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Technology Plan

 

 

Table of Contents 

 

Vision

Strategic Priorities Overview

Priority 1:  Shared Services Model

Priority 2:  Universal Access to Personal Teaching and Learning Devices

Priority 3:  Access to Digital Teaching and Learning Resources, Including Digital Textbooks

Priority 4:  Model of Technology-Enabled Professional Development

Priority 5:  21st Century Leadership for Your LEA

 

 

Wilkes County Schools’
Technology Planning Committee/MTAC

 

Member

Job Title/Position

Anna Lankford

Associate Superintendent

Julie Triplett

Chief Technology Officer

Rebecca Mastin

Principal

Robin Roten

Instructional Specialist

Karri Adams

Digital Learning Facilitator

Melanie Cook

Media Coordinator

 Kaylene Burcham-Hall

 Teacher

 Scott Robinson

 Parent

 

 

Wilkes County Schools’Technology Plan

Vision State

Vision Statement

 

Technologically proficient administrators and educators empower students to develop skills to become self-motivated leaders in the global community. 

 

Wilkes County Schools envision a culture of learning where:

  • All users understand the capabilities and capacity of available technology hardware, software, infrastructure, and personnel resources.
  • Students are engaged in inquiry-based, problem-based, hands-on learning.
  • Students are technologically adept.
  • Students accept responsibility for their own learning.
  • Teachers use technology to facilitate learning.
  • Teachers accept responsibility for acquiring the knowledge and skills to integrate technology.
  • Administrators support and advocate the use of technology.

 


Wilkes County Schools’ Technology Plan

Strategic Priorities

 

 

Wilkes County Schools strive to provide access to digital resources and content for instruction.  We believe technology can be used to extend the classroom beyond the school to state, national, and global levels.  Technology provides a mechanism to create relevant meaningful content for project based, student centered learning.  To provide these educational opportunities, Wilkes County Schools will continue our 1:1 program in grades 6 – 12 and will continue the use of mobile carts in our elementary schools.   Digital learning facilitators and instructional specialists will continue to work together to provide professional development opportunities at the school level to support 21st Century teaching and learning.

 

 

Strategic Priority 1: A Statewide Shared Services Model

Currently, Wilkes County Schools’ infrastructure includes on-site storage, management tools, printing, and application, file sharing, and other services. Wireless network hardware is available at all locations to support mobile computing devices.  Voice over IP telephones are installed at all schools and administrative facilities.  Firewalls and filters are maintained at the district level.  Google G Suite for Education is used for teachers and student email and document sharing.  Wilkes County Schools connects to the internet over the North Carolina Research in Education Network.  Wilkes County Schools will utilize the resources in Homebase provided by NCDPI to leverage statewide cost savings. 

 

Alignment to Other Plans and Initiatives: 
Strategic Priority 1: A Statewide Shared Services Model

Wilkes County Schools will utilize and align with the following key initiatives/plans to reach for the vision and complete the strategic priorities of our plan... 

ACRE

 

Update the analysis of the technology infrastructure needed to support a 21st Century curriculum and assessment system and to move additional testing to appropriate technology formats. This analysis will allow the transition from a paper–based assessment system to one that takes greater advantage of technology

Career and College Ready, Set, Go!

 

Put more technology into the hands of students and teachers to increase individualized learning options

Race to the Top Local and State Scopes of Work

 

Incorporate the state infrastructure blueprint into technology plans

Implement the infrastructure blueprint

Provide access to effective, high–quality, job–embedded, data–informed professional development and support for educators with objectives aligned to the Race to the Top Initiatives

Home Base Implementation

 

Participate in shared services hosted by NC Education Cloud where appropriate as services become available and current contracts expire

 Provide and support student, teacher, and administrator access to a Learner Management System, Learning Object Repository, and web collaboration tools at each school

Other LEA initiatives/plans

 

 

Other LEA initiatives/plans

 

 

1.  Statewide Shared Services Model     
Goals should be precise and measurable. See notes/guidelines regarding evaluation.

Goals/Targets

 

 

 

Evaluation Method(s)

 

Provide equitable and additional access to mobile devices

Continue 1:1 laptop program in grades  6-12

 

Administrators, Teachers, Technology Staff

 

 

DLMI

 

Provide equitable and additional access to digital resources

Utilize resources available in Homebase for instruction



Online reports available in Homebase

 

Reduce operating costs by facilitating a more strategic budgeting model utilizing blended funding and reducing isolated programmatic spending

Utilize federal, state, and local funds from various departments to provide instructional resources for 21st century classrooms

 

Administrators, Teachers, Technology Staff

 

Purchase orders

 

Promote/maintain innovative funding model by utilizing NCEdCloud offerings, Home Base and/or comparable alternatives

