Educational Technology Plan 2015 2018 - Thousand Islands CSD

 
Educational Technology Plan 2015 2018 - Thousand Islands CSD
Educational Technology Plan
                             2015 – 2018
                                       www.1000islandsschools.org

                                                           Mr. Craig Freitag – Director of Technology
                                                            Mr. Jon Benner – Network Administrator
                                                                                      TPC Committee

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Table of Contents

        Technology Planning Committee ...................................................................................... 3
        Mission of TICSD .............................................................................................................. 4
        District Overview ............................................................................................................... 4
        Technology Belief Statements ........................................................................................... 5
        Vision ................................................................................................................................ 5
        Goals ................................................................................................................................. 5
        Graduate and Commencement Standards ........................................................................ 6
        Learning Standards ........................................................................................................... 6
        Technology and Infrastructure Inventory ........................................................................... 7
        Software & IT Support ....................................................................................................... 8
        Curriculum and instruction ................................................................................................. 8
        Professional Development ................................................................................................ 9
        Tech Skills every Educator Must Have .............................................................................. 9
        Tech Skills Educator Don’t Need Anymore ....................................................................... 10
        Commitment to Staff Development.................................................................................... 11
        Technology Investment Plan ............................................................................................. 12
        Assessment Plan .............................................................................................................. 12
        Administrative Applications ............................................................................................... 12
        Hardware Selection ........................................................................................................... 13
        Software/On-Line Selection............................................................................................... 13
        Equipment Selection ......................................................................................................... 13
        Equipment Maintenance.................................................................................................... 13
        Equipment Replacement ................................................................................................... 14
        Funding and Budget .......................................................................................................... 14
        Time Line for Purchases ................................................................................................... 14
        Essential Components ...................................................................................................... 14
        Monitoring and Evaluation ................................................................................................. 14
        Technology Initiatives and Community Connectivity ......................................................... 15
        Instructional Technology Plan Implementation .................................................................. 15
        Acceptable Use Policy....................................................................................................... 17
        Prevention of Student Data Breaches ............................................................................... 23

Forms:
    Acceptable Use Agreement form Staff .............................................................................. 26
    Acceptable Use Agreement form Students ....................................................................... 27
    Equipment Loan Agreement.............................................................................................. 28
    In-House Equipment Loan Agreement .............................................................................. 29
    Request for Network Use .................................................................................................. 29
    Filter Override Form .......................................................................................................... 30
    Account User Authorization ............................................................................................... 31

Appendix A – Technology Distribution Plan
   High School ....................................................................................................................... 32
   Middle School .................................................................................................................... 34
   Guardino ........................................................................................................................... 35
   Cape Vincent ..................................................................................................................... 38

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The Technology Planning Committee
      Director of Technology ............................................................................Mr. Craig Freitag
      Network Administrator ............................................................................... Mr. Jon Benner
      Superintendent........................................................................................ Mr. Frank House
      High School Principal ............................................................................. Mr. Joseph Gilfus
      Middle School Principal .................................................................... Mr. Mike Bashaw, Jr.
      Guardino Principal ................................................................................... Ms. Joyce Clark
      Cape Vincent .......................................................................................... Mrs. Lisa Freitag
      Business Manager ................................................................................ Mrs. Sally Switzer
      AV Coordinator ..................................................................................... Mr. Chris Maphey
      High School Rep ................................................................................... Mrs. Melissa Balk
      Guardino Rep ......................................................................................... Mrs. Erin Mayne
      Assistive Technology Rep. ......................................................................Ms. Krista Eaves
      Cape Vincent Rep ................................................................................... Mrs. Erin Mayne
      Student .............................................................................................................................
      Parent ..............................................................................................................................

The superintendent approves the Chair of the Technology Planning Committee (TPC) on an annual
basis. The responsibility of the committee, which meets six times a year, is to review, evaluate, and
modify the school Instructional Technology Plan to ensure its compliance with state and federal
directives and with the school Comprehensive Plan. The Technology Planning Committee uses the
school mission and vision as the foundation for all decisions. The membership is composed of
representatives from each school building including students, parents, teachers, administrators. The
committee also includes the network administrator, library media specialist and Special Ed teacher to
oversee assistive technology.

