Technology Plan

Sturgis Charter Public School
Technology Plan:  2013-2016

Benchmark 1:  Commitment to a Clear Vision and Mission Statement

 Vision Statement:

Technology at Sturgis Charter Public School is a tool integrated into class work to enhance student learning and to develop essential student and faculty technology skills, habits, and ethical values.  Students and faculty will use technology to access and organize appropriate information, to communicate effectively with others, and to produce quality work.

Goals for 2013-2016 Technology Plan       

  1. The Sturgis Community shall be well informed through a comprehensive and clear website.  Students can find library materials on-line.
  2. Students, parents and faculty are informed of grades, schedules, attendance records on-line.
  3. Promote student technology literacy.
  4. Web 2.0 literate teachers accommodate students’ needs through a variety of data and inquiry driven learning opportunities.  They require students to make use of global on-line applications and resources. 
  5. Provide professional development to faculty to use technology effectively.
  6. Provide technical support to staff to maximize technology hardware and software.
  7. Sustain and improve technology infrastructure.  Maintain required software licenses throughout district.
  8. Provide consistent reliable internet access and speeds.
  9. Provide funding needed to maintain benchmarks and goals of the Technology Plan.
  10. Provide faculty, students and parents and community access to information about Sturgis activities.
  11. Students and teachers BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, wirelessly connect through a filtered internet. (CIPA Compliant)
  12. Provide faculty support with necessary applications.
  13. Increase availability of shared hardware devices. (Cameras, Audio Recorders, handheld electronic devices, Smartboards, Annotating Tools, Wireless Projectors, Document Cameras, Wireless Mice.
  14. Students and Faculty take a Technology Survey Assesment Tool TSAT) or equivalent.
  15. Mount Projectors in classrooms.
  16. Update Technology Plan
  17. Sturgis completes application and all necessary paperwork for e-rating
  18. Increase Internet speed. Join Open Cape Fiber Network
  19. Create and maintain a shared library of technology on the network.   This will involve teachers creating resources for their own use and sharing.
  20. Create a Sturgis specific Technology Survey Assessment.

Sturgis maintains the same belief as the National Education of Technology
standard philosophy quoted below:

National Educational Technology Standards for Students:
The Next Generation

“What students should know and be able to do to learn effectively and
live productively in an increasingly digital world …”

1. Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:

  • apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
  • create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
  • use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
  • identify trends and forecast possibilities.

2. Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:

  • interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
  • communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
  • develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures.
  • contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

3. Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:

  • plan strategies to guide inquiry.
  • locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety
  • of sources and media.
  • evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
  • process data and report results.

4. Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving & Decision-Making
Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:

  • identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
  • plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
  • collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
  • use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.

5. Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:

  • advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
  • exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
  • demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
  • exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.

6. Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems and operations. Students:

  • understand and use technology systems.
  • select and use applications effectively and productively.
  • troubleshoot systems and applications.
  • transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies

Reprinted from the International Society for Technology in Education, www.iste.org 

 

Technology Committee

Each year Sturgis will form a Technology Committee comprised of faculty, parents, students, administrators, technology personnel, and members of the Board of Trustees.  The technology team has full support of the Sturgis Administrators to implement the plan.

Technology Needs Assessment

  1. Strategies for Identifying Needs
    • Teacher Needs Survey: Teacher Surveys will be distributed requesting input on hardware and software needs.  On this survey teachers will be asked to identify areas of focus for professional development.  Results will be evaluated and presented to the Administration.
    • Students Assessments:  Each year students will take the TSAT or equivalent.
    • Hardware Inventory:  Technology staff will conduct a full inventory of hardware.  Results of this inventory will be evaluated to indicate classroom needs.
    • Workshop Evaluations:  Professional Development workshops offered at Sturgis regarding Technology will conclude with an evaluation.  Evaluations will be reviewed and adjusted based on findings and suggestions.
    • TSAT:  All faculty are asked to complete the TSAT or equivalent survey annually.
    • Technology Staff:   Technology staff will collaborate on an ongoing spreadsheet documenting current and future supply needs.
  2. Strategies for Evaluating Progress
  3. Technology staff will review the above assessments to determine needs.  Results will be presented to the administration for discussion regarding the current and future needs for technology resources, services and professional development.  After evaluation, a proposal will be developed to be presented to the Board of Trustees detailing the technology products, resources and professional development needed to enhance learning and teaching to be included in the budget for the following year.

