Strategies for S.M.A.R.T. Goal Support

Who is responsible to act and how will progress be monitored?
The District administration, through the Technology Department, is responsible for creating, maintaining, training, monitoring and supporting consistent, reliable and  sustainable learning environments infused with technology for teaching and learning. The administration charge, and first priority, is to be sure this is true for every classroom over the next 3 years. 
The District administration will monitor progress as described in each school's annual SIP activities and data collections as well as the annual district surveys (see Assessments, Review and Updates section for more details).

Each school's SIP team is responsible through their SIP process to ensure all staff and students have the optimal opportunities to increase their technical literacy, skills and proficiencies such that each classroom environment is active, relevant, data-driven, communicative, collaborative, inquiry-based, and differentiated. The SIP team will monitor progress as described the school's annual SIP activities and data collections as well as the annual district surveys (see the  Assessments, Review and Updates section  for more details).

What actions must take place and how will it be funded?
The District administration working in concert with school SIP teams understand supporting the Technology S.M.A.R.T. goals is an essential commitment to improving teaching and learning. Maintaining this commitment provides every student with the same opportunities for successful learning using technology as a tool.  Therefore, the district leadership and school efforts in the SIP process will result in
deployed technologies and technical systems that are reliable, equitable, and sustainable (see the Budget section for more details).

It is expected these efforts guided by this plan will create an expectation of ubiquitous learning environments where:

  • leadership for technology at the District level and in schools work diligently to support and achieve this plans S.M.A.R.T. goals.
  • staff and students experience the use of technology as a means to enhance their ability in meeting state standards for technology skills proficiencies and classroom integration.
  • technologies and technical systems enhance teaching and learning to be more active, relevant, data-driven, communicative, collaborative, inquiry-based, and differentiated.
  • user-friendly technical support, management, maintenance, and upgrades of technologies and technical systems is fast, reliable and predictable.

  • support for interactive technologies designed for direct teaching and learning are the highest priority for service, support and replacement cycles. Specifically, all classrooms have a teaching, Internet connected, high-end multimedia computer, document camera and projector and access to all district supported readily available technologies*

  • 24/7/365, robust, secure and reliable wired and wireless network infrastructures (LANs/WANs) are supported and maintained to include; voice, data, video, storage, servers, back up, and network devices.

  • 24/7/365 access for staff and students to a ubiquitous and platform independent computing environment is hosted online using convenient collaborative web-based tools and learning resources (Web 2.0).
  • the District encourages staff and students to use their own personal wireless devices in the district to facilitate access to teaching and learning resources.
  • older student computers will be assessed for updating, refurbishing and re-provisioned in any cost effective manner possible to keep them viable computing stations at our schools. This means include replacing inexpensive parts, simple upgrades, installing Linux as an alternative OS, using Linux terminal services and old computers as thin clients.
  • the data collected from the technology surveys, stakeholder meetings, interviews and observations assist the district and each school in targeting schools, grade levels
  • building-based professional development for technology is data-driven, intentional and targeted at each school.

  • certificated staff, identified as technology leaders in their school, will be trained by the District to to train and support staff in their school using a peer coaching and mentoring in their buildings. Compensation for this activity comes from combination of the District paying 30 extra hours per school and teachers using some of their ERS days.

  • a full time Technology Integration Specialist (TOSA) and the Technology Director are available to all staff for technology awareness overviews, just in time training, mentoring, coaching, and regularly scheduled core technology class offerings during the school year and summer.
  • a full-featured set of professional development materials that supports the proficient use and integration of technology in Peninsula classrooms will be available online; created, maintained and supported by the Technology Integration Specialist. These materials will include (at a minimum) websites, blogs, wikis, on-demand videos and just-in-time learning support using online collaborative communication tools and video conferencing.
  • the District's use of new web 2.0 tools and Internet resources for teaching and learning is central to a new awareness campaign to staff, students, parents and the community campaign. This effort will include training, curriculum, content, teaching and learning focused on online safety, digital citizenship and technical skill, proficiency and effective classroom integration. Paramount will be ongoing communication to all these stakeholders. The design and development of training materials, curriculum, and content will all be available through the District's website and managed by the Director of technology and the Technology Integration Specialist (TOSA).
See Technology Standards & Budget for budget support for these strategies.

*Readily available technologies are those technologies the district has identified as the essential technical conditions that will be supported for the next three years. Instructionally, these include a teaching computer, a standard software installation package, document camera and projector. Also included could be district supported network resources that include, Orchard, Xtra Math, IMS, SWIFT, Google Apps, AP Photo, ProQuest, etc. Included could be any building-wide technologies, network resources or software such as Netbooks, Labs, Pods, Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, etc.