Utilize NC Education Cloud services and NCREN connectivity services to reduce individual/district purchasing of outside resources

 

Administrators, Teachers, Technology Staff

 

 

Online reports available in Homebase, NCREN monthly reports

 

Maximize E-Rate in support of instructional programs

Continue to seek E-rate funds to support telecommunications, internet access, webhosting, and technology resources that support instruction

 

Technology Staff, Finance Staff

 

 

E-rate Documentation

 

Provide content filtering in accordance with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

Continue to provide CIPA compliant filtering for all computers with Internet access on the WCS network

 

Technology Staff, Administrators

 

 

Content Filtering reports

 

 

           

 

Strategic Priority 2: Universal Access to Personal Teaching and Learning Devices

Wilkes County Schools provide a teacher laptop for all regular education, Pre-K, media coordinators, and EC teachers.  All students in grades 6-12 have a laptop or Chromebook.  Mobile computing carts are available in all elementary schools.  High school students utilize laptops or Chromebooks for online assessments as well as online courses through the NC Virtual Public High School, Edmentum, and online courses provided by Wilkes Community College.

 

Wilkes County Schools will maintain the 1:1 laptop/Chromebook program in grades 6-12. We will continue the use of mobile carts to impact K-5 classrooms.  Elementary and middle schools will continue online science assessments. Other online assessments will be conducted as available from NCDPI.



Alignment to Other Plans and Initiatives: 
Strategic Priority 2: Universal Access to Personal Teaching and Learning Devices

Wilkes County Schools will utilize and align with the following key initiatives/plans to reach for the vision and complete the strategic priorities of our plan... 

ACRE

 

Update the analysis of the technology infrastructure needed to support a 21st Century curriculum and assessment system and to move additional testing to appropriate technology formats

This analysis will allow the transition from a paper–based assessment system to one that takes greater advantage of technology

Career and College Ready, Set, Go!

 

Increase virtual learning opportunities so every child no matter where they live can reach his or her potential

Put more technology into the hands of students and teachers to increase individualized learning options

Increase the use of technology by providing professional development opportunities for teachers

Race to the Top Local and State Scopes of Work

 

Incorporate the state infrastructure blueprint into technology plans
Implement the infrastructure blueprint

Utilize school technology funds to enhance school technology infrastructure to facilitate online real–time assessments at each school

Provide access to effective, high–quality, job–embedded, data–informed professional development and support for educators with objectives aligned to the Race to the Top Initiatives

Home Base Implementation

 

Provide and support student, teacher, and administrator access to Learner Management System, Learning Object Repository, and web collaboration tools in Homebase

Other LEA initiatives/plans

 

 

Other LEA initiatives/plans

 

 

Priority 2: Universal Access to Personal Teaching and Learning Devices   
Goals should be precise and measurable. See notes/guidelines regarding evaluation.

 

Goals/Targets

 

 

 

Evaluation Method(s)

 

Develop a comprehensive sustainable LEA plan for universal access.  Resources:  NCDPI, NCLTI, Educator Effectiveness, and District & School Transformation

Continue providing 1:1 devices and mobile carts with wireless Internet access for all schools

Administrators, Teachers, Technology Staff

 

DLMI

 

 

Communicate your plan to all stakeholders.

Post Technology Plan online and highlight goals and targets in administrative meetings

 

Chief Technology Officer, Administrators, Webmaster

 

Posted plan online

 

Increase overall access to personal learning devices.

Continue 1:1 program and use of mobile carts for elementary schools

 

Administrators, Teachers, Technology Staff

 

DLMI

 

Utilize Personal Learning Devices to promote student owned learning.

Utilize state provided tools in Homebase for formative/benchmark assessments using laptops and mobile carts

 

Administrators, Teachers, Digital Learning Facilitators, Instructional Specialists, Students

 

Online Homebase reports

 

           


Strategic Priority 3: Statewide Access to Digital Teaching and Learning Resources, Including Digital Textbooks

WCS utilizes Homebase, NC WiseOwl, Learn NC, the North Carolina online digital textbook, SAS Online Curriculum Pathways, and NCVPS for online course content and curriculum.  We currently subscribe to Edmentum, Gaggle, G Suite for Education, Study, MobyMax, Scholastic Reading Counts, and Scholastic Reading Inventory, Discovery Education, Treasures, BrainPop, etc. to enhance, customize, and create digital content for student learning. 

 

Wilkes County Schools will utilize digital content provided through Homebase to provide additional digital resources for all K-12 students as resources become available. 

Alignment to Other Plans and Initiatives: 
Strategic Priority 3: Statewide Access to Digital Teaching and Learning Resources, Including Digital Textbooks

Wilkes County Schools will utilize and align with the following key initiatives/plans to reach for the vision and complete the strategic priorities of our plan... 