 Budget

Sturgis will maintain a line item in its annual budget which includes financial resources for staffing, infrastructure, hardware, software, professional development, support, and contracted services.

Goals:

  • Designate funds in the district budget for Technology Program, including:
    • Hardware replacement cycle
    • Technology staffing increase
    • New media devices (Cameras, Document Cameras, projectors, whiteboards, Voice Recorders and equipment necessary to operate.)
    • General Technology supplies based on evaluation of needs
    • Teaching & Learning and Curriculum Supplies including software licenses and on-line subscriptions.
  • Work towards getting e-rate funding.
  • Sturgis will seek financial resources for technology through grants and donations from federal, state and private sources.
  • Sturgis Budget provides for the non-discounted portion of E-Rate funding for Internet, basic telephone, cell phone and long distance access. 
  • Sturgis Charter Public School applies for E-Rate funding annually.

Strategies:

  • Budget for major expenses
  • Technology staff will research options when procuring technology
  • Survey faculty regarding use of hardware and software
  • Explore low cost and free application alternatives
  • Use Designated Staff for grant procurement.
  • Technology Coordinator will file necessary forms for e-rate funding.
  • The Technology Staff will review the proposed budget annually.
  • A review of the annual budget by the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees will indicate that the budget includes a line item for technology that provides sufficient financial resources to achieve the annual technology goals for the school year.

 Evaluation

The Technology Committee will regularly evaluate the effectiveness of technology resources and conduct student and staff surveys to gather data on how effective Sturgis has been in achieving its technology goals. The survey results are shared with the administration and used by the technology staff to evaluate effective professional development opportunities.

Goals

  • Include in the faculty survey questions regarding effectiveness of applications and hardware

Strategies

  • The Sturgis Technology Plan is evaluated twice a year. The technology plan in combination with staff and faculty surveys will be used to make mid-course corrections.
  • Technology Coordinators and Technology Assistant will work closely together with sales representatives to understand product specifications and use trial products before ordering.
  • Student and staff technology evaluation surveys will be administered annually to gather data on goal achievement for technology.
  • Each faculty member will state at least one annual technology goal and will evaluate the attainment of technology goals as part of their annual Self-Assessment.

 Benchmark 2:  Technology Integration and Literacy

Technology Integration

Status and Goals

  • Outside Teaching Time -   100% of teachers use technology every day for attendance in IPass Student Management Database.  Sturgis is working towards 100% of teacher use in the following areas outside of teaching classes, including but not limited to lesson planning, utilization of Managebac software, administrative tasks, communication, and collaboration.  Teachers share information with their colleagues about their use of technology.
  • For Teaching and Learning – Sturgis is working towards at least 85% of teachers using technology appropriately with students every day to improve student learning of the curriculum. Activities include some of the following: research, multimedia, data analysis and collaboration.

Strategies

  • Provide Professional development to faculty as needed to connect technology to content areas.
  • Provide Professional development to faculty for administrative time.
  • Technology staff provides ongoing support to faculty when needed.
  • Technology Surveys will include questions regarding type and frequency of technology used.

Technology Literacy

Goals

  • By the end of grade 10, 85% of all students will show proficiency in the technology skills included in an annual survey of skills assessment.
  • All teachers are involved in ongoing professional development in technology. By the end of school year 2017-2016, 85 % of teachers will have reached proficiency level on an annual survey of skills assessment.

Strategies

  • Create a technology use survey for faculty.
  • Create a technology use survey for students
  • Have both staff and students complete surveys each year
  • Teachers integrate technology into classroom curriculum.
  • Technology staff supports faculty and students with all technology needs.
  • Technology staff provides professional development to faculty showing low scores on the surveys.

