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Technology Plan 2007- 2010 Superintendent Dr. Paula E. Howard 1

Technology Plan

2007- 2010

Superintendent Dr. Paula E. Howard

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County: Union County School District: Plainfield Grade Levels: Prek – 12 District Website: www.plainfieldnjk12.org

County: Union County School District: Plainfield Grade Levels: Prek – 12 District Website: www.plainfieldnjk12.org

PLAINFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION

2007-2008

Ms. Patricia Barksdale, President

Ms. Bridget Rivers, Vice President

Mr. Rasheed Abdul-Haqq

Mr. Agurs Linward Cathcart, Jr.

Mr. Martin P. Cox

Mrs. Wilma G. Campbell

Mr. Christian Estevez

Mrs. Lisa C. Logan-Leach

Ms. Vickey Sheppard

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I.

Stakeholders

This technology plan was developed with input from administrators, teachers, board members, parents.

Technology Planning Committee

Lillie Sipp

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Chris Payne

Director of Information Technology

Keisha Taylor

Supervisor of Staff Development

Rose Davis

Assistant Supervisor of Information Technology

Angela Bento

Content Supervisor of Technology HS

BJ BrownJohnson

Fredric W. Cook Elementary School Principal

Anthony Jenkins

Washington Community School Principal

Anibal Galiana

Hubbard Middle School Vice- Principal

Cristina Crowell

Technology Coordinator

Daniele Dorcely

Technology Coordinator

Bruce Ryno

Technology Coordinator

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Three-Year Local School District/ Charter School Technology Plan

July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2010

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County: Union

County Code: 39

District/Charter School or Affiliation: Plainfield Public School District

District Code: 4160

Grade Levels: K-12

Web Site: plainfield.k12.nj.us

Date Technology Plan approved by school board or governing body:

May 1, 2007

Is the district compliant with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)? (Y/N) YES

Please indicate below the person to contact for questions regarding this technology plan:

Name: (print) Lillie Sipp

Title: Director of Curriculum and Instruction/Chief Academic Officer

E-mail: lsipp@plainfield.k12.nj.us

Phone

908 731 4383

Signature:

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Date: May 1, 2007

Superintendent/Lead Person Approval:

District Superintendent/Lead Person:(print) Dr. Paula E. Howard

E-mail: Supthoward@plainfield.k12.nj.us

Phone

908 731 4335

Signature:

Date: May 1, 2007

County Coordinating Council Approval:

Lead Agent: (print)

Title:

E-mail:

Phone

Signature:

Date:

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Three-Year Local School District/ Charter School Technology Plan Template July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2010

Directions: Indicate in the PAGE # column of the template, the page number where the corresponding information can be found.

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I. Stakeholders

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Provide the title, name and signature of each member of the technology planning committee. It is expected that there will be representation from at least nine of the positions indicated on the stakeholder sample table. Please provide an explanation if there is not a minimum of nine members on the technology planning committee.

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II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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Describe the school district's or charter school's vision or mission statement

 

III. TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

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A. Technology

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1.

Provide an inventory of current technology networking and telecommunications equipment

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2.

Describe the technology inventory needed to improve student academic achievement through 2010 including, but not limited to:

Technology equipment and networking capacity

Software used for curricular support and filtering

Technology maintenance policy and plans

Telecommunications services

Technical support

Facilities infrastructure

Other services

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3.

Describe how the district integrates assistive technology devices into the network to accommodate student needs

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4.

Describe how the district’s web site is accessible to all stakeholders (for

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example using Federal Accessibility Standards)

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5. Describe the plan for replacing obsolete computers/technology and include the criteria for obsolescence.

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B. Cyber Safety

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1.

List the filtering method(s) used.

(NOTE: Be specific as this is a federal mandate.)

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2. Identify the Acceptable Use Policies (AUP) used for students and staff and include a copy of the AUPs with the submission of this technology plan.

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3. Explain how students are educated about online safety awareness.

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4. Provide information on how parental resources regarding online safety are made available to parents.

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C.

Needs Assessment

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1.

Complete a needs assessment for educational technology in your

school district or charter school. Begin by determining current status.

Afterwards, determine the educational needs, prioritize the identified needs and establish necessary changes through goals and objectives.

 

a. Evaluate staff's current practice in integrating technology across the curriculum.

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b. Provide a summary of teacher and library media personnel proficiency in

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the use of technology within the district.

c. Determine the current educational environment and barriers by describing how:

i. staff are assured access to technology to facilitate technology integration,

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ii. often students have access to technology in their learning environment,

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iii. the needs of staff are evaluated,

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iv. the needs of students are evaluated,

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v. past professional development addressed the staff and students'

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needs for technology integration,

vi. past professional development for all administrators was provided to further the effective use of technology in the

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classroom or library media center,

vii. ongoing, sustained professional development was provided in 2006-2007 for all staff to further the effective use of technology in

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the classroom or library media center,

viii. ongoing, sustained professional development was provided in 2006-2007 for administrators to further support the effective use

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of technology in the classroom or library media center,

ix. supports were provided for staff other than professional

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development,

x. professional development needs and barriers related to using educational technology as part of instruction have been identified.

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2.

Based on the answers given above, indicate the needs of the district to

improve academic achievement for all students through the integration of

 

technology.

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3.

Prioritize the identified needs

 

IV. THREE-YEAR GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

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A. History

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1. List the goals from the 2004-07 plan.

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2. Evaluate each goal from the previous plan, in one or two sentences, detailing each goal's success, or reasons for continuation, or issues preventing its success.

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3. Describe any unexpected outcomes or benefits specifically linked to the educational technology in place.

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B. Goals and Objectives for 2007-2010

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1. List and support the goals that continue from the ’04-‘07 plan.

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2. Modify goals or write new goals to meet the needs identified from the assessments. Goals for '07-'10 should support district need and align with the state plan.

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3. Add to the goals the specific objectives for integrating technology to improve student academic achievement aligned with NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards (including software and other electronically delivered learning materials). Also, include a timeline for such integration and the corresponding measures (also known as indicators) that are evidence that the goals or objectives have been achieved.

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V. THREE-YEAR IMPLEMENTATION ACTIVITY TABLES

(July 2007 – June 2010)

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A. Describe the implementation strategies/activities that relate to the goals and objectives. Include in the description the timeline, person responsible and documentation (or evidence) that will prove the activity occurred.

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B. Develop strategies to ensure that the technology plan addresses the use of technology, including assistive technology, to support the learning communities.

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C. Provide details of the process for meeting the NCLB requirement that all students be technologically literate by the end of grade eight.

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Identify specific telecommunications and information technologies and any other specific resources that are useful to reach the stated goal.

