Staff Development Plan.

1.5   Provide a student-to-multimedia computer ratio of 3:1 for every campus

1.6   Maintain minimum established standards for the purchase of computer hardware.

1.7   Provide for upgrade or replacement of each computer every three years

1.8   Maintain and upgrade T-Star system from analog to digital

1.9   Maintain and upgrade remote access for web-based learning




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Goal 2-Infrastructure for Technology:

Equip and maintain every Internet lab with innovative technological tools and
multimedia computers.

Strategies:
2.1   Continue providing at least one computer for each student when a class is assigned
      to a computer lab.

2.2   Continue providing an adequate number of quality printers for each computer lab.

2.3   Provide at least five digital movie cameras for each Internet lab.

2.4   Provide at least five to ten digital cameras for each Internet lab.

2.5   Provide at least five color scanners for each Internet lab.

2.6   Continue providing at least one Internet lab for each elementary school.

2.7   Continue providing at least one Internet lab for each middle school.

2.8   Continue providing at least one Internet lab for each department in the ninth grade
      school and the high school.

2.9   Provide at least five R/W CD-ROMs for each Internet lab.




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Goal 3-Infrastructure for Technology:

Equip and maintain every school library with multimedia computers connected to
the Internet.


Strategies:
3.1   Provide at least fifteen multimedia computers, connected to the Internet in every
      elementary school library.

3.2   Provide at least twenty-five multimedia computers, connected to the Internet in every
      middle school library.

3.3   Provide at least twenty-five multimedia computers, connected to the Internet in the
      ninth grade and high school libraries.

3.4   Maintain and upgrade distance-learning equipment for each secondary school library.

3.5   Provide at least ten portable computers for student checkout in each elementary
      school library.

3.6   Provide at least twenty portable computers for student checkout in each middle
      school library.

3.7   Provide at least forty portable computers for student checkout in each high school
      library.




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Goal 4-Infrastructure for Technology:

Maintain and upgrade the infrastructure that provides efficient Internet connectivity, wire-
less network and telecommunication services for every school in the district.


Strategies:
4.1    Maintain the policy that all new construction must include Internet connectivity.

4.2    Maintain a maintenance service contract for Firewall and File Servers

4.3    Renovate and remodel all existing wiring closets to accommodate efficient Internet
       connectivity.

4.4    Provide appropriate UPS and safety devices for each switch and each server in all
       the wiring closets.

4.5    Establish a Main Distribution Facility (MDF) and Intermediary Distribution Facility (IDF)
       on each new campus.

4.6    Provide and maintain the necessary dedicated electrical circuits and proper
       temperature and humidity environment in all new facilities.

4.7    Provide and maintain a proxy server or Content engines at each campus for efficient
       Internet communication connected to the district WAN.

4.8    Provide and maintain a networked NT file server at each campus to share information
       electronically.

4.9    Provide and maintain an Internet web server at each campus for Internet publications.

4.10   Provide and maintain Giga Stack Catalyst Cisco switches for each campus connected
       to the district WAN to enhance the internet speed.

4.11   Provide and maintain telephone and E-mail services for all teachers and students.




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Goal 5 -Teaching and Learning:

Provide an environment that encourages curriculum enhancement and
technological innovation.


Strategies:
5.1 Continue adding new TEA recommended technology courses .

          •      Independent Study in Technology Applications
          •      Computer Maintenance
          •      Cisco and Microsoft Certification Courses
          •      Microsoft Office User Specialist (MOUS) Certification Courses
          •      Desktop Publishing
          •      Video Technology
          •      Web Mastering
          •      Digital Graphic and Animation


5.2 Expand the use of cooperative and advanced-placement courses using distance
     learning.

5.3 Expand the use of concurrent enrollment courses using distance learning.

5.4 Upgrade instructional materials that integrate technology into the Texas Essential
     Knowledge and Skills.

5.5 Expand the use of incentives for model programs to implement innovative
     technologies and methodologies.

5.6 Encourage campuses to participate in the District-wide Multimedia Contest and publish
     award-winning science fair projects.

5.7 Encourage each content area department or elementary campus to design projects
     each year to be published on the web.




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Goal 6-Teaching and Learning:

Maintain accessibility by all students to technological tools available in computer
labs and the library.

Strategies:
6.1   Maintain access to computer labs and Internet labs for each teacher on a rotation or
      as-needed basis.

6.2   Provide access to library, computer labs, and Internet labs before and after school
      hours.

6.3   Expand the use of checkout computers by students and teachers.




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Goal 7 - Educator Preparation and Development:

Continue providing professional development to empower every teacher with
technological-fluency, and to ensure the integration of Internet resources into the
curriculum.

Strategies:
7.1    Submit a Long-range Plan for Technology according to State and national guidelines.

7.2    Maintain and update the Long-range Plan for Staff Development including the
       following components:
           • General Technology Development
           • Technology & Curriculum Integration Development
           • Technology Innovation Development

7.3    Maintain standards for evaluating and reporting the extent to which educators fulfill
       technology proficiencies.

7.4    Expand the use of the online technology (TSAT) survey.

7.5    Expand strategies to meet performance descriptions for students as stated in TEKS
       and to establish technology proficiencies for students based on these.

7.6    Continue providing monetary remuneration for all teachers who attend technology
       training after school hours.

7.7    Upgrade the Technology Professional Development Center to continue
       accommodating 30 learners.

7.8    Provide support for distance learning and distributed learning opportunities for
       educators.

7.9    Provide on-line resources for teacher and staff to improve efficiency.

7.10   Provide web-based resources for teacher and staff training in technology




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Goal 8 -Administration and Support Services:

Involve the community in the utilization of technology to promote student
learning.


Strategies:

8.1   Expand involvement of parents and community in the use of District technological
      resources.

8.2   Continue providing remote access to Internet resources for community organizations
      such as the Boy's Club and the Housing Authority when their computers are used by
      San Benito youth.

