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Board Information and Technology Implementation

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Nikki Marks

on 19 March 2013

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Board Information and Technology
Implementation Plan

If you looked in a automotive garage 100 years ago it would look relatively the same as it does today. If you peered into a grocery store 100 years ago and compared it to today, not too dissimilar. If you look into a classroom today and compared it to 100 years ago you would see the start of some drastic changes. Our classrooms are significantly different from even 5 years ago as are our students. We now have access to a huge resource which can significantly improve both the delivery of lessons, the medium through which they are delivered, The means by which our students acquire knowledge and the means by which they communicate their learning. With the prevalence of mobile computers, smartphones, tablet and other internet connected devices we must move forward with the way we think, learn and work in the classroom.
Our dream is to create students who are engaged in the Life Long Learning journey which must include access to the modern world and its technology while in school. We must rethink the idea that a "classroom" is a place. It is a state of mind where students are seeking answers and developing new questions despite where the happen to be. Teachers are no longer the holders of knowledge. They become the portal to student inquiry where the focus is more on the development of research, critical thinking, collaboration, understanding, problem solving and innovation than on simply finding answers. By exploring and discussing real life issues in real time through technology our students can connect with the world.

Technology is the medium through which students can engage in learning in any location and at any time. we are no longer limited simply to a "brick and mortar" classroom. While teacher develop and refine their skills, they will be supported in finding innovative ways to engage learners through digital literacy skills. Students will be supported while they build social responsibility, ethical use , on-line safety, and Netiquette. With enhanced communication, the board will strengthen the connection with parents. RESPONSIBILITIES To ensure that the implementation Plan is and addresses the Boards vision the following components will be included; Development of the Plan TIMELINES STRATEGIES PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
LONG RANGE PLANNERS INDICATORS OF SUCCESS It is important that the Board monitors the success of the integration of technology Plan in order to maintain the accuracy and relevance of it. This monitoring is ongoing and requires a collection of some data in order to develop future improvements to the Plan. Although it may be difficult to track and monitor the direct impact that technology has on student achievement, the Board will collect ongoing data monthly and annually that will provide a framework for assessing the extent to which technology is integrated in schools, staff practices, and curriculum and will also support areas that need to addressed in order to increase the impact of technology on teaching and learning.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COACHES A review of current resources, implementation of digital technology, and use of technology for teaching as completed by the IT Committee
Successes and obstacles were collected from stakeholders via surveys and interviews and summarized for reporting to Board Trusties
Report becomes the basis for discussion and ratification of shared vision statement
Leadership IT committee develops a draft version of plan as well as list of key components
Draft presented to representatives of stakeholder groups to seek further input
Final draft to be presented to Trustees at annual board meeting
Specific planning for individual schools developed to address existing technology and identification of steps to meet the boards vision Components PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Ongoing Professional Development based on needs. Professional Development will provide Administrators and teachers the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully implement the technology plan. Investments will offer each teacher three training sessions that will cover:
•General computer knowledge and skills
•Presentation and spreadsheet software skills
•Web 2.0 tools
•Multimedia and digital resources
•SMART technologies
•Integrating SMART Boards into their lessons
•Creating interactive lessons In order to continue professional learning and keep it cost effective, the plan will also include strategies to sustain ongoing professional development IT REPRESENTATIVES •Inviting one IT Representative from each school to meet once a month to collaborate and learn up to date ways of integrating technology into their classrooms to improve student success. Topics covered are based on schools needs and areas of improving the integration of technology. To encourage and promote the spread of knowledge, twice a year a teacher from each division at each school will be released to work collaboratively with their IT Representative. This will initiate common practice among schools and across the Board. DEMONSTRATION CLASSROOMS •Providing Demonstration classrooms for all divisions, where teachers are able to observe how technology is being used to enable 21st century learning (collaboration, creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, and communication) and how this type of learning motivates and engages students to become independent, lifelong learners. PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
COMMUNITIES •Technology support and capacity building through monthly staff meetings and division meetings can help with strengthening the teachers’ practice in regards to technology. Through these professional learning communities, all staff will be able to support each other while enriching their knowledge of new and up to date technologies that will help achieve student success. EARN A LAPTOP PROGRAM •Our plan will incorporate an “Earn a Laptop” program that will encourage teachers and administrators to continue and encourage professional learning on their own time. The program will offer a variety of professional development workshops for teachers and administrators to participate in and after completing eight – one hour sessions of professional development, participants are eligible to use a Board owned laptop. This program will help eliminate a barrier of teachers not having reliable computers to create their lessons at home and at work. PROGRAM DEPARTMENT SUPPORTS •Through the Program Department, IT, Literacy and Numeracy Coaches will help support teachers and administrators with implementing technology into everyday lessons. Coaches will assist in many different ways, from modeling how to use technology to helping create interactive lessons to finding resources. POLICY DEVELOPMENT •Administrators will be provided with training for policy and procedure development. As schools continue to incorporate new and different devices and programs, policies will need to be constantly up dated and revised. LONG RANGE PLANS •A requirement for teachers will be to include integration of technology on all Long Range Plans (Language Planners, Content Area Plans, Annual Learning Plans). As well as the School’s Improvement Plan will have specific information regarding the school’s integration of technology plans. SURVEYS •Teacher, student, administrator, and parent surveys will help collect data from different perspectives and all voices. It will help drive the direction of where the Plan needs to go.