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VI. FUNDING PLAN (July 2007 – June 2008)

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A. Provide the anticipated costs for 2007-2008 and then indicate the projected funding for 2008-2010 of the technologies to be acquired and expenses such as hardware/software, digital curricula including NIMAS compliance, upgrades and other services including print media that will be needed to achieve the goals of this plan, including specific provisions for interoperability among components of such technologies to successfully achieve the goals of this plan.

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B. Indicate the federal, state, local and other sources of funds used to help ensure that students have access to technology and ensure that teachers are prepared to integrate technology effectively into curricula and instruction

Encl.

C. Attach a copy of the board approval for this technology plan. Be sure it includes the budget for the first year of this plan.

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VII. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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A. Provide the name and title of the person responsible for coordinating the professional development activities noted in this plan.

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B. Describe the planned professional development activities for teachers, administrators, and school library media personnel that include:

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How teachers and library media personnel have access to educational technology in their instructional areas (such as using desktops, mobile laptop and wireless units, PDAs).

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How administrators have access to technology in their workplace (such as using desktops, mobile laptop and wireless units, PDAs).

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How ongoing, sustained professional development for all administrators will be provided to further the effective use of technology in the classroom or library media center.

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How ongoing, sustained professional development for all staff will be provided to further the effective use of technology in the classroom or library media center.

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The professional development opportunities and resources that exist for technical staff.

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How professional development is provided to all staff on the application of assistive technologies to support all students in their learning.

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C. Based on educators' proficiency and the identified needs for professional development, describe only the ongoing, sustained, high-quality professional development opportunities planned for 2007-2008 as it relates to the infusion of technology into the curricular process. Include a description of in-class support such as coaching that is used to ensure effective use of technology to improve learning. Also, include a description of the involvement of all partners associated with professional development for the district.

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D. Identify the financial and time resources to keep staff current in learning about new technologies.

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E. Project professional development activities that will continue to support identified needs through 2010, including all partners

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VIII. EVALUATION PLAN

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Describe the process and accountability measures that are used to regularly evaluate the extent to which goals, objectives, activities, resources and services are effective in

1. integrating technology into curricula and instruction,

2. enabling students to meet challenging state academic standards, and

3. developing life-long learning skills.

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II. Executive Summary:

District Mission Statement:

The Plainfield Public Schools, in partnership with it community, shall do whatever it takes for every student to achieve high academic standards No alibis! No excuses! No exceptions!

Beliefs:

Board policies establish the expectation that the district will provide a written, taught, and tested curriculum.

Curriculum and its delivery are the major work of the schools.

Curriculum development is a participatory process, involving at appropriate junctures in the process, teams that include various stakeholders, including teachers, administrators, students, parents and the community.

A high quality rigorous curriculum is a critical component in providing all children with access to an

equal education.

Every child learns when the curriculum is delivered in a manner that actively engages the student.

A high decree of commitment to the individual needs of students is reflected in the design and

delivery of the curriculum.

The ongoing process of curriculum development, instructional delivery, and assessment is a natural part of implementing a well-articulated curriculum.

A well-articulated curriculum is vertically and horizontally aligned.

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The curriculum development process benefits the district in the following ways:

It enhances communication and articulation between and among teachers and administrators

It deepens teachers and administrators understanding of the knowledge and skills needed for students to be proficient in the various curriculum areas

It promotes a cohesive program of learning for all students

Technology is an integral tool for learning and should be infused throughout the curriculum.

Curriculum must align with district assessments, state assessments, and standards.

SUPERINTENDENT'S GOALS:

Promote academic rigor that focuses on learning and excellence that results in increases in student achievement on district and state assessments as well as reducing significantly the achievement gap of special needs and ELL students. *All schools will meet either AYP or safe harbor in ELA, Math and Science.

Continue building on-going self sustaining communication within the district and for the District with a variety of media through regular communication networks, district groups, community participation and speaking opportunities within the community.

Continue building upon a safety plan (both Homeland and Violence Prevention within the schools) inclusive of adults, redeployment of security, technical Assistance, law enforcement partnerships, grant opportunities, strong code of conduct, Student Family Support Services (SFSS) and parent support ensuring that students are able to attend safe and secure facilities of learning.

Demonstrate budget and facility management including forecasting, planning, monitoring and seeking alternative revenues

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Vision for Technology in Plainfield:

The Plainfield community will be a technologically-enriched, life-long learning environment, which fosters student achievement, mastery of challenging material and the cultivation of skills needed to succeed in an increasingly complex, information oriented society. The school district, in positioning technology as a catalyst to transform learning, will drive the development of an information-rich culture. The Plainfield Technology Plan outlines the next steps needed to reach the vision of a technologically enriched environment within our schools and community.

The district’s vision is described more fully below:

Instruction is technology-rich to:

accelerate the development of all students towards the high academic targets represented by the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, provide opportunities for anytime-anywhere, self-paced learning for students, expand the resources available to students,

engage students in challenging, authentic learning opportunities such as problem-based and interdisciplinary instruction, and ensure success of graduates in the 21st century workplace, as citizens and in the pursuit of individual growth

Collaborative partnerships with community organizations, agencies, higher education and businesses support district and community technology.

Technology is accessible to the entire community to eliminate the digital divide.

The school district functions efficiently and effectively by providing technological support for administrative and instructional functions.

Current and emerging technologies are subjects of study, as well as tools for continuous development of staff, parents and students.

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III.

Technology Overview

A. Technology

1. Technology Plan Table

 

Three Year Technology Plan Inventory Table

Area of Need

2007-2008

2008-2009

2009-2010

Technology

Network equipment is kept up-to-date with a regular replacement cycle; Network switches all at 100MB Replace 1/3 obsolete computers

Network equipment is kept up-to-date with a regular replacement cycle; Consolidate servers with virtualization; Upgrade old 802.11b/g with

802.11n

Network equipment is kept up-to-date with a regular replacement cycle; Network backbone switches running at 1 GB Replace 1/3 obsolete computers

Equipment

 

Replace 1/3 obsolete computers

 

Network Capacity

SES 10MB

SES 10MB

SES 100MB

Filtering Software

Websense; Vericept Monitoring Software; Barracuda Spam Firewall; PureMessage Spam Filter

Websense; Vericept Monitoring Software; Barracuda Spam Firewall; PureMessage Spam Filter

Websense; Vericept Monitoring Software; Barracuda Spam Firewall; PureMessage Spam Filter; Cisco ASA

Maintenance Policy and Plans

3yr warranties for newly purchased equipment; staff support; contracted services

3yr warranties for newly purchased equipment; staff support; contracted services

3yr warranties for newly purchased equipment; staff support; contracted services

Telco Services

Implementation of student attendance call out system; rollout of softphone throughout the school district

Emergency call-out system; upgrade voice mail system

Completion of IP phones district-wide; Use of wireless IP phones

Other

Begin rollout of Windows Vista to all desktops

Complete upgrade to Windows Vista across all computers; Upgrade all servers to Windows "Longhorn"

Install a new management software solution

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2.