8.3   Expand collaboration and partnerships between the District schools and local
      universities and colleges (such as advanced placement courses with UTB/TSC and
      Tech-Prep with TSTC, etc.).

8.4   Encourage sponsorships by the private sector and public entities to promote
      advancement of technology in the schools.

8.5   Expand the communication and dissemination of information about the District
      technological progress and future plans.

8.6   Create a link between the catalogs of each campus library and other libraries.

8.7   Provide remote access to Internet resources for faculty and students using computers
      at home for educational purposes.




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Goal 9 - Administration and Support Services:

Provide technicians to support the maintenance of technology, and computer
specialists to ensure integration of technology into the curriculum.


Strategies:

9.1   Maintain a district-wide computer-to-technician ratio of 600 to 1.

9.2   Maintain two technicians for the high school, one for each middle school and one for
      every three elementary schools.

9.3   Maintain one technician for administration and support services departments.

9.4   Maintain one district-wide Web Master and one network specialist technician.

9.5   Maintain one Computer Lab Manager for each Internet Lab.

9.6   Maintain one full-time computer specialist for the high school.

9.7   Maintain one full-time computer specialist for each middle school.

9.8   Maintain a part-time computer specialist for every elementary school.




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Goal 10 - Administration and Support Services:

Maintain the Administrative Computing Systems to provide more timely and
efficient accountability services.

Strategies:

10.1   Upgrade the mainframe UNIX NCR 3400 system and software to a graphical user
       interface (GUI) system or purchase a new system

10.2   Maintain the administrative computer network throughout the district to provide on-
       line access by faculty to student information.

10.3   Maintain an on-line electronic purchase order system.

10.4   Maintain an on-line repair and maintenance request system for technology and
       maintenance.

10.5   Maintain an on-line registration system for workshops.

10.6   Install on-line utility tools to improve the efficiency of daily routine

10.7   Standardize the word processing/ Database/Spreadsheet application to Microsoft
       Office




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                        Projected Budget

Goal 1: Equip every classroom and every teacher with
technological tools and multimedia computers.


     1. Cost - Benefit Analysis                        Date: 01/23/2001


                 COSTS                                     BENEFITS


 Tangible:                                   Tangible:
 1.1 – covered in Action Step 1.5            •   Improved academic performance
 1.2- $201,000                               •   Better preparation for life and work
 1.3 - $117,000                              •   Enhances job opportunities
 1.4 - $676,000                              •   Increases readiness for college
 1.5 - $1,962,000                            •   Better preparation for teachers
 1.6-No cost                                 •   Better performance by teachers
 1.7- $200,000                               •   Increases student understanding and
 1.8 - $ 10,000                                  retention
 1.9 - $60,000



 TOTAL = $3,226,000


 Intangible:
                                             Intangible:
 •   Resistance to change
 •   Fear of new technology                  •   Improves student communication skills
 •   Pressure of frequent upgrade requests
                                             •   Increases desire to learn
                                             •   Increases motivation to learn
                                             •   Increases pride and self-esteem
                                             •   Good image for district and community




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Goal 2: Maintain every Internet lab with innovative technological
tools and multimedia computers.



     2. Cost - Benefit Analysis                    Date: 01/23/2001


                COSTS                                   BENEFITS


 Tangible                                Tangible:
 2.1-2.2–Covered in Action Plan Goal 1   •   Allows more productivity
 2.3 – $83,000                           •   Creates more variety
 2.4-- $83,200                           •   Makes students ready for higher
 2.5--$37,000                                education and job market
 2.6-2.9—Covered in Action Plan Goal 1   •   Provides opportunity to learn new skills
 2.9--$75,000                            •   Provides access to innumerable
                                             resources at no additional cost
                                         •   Free public-domain software
                                         •   Access to latest information on current
 Total = $ 278,000                           events
                                         •   Collaboration and sharing of ideas and
                                             resources


                                         Intangible:
 Intangible:
                                         •   Increases student motivation
 •   Resistance to change
 •   Fear of new technology              •   Increases student creativity
 •   Negative attitude                   •   Increase student pride and self-esteem




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Goal 3: Maintain every school library with multimedia computers
connected to the Internet.


     3. Cost - Benefit Analysis                      Date: 01/23/2001


                COSTS                                     BENEFITS


 Tangible:                                 Tangible:
 3.1 – 3.3 $ 180,000                       •   Provides greater access to resources
 3.4 - $135,000                            •   Extends the learning hours
 3.5 – 3.7 $119,000                        •   Extends the school course offerings
                                               through distance education
                                           •   Enriches the curriculum through
 TOTAL = $434,000                              cooperative activities using distance
                                               learning
                                           •   Involves the parents in student learning
                                           •   Computers more accessible to
                                               students
                                           •   Improves quality of work
                                           •   Enables timely completion of
                                               assignments

 Intangible:                               Intangible:
 •   Addiction to computers                •   Increases student motivation
 •   Fear of loss or damage to computers
 •   Pressure on parents to take           •   Increases student creativity
     responsibility for the take-home      •   Increase student pride and self-esteem
     computers                             •   Develops life-long learners
                                           •   Teaches responsibility




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Goal 4: Maintain and upgrade the infrastructure that provides
efficient Internet connectivity for every school library in the
school district.



     4. Cost - Benefit Analysis                            Date: 01/23/2001


                 COSTS                                          BENEFITS

 Tangible:                                       Tangible:
 4.1, 4.3 and 4.6 Cost built into construction   •   Cost-savings when wiring new
 4.2--$75,000                                        construction
 4.4 --$56,000                                   •   Increases speed and efficiency of
 4.7-4.9 $362,500                                    Internet access
 4.10-- $565,000                                 •   Provides convenient way to share and
 4.11--$41,000                                       install software
                                                 •   Provides a vehicle for students to share
                                                     and publish their work
                                                 •   Provides the most cost-effective
 TOTAL = $1,099,000                                  method for Internet connectivity
                                                 •   Increases the life-span of equipment



 Intangible:                                     Intangible:
 •   Wiring older buildings will cause a loss    •   Aesthetic appearance when wiring is
     of space and can create an unappealing          planned in new construction
     appearance
 •   Inconvenience to teachers and students      •   Convenience in repairing and
     during the installation process                 upgrading
 •   Stress caused by the increased work-
     load for the maintenance department




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Goal 5: Provide an environment that encourages curriculum
enhancement and technological innovation.


