TECH PLAN FY 2016-2018


Increase technology access, infrastructure, and experiences to support standards-based instruction.

1.1  Provide equipment and resources for delivering instruction and online assessments.

1.2  Enhance the Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) environment and provide support for integrating wireless devices into instruction.

1.3  Deploy and implement Safari Montage live-streaming / multicast video hosting solution.

1.4  Update Interactive whiteboard and wireless tablet technology.

1.5  Increase student and staff access to expanded availabilities in Google Apps for Education.

1.6  Evaluate projector apparatuses.

1.7  Update network cabling from CAT 5 to CAT 6 and maintain fiber connection between schools.

Facilitate system growth, efficiency, and learning in administrative and instructional technology.

2.1  Clarify, illustrate, and analyze current data sources and investigate strategies to inform instructional practice.

2.2  Streamline the ordering and inventory of hardware and software.

2.3  Organize and streamline storage of locally-created content into a cloud environment.

2.4  Provide job-embedded professional learning for teachers.

Monitor and improve security across all levels of the school system.

3.1  Upgrade and install Security Cameras

3.2  Security of Student/Employee Information

3.3  Monitor Access Control System

3.4  Investigate options for single sign-on and LDAP authentication of system supported user accounts

Enhance technology usability and communication for system staff and stakeholders.

4.1  Increase and monitor use of system Internet bandwidth.

4.2  Expanded search of  methods and providers of Internet bandwidth.

4.3  Identify usage trends and address issues within Technology HelpDesk.

4.4 Convert district and schools from PHP Website to SchoolWires Websites.

4.5  Review the quality and consistency of current mass communication tools and improve the effectiveness of internal
       stakeholder communication.

4.6  Evaluate and implement social media usage and best practices.

Advance the effective practice of digital pedagogy to enhance creative and collaborative learning environments.

5.1  Support the establishment and implementation of STEM/STEAM initiatives and provide training and infrastructure.

5.2  Investigate replacement for student response technology.

5.3  Update and implement Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship curriculum

5.4  Support continued growth of a district learning/content management system.

5.5  Develop Technology Integrated Professional Learning Strategies to support research-based best practices.

5.6  Support the establishment of district guidelines for elementary keyboarding skill development.

Goal #1: Access
and Infrastructure

Increase technology access, infrastructure, and experiences to support standards-based instruction.

Strategy

Benchmark

Evaluation Method

Funding Source

Person Responsible

Strategic Alignment

1.1 Provide equipment
and resources for delivering instruction
and online assessments.

Year 1:

Increase the number of  21st century tools available in all classrooms.

 

Year 2:

All schools have sufficient computer access for efficient test administration and instruction.

 

Year 3:

Continue 5-year replacement cycle.

Year 1:

100% of equipment is considered modern by the state’s definitions of Modern Instructional Classroom devices.

Year 2:

100% of teachers are equipped with interactive, mobile technology for instruction.

 

Years 2─3:

Reviews of computer inventory and student count indicate that each school can administer online assessments within the testing window.

SPLOST
five-year replacement plan

$900,000/year

Director of Technology

 

Instructional Technology Specialists

 

Assessment and School Improvement Director

Strategic Goal Area I: Teaching and Learning

I. Prepare students for college and career success:  

1.2  Enhance the Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) environment and provide support for integrating wireless devices into instruction.

Year 1:

Develop plans and accept bids for Oconee Primary and Malcom Bridge Elementary elementary wireless coverage and replacement and power access.

Develop plans and accept bids for North Oconee High School additional wireless coverage.

Explore update for wireless access in all schools for integration of mobile devices.

Investigate increasing the number of power outlets in all classrooms and common areas.

Investigate options to enable mobile printing.

Years 1─3:

Devise and implement BYOT plan at all levels.

Develop and provide training for teachers on strategies for using student personal devices.

 

Develop strategies to supplement devices for students who do not have their own; Enhance Oconee
Repurpose with a Purpose
program
for secondary students and families.

Continue to monitor and improve  printing for mobile devices.

Year 1:  

Plans for additional wireless coverage and replacement, including power access, for OCPS and MBES by December 1st

Plans for North Oconee High School additional wireless coverage by December 1st.

All wireless access points updated to 802.11ac.

100% Wireless access in all locations.

Percentage of power outlets added to classroom and common areas.

 

Conduct tests of options to enable mobile printing.

Years 1─3:

Data showing use of mobile devices on the network.

 

Documentation of trainings.

 

School inventory of devices for student checkout.