    Action Plan
    includes an assessment of the telecommunication services, hardware, software and other
      services that will be needed to meet the objectives of this plan
    clearly defines our telecommunications and information technology goals and strategies
    outlines our professional development strategy to ensure that our staff knows how to use
      technology to improve the education of our students
    provides a detailed budget necessary to acquire and maintain the hardware, software,
      professional development and other services specified in the plan
    incorporates an evaluation process that enables the district to monitor progress towards our
      specific goals and make mid-course corrections in response to developments and
      opportunities as they arise
    provides for the loan of hardware to students at home for absences due to sickness, out of
      school for a period of time, in addition to library materials and software includes our internet
      safety curriculum which covers cyberbullying in accordance with CIPA and DASA

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Mission of the Thousand Islands Central School District
The mission of the Thousand Islands Central School District is to assure that all students acquire knowledge
and develop skills and work habits which will enable them to become productive members of society. This
mission is best accomplished when school personnel maintain high expectations for all students create a
positive school climate with an equal opportunity to learn, ensure a safe and orderly school environment,
monitor student progress on a frequent basis and promote effective home-school communication. It must be
understood that strong instructional leadership is a key element in accomplishing this mission.

District Overview
The Thousand Islands Central School District is located in Northern New York on the mighty St. Lawrence
River, between the Lighthouse at Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands Bridge, Interstate 81’s gateway to
Canada.

We have approximately 7,000 year round residents in the area, which includes the villages of Cape Vincent
and Clayton, the hamlets of Depauville, Fisher’s Landing, Rosiere, Clayton Center, St. Lawrence, and the
connecting countryside. Our summer population increases many fold, as friends come from all over New York,
the northeast, and Canada to live in and visit this beautiful area.

The economy of the area is based on tourism in the summer, including boat tours of the Thousand Islands
area; dairy and beef cattle farming, and small industries. A number of motels, restaurants, trailer parks, and
cottage colonies serve the tourist trade. Some of the world’s best bass, pike, and muskie fishing exist on the
St. Lawrence River. There are also three state parks in the District plus several others that our within a short
drive.

The Thousand Islands Central School District has a student population of around 1100 students. Its physical
facilities include two elementary buildings: Cape Vincent Elementary in Cape Vincent and Guardino
Elementary in Clayton. The Middle School and the High School are located on a common campus at Sand Bay
midway between the village of Cape Vincent and Clayton. The District offices are located in the High School
building and Board of Education meetings are held in the High School Library.

The District’s schools are organized K - 5 Elementary, 6 – 8 Middle School, and 9 – 12 High School. At all
levels teachers and administrators recognize the importance of a child-centered approach which requires
sensitivity and understanding of developmental requirements of student growing from primary years, through
budding adolescence, into young adulthood. The instructional programs of the District are designed to meet
the varying needs of its active student population. Excellence and equity direct the efforts of the District’s
professional staff from Kindergarten to 12th grade. There is a strong academic emphasis at all levels
supported by a full range of specialized services including speech and language development, special
education and remedial programs, counseling and psychological services, plus a school physician and
registered nurses that serve each building in the District.

The special interests and talents of our students are met through a full curriculum of instrumental and choral
offerings, art classes, technology courses, and an array of occupational education classes available through
the Bohlen Technical Center at BOCES in Watertown.

Advance placement courses and early college admission offers challenging opportunities to our college bound
students anxious to get an early start on their college courses. At least 80% of the Thousand Islands graduates
pursue post high school educational options – many receiving Regents Scholarships and National Merit
Scholarship recognition.

Physical education and interscholastic sports activities are supported by dedicated teachers and coaches
backed up by strong community support and good facilities. A full gymnasium is located in each elementary
school and two more are situated in the Middle School and High School. In addition to a fitness center/weight
room, there is a pool at the High School providing all District students with swimming and water safety

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instruction as well as community recreation. Large and well maintained grass fields at each building round out
the District’s physical education and sports facilities.