     5. Cost - Benefit Analysis                         Date: 01/23/2001


                   COSTS                                      BENEFITS


 Tangible:                                     Tangible:

 5.1 - Costs of personnel                      •   Allows more productivity
 5.2-5.3 - Minimal cost                        •   Creates more variety
 5.4--$210,000                                 •   Makes students ready for higher
                                                   education and job market
 5.5--$360,000                                 •   Provides opportunity to learn new skills
 5.6--$20,000                                  •   Provides access to higher-learning
 5.7 - Minimal                                     resources at minimal cost
                                               •   Collaboration and sharing of ideas and
                                                   resources
                                               •   Provides opportunity for review by
 Total = $590,000                                  peers and experts in the field
                                               •   Offers a cost-effective method for
                                                   providing additional courses and staff
                                                   development
 Intangible:                                   Intangible:
 •   Resistance to change
 •   Fear of new technology                    •   Improves student communication skills
 •   Negative attitude                         •   Increases opportunities to learn new
 •   Difficulties finding qualified teachers       curriculum
                                               •   Provides opportunities to accumulate
                                                   college credits
                                               •   Increases motivation to learn
                                               •   Increases pride and self-esteem
                                               •   Good image for district and community
                                               •   Provides focus on special needs of
                                                   students




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Goal 6: Maintain accessibility by all students to technological
tools available in computer labs and the libraries.


     6. Cost - Benefit Analysis                      Date: 01/23/2001



                 COSTS                                    BENEFITS


 Tangible:                                 Tangible:
 6.1 No cost                               •   Provides greater access to resources
 6.2 Cost of additional time for           •   Extends the learning hours
     paraprofessionals – about $2500 per   •   Involves the parents in student learning
     campus per year                       •   Computers more accessible to
 6.3 No cost                                   students
                                           •   Improves quality of work
                                           •   Enables timely completion of
                                               assignments
 TOTAL = $105,000 for three years




 Intangible:                               Intangible:
 •   Cost of electricity and maintenance   •   Increases student motivation
 •   Time required for planning and
     designing                             •   Increases student creativity
                                           •   Increase student pride and self-esteem
                                           •   Develops life-long learners
                                           •   Teaches responsibility
                                           •   Eliminates the excuse of not having a
                                               computer at home




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Goal 7: Continue providing professional development to empower
every teacher with technological-fluency, and to ensure the
integration of Internet resources into the curriculum.



     7. Cost - Benefit
                   Analysis                            Date: 01/23/2001



                 COSTS                                      BENEFITS


 Tangible:                                   Tangible:
 7.1- 7.5 No additional cost                 •   Provides greater utilization of resources
 7.6 - $100,000                              •   Extends the school course offerings
 7.7--$50,000                                    through distance education
 7.8-7.10--$ 30,000                          •   Enriches the curriculum through
                                                 cooperative activities using distance
                                                 learning
                                             •   Provides opportunity for parents to
 Total =$ 180,000 for three years                learn
                                             •   Provides opportunity for community
                                                 involvement through volunteering and
                                                 sponsorship
                                             •   Provides easy access to Internet for
                                                 students at community organizations
                                             •   Provides access to catalogs of other
                                                 libraries

 Intangible:                                 Intangible:
 •   Requires time for planning              •   Increases parent participation
 •   Potential for improper handling of
     equipment                               •   Increase students, parents and
 •   Requires additional security measures       community pride and self-esteem
 •   Requires additional duties for          •   Develops life-long learners
     technicians                             •   Improves relationship between local
 •   Fear of loss of equipment                   colleges and the district
                                             •   Eliminates the excuse of not having a
                                                 computer at home
                                             •   Eases the transition from school to
                                                 college




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Goal 8: Involve the community in the utilization of technology to
promote student learning.



     8. Cost – Benefit Analysis                   Date: 01/23/2001


                  COSTS                                BENEFITS

 Tangible:                              Tangible:
 8.1-8.5--$20,000                       •   Provides security and timely repairs for
 8.6--$10,000                               equipment
 8.7--$60,000                           •   Increases usefulness of equipment
                                        •   Increases the useful life of the
                                            equipment
                                        •   Insures proper integration of technology
                                            into curriculum
 Total = $ 90,000                       •   Insures quality staff development
                                        •   Improves communication between the
                                            campuses and the central staff


 Intangible:                            Intangible:
 •   Resistance to change               •   Provide for better communication of
 •   Negative attitude towards staff-       computer maintenance and training
     development                            needs
                                        •   Increases a positive attitude toward the
                                            use of computers in curriculum
                                        •   Provides for pride in “ownership” of
                                            computer labs
                                        •   Provides a structured organization for
                                            success




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Goal 9: Provide technicians to support the maintenance of
technology, and computer specialists to ensure integration of
technology into the curriculum.