Review of computer inventory for surplused laptops issued to students.

Secure printing on mobile devices.

Monitor mobile device print jobs.

E-Rate/

SPLOST

$407,000


County to pay 40%, currently estimated to be ~$200,000

Mobile Client Print Service $3000

Director of Technology

 

Instructional Technology Specialists

Technology Implementation Specialist

 

Building Administrators

Network Specialists

Strategic Goal Area I: Teaching and Learning

I. Prepare students for college and career success:  

1.3  Deploy and implement Safari Montage live-streaming / multicast video hosting solution.

Year 1:

Install and configure Safari Montage Video Distribution System.

 

Years  1─3:

Training and support on all features and content.

Years 1─3:

Multicast usage data reports.

Playlists data

File upload data

SPLOST $300,000

Director of Technology

 

Instructional Technology Specialists

Strategic Goal Area I: Teaching and Learning

I. Prepare students for college and career success:  

1.4  Update Interactive whiteboard and wireless tablet technology.

Year 1:

Research and pilot interactive touch panels for elementary classrooms.

Develop a new classroom model for K-2 and 3-5.

Researching and testing tablet devices for teachers.

Modernize instructional technology provided in standard classroom setups to maximize benefit at lowest possible cost.

Years 2─3:

Purchase and Installation of replacement technologies

Year 1:

Test of Simplicity interactive touch panel screen.

Test of non-interactive 70-inch television options.

Test of Samsung Galaxy 10 tablet.

Identification of standard interactive technology and development of a standard model classroom for K-2 and 3-5.

Years 2─3:

Review of inventory and purchase orders for standardized equipment purchases.

SPLOST

$12,000

SPLOST

$6000

$1600

Director of Technology

 

Instructional Technology Specialists

Strategic Goal Area I: Teaching and Learning

I. Prepare students for college and career success:  

Strategic Goal Area II: Operations and Student Services

I. Ensure Effective and Efficient Operational Processes  

1.5  Increase student and staff access to expanded availabilities in Google Apps for Education.

Year 1:
Streamline access to Google domains between user groups with a domain collapse.

Evaluate current parameters of available and restricted Google Apps for student and staff use.

Years 1─3:
Students and staff will increase usage of GAFE digital learning tools.

Year 1:

All domains will be collapsed to a single domain in Summer 2016.

Years 1─3:

Annual Review of usage data obtained from Google administrative console reports will show an annual increased usage of 20%.

Director of Technology

 

Instructional Technology Specialists

Strategic Goal Area I: Teaching and Learning

I. Prepare students for college and career success:  

1.6  Evaluate projector apparatuses.  

Year 1─2:
Conduct a cost benefit analysis of current projectors versus updated bulb projectors, LED projectors, and other options.

Year 3:
Select an option and develop purchasing and deployment process

Year 1─2:

Collected data report  to include bulb-life, usage hours, customer service, replacement costs and cycles.

Year 3:

Pilot program implemented.

Director of Technology

Technology Implementation Specialist

Technology Support Specialists

Strategic Goal Area I: Teaching and Learning

I. Prepare students for college and career success:  

1.7  Update network cabling from CAT 5 to
CAT 6 and maintain fiber connection between schools.

Year 1:

Rewire Oconee County Primary School and Malcom Bridge Elementary School

Year 2:

Replace fiber connection between North Oconee High School and Rocky Branch Elementary School using the four conduit pathways already established.

SPLOST/
E-rate

$140,000

SPLOST/
E-rate $14,000

Director of Technology

 

Instructional Technology Specialists

Technology Implementation Specialist

 

Building Administrators

Strategic Goal Area I: Teaching and Learning

I. Prepare students for college and career success:  

Goal 2:

Productivity and Support

Facilitate system growth, efficiency, and learning in administrative and instructional technology.

Strategy

Benchmark

Evaluation Method

Funding Source

Person Responsible

Strategic Alignment

2.1  Clarify, illustrate, and analyze current data sources and investigate strategies to inform instructional practice.

Years 1─3:

Provide staff with training in tools, methods and procedures for gathering, compiling, and analyzing data to inform instructional decisions.

 

Administrators and teachers trained in the use of LDS, MAP, Excel, Student Response Systems, Lightning Grader, Google Apps for Education or other tools.

 

Trainings will address use of the software, research-based formative assessment strategies, and data analysis.

 

Administrators trained in use of mobile devices for data collection.

Year 1:

Document and communicate to staff the methods and procedures for helping with these processes.

 

Years 1─3:

Training administered.

