Five-Year Technology Plan

Vision

Mission

Guiding Principles

Focus Area 1: Integration of Technology to Support Instruction

Focus Area 2: Professional Development

Focus Area 3: Access to Technology

Focus Area 4: Family Engagement

Focus Area 5: Community Partnerships

Focus Area 6: Implementation


Vision

The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District views technology as a powerful tool for enhancing student learning while preparing them for college and careers within the 21st century.

Mission

The Broadalbin-Perth Central School District is dedicated to creating an environment that integrates technology as a natural part of the educational experience. The integration of technology will provide all learners with the necessary 21st century skills for college and career readiness.

Guiding Principles

  • Technology will become increasingly integrated into the educational program, transforming instructional practices and enabling both teachers and students to achieve at their highest levels.
  • Every classroom within Broadalbin-Perth school district, will have equivalent, age‐appropriate instructional technology.
  • Access to technology is becoming fundamental to success within schools, and the district should address inequities in student access to technology after school hours.
  • Students will require more than technical skills; they also need the skills to use the Internet safely, securely, and responsibly.
  • The district’s technology program should be cost‐effective and sustainable, with sufficient technical staff and ongoing professional development for all staff.
  • Technology should enhance communication between and within schools, and also between schools and families, engaging parents in support of their students’ learning.
  • Community partnerships represent a significant resource in using technology to expand learning opportunities for students.

Focus Area 1: Integration of Technology to Support Instruction

The Technology Planning Committee recommends that the Broadalbin-Perth CSD encourage and support the integration of technology to transform instruction at all grade levels, to offer every student an engaging, challenging, and supportive learning environment.

Integrating Technology into Instruction

  • Technology will be integrated seamlessly into the curriculum at all grade levels, using developmentally appropriate devices and applications to support learning in all subject areas.
  • Teachers will receive the encouragement, training, and ongoing support they need to teach confidently at all SAMR levels (substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition) and to achieve a mix of learning activities appropriate to their teaching goals and their students. **See appendix D**

Critical Thinking Skills

  • Teachers will receive the ongoing support, training, and encouragement they need to utilize technology effectively.
  • Teachers will use technology to increase the proportion of teaching and learning activities that utilize and further develop critical thinking skills.
  • Teachers will use technology to explore alternative, best‐practice approaches to engaging students in learning. Broadalbin-Perth will continue to integrate STEAM, (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) into the curriculum.
  • Students will exercise creativity and develop their individual talents, using technology to create, publish, perform, and share original work.

Collaboration and Communication Skills

  • Students will develop the collaboration skills they will need to be successful in school and in postsecondary education and careers.
  • Students will use technology to help them to develop effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Technology will provide students the ability to work effectively within a diverse groups.

Individualized Learning Environment

  • Teachers will use technology as a tool in the implementation of evidence‐based, student‐centered instructional practices.
  • Teachers will use technology to individualize instruction, challenging students to achieve at their highest level and enabling them to pursue personal interests, work at their own pace, and find their best learning style.
  • Teachers will use technology to expand, adapt, and enhance learning opportunities for all students.

Digital Literacy and Technology Skills

  • Students will learn to use a variety of devices and applications as they relate to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The district will research and adopt standards for a PK‐12 skills‐development sequence. **See appendix A**
  • Students will develop digital citizenship skills, including how to use the Internet safely and responsibly. **See appendix B**
  • Students will develop the technology skills they will need to be successful in school and in postsecondary education and careers. **See appendix C**
  • Students will understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behaviors.

Focus Area 2: Professional Development

The Technology Planning Committee recommends that the Broadalbin-Perth CSD provide professional development opportunities and ongoing support to help all staff members use technology effectively. The technology department will appoint an educational technology coach to lead high quality and critical professional development district wide.