Technology inventory needed to improve student academic achievement

In order to increase student achievement, the district’s infrastructure must be upgraded and maintained. Software and hardware requirements increase exponentially and in order to give students a solid foundation, we need to have the proper hardware and software in place.

The district currently has a Cisco 6509 fiber chassis as its backbone. This allows 1Gbps throughput to each IDF. The district currently have a MDF and at least IDF room in each building.

The district will need to be upgraded Cisco switches, which provide power over Ethernet (PoE). The switches are Cisco 3750. PoE allow us to install IP phones, wireless access points and IP security cameras.

The connection to each school is 10Mbps. The 10Mbps SES network will be upgraded to 100Mbps, this will increase bandwidth for better video streaming and to allow us to grow with the demands of students and emerging software. Quality of Service will be added when it is available from Verizon to make sure that bandwidth is reserved for important network traffic.

The current Nokia appliance running checkpoint-1 firewall is old and inadequate. A new firewall solution will be installed to improve network performance and to allow VPN connectivity.

Currently the district is using two Microsoft Exchange 2003 servers. The district will be looking to replace those two servers with two new servers running Microsoft Exchange 2007. The upgrade will allow the district to provide the additional functionality that has been introduced with this new release.

The older Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) will be replaced and new UPS’s will be installed with planned maintenance occurring semi-annually.

Throughout the 2007-2008 school year, an evaluation of several systems will be considered. A new backup system will be evaluated, email archiving with a district procedure of archiving email will be introduced and server virtualization will be tested for rollout in the future.

The current wireless infrastructure (currently 802.11b/g) will be evaluated and upgraded to 802.11n when it is approved. A Radius solution will be installed at the same time to protect the district from outside attacks.

The Information Technology Department is in the process of developing a disaster Recovery plan along with second location to store all data.

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Software Used for Curricular Support

The district has an approved acceptable use policy with the extra benefit of a login screen, which reminds the

students and staff of this policy. Computer access is only granted after the individual accepts the reminder of

the policy. We currently have

Microsoft Office applications installed on all pc’s.

The Information Technology Department currently support over 3,000 computers district wide. We also have 24 pc mobile labs and 10 Mac labs for instructional use. Our network operating system software is Windows XP. Currently, networked desktop computers are operating on Windows Xp to be upgraded to Vista. Instructional software on the network complements all subject areas and addresses learners needs. The Apple Digital Learning Series provides a collection of curriculum solutions designed to enhance student information access and productivity, and increase achievement in language arts, math, and science. Each comprehensive solution in the series is designed to help educators meet No Child Left Behind requirements, address content standards, and prepare students with 21st century skills.

We currently have nine apple digital labs which resides in our secondary schools. These labs have the following instructional curriculum, Language Arts, which encompasses Write to Learn, Get a Clue, Write Brain; Math curriculum which includes Geometer’s Sketchpad, Measurement in Motion, Math Fundamentals, Intro to Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry, and Science which has Science Earth Browser, Froguts, PASCO Secondary Science, Starry Night, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physical Science. This curriculum is also available to the students at home via the web and proper log in for supplemental help.

The District has twenty two Scholastic Read 180 classrooms elementary thru high school.

READ 180 is an intensive reading intervention program that helps educators confront the problem of adolescent illiteracy on multiple fronts, using technology, print, and professional development. READ 180 is proven to meet the needs of students whose reading achievement is below proficient level. The program directly addresses individual needs through adaptive and instructional software, high-interest literature, and direct instruction in reading, writing, and vocabulary skills.

Elementary students have access to Compass Learning. This programs feature engaging activities that provide explicit, systematic direct instruction and promote exploration, individual and cooperative learning, problem solving, reflection, and real-world connections.

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The district currently uses Rosetta Stone software which allows our students, teachers and parents the freedom to acquire languages at their own pace. Equally important, Rosetta Stone provides the guidance needed to learn a language well. Teachers can test students end of each lesson, enabling them to focus on areas for additional reinforcement. Rosetta Stone automatically records student progress, and provides immediate feeback wich data can be used to customize instruction.

We currently have acess to Kisperation/Inspiration, this tool provides an easy way to apply the proven principles of visual learning. Students build graphic organizers by combining pictures, text and spoken words to represent thoughts and information. This also allows for our students to develop early literacy skills, and more advanced students improve comprehension skills and better organize ideas for writing.

Thru Federal Funding, the department of Information technology will be administering student email accounts. Gaggle is dedicated to providing safe email accounts for students. Teachers control what can be written and who can correspond with the students.

This tool will allow student teachers interaction via the web. Internet homework centers will allow students to share knowledge and get help. Online video conferences will give students the chance to learn from experts and work with mentors in various fields. Bloggging tools for students and teachers. Polling tools for creating online voting systems Parent Accounts for greater home-to-school communication Student Pod-Casting Tools Student Wikipedia System

Filtering Software

The Information Technology Department will continue to provide a safe and secure setting for each and every student by using the latest in content filtering. Currently the district is using Websense filtration to monitor usage, block URL’s and Phishing sites.

Websense has been installed in the district since 1998. Its current setup is that it is installed on a Linux server running in a DMZ. Updates occur nightly but can be forced during the day when needed. It is kept separate from the firewall to allow us to make changes without disrupting the network environment.

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Technology maintenance policy and plans

During the school-year 2007-2008 the Information Technology Department will maintain service contracts on the following hardware and software.

1. Hardware

a. Main servers have next business day warranty

b. All new desktop machines come with 3 year warranties

c. All Cisco switch hardware will have a warranty through Smart-net

d. All Cisco routers will have a service contract with Verizon

e. Avaya phone system will be covered under a service contract.

f. Firewall is covered under a yearly service contract

2. Software

a. Websense is covered under a yearly service contract

b. Barracuda Spam filtering appliance support

c. Sophos Antivirus software phone support

d. All other operational and curriculum software are covered under an annual service contract with vendor.

Telecommunications Services

During the 2007-08 School Year we will be upgrading VOIP by utilizing wireless phones, replacing older model phones with newer IP phones and replace soft phones where necessary.

The present voice systems at all school locations includes the following:

An Avaya G350 or G700 Media Gateway, this depends on the size of the school.

