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SRVUSD Tech Plan

Introduction

 

With students at the heart of San Ramon Valley Unified School district, this technology plan is committed to serving all students to thrive, engage, and contribute (TEC) in a connected digital world. The plan has been thoughtfully crafted by a committee of SRVUSD students, educators, parents and community members who met once a month throughout the 2016-17 school year to discuss the important role technology plays in the district's overall mission. The goals and objectives in the plan are aligned with the International Society for Technology in Education's (ISTE) standards and incorporate the passionate collective voices of ALL committee members. The purpose of the plan is to provide schools with a resource to empower all staff to make the pedagogical shifts needed to ensure all students have access to the technological capabilities of the 21st century.


SRVUSD recognizes the importance of embedding technology in 21st century education, but more importantly, the district's primary mission is to serve all our students and prepare them to flourish as responsible, ethical and productive citizens. SRVUSD has shown its commitment to fostering these important ideals by bringing digital citizenship education to the forefront of our technology program. Through the Digital Citizenship initiative, the district is committed to educating students, staff, and the community on the effective, ethical and safe use of online and digital tools. Our efforts to promote digital citizenship are chronicled through a district-wide, public digital citizenship blog. In addition, all schools annually promote digital citizenship week and several schools have shown their unwavering pledge to digital citizenship education by becoming certified through Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization committed to providing digital citizenship curriculum to schools across the world. By the end of the 2017-2018 school year, the district's goal is to have all schools on their way to digital citizenship certification.


According to ISTE, "today’s students must be prepared to thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape. Zip codes and borders no longer determine the learning opportunities, skills and careers that students can access." This is not a new concept for SRVUSD schools. We have shown a deep, ongoing commitment, spanning more than the past two decades, to providing a continuously improving educational program that embodies the idea that technology tools enhance curriculum and productivity in our schools. Through the tremendous support of community partnerships and parent involvement, schools have increasing access to high-functioning technology devices. In the 2016-17 school year, the district partnered with San Ramon Valley Education Foundation to help schools further build their technology inventories by offering a matching funds grant. Our efforts around professional development for both certificated and classified staff have also grown. As well, SRVUSD continues to develop as a robust, digital community by vetting and implementing tools which facilitate more efficient communication and internal workflow, support data-based instructional practice, offer learning management solutions, and follow best practices around data privacy and cybersecurity. We continuously strive to grow our capacity in providing all students with engaging STEM activities, access to career technical education, and curriculum that fosters critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills required for success in college, career, and life. San Ramon Valley High School is our first site to implement a full 1:1 BYOD program where all students have access to their own digital device.


Amazing work is being done at SRVUSD schools, but it is the district's commitment to ensure that educational programs are continuously being improved. This plan provides schools with a foundation to write their own technology plans exclusive to the needs of their school. The Appendix provides resources to assist schools with implementing the technology goals and the objectives under each goal are examples of ways staff and students can reach the goal. We will continue to add relevant resources in the future. Both students and staff will be responsible for achieving foundational technology skills to fully apply the goals in this plan. The reward will be educators who skillfully mentor and inspire students to amplify learning with technology and challenge them to be agents of their own learning.


Category 1: Student Learning

Goal 1: COLLABORATION, COMMUNICATION & PROBLEM-SOLVING

Students will use a variety of digital tools to broaden perspectives and enrich learning by effectively collaborating with others locally and globally.

 
Objectives:
  • Students will demonstrate collaboration skills locally and globally utilizing technology. (BrightBytes)
  • Students will use a variety of digital tools (apps, devices) to communicate complex ideas. (BrightBytes)
 
 
 

Goal 2: ETHICAL USE

Students will recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and will demonstrate their ability to act in ways that are safe, legal and ethical.

 
Objectives:
  • Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and demonstrate their ability to act in ways that are safe, legal and ethical. (School Digital Citizenship Plan and BrightBytes)
 
 
 

Goal 3: CRITICAL THINKING and MEDIA LITERACY

Students will understand how to evaluate and leverage a variety of Internet search engines and databases in order to guide independent inquiry and research that is valid and reliable.

