Introduction and Purpose

Vision and Mission Statements

This long range Technology Plan for the Winneconne Community School District will provide appropriate technology benefiting students, staff, and the community.  A comprehensive commitment must be made to provide the District with accessibility to technology as it changes.  While this plan represents a large investment its acceptance will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the dollars we spend on every aspect of our children’s education.  The following mission statement provides direction as our district continues in the 21st century.


The use of technology within the Winneconne Community School District is of

primary importance and will have a profound impact upon learning and the

educational environment.  Our mission is to ensure that students and staff are

effective users of ideas and information in the 21st century.  This will be

accomplished through collaboration with the Information and Technology

Departments to provide access to information and materials through

electronic networks and remote access.


The Vision Statement of the Winneconne Community School District::


The Winneconne Community School District recognize the increasing need to know

more, to know how to access information, to understand, and to communicate.

By including technology as a component of a well balanced educational program

Winneconne Community School District will provide students with the opportunity to develop lifelong learning skills through the use of technology.  By using technology as a tool, students, teachers, administrators, and support staff will become more efficient and effective in facilitating and managing the learning environment.  Tje vision of the library/technology program in the Winneconne Community School District is to support the curriculum and related standards to ensure that all students and staff members become effective lifelong users of information.  It is recognized that the provision of information in a multitude of formats consistent with the latest technological advances is critical to education in today’s society.



Relationship between plan and Vision/Mission Statements

This current plan was developed with input from a wide representation of school personnel.  The plan utilized the district mission and vision statements to guide the development of the technology mission, vision, and goals.  The current plan serves to enhance the district’s educational philosophy.


Section E:

Background Information



It is prudent in today’s fast changing world for a district to have a strategic plan of how they will be using, training for, and purchasing technology. Costs alone warrant such an effort. This long range Technology Plan for the Winneconne Community School District will provide appropriate technology benefiting students, staff, and community. An ongoing, comprehensive commitment must be made in order to provide the District with accessibility to technology as it evolves. While this plan represents a large investment, its acceptance will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the dollars we spend on every aspect of our children’s education. The following mission statement provides direction as the district moves into the 21st century.

The Winneconne Community School District has provided library media services since the district was consolidated in 1950. At present, two professional librarians and three library aides assist over 1500 students and 100 staff members with the use of library resources and technology in three libraries throughout the district.

Early library collections consisted of print materials only, but audio-visual resources were added in the 1960’s. Computer technology was introduced in the mid-1980’s with the addition of stand alone Apple computers used to run word processing programs, Accelerated Reader and select electronic reference resources. In 1993, the high school library began using an automation program for catalog access and circulation. Automation of the Middle School and Winneconne Elementary libraries followed in 1996.

Upon completion of the new high school building in 1998, the school district switched from MS-DOS to Windows applications and the entire district became networked. This allowed students and staff to access to the library catalog, Internet and other electronic resources, as well as district computer programs from any classroom in the district.

The district has continued to improve access to technology with additions of mobile computer labs in the 2004, wireless access in the High School in 2009, and wireless access in the Middle School in 2011.  In an effort to increase student access outside of the school district we also signed an agreement with Google in 2011 giving students access to Google Apps, for email, and many other internet based applications.


COMMUNITY/DISTRICT PROFILE


Winneconne, Wisconsin is located on the Wolf River approximately 14 miles northwest of Oshkosh, with a population of about 2,000. The schools of Winneconne High School, Winneconne Elementary and Middle School (K-8) are attended by students from the following areas: Village of Winneconne, the townships of Winneconne, Omro, Clayton, Poygan, Winchester, Wolf River, Vinland and Oshkosh. Resorts, farming, and Ingersoll Lawn and Garden Tractors, along with smaller industries and businesses, are providing for local employment opportunities for the community and high school graduates. Oshkosh, Neenah, Menasha, Appleton, and Fond du Lac factories with lumber and related products, paper, small manufacturing plants, mail order assembly, electronics and motor vehicle equipment assembly rank high as occupational sources. The community and school are also fortunate to be geographically located to some excellent post secondary education institutions i.e.; University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Lawrence University, Ripon College, and Fox Valley Technical College. There are, and will be, many opportunities to take advantage of the offerings these institutions provide by using technology as a vehicle.

In 1976 a new high school was built. Since then, the district has experienced growth to the point that in February 1996 the community passed a bond referendum to realign buildings. In the fall of 1998 a new 9-12 high school was built. The existing high school became the 6-8 middle school, and the present central school is being used solely for grades K-5.

The district is presently served by a seven member school board, district administrator, one K- 5 principal, one 6-8 principal, one 9-12 principal, one curriculum director, one school nurse, one technology facilitator, four full-time counselors, approximately 100 teachers and 40 support staff. The student enrollment for the district in 2012  is PK - 5 (665 students); middle school grades 6-8 (360 students); high school grades 9-12 (474 students).


Relevant Research and Best Practices


Winneconne Community schools stays abreast of current trends in educational technology through the following means:
Participation in LoTi DETAILS
Subscription and review of the following publications: eSchoolNews, Learning and Leading (iste), District Administrator, Journal of Research on Technology in Education, Technology Integration newsletter (master teacher), Network World, etc.
Participation in Cesa 6 Learning and Assessment Center
District participation in CESA 6 technology coordinators network meetings
Numerous training seminars throughout the year:  Google Summits, Brainstorm, SLATE, etc.
Ongoing planning and implementation with local and National vendors. Specifically Heartland Business Systems in Little Chute, WI
Participation in many online communities:  Facebook Groups, Twitter, Wi Digital Learning Blog, etc..

Bibliography of Relevant Research


Lynn M Schrum, Barbara B Levin. Leading 21-st Century Schools: Harnessing Technology for Engagement and Achievement, 2009


James Lerman, Ronique Hicks.  Retool Your School: The Educator's Essential Guide to Google's Free Power Apps, 2010


Bernie Trilling, Charles Fadel. 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times, 2009

PLANNING COMMITTEE COMPOSITION


The Winneconne Community School District believes that it takes “teams” to develop good plans in any area of education. This provides for a checks and balance system. The following is a list of “teams” and individuals that assist in technology planning for the district. The Technology Facilitator (George Sorrells)does coordination of these efforts with direct support from the Curriculum Director (Laurie Schmidt), Building Principals (James Smasal; Todd Schroeder; Lisa Hughes), Media Specialists (Mary Selle, and Linda Harmon), and Superintendent (Peggy Larson).  We also utilized the Technology Committee comprised of the individuals named above as well as 3 teachers from each building in the district, and our two professional Media Specialists.




Planning Process


The use of technology at Winneconne Schools is under a constant planning process. This cycle of planning really changed when the Technology Facilitator and other staff members attended the Midwest Google Summit in the Fall 0f 2011.  This summit began to open up the eyes of educators in the district to the power of collaboration, and how this can be transformative to the students and faculty in the District.  In reporting back to the stakeholders of the district, the technology committee was evaluated and implemented. Information was shared where appropriate with all members of the Steering committee, administration team and the school board. Administrative reports to the school board continue to be a source of consistent communication with the board and community members. Staff members participated in surveys and steering committee meetings to ensure their viability as stakeholders in the process