http://www.sun-associates.com/masscue/closed/closedwpadmin.html LOOK-FORS OBSERVATION CHECKLIST •Integration of technology “Look fors” will be beneficial for administrators to use in classrooms as they observe patterns and trends within their building as well as to reflect on the progress and level of integration of technology in the teaching and learning that is currently occurring. This data will help direct where the school needs are and what the impact of technology is on student achievement. In order for the Board’s Plan to be a success, there are many responsibilities that need to be addressed: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE Provides overall technology Plan
Manages, coordinates, implements, monitors, and evaluates technology integration staff development
Manages, coordinates, and evaluates technology budget, installations and maintenance
Develops, manages, monitors, and revises as necessary network, hardware, infrastructure, software, technical support, policies, procedures
Collects and analyses annual data collected to help ADMINISTRATORS Instructing and modeling for staff and students the appropriate use of technology
Ensuring that staff are aware of the Board policy
Manages, coordinates, implements, monitors, and evaluates technology integration staff development SUPERINTENDENTS Manages, coordinates, implements, monitors, and evaluates technology integration staff development
Develops, manages, monitors, and revises as necessary network, hardware, infrastructure, software, technical support, policies, procedures
Coordinates ongoing technology committee
Communicating Plan implementation updates to stakeholders, parents, community
Ensuring that staff are aware of the Board Policy TEACHERS Supervision of student use of technology within the teacher’s assigned teaching area
Instructing and modeling for students the appropriate use of technology
Provide students with opportunities to increase their learning, increase opportunities to learn and increase information literacy INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COACH Provide ongoing training to support teachers and administrators
Coordinating IT representative sessions
Communication of new programs, software and resources to all staff
Analyze and evaluate data that will drive professional development sessions
Provided “Earn a Laptops” professional development sessions
Collaborate with teachers and administrators to support successful integration of technology The Information Technology Committee has developed a three year Information Technology Plan identifying priority items that best support student learning needs as 21st century learners. After the three year rollout of the Information Technology Plan, the Board hopes to achieve all the goals that were set as priority as well as will have a clear vision of the Board’s next steps in assisting staff to move to a 21st century teaching that emphasized on communication, collaboration, creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and digital literacy. TIMELINES •A standard access of technology devices, tools, wireless, bandwidth, hardware and software will be complete after the three year rollout
•Data collection of teacher, student, parent and administrator surveys twice per year (September and June)
•Look Fors observations conducted monthly
•Monthly Information Technology Representative professional learning communities
•Information Technology Representative meet with divisional teacher twice per year
•Initial training session for each teacher to be completed in year one
•Ongoing professional development based on teacher and school needs
•“Earn a laptop” incentive ongoing over the three years
•Ongoing coaching from Program Department supporting all schools
•Information Technology learning plans from teachers annually Professional development and classroom support
Access to similar technology and applications Board-wide
Resource bank of learning resources and software
Wireless access in all schools
Acceptable Use Policies for both students and staff use
Tools for communication and Collaboration
BYOD student policy
Student and parent friendly tools used for communication and to promote engagement Professional Development and Support

Supporting teachers as they learn new technologies is fundamental to the plans success
Teachers will have to adapt and rethink how they will teach the material as well as how they will incorporate new technology applications in delivering their lessons as well as how students will use them to enhance their learning
The board will invest in a program of regular PD focused on the core applications and devices in each school
Technology Champions (TRT) will be selected for each site who will support teachers in the classroom with on the spot assistance
Peer coaching will also be available through the Technology Resource Teachers
Teachers will be encouraged and support to develop their own PLN and maintain communication with the boards social network connections. Wireless Access

Each school in the Board will have wireless access to teachers and students to support the use of 21st century tools in learning and lesson delivery
All technology that is provided by the school will have wireless ready operating systems
Students and teachers must access the internet via the boards wifi and work may be submitted or stored on the network Learning Resources

A common resource for learning applications will be available on the board's desktop network
An enhansed learning network will be created using online web-based resources
eTexts, eBooks, among others will provide greater levels of access regardless of the teacher or students location
Licensing for software will continue for instructional software t hat is installed on computers
With access to web-based tools costs for licensing will be significantly reduced
Transition will take some time as teachers and students will need to learn and adapt to these new tools Acceptable Use Policies

A policy developed by the Boards It committee describing both staff and student use will be available to elementary and secondary p[anels
Feedback and changes will be made as required to address issues in this dynamic environment
TRT's will solicit areas of need for changes
All students and staff will be required to follow the policy
Parents will be made aware of the policy and understand the consequences of misuse by their child Communication and Collaboration

Private and Public Social networking will be available depending on the purpose for communication, the participants, and the content
Private networks allow a managed platform where student work may be monitored and moderated
Blogs, wiki's, websites, web 2.0 tools can be introduces to students as the develop skills to collaborate and communicate in their learning
MyClass, Trillium and eTeachers are web-based tools currently used by teachers Vision Statement
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