Professional Development Opportunities

  • The district will provide professional development opportunities for all staff to help them make effective use of technology in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities.
  • The district will expect all instructional staff members to achieve competence in the use of classroom technology and in its effective integration into instruction.
  • The district will offer a range of professional development opportunities that allows individuals to begin where they feel comfortable and to meet district expectations.
  • Teachers will receive instruction that prepares them to teach confidently at all SAMR levels (substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition) and to develop a repertoire appropriate to their teaching goals and their students’ needs and capabilities.
  • Teachers will receive instruction that prepares them to employ technology effectively across all levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy: remember, understand, and apply; analyze, evaluate, and create.
  • Staff development providers will model the effective use of technology in creating engaging learning environments, differentiating instruction, engaging higher level thinking skills, and using data both to monitor learner progress and to improve instruction.
  • The district will develop an annual plan for professional development related to technology, based on an evaluation of staff interests and needs as well as an assessment of the continuing evolution of technology and of best practice.

Ongoing Support

  • Teachers will have opportunities to develop and apply their skills: time with devices to explore their possibilities and time to develop lesson plans that incorporate technology in new ways.
  • The district will seek to remove obstacles to the effective use of technology in instruction, such as the limited availability of devices and applications to support individual use.
  • The district will provide ongoing technical and pedagogical support to reinforce and enhance professional development activities.
  • The district will encourage teachers to attend various professional development trainings along with attending professional conferences that enable them to further develop their skills and understandings.
  • Teachers will have opportunities to share their learning with colleagues across the district along with their own schools.
  • Teachers will have opportunities to collaborate with, and learn from, professional colleagues in other school districts.

Educational Technology Coach

  • The educational technology coach is an integral part to implementing many technology initiatives including (but not limited to) 1:1 student device model, district wide Google for education transition, district wide digital citizenship certification, and more.
  • The technology coach will provide a three tier approach to all members of the BP Community.
    • Tier 1 – Basic functionality of technology including both software and hardware. Examples would be G-Suite for education (Gmail, Calendar, Classroom, Drive, Docs) operating system training (Windows 7, Google Chrome) and presentation devices.
    • Tier 2 – Utilize knowledge from tier 1 to leverage technology for data collection. Analyze the collected data with various metrics to provide better support for learning.
    • Tier 3 – Individual support model to provide specific needs training for grade level and/or departments with technology integration.

Focus Area 3: Access to Technology

The Technology Planning Committee recommends that the Broadalbin-Perth CSD implement strategies to ensure that all students have sufficient and equitable access to technology they need to be successful students.

Access to Technology at School

    • The district will develop classroom technology standards that align with state and national standards. In addition to providing for equity across and within schools, these standards should recognize that:
      • Access to devices and to the Internet is an integral part of the curriculum at all grade levels;
      • The reliability and speed of Internet connection are important;
      • consistent access helps both students and teachers to develop competence with devices;
      • devices should be developmentally appropriate; and
      • Students who have special needs may require adaptive or other technologies to enable them to benefit from the classroom program.
    • The district will prioritize the allocation of funds to move all classrooms toward these standards and seek outside funding to expedite that process.
    • The district will periodically review and update these standards to ensure that technology and professional development resources continue to be used effectively.
    • The district will periodically review and update as indicated its policies regarding the use of technology in schools and by students.

Access to Technology Outside School

  • Teachers will consider home access to devices and the Internet when they make assignments.
  • Schools will explore ways to provide before and after‐school access to technology for students who do not have consistent home access.
  • The district will explore ways to fund and manage a program to loan devices to students who do not have consistent home access to technology and to the Internet.

Focus Area 4: Family Engagement

The Technology Planning Committee recommends that the Broadalbin-Perth CSD use technology to engage families in their students’ learning in meaningful ways.

Improving Communication between School and Home

  • The district will use technology to facilitate consistent, timely, and meaningful communication from the school to the home and to provide user‐friendly ways for parents to communicate with the school.
  • Teachers will use a variety of technology options (e.g., the Student Information System (SIS), email, blogs, e‐newsletters, webpages, images of student work, links) to: (1) provide timely information about classroom activities and student progress and (2) establish meaningful two‐way communication. These efforts will supplement, rather than replace, face‐to‐face communications.

