Technology Plan

Goal:

To create a teaching and learning environment in which all students use information, technology, and communication tools in sophisticated ways to enhance learning.

Strategies:

  • Develop a plan that would allow each student access to technology when educationally appropriate.
  • Investigate and address issues that may constrain the participation of students who are economically disadvantaged, students with special needs, english language learners, etc.
  • Integrate technology learning goals with academic goals across the curriculum.
  • Identify staffing levels to provide appropriate technical and instructional support for students and teachers.
  • Provide training for teachers to incorporate online interaction into their curricula.

Measurable Outcomes:

Year 1 2011-2012

  • Migrate all staff off of First Class email to ABschools (powered by Google Apps for Education).
  • Issue High School students ABschools accounts to provide email and other communication/collaboration tools for learning. 
  • Complete network assessment to identify elements that are in need of an upgrade or replacement to fulfill service and growth needs.
  • Create student-led Technology Help Desk to provide more support for teachers and students using technology and equip students with life skills in technical support, troubleshooting, and listening to others.
  • Implement ongoing technology-related professional learning opportunities that build capacity for technical skills and provides teachers with opportunities to practice, share ideas, and discuss technology in meaningful ways.
  • Equip all 1st-3rd grade classrooms with SmartBoard technology.
  • Measurable Outcomes:

Year 2 2012-2013

  • Introduce ABschools accounts to Junior High students
  • Implement Storage Area Network (SAN) and cloud data storage to begin consolidation of aging hardware platforms, meet storage demands of our end-users, and reduce hardware and operating costs.
  • Implement new help desk ticketing system district-wide to track and manage support metrics, resolve performance issues of the current proprietary system, and provide exceptional customer support.
  • Explore equitable and consistent technologies in the classroom that support K-12 technology learning goals (to become Innovative Learning Program).
  • Hire K-12 Instructional Technology teacher to support EDTech Academics instructional team and enhance our support model.
  • Identify issues with students, teachers, and administration that may need to be addressed through policy measures (update Employee Technology Policy to include social media).
  • Continue technology-based professional learning program for teachers aligned with common learning goals for students

Measurable Outcomes:

Year 3 SY2013-2014

  • Introduce ABschools accounts for students in 4th-6th grade.
  • Upgrade wireless infrastructure (Phase I) at all schools to meet projected demands.
    • Upgraded backbone infrastructure to support 10GB connections between our schools and purchased new 1GB Cisco switches to increase wireless speeds and support our new security camera initiative.
  • Explore procedures that ensure equitable access to technology to all students
    • Provide hardware to low-income families through a legal distribution of our surplus technology equipment under the premise of state/town “fixed assets” guidelines.
    • Assist families in gaining low-cost access to the Internet through Comcast’s Internet Essentials program.
  • Pilot more cost-effective devices to meet increased access to student technology needs - ChromeBooks, iPads, Kindles, Android tablets
  • Update K-12 educational technology learning goals to support the Massachusetts Technology Literacy and Information Fluency Standards and Benchmarks and communicate to the school community.
  • Implement an Innovative Learning Program to support teachers and their students in succeeding to meet specific learning goals with technology.

Year 4 SY2014-2015

  • Merge technical services with Blanchard Memorial School to support a successful regionalization plan and take advantage of cost-saving efficiencies.
  • Upgrade wireless infrastructure (Phase II) at all schools to meet projected demands
    • Install next generation wireless access points.
  • Execute server virtualization to further reduce operation and hardware costs and improve disaster recovery
  • Ensure a sustainable professional development plan for teachers that can meet K-12 technology learning goals
  • Support PARCC assessments at all schools.

Year 5 SY2015-2016

  • Upgrade wireless infrastructure (Phase III) at all schools to meet projected demands
    • Create an open wireless account for students, guests, and Acton residents to use while on campus.
  • Implement plan that allows all students access to technology when it is needed