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Ashworth Middle School Calhoun, Georgia

Three Year Technology Plan July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2015

Marc Feuerbach – Principal Leigh-Ann Hunt – Media Specialist


I.

Vision for Technology Use A. Mission Statement

Our mission is to make technology available to every student and teacher in every classroom in a manner that enhances learning and promotes effective classroom presentation. Technology will address the needs of all students, support the curriculum, reinforce higher order thinking skills, improve student administration, and increase productivity.

B. Vision It is the vision of Ashworth Middle School that computers and other technologies become a normal part of every classroom and that a wide variety of multimedia presentations will be used to add life and vigor to classroom presentations. We visualize that technology will energize the learning process to make students willing and lifelong learners. In our vision:  Technology will be incorporated so students will acquire basic technological skills including word processing, desktop publishing, databases, spreadsheets, electronic communications and other specialized technology in all academic areas.  Special needs students will have access to hardware and software through assistive technology. Special devices as required by their Individual Education Plans (IEP) will allow the students to communicate with their peers and teachers. Assistive technology will be considered in the preparation of student IEPs.  A student information system will be maintained so parents can access grades and other information about their student from their home.  Equitable access to information will help prepare the students for the 21st century.  Technology will be infused and integrated into all aspects of the educational program.  Curriculum standards will drive the technology that will be placed in the school.  Students will be prepared effectively to access, analyze, apply and communicate information so they will become successful citizens in the information-based global society.  Teachers, students, administrators and staff will utilize up-to-date multimedia and telecommunications to enhance learning  E-mail will replace paper communication within the school and eliminate paper instruction. II.

Current Reality

Every regular classroom is connected to the system-wide network. The majority of these classrooms have five or more network connections. The school network is connected to the central office with gigabit fiber and uses a MetroE line to connect to the Internet. There is a system-wide content filter (M86) that blocks access to inappropriate sites.


Most of Ashworth’s teachers have taken InTech training or have had technology training. Other training activities have helped familiarize teachers with the technology available at Ashworth. Training is an ongoing activity, and technology training in some form is conducted on a daily basis. Support for the technology program is provided through E-Rate and Title I funds from the federal government, Special Purpose Local Sales Tax (SPLOST) initiatives, regular school and media allotments and locally raised funds. The central office provides for a technology director, network administrator and three computer technicians. A. Access to Technology/Data Sources 1. Data The source of data for this report is the annual school technology inventory. This is a room by room inventory of all items of technology that is then compiled and submitted in the form of the Annual School Technology Inventory Survey to the State of Georgia Department of Education. The following is a summary of technology resources available to the faculty of Ashworth Middle School: Item Modern computers Laptops Wireless carts Video/Data projectors Digital cameras Digital video cameras Interactive white boards Wireless slates Student response devices (sets) Televisions Video conferencing points Document cameras Flat bed scanners

Number 422 106 3 55 6 8 31 53 27 64 2 16 2

2. Student and Faculty Technology Surveys a.

Recently 36 faculty members of Ashworth completed a locally generated technology survey. The survey looked at which technology tools and resources teachers were using, how frequently they use them, and how important they feel the resources are to their instruction. They were also asked to describe any additional technology resources that could strengthen their instruction. (see Appendix A)


3. Access to technology All classrooms and Gymnasium are connected to a system-wide computer network. All of the networked computers have access to the Internet. Technology is used daily for general school administration and student management. The school cafeteria staff uses computer technology to track and record lunchroom funds. There is a separate computer classroom used primarily for the instruction of keyboarding. A WAN (Wide Area Network) exists to connect all administrators to the central office for the passing of attendance, purchasing and other data to the central office. Parents have the ability to access and track both school attendance and academic progress of their children through I-parent. B. Technology Use 1. Instructional Uses of Technology Instructional use of technology is a daily occurrence at Ashworth Middle School. Teachers use a variety of technologies in their classroom including streaming videos. There are daily Power Point, Prezi, MovieMaker presentations, internet searches, and other computer-based instructions. A library of almost 800 instructional videos is also available. Currently all of our classrooms are equipped with mounted televisions except for the mobile classrooms which have access to TV on a cart. Each classroom has a VCR mounted next to the television. Each of the teacher computers is equipped with WinTV, a television tuner which allows TV programming to be viewed on the computer or on a large projections screen via video/data projection. Each teacher computer also has the ability to play DVDs. There is a video/data projector mounted in every classroom along with a screen and sound system. All classrooms have four or more computers. Ashworth has its own website with daily homework assignments, school calendar, and many instructional links for both teachers and students. Teachers also maintain individual websites. Teachers also use the internet for instruction, skills practice, and internet field trips. The internet is also used to access practice for the CRCT, Professional Standards and other instructional links. Document cameras are also available for specialized instruction such as scientific experiments and art projects. There is a permanent computer lab with 29 computers available for teachers to reserve and use for classroom instruction. There is also a permanent remedial computer lab with 16 computers that allows at-risk students to improve their reading and math skills. The media center has a total of 25 computers for student use, 10 desktops and 15 laptops.