ACRE

 

Support 21st Century teaching and learning, increase online testing

Career and College Ready, Set, Go!

 

Increase virtual learning opportunities so every child no matter where they live can reach his or her potential

Put more technology into the hands of students and teachers to increase individualized learning options

Race to the Top Local and State Scopes of Work

 

Ensure teachers and staff understand the Standard Course of Study, including the Common Core and Essential Standards, and related assessments

Home Base Implementation

 

Provide and support student, teacher, and administrator access to Learner Management System, Learning Object Repository, and web collaboration tools

Other LEA initiatives/plans

 

 

Other LEA initiatives/plans

 

 

3: Statewide Access to Digital Teaching and Learning Resources, Including Digital Textbooks
Goals should be precise and measurable. See notes/guidelines regarding evaluation.

 

 Goals/Targets

 

 

 

Evaluation Methods(s)

 

Continue to transition from traditional print and paper-based resources to current, affordable online resources

Utilize Homebase, Google Apps for Education, and web collaboration tools along with other online services to support instruction

Administrators, Digital Learning Facilitators, Instructional Specialists, Teachers

 

Online reports for Homebase and Google Apps use

 

Utilize procured resources such as NC WiseOwl, Home Base and other open education resources

Utilize Homebase, NC WiseOwl, and web collaboration tools as services become available

 

Administrators, Teachers, Digital Learning Facilitators, Instructional Specialists

 

 

Online reports for Homebase and Google Apps use

 

Use digital content aligned specifically to Common Core and NC Essential Standards

Utilize the tools available from DPI toolkit (Crosswalks, Unpacked Content, Vertical Progressions, etc.) and post all curriculum tools on grade level or content specific wikis

 

Associate Superintendent for K-12 Instruction, Instructional Specialists



 

Posted resources online

 

Ensure equity to digital teaching and learning resources from school to school in your LEA

Utilize Digital Learning Facilitators and Instructional Specialists to provide 21st Century teaching skills for a 1:1 environment

 

Administrators, Teachers, Digital Learning Facilitators, Instructional Specialists

 

 

Professional Development Evaluations

 

           

 


Strategic Priority 4: A Statewide Model of Technology-Enabled Professional Development

All teachers have completed PowerTeacher Pro training with face to face instruction.  All teachers in grades 6-12 have received professional development conducted by Digital Learning Facilitators to assist with integrating the 1:1 initiative.  Instructional Specialists are being used as data coaches during Data Team meetings to assist teachers in data-driven decision making for instruction.

 

We currently use formative assessment tools such as MobyMax, SRI, SchoolNet, Reading 3D, student response systems, Study Island, Google Forms etc., along with county and school level professional development activities to support data-driven decision making for instructional Data Teams. 


Alignment to Other Plans and Initiatives:
Strategic Priority 4: A Statewide Model of Technology-Enabled Professional Development

Wilkes County Schools will utilize and align with the following key initiatives/plans to reach for the vision and complete the strategic priorities of our plan... 

ACRE

 

Update the analysis of the technology infrastructure needed to support a 21st century curriculum and assessment system and to move additional testing to appropriate technology formats

This analysis will allow the transition from a paper–based assessment system to one that takes greater advantage of technology

Career and College Ready, Set, Go!

 

Put more technology into the hands of students and teachers to increase individualized learning options

Increase the use of technology for providing professional development opportunities for teachers

Race to the Top Local and State Scopes of Work

 

Using instructional directors, instructional specialists/data coaches, and master teachers, provide professional development in curriculum changes and expectations

Home Base Implementation

 

Provide instruction in PowerTeacher, PowerSchool, SchoolNet, and other resources available in Homebase

Other LEA initiatives/plans

 

 

Other LEA initiatives/plans

 

 

4: A Statewide Model of Technology-Enabled Professional Development
Goals should be precise and measurable. See notes/guidelines regarding evaluation.

 

Goals/Targets

 

 

           

Evaluation Method(s)

 

           

Implement a plan for embedded technology-enabled professional development for teachers and administrators.

Digital Learning Facilitators and Instructional Specialists will continue to support implementation of new standards through grade level planning sessions, modeling and coaching

 

Administrators, Teachers, Digital Learning Facilitators, Instructional Specialists

 

Professional Development Evaluations

 

Support models that assist all school personnel in creating technology-enabled instruction that transforms educational practice and improves student learning

School administrators, DLF’s, and instructional specialists will work with teams to ensure understanding of the tools available in Homebase through professional development sessions and Data Team meetings

 

Administrators, Teachers, Digital Learning Facilitators, Instructional Specialists

 

Data Team Notes

 

Prepare media specialists and instructional technology facilitators to support digital reform.