Technology Staffing

Status

  • Sturgis has one full time technology coordinator at each school.
  • Sturgis has staff dedicated to data management and assessment each school year.
  • Currently Sturgis has one .60 Technology Assistant.
  • Sturgis provides instruction for one International Baccalaureate Integrated Technologies in a Global Society class.

Goals

  • Maintain staffing to support students and faculty as Sturgis expands.
  • Clearly delineate responsibilities of existing technology staff.

Strategies

  • Annual Surveys will assess if support is sufficient.
  • Work with administrators and technology staff to define responsibilities.

Benchmark 3:  Technology Professional Development

Goals

  • Increase number of staff receiving technology professional development.
  • Provide a shared database of tutorials and instructional “How-To” documents for faculty.
  • Technology professional development is ongoing, including coaching, modeling best practices, mentoring, study groups, and online professional development.

Strategies

  • Provide Professional development on Google Docs, Google Calendar and Gmail in Sept for new staff.
  • Tech Staff posts follow up Professional development “How-To” documents in a shared drive.
  • Collaborate and share best practices among colleagues in district based mentorship groups.
  • Measure technology skills using a technology skills assessment (TSAT)
  • Technology Staff provides one on one instruction to faculty by request that is based on individual need and results of the TSAT
  • The Technology committee will review the TSAT to evaluate the needs for further professional development
  • Based on the individual results of the TSAT, administrators and teachers should consider their own needs and confer with technology staff for guidance.
  • Technology staff provides small group instruction to faculty by request based on need and results of the TSAT.

Benchmark 4:  Accessibility of Technology

Hardware Access

Goals

  • Sturgis will have an average ratio of fewer thanfive students per one high-capacity internet-connected computer.
  • Sturgis provides students with access toportable and/or handheld electronic devices as appropriate to their grade level and content area. For example, Environmental classes measures PH, alkalinity etc.
  • Sturgis maximizes access to the curriculum forall students, including access to assistive technology when appropriate.
  • Sturgis provides classroom access to projectors document cameras and annotation technologies.
  • Sturgis has a computer replacement cycle of five years or less.

Strategies

  • Inventory is taken annually and compared with student enrollment
  • Inventory is detailed with processor speed and RAM specifications to determine the number of computers operating with up-to-date high-capacity standards
  • Technology staff works closely with faculty and Special Ed staff to assist in purchasing necessary assistive technology.
  • Annual inventory includes computers, laptops, projectors, smart boards, document cameras, audio equipment, camera and video equipment and annotation equipment.
  • The Technology Committee will include computer replacement data and cycle in its annual report to the Board of Trustees in June.
  • The technology coordinators works closely with designated grant writers to acquire equipment for the new building.  

Internet Access

Status

  • Sturgis provides shared internet for BYOD
  • Sturgis provides 50Mbps download/12Mbps upload coax broadband
  • Sturgis provides connectivity to the Internet in all classrooms, including wireless connectivity.
  • A letter of intention to join Open Cape was submitted in April 2012

Goals

  • Acquire 1GB connectivity from Open Cape for West January 2013
  • Acquire 1GB connectivity from Open Cape for East following as soon as it becomes available.
  • Better management of BYOD

Strategies

  • Apply for e-rate
  • Communicate and with Open Cape
  • Consult with Sonic wall and network professionals regarding BYOD management options

Network

Status

  • Sturgis provides five static IP cable internet accounts with 100 Mb capacity, at least 10/100/1 Gb to each classroom, and a bandwidth at each computer of at least 100 kbps.  The network card for each computer is at least 10/100/1 Gb.
  • Sturgis provides access to individual and shared file storage, backups. Email and scheduling is provided externally.
  • Sturgis Access points are 802.11n Wireless Standard

Goals

  • Improved wireless accessibility
  • Reduce connectivity problems
  • Provide WAN connections between Sturgis East and Sturgis West
  • All access points upgraded to 802.11n

Strategies

  • Increase number of wireless access points in the new construction
  • Increase Internet speeds by getting on Fiber
  • Work with Open Cape to bridge the two schools networks to form a WAN
  • Replace access points at East with 802.11n

Access to the Internet outside the School Day

Goal

  • Sturgis ensures students and staff has access to the Internet outside of the school day for a specified period of time.
  • Provide access to computers at Sturgis West outside of school hours for a specified period of time.

