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Technology Improvement Plan: The following are my suggestions for products and workshops to use or take part of at our

school. 1. Digital Projector for each class Cost- $500 Value to Curriculum-The digital projector will allow every teacher to project video, photos, and curriculum to all of the students in their class. Just being able to share the teacher computer screen will bring unlimited educational applications to the class environment. Possible drawbacks-There will be increased need for and cost of security for the projector. There will also be added costs of replacement bulbs that will be ongoing. Strategy to assess-Students and teachers will be surveyed at the end of each year to assess how useful the projector was to their education. 2. IPad Mini for each class Cost-$359.00 Value to Curriculum-The iPad can be used for a variety of purposes throughout the curriculum. The iPad can be used to take photos and videos for student and teacher projects. There are educational apps for every subject and grade level. It can be used as a remote control device for behavioral management software like Classdojo.com. Teachers can use for note taking and grading purposes. It is a multipurpose Internet connected device that can be almost any tool you need it to be. Drawbacks-Security is the main concern. You also must ensure that teachers keep the iPads in school. They are not to be taken from the classroom. Management-All teacher desks will be fitted with a locking drawer. The iPads are to be stored in the locking drawer at all times when not in use. Strategy to assess- At mid-year, and at the end of the year, teachers will be asked to list out the different ways that they have made use of the iPads. We will want to make sure that we are growing a list of best practices for teachers that they will be trained on to make sure that the iPads are fully utilized. 3. MacBook Air for each Classroom Cost-$999.00 Value to curriculum-Conformity of all teachers to a specific ecosystem. Teachers will use the laptops for all school specific tasks. Creation of assignments, grading, attendance, communications, etc. Everything that the teacher does will run through their school assigned laptop which will also be pre-loaded with educational and productivity software for use at their particular grade and content level. Possible Drawbacks- Ensuring that the laptops are being used for school and not personal purposes can be an issue.

Assessment-Teachers will be surveyed at the end of the year on their use of the laptop and how it has supported the work in their classroom. As we create best practices from this survey, trainings will take place in the future to ensure that laptops are utilized to their full potential.

4. Classdojo.com account for each teacher Cost-Free This is a freeware cloud behavioral management system. Teachers can create class accounts and use this program to instantly track and reward the positive behaviors that are happening in their classrooms. Students can create their own avatars, and see how positive behavior can affect their grades. Using the digital projectors, teachers can instantly reward and track students behaviors. This helps to decrease behavioral management issues, which increases time being spent actually learning. Drawbacks-a reliable wireless Internet connection is always needed, and it can sometimes be difficult in getting into the routine of using this new technology. Assessment-At mid and end of year, teachers will rate their feelings towards classroom management while using this programs. The ratings of teachers who consistently use the program will be compared to the ratings of teachers who do not use the program to find out if there are any distinct differences. Safety concerns-none 5. Google Apps for Education Cost-free Freeware Value to Curriculum- Google apps can be used for a variety of productivity purposes. Students and teachers can share and create presentations, emails, and documents all in the cloud. Multiple people can edit and students are able to access the things that they need everywhere. Communication between students, teachers and families will be easier. Possible drawbacks-The bandwidth used by Google apps can be high. Strategy to assess-Our tech center will be able to monitor use to see if students and teachers are effectively using these products. Safety concerns-With school issued accounts; students will need to be trained on proper use of their account. The potential for cyber-bullying increases. 6. Document Cameras for each class Cost-$150 Value to curriculum-The document camera can be used to share written work on a projector. It can replace the overhead projector for teachers. Students can also share their work with the rest of the classroom.

Drawbacks-sometimes document cameras can come in and out of focus when the teacher is writing as they are projecting. Document cameras will be locked onto the in class presentation cart. Teachers will be surveyed at the end of the year on their use of the document camera and how it has supported the work in their classroom. As we create best practices from this survey, trainings will take place in the future to ensure that document cameras are utilized to their full potential.