2. Administrative uses of technology Administrative uses of technology include SchoolMax which manages the student population, class scheduling, grading, and student database. Business operations and purchase order requests are done through a computer network linked to the central office. Special Education uses Tienet to prepare Individual Education Plans and manage the special education population of the school. Technology is also used in the school cafeteria to monitor, track and record lunch and breakfast meal payments. E-mail is used extensively for school and system-


wide communication. Daily announcements are broadcast live to the whole school on a daily basis via television and via Power Point in the school cafeteria during the lunch periods. Daily announcements are posted each day on the school web site as is a calendar of current events. 3. Parent/Community Uses of technology Ashworth Middle School maintains a school website (http://www.gcbe.org/ashworth) that is available to all students, parents, and members of the community. It is updated daily to keep the community abreast of current school events such as lunch menu, sports, PTSA, and student homework. The iParent program allows parents to check their child’s grades and monitor their attendance. The Gordon County School System also maintains an active website that provides current information and news concerning the school system. C. Gap Analysis Every classroom has at least five or more computers. A wide range of computer software is available through CITRIX on the system-wide network. Inspiration (for creating graphic organizers), PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Access, and Safari, the media center’s card catalog, are examples of some of the software available. There are currently 55 mounted video/data projectors that allow computer images to be projected on a screen or interactive white board. Every classroom is equipped with at least five networked computers and the technology to present computer material on a screen or television set. A video/data projector is mounted in the ceiling of every classroom. There are currently 31 interactive white boards mounted in classrooms and an additional 53 wireless slates are available for checkout. Ideally, white boards need to be mounted in 4 additional classrooms. There are currently 27 sets of student response devices available for check out. Another 16 sets would make one available to all the primary classrooms. There are 16 document cameras available for checkout which appears to be an adequate amount at this time. Two wireless carts (30 laptops each) were added in the 2008-2009 school year. Battery life is now severely diminished affecting the reliability of the two wireless carts. Due to a lack of funds to replenish the batteries, the laptops from these carts are being used solely with power adaptors and power strips. A third set of laptops (21) has been added to Ashworth’s inventory this year. These were moved from Sonoraville High School when they purchased new units. These also depend on power adaptors. It is our desire to add two to four new netbook wireless carts in the next year. Our system is blessed with a wide variety of technologies. Our technology staff is very prompt in attending to any technical support issues that may arise. Ideally, it would be nice to have one technology technician for every school. Another possibility would be maintaining a technician for half a day, or every other day at each school. There has been tremendous progress made toward achieving 21st Century Classrooms, but additional student response devices and interactive white boards are required. 81 laptop


batteries are needed to replenish the two existing mobile labs. Additional items of technology would serve to enhance the learning environments of the classrooms. The PE department is also in need of computers to enable them to conduct their lessons. They are now required to report students’ fitness levels to parents and the state by using the Fitness Gram program to report the results. It is difficult to record data without a computer in the gym or weight room. One solution is to provide iPads to use during the testing times. Some other schools have pursued this avenue for their PE teachers and are reportedly having much success. In PE there are many opportunities to use computers for students to gather fitness data, track fitness levels and research fitness information. The weight room currently has a projector, a computer jack and wireless access. Unfortunately, there are no computers to use in the room. It would be great to have access to several computers for student and teacher use. Another use for these computers would be to present educational materials via DVDs that are received from various resources such as American Heart Association. The PE department would like to use the same program the high school uses, Bigger, Faster, Stronger. Without a computer in the weight room it would waste so much paper to print out the info that they could simply look on the computer screen and see. This program could be used as a PE resource as well as a resource for coaches during off seasons to work with their students. The computer in the weight room would also allow a place for student athletes and coaching staff to review game film.

D. Goals Goal 1 Strategies

All classrooms will become 21st Century classrooms Benchmark

A interactive white board for every classroom

Install in 4 classrooms.

Purchase 4 additional student response sets (CPS)

Replace existing sets that do not work.

Evaluation Method, Timeline Annual Technology Inventory Install 4 SmartBoards in the next 3 years

Funding Source/Amount SPLOST, GCBE, Instructional, Title VI, Title I, PTO and Fundraisers, Equip Replacement $2000 per board TOTAL $8,000

Person Responsible Principal Media Specialist Technology Director

Annual Technology Inventory

SPLOST, GCBE, Instructional, Title VI, Title I, PTO and Fundraisers, Equip Replacement

Principal Media Specialist Technology Director

2 sets in each of next two years.