Technology Belief Statements
       Access to technology resources should be provided across the division in an equitable manner with
        some flexibility to address specific site-based instructional needs and emerging technologies.
       Technology should facilitate communication and collaboration between classmates, peers, educators,
        and members of the global community.
       Technology should enhance the teaching and learning process by fostering creativity and independent
        learning.
       Technology should facilitate differentiation; technology should assist schools in meeting the diverse
        needs of each student.
       Technology should improve effectiveness and efficiency.
       Technology should enable students to create, think, problem solve, question, evaluate, and connect to
        real-world experiences.
       Technology should be purposefully integrated into the curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
       Technology should motivate and engage students by providing choice, relevance, innovation, and
        exploration.

Vision
       In the Thousand Islands Central School District, the learning community will be technologically literate
        life-long learners. Learners will be able to interact successfully in a technological environment to
        achieve their personal, education, and workplace goals. They will skillfully use technology to access,
        retrieve, and use information school-wide, community-wide, nationally, and internationally.
       Technology will be integrated into all areas of the K-12 curriculum to improve student performance.
        Students will use computer technology to reinforce reading, writing, mathematics and computer skills
        throughout K-12.
       All faculty and staff will feel comfortable in the use of technology to support daily instructional and
        administrative tasks.
       Students, faculty, staff, and community will have access to current and reliable computer equipment,
        software, resources and assistive technology appropriate to their needs.
       Student performance and district financial data will be used to formulate district plans
       Technology will be used to improve communications.

Goals
       Establish and maintain technological networking capabilities provided at all sites.
       Assure that all students, staff and sites will be provided with and have equal access to minimum
        standards of hardware and software.
       Implement grade level technology goals identified to insure equity of delivery to all students.
       Enable 24-7 access to school learning resources, classroom lessons and assignments, school
        information and electronic messages for students, parents, staff, and community members.
       Provide the learning community with greater opportunity for interaction, collaboration and information
        exchange. The school will become a vital meeting place for a host of community services.
       Promote equitable access to learning technology as a community investment and encourages an active
        partnership among schools, businesses, homes and the community.
       Assure skillful use of technology to support the development of lifelong learning skills and process skills
        such as: flexibility, adaptability, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration, which are essential
        to success in our rapidly changing information age.

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Every student will have the ability to:
      Creatively and effectively use the tools of technology to reason, solve problems, apply knowledge, write
       and communicate (as consumers, as well as producers of information) effectively.
      Identify and select the appropriate technology to complete a given task.
      Use technology to gather, synthesize and analyze information that can be used to support thesis
       statements, research papers and presentations.
      Transfer the technological experiences learned in the classroom to the work environment.
      Work collaboratively and use efficient learning techniques to acquire and apply new knowledge and
       skills.

Graduate and Commencement Standards
      An Effective Communicator
      An Effective Problem Solver
      A Healthy, Skilled, Knowledgeable Person
      An Informed, Contributing United States & Global Citizen

Common Core Standards (Follow the Links)
      NYS Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core
      NYS Common Core Standards for ELA
      NYS Common Core Standards for Math

NYS Learning Standards
      The Arts
      Career Development and Occupational Studies
      English Language Arts
      Health, Physical Education and Family and Consumer Science
      Languages other than English
      Math, Science, and Technology
      Social Studies

Iste.nets Standards
      Students
      Teachers
      Administrators
      Coaches

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Technology and Infrastructure Inventory

     NETWORK BROADBAND BANDWIDTH                                    Minimum Capacity Maximum Capacity
     Network Bandwidth: Incoming connection TO district             1gb
     schools (WAN)
     Internal Network Bandwidth: Connections BETWEEN                1gb                  10gb
     school buildings (LAN)
     Bandwidth: Connections WITHIN school buildings (LAN)           100mb                10gb

         Total contracted Internet access bandwidth is 1gb

     WIRELESS PROTOCOLS                                 Available   In use

     802.11a                                            X           X
     802.11b                                            X           X
     802.11g                                            X           X
     802.11n                                            X           X

         TICSD instructional space has 100% wireless coverage, uses a wireless controller.
         Port Speed of the switches is 100mb

     COMPUTING DEVICES                                      Number of devices in     How many of these
                                                            use that are less than   devices are connected
                                                            five years old           to the LAN?
     Desktop Computers / Virtual Machine (VM)               668                      all
     Laptops / Virtual Machine (VM)                         199
     Chromebooks                                            78
     Tablets nine inches or greater without access to       18
     an external keyboard