Empowering Families to Support Successful Learners

  • The district will inform parents about the use of technology in each school, sharing the district’s philosophy, addressing concerns about safety and security, describing the technology curriculum, and clarifying opportunities for the use of technology outside school.
  • The district will offer opportunities for family technology training and use to support their students’ learning. The district will consider scheduling and location options that may encourage participation.
  • The district will provide information that clearly communicates district and family responsibilities regarding the off‐site use of district‐owned technology.
  • The district website will inform families about community organizations that support the well‐being of children and families.

Focus Area 5: Community Partnerships

The Technology Planning Committee recommends that the Broadalbin-Perth CSD develop community and industry partnerships that enhance student access to technology and enrich learning opportunities.

Enhancing Student Access to Technology

  • The district will encourage local businesses and public offices to make Wi‐Fi available to students, especially in areas with high concentrations of students who lack consistent access to the Internet and during the summer.
  • The district will seek the support of community partners for a loan program to provide students with consistent home access to computers or other devices that access the Internet and support schoolwork.

Enriching Learning Opportunities

  • The district will develop community and industry partnerships that:
    • provide financial or in‐kind support for its efforts to increase access to technology,
    • bring experts into schools to teach technology skills or to advise extracurricular activities, and
    • inform students about potential careers or help them to develop real‐world skills that prepare them for employment.
  • The district will develop community and industry partnerships that utilize technology to:
    • enable teachers to incorporate real‐world problem‐solving into the curriculum,
    • offer students authentic learning experiences,
    • foster a sense of connection to the Broadalbin-Perth community,
    • offer students opportunities to perform community service, and
    • help students understand and appreciate their role as a citizen of the state and nation.
  • The district will assign staff responsibility for developing and coordinating partnerships that bring volunteers, funds, equipment, or services into Broadalbin-Perth schools.
  • The district will assign staff responsibility for developing and coordinating partnerships that place students in relationships or settings outside the school (e.g., mentoring, job shadowing).
  • Offsite enrichment opportunities, such as field trips, internships, and job shadowing, will be available to all students as authentic learning and career awareness opportunities, as well as to students who have already identified a particular interest in technical careers.
  • Schools will provide opportunities for students to help other students further develop their technology skills (e.g., peer tutoring, clubs).
  • Schools at all levels will support club activities that help students identify and develop interests and talents related to technology, as well as social, communication, and collaboration skills.

Focus Area 6: Implementation

The Technology Planning Committee recommends that the Broadalbin-Perth CSD create a committee to plan and to monitor the implementation of the recommendations above.

Technology Implementation Committee

  • The district will assign staff responsibility for convening the committee and facilitating its work and for serving as a liaison with the instructional staff.
  • To ensure continuity, the committee’s initial membership will be drawn primarily from Technology Planning Committee members who volunteer. It will also represent all stakeholders, including students, parents, community members, and the technology industry, as well as district staff.
  • The committee will undertake the related tasks necessary to the successful implementation of the Technology Planning Committee recommendations, including:
    • the formulation of funding strategies;
    • policy review, revision, and development;
    • the development of a strategic plan to grow technology initiatives to a districtwide scale; and
    • provisions for ensuring accountability.
  • The committee will develop a process for awarding grants to individual teachers or groups of teachers that will enable them to pilot — and then to disseminate — effective uses of technology to transform instruction.
  • The committee will conduct ongoing annual assessments of the district’s progress in implementing these recommendations, updating strategic targets and implementation strategies as necessary to respond to changes in district needs, priorities, and resources and to changes in available technology

2017‐2020 Target Goals

  • Ensure that educators are prepared to teach 21st century learners and areconnected to technology resources that support teaching and learning.
  • Integrate and support a technology curriculum that will best serve students andeducators district wide.
  • Ensure all students and educators will have access to a comprehensiveinfrastructure for teaching and learning.
  • Ensure that technology is being used appropriately and effectively in all facets ofthe district.
  • The technology department will look to hire an educational technology coach to helpsupport technology in all areas of the district.
  • The district will spend the funds necessary to address critical infrastructure‐upgrade needs in the schools.
  • The technology department will develop budget proposals for the following threeyears (2017‐18, 2018‐19, and 2019‐20).