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Archdiocesan Approved Technology Plan

MISSION

Our mission is to enhance education,foster lifelong learning, and advance information literacy and exchange in the St. John Regional Catholic School, through the responsible use of technology.

 

VISION

These statements represent the vision of the faculty, staff, administration and parents who make up the technology planning committee:

  1. Technology is used to enhance all facets of the educational experience throughout the St. John Regional Catholic School community (SJRCS).

  2. Each staff member has access to appropriate job technology. Training is available to all faculty and staff to develop the necessary skills to incorporate technology.

  3. The utilization of electronic reference resources is actively integrated into the curricula of SJRCS.

  4. Each student will have access to technology tools. Students are actively integrating technology in class work and homework activities. Student information technology skills are developed by class instruction using the Archdiocese of Baltimore (AOB) Catholic School Course of Study.

  5. Faculty and staff utilize technology resources available to improve efficiency of performed administrative tasks (report cards, interim reports, memo responses, attendance records, voice mail, correspondence, etc.).

  6. A standard operating environment for users will be provided. Maintenance of hardware, software and network systems, as well as encumberments for future upgrades and replacement, to be supported by the annual operating budget.

  7. Parents utilize technology resources to communicate with teachers and staff concerning student performance reports, school schedules, attendance, delays, and cancellation notices.

  8. Personal privacy for teachers, students and parents will be protected by security measures at all times.


OBJECTIVES and GOALS

 

1. Technology is used to enhance all facets of the educational experience throughout the St. John Regional Catholic School community (SJRCS)

 

Infrastructure:

  • Conduct technology-needs survey of software, hardware and reference subscriptions of faculty and staff

  • Students to have high capability, network-able instructional computers in classroom

  • Telephone in each classroom

  • Voicemail for each teacher

  • Network/Internet access in every classroom and administrative office

  • Internet filter subscriptions

 

Instructional Support:

  • Professional development of software standards for technology proficiency and productivity for all

  • Train-the-Trainer Model

  • Monthly technology workshops

  • Onsite Teacher Support
    ª   Technology Coordinator
    ª   Computer teacher to aid in teacher instruction
    ª   Designated instructional coaches for discipline specific technology Integration
    ª   Use of AOB Training

 

Technical Support:

  • Implementation of core software applications
    ª Productivity software and instructional software that directly supports the curriculum
    ª    Web-based applications (SIRS, Digitalstreaming, SharePoint)
    ª    AOB PowerSchool

  • Central phone system

  • Service Contract for network engineer

  • Part-time Technology Coordinator


2. Each staff and faculty member has access to appropriate job technology and develops skills necessary to incorporate technology:


Infrastructure:

  • Standard operating environment systems for all workstations

  • A dedicated standard workstation per full time administrator, guidance counselor, support staff, and faculty

  • Classroom availability of LCD projectors and screens

Instructional Support:

  • Provide a comprehensive program of professional development focused on assisting all staff and faculty members to be proficient and productive using technology resources

  • Implement AOB Technology Standards

  • Adopt and implement technology standards for teachers, administrators, and support staff

  • Professional development for appropriate user groups upon major software upgrades

Technical Support:

    • Train-the-Trainers

    • Classroom Technology Coordinators: technology infused instruction by technology teacher specialists with grade level teams of teachers

    • Instructional Coaches

    • Online training courses available through AOB and the Maryland Department of Education

    • Traditional training in computer lab for administrative applications

 

3. The utilization of electronic reference resources is actively integrated into the curricula of SJRCS:

 

Infrastructure:

  • Identify teaching materials that need upgrading to current technology

  • Connection to the local area network for instructional support and to the local area network for Internet in every classroom

  • Continued progress toward the AOB Library Media Standards

  • LCD projectors in all classrooms grades 4-8 and portable carts available one per grade level grades K-3

  • SIRS and Follett databases available to all grade levels

 

Instructional Support:

  • Implementation of AOB Library Media Standards

  • Technology workshops/refresher Courses

  • Student Unitedstreaming access

 

Technical Support:

  • SJRCS Technology Coordinator

  • Computer teacher and Media Specialist

  • Investigate converting outdated teaching materials to usable format (i.e., VHS to DVD)

 

4. Each student will have access to technology tools for integration of technology in classroom and homework activities as outlined in the AOB Catholic School Course of Study:

 

Infrastructure

  • Student access to high capability, network-able instructional computers in each classroom

  • Library media center with access to computers, school-appropriate online subscription services, and other media sources