$2000 per set TOTAL $8,000


Goal 2 Strategies Obtain 4 wireless netbook carts.

Goal 3

Provide a one-on-one computing solution for instruction Benchmark 2012-13 school year

Benchmark

Determine needed skills: SmartBoards, CPS, etc.

Instruction provided as technology becomes available

Person Responsible Principal Media Specialist Technology Director

Evaluation Method, Timeline Number of teachers trained. classes presented, ongoing.

Funding Source/Amount SPLOST, GCBE, Instructional, Professional Development

Person Responsible Principal, System Technology Director, Instructional Coordinator

Increase parent and community communication, involvement access and awareness in student learning by technology

Strategies

Benchmark

Maintain a current up-to-date web site

Increase parental usage of available resources by 10% each year.

Make grades and attendance available through I-Parent

Funding Source/Amount SPLOST, GCBE, Instructional, Title VI, Title I, PTO and Fundraisers, Equip Replacement Carts $3,200 Computers $30,000 TOTAL $33,200

All staff should be trained on skills and integration of technology in the classroom

Strategies

Goal 4

Evaluation Method, Timeline Annual Technology Inventory

Evaluation Method, Timeline Hit counter, usage reports, student progress reports. Meeting minutes. Ongoing.

Funding Source/Amount SPLOST, GCBE, Instructional, Title VI, Title I

Person Responsible Principal Media Specialist Instructional Coordinator

Periodically publish a school newsletter Provide web based study resources School Governance Council

Goal 5 Strategies Update wireless network to 155K

Continue to establish, maintain and support the network infrastructure, hardware, and software to assure access for all employees and students Benchmark Technology Director report

Evaluation Method, Timeline Summer 2012

Funding Source/Amount State and Local Funding

Person Responsible Superintendent, Technology Director, Tech


Increase bandwidth to 250MB

Technology Director report

Summer 2012

State and Local Funding

Update content filter

Technology Director report

Spring 2012

State and Local Funding

Install new switches

Technology Director report

Summer 2012

State and Local Funding

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staff Superintendent, Technology Director, Tech staff Superintendent, Technology Director, Tech staff Superintendent, Technology Director, Tech staff

Goal 1 - All classrooms will become 21st Century classrooms.

The vision of a 21at Century classroom would be one where there is a teaching station equipped with controls that enable the operation of all the technology in the classroom. There should be state-of-the-art presentation technology that enables large screen presentation of information and materials delivered from the teaching station. There should be an electronic “white board” or “slate” that employs SMART technology for the presentation of computerbased programs, materials and information resources including information and resources from the Internet. There should be access to live and taped video programming delivered to the classroom both locally and through school delivered materials. To achieve the vision of a 21st Century classroom some or all of the following equipment must be present in the classroom:  1 Windows 7 teacher workstation with CD-ROM/DVD Player  1 Laser printer connected to all computers  1 Color flatbed scanner  1 VCR/DVD player/recorder  1 Document Camera  1 Data-video projector with remote control, preferably mounted in the ceiling  1 Interactive whiteboard  1 Student Response Device

2.

Goal 2 – Provide a one-on-one computing solution for instruction

A one-on-one computing solution provides a computer to each student in the class. It would not be practical or financially feasible to put 30 computers in each classroom in the school, but it would be very practical to provide four additional mobile computer labs of 30 netbooks each with wireless access. The labs could be checked out and moved to the classrooms to allow the students to work on computer based projects. The availability of mobile computer labs would in effect, reduce the number of computer workstations needed in each classroom. A teacher workstation and four student workstations would probably be adequate for each classroom if the mobile labs were available.


3. Goal 3 – All staff should be trained on skills and integration of technology in the classroom. Essential to the addition of new software and technologies in the classroom is the ability to use it properly and productively. Teachers are reluctant to use new technology when they do not have confidence in their own ability to make it work for them. A systematic program of ongoing technology instruction should be an inherent part of the professional development process. Many times technology classes present so much information at one time that it is difficult for the teacher to grasp and retain, even with notes and handouts. It is important that technology training is conducted at the time the technology is needed to make it relevant to the situation at hand. Teachers learn technology when they use it and apply it to a specific situation. It is important that there are personnel available to assist teachers as they continue to use technology in their classroom. This could be done by designated technology teachers or coaches who could instruct, assist and model instruction using classroom technology. Goal 4 – Increase parent and community communication, involvement access and awareness in student learning by technology.

4.

Studies have shown that the more a parent is involved with the education of their child the better they do in school. A continuing effort should be made to involve parents in school activities and events that improve student achievement and to give them the tools to monitor homework, attendance, and grades making them feel that they are a part of the educational process for their child. 5. Goal 5 – Continue to establish, maintain and support the network infrastructure, hardware, and software to assure access for all employees and students. Technology is useless if the network does not support it. As teachers and students continue to use wireless devices and increase the amount of instruction that is technology-based, it is needful to upgrade the wireless network, switches, content filter, and bandwidth. E.

