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District Technology Plan

East Grand Rapids Schools
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Douglas Jenkins

on 2 July 2010

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Transcript of District Technology Plan

District Technology Plan
East Grand Rapids Schools
http://www.egrps.org/techplan EGR Schools
District 41090
2915 Hall St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI
49506
616-235-3535 Plan Cycle:
July 1, 2010 through
July 1, 2013 District Contact:
Douglas Jenkins
Director of Tech and Assessment
djenkins@egrps.org
616-235-3535 phone
616-235-6730 fax
EGR is a part of the Kent ISD Mission:
Educating and inspiring each student to navigate successfully in a global community Introduction:
East Grand Rapids is a suburban district of approximately 3000 students. We employ 190 teachers in three elementaries, a middle school, and a high school. Details: Curriculum Use information and technology
tools to gain understanding of
current/global issues Demonstrate the ability to utilize a variety of software, to create products that are reflective of a student's expression, style, & voice Incorporate content specific technological devices (data gathering tool, audio devices, interactive software, music production/composition, television production, etc.) into student learning http://www.egrps.org/techcur Professional Learning
http://big-9.blogspot.com Professional development for teachers and administrators takes place in monthly staff meetings, during release days for professional development, and during summer learning sessions. Current Professional Learning focus on integrating 21st Century Skills into everyday learning. The Big-9 site referenced under the Professional Learning title organizes our district's top 9 online learning tools into self contained learning modules. Staff worked through the Big-9 during the 2009-2010 school year, during the 2010-2011 year they will choose three elements of the Big-9 to integrate into their teaching. From this they will form a personal tech development plan in conjunction with district tech integration staff to be completed in a year's time. Our curriculum anticipates a continuation in the increase of student provided wireless devices. We will have 12 pilot classrooms next year where staff will work exclusively in a 1:1 setting to develop the practice of teaching in this environment. Data Network: Our current infrastructure operates on a fiber star network centered at our middle school with a 20 GB capacity to the high school and a 10GB capacity to each of the other four sites. This is run through a system of 12 fiber pairs per appendage. More simply stated, 12 fiber pairs connect the middle school with any of the other five buildings in the district. Through this network, staff have the ability to make voice phone calls, access the Internet, communicate via voice mail and email, save files to district file servers, display information publicly on a district web server, support 6 district bulletin board systems, view cameras in security areas, route attendance information, and enter student data in a grading system.
Phones and Cellular Technology: The district is further complemented by an extensive PBX digital phone system with phones (located in each classroom) and voicemail for each teacher, as well as all office locations. Many administrative and support staff also carry cell phones with voice mail, and caller ID capabilities. Most administrators in our district have handheld Internet service to maintain high response time communication with staff and families and when they do not have computer access. These are also used for emergency purposes to help maintain a safe environment for our students and staff, to access student web-based data, and contact information. Classrooms: To improve instruction and student learning, we provided a data projector, voice amplification, a DVD/VCR, document reader and computer on a moveable cart in every classroom. through-out our district. Teachers say they are making a positive impact on instruction and learning. To ensure the interoperability of equipment, we continue to purchase hardware that runs both the Windows and Novell operating systems. These have shown themselves to be easy for our staff to set up and maintain over the last ten years. Support: The technical support available in our district starts at the ground level with a technology support staff. We maintain 3.6 staff (district hardware support who provide front line help with file and print questions, software functionality questions, and often provide classroom and student support for our teachers. Up a level at the district office, we provide two district technicians that include the Manager of Networking and Security, and the Manager of Information Systems. These 5.6 individuals operate under the guidance of a half time Director of Technology. Infrastructure Increased Access: As referenced in Curriculum, our plan is to continue to increase the use of 1:1 learning through district purchasing, grant opportunities, and hardware that students bring to school on their own. * In May 2006 our voter’s approved a $3.6 million dollar technology bond that runs through May 2011 We anticipate returning to voters in during the period of this plan to renew these dollars Additional funding provided each year in the form of classroom grants from the EGR School Foundation Funding and Budget Monitoring and
Evaluation We use two different monitoring strategies to track our goals within our technology plan. These include school board oversight of stated goals in our plan, and a staff survey of capacities and needs. The measure used by the 'school board oversight' method is that of checking off goals as they are achieved in our plan. Each year, the school board and school administration chooses which goals to emphasize for the year and try and accomplish. Then as the year goes forward, we work together to track progress with update presentations and closure of goal statements. As for the staff survey method, we look for measurement of growth. This is where our staff share a range of information including their capacities in teaching with technology, their perceived level of available service and support, and the areas they themselves wish to grow in. By looking at this data over time, we can see areas of growth and areas where our work is stalled. The frequency of the 'school board oversight' method is yearly with approximately three presentations during the school year to the board itself on a given goal. The frequency of the staff survey is also yearly and takes place before our February staff development day. The Director of Technology and Assessment and the District
Technology Team are responsible for meeting these goals. Unmet goals will be addressed by including large district goals in the department work for the following year and by also providing staff development in these areas. The District Technology Plan is updated as needed by the Director of Technology after evaluating the different monitoring/measurement tools and collaborating with the technology teams, staff, and Board.
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