7. Presentation Cart for each class Cost-$200 Value to the curriculum-Teachers can house their projectors, document cameras and laptops on and in the presentation cart. It is a necessary piece to allow teachers to fully utilize all of their tech devices. Drawbacks-none Assessment-N/A 8. 4 Class sets of 30 Chromebooks Cost-$240 each Chromebook Value to curriculum- When each student has access to the Internet on a Chromebook, the possibilities are endless. Document and presentation creation. Access to Google apps and email. Differentiated instruction will be exponentially increased through use of different educational software. Drawbacks-Students need to be trained and monitored towards proper use of the Chromebook. Large use of bandwidth will also be an issue. Each set will be housed in a locking laptop cart that can be reserved by teachers. Safety concerns-similar to the drawbacks, the teacher must make sure that students are using the Chromebook for appropriate uses. Assessment: Teachers will be surveyed on the process for reserving the Chromebooks at the end of the year. 9. 4 Wireless printers Cost- $100 each Value to curriculum-Each printer will travel with a class set of Chromebooks. Students will be able to wirelessly print documents and other information from the Chromebooks in their classroom. Drawbacks-printing cartridge costs and bandwidth use of printing can be high. 10. Khan Academy Cost-Free Value to Curriculum-Students and teachers can use Khan Academy or differentiate and individualize instruction for all of their students. Students can learn and practice skills in all subjects at their own pace. Teachers can get detailed data on the strengths and weaknesses of all of their students.

Students can watch videos to refresh themselves on things that they have forgotten, or even use those videos to learn new material along with the regular classroom content. Drawbacks- Students need their own portable device to access Khan Academy in the class, so teachers would have to reserve a Chromebook cart. The bandwidth needed for Khan Academy will put a strain on the school. Students have to learn how to effectively use the website for true learning. Assessment- Students and teachers will be surveyed at the end of each year to assess how useful Khan Academy was to their learning. Teachers will also compare grades for students, pre and post Khan Academy.

11. PowerSchool Cost-$20 per student account Commercial Software Value to curriculum-Teachers will use PowerSchool for all grading and attendance purposes. Students and families will have access to their grades, and grading calculations, along with many other student reports and data will be readily accessible for teachers. Possible drawbacks- Student grades and information will be contained in the offsite server. If there are service issues, this information would not be accessible. Safety Concerns-With so much access to all student information, it is important that access is not gained by students. 12. 8 Digital Video Cameras Cost $250 each Value to Curriculum-Students can use the video cameras to create presentations, announcement videos, to observe themselves, and to work on extracurriculars like movie making. Drawbacks-The cameras are fragile and students must use them properly. Students have to only use the cameras for school-sanctioned activities. Transferring digital video can be time and hard drive space intensive. All video cameras will be stored with the technology center and will be loaned out to the teachers. Assessment-There will be a log of all those who use the cameras. We will assess their effectiveness by the raw data on how much the cameras were actually used during the year. Safety concerns: Students must be sure not to use the video cameras to publicly post videos without the proper permissions. 13. 50 USB 32 GB flash drives Cost- $20 each Value to Curriculum-This is going to be a fast, low bandwidth option for teachers to share large files with each other and between home and work

computers. Students may also need use of them to share larger video projects. Drawbacks-Flash drives can be easily lost, and they can also unknowingly become infected with viruses and pass those viruses on from computer to computer Management-Each teacher at school will be given their own flash drive that they are ultimately responsible for. NA Safety Concerns-Teachers and students must be aware of safe use protocol so that the flash drives are not spreading viruses or malware.

14. 50 Weebly Accounts Commercial but free version Value to Curriculum-Teachers can create class specific websites to relay a wealth of information to their students and their students families. Drawbacks-Students may begin to solely rely on the website, so they must be maintained regularly. Assessment-Students and families will be surveyed on how the website affected the communication between school and home. Safety concern-None 15. Google Chromebook and the Google Infused Classroom $595 per person Value to Curriculum-Teachers will learn how to most effectively use the Chromebooks and the Google Apps that we have purchased for them. Effectiveness-5 teachers will attend along with the technology manager. We will be charting and assessing all of the bring backs that we gain from this workshop. Best Practice Sharing Each month, our staff will be encouraged to list down technology successes that they have experienced in their classroom. From this list, the administration will ask, and compensate teachers for running half hour trainings for their peers. These training days will happen once every two months. There will be multiple trainings that staff can choose to take part in at each session. Resource Sharing Our school will have a shared space on the school server to share academic resources. All teachers can access this space, the AR, from their school laptops. Teachers can save files on the AR in the same way that they can save files on their own computers.

Maintenance and Back-Up All computers will be automatically set up with individual cloud back up accounts so that teachers do not have to think about back-up. Maintenance will be handled buy the technology department. All computers will be turned in each summer and properly cleaned, updated and checked to make sure that they are in proper working condition. The tech department will do any critical updates that happen within the year, or specific directions will be given to staff on how to perform the updates on their own.