Introduction and Purpose

“What students should know and be able to do to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital world …” The District Information and Technology plan for 2013 to 2016 is a tool that demonstrates the accomplishments of the previous technology plan and focuses on student and staff proficiencies while creating an environment that will help all learners. The plan is completely rewritten every three years by the Information Technology Committee (ITC). The ITC reviews the plan annually to make certain the district remains on track so that the technology plan becomes a road map to digital age literacy for all stakeholders. The ITC uses formal and informal surveys, observation, performance data, and research of best practices to determine goals for the district. The focus of the plan is to make sure every staff member and student is proficient in the use of technology. The surveys and observations suggests the district is well above the state average in nearly all areas. In a comparison between WUSD and Wisconsin averages in the 2013 survey, student and staff information technology proficiencies, communication with stakeholders, and robust, reliable access for all users are indicators that had the greatest growth compared to the previous surveys. When the district compared local results from the 2010 survey with our local results from three years ago, the three areas mentioned above also showed the greatest gains. Other survey indicators exhibiting strong gains locally from 2010 to 2013 were research and best practices, educational planning and design, and virtual learning opportunities. The 2010 to 2013 technology plan had eight goals ranging from increasing the use of technology tools to determining staff and student proficiencies. The district made significant gains with the eight goals. The goals that were not completed are long time goals and are in this technology plan with slight modifications. This information technology plan concentrates on our Wisconsin information technology standards, but research shows the district is adopting the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for staff and students. This next generation of standards focuses on six areas: · Creativity and Innovation · Communication and Collaboration · Research and Information Fluency · Critical Thinking, Problem-Solving & Decision Making · Digital Citizenship · Technology Operations and Concepts These concentrate on the ability of staff and students to know areas what is required and be able to learn effectively in an increasingly digital world.