     9. Cost - Benefit Analysis                            Date: 01/23/2001


                   COSTS                                        BENEFITS


 Tangible:                                       Tangible:
 9.1– 9.4 --$65,000 (One additional              •   Provide an outline for the successful
 Technician)                                         integration of technology with curriculum
 9.5-9.8—Personnel Cost                          •   Provide a map for professional
                                                     development keyed to the identified
                                                     strategies and goals
 Total = $65,000                                 •   Provide the faculty with meaningful
                                                     opportunities for growth and success
                                                 •   Provide time and facilities for staff
                                                     development
                                                 •   Provides cost effective college courses
                                                     to faculty and staff via distance learning
                                                 •   Provides better opportunities for
                                                     receiving grants


 Intangible:                                     Intangible:

 •   Requires time for development               •   Improvement in quality of instruction for
 •   Negative attitude towards planning              students by better trained teachers
 •   Resistance to change                        •   Makes teachers and staff more
 •   Negative attitude towards staff-                comfortable with technology
     development
 •   Mandatory development of plans to           •   Develops teachers attitudes so that
     apply for grants                                technology becomes a natural
 •   Resistance to hire more personnel               extension of the teaching process
 •   Difficulty in finding qualified personnel




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Goal 10: Maintain the Administrative Computing System to
provide more timely and efficient accountability services.



     10. Cost - Benefit Analysis                        Date: 01/23/2001


                 COSTS                                       BENEFITS


 Tangible:                                    Tangible:
 10.1--$200,000 t0 $900,000 (the large        •   Provide an excellent source for on-line
 amount for changing the EDP system )             district information development
                                              •   Provide the faculty with meaningful
 10.2-10.5--$120,000                              opportunities for students’ data
                                              •   Provide business and personnel
 10.6-10.7-- $150,000                             department with indispensable tools.
                                              •   Provides cost effective means to share
 Total = $470,000 to $1,370,000                   information
                                              •   Provides better opportunities for
                                                  interfacing various integrating tools for
                                                  management

 Intangible:
                                              Intangible:
 •   Requires time for retraining
 •   Negative attitude towards planning and   •   Improvement in quality of instruction for
     training                                     students by better trained teachers
 •   Resistance to change
                                              •   Makes teachers and staff more
                                                  comfortable with technology
                                              •   Develops teachers attitudes so that
                                                  technology becomes a natural
                                                  extension of the teaching process




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                       Staff Development
1)    Every teacher and every paraprofessional will be required to complete a series of
      computer and Internet training classes.

2)    A technology database will be developed to monitor skills as they are acquired.

3)    Internet and computer use in the classroom will be considered in the teacher
      evaluation process.

4)    Integrated software products such as Microsoft Office, WordPerfect Suite, or
      AppleWorks will be used for productivity. Multimedia authoring software
      (HyperStudio, KidPix, PowerPoint, mPower) will be used by students as well as
      teachers.

5)    The use of Internet publishing will be encouraged for faculty and students.

6)    Computer clubs will be encouraged on the secondary school campuses.

7)    Computer training will be continued on a regular basis, introducing new equipment
      and software as it is added. Internet training will be continued as new uses are
      developed.

8)    Faculty members will be given release time or financial remuneration for computer
      training beyond the basics.

9)    Every teacher will be trained to make maximum use of the computer as a tool in
      teaching.

10)   Educators will be encouraged to keep track of their progress using on-line Technology
      Self-Assessment Tool ( TSAT) regularly

11)   Web-based, on-line and distance learning course work will be supported

12)   At least thirty percent of the Technology State Allotment funds will be dedicated to
      professional development of technology




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                                        Curriculum
            Computer training will be offered regularly for all faculty and staff. New faculty will be

required to demonstrate computer and Internet ability, or to take computer training offered by

the San Benito CISD or by a university. Courses will be revised yearly to match advances

in technology. Other courses will be added as needed.


   Skill Stage                                           Description
       Entry             Teacher struggles to cope with technology and new learning
      Level 1            environment, or has no experience at all.
   Intermediate          Teacher moves from initial struggle to successful training and use of
      level 2            technology at a basic lever (e.g., can use drill-and-practice software).
    Advanced             Teacher moves from basic use to discovery of potential in a variety of
      Level 3            applications. Teacher has good operational knowledge of hardware
                         and can perform basic trouble-shooting.
      Mastery            Teacher has mastery over the technology and can use it to accomplish a
      Level 4            variety of instructional and classroom management goals. Teacher has
                         strong knowledge of hardware, local-area networks, and wide-area
                         networks.
     Invention           Teacher activity develops entirely new learning skills that utilize
      Level 5            technology as a flexible tool.

            The University of Texas at Brownsville and other colleges using SBCISD distance

learning facilities offer courses for teachers, paraprofessionals, and community members. The

district Technology Professional Development Center is equipped with 30 Internet-efficient

computers and other digital devices. The district offers technology classes during and after

school hours and weekends.

            San Benito CISD will promote web-based on-line courses offered by various

universities. The following curriculum is followed for in-house workshops offered by teachers,

and individual’s progress is monitored by the on-line TSAT survey developed by the

district.




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Course 101M: Beginner Macintosh System
Participants will learn the basic functions of the Macintosh computer.

Competencies:

•       learn basic components of a computer : CPU, monitor, hard drive, printer etc.
•       learn to start, restart and shut down computer
•       learn how to use mouse, icons, window and multiple windows
•       learn how to navigate desk top, control panel and chooser
•       learn how to create and organize folders
•       learn how to create, save and print documents
•       learn how to backup, rename and erase documents
•       learn how to use aliases, get inf., find command etc.
•       learn to use menu, sub menu, select and deselect items
•       learn to recognize the number of open documents
•       learn to recognize the pointer and cursor and its function
•       learn to copy to a diskette and a folder

Prerequisites: None

Recommended time: 3 hours


Software: Basic Macintosh operating system 8.0 or higher

Course 102M: Word Processing: Basic
(AppleWorks and Microsoft Office)
Participants will be learn to the beginning functions of a word processor.

Competencies:

•       learn to create a new document
•       learn to edit and save documents in appropriate folder
•       learn change text using size and style menu
•       learn to use spell check and Thesaurus
•       learn to use save, retrieve and print a document
•       learn to use basic formatting : right, left and center justification

Prerequisites: Course Number 101M

Recommended time: 3 hours




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Course 103M: Word Processing: Intermediate (AppleWorks,
Microsoft Office)
Participants will learn the advanced features of word processing.