8-10 pots lines 3 are used for emergency purposes 1 each for the principal, nurse and head custodian.

The present configuration for voice transmission to the district schools consists of:

Avaya S8700 phone system located in the High School (main system) which connects to each media gateway

3 isdn-pri lines for inward and outward calls (72 lines in total)

Our system rides over the District WAN which gives it total IP Capability and can still access our district voicemail system Intuity Audix.

During the 2007-08 School year a proposal will begin investigating call out systems which will be used for emergencies and other notifications approved by the superintendent

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We are presently assessing the circuitry and bandwidth which will be made to determine if an unified messaging solution which combines voicemail & e-mail is an viable option for the district.

We will continue to develop vital features of the phone system such as:

Meet me conference – this is a district managed and owned conference bridge which can conference up to 6 people by dialing a number, conference number and password to join a specific conference.

Malicious Call Trace – in the event of a bomb threat or threatening call the receiving party would press a button and the caller’s number would information would be identified and can be shared with authorities for disciplinary purposes, also a recording of the voice can also be provided.

Technical Support

In order to provide students and teachers with ongoing, uninterrupted technology-infused curriculum, Plainfield has made a commitment to support the administration of the network and the maintenance of the hardware and software connected to it. The districts provides full time helpdesk services which provide tier one phone support. We also have desktop technicians for onsite support which is tier 2 We have network administrators which support all network hardware. In collaboration with vendors, we continue to provide maintenance on hardware, as well as system upgrades as needed. In addition, preventive maintenance is scheduled each summer to restore the hardware and software, as closely as possible, to its original condition.

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B. Cyber Safety

1. Filtering Methods:

We currently utilize Websense software, Checkpoint-1 firewall, MS Windows firewall, and group policies to monitor, filter and restrict access to Internet content which could negatively impact students according to Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) guidelines.

2. Acceptable Use Policies:

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PLAINFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION Plainfield, New Jersey

 

2142.10

POLICY

6142.10

ACCEPTABLE USE OF DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY BY STAFF AND STUDENTS

Purpose

To support its commitment to providing avenues of access to the universe of information available, the district’s system of electronic communication shall include access to the Internet for students and staff.

Limitation of Liability

The Internet constitutes an unregulated collection of resources that changes constantly, so it is not possible to totally predict or control the resources that users may locate. The board cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information or the appropriateness of materials that a user may encounter. Furthermore, the board shall not be responsible for any damage users may suffer, including but not limited to, loss of data or interruptions of service. Nor shall the board be responsible for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the system.

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District Rights and Responsibilities

The computer system is the property of the district, and all computer software and hardware belong to it. Therefore, the district retains the right to monitor all access to and use of the Internet.

The board designates the chief school administrator as the coordinator of the district system. He/she

shall recommend to the board of education qualified staff persons to ensure provision of individual

and class accounts necessary for access to the Internet, designation of quotas for disk usage on the

system, establishment of a document retention schedule, establishment of a virus protection process

and coordination of other activities as required to maintain the system.

Each principal shall coordinate the district system in his/her building by approving all activities for that building; ensuring that teachers receive proper training in the use of the system; ensuring that students are adequately supervised when using the system; and interpreting this acceptable use policy at the building level.

Access to the System

This acceptable use policy shall govern all use of the system. Sanctions for student misuse of the system shall be included in the disciplinary code for students, as set out in regulations for policy 5131 Conduct/discipline. Employee misuse may result in appropriate discipline in accord with the collective bargaining agreement and applicable laws and regulations.

The board shall ensure the acquisition and installation of blocking/filtering software to deny access to certain areas of the Internet.

World Wide Web

All students and employees of the board shall have access to the Web through the district’s networked

or stand alone computers. To deny a child access, parents/guardians must notify the building principal in writing.

Acceptable Use of District Technology by Staff and Students (continued)

2142.10/6142.10

Individual E-mail Accounts for District Employees

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District employees shall be provided with an individual account. At the time of log in users will be advised of the district’s Acceptable Use Technology Policy (via a pop-up window). By clicking okay, users agree to adhere to the district policy.

Student use of the Internet shall be supervised by qualified staff.

District Web Site

The board authorizes the chief school administrator to establish and maintain a district web site. The

purpose of the web site will be to inform the district educational community of district programs,

policies and practices.

Individual schools and classes may also establish web sites that include information on the activities of that school or class. The building principal shall oversee these web sites.

Parental Notification and Responsibility

The chief school administrator shall ensure that parents/guardians are notified about the district network and the rules governing its use.

Acceptable Use

Student Safety Practices

Students shall not post personal contact information about themselves or others. Nor shall students engage in any kind of personal contact with individuals they meet online. Attempts at contact from such individuals shall be reported immediately to the staff person monitoring that child’s access to the Internet. Personal contact information includes but is not limited to names, home/school/work addresses, telephone numbers, or personal photographs.

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Prohibited Activities

Users shall not attempt to gain unauthorized access to the district system or to any other computer

system through the district system, nor shall they go beyond their authorized access. This includes

attempting to log in through another individual’s account or accessing another’s files.

Users shall not deliberately attempt to disrupt the district’s computer system performance or destroy

data by spreading computer viruses, worms, “Trojan Horses,” trap door program codes or any similar

product that can damage computer systems, firewalls, servers or network systems.

Users shall not use the district system to engage in illegal activities.

Users shall not access material that is profane or obscene, that advocates illegal acts, or that advocates violence or hate. Inadvertent access to such material should be reported immediately to the supervising staff person.

Users shall not plagiarize material that is available on the Internet. Plagiarism is presenting another’s ideas/words as one’s own.

Users shall not infringe on copyrighted material and shall follow all dictates of copyright law and the applicable policies of this district.

Prohibited Language

Prohibited language applies to public messages, private messages, and material posted on web pages.

Users shall not send or receive messages that contain obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, rude, inflammatory, or threatening language.

Users shall not use the system to spread messages that can reasonably be interpreted as harassing,

discriminatory or defamatory.

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System Security

Users are responsible for their accounts and should take all reasonable precautions to prevent

unauthorized access to them. individual.

In no case should a user provide his/her password to another

Users shall immediately notify the supervising staff person or data processing department if they detect a possible security problem. Users shall not access the system solely for the purpose of searching for security problems.

Users shall not install or download software or other applications without permission of the supervising staff person.

Users shall follow all district virus protection procedures when installing or downloading approved software.

System Limits

Users shall access the system only for educational, professional or career development activities.

This applies to discussion group mail lists.

Users shall check e-mail frequently and delete messages promptly.

Privacy Rights

Users shall respect the privacy of messages that they receive and refrain from reposting messages without the approval of the sender.