 
Objectives:
  • Students will demonstrate information literacy by using a variety of databases. (Firewall logs)
  • Students will be able to evaluate the validity of online resources including news sources and websites and will give credit appropriately. (BrightBytes)
  • Students will learn that traditional literacies are evolving; new technologies require new literacy skills (blogging, social networking, podcasting, video-making, Twitter). (BrightBytes)
 
 
 

Goal 4: CREATIVITY

Students will create and publish multimedia artifacts for an authentic audience.

 
Objectives:
1. Students will create and publish multimedia artifacts for an authentic audience. (Brightbytes)
 
 
 

Goal 5: TECHNOLOGICAL SKILLS

Students will continue to learn computer literacy and computational skills and will independently troubleshoot and solve problems with creative solutions.

 
Objectives:
  • Students use basic computer skills for efficiency: keyboarding, shortcuts (command-F), bookmarks, managing multiple open windows, accessing online help guides, etc. (Brightbytes)
  • Students will learn strategies for problem solving software and hardware issues and issues related to operations/maintenance, such as rebooting, choosing the correct program, locating where programs are stored (Portal), changing cables, using alternate browsers, etc. (Helpdesk tickets/Brightbytes)
 
 
 
 

Goal 6: PERSONALIZED LEARNING

Students will understand how to critically leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving, and demonstrating competency in their learning.

 
Objectives:
  • Students understand that they can utilize technology to learn anything anytime anywhere. (Data Tool/Brightbytes)
  • Students use technology to take an active role in their learning plan. (Data Tool/Brightbytes)

Category 2: Teaching

Goal 1: COLLABORATIVE PROFESSIONAL GROWTH

Teachers will continue to grow their practice by collaborating with and learning from colleagues, and by exploring best practices in the use of technology to improve student learning.

 
Objectives:
1. Teachers will participate in Professional Development and technology-based opportunities provided by their colleagues to explore best practices (use of Haiku, GoogleDocs, PD offerings, attendance at PD classes, collaboration time and sharing of information).
2. Teachers will use the district-developed Scope & Sequence to ensure that students are acquiring technology skills (Brightbytes).
3. Through professional development and collaboration, educators will make informed decisions about the usage of a variety of technology tools and resources, ensuring student safety and best instructional practices (Brightbytes, PD logs).
4. Teachers will use basic IT skills and troubleshooting (power, projectors, cables, etc) (tech support logs, Fresh Service).
 
 
 

Goal 2: INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Teachers will design instructional experiences within a content area using technology that promote understanding of real-world applications, empower students to affect authentic change, and foster differentiated instructional environments that address individual learning needs.

 
Objectives:
  • Teachers will use technology in ways that bridge real life context with content areas in relevant ways (feedback on site visits on PBL type projects, Brightbytes).
  • Teachers will use technology to differentiate instruction for students (data from tools such as Dreambox, Newsela, CAASPP Interim assessments, GoFormative, NYRWP rubric data, PearDeck, site visits).
 
 
 

Goal 3: RESPONSIBLE PRACTICES

Teachers will foster learning environments where students engage in positive, socially responsible behavior when using technology.

 
Objectives:
  • Schools will incorporate digital citizenship skills into lessons (Brightbytes).
  • Teachers will understand policies related to appropriate technology use for themselves and their students (including use of cellphones in various locations on campus, classrooms, locker rooms, etc) (AUP signatures, requests for app permissions, discipline).
  • Teachers will build capacity with classroom management techniques in using and supervising technology effectively for instruction (Fresh Service tickets, website, site visits, charts in classroom, Brightbytes).

