District Technology Plan

2014-2017
Pavilion Central
School District
Educational Technology Implementation Plan
July 1, 2014 
Pavilion Central School Technology Plan Outline
I. Executive Summary
II. Information Technology Goals, Strategies and Benefits
III. Professional Development Goals, Strategies and Benefits
IV. Internet Safety Policy
V. Technology Plan Evaluation Process


I. Executive Summary

by Mr. Kenneth J. Ellison, District Superintendent
School districts today continue to face an acute need to restructure instructional programs in order to prepare our students for the world in which they live. Children today will face a lifetime filled with technology. We need to teach them to be comfortable with it as a tool to be used when needed, a threat to be aware of when unnecessary or distracting to a mission and, most importantly, to know the difference.  Acquiring and managing information in more effective ways will require an integration of technology into all areas of instruction.  To do so effectively will require technical support, staff development, curriculum revisions and the necessary funding process to adequately provide all of the essential elements.

This plan is a continuation of our original Educational Technology Implementation Plan.  The main emphasis remains to improve the educational services provided to our students and the community.  This document, and the process it represents, will remain an ongoing project.  It will change and grow as the implementation progresses and as technology advances and individual proficiencies expand. The plan must continue to look forward toward the future by anticipating how to facilitate and enhance the learning process.

It is hoped that this plan will serve to guide Pavilion Central School District’s technology advancement and provide a foundation for all of us to build on as we continue to attempt to provide the best possible education for each and every child. It is essential that we constantly strive to provide an effective, high quality learning experience every day for every child with the goal of preparing students to be successful at each level and to be contributing members of society.

The district would like to thank past committee members for all of their efforts in this process and to the community for its continued support. 
 
II. Information Technology Goals, Strategies and Benefits

The following are goals and strategies for using telecommunications and information technology to improve education at PCSD.  The benefits for having met those goals are also listed.
Goal 1
To improve teacher and student access to technological resources in classrooms and other learning centers through equitable distribution of grant money, equipment, software, and technical assistance.
Strategies for obtaining goal 1:
1. Provide at least one networked PC in each K-12 classroom for student use.
2. Provide and enhance a networked PC lab where teachers can bring students for organized instruction using technology.
3. Provide a variety of technology-based elective courses for students to choose from in addition to existing technology curriculum.
4. Explore and provide assistive devices for special needs students.
Adhere to equipment replacement schedule:
1. Workstations – 5 year replacement schedule.
2. Peripherals – 10 year replacement schedule.
3. Replace obsolete or non-working equipment as necessary.
Benefits of obtaining goal 1:
1. Faculty will have increased access to and use of technology thereby becoming more comfortable and better educated in the use of technology. 
2. With increased knowledge of technology, faculty will be able to instruct students more efficiently.
3. Faculty will be more productive through the use of technology.
4. Faculty will be more satisfied with the educational experience.
5. Faculty will see the relevance of technology as goals are integrated into the curriculum across the content areas.
6. Students will have more opportunities to reach their full potential.
7. Students will be more satisfied with their education.
8. Students will be better prepared for employment or further education.
9. Students will have more access to up-to-date resources.
10. Students will have increased educational opportunities through expanded course offerings.
11. Students will improve the quality of their work.
12. Students will be more interested and motivated.
13. Students will be better able to compensate for disabilities through the use of adaptive technologies.

Goal 2

Educators and administrators will have access to technologies that provide for the maintenance, reporting, and analysis of student and administrative data.
Strategies for obtaining goal 2:
1. Continue to provide and update a networked PC in each office.
2. Utilize Data Analysis Systems, specifically Edutech supported comprehensive, online software packages to support student and administrative data management, analysis, and reporting.
Benefits of obtaining goal 2:
1. Administrators will become better educated in the use of technology.
2. Administrators will be able to determine areas that excel and areas in need of improvement.
3. Administrators will become more efficient and improve their quality of work.

Goal 3
Continue to provide each faculty member access to e-mail and the Internet and each student access to the Internet.
Strategies for obtaining goal 3:
1. Continue to provide libraries and labs with, faculty and students access to, networked PC’s.
2. Continuation of subscription to LAKENet from Edutech, which provides filtered Internet access to all networked PC’s in the district.
3. Continued use of filtering server, allowing faster access to web sites and more controlled filtering of inappropriate material.
4. Continued use of GroupWise server, which provides reliable e-mail access to all district staff and faculty.
Benefits of obtaining goal 3:
1. Faculty and students will be able to create, access, exchange, and analyze information readily from electronic sources.
2. Faculty will be able to exchange information and ideas with colleagues and other schools.
3. Faculty and students will become more productive and their quality of work will increase.
 
Goal 4
Maintain a District Web Site.
Strategies for obtaining goal 4:
1. Maintain Web Site service subscription.
2. Maintain updates to district Web site.
3. Implement links to individual faculty members’ web sites.
4. Provide web page training for faculty members.
Benefits of obtaining goal 4:
1. Will enhance student learning opportunities by having access to curriculum and instructional materials.
2. Increase student understanding of the Internet.
3. Enhance home/school communications.
4. Promote community involvement with district.
5. Encourage teachers to utilize technology and the Internet to enhance student learning and success. 

