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Evaluation of “Mason-Dixon” High, Summer 2012 Demographics: Students per Grade for “Mason-Dixon” High School: Total enrollment: 899 Number of teachers: 60 Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12 Student population by race: Asian Black Hispanic Native American White 17 (2%) 91 (10.12%) 25 (2.78%) 1 (0.11%) 765 (85.09%) 268 (30%) 272 (30%) 174 (19%) 185 (21%)

Individuals living below the poverty line in the community was 152, or 8.5 percent. The estimated average household income is $49,581.

Evaluation: 1. Administrative
Focuses on resource availability and the behaviors of Administrators and Staff.

Policy: ● Behavioral = Integrated Most teachers/staff in our school have embraced technological practices.

Resource/Infrastructure= Intelligent Being a STEM school, we have many policies in place for appropriate use of technology.

Planning: ● Behavioral = Islands Formal planning does take place; however, while school wide planning is encouraged, it has yet to occur. ● Resource/Infrastructure = Integrated. Connections are built between projects and informal evaluations are given at faculty meetings, which administrators take to the county. Budget: ● Behavioral = Integrated Budgets for technology are considered a high priority. It is the focus of many STEM meetings. ● Resource/Infrastructure = Integrated Teachers receive aand the behaviors of Teachers and Students separate allocation for technological materials annually. Administrative Information: ● Behavioral = Intelligent Since we are a green school many daily paper tasks have been replaced by electronic systems. ● Resource/Infrastructure = Intelligent All staff has access to administrative tools and grading features.

2. Curricular
Focuses on resource availability and the behaviors of Teachers and Students.

Electronic Information: ● Behavioral = Islands This is mostly used to e-mail progress reports home, taking attendance, and communication with fellow teachers - not being used to full potential for educational purposes. ● Resource/Infrastructure = Islands Basic internet/communication access in all classrooms. Wireless is available for school laptops. Assessment: ● Behavioral = Islands We use clickers, online tests with instant feedback, and yes - some still use scantrons. ● Resource/Infrastructure = Islands Some subjects use online testing and programs that provide prompt feedback, but these

programs are not yet readily available for all subject areas. Curricular Integration: ● Behavioral = Islands Our curriculum is somewhat dependent on technology. We rely on online resources and pacing guides. We also use smart boards for interactive lessons. This; however, is not across the board in every classroom. ● Resource/Infrastructure = Integrated Our county teams have developed resources for most subject areas. There are continuing to meet and develop more and more online tools. Teacher Use: ● Behavioral = Islands Some teachers have adapted their teaching to include technology effectively everyday. Most have not. Almost all teachers use technology everyday (e-mail, attandance, videos); however, not always for educational purposes. ● Resources/Infrastructure = Integrated Most teachers have access to a computer lab, lap-top cart, mini pc’s, smartboards, interwrite pads, etc... These “basic” technologies are available to teachers - getting them to use them is the challenge. Student Use: ● Behavioral = Integrated Students have so many technologies available to them. They are constantly using technology, but it is not always necessary to meet the educational goals. ● Resource/Infrastructure = Integrated All regular education students have access to technologies in the media center and most classrooms. 3. Support
Focuses on resource availability and the behaviors of Teachers and Support Staff.

Stakeholder Involvement ● Behavioral = Islands Most groups are aware of the plannings procedures, but few of them get a say in the process. ● Resources/Infrastructure = Integrated Most groups are represented. They are at least given the option of electing someone to the planning board to represent them. Administrative Support ● Behavioral = Integrated Our building admin. have weekly meeting where tech planning is usually addressed and then shared at their weekly county admin. meetings. ● Resource/Infrastructure = Integrated Our building admin. spend some time observing and brainstorming ideas for better technological practices and implementations. Training ● Behavioral = Integrated Since we are the STEM school in our county, many training sessions at held at our school making them convenient to attend. Therefore, many staff members attend

trainings. Resources/Infrastructure = Integrated Our county does a good job coordinating with the state to send staff members to conferences and training sessions.

Technical/Infrastructure Support ● Behavioral = Integrated Most staff use the provided online system to request technical support, whether it be with their laptops, projectors, clickers, printers, etc... ● Resources/Infrastructure = Intelligent We have an online system where we put in work orders and our techs are there within 24 hours.

4. Connectivity
Focuses on resource availability and the behaviors of all segments of the institution, including the community.

Local Area Networking ● Behavioral = Integrated Our county does a good job of providing extensive and useful tools to the community. However, they could be better trained in using these tools. ● Resource/Infrastructure = Integrated High speed networking is available throughout. District Area Networking ● Behavioral = Integrated This is similar to our LAN in the the access is there, but some do not take advantage of these tools and simply use these networks to store files. ● Resources/Infrastructure = Integrated Staff is able to access data from anywhere on the WAN. Internet Access ● Behavioral = Integrated Most staff and students use the internet regularly, but some staff refuse to step in to the 21st century. ● Resource/Infrastructure = Intelligent There is direct internet access in all locations. Communication Systems ● Behavioral = Intelligent E-mail is used regularly for communication with admin, teachers, and parents. ● Resource/Infrastructure = Intelligent Teachers and students have assigned e-mail accounts.

5. Innovation
Focuses on resource availability and the behaviors of Teachers and Students.

New Technologies ● Behavioral = Integrated We have about a 70/30 split. 70% of our staff accepts and tries to implement new technologies and 30% are scared or not interested in doing so. ● Resource/Infrastructure = Integrated Once new technologies are brought in to the school, we try to ease them into the curriculum, but in a smooth enough way so that we get the benefits of their use. Comprehensive Technologies ● Behavioral = Integrated We have graphing calculators, smart boards, clickers, laptops, subject software, interwrite pads, and other technologies, but I as have previously stated - not all teachers take advantage of those available. ● Resource/Infrastructure = Integrated Available technology is being used, but not to its full potential. Summary: Overall, I would say “Mason-Dixon” High is in the beginning stages of the Integrated category of technologies. We have the needed resources; now we must start implementing them throughout the county and throughout all classrooms. As a STEM school we have access to many training opportunities and funding to do so much more. We need to meet as a faculty and stress the importance of attending the sessions so that we can all be on the same page. We need to hold in house training sessions where our staff presents to each other so that teachers are not afraid of new technologies. We have moved our way out of the Islands category into the Integrated one - now we must get our staff throughout our school and county to buy-in to this technological wave. I think we have a great support system and a great basis for furthering our technology movement.

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