Category 3: Access

GOAL 1:

Ensure student equity through coordinated support of resources and curriculum

 
Objectives:
  • The Technology Department and Ed Services will collaborate regularly to ensure alignment of educational goals and technology resources and support. (Meeting notes documentation and validation. )
  • The district will evaluate programs and funding on an ongoing basis, to ensure that we are allocating resources in a way that enables all students to have equitable access to appropriate technology tools. (Use Resource Manager database for Asset inventory, Use survey tools for both parents and students pertaining to technology access outside of school)
  • Schools will have current technology devices available in the classrooms in a ratio that supports learning goals using online materials. Schools will have in-class devices available for students to use when appropriate.
  • Technology department and site staff will maintain an accurate accounting of student devices. (Meraki, Active Directory, Microsoft System Center. Resource Manager)
  • Technology department will work with ed services and sites to maintain an accurate accounting of software and online instructional materials licenses. (Use Chalk form for approval and inventory. Annual review of site specific programs to determine if they are district wide. )
  • The district will establish equipment standards for district-funded technology devices and communicate to schools and departments. (District ordering form online, Technology Ed Showcase. )
  • The district technology department will ensure fast, reliable network performance. (Solar Winds, Cati, send out reports to sites.)
  • The district will continue to expose students to career technical education (CTE) pathways. (Run reports in IC; Verify Counselor training sessions are offered preferably in January. )
 
 
 

Goal 2: TOOLS & SKILLS

All staff will have access to technology tools and skills training necessary for their job.

 
Objectives:
  • The district will provide funding to support a 4-5 year refresh cycle for staff technology devices. (District budget)
  • The district will ensure that all staff have access to, and knowledge of how to use, a universal single sign-on service (Portal), to enable access anywhere at anytime. (Portal stats )
  • District will implement an “on-boarding” process for new staff to include training in relevant systems. (District tech device allotment procedure. Site based procedures. )
  • District will provide access to online tutorials and support documentation, and a catalog of ongoing, hands-on training courses for staff. (Technology website)
  • District will have appropriate level of FTEs for information systems. (Review of Help Desk tickets)
  • Staff hired for positions will have appropriate level of technology skills. (Review of job postings)
 
 
 

Goal 3: INFRASTRUCTURE & CONNECTIVITY

Reliable, high-speed access for mobile computing throughout the district.

 
Objectives:
  • The district will establish a plan for continuous upgrades of network infrastructure/backbone to support high-speed, high-capacity wired and wireless access. (District budget)
  • The district will continue to add wireless capacity within all learning spaces (including outdoors) as demand increases to ensure that all students and staff have access to wireless services throughout each campus. (# number of access points/ classroom, helpdesk tickets related to WiFi)
  • The district will sustain network capability for the use of personal devices (BYOD access) at all facilities. (Uptime for BYOD network)
  • The district will sustain and support increased use of web portal to ensure off-site student and staff access to resources. (Portal stats)
 
 
 

Goal 4: COMMUNICATION WITH COMMUNITY

The district will continue to support home/school communication systems, which efficiently provide information to families such as student attendance, academic progress, emergency notifications, general news, etc.

 
Objectives:
  • Maintain consistency with messaging (Website audits, Surveys)
  • Develop a district communications master plan (Publication of Communication Plan)
  • Develop plans for disaster recovery, emergency communications and business continuity. (Drills, Test Calls )
 
 
 

Goal 5: PARTNERSHIPS

The district will continue to partner with parent organizations to support collective efforts in allocating resources which build staff and student capacity, and which foster strong community.

 
Objectives:
  • Maintain communication with partner groups through meetings and committee work. (Participation Numbers, Volunteer Hours, Community Sponsorship )
  • Parent ed and outreach about pedagogy and student skills. (Minutes/Agendas from PTA events)
 
 
 

Goal 6: TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT

The district will provide sufficient technical support resources to ensure high performing, reliable instructional and operational technologies, hardware, software and systems.

