Introduction and Purpose




The 2015-2018 Instructional Media and Technology Plan will focus on enhancement of initiatives identified in previous plans of the district.  The specific goals of the plan are: 

  • Promote the use of instructional media and technology to improve student learning in all content areas. 
  • Emphasize instructional media and technology benchmarks and standards and apply these standards to all subjects. 
  • Provide enhanced accessibility of instructional media and technology to students, staff, parents, and community members.

Implementation of instructional media and technology is expensive.  Without the necessary financial resources in place, the plan will not be able to be fully implemented.  Even though the district has limited resources to support this plan, it is necessary to make expenditures to upgrade equipment and software.  The district will use a combination of budget dollars, grants, and other sources of outside revenue to fund the Plan.


The New Auburn School District envisions a well-trained staff that is able to use its skills and knowledge to facilitate student / community learning.  We envision a well-equipped and maintained school that offers a variety of learning opportunities through the use of technology and telecommunications.  We also envision adequate instructional materials and texts to fill the wide range of needs and interests of students.  We see our graduates as having acquired twenty first century skills to become prepared to learn, work and live in a digital knowledge-based global society.  We want our doors to be open for the adult learners of our community and we want to be responsive to their needs.


The New Auburn School District provides all students opportunities for success in a safe, comfortable, community-based environment.  We subscribe to the School Library bill of Rights as adopted by the American School Library Association as well as the Library Bill of Rights as adopted by the American Library Association Council.


All students must have opportunities to develop the media and technological skills equipping them to achieve at their potential and to thrive in the digital, knowledge-based, global society beyond high school graduation.  It falls to us as educators and community members to help our children and youth attain the literacy skills necessary for success in school and the skills of citizenship resulting in the preservation of the common good.  It is our view that an educated person is one who has learned how to think, how to use the skills of inquiry, how to analyze and examine, how to explore, and how to relate to other people.  Success in lifetime endeavors includes access to many forms of information and the development of skills in the use of that information to foster personal growth and benefit society.

In the market place of Media and Technology, change occurs at a very rapid pace.   Couple this with seriously limited district resources.  Pressurize the environment with a compelling, urgent time line for improving student achievement.  Then it seems evident, that the 2015-2018 Instructional Media and Technology planning cycle exists in an arena where confluence must be brought to reconcile divergent factors.  This plan calls for doing the right basic things; It calls for doing the right strategic things; It calls for doing the right unconventional things, carefully.  This plan calls for systemically strengthening Instructional Media and Technology capacity in the New Auburn School District. 



The New Auburn School district is a small rural and rather isolated district in North-Central Wisconsin.  During the 1992-93 school year, our enrollment was 348 students.  Enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year is 327 students.  This decline, coupled with state imposed revenue caps, and our district’s property rich / income poor demographics make funding a technology plan very difficult.  Yet the rising expectations for student achievement requires increasingly larger investments to meet higher standards.  Since the regular revenue sources in the school district budget cannot fully fund the district’s technology needs, funding from other sources remains the only answer. 

Planning Process:

The planning process has evolved over time as the instructional media and technology involved has changed since our initial Technology Plan to our current Instructional Media and Technology Plan. Our district has used a variety of assessment profiles to evaluate the integration of instructional media and technology into our curricular, student information management, as well as the modes of communication with all the district’s shareholders. By surveying staff, students, parents, and community members we are able to plan for future acquisitions of hardware, software applications, staff development activities, and offerings to our community members. These surveys allow the technology committee a continuum for aligning the district’s plans and goals related to the Instructional Media and Technology Plan. 

As we plan for this next plan, our small faculty still has a high attrition rate which requires us to continually reassess staff development needs and provide opportunities for both new and continuing staff members. Faculty members that have been through the complete evolution of the Instructional Media and Technology planning process have been involved in LoTi Assessment, enGauge process, and recently the STNA (School Technology Assessment). Each of these profiles have mapped that our district staff is ever changing and that we need to continually address the needs our diverse staff. Community resources for library and technology are limited, the school will provide additional technology and library support for community members by inviting them into our library and offering technology related classes for the general public.

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