 

Sign-in sheets and reports documenting access of tools.

 

Administrator feedback on status of training needs.

No additional funding.

Director of Assessment

Chief Academic Officer

Director of Technology

 

Instructional Technology Specialists

Strategic Goal Area I: Teaching and Learning

II. Increase student achievement

2.2  Streamline the ordering and inventory of hardware and software.

 

Year 1:

Conduct a district-wide inventory of software  purchases and subscriptions.

Investigate impact of loss and prevention measures on district hardware and software.

Investigate alternative solutions for inventory management.

Year 2: 

Continue to investigate  improved inventory methods and consider consolidation with other district departments for improved efficiency and budget allocations.  

Year 3:

Creation and Implementation of software purchasing guidelines for all schools and district offices.

Years 1:

Completed Software inventory

Completed loss prevention impact report.

Year 2

Recommendation for an improved inventory system.

Year 3:

Effective usage of purchasing guidelines by all stakeholders.

Director of Technology

Media Specialists

Technology Support Specialists

Instructional Technology Specialists

Technology Administrative Assistant

Strategic Goal Area I: Teaching and Learning

I. Prepare students for college and career success:  

2.3  Organize and streamline storage of locally-created content into a cloud environment.

Year 1:

Research best practices for locally stored content in a 21st century classroom to streamline stakeholder access.

Assess and determine the amount of locally created content.

Years 1─3:

Eliminate all district shared drives and move all content to Google Drive.

Year 1:

Report on overall storage capacity required for all locally created content with recommendations for cloud migration.

Years 1─3:

All shared drives will be dissolved.

Director of Technology

Technology Support Specialists

Network Support Technicians

Strategic Goal Area I: Teaching and Learning

I. Prepare students for college and career success:  

2.4 Provide job-embedded professional learning for teachers. 

Year 1:

Develop a means to determine teachers with technology-aligned professional learning plans.

Develop an optional e-portfolio process to support self-evaluation and goal tracking.

Years 2─3:

Deploy the optional e-portfolio system.

Provide training and support of teaching utilizing the e-portfolio system.

Years 1─3

Voluntary quantitative data collection of participants and usage numbers.

Voluntary qualitative feedback at the end of each school year.

Instructional Technology Specialists

School Administrators

Chief Academic Officer

Director of Technology

Strategic Goal Area I: Teaching and Learning

III. Provide high quality professional learning, monitoring and support


Goal #3:
Security

Monitor and improve security across all levels of the school system.

Strategy

Benchmark

Evaluation Method

Funding Source

Person Responsible

Strategic Alignment

3.1  Upgrade and install Security Cameras

Year 1:

Upgrade and install of security cameras at North Oconee High School

Year 2─3:
Assess the need for and installation of security cameras at all  elementary schools.

Year 1:

Security cameras installed at North Oconee High School

Year 2:

Security cameras installed at all identified elementary schools

SPLOST

$12,000

$36,000

Director of Technology

Technology Implementation Specialist

Strategic Goal Area IV: Operations and Student Services

I. Ensure Safe and Healthy Environments for Students and Staff

  • Explore addition of additional cameras in schools

3.2 Security of Student/Employee Information

Year 1:

Audit security of student information

Years 2─3:

Continue to monitor and update Munis financial and employee information database.

Year 1:

Review of audit findings on security of student information.

Years 2─3:

Munis database continues to operate at optimal levels.

Director of Technology

Technology Implementation Specialist

Strategic Goal Area IV: Operations and Student Services

I. Ensure Safe and Healthy Environments for Students and Staff

3.3  Monitor Access Control System

Year 1:

Finalize installation of access control panels for new construction

Provide reporting to school administration about building access

Years 2─3:

Continue to monitor access control use

Year 1:

Access control panels installed at all new construction locations.

Years 2─3:

Usage reports presented to building administration

Director of Technology

Technology Implementation Specialist

Strategic Goal Area IV: Operations and Student Services

I. Ensure Safe and Healthy Environments for Students and Staff

3.4  Investigate options for single sign-on and LDAP authentication of system supported user accounts

Years 1─2:

Review options for single sign-on of user accounts (i.e. Novell, Windows, GAFE, Safari, Moodle, Edmodo)

Year 3:

Implement Single Sign-on

Years 1─2:

Report outlining recommended options for consideration.

Year 3:

 Implementation of Single Sign-on

No additional funding.

Director of Technology

 

Network Support Technicians

Strategic Goal Area IV: Operations and Student Services

I. Ensure Safe and Healthy Environments for Students and Staff

Goal 4: Connectivity
and Communication

Enhance technology usability and communication for system staff and stakeholders.

