After examining the current technology policy for the BSSD I realize how quickly technology is changing. The current policy was adopted in 2013 for SY14,15,&16. The current policy is do to be revised and in desperate need of changing for some sections.
Our current policy has 6 main sections including Goals, Collaboration, Access, Professional Development, Assessment, and the Children’s Internet protection act Compliance. Within each of these sections there are multiple objectives. Several of the objectives are now obsolete or have changed dramatically.
Since our week 11 goal is to concentrate on the specific policies (that) will help your district prepare students for current and emerging technology use this is what I will try to concentrate on in my blog.
I am going to keep the similar structure to make it easier for everyone to follow. I am deleting the timeline and measurement sections to keep the blog more concise. Things that I see need to be changed will be in Bold and changes will be in Italics. Suggestions as to how I can help with the objective or changes will be in color.
A) Improve technology integration and literacy with students, staff and teachers
- Objective: Encourage curiosity and inquisitive nature of students, staff and teachers in utilizing all elements of technology. Makerspaces added to schools would help with this objective.
- Objective: Improve access to online servers for all users
- Objective: Provide professional development for staff for use of DART and iCommunity Dart is no longer used the district uses power-school for this now. I need to keep updated records for parents to view.
- Objective: Increase site tech liaison formal and informal training and increase his/her stipend in accordance to increased duties I could become the site liaison if the position is open.
- Objective: Assess 8th grade technology and 21st century skills through the use of Next Gen assessments.
- B) Expand our distance learning opportunities for students and capacity to collaborate across distance for instruction
- Objective: Expand SBT and distance learning courses for secondary students to include students from all school sites
- Objective: Increase teacher to teacher VTC use for shared instruction and classes/collaboration With Google hang-out VTC is becoming obsolete.
Objective: Expand student access to instructional units created collaboratively within BSSD and outside of BSSD to increase students potential to achieve district instructional goals I could become aware of this format and share my units
2)Collaboration/ Needs Assessments
- This is a list of employees and volunteers which assists with these changes. It needs to be updated do to turn-over.
- Educational Technology Access
- Eleven of the fifteen schools in the BSSD are high-poverty, high-needs, and Title I School Improvement Sites, and all schools receive the same access to educational technology. Please see Appendix A for data regarding the status of high-poverty and high-needs in our district.
- Every BSSD School has standardized networked computer access, a complete software suite including Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Apple’s iLife Suite and Adobe Acrobat.
- Every BSSD School has broadband connectivity to the Internet as well as video conferencing capabilities.
- BSSD has provided the most current computers and networking equipment as well as software packages in the new school construction in Little Diomede and Shaktoolik. construction sites will need to be updated or elimated
- Network, equipment, and software upgrade plans are in place using General Fund monies, E-Rate Program, construction monies and Competitive Grant monies.
- Parental Involvement
- The BSSD provides online student/parent access to student progress reports, attendance, and other records via (http://dart.bssd.org/student/index.php) This will be changed to powerschool.
- The BSSD features student projects, work, and other important district information prominently on the district website. (http://www.bssd.org) Additionally, the BSSD also features student work and other important district information in the district newsletter Strait Talk. (http://blog.bssd.org) This is now created using a blog to generate student and community member articles. Standout articles are then fine-tuned and published in The Nome Nugget
- The BSSD broadcasts important academic and athletic events on its website as well as via Video Conferencing available in each school location to community members. For many parents and community members, the expense of travel, the size of the district and lack of roads means that these student-and teacher-produced broadcasts allow the community to watch for their students participate in their activities. I have and could lead more broadcasting from our school and teach others to use the equipment.
- Technology/Telecommunications Improving Education\
- The BSSD utilizes General Fund and E-Rate funds to support technology training, student training, equipment purchases, online courses, distance delivered courses, professional conferences, and purchased services of distance delivered resources.
The BSSD utilizes video conferencing to increase the availability and frequency of Special Education services in collaboration with SESA and SERRC, supporting special needs populations and children at risk.
- Sustainable, ongoing training for Teachers, Staff and Administrators
- The BSSD has Technology Liaisons in all 15 schools to provide high quality, on-going and intensive support services, staff development and training in the integration of technology into the curriculum. Stipends for the Technology Liaisons are supplied from the Instructional Technology Budget for each year.