Users shall not publish private information about another individual.

Implementation

The chief school administrator shall prepare regulations to implement this policy.

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3.

Online Safety Awareness:

Internet safety practices are integrated into our curriculum. In elementary school students are introduced to Internet safety in the Technology K-5 Scope and Sequence guide. In middle school students discuss internet safety in their technology courses. In high school students discuss Internet safety in their technology courses. All students in the district sign a copy of the Acceptable Use Policies.

The Office of Curriculum and Instruction will work with county and local Police Department resources to have workshops conducted for staff and students on Cyber Safety.

4. Parental Resources:

Parents and community members will be invited to participate in information sessions regarding Internet Safety. There is also a Cyber Bullying handbook produced by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and links to various websites regarding Internet safety that can be found on the Plainfield School District website.

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C. Needs Assessment

1. Current Status

In order to evaluate staff’s current practice in integrating technology across the curriculum all teachers were asked to complete a needs assessment survey. This assessment is designed to measure instructional staff current technology literacy.

a./b. Staff’s current practice and Proficiency The results of the Needs Assessment Survey indicate that our staff’s overall level of proficiency is measured at a level 3. Level 3 indicates that our staff is proficient in the following areas:

Responsible use, Basic Computer Use, Email, Word Processing, file management and Internet. The following areas are in need of improvement and graphics, desktop publishing, research/ information searching, technology presentation and spreadsheet.

c. Current Educational Environment and Barriers

i. Access to Technology - All staff are provided access to a desktop computer and or laptop. They can also use any classroom, lab, media center or student laptop cart computers. Interactive boards, projector, NetTv’s are available within many district schools.

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Student Access – All schools have wireless laptop carts for student use and internet access. In the middle and elementary schools classrooms have between one and four desktop computers with network access. Two elementary schools, as well as the middle schools and High School have labs for student use.

iii.

Evaluation of Staff Needs – Staff needs are addressed annually through professional improvement plans and current surveys regarding technology year. Ongoing dialogue with technology coordinators to articulate the needs of their individual classrooms or departments.

iv.

Evaluation of Student needs – Middle School and High School students are evaluated in their technology classes. Elementary students are not formally assessed in technology. There is a plan to create a technology assessment tool.

v.

Past Professional Development addressed the staff and student needs – professional development was offered in the following areas for teachers to master: Word, PowerPoint, Email, Internet research, gradequick, admin plus, subfinder, United Streaming, IDE Portal.

vi.

Past Professional Development for Administrators – professional development is presented to administrators to familiarize themselves with the software and infusion training available to the teachers.

vii.

2006-2007 Professional Development for Staff – At the middle and the High School levels Apple Digital learning Series has been introduced to the teachers to support technology infusion in cross curricula content areas. In addition, as needed, one on one or small group instruction is provided. Read 180 training has been ongoing for teachers in grades 4 – 9.

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viii.

2006- 2007 Professional Development for Administrators- professional development is presented to administrators to familiarize themselves with the software and infusion training available to the teachers.

ix. Other supports – We have technology support staff as well as Technology teachers who are available to assist staff with troubleshooting or the integration of technology.

x. Professional Development Needs and Barriers – Staff is periodically surveyed for their specific professional development needs. The Director of Curriculum and Instruction and the Director of Professional Development sponsor workshops to meet individual needs.

2. Indicate Needs:

- More wireless networks

- Increase the number of Instructional technology staff

- Upgrade network capacity

- Expand infrastructure

- Electronic parent teacher communication

- Global Communication

- Professional Learning Opportunities to raise the staff level of technological proficiencies

3. Prioritize needs:

- Professional Learning Opportunities to raise the staff level of technological proficiencies

- Increase the number of instructional technology staff

- Global Communications

IV. Three Year Goals and Objectives:

A. History

1. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: For 2004-2007, the Plainfield Public Schools goals.

The technology plan complements the district’s strategic plan. The accomplishment of the strategic plan goals is dependent upon reaching the vision for technology discussed above. The district reform work is guided by the following six goals. However, only Goals I, IV and V are addressed in the technology plan.

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GOAL I: Improve student achievement through instructional rigor and alignment with New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards: All students will have access to high quality, standards based instruction.

GOAL II: Meaningful community engagement: Community and family will be meaningfully engaged in decision-making and planning for the education of Plainfield’s children.

Goal III: Comprehensive supports for all students: Every student will have access to a safe and orderly school environment and a system of support intended to meet the needs of the whole child.

Goal IV: Effective and efficient operations: The district as a whole, including every school and unit, will have effective and efficient programs, operations and services.

Goal V: Well-prepared staff: All students will have access to certificated, highly trained, caring and culturally responsive staff members.

Goal VI: Shared governance: All stakeholders -- students, parents, teachers, support staff, administration, community and the board -- will be meaningfully engaged in problem-solving, planning, and decision-making.

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2.

Evaluation of 2004-2007 Goals

Goal I

Improve student achievement through instructional rigor and alignment with NJCCCS: all students will have access to high quality, standards based instruction.

Revised, developed and implemented cross content curricula incorporating NJCCCS for Technological Literacy.

Status:

On Going: Evaluations of curricula addressing emerging technologies.

Goal IV

Effective and efficient operations: The district as a whole, including every school and unit, will have effective and efficient programs, operations and services.

The district has ensured that every school and its units has and utilizes current student/staff data management systems and frequently upgrades them. On average, every classroom in the district is equipped with a minimum of three desktops computers in addition to access to wireless labs, smatboards, PDA’s and graphic calculators.

Status:

software and equipment and to meet the goal of 4 computers per classroom in its schools.

On-going: The district continues to support the schools and its units by upgrading

Goal V

Well-prepared staff: All students will have access to certified, highly trained, caring and culturally responsive staff members.

Through the use of district and grant resources, Professional Learning Communities have been developed and implemented to elevate teachers’ technological methodologies and strategies as it relates to the delivery of instruction resulting in higher student achievement and preparation for the challenges of the 21 st century.

Status:

rapidly occur.

On-going: Keeping up with the vast pace of industry technological changes as they

3. Unexpected outcomes or benefits:

Benefits to our district have come about through the use of a variety of technology tools to accompany new curriculum. This includes Everyday Math games online, Connected Math, Math Forum, Harcourt Trophies, Apple learning carts, Read 180, Compass Learning, Rosetta Stone.

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We have also updated our student/staff data management system where teachers can input grades using a web based program.

C. Goals and Objectives for 2007- 2010

Purpose:

Goal 1:

To increase student achievement through the use of technology supported by state and national standards.

