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3 Year Technology Strategy for Georgia’s Department of Education

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3 Year Technology Strategy for
Georgia’s Department of Education Technology Services Vision Technology Services Goals
Utilize technology to enable making education work for Georgia’s teachers, students, parents, business / industry and educational partners by providing them with high speed access to high quality data and tools that are easy to use, powerful and cost effective.
High Quality Data Georgia is fortunate in that it had the foresight to begin annual collections of student and teacher information ten years ago so we already have a large pool of data about our students and teachers.
We have also put into place over the past ten years over 500 data rules and edits to ensure the integrity and accuracy of the data being collected. We will continue to support these collection efforts and add to our pool of data. In addition we are pursuing the following high quality data initiatives:

1. Provide teachers and administrators with ongoing training on collecting and reporting data to ensure high quality data. This training is delivered on line as well as at an annual data conference.
2. Provide teachers and administrators with an operational data stores so that they can upload data into LDS as frequently as they want. This will provide LDS with more real-time information without putting a mandated burden on districts.
3. Partner with the Georgia Student Information System Association to ensure they have a voice in how data is collected and used within Georgia. This group also serves on the governance board for LDS.
Easy, Powerful and Cost Effective Tools Tools are the software systems that let users work with their data. Easy tools are intuitive and enable users to acquire, combine, analyze and turn data into actionable information with minimal effort. Powerful tools are integrated with all of the users tools eliminating the need to have multiple password and ids, rekey information or manually export it from other tools. Cost Effective tools are affordable and can be sustained without high annual subscription or maintenance fees. They can also be modified as the user owns the tool.

Technology Services has built a tool called the tunnel which connects the local districts Student Information System to the DOE’s LDS and allows users to now access all state tools through this one connection without any id or password. In addition we are pursuing the following tool initiatives To make education work for all Georgians they will need information. Information to answer questions like: How are schools performing?, What did I get on my last test?, How are students performing with a new curriculum?, Who has a great lesson plan?, What did my last classroom observation contained?, How effective is a new academic program from both a achievement and financial perspective? and on and on. There are millions of questions to be asked and timely, accurate information is the best way to answer them. The 3 components to getting timely and accurate information is high quality data, tools that easily allow a user to convert data into information and high speed access to both the data and tools so technology Service strategy is founded on these three goals.

1. High Quality Data
2. Easy, Powerful and Cost Effective Tools
3. Fast and Easy Access to Data and Tools
Initiatives for Teachers and Administrators:
1. Provide teachers with training they need to effectively use the state technology tools to conduct a 21st century classroom which promotes the effective use of technology as an enabler of the educational process. This training will be delivered online within the various tools they have access to such as the Longitudinal data System, Teacher Resource Link, Learning management Systems and Georgia Virtual School.
2. Provide teachers with access to high quality digital resources that have been aligned to the DOE curriculum standards. This will save teachers from having to ensure the resource are aligned and effective. Within this system teacher can collaborate and share resources. These will be accessed via the DOE's Teacher Resource Link.
3. Provide Teachers with access to virtual textbooks to promote online personalized learning via the DOE's Virtual Learning.com website. GAVS also has a training program it conducts for brick and Mortar teacher who want to set up a blended learning environment in their classroom.
4. Provide Teachers with access to online courses to enable multiple personalized learning opportunities via the DOE's Virtual school (GAVS) Provide teachers with credit recovery option to reduce the drop out rate via the DOE's credit recover program within the Virtual school (GAVS)
5. Provide teachers with access to the DOE Instructional Improvement System to enable the use of date to differentiate their students, provide early warning indicators and promote personalized learning.
6. Provide teachers with access to the DOE Instructional Improvement System to enable the use of date to differentiate their students, provide early warning indicators and promote personalized learning.
7. Provide teachers with access to a learning management system to enable personalize learning via the DOE's Learning Management System
8. Provide teachers with access to their students longitudinal academic data and training on how to use the data effectively via the DOE's Longitudinal Data System
9. Provide teachers with access to the DOE Instructional Improvement System to assist teachers and administrators in determining their strengths and weakness and obtaining the appropriate professional development.
10. Maintain all student data in DOE repositories so that as a child moves within the state their data follows them. This is being done as the systems are being built.
11. Provide teachers with access to common core standards aligned, high quality digital resources to enable blended learning via the DOE's Teacher Resource Link.
12. Provide teachers with a DOE Individual Educational Program (IEP) system to track all special needs students. This system would not require the teacher to enter all of the student info as it would be integrated with the LDS so data would automatically be populated and since this is maintained as a DOE system, as the student moved, all of their IEP information would be accessible by whatever school they moved to within the state. This system is delivered via LDS.
13. Provide teacher and administrators with the DOE High school Feedback system to provide information on the academic achievement their graduates in post secondary schools. This data would include which student needed remediation and could indicate weakness within the K12 curriculum or specific teachers. This system is delivered via the LDS.
14. Provide teachers with a DOE Online Assessment System (OAS) to enable the creation, administration and analysis of formative tests. The system is delivered via the LDS.
15. Provide teacher and administrators with a DOE growth model that indicates academic growth patterns for students. The data from this tool can be used as and early warning indicator, enable personalized learning or uncover teacher or curriculum strengths and weaknesses. The systems is delivered via LDS.
16. Provide teachers and administrators with an operational data stores so that they can upload data into LDS as frequently as they want. This will provide LDS with more real-time information without putting a mandated burden on districts.
17. Provide teachers and administrators with ongoing training on collecting and reporting data to ensure high quality data. This training is delivered on line as well as at an annual data conference.
18. Technology Services maintains a rolling three year technology plan that addresses sustainability and initiatives required to support keeping Georgia's Teachers effective


Initiatives for Students:
1. Provide students with training on Digital Citizenship and Digital Literacy to promote the effective use of technology. These will be delivered online via the DOE Virtual school (GAVS)
2. Provide students with access to a learning management system to enable personalize learning via the DOE's student portal.
3. Provide Students with access to virtual textbooks to promote online personalized learning via the DOE's Virtual Learning.com website
Provide Students with access to online courses to enable multiple personalized learning opportunities via the DOE's Virtual school (GAVS)
4. Provide Students with access to their longitudinal academic data and training on how to use the data effectively via the DOE's student portal
5. Provide students with access to common core standards aligned, high quality digital resources to enable blended learning via the DOE's student portal.
6. Provide student with credit recovery option to reduce the drop out rate via the DOE's credit recover program within the Virtual school (GAVS)
7. Provide students with a virtual guidance counselor that can remind them of upcoming milestones they need to achieve, such as taking the PSAT or applying for scholarships. It would also record all of the activity so the student would have an historical log of their activities. This will be delivered via the DOE's student portal.
8. Maintain all student data in DOE repositories so that as a child moves within the state their data follows them. This is being done as the systems are being built.
9. Technology Services maintains a rolling three year technology plan that addresses sustainability and initiatives required to support keeping Georgia's Student College and career ready.
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