Quarterly meetings will be conducted to provide professional development to support digital reform

 

Chief Technology Officer, Digital Learning Facilitators, Media Specialists

 

 

Professional Development Evaluations

 

Deliver Common Core and Essential Standards training to teachers using integrated technology as a model for further classroom integration.

Continue Standard Course of Study and Essential Standards training integrating technology during grade level meetings, Data Team meetings, and school level professional development

 

Administrators, Teachers, Instructional Specialists, Digital Learning Facilitators

 

 

Data Team Notes

Professional Development Evaluations

 


Prepare staff for online assessment delivery.

District level Testing Coordinator will train each school level testing coordinator for online assessments.  School level testing coordinators will train teachers

 

Director of Testing and Accountability, School Testing Coordinators, Administrators, Teachers

 

Professional Development Evaluations

 

Prepare students for online assessment delivery.

Utilize SchoolNet, online assessment tools, and student response systems to prepare students for online testing

 

Administrators, Teachers, Instructional Specialists, Digital Learning Facilitators

 

 

Online reports for SchoolNet and other assessment tools

 

Provide ongoing support and professional development necessary for use of data to inform instruction.

Continue to utilize Data Teams to make decisions to inform instruction


Administrators, Instructional Specialists, Teachers

 

 

Data Team Notes

 

Provide support for teacher and administrator progress and evaluation according to NCEES standards.

Submit teacher, principal and assistant principal summary rating results annually by using the NCEES online system and True North Logic

 

Executive Director of Human Resources, Administrators, Teachers

 

 

Completed Evaluations

 

 

Strategic Priority 5: 21st Century Leadership for All Schools and Districts

Principals participate in monthly principals’ meetings at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.  These meetings provide opportunities for professional development, planning, leadership discussions and collaboration to guide our schools.

 

Students in grades 6 -12 are provided a laptop.  Students in elementary schools use mobile carts or computers on wheels (COWs).  Wireless functionality is available in all of our schools to provide diverse learning experiences to students using these devices.  Teachers use Google Apps for Education along with other Web 2.0 tools to collaborate with students within their class, the school, the district, and in the global community.  Students use this technology for project based learning.

 

Teachers use student response systems and SchoolNet to create formative assessments to measure student learning. 

 

Teachers participate in Data Team meetings at the school level.  District K-5 grade level meetings as well as grade 6 -12 subject area meetings are conducted throughout the school year.   Technology professional development is conducted at the school level based on teacher needs and requests.

Alignment to Other Plans and Initiatives: 
Strategic Priority 5: 21st Century Leadership for All Schools and Districts

Wilkes County Schools will utilize and align with the following key initiatives/plans to reach for the vision and complete the strategic priorities of our plan... 

 

ACRE

 

Create a comprehensive, customized professional development system to provide teachers and administrators with the skills and understandings needed to use data to inform instructional practice and make formative assessments a daily practice in the classroom

Career and College Ready, Set, Go!

 

Increase the use of technology for providing professional development opportunities for teachers

Race to the Top Local and State Scopes of Work

 

All K-12 teachers will have access to Kagan and Common Core/Essential Standards

 

Instructional Specialists are available to all schools to provide school level and district level staff development

Home Base Implementation

 

Teachers will utilize SchoolNet and other resources available in Homebase

Other LEA initiatives/plans

 

 

Other LEA initiatives/plans

 

 

5: 21st Century Leadership for All Schools and Districts
Goals should be precise and measurable. See notes/guidelines regarding evaluation.

 

 Goals/Targets

 

 

 

Evaluation Method(s)

 

Create and lead a vision for 21st century education

A portion of each monthly principals’ meeting will be devoted to training and supporting school level administrators in data analysis to inform instruction

 

Associate Superintendent for K-12 Instruction, Administrators

 

 

Principals’ Meeting Notes

 

Create 21st century learning environments

Assess telecommunication services including data services, telephone lines, VoIP connectivity, network hardware and infrastructure, wireless infrastructure, end user hardware, software, and other services to provide resources and tools necessary for a 21st century  classroom

 

Chief Technology Officer, Technology Staff

 

 

DLMI

 

Prepare teachers and administrators to lead 21st century learning environments

School administrators, digital learning facilitators and instructional specialists will work with teams to ensure understanding of technology tools available through professional development sessions and Data Team meetings

 

Administrators, Instructional Specialists, Digital Learning Facilitators, Teachers

 

 

Data Team Notes

Professional Development Evaluations/Questionnaires/Surveys

 

Develop strategic partnerships with community and business to promote 21st Century learning.

Partner with Institutes of Higher Education to provide access to STEM related courses

 

Associate Superintendent for K-12, Administrators, Teachers

 

 

WCC Course Enrollment