Strategies

  • Increase staffing as West expands to allow for additional operation of library hours

Technical Support Staff

Status
Sturgis provides:

  • Two Technology Coordinators
  • One part time Technology Assistant
  • timely in-classroom technical support
  • a technical support ratio of one FTE person per 200 computers

Goals

  • Develop CAS (Community Action Service) students for computer maintenance and support.
  • Reduce hardware problems by systematic replacement purchases as describe above.
  • Improve faculty competency.

Strategies

  • Collaborate with CAS for a schedule for computer maintenance.
  • Provide professional development as described above for faculty to improve computer skills.
  • Provide annual budget for hardware upgrades.

Benchmark 5:  E-Learning and Communications

Status

  • Sturgis employs classroom applications of e-learning in courses, cultural projects, virtual field trips, etc.
  • Sturgis encourages the development and use of innovative strategies for delivering coursework through the use of technology.

Goals

  • Provide online, web-based instructional experiences for all Sturgis students
  • Provide and support online technology
  • Obtain additional electronic resources including e-books, online dictionaries and resource organizers.
  • Maintain a list of web research resources for students to access on Sturgis library web pages.

Strategies

  • Sturgis currently utilizes Destiny, ManageBac, Livebinders and wiki’s to organize e-learning resources.
  • Librarians maintain Sturgis on-line databases.
  • Librarians teach information literacy skills including discerning source integrity and how to navigate electronic resources.
  • Sturgis students use electronic resources to evaluate and edit essays.

School Web Site

Status

  • Sturgis maintains an up-to-date website that includes information for parents, students, and community members.

Goals

  • Sturgis is continually updated with latest news, upcoming events and calendars
  • Update website to reflect the two campuses.
  • Web management responsibilities are delineated to appropriate staff
  • Sturgis Library databases are accessible to students through the website

Strategies

  • A website designer will work with technology staff to redesign the Sturgis website so it represents both Sturgis East and Sturgis West.
  • Dedicated staff from both East and West will maintain and post updates to respective pages on the website.
  • Librarians will keep library database links up to date.

BenchMark 6: Safety, Security and Data Retention

Status

  • Sturgis Charter Public School is Children’s Information Protection Act (CIPA) compliant.  Sturgis maintains a current Technology Acceptable Use Policy for students and staff
  • Sturgis complies with federal and state law for archiving electronic communication produced by staff and informs staff and students that any information distributed via the school’s email system may be a public record

Goals

  • Update student AUP
  • Educate students and staff about AUP’s
  • Sturgis aims to provide CIPA compliant internet to the students.

Strategy

  • Technology staff reviews and updates the AUP annually
  • Hang poster versions of student AUP on laptop carts and in Library
  • AUP’s are sent home in September for signatures                
  • Violations of the AUP will be referred to the Principal
  • Sturgis maintains a firewall to block inappropriate material that may be harmful to minors. (CIPA Compliant)
  • Sturgis uses Gmail to Archive electronic communication
  • Sturgis has a CIPA-compliant Acceptable Use Policy regarding hardware care, Internet and network use.  The policy is updated annually.
  • Sturgis educates students about appropriate behavior regarding equipment and online behavior.  Sturgis provides bully prevention classes which include information on cyber bullying.
  • Sturgis protects the confidentiality of personal information of both students and faculty.
  • Sturgis complies with federal and state laws, and local policies regarding email archives by using Google Email services.  Email distributed at Sturgis may be public record.

Disclaimer
This Sturgis Technology Plan on the preceding pages is our plan to move forward providing funding availability.

 


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