- All staff in the BSSD have the opportunity to participate in video conference delivered training, which focuses upon the core technology competencies in the BSSD. These core uses include, but are not limited to, effective use of hardware, software, and operating systems, effective use of the student information and reporting system, Video Conferencing network and its application in curriculum integration and implementation, Project Based Instruction Using Technology, district adopted software programs, creating culturally relevant projects using technology and technology basics for special education recording and reporting.
- All staff are required to take the Next Gen Assessments. This assessment occurs annually and measures staff skills as related to the NET Standards.
- Teachers Prepared to Integrate Technology
The Educational Technology Department has made visitations to each site within the BSSD in order to provide one-on-one and/or group instruction appropriate to the needs of the staff at each site. Items covered in training may include developing technology based lessons, using technology to collaborate with students and schools within the district and/or with students in other districts. This training includes, but is not limited to, developing school and classroom based websites and NETS skills as needed, via the results of the Next Gen Assessment.
- To accomplish the goals of increasing student performance:
- The role of the Educational Technologists will be to guide and support all educators in developing student centered pedagogies using technologies such as desktop computers, mobile computing devices, Internet databases, multimedia projectors and interactive whiteboards.
- The Educational Facilitators will assist principals and building staff in the development of an instructional vision that integrates technology in the classroom. This vision will be incorporated in the school improvement plan.
- The District will continue to support and assist staff members in the use of DART, iCommunity, Next Gen Assessments, Google Drive, Compass Learning and Atomic Learning.
- The District will continue to develop and provide professional development opportunities focused on technology and curriculum integration through its Fall Training Conference and VTC/online trainings. These will focus on the use of SMART Notebook for interactive whiteboards, WordPress school/teacher websites, iCommunity uses, Tandberg Video conferencing and NETS for Teachers.
- The BSSD will continue its multi-year project to outfit classrooms with interactive whiteboards and multi-media projectors. Interactive whiteboards by themselves do not lead to greater interactive teaching or improved student achievement. Without changes to teachers’ pedagogy, practice and attitudes through professional development and self-evaluation, little is gained by the technology.
- The Bering Strait School District purchases and upgrades software as needed. The Educational Technology Department’s budget is dedicated to training and supporting teachers and staff. Each principal has a dedicated budget amount for technology purchases within his or her school. The Educational Technology Department provides advice on best policies for maintaining and upgrading hardware and software. Furthermore the Ed Tech Department routinely takes stock of equipment’s projected lifespan so that site principals and Tech Liaisons are aware of the projected need for new equipment. However, ultimately the cost of new items comes directly from each site’s technology budget.
6) Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) Compliance
- Technology Protection Measure:
The Bering Strait School District utilizes Internet filtering software (8e6 Technologies & Postini) that meet CIPA requirements and E-Rate requirements as part of its SchoolAccess Internet package with GCI. This system is customizable to meet new requirements and to provide restrictions beyond what is required by CIPA in response to individual site needs and requests.
This software is in place across the Bering Strait School District LAN/WAN and it filters and blocks Internet access to protect minors and adults from accessing content that harmful to minors or obscene in nature. All devices connected to the Bering Strait’s Internet partake in the filtered and blocked access to harmful content, unless an authorized adult is engaged in bona fide research that requires access of unfiltered and blocked Internet. For an adult to be given the ability to bypass the Bering Strait School District’s filtering, he or she must contact the Educational Technology Department to begin the process for consideration.
- Internet Safety Policy
The Bering Strait School District has in place an Internet Usage Policy that outlines expectations and responsibilities for both minors and adults. These forms cover acceptable behavior, copyrights, safety and ethical behavior including appropriate use of social networking and steps to prevent and address cyberbullying. These documents also outline the district’s involvement monitoring online use.
See Appendix B for BSSD Internet Safety Policy attach appendix B
- Public Notice and Hearing:
The Bering Strait School District School Board at a public meeting on May 8, 2012, following normal public notice, adopted an updated version of the Internet Safety Policy.
Please see Appendix C for proof of the public notice and Appendix D for a copy of the agenda/minutes of the public hearing to address the Technology Protection Measure and Internet Safety Policy. Attach appendix c and d
Bering Striat School District. (2013). Technology Policy. Unalakleet, AK.