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School:
Freeway Elementary School K-6
Population:
approximately 700 students
Demographics:
largely low-income with over 40% ELL students
District:
Really big Unified School DistrictFreeway elementary school is sitting in the middle of a well-established, lower-incomeneighborhood near a freeway. The school has a fair amount of English language learners andhas 90% of the students receiving free or reduced lunch.
ADMINISTRATIVE:Policy-Islands
The current policy in this school is still in the islands phase because much of the technology thatthey do have was introduced this year. The teachers have been using computers to makethemselves more productive and to communicate for a while but for the most part it hasn’tpervaded the curriculum and was not in the hands of students until this year.
Planning-Islands
Planning at Freeway ES is somewhere between Islands and Integrated. The current planningprocess takes place one budget year at a time with one grade level at a time. The principal hascreated a formal plan for short-term implementation with some connection to future planning atthe school site and some connection to district wide initiatives. The principal has used availablefunds to purchase Kindle Fires for grades five and six and has an overall goal to improvereading.
Budget-Integrated
The budget plays a large role in the planning for technology and integration as the availablebase funds are limited. Since this school is a Title I school there are some funding sourcesunder that umbrella that can be used for the purchase of technology. The difficulty with thesefunding sources is that while they recur every year the dollar amount fluctuates based onenrollment and demographics. A portion of these funds could and should be used for professional development but aren’t.
Administrative Information-Islands/Intelligent
The administrative information systems are in place and developing at the district level. Theschool is gradually moving toward a more complete integration and tighter integration of thesystems as a tool used daily. The district currently has a learning management system that isavailable to every student and staff member in the district but it is only being used in pockets atFreeway elementary school.
CURRICULAR:Electronic Information-Islands
The fifth and sixth grade students are now one to one with a Kindle Fire checked out to them for daily use, including use at home. The long term goal at Freeway ES is to continue addingdevices at each grade level over the next few years so that they can move from Islands toIntegrated where all students will utilize digital content daily.
Assessment-Islands
The fifth and sixth grade teachers have begun using the technology to assess their studentsboth in formative and summative assessments. Students may take an exam through the LMSusing their device or complete a formative assessment using polling tools like Poll Everywhere.
Curricular Integration-Islands
Curricular integration has not yet moved from Islands to Integrated for the students who have adevice since the teachers are still learning ways to make the integration more seamless.Teachers received very little in the way of professional development before receiving devices touse in their classroom so much of their classroom practice is trial and error.
Teacher Use-Integrated
 
Teachers have integrated some varied technologies in the classroom for some time but it hasbeen fairly limited in ability and distribution. For example, many of the teachers have interactivewhiteboards in their classrooms but the integration is inconsistent across the school and limitedto teacher use.
Student Use-Islands
Students are just now getting to use technology daily with this new one-to-one project. They arebeginning to find new ways to use mobile devices in the classroom and it is isolated to twograde levels.
SUPPORT:Stakeholder Involvement-Islands
Stakeholder involvement remains in the Islands stage for a few reasons. The teachers whohave received student devices are involved in the planning with the administrator. Theinstructional technology department at the district level was brought in to help with integrationideas but the networking department has not even been informed of the new implementationthat occurred this year or the plans for future technology integration.
Administrative Support-Integrated
The site administration is very involved in the planning of the new technology implementationand has spearheaded the process by allocating funds to purchase devices for her teachers andallowing additional planning time for teachers who are using this technology for the first time thisyear.
Training-Emergent
Training is lacking at Freeway elementary school. There was no formal training for teachersprior to receiving devices and the only funding in that channel has been some additionalplanning time for those teachers to collaborate and discover new ways to implement in their classrooms.
Technical/Infrastructure Support-Islands
The infrastructure support has been limited to this point only because the Networking team hasnot been brought in on the planning process for this project.
CONNECTIVITY:Local Area Networking (LAN)-Islands
The LAN for this site is currently in the Islands phase mostly because the need for extensivecoverage has not existed prior to this year due to lack of technology implementation on a widescale. This summer Freeway elementary school will receive a LAN upgrade as part of a districtinitiative to increase wireless at all school sites, particularly low SES schools where eratefunding can be used to purchase equipment at a significant discount.
District Area Networking (WAN)-Integrated
District area networks are being improved systematically as funding allows. School sites thatare eligible are being upgraded using the erate discounts to purchase equipment. The districtcurrently has wired internet access to all school sites but wireless is still in the Islands phase.
Internet Access-Islands/Integrated
Wired access is available to all district buildings and each school site has many wired ports.Most of the schools, including Freeway Elementary have at least one wired port for a teacher computer in the classrooms. The Internet Access for students is still a work in progress as thewireless equipment is still being purchased and the implementation plan is still under development.
Communication Systems-Intelligent
The one system that we currently have in the Intelligent phase is the the communication system.We have district wide email coverage so that every teacher and staff member has an emailaccount and it has become the de facto standard for communication. Teachers are expected tocheck email for communications daily. Students also have a Google email account that hasbeen created through active directory integration with our Google Apps for education domain.

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