Competencies:

•       learn how to change margins : top, bottom, right and left
•       learn how to indent, tab and align a documents
•       learn how to create header and footer
•       learn how to use copy, cut and paste functions
•       learn how to find and replace a specific word
•       learn to create document in columns
•       learn to import or add graphics to the documents

Prerequisites: Course 101M and 102M

Recommended time: 3 hours

Course 104M: Macintosh Drawing and Text Tools
Participants will learn to use Macintosh drawing tools

Competencies:

•       learn to recognize drawing tools : lines, rectangles, oval , rounded rectangles, arc and polygons
•       learn to fill object with color and patterns
•       learn to set line styles: thickness, color, patterns and arrows
•       learn to move an object in front of or behind an object that it overlaps
•       learn to draw arcs, polygons, and use relocate and reshape functions
•       learn to use freehand tool to sketch images
•       learn to group objects. Copy, duplicate and fill group object
•       learn to group selected objects together using group feature
•       learn to ungroup objects that have been grouped together
•       learn to resize group objects by dragging one of the four handles
•       learn to add color and patterns to grouped objects
•       learn to create a text frame, add text to it, change font type and font style
•       learn to insert and delete text in an existing text frame

Prerequisites: Course 101 M and 102M

Recommended time: 3 hours

Software: Apple Works




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Course 205M: Intermediate Macintosh System
Participants will learn some advanced features of Macintosh operating system.

Competencies:

•       learn to navigate using the finder and use advanced find features
•       learn to use finder shortcuts
•       learn to change views and create an alias
•       learn to explore extensions, Apple menu, item folder, preference and startup items folders
•       learn to install system items
•       learn to use General Controls, set the Mouse, the Keyboard, Color and sound
•       learn to use Apple Menu Options and Optimize Memory
•       learn to create Stationary Pad, customize an icon and create a startup screen
•       learn to use PC exchange, Publish and Subscribe features
•       learn to use Extension Manager and System Folder

Prerequisites: Course101M, 102M and 103M

Recommended Time: 3 hours

Software: Macintosh System 8.0 and higher



Course 206M: Advanced Macintosh System
Participants will learn to use the advanced features of Macintosh operating system.

Competencies:

•       learn to record a script using AppleScript
•       learn to save a script
•       learn to create an Application Script
•       learn basic troubleshooting: rebuild desktop, reset parameters RAM and create a startup disk
•       learn basic networking: local talk, Ethernet, define user and define a group
•       learn to start file sharing, create private folder and enable guest access
•       learn open transport and basic TCP/IP functions
•       learn basics of local talk and Ethernet hardware
•       Apple operating system Mac X

Prerequisite competencies: Course 105M

Recommended time: 3 hours

Software: Macintosh System 9.0 or higher




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Course 107M: Database: Basic (Apple Works, Microsoft Offices)
Participants will learn to create and publish a variety of documents including books, newsletter, brochures
and cards.

Competencies:

•       learn to define field, record and file
•       learn to browse and search through records
•       learn to sort records
•       learn to edit, edit and print data
•       learn to design a database: enter, modify, edit, delete records
•       learn to change tab order
•       learn to create various layout modes, create a report and print a report

Prerequisites: 102M

Recommended time: 3 hours

Software: Apple Works



Course 108M: Spreadsheet: Basic (Apple Works, Microsoft office)
The participants will learn to design a simple spreadsheet

Competencies:

•       learn to define basic term of spreadsheet: cell, row, column, block etc.
•       learn a design a simple spreadsheet
•       learn to use built-in functions
•       learn to format a spreadsheet
•       learn to make charts from a set of data: Bar graph
•       learn to add title, legends
•       learn to solve simple math problem
•       learn write formulas and paste functions
•       learn to use Fill commands
•       learn sort, format and print a spreadsheet
•       learn to explore other type of charts: pi chart, line charts, three dimensional etc.

Prerequisites: Course Number 103M

Recommended time: 3 hours




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Course 109M: Integrated Packages (Apple Works, Microsoft
office)
Description: Participants will learn to integrate the word processing, database and spreadsheet
modules.

Competencies:

•       learn to add graphic. create page layout and slide shows
•       learn to merge database by using mail merge
•       learn to link information of spreadsheet into word processing documents


Prerequisites: Course Number 104M

Recommended time: 3 hours


Course 110M: Multimedia Basic skills: Technology Tools
Participants will learn to use various multimedia tools useful in the classroom

Competencies:

•       learn the basic terminology of laser disc
•       learn to install and use Laser disk with t remote control
•       learn to use laser disk with bar-code reader
•       learn the basic terminology of CD-ROM
•       learn to install and use CD-ROM
•       learn the basic function of a scanner and digital camera
•       learn to scan and import a picture into a document
•       learn to use digital camera: load, retrieve and delete pictures

Prerequisites: Course Number 105M

Recommended time: 3-6 hours



         Presentation Applications Basic Skills (PowerPoint,
Course 111M:
Persuasion)
The participants will learn to use a presentation software tool to create printed and electronic presentation.

Competencies:

•       learn to use template and wizards to create slides
•       learn to import graphics objects
•       learn to edit graphic objects
•       learn to create, edit, modify various template
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•       learn to create custom bullets and build slides
•       learn to add transitions effects
•       learn to check spelling
•       learn to print outline and audience handouts

Prerequisites: Course 101-105M

Recommended time: 2-3 hours

Course 112M: Presentation Application Advanced Skills
(PowerPoint, Persuasion)
Participants will learn to add advanced features to electronic presentation.

Competencies:

•       learn to embed organizational charts and graphs
•       learn to add video and sound clips
•       learn to use graph data from a spreadsheet
•       learn to embed and link existing data
•       learn to create timed, self-running slide show

Recommended time: 3 hours

Prerequisites: Course Number 111M



Course 113M: Multimedia Authoring Skills: Basic (HyperStudio,
mPower)
Participant will acquire skills in creating multimedia projects.