Strategy

Benchmark

Evaluation Method

Funding Source

Person Responsible

Strategic Alignment

4.1  Increase and monitor use of system Internet bandwidth.

Year 1:

Upgrade bandwidth to 1000Mbs.

Years 2─3:

Monitor and shape traffic for instructional use

Years 1─3:

Bandwidth reports in Gbs.

E-rate and Local

State provided

Director of Technology

4.2  Expanded search of  methods and providers of Internet bandwidth.

Years 1─3:

Report to System Technology and Media Committee

Year 2: Investigate WAN solutions to increase bandwidth to 10GB from 2GB. (Private fiber SPLOST project)

Years 1─3:

List of possible strategies and cost.

No additional funding.

Director of Technology

4.3  Identify usage trends and address issues within Technology HelpDesk.

Year 1:

Configure Help Desk options to support timely response to tasks.

Years 2─3:

Continue to evaluate usage and efficiency of Help Desk.

Years 1-3:

Reports from Help Desk System.

No additional funding.

Director of Technology

 

Technology

 Specialists

Strategic Goal Area II: Stakeholder Engagement

I. Develop effective processes and communicate them clearly:  

4.4 Convert district and schools from PHP Website to SchoolWires Websites.

Year 1:

District and school sites will begin migrating information.

 

Year 2:

All sites will complete the migration process.

Years 2─3:

Streamline all teacher landing pages for web presence into the new platform

Year 1:

All district and school websites will be in the new platform.

Year 2:

All sites will be hosted in the new platform.

Year 3:

All teachers will have landing pages in the new platform.

Local

$9000/

annual

Director of Technology

 

Instructional Technology Specialists

School-based Webmasters

Technology Support Specialist

 

Administrators

Strategic Goal Area II: Stakeholder Engagement

I. Develop effective processes and communicate them clearly:  

4.5  Review the quality and consistency of current mass communication tools and improve the effectiveness of internal stakeholder communication.

Years 1─3:

Monitor the use and accuracy of the current mass communication tools.

 

Describe and advertise the available mass communication tools for communications to students, parents and community for both emergency and non-emergency communications.

 

Identify and implement alternate communication methods for parents without Email, phone or Internet access.

Years 1─3:

Review Blackboard usage data and user issues or complaints.

$1.50 per student per year

Chief Operations Officer

 

Director of Technology

 

Administrators

Strategic Goal Area II: Stakeholder Engagement

I. Develop effective processes and communicate them clearly:  

Strategic Goal Area IV: Operations and Student Services

I. Ensure Safe and Healthy Environments for Students and Staff

4.6  Evaluate and implement social media usage and best practices.

Year 1:

Investigate current trends in social media and the current district digital footprint.

Years 2─3:

Develop best practices for social media at school and district levels and begin implementation.

Investigate usage of social media as a mass communication tool.

 

Year 1:

Document listing current best practices and documentation of current school and district social media footprint.

Year 2─3:

All schools and district social media accounts  exist and conform to best practices for communication and branding.

Director of Technology

Instructional Technology Specialists

Strategic Goal Area II: Stakeholder Engagement

I. Develop effective processes and communicate them clearly:  

Goal #5: Teaching
and Learning

Advance the effective practice of digital pedagogy to enhance creative and collaborative learning environments.

Strategy

Benchmark

Evaluation Method

Funding Source

Person Responsible

Strategic Alignment

5.1  Support the establishment and implementation of STEM/STEAM initiatives and provide training and infrastructure.

Year 1─3:

Support the shift of High School CTAE curriculum to include Information Technology, Programming, and Robots initiatives

Support program development and computer programming education at all schools.

Year 1: Evaluate what is already being done and identify further resources per grade level that supports programming education

Year 2─3: Provide information and experiential training opportunities for schools utilizing programming learning opportunities, collecting data on effectiveness via professional learning attendance and feedback.

No additional funding required or identified at this point.

Director of Technology

 

Chief Academic Officer

 

Instructional Technology Specialists

Media Specialists

Strategic Goal Area I: Teaching and Learning

I. Prepare students for college and career success:  

5.2  Investigate replacement for student response technology.

Years 1:

Research current trends in student response technology.

Implement Smart 2015 software.

 

Years 2─3: Phase out current student response technology with supported alternative technologies.