Knowledge and Skills

Students will attain the educational technology and information literacy skills that will assist them in achieving the core curriculum content standards and to succeed in the workplace of the 21 st century

Objective 1.1: Educational technology will be infused into every school districts curriculum and instructional activities

Strategy/Activity

Timeline

Persons

Evidence

Responsible

Director of Curriculum and Instruction will participate in all relevant curriculum committees to insure infusion of technology

2007-2010

Director of

Curricula

Curriculum and

Curriculum Maps

Instruction,

 

Technology

Coordinators,

High School

Supervisor of

Technology

Align technology infusion goals with the Plainfield Comprehensive Equity Plan and district Professional Learning Plan

2007-2010

Building

District Focused-

Administrators,

Learning Walks

Supervisor of

Informal and

 

Mandated

Formal

Programs,

Observations

Director of

Curriculum and

Instruction

Teachers will integrate information literacy skills into curricula and instructional methodologies to assist students in achieving the NJCCCS and raising student achievement

2007-2010

Teachers,

PIPs

Technology

Lesson Plans

Coordinators,

District Focused-

Building

Learning Walks

 

Administrators,

District and

Content

Supervisors

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Objective 1.2: All school districts will adopt curricula that include information literacy and educational technology standards aligned with the Core Curriculum Content Standards and accepted national standards

Strategy/Activity

Timeline

Person

Evidence

Responsible

Plainfield Curriculum will continue to be revised and reviewed to reflect the New Jersey State Technology Standards 8.1 and 8.2

2007-2010

Director of

Curricula

Curriculum

Curriculum Maps

and Instruction

Evaluation Surveys

 

District and

from technology

Content

Professional

Supervisors

Learning

Technology

Coordinators

Curriculum development activities will include reviews of software, web based portals, and emerging technologies to promote students academic achievement

2007-2010

Director of

Newly revised

Curriculum

technology

and Instruction

curriculum

Objective 1.6: All students will use technology tools and applications for solving problems, making informed decisions, and participating in authentic, project based learning.

Strategy/Activity

Timeline

Persons

Evidence

Responsible

Students will create and manipulate information independently and/ or collaboratively to solve problems, to design or o develop products

2007-2010

Technology

Student

Coordinators

Exhibitions

Media

Core Products

 

Specialists

PBLs

Science Lead

Teachers

Classroom

Teachers

Students will use appropriate peripherals to gather and interpret data and to create music, art, video, and written projects

2007-2010

Teachers

Student Work

Building

Formal and

Administators

Informal

 

Observations

Appropriate software such as graphic organizer software and appropriate peripherals will be used to differentiate instruction

2007-2010

Director of

Student Work

Curriculum and

Formal and

Instruction

Informal

 

Teachers

Observations

Building

Adminstrators

Goal 2:

Professional Learning

All instructional leaders will attain the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively use educational technology to assist students to achieve the CCCS for technology literacy.

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Objective:

2.1 All Plainfield educators will participate in a minimum of six hours of professional learning activities in utilizing

educational technology to enhance student achievement.

Strategy/Activity

Timeline

Person

Evidence

Responsible

Teacher PIPs will reflect goals for professional learning and include effective technology infusion

2007-2010

Building

PIP Annual Review of PIP

Admistrators

 

and Supervisors

Staff will participate in professional learning activities to reflect technology infusion goals

2007-2010

Director of

MyLearningPlan

Staff

Schedule of

 

Development

Professional

Director of

Learning Plan

Curriculum and

Instruction

Supervisors

New staff will attend mandatory workshops available throughout the district

2007-2010

Director of Staff Development Director of IT Director of Human Resources

MyLearningPlan

Schedule of

 

Professional

Learning Plan

2.2 All Plainfield educators will use technology tools and applications that provide opportunities for authentic, student-

centered, project-based learning.

Strategy/Activity

Timeline

Person

Evidence

Responsible

Teachers will post Best Practices to share with their colleagues.

2007-2010

Director of IT Webmaster Teachers

District Website

SchoolNet

Teachers will post resources for student access.

2007-2010

Director of IT Webmaster Teachers

District Website

Teachers will utilize online resources and multimedia tools provided by the district to differentiate instruction when infusing technology.

2007-

Director of

Curricula

2010

Curriculum

Curriculum Maps

and Instruction

Lesson Plans

 

Media

Student Work

Specialists

Technology

Coordinators

Teachers

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2.3 The district will continue to research, provide best practices, and utilize updated/current technologies to enhance professional learning facilitated by technology educational leaders

Strategy/Activity

Timeline

Person

Evidence

Responsible

Director of Staff Development will provide K-12 professional learning workshops helping teachers meet NJCCCS Technology Goal 8.1 and 8.2

 

Director of

MyLearningPlan

Staff

Lesson Plans

Development

Technology Coordinators will continue to provide in class support for teachers

 

Director of

MyLearningPlan

Staff

Lesson Plans

 

Development

Technology

Coordinators

Goal 3:

Facilities

To evaluate and improve facilities to provide for a maximum learning environment. District will be responsible for establishing and maintaining the technology infrastructure.

Objective: 3.1 The Plainfield Public School district will

Internet access that enables students and educators to support their curricula activities.

maintain broadband, high-speed networks and reliable

Strategy/Activity

Timeline

Person

Evidence

Responsible

The Information Technology department will maintain SES 10 Meg connections to provide immediate internet access to support curricular activities

2007-2010

Dir. of

 

Information

Technology

The District will increase speed from 10 Meg to 100Meg, this will allow students to have greater access to our multi media instruction

2007-2010

Dir. of

 

Information

Technology

Increase use of web based applications for student instruction

2007-2010

Dir. of

 

Information

 

Technology

The district will be upgrading from 802.11b/g to 802.11N, this will allow higher speeds of our wireless network

2007-2010

Dir. of

 

Information

Technology

The district will upgrade the operating system from windows XP to vista, which will provide a more secure environment for students

2007-2010

Dir. of

 

Information

Technology

 

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3.2 All Plainfield Public schools will provide to all students access to multimedia instruction across the curriculum.

