Hatfield Public Schools 4-year Technology Plan

2014-2018

Table of Contents

I. Mission Statement

II. Technology Committee

III. Teaching and Learning

IV. Software Solutions

V. Professional Development

VI. Administrative and Support Services

VII. Technology Infrastructure

VIII. Budget

Appendices

a. Hardware Replacement Schedule

b. Acceptable Use Policy

I. Technology Mission Statement

Hatfield Public Schools endeavors to be a leader in the area of technology by providing students, staff, and administration with the tools and skills needed to succeed in the 21st century learning environment.

I. Technology Committee

The task of this group of administrators, teachers, technology professionals, and students is to define the mission and goals of Hatfield schools in the area of technology.  Meeting as often as once a month, the committee works to develop and refine the 4 Year Technology Plan.  Each spring the plan is presented to the school committee for review and approval.  

This 4 Year Technology Plan is a living document which means that it is continually being updated, edited, expanded to meet the needs of the school community.  It should not be considered a finished product.  

Effectiveness is evaluated both in regular meetings, and annually before the school committee in order to ensure that funds are spent in ways that add value to the overall experience working and studying in the Hatfield school system.  

III. Teaching and Learning

Hatfield Public Schools strives to create an environment that allows teachers and students to achieve the learning goals set forth in the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for both teachers and students.  The new standards identify several higher-order thinking skills and digital citizenship as critical for students to learn effectively for a lifetime and live productively in our emerging global society. These areas include the ability to:

Appendix B: Technology Curriculum map K-6

Appendix C: Technology Curriculum Map 7-12

See the complete ISTE standards HERE

IV. Software Solutions

K-3

Scholastic Key Skills

Learn About Astronomy

Learn About Senses

Learn About Colors & Shapes

Learn About ABCs & Letter Sounds

Learn About Numbers & Counting

Learn About Weather

Numbers Undercover

Numbers Recovered

Type to Learn Jr

Type to Learn New Keys for Kids

Neighborhood Map Machine

Kidspiration 3

Letterbugs

The Graph Club 2.0

Micorworlds Jr

Millie’s Math house

Sammy’s Science House

Bailey’s Book House

Trudy’s Time & Place

 

 

3-6

Fraction Attraction

Ice Cream Truck

Microworlds EX

Hot Dog Stand – The Works

Factory Deluxe

Google Earth

Google Sketchup

Scratch

Tessellation Exploration

Inspiration 7

Mapmaker’s Toolkit

Type to Learn 3 Network

Timeliner 5.0

 

 

Productivity

Microsoft Office

Sam Animation

Camtasia

KidPix 4

Microsoft Publisher

Windows Movie Maker

Web Content

Brain Pop (1 teacher license)

Discovery United Streaming (School wide license - Elementary and Middle School)

Smith Academy students access

along with a variety of trial subscriptions which may become part of our collection.

V. Professional Development

HPS aspires to provide its educators with the necessary training and support to instill the required skills in our 21st Century learners.  The Professional Development Committee has proposed several opportunities in which teachers can participate in order to attain technological proficiency, and has devoted necessary funds to ensure that staff receives instruction.  Through Collaborative for Educational Services, a plethora of summer courses are available which address digital literacies.  HPS employs several knowledgeable educators who are willing to provide low cost training to interested teachers.  In addition, Virtual High School offers graduate credit to faculty in numerous courses which will fulfill teachers’ needs.

Working closely with the Professional Development Committee, the Technology Committee has identified specific areas of need:  offer Mimio training and create a mentor model to share experiences, survey how students utilize technology in conjunction with the Common Core Standards, provide training to explore different approaches to using PowerPoint in class, introduce various web-based applications to elementary teachers (blogs, wikis, podcasts, etc.) and overall increase teachers’ use of technology.

The above mentioned Mimio mentor model will create four “lead teachers” with the training and mentoring required to integrate Mimio interactive tools into their daily practices.  These teachers will report their experiences back to the entire staff.  The mobile nature of this equipment should allow other teachers to “test drive” these technologies.  This will give us very useful information with regard to rolling out interactive teaching tools system wide.  

VI. Administrative and support services

It is the goal of HPS to provide the administrative and support staff with all the necessary technology to effectively operate our schools and meet the requirements set forth by the MA DESE.  These tools and services should be up to date, well maintained, and experience little to no down time.  In the event of a failure, alternative ways of working will be provided.  

Areas of focus include: data management and state reporting, using data for program improvement, communication and collaboration, assessment, and nutrition/food service management.

        A. Data Management

In order to facilitate the considerable task of data collection and reporting required by the DESE, Hatfield Public Schools has prioritized providing a user friendly student information system (SIS) that is accessible to administrative staff any time, anywhere.  To this end we have contracted with Rediker Software the use of Administrators Plus in a cloud computing (on-line) model.   Accesible 24/7 with unlimited phone support, data is entered by various administrative assistants and administrators at both schools.  Work flow and state reporting is managed by the technology coordinator.  This SIS works together with a web based gradebook program called Gradequick Web and a teacher portal called APWeb Teacher to provide seamless attendance and grade reporting.  

B. Using Data for Program Improvement

Hatfield Public Schools makes use of the Educational Data Warehouse provided by the MA DESE in order to identify areas for instructional improvement.  School Principals access the data through the DESE website and print relevant reports for teacher review and analysis.  

C. Communication and Collaboration

HPS provides all teachers, administrators, and support staff with a Google Apps account.  This centralized cloud computing tool includes email, personal and school calendars, web page creation, document creation and storage.  This powerful collaboration tool allows staff to share documents and control who can view or edit those documents.  It is available 24/7 from any computer or smart phone with Internet access.

www.hatfieldps.net provides our school community with up-to-date information about school events and policies.  

D. Nutrition and Food Service

Along with the School Committee, HPS is reviewing the potential of the Nutrikids system.  This is a  food service tool that includes menu planning, budgeting, portion control, and a point of sale ID card system that will reduce the need for cash and prevent the stigma associated with free and reduced lunch plans.  

VII.  Technology Infrastructure

HPS intends to build and maintain the infrastructure necessary to provide an educational environment that reflects current modes of work in both higher education and the modern workplace.  Areas of focus include: providing computers capable of running advanced software, creating a wireless environment with high speed access to the Internet, and modeling different modes of presentation

A. Computer Replacement Schedule

The electronics market progresses quickly and HPS plans to keep our equipment relevant.  The Technology Committee has developed a four year cycle for computer replacement that will renew 25% of our student and administrative computers each year. This program will increase productivity and reduce maintenance costs. The School Committee has reviewed the plan and approved our first year budget in 2010/2011.  Please see Appendix A for the complete plan.  

 B. Wireless Environment

In keeping with the goal of accessibility, HPS provides a wireless network in all of its schools.  Smith Academy has upgraded to state of the art cloud managed wireless access points that allow seamless access as a user moves throughout the school.  This service is critical in supporting both our mobile computer lab, and programs like Virtual High School in which students take on-line courses guided by teachers in other school systems.  

C. Pr a2esentation

To make learning accessible to all types of learning styles, information must be presented in a variety of ways.  HPS is committed to making available projection equipment as well as interactive whiteboards and tablets to our teachers and students.  

Proposed interactive technologies:

Based on our experience with Smartboards and new research conducted by staff, the Tech Committee is requesting funds for MIMIO brand interactive tools.  Our goal is to provide at least two teacher at HES and two teachers at Smith Academy with a MIMIO Teach, MIMIO Pad, and a 24 unit MIMIOVote student response system.

VIII. Budget  (pending)

A. Technology Contractual Services

B. Hardware replacement