 
Objectives:
  • Ensure that sites have sufficient technical support to match their needs. (Staff audits; equitable staffing looking at ADA as well as inventory quantities )
  • Maintain district technology support staff.
  • The district will maintain a high performing district network with redundancy to ensure close to 100% uptime and sufficient bandwidth for all users. (Monthly reports about bandwidth shared with IT department)
  • Ensure safe and secure networks. (Create and monitor cybersecurity plan. Log all successful intrusions into the network. )
  • Content filtering
  • Virus protection
  • Intrusion protection
  • Security audits
  • Ensure student and staff data privacy and security. (Participation in CA Student Data Privacy Consortium, monitoring student privacy agreements. Usage of InformedK12 parent permission forms. )

Committee

This District Technology Plan is intended to serve SRVUSD as a living document, which will guide our work in thoughtfully implementing instructional technology programs for the benefit of all students. We would like to acknowledge the hard work of the committee members who were integral in helping to develop this Plan. We are proud that it truly represents the collective thinking of every member involved. We are also excited to be able to publish this Plan in a web-based format, so that it can remain as current and dynamic as the world of educational technology itself.

Thank you to our 2016-17 SRVUSD Technology Plan Committee Members:

Kristen Berg, Instructional Technology TSA

Helen Burrows, Technology Department Secretary

Debbie Butler, Computer Systems Assistant, Dougherty Valley High School

Peter Campopiano, Manager, Technical Support and Systems Administration

Karie Chamberlain, Instructional Technology TSA

Erin Cicatelli, College and Career Readiness TSA

Angie Corritone, Instructional Technology TSA

Rae Anne Crandall, Teacher, Tech Arts & Robotics, Los Cerros Middle School

Gregory Duran, Math Coordinator

Stan Hitomi, Principal, Alamo Elementary

Elizabeth Graswich, Director of Communications and Community Relations

Simi Johal, Instructional Technology TSA

Ric Johanson, Project Manager; Network and Low Voltage systems

Ann Katzburg, President, SRVEA

Laurel Krsek, Director of Technology

Shalini Kumar, Parent Representative, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs

Deanne Lashin, Supervisor, Technical Support

Crystal Lopez, Assistant Principal, California High School

Pulkit Mahajan, Student, Dougherty Valley High School

Mona Manghirmalani, Information Systems Technician/Trainer

Kathy Moore, Curriculum Coordinator

Joe Nguyen, Principal, Iron Horse Middle School

Jeff Osborn, Assistant Principal, Windemere Ranch Middle School

Liz Pagano, Assistant Principal, Monte Vista High School

Lisa Ridener, Senior Computer Technician

Joe Romagna, Principal, John Baldwin Elementary School

Iris Tessler, Social Media Chair, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs

Donna Yokomizo, Board Member, San Ramon Valley Education Foundation

Carol Zuschneid, Information Systems Technician/Trainer

Appendix

Resources and Supporting Docs

  1. Template for building a Site Tech Plan

  2. SRVUSD Technology Department

  3. SRVUSD Instructional Technology

  4. SRVUSD College and Career Readiness Program (CTE, Work-Based Learning)

  5. SRVUSD Acceptable Use Policy (2016-17)

  6. Posting of Student Names & Photos

  7. Social Media Guidelines for SRVUSD Employees

  8. Data Privacy

    1. SRVUSD Data Security Statement

    2. CyberSecurity in SRVUSD

    3. The ABCs of Student Directory Information (U.S. Dept of Ed)

    4. School Volunteers and FERPA (U.S. Dept of Ed)

    5. Student Privacy Website: PTAC and the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO) announce the launch of their new website (June, 2017).

  9. ISTE Standards for Students

  10. The SAMR Model

  11. Alan November's Levels of Technology Integration

  12. The TPACK Model

  13. Video: Asking the Right Questions / What is the Value of a Teacher? (Alan November, 2016)

  14. Speak Up Survey data (2016-17)

  15. SRVUSD's Digital Citizenship Portal: digitalsrvusd.net

  16. Common Sense Media Certification Process Materials

  17. EdFund Grant (matching grant for student devices - deadline June 1, 2017)

District exemplars to be added: Links to videos, photos, Dig Cit topics, projects, flex classroom setups, maker spaces, student projects, etc.