Strategy/Activity

Timeline

Person

Evidence

Responsible

The District will expand the use of Apple Mobile labs to all elementary schools this will allow for students and teachers to personalize and differentiate instruction

2007-2010

Dir. of Information Technology Dir of C&I Building Administrators

 

The District will be providing students with email accounts thru Gaggle which increases student / teacher interaction

2007-2010

Dir. of

 

Information

Technology

The Department will continue to provide video streaming for classroom to fully engage student during instruction

2007-2010

Dir. of

 

Information

Technology

 

Media

Specialist

The District will continue to explore evolving instructional technology tools ie: podcast, smartboard, digital book lockers,

2007=2010

Dir. Of

Information

Technology

 

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3.3 All Plainfield Public Schools will maintain quality hardware/software with adequate capacity and capability to support successful learning in classrooms, media centers and throughout the learning environment

Strategy/Activity

Timeline

Person

Evidence

Responsible

The IT department will upgrade computers and software as needed to support district goals and emerging technologies

2007-2010

Dir. of Information Technology Dir. Of C&I Building Administrators

 

The District will replace 1/3 of obsolete computers and software yearly to be completed by 2010. This will be accomplished by maintaining district inventory reports

2007-2010

Dir. of

 

Information

Technology

Building

 

Administrators

Network hardware will be upgraded to support robust access which will allow the use of evolving technologies

2007-2010

Dir. of

 

Information

Technology

Maintain a helpdesk to provide timely response to requests for assistance with technology related concerns

2007-2010

Dir. of

 

Information

Technology

Plainfield addresses the NCLB technology requirements as follows:

By the end of eighth students will be able to :

8.1.8a

8.1.8a

Sample Performance Tasks:

Given a topic the student will choose the appropriate software and hardware to effectively communicate to a given audience.

Use technology resources to research then create a product on a given topic.

Use technology tools (e.g., multimedia authoring, presentation, Web tools, digital cameras, scanners) for individual and collaborative writing, communication, and publishing activities to create knowledge products for audiences inside and outside the classroom.

Students will design a slide show presentation on a topic of their choice. The students will be assessed using a teacher designed rubric.

Using a related curriculum topic, students will create collaboratively a multimedia (sound, pictures, and text) project utilizing library and classroom resources to access, analyze, interpret and synthesize information. During the time frame of project development students will take responsibility for copyrights of software and internet resources. The teacher will use rubrics to evaluate this task including evidence of a variety of resources used to create original presentations concerning real world problems.

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Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Student Achievement Rubric Grade Fifth - Eighth

Content Standard: 8.1 Computer and Information Literacy

All students will use computer application to gather and organize information and to solve problems

Educational Experiences in Grades 5 – 8 will assure that students:

Sample

Novice

Basic

Proficient

Advanced

Indicators

8.1.8 A

Use appropriate technology vocabulary

Students use basic technology vocabulary to describe hardware, software, multimedia services and storage media.

Students use

Students recognize and use technology vocabulary to describe hardware, software, multimedia services and storage media.

Students recognize and use accurate technology vocabulary to describe hardware, software, multimedia services and storage media.

Basic

technology

Computer

Skills and

 

vocabulary to

describe hardware,

software,

Tools

 

multimedia

 

services and

storage media.

 

Use common features of an operating system

Students use input and output devices.

Students independently use input and output devices.

Students use input and output devices, access limited network resources and use peripherals with assistance.

Students use appropriate input and output devices, access limited network resources and use peripherals.

Demonstrate effective input of text and data using touch keyboarding with proper technique

Students exhibit basic posture and fingering techniques for all rows of the keyboard with minimum accuracy.

Students exhibit correct posture and fingering techniques for all rows of the keyboard with minimum speed and accuracy.

Students exhibit correct posture and fingering techniques for all rows of the keyboard with adequate speed and accuracy.

Students exhibit correct posture and fingering techniques for all rows of the keyboard with advanced speed and accuracy.

Input and access text and data efficiently and accurately through proficient use of other input devices, such as a mouse.

Students use limited techniques when using keyboard and mouse.

Students use basic techniques when using keyboard and mouse.

Students use correct techniques when using all functions keyboard and mouse.

Students use advanced techniques when using all functions keyboard and mouse.

Create documents with advanced text formatting and graphics using word processing

Students know how to insert photos, graphics, graphs, spreadsheets, sound and video into word processing, presentation and web documents.

Students know how to use applications features (e.g., columns, tables, headers, and footers, boarders, drawing menu bar) and a variety of other tool bars to format and publish content projects and products and web documents.

Students know how to identify appropriate file formats for a variety of applications and apply utility programs to convert formats, as necessary, for effective use in web, video, audio, graphic, presentation, word processing, database, publication, and spreadsheet applications.

Students demonstrate an understanding of concepts underlying hardware, software, and connectivity; the variety of ways that information and technology resources can be combined to develop and promote understanding; and the value of visual and auditory features to convey accurate and convincing information.

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Create a file containing customized information by merging documents

Students with assistance can apply limited software features such as merging data from spreadsheets and other documents.

Students with assistance can apply software features such as merging data from spreadsheets and other documents.

Students apply software features such as merging data from spreadsheets and other documents.

Students understand and apply software features such as merging data from spreadsheets and other documents.

Construct a simple spreadsheet, enter data, and interpret the information

Students apply basic software features of a spreadsheet to create tables.

Students apply software features of a spreadsheet to create tables.

Students apply software features of a spreadsheet to create products that address appropriate learning objectives.

Students identify and apply advanced software features and components of a spreadsheet to plan, create and edit products that address appropriate learning objectives.

Design and produce a basic multimedia project

Students use limited features to create a simple multimedia presentation.

Students use basic features to create a simple multimedia presentation.

Students use multiple features to create a simple multimedia presentation.

Students use advanced features to create a multimedia presentation.

Plan and create a simple database, define field, input data, and produce a report using sort and query

Students enter data in a given database.

Students enter data and perform simple queries to process data.

Students enter data, perform simple queries to process data and report results that address given topics.

Students demonstrate method for entering data, performing simple queries to process data and report results that address given topics.

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Use network resources for storing and retrieving data

Students use basic procedures for storing computer files on a hard drive, external resources and network resources when available.

Students demonstrate procedures for management and maintanence of computer files on a hard drive, external resources and network resources when available.

Students demonstrate strategies and procedures for effective management and maintanence of computer files on a hard drive, external resources and network resources when available.

Students integrate strategies and procedures for effective management and maintenance of computer files on a hard drive, external resources and network resources when available.

Choose appropriate electronic graphic organizers to create, construct, or design a document

Students with assistance can use electronic graphic organizers to create, construct, or design a document.

Students with assistance can use appropriate electronic graphic organizers to create, construct, or design a document.

Students use appropriate electronic graphic organizers to create, construct, or design a document.

Students use appropriate electronic graphic organizers to create, construct, or design a document to connect ideas and organize information.

Create, organize and manipulate shortcuts

Students will create shortcuts relevant to applications used.

Students will create and organize shortcuts relevant to applications used.

Students will create, organize and manipulate shortcuts relevant to applications used.