Evaluation Plan The effectiveness of this plan will be determined not only by how successfully and timely the desired equipment was obtained but also by the effectiveness of classroom instruction as measured by student achievement gains on standardized testing, the technological growth of the staff and faculty as measured by the faculty technology survey and acceptance of new technologies, and the successful integration of technology into the curriculum. Evaluation tools will include testing results, surveys, observation, annual teacher evaluations, and self evaluation.

1. Data collection strategies to monitor progress 2. Responsibilities 3. Evaluation methods a. Student Achievement b. Student technology literacy


III.

Communication and Marketing

A. Communication/Marketing 1. Two-way communication between all areas of the educational community is essential. To this end, e-mail has become the primary source of communication between the administration and members of the Ashworth faculty. This is also a primary source of communication between teachers and with the central office. 2. Also essential is the ability of communication with the student’s parents. To this end, I-Parent has been acquired to allow parents to view their student’s performance and attendance via the internet. Ongoing efforts will be used to make parents aware of this resource and to encourage their participation. In conjunction with this effort, Ashworth maintains a current and active website that parents can access to check on homework assignments, check daily announcements, check the school calendar, share documents from teachers, and communicate via e-mail with their student’s teachers. Each teacher also maintains an individual website. Parent Link, a phone-based system, is also used to inform parents of news and other important information. 3. Communication with the community is also essential to good public relations. Communication is accomplished with the school web site which provides detailed information about the school including its mission and vision. Significant events are publicized through the web site and publication in the local newspaper. Additionally, the community, both parents and business associates, are represented on the school council. The minutes of the school council are posted on the school web site. 4. Publication of a school newsletter also provides a communication avenue to parents and the community. The newsletter allows for recognition of significant events and school and individual achievements and the dissemination of information pertinent to students and parents. The newsletter is sent home with students and also posted on the school web site.

B. Integration/coordination with long-range planning initiatives: 1. The administration uses technology on a daily basis for communication with members of the faculty and other offices throughout the school system. They are active in acquiring new technology that will enhance the instructional capabilities of the teachers and staff and seek ways to place new technology in the classrooms. 2. Teacher and student management is done through School Max and other software. Purchase requisitions, technology support and maintenance requests are completed via technology. 3. The administration promotes the active use of technology and seeks to set the example in technological use. 4.

The school system has actively pursued the acquisition to enhance the instructional


capabilities of each classroom. It has been active in seeking funding for technology through local funding, SPLOSTs, E-Rate, and other grants. The Gordon County School System is moving rapidly toward the 21st Century classroom throughout the entire system.

IV.

Professional Development:

Professional learning will be an ongoing process. As each new technology is integrated into the school and academic process instruction is provided to both teachers and staff. Much of this training is provided through the school system while other training is provided internally. Each teacher has been provided with training in maintaining their websites, using CRCT practice software, and using Study Island. Professional learning will continue to support school improvement and academic achievement through a variety of sources.


Appendix A

AMS Technology Resources Survey Highlights March 2012

Technology Tools Used by AMS Teachers for Instruction March 2012 100.0% 90.0%

% of teachers

80.0% 70.0% 60.0% 50.0% 40.0% 30.0% 20.0% 10.0% 0.0%


Daily Use of Technology by AMS Teachers March 2012 Classroom computers 33%

Smart/ActivBoard 75%

Data Projector 80%

Importance of Technology Tools to AMS Teacher Instruction not importnat to very important

March 2012 100.0% 90.0% 80.0% 70.0% 60.0% 50.0% 40.0% 30.0% 20.0% 10.0% 0.0%


1. Which of the following tools or resources do you use for instruction? Select all that apply.


2. How frequently do you use the following resources and/or tools?


3. How important are the following resources and/or tools to YOUR instruction?


4. List any additional technology (hardware/software) resources and/or tools that you feel would strengthen YOUR instruction? # of Respondents 20 people 1 person 1 person 1 person 1 person

1 person 1 person

1 person 1 person 1 person

Response N/A Cameras/portable scanner More CPS Units in which the students can see their answers and keep up with what number they are on. Training on SmartBoard Having a smartboard or activboard would help. Being able to count on the CPS units to work in my room would enable me to be able to use them. I think we have it all. A few more student computers would be nice. Having in class student computers hooked to the network printer. Allowing me to bring a printer from home to hook up to my in class computer, because I cannot leave the room when students need extra copies, etc. We already own this, but Finale music writing software is essential for music educators. Possibly a free recording program like Audacity. Program resources that quickly enable activity based learning on the SmartBoards

AMS 2012-2015 Three Year Technology Plan  

Includes information about technology plans for AshworthMiddle School for July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015.