Introduction and Purpose

The School District of Glenwood City Information Library Media and Technology Plan has been developed by a committee of educators, community/business members, parents, and students to provide guidance for district focus and decisions regarding library media and technology services and resources for 2016-2019. It has also been written to fulfill state and national guidelines and funding requirements.

The plan reflects the vision and mission of the Glenwood City School District and was based on relevant research and best practices and various types of surveys currently available concerning library media and technology in education. 

Goals of the expiring District Library Media Plan and Technology Plan were analyzed to determine needs remaining from that plan. The current status of the Glenwood City District’s student proficiency, educator proficiency, teaching and learning practices, access to information resources and learning tools, and support systems and leadership was analyzed, and needs derived from the assessment were identified. 

Four goals which address the four Wisconsin Information and Technology Focus Areas were developed based on the current status and needs assessment of the District library media and technology programs. They include: 

 

Goal 1: Student Achievement

Increase learning and achievement with creative expression throughout a global community.
 

Goal 2: Effective Teaching and Learning Practices

Demonstrate and take responsibility for the safe, legal, and ethical use of technology.

 

Goal 3: Access to Information Resources and Learning Tools

Enhance student learning through the use and access of technological tools.

 

Goal 4: Support Systems and Leadership

District leaders commit to providing access, time, tools, and training for staff development and enrichment for community members.

 


The Technology Planning Team will continue to meet to assess the achievements and timelines of this plan. Changes may be added as deemed appropriate to ensure the success of goals. As is true with all Wisconsin districts, budgetary constraints will have an impact on this plan, however, the District is confident that through shared thinking and diligence, it will be able to execute the goals outlined in this plan.

 

Evidence of Relevant Research and Best Practices Review

The School District of Glenwood City is continuing to transition to a more technologically based

curriculum as all departments and grade levels update their curriculum maps to include 21st 

Century Skills. The youngsters who enter the classrooms of today are aware of many of the 

technological advances and are anxious to learn and share their expertise with these tools.

Based upon our research findings, the technology committee concluded that the electronic 

tools of today must influence the way children socialize, communicate, learn, and interact with 

friends, family, and associates both locally and globally.

 

The technology based survey selected for the 2013-2016 Information and Technology Plan by the District was the LoTi Digital Age survey. This instrument measured three critical components pivotal to digital-age literacy and innovative teaching practices. LoTi (Levels of Teaching Innovation), PCU (Personal Computer Use), and 

CIP (Current Instructional Practices). The LoTi Digital-Age Survey focuses on teacher behaviors,

 perceptions, and instructional practices using digital tools and resources which collectively 

have the greatest impact on student achievement and success in the classroom.


In an effort to gauge our progress with the current plan and make updates for the 2016-2019 plan, students and parents were provided with a technology beliefs survey in an effort to collect input on education technology, 21st century skills, and their overall beliefs of technology relating to educational success The survey questions for students and parents were provided by SPEAK UP, the national initiative of Project Tomorrow, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that today's students are well prepared to be tomorrow's innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. Teachers were asked to take a survey that is tied to the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). The mission of ISTE is to help educators, administrators, and students learn, teach, and lead in the digital age. The standards provide clear guidelines on the skills, knowledge, and approaches needed to succeed in the digital age. The detailed survey results are discussed in the Needs Assessment tab.


Putting best practices into action will be the District’s mission and seen to have the greatest
impact on its system of  learners. Therefore the goal of improving student academic
achievement,  technology literacy and staff productivity by effectively integrating  technology
practices with staff training, curriculum development, and utilization of successful research will
be shown as our courses are aligned and implemented through curriculum mapping sessions. 
A network of creating and sharing of ideas among staff will develop that will lead to improved
instructional practices.

 

Glenwood City School District Information Technology Vision:

The School District of Glenwood City believes that by providing opportunities to use technological tools proficiently, our students, parents, community members, and staff will be empowered to become lifelong learners able to adapt to and become valuable members of a rapidly changing society.

 

Information Technology Mission:

 

It is the mission of the Glenwood City School District to effectively integrate information and technology as a learning and information sharing tool to carry out these purposes:

 

· Provide an accessible learning environment to foster academic achievement and support students in meeting or exceeding the state standards

· Empower staff to continually strive to use technology to foster student success

· Develop information literacy to empower students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to achieve academically and be productive citizens in a global society

· Educate students to communicate effectively and express their ideas

· Prepare students for success for post high school endeavors

· Build communities and forge partnerships with families, business, and community members

· Provide opportunities for staff development and training that enhance skill levels and support innovation

· Promote student learning through district curricular initiatives which support the Common Core State Standards and Information & Technology Literacy Standards

· Provide access to library media and technology resources to enhance learning for students, staff, and community