Competencies:

•       learn to create a 5-10 cards project
•       learn to add border, digitized picture, cameo, title to the card and save stack
•       learn to add buttons and background
•       learn to add visible button to connect two cards
•       learn to link two cards with an invisible button
•       learn to copy an image from one card to another card
•       learn to resize an image
•       earn to add graphic, text and hypertext link
•       learn to give a card an action when leaving that card
•       learn to add ready made card template
•       earn to add a button to link two cards and play a sound
•       learn to add QuickTime movie

Prerequisites: Course Number 101M and 104M

Recommended time: 6 hours

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Course 113M: Multimedia Authoring Skills: Advanced
(HyperStudio, mPower)
Description: Participants will learn about advanced techniques in multimedia including structures, design,
color , sound , animation and digital video.

Competencies:

•       learn to create stacks of 5-10 card with text, graphic and border
•       learn to record and add your own sound to the stack
•       learn to add sound as QuickTime movie
•       learn to create an animation
•       learn to record a path and create a cell animation
•       learn about HyperStudio Plug-in
•       learn to export Web page etc.
•       learn to create link with an external source: CD-ROM and Laser Disk player
•       learn to record the project on a VCR tape
•       learn to transfer stacks between Macintosh and Windows platform

Prerequisites: Course number 113M

Recommended time: 6 hours


Course 115: Multimedia Authoring Skills: KidPix
Description: Participants will learn about advanced techniques in multimedia including structures, design,
color, sound , motion, animation and digital video.

Competencies:

•       learn to create stacks of 5-10 card with text, graphic and border
•       learn to record and add your own sound to the stack
•       learn to add sound as QuickTime movie
•       learn to create an animation
•       learn to record a path and create a cell animation
•       learn about HyperStudio Plug-in
•       learn to export Web page etc.
•       learn to create link with an external source: CD-ROM and Laser Disk player
•       learn to record the project on a VCR tape
•       learn to transfer stacks between Macintosh and Windows platform

Prerequisites: Course number 101-015M

Recommended time: 6 hours




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Course 116: Internet Essentials
Descriptions: participants will learn basic terminology, hardware, software and other requirements to
connect to Internet.

Competencies:

•       learn the history of Internet
•       learn the terminology of Internet: WWW, HTML, HTTP, URL, Fetch, Gopher, E-mail
•       learn the minimum requirements for hardware and software
•       learn different types of connections for Internet
•       learn typical nomenclature for URL
•       learn typical nomenclature for e-mail
•       learn what are Gopher server and Veronica
•       learn what is Intranet and Internet
•       learn benefits for business and classroom

Prerequisites: Course Number 101M

Recommended time: 3 hours


Course 117: Internet: Navigating the Web
Description: participants will learn to explore various web sites and create organize book marks.

Competencies:

•       learn to log on the Internet with Netscape 3.0
•       learn to recognize various icons
•       learn about various search engines
•       learn to explore hyperlinks and navigate links
•       learn browsing the World wide web
•       learn to open the document using URL references
•       learn to use GO and History command
•       learn to access Netscape’s On-line help
•       learn to customize Netscape preferences
•       learn to use bookmarks
•       learn to search for information on the Web
•       learn to download program from FTP servers
•       learn to diagnose and handle error message

Prerequisite : Course 115

Recommended time: 6 hours




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Course 118:Electronic Mail: Eudora
Description: Participant will learn use Eudora electronic mail software package .

Competencies:

•       learn the meaning of all icons used in Eudora software
•       learn to change password
•       learn to address a message
•       learn to compose a message
•       learn to send a message
•       learn to read and reply a message
•       learn to forward and delete a message
•       learn to attach a text item and a file
•       learn to view attachment
•       learn to print message items
•       learn to create and use a mailing list
•       learn to archive messages

Prerequisite: course number 101 M or 101 P

Recommended time: 3 hours



Course 119M: Introduction to Web Page Design: Claris Home
Page / Netscape
Description: Participant will learn to web pages using Claris Home page or Netscape editor

Competencies:

•       learn to create a web pages using Claris Home Page
•       learn to create pages with tables and graphics
•       learn to incorporate graphics from a digital source, such as digital camera or a scanner
•       learn to design school web site
•       learn to produce web pages for publishing

Recommended Time: two days

Prerequisites: Course 116-117




Course 219M: Advanced Web Page Design with Multimedia
Description: Participant will learn to add extra feature of video and sound to the web pages

Competencies:

•       learn to evaluate the success of the Internet projects
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•       learn to create QuickTime video
•       learn to create advanced web page including video and audio
•       learn to use variety of web creation tools
•       learn to create simple animation for use on Web pages, and
•       learn to create graphics for use on web pages

Recommended Time: 6 hours

Prerequisites: course 119M

Resources:

Course 204M: Integration of Internet into the curriculum:
Language Arts / Science Social studies / Science
Description: Participant will learn to create Unit Of Practice (UOP) using internet resources for curriculm

Competencies:

•       learn to participate in a demonstration of how technology and the Internet can be used in the
        curriculum
•       learn to explore uses of Internet in the curriculum and URLs
•       learn specific advantages of specific search engines
•       learn how to critically evaluate sites of curriculum interest
•       learn the process to integrate a unit of study with Internet resources
•       learn strategies for implementation with students
•       learn to design and develop a teaching unit that incorporate Internet uses

Recommended Time: 6 hours

Prerequisites: Course 116-117



Course 205: Word Processing: Basic Microsoft Word (Macintosh
and Windows)
Description: Participants will become familiar with the basics of using Microsoft Word. a powerful, full-
featured word processing program.