III.  Professional Development Goals, Strategies and Benefits
In order to ensure successful integration of technology into the curriculum, there must be a plan to provide teachers with extensive training programs that encourage and support them. The following are goals and strategies to obtain and evaluate training as well as the benefits of doing so.
Goal 1
Assess current skills and attitudes toward integrating technology into the classroom.
Strategies for obtaining goal 1:
1. Administer online survey which assesses skill level.
2. Categorize faculty members into “teams” based on skill level.
Benefits of obtaining goal 1:
1. Relieve teachers’ fears of technology being pushed upon them without preparing them.
2. Ability to divide teachers into “groups” or “teams” with a blend of skill and attitude levels to assist those teachers that have little or no technical skills.
3. Determination of staff development needs based on skill level.

Goal 2
Increase teacher mastery of technology, thereby increasing incidents of technology integration so as to improve pupil performance.
Strategies for obtaining goal 2:
1. Encourage faculty to participate in all relevant workshops sponsored by Edutech.
2. Provide substitute teachers so that teachers can attend district-provided Edutech workshops during the school day.
3. Ensure access to a curriculum integration specialist to provide ongoing support and training on a one-on-one basis.
Benefits of obtaining goal 2:
1. Faculty will have increased access to and use of technology thereby becoming more comfortable and better educated in the use of technology. 
2. With increased knowledge of technology, faculty will be able to instruct students more efficiently.
3. Faculty will be more productive through the use of technology.
4. Faculty will be more satisfied with the educational experience.
5. Faculty will see the relevance of technology as goals are integrated into the curriculum across the content areas.
6. Students will have more opportunities to reach their full potential.
7. Students will be more satisfied with their education.
8. Students will be better prepared for employment or further education.
9. Students will have more access to up-to-date resources.
10. Students will have increased educational opportunities through expanded course offerings.
11. Students will improve the quality of their work.
12. Students will be more interested and motivated.

Goal 3
Increase technology department staff in both numbers and ability.
Strategies for obtaining goal 3:
1. Contract with GV BOCES for a shared curriculum integration specialist.
2. Provide IT staff with appropriate IT training.
Benefits of obtaining goal 4:
1. Increased integration of technology into existing curriculum.
2. Students will be introduced to current and future technology.

Goal 4
Establish a system of ongoing evaluation for assessment of technology applications, teacher preparation, and training.
Strategies for obtaining goal 4:
1. Determine specific time frames in which to review skills with teams.
2. Re-administer skill level survey.
3. Adjust quantity and focus of training according to teacher feedback.
Benefits of obtaining goal 4:
1. Teachers will develop a collection of projects they can choose from to integrate technology into the curriculum.
2. District will be able to determine which resources are used the most which will help determine future purchases.
3. Teachers will develop a support system among themselves, minimizing the amount of frustration with new technologies.
4. Students will be exposed to new and innovative curriculum thereby increasing student interest and performance. 

IV.  Pavilion Central School District Internet Safety Policy
Introduction
It is the policy of Pavilion Central School to:
1. Prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, e-mail or other forms of digital communications.
2. Prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity.
3. Prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal information of minors.
4. Comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

Definitions
Technology Protection Measure - Refers to specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are:
1. Obscene.
2. Child Pornography.
3. Harmful to Minors.

The term “harmful to minors” refers to any picture, image, or other visual depiction that:
1. Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion.
2. Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or stimulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sex acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals.
3. Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.
 
Access to Inappropriate Material
To the extent practical, technology protection measures shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of digital communications or access to inappropriate information.
Specifically, as required by the CIPA, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any material deemed harmful to minors.
Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

Inappropriate Network Usage
To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Pavilion CSD online computer network when using e-mail, chat rooms, and other forms of direct electronic communications.
Specifically, as required by the CIPA, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes:
1. Unauthorized access, including hacking and other unlawful activities.
2. Unauthorized disclosure, use and dissemination or personal information regarding minors.


Education, Supervision and Monitoring
It shall be the responsibility of all Pavilion CSD faculty and staff members to educate, supervise and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy and the CIPA.
Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the district technology coordinator.

Approved by the Pavilion Central School Board of Education, August 24, 2009
 
V. Technology Plan Evaluation Strategy
Technology Plan Evaluation
Acknowledging that technology implementation is a continuous process that must be adapted to changing specifications, standards, beliefs, and skill levels, Pavilion Central School District will follow the guidelines listed below to evaluate the technology plan and make the necessary changes.

Goal 1
Assess the level of technological proficiency gained by teachers.
Strategies for obtaining goal 1:
1. Using the skills assessment survey results, keep a database of teachers’ scores.
2. Dedicate two conference days per school year to discuss current and future use of technology with teachers.
Benefits of obtaining goal 1:
1. Teachers will be encouraged by improving scores and determine which areas need to be improved upon.
2. Teachers will be empowered to find new uses for technology and will be able to share successes with co-workers.

Goal 2
Assess the level of technological proficiency gained by students.
Strategies for obtaining goal 2:
1. Administer technology survey (Appendix B) to students at the beginning of the year. 
2. Keep a database of score statistics and compare at first dedicated conference day.
3. Review college requirements annually and update survey as needed.
Benefits of obtaining goal 2:
1. Students will develop a realistic idea of what will be expected of them when they graduate.
2. Students will be more prepared technologically to enter college.

Goal 3
Review the technology plan annually with administration and update as needed.
Strategies for obtaining goal 3:
1. Publish reports based on scores from teacher survey and student survey.
2. Assess the hardware and software capabilities and needs. Discuss what areas need to be improved upon.
Benefits of obtaining goal 3:
1. Clear accomplishments can be determined encouraging the integration process.
2. Deficient areas can be identified and corrected.