  • Correlate the Maryland Technology Standards that are related to AOB Technology Standards

 

Instructional Support:

  • Classroom instruction on basic operating systems via computer lab and technology instructor

  • Integration of technology skills in classroom and homework

  • Provide professional development to 1)assist teachers in making the transition to technology infused instruction, and 2) to teach seamlessly with technology

 

Technical Support:

  • SJRCS Faculty and staff

  • AOB Technology Standards

  • SJRCS Technology Coordinator

  • SJRCS Computer Teacher

 

5. Faculty and staff utilize technology resources to increase and improve administrative efficiency:

 

Infrastructure

  • Create internal paperless communication system (SharePoint portal)

  • Create File Sharing network system

  • Identify parents as technology resources

  • Create and maintain teacher websites using SharePoint

  • Create Online Tech help and Maintenance requests

  • Ongoing curriculum mapping using Rubicon Atlas

  • Research best online planbook

 

Instructional Support:

  • Institute mandatory email and voicemail training for faculty and staff annually

  • Continued training and development of AOB PowerSchool abilities

  • Continued training for curriculum mapping software Rubicon Atlas

  • Institute monthly technology cafes when needed

  • Offer MSDE credit classes when possible

 

Technical Support:

  • Identify and utilize expertise of faculty and staff to provide software specific training to other faculty and staff

  • Identify parents with software specific expertise willing to train faculty and staff

  • Use of AOB technology training

  • Utilize resources to create teacher websites for use by parents and students

  • Create SharePoint portal for administration and teachers to communicate

 

6. Standard operating environment for users will be provided with maintenance for hardware, software and network systems:

 

Infrastructure:

  • MS Windows XP

  • MS Office Professional 2007

  • MS Exchange Server and Spam filtering

  • Antivirus software for email and internet

  • SharePoint 2 and 3

  • Adobe

  • Discipline Tracker

  • School Check-in

 

Instructional Support:

  • Development of SJRCS Faculty Technology Proficiency Standards

  • Development of user friendly tutorials for faculty and staff

  • Monthly technology workshops for faculty and staff

  • Troubleshooting sessions available after school in computer lab for core applications

 

Technical Support:

  • Technology Coordinator

  • SJRCS Computer Teacher

  • SJRCS technology committee teachers

  • Contract service maintenance of servers, PCs, and cyber security (Jaguar)

 

7. Parents utilize technology resources to communicate with teachers and staff:

 

Infrastructure

  • AOB PowerSchool

  • Parent registration at www.schoolsout.com and Constant Contact

  • School website with faculty and staff email links

  • Voicemail boxes available for faculty and staff

  • Teacher websites using SharePoint

  • SJRCS SharePoint parent portal

  • PTO Manager for volunteer tracking

 

Instructional Support:

  • Annual Parent Access Training for AOB PowerSchool available by internet or by appointment

  • Advertisement of website to parents and guardians

  • Instructional handouts to parents

 

Technical Support:

  • Instructional PowerPoint handouts

  • Contact information posted at www.SJRCS.org

 

8. Personal privacy for teachers, students and parents will be protected by security measures at all times:

 

Infrastructure

  • Off-site backup of PowerSchool

  • 128-Bit encryption of PowerSchool

  • Internet filtering via contract ISP provider

  • Secure website for parent portal

 

Instructional Support:

  • Safe internet usage per AOB Acceptable Computer Use Policy

  • AOB Acceptable Computer Use Policy Compliance Forms signed by SJRCS parents, students grades K-8, and all faculty and staff

  • Annual technology training on safe internet and email practices for faculty, staff, students, and parents

  • Cyber Smart web safety program for grades 1-8

  • STAND Training for all volunteers

  • Parent option for DO NOT PUBLISH list

 

Technical Support:

  • ISP provider, website host

  • SJRCS Technology Coordinator

  • SJRCS Computer Teacher

  • Contracted Network Technician

 

EVALUATION

 

Technology Plan:

Each year the SJRCS Technology Plan will be evaluated by the SJRCS Technology Committee. The Committee will ensure that SJRCS’ technology goals are being met and will make updates where needed.

 

Teacher Progress:

Teachers will make technology goals as part of their professional development each year. The principal will evaluate the success of their goals in their teacher evaluation. Teacher progress will also be measured in surveys and observation of the Technology Coordinator and Computer Teacher.

 

Student Progress:

Student progress will be measured through the SJRCS Computer Teacher and their academic teachers. Administration will also measure student progress through outside observation.

 



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