Years 1─3:

  • Dissemination of response technology alternatives, tracked via Smart 2015 software installation documentation.
  • 100% Implementation of SMART 2015: For every teacher who requests an installation for the software, the teacher has been trained on access and usage (assessed via professional learning attendance and Smart 2015 install documentation):
  • Year 1: Opt-in process wherein teachers who want a Smart 2015 install must first attend required training (where local schools do not require all teachers to be trained upfront).
  • Year 2: Via teacher informal feedback and monitoring, cost analysis for purchasing of more installs will be conducted in association with teacher tablet versus laptop decision.
  • Year 3: Continued training and roll-out of Smart 2015 pending Year 2 evaluation.

Current number of installs: 880 costing $8550.

Pricing for district-wide license:

Director of Technology

 

Instructional Technology Specialists

Strategic Goal Area I: Teaching and Learning

I. Provide high quality professional learning, monitoring and support

II. Increase student achievement

5.3  Update and implement Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship curriculum

Year 1:

Align Georgia and National Technology standards to the needs and goals of OCS

Begin discussions to rebrand the school media centers into learning hubs for improved digital citizenship.

Review and update Internet Safety procedures and curriculum.

Years 1─3:

Provide training as needed for the Internet Safety Curriculum.

 

Teachers will begin actively teaching lessons connecting state approved technology standards for their grade level.

Year 1:

Oconee Technology Grade Level Standards

Survey stakeholders on options for the rebranding of school media centers.

Years 2─3:

Reports via usage data and surveys documenting use of the online Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship instructional resources.

No additional funding.

Director of Technology

 

Chief Academic Officer

 

Instructional Technology Specialists

Media Specialists

Strategic Goal Area IV: Operations and Student Services

I. Ensure Safe and Healthy Environments for Students and Staff

5.4  Support continued growth of a district learning/content management system.

Year 1─2:

Upgrade Moodle to latest version.

Review usage of Moodle and establish successes and failures.

Research current trends and local usage of LMS/CMS options.

Year 3:

Determine future of local content management system

Year 1:

Moodle upgraded to latest stable version:

  • plc.oconeeschools.org
  • learning.oconeeschools.org

Collect baseline usage data

  • plc.oconeeschools.org
  • learning.oconeeschools.org

Year 2:

Collect usage data

  • plc.oconeeschools.org
  • learning.oconeeschools.org

Year 3:

Determination of continued usage of Moodle or deployment of other options comparing baseline usage data to Year 2 usage data and teacher/student feedback

Director of Technology

Instructional Technology Specialists

Network Support Technicians

Strategic Goal Area II: Stakeholder Engagement

I. Develop effective processes and communicate them clearly:  

5.5 Develop Technology Integrated Professional Learning Strategies to support research-based best practices.

Year 1:

Design and develop implementation strategy for research based best practices using two frameworks:

  • Technology Integration Matrix K-7
  • SAMR 8-12

Years 2─3:

Implement TIM and SAMR professional learning program

Year 1:

Identify a baseline assessment from established research to measure instructional technology usage and effectiveness level based on the TIM and SAMR frameworks.

Development of TIM and SAMR professional learning programming plan.

Measure the effectiveness of the TIM and of the SAMR to select one of the two frameworks for usage, considering:

  • OCS Technology goals alignment
  • OCS Strategic Goal Alignment
  • Quality of research-based assessments available
  • Teacher needs
  • Feedback from the PLC and the Tech Advisory committee

Conduct baseline assessment.

Presentation of the plan to the technology advisory committee and the professional learning committee.

Years 2─3:

Pre- and Post-assessment for face-to-face learning opportunities and survey data for blended learning opportunities.

Director of Technology

Chief Academic Officer

Instructional Technology Specialists

Strategic Goal Area I: Teaching and Learning

III. Provide high quality professional learning, monitoring and support

5.6  Support the establishment of district guidelines for elementary keyboarding skill development.

Year 1:

Explore keyboarding curriculum options and implementation models in other districts.

Year 2─3:

Develop strategies to support keyboarding skills implementation for 2nd through 5th grade

Deploy keyboarding curriculum and provide training as needed

Years 1─2:

Identify current school-based keyboarding curriculum used within Oconee County Schools and other local school systems.

Research keyboarding curriculum opportunities and resources.

Select a keyboarding curriculum.

 

Year 3:

Implementation of keyboarding curriculum for 2nd through 5th grade.

.

Chief Academic Officer

Director of Technology

 

Instructional Technology Specialists

Principals

Strategic Goal Area I: Teaching and Learning

I. Prepare students for college and career success:  

III. Provide high quality professional learning, monitoring and support