Competencies:

•       learn to create, edit, and format a letter, memo, and proposal
•       learn to change margins, indents, tabs, spacing, and alignment
•       learn to create bulleted and numbered lists automatically
•       learn to find and replace text and character formats
•       learn to create header and footers
•       learn to check spelling, grammar, and page breaks before printing

Recommended time: 6 hours

Prerequisites: Course number 101-104M
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Course 206: Word Processing: Intermediate Microsoft Word
Description: participants will learn to create and format documents quickly and efficiently.

Competencies:

•       learn to apply borders and shading to text and tables
•       learn to create, edit, link, and apply styles
•       learn to create, edit, and use Auto Text entries
•       learn to create and use template and simple macros
•       learn to create and customize the tool bars, menus, and shortcut Keys
•       learn to create, edit, format, and manipulate tables

Recommended time: 6hours

Perquisites: Course Number 205



Course 101F: System Demographic System Database
Description: Participant will learn to collect, maintain, and report on general information for their entire
student population. It serves as the basis for all systems in the mainframe EDP system. All of the student
data is required for PEIMS reporting to the TEA

Competencies:

•       learn automatic assignment of ID numbers
•       learn to validate Social Security Number
•       learn to use and maintain on-line access
•       learn to make changes in Family Codes and Parents/guardian data
•       learn on-line validation of the spelling against parameters established
•       learn Student Locker System
•       learn Daily Attendance System
•       learn Class Attendance System
•       learn Student Scheduling System
•       learn Grade Reporting System
•       learn Academic History System
•       learn Three Week Failure Reporting System

Perquisites: Course 101M or 101 P

Recommended time: 6 hours

Resource: EDP documentation




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Course 307: Integration of Technology into the Curriculum:
Language Arts
Description: This workshop is offered for elementary, middle or high school educators. It will emphasize
teacher skills for designing lesson plans that use innovative conceptual tools

Competencies:

•       review an array of technology-based activities in language arts including
•       multimedia essay, hyper-research. multimedia presentation skills,
•       research and information management skills
•       collaborative writing
•       desktop publishing and sophisticated uses of word processing, and
•       the creation of templates for use in composing communication

Recommended time: 6 hours

Prerequisites: Course Number 205, 206

Course 308: Integration of Technology into the Curriculum: Social
Studies
Description: This workshop is offered for elementary, middle or high school educators. It will emphasize
teacher skills for designing lessons that use innovative conceptual tool to reach expanded goals for
learning.

Competencies:

•       learn how to use word processing, database and spreadsheet in achieving learning goals in Social
        Studies
•       learn how to coach students using technology with new research and information management
        skills, simulation, group work and presentation skills

Recommended time: 6 hours

Prerequisites: Course 116-117

Course 309: Integration of Technology into the Curriculum:
Science
Description: This workshop is offered for elementary, middle or high school educators. It will show how
student performance in science can improve with conventional technology application, as wee as with
newer tools,

Competencies:

1.      learn how to improve research and problem solving skills using
2.      word processing, spread sheet and database
3.      learn to facilitate student use of these tools,
4.      learn to use simulations and digital interface devices


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Recommended time: 6 hours

Prerequisites: Course 116-117


Course 310: Integration of Technology into the Curriculum:
Mathematics
Description: This workshop is offered for elementary , middle or high schools educators. It will demonstrate
how technology can facilitate integration of NCTM math standards and other emerging practices to improve
student performance in mathematics,

Competencies:

1.      learn to use application such as spreadsheet, database and word processing for
2.      problem solving and writing narrative explanation of math solutions
3.      learn to integrate math software in daily teaching

Recommended time: 6 hours

Prerequisites: Course 16-117


Course 311: Data Analysis
Course 312: Quicken
Course 312: Microsoft Word: Beginning
Course 313: Microsoft Word: Intermediate
Course 314: Microsoft Word: Advanced
Course 401:Adobe PageMaker
Course 402: Adobe PhotoShop
Course 403: FileMaker Pro
Course 404: Microsoft Office Excel
Course 405: HTML: Designing Web Pages

Course 102F: Mainframe Database: Health And Immunization System

Course 103F: Mainframe Database: Student Discipline System
Course 104F: Mainframe Database: Special Education System
Course 105F:Mainframe Database: Food Services Lunch Application
Course 105F: Mainframe Database: Electronic Purchase Order System
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Sustainability and Securing Funding
       San Benito CISD is committed to complete these goals by the year 2004.

Hardware and software upgrades and maintenance will be budgeted items in all district

budgets. Renovations of older classrooms and new buildings for the school district will

include Category 5 wiring installed in the construction phase covered by the Bond money.

       By the year 2003, a new magnet secondary school will be established. A new

elementary school, Dr. Raul Garza Elementary School, was completed and wired in January

1998 for 500 students. A new Berta Cabaza Middle School was completed and wired in

Aug. 1998 for 1000 students. A $47,000,000 bond issue passed in Nov. 1997 and in

1998 added additional classrooms and renovated existing classrooms and libraries. A new

Ninth Grade Campus and a Fine Arts Academy will be completed by fall of 2003.

       Technology expenditures from district funds and outside sources will be used to

sustain and enhance the use of the Internet in every classroom. Federal and state funding

through E-rate, TIF, TIE and similar grants for technology will be sought, as they become

available. Some local and private businesses also provide some funds for technology.

       During the last two years, both middle schools and seven elementary schools have

achieved Recognized Status. The four other elementary schools have achieved

Acceptable Status. TAAS tests have continued to improve for several years.

