Executive Summary

The mission of the Lake Mills Area School District Information and Technology/District Technology Revenue Oversight Committee is to promote lifelong learning by guiding and coordinating the use of technology in support of education. Consistent with our vision for learning, the District believes that a diverse array of technologies should serve as tools to promote that vision and the District's central mission. Examples of such technologies certainly include: computers, tablets, interactive whiteboards, response systems, networks, science probes, digital library sources, biotechnology, robotics, computerized music software, computer numeric controls, computer-assisted drafting, and 3D printing. Moreover, the long-range vision for learning must, and does, accommodate the emergence of technologies that do not yet even exist.

Lake Mills Area School District was a pioneer district in the late 1970's in instructional uses of computers. Due to a sequence of declining enrollments, related cutbacks, and imposition of revenue caps, the District fell behind other districts. This changed in 1995 when the District found a means to borrow within the revenue cap from the State Land Trust for purchase and installation of a wide-area network, connection of local area networks in each building, wiring of every classroom, office and lab for voice/video and data, and installation of a distance learning interactive video network and a new telephone system.

While the District continues to become state of the art, the present challenge is to integrate information and technology more fully into the curriculum and instruction, to upgrade the full range of technologies in the pursuit of improved academic achievement, and to fulfill our vision for learning. This Information and Technology Comprehensive Plan is the blueprint for achieving these ends.

In addition, it is our goal to make our technology accessible as a community resource. The distance learning complex and the District's agreement with its municipalities to be an auxiliary house for the local cable access board is a first step and provides the core area for a community-accessible technology center.

The goals of the District grow out of the District's mission, the parallel mission of the
District Information and Technology/District Technology Revenue Oversight Committee, and the Committee's vision for learning which includes the role of information and technology in that process. These goals not only encompass goals for student learners but also include goals for staff, administration, and the community.

The goals for students depend on key benchmarks by grade grouping, which are aligned to the Wisconsin state standards for information, technology, and literacy.

The efficacy of the goals is dependent upon two resources: Continuous access to staff training in using and teaching with technology; and appropriate annual budgets to support optimum use of the existing technology as well as to upgrade and update on a systematic basis. The Committee understands that funds are subject to the vagaries of enrollments, fixed costs, and availability of alternative funding sources.

It is for this reason, as well as the complexities of timing and achieving benchmarks, that the Committee strongly urges that the District review, evaluate, and revise, as appropriate, this Information and Technology Plan on an annual basis.