Students will use advanced features to create, organize and manipulate shortcuts relevant to applications used. (e.g. renaming, deleting)

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V. Three-Year Implementation Activity Tables:

(See the above tables)

VI. Funding Plan

Funding Plan (2007-2008)

Complete this table to indicate the funding source of anticipated costs of technologies to ensure that students have access to technology. The use of this table is optional and is provided as a convenience.

Three-Year Technology Plan Anticipated Funding Table (2007-2008) ITEM FEDERAL STATE LOCAL MISC. (e.g. FUNDING
Three-Year Technology Plan Anticipated Funding Table
(2007-2008)
ITEM
FEDERAL
STATE
LOCAL
MISC. (e.g.
FUNDING
FUNDING
FUNDING
Donations,
Grants)

Digital curricula (see NIMAS in the HELP section)

Print media needed to achieve

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goals

   

Technology

 

$500,000

Equipment

Network

$1,000,000

$150,000

Capacity

$162,000.00

$20,000

Filtering

 

$50,000

Software

 

$300,00

Maintenance

$150,000

$100,000

Upgrades

$150,000

$30,000

Policy and Plans

   

Other services

 

$120,000

Professional

Development

 

Funding Plan (2008-2010)

Complete this table to indicate the funding source of projected costs of technologies to ensure that students have access to technology. The use of this table is optional and is provided as a convenience.

ensure that students have access to te chnology. The use of this table is optional and

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Three-Year Technology Plan Projected Funding Table (2008-

 

2010)

ITEM

FEDERAL

STATE

LOCAL

MISC. (e.g.

FUNDING

FUNDING

FUNDING

Donations,

Grants)

Digital curricula (see NIMAS in the HELP section)

       

Print media needed to achieve goals

       

Technology

 

$1,000,000

   

Equipment

Network

$2,000,000

$300,000

   

Capacity

$324,000

$40,000

   

Filtering

 

$100,000

   

Software

 

600,000

   

Maintenance

$300,000

$200,000

   

Upgrades

$300,000

$60,000

   

Policy and Plans

       

Other services

 

$160,000

   

Professional

Development

 

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VII. Professional Development

A. The district’s Professional Development Committee will continue to review all professional development plans and activities. Supervisor of Professional Development and district principals and curriculum supervisors will plan future professional development activities based on the professional learning surveys and technology needs assessment survey distributed to staff members.

B. Planned professional development activities:

1. Teacher and library media personnel access- all teachers in the school district have access to a desktop. These computers can access district

email, mylearning plan, and can use the computers for instructional purposes. All classrooms within our district have network access. The media centers in all 13 schools provide wireless access to the network. We have ordered promethean boards for 3 elementary schools. There are multiple LCD projectors for staff to use in each building and administrative office.

2. Administrator access- Every administrator has been provided with a dedicated desktop and laptop. These computers are used to access their email,

and any other system to perform administrative functions in the various roles.

3. Professional development for administrators- Administrators along with staff members will be surveyed as to their level of use of technology in

their various roles. The IT department will continue to provide professional development to administrators at their request.

4. Professional development for staff- The professional development days built into the school calendar in addition to after school sessions will

included technology related courses and subjects to enhance technology use in instruction. The middle school language arts, math, and 9 th grade science teachers have had Apple training on mobile carts, and in the next school year we will continue to provide additional staff members with Apple training and I-life Media training.

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5 Professional development for technical staff- IT department members and technology coordinators assigned to schools will have access to professional development courses, as well as on-line self study classes where applicable. The Information Technology Department will also attend technology conferences and workshop centered around education. This will afford Plainfield the opportunity to remain current with educational technology for student achievement.

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6. Professional development on application of assistive technologies- The Department of Special Services will be sending a team comprised of the following staff members to an Assistive Technology training:

Supervisor of Special Services

CST member

Special Education

General Education

Speech Language Therapist

Technology Coordinator

These staff members will attend a three part assistive technology workshop. The workshop, sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Education, will provide training and an overview of Assistive Technology as well as provide a framework on decision making in Assistive Technology. The team will also have an opportunity to attend an Assistive Technology fair and engage in a discussion regarding their application of learned concepts as well as receive feedback and support from the trainers.

After the first part of the workshop, which is an overview of Assistive Technology, the staff members will turnkey the training to various groups including general and special education teachers, classroom assistants, district and building administrators as well as math, literacy, and technology coaches.

The team will choose Assistive Technology to be include in our curriculum and provide ongoing professional development on how to implement and effectively use the programs.

C. Professional development needs: Professional Development VII-C (2007-08 only)

The professional development detail is needed for school year 2007-2008 only.

Ongoing, sustained, high-quality professional learning planned

Using Technology with Trophies

for 2007-2008

The Essentials of Microsoft Office

Infusing Technology into Literacy

Using the Internet to improve Literacy K-5

Troubleshooting 101

Everyday Math Games Online

Problem Based Learning

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Cybersafety

MovieMaker

Apple Digital Software

United Streaming

D. Financial and time resources: The school leadership teams have an important role to play in expanding professional knowledge and building

capacity in school wide professional learning communities. An expectation of the school based administrators is that staff members should provide products of work from the professional learning communities that reflect the use of technology as to support the district allocated dollars to support the necessary and needed professional development activities to support the new ways of learning for teachers and their students.

E. Professional development activities: Professional development activities in technology will continue in the schools and district offices as we

enhance technology skills of staff members in new software and programs. The goal is to increase the use of technology as a tool for instructional purposes in the classroom. Teachers need to infuse the use of technology in instructional activities to provide students with various opportunities for critical thinking and problem solving strategies.

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VIII.Evaluation Plan

The Technology Evaluation Plan for the Plainfield Public Schools to measure goals and objectives will be ongoing and integrated with

the district’s plan for instructional priorities, curriculum development and professional development . To that end,

informal methods to collect data relative to the plan’s implementation. Formal methods will include an analysis of the following:

we will use formal and

observational data collection relative to use and purpose

academic gains through the use of content specific software programs as evidenced through electronic reports

review of curriculum guides and lesson plans

inventory of technology tools purchased and available

accessibility of technology for students, staff and parents

committee reports and agendas

the documentation collected for each objective as described in the activity section of this document

infrastructure in place to support the use of technology

student, staff and district projects and products

Informal methods will be comprised of :

electronic surveys

interviews with students, staff, parents and community members

The Technology Committee will continue to meet to review the implementation status of the plan and to provide additional guidance in meeting the goals and the objectives. In collaboration with the Director of Curriculum and Instruction, the Director of Technology and the Supervisor of Staff Development support will be developed in the needed areas as determined from the committee’s input and a review of the formal and informal data. Using this method of evaluation, coupled with research and best practices, we will be able to move forward with learning opportunities which enable our students to be competitive and prepared for the technology world of the 21 st century.

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