       The San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees and

administrators are fully committed to provide exemplary schools and to graduate students

ready to compete and excel in all endeavors. They fully support the development of

technology on the campuses of all schools, and their commitment is evidenced by the fact

that San Benito CISD has spent more than 6 millions dollars on technology for the last three
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years.
         For the last eight years technology expenditures from local funds, E-rate, TIF, TIE and

other grants are shown in the chart below:


Year       Local Funds          E-Rate            TIF            TIE          Private
1993       $212,452.94
1994       $572,823.98                                                        $10,000
1995       $609,202.80
1996       $798,059.09                                                        $10,000
1997       $632,470.52                            $850,000                    $10,000
1998       $1,995,985.75        $871,786.42                                   $250,000
1999       $1,172,649.92        $422,252.56       $200,000       $150,000
2000       $921,877.00          $441,181.71       $400.000



         In the past the district also has borrowed money to complete large district-wide

technology projects. San Benito CISD has been very consistent in providing resources for

the implementation of technology and is committed to keep its momentum for the next three

years,



         As indicated in the Technology Organizational Chart the district has five full time

certified computer technicians and one professional network manager to maintain its 3000

computers and integrated (voice, video and data) network.



         The districts staff development “Train-the -Trainer” model has produced many

qualified teachers to become mentors for and provide training to other teachers. The districts

in-house experts, local colleges and Region One will provide enough resources for

technology professional development for the next three years.




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                             EVALUATION
Evaluation criteria that relates to the goals for local outcomes:

1.    Increased local knowledge that will be judged by the technology proficiency
      database (TSAT) kept on all faculty and staff.
2.    Regular meetings of the Technology Committee will assure local planning and
      community involvement related to telecommunication infrastructure development.
3.    Technology projects that are integrated into existing organizational or community-wide
      technology plans will be judged by making use of technology projects a part of the
      regular evaluation process.
4.    Evidence of collaboration among entities using telecommunications technologies will
      be provided by the completion of training.
5.    A further goal of concurrent enrollment courses and cooperative courses using
      distance learning will extend collaboration into the future.
6.    Evidence of communication among different stake-holders within the community:
      libraries, hospitals and community organizations will benefit from Internet access at the
      school.
7.    Classes in technology will be held at the Community Training center to introduce
      community members to the benefits of technology.
8.    Evidence that Internet projects are sustainable will be provided by a well trained,
      technology- oriented faculty and staff.
9.    Evidence that the project activities contributed to improved student academic
      performance will be provided by having a greater percentage of students
      successfully graduating from high school, and by having more of them attain higher
      goals for personal success.
10.   The Director of Technology will be responsible for leading the Technology
      Committee to conduct the continual evaluation of technology.
11.   Technology instruments used will include a faculty and staff technology skills database
      as well as a student technology skill database.
12.   Survey instruments will be developed to allow students and faculty to evaluate their
      use of the information highway and to suggest ways to enhance the use of
      technology.
13.   Evaluation data will be analyzed and results will be presented to the Technology
      Committee and to the School Board.




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Evaluation benchmarks have included:

1.    Installation, maintenance and upgrade of the LAN and infrastructure for telephones
      and data transmission at all offices, and video in all school libraries (including video
      conferencing unit)
2.    Completion of Cat-5-wiring for computer drops at all schools in each classroom.
3.    Completion of training for TIF Team members from each campus.
4.    Completion of TSAT level 2 training for all staff on computer basics.
      Completion of training for all faculty on integration of Internet into the classroom.
5.    Completion of availability of Internet to every classroom.
6.    5% increase in TAAS scores student achievement.
7.    Student and faculty participation in multimedia and Internet projects.
8.    Local districts, regional, and state multimedia competitions.
9.    Measure of the quantity and quality of publication of web page projects.
10.   Survey of computer skills of teachers (TSAT Score)
11.   Campus Readiness Survey (on-line) and Texas STAR chart
12.   After school utilization of computer labs by parents and students.
13.   Peer evaluation of web pages.
14.   Participation in training workshops.
15.   Participation in university courses.
16.   Enrollment in advanced degree programs.
17.   Feedback from visiting school districts.
18.   Community participation in training.
19.   Ultimately, every teacher and every student using the Internet in the classroom
      activities on a regular basis.




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                Implementation Timeline
1.    The Instructional Technology Committee will continue to guide technology at
      SBCISD into the future.
2.    Training workshops on computer topics have begun and will increase in the future.
3.    TIF Tech training has been completed through services provided by the University of
      Texas at Brownsville, School Vision and Region One.
4.    LAN wiring and T-1 lines have already been completed for the classrooms, libraries
      and offices.
5.    Connection to the local area network and the Internet will be immediate since wiring for
      Internet access is already installed at each campus.
6.    Integration of Technology workshops has been conducted using TIE Grants funds.
7.    Technology workshops for all levels are conducted regularly.




 Strategy #     2001                  2002                        2003                 2004

     1.1
     1.2
     1.3
     1.4
     1.5
     1.6
     1.7
     1.8
     1.9
     2.1
     2.2
     2.3
     2.4
     2.5

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Strategy #   2001   2002   2003     2004

   2.6
   2.7
   2.8
   2.9
   3.1
   3.2
   3.3
   3.4
   3.5
   3.6
   3.7
   4.1
   4.2
   4.3
   4.4
   4.5
   4.6
   4.7
   4.8
   4.9
   4.10
   4.11
   5.1
   5.2
   5.3
   5.4
   5.5
   5.6


   6.1
   6.2
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Strategy #   2001   2002   2003     2004

   6.3

   7.1
   7.2
   7.3
   7.4
   7.5
   7.6
   7.7
   7.8
   7.9
   7.10
   8.1
   8.2
   8.3
   8.4
   8.5
   8.6
   8.7


   9.1
   9.2
   9.3
   9.4
   9.5
   9.6
   9.7
   9.8
   10.1
   10.2
   10.3
   10.4

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Strategy #   2001   2002   2003     2004

   10.5
   10.6
   10.7




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                 Appendices:
Appendix A: Network Design

Appendix B: Organizational Chart

Appendix C: Acceptable Use Policy and TSAT Info

Appendix D: Seven-Year TAAS Comparison Chart

Appendix E: Total Current Computers and Peripherals Inventory

Appendix F: Staff Development 1999-2001 Database

Appendix G: On-line Repair Request and Registration




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