        13% of students (including CPSE, CSE, & 504) have assistive technology

     PERIPHERAL DEVICES                    Number of devices in use that are less than five years old
     Document Cameras                      72
     Flat Panel Displays                   768
     Interactive Whiteboards               60
     Multi-function Printers               18
     Projectors                            10
     Scanners                              8

             TICSD has an asset inventory tagging system for district-owned equipment
             TICSD does not allow students to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
             Complete district inventory is done annually

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Software and IT Support

   Operating Systems                       Web Browsers
     Windows 7.0                           Internet Explorer 9 or greater
     Chrome OS                             Mozilla/Firefox
                                           Google Chrome

      Commonly used software programs that support classroom instruction in the district:
         o Castle Learning
         o Accelerated Reader
         o IXL Math
         o BrainPop
         o Vocabulary & Spelling City
         o Read 180

      Frequently used research databases:
          o Easybib
          o Biography in Context
          o Opposing Viewpoints
          o SIRS Pro/Con database
          o World Book Encyclopedia

      TICSD has Parent Portal for:
          o Attendance
          o Homework
          o Student Schedules
          o Grade Reporting
          o Transcripts

      Also used to increase parent involvement:
          o Emergency Broadcast System (School Messenger)
          o Website

      Staff whose primary responsibility is technical support:
           o Technology Director - .1 FTE
           o Network Administrator – FTE
           o BOCES Tech Support - .3 FTE

Curriculum & Instruction
      Digital connectivity and technology to improve teaching and learning:
           o Opportunities for learning online are quickly expanding in New York State. Online and Distance
               Learning school programs are being offered in the state serving students across the state.
               Post-secondary education and employers providing job training are increasingly utilizing online
               courses. Expanding on the options TICSD students have for taking online courses & Distant
               Learning provides us greater opportunities for learning, prepares them for similar learning
               experiences post-secondary and better prepares them for college and career readiness..

           o   District implementation plan for online learning is ongoing. TICSD will review online course
               providers and identify approved courses/providers. The district currently offers distance learning
               and online courses to High School students.

      Students with disabilities to ensure equitable access to instruction, materials, and assessments:

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o   TICSD is committed to the growth and development of every student and to allow each and
               every student to access the curriculum. Students, faculty, and staff will have equitable access to
               current and reliable computer equipment, software, resources and assistive technology
               appropriate to their needs.
           o   TICSD has a variety of resources available for students, parents, and staff to utilize for
               participation in the educational experience. Resources can include but are not limited to:
               website collections, iPads, software, hardware, devices, cameras, color printers, and sound field
               systems. Student needs determine the requests for these resources.

     Provision of assistive technology specifically for students with disabilities to ensure access to and
       participation:
         o An assistive technology assessment is tailored to the needs of the student. Questions to be
              addressed during the assistive technology assessment are related to the specific tasks the
              student needs to be able to perform and what, if any, assistive technology would help. There is
              not a specific “test” for evaluating the need for assistive technology.
         o Technology Questions - Assessment Plan
         o What tasks do we want the student to do that she/he is unable to do?
         o What types of assistive devices may assist the student in doing the task and remaining in the
              least restrictive environment?
         o Is there a low-technology device that will meet the student’s needs?
         o Is the device(s) suited to the student’s educational needs and abilities?
         o Is the suitability of the assistive technology device appropriate over time?
         o If this is a re-evaluation, what additional information is needed?

Professional Development
      Regardless of plan or protocol, content area or grade level, the integration of technology into the
       curriculum demands that appropriate professional development be made available for instructors and
       that the school’s philosophy of education supports the enhancements that technology can provide.
       These components are crucial if teachers are to effectively provide technology-based instruction.

Tech Skills Every Educator Must Have
      Acing Productivity Applications
          o Google Apps / Microsoft Office 365
                  Learn the fundamentals of:
                          word processing
                          spreadsheets
                          presentation applications
                  Allows parent to retrieve at their convenience
      Mastering Search, Research, and Internet Literacy
          o Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.
          o Information literacy Skills
                  Proficiency in browser use
                  Critical evaluation skills regarding resources and search skills to find resources
                    efficiently
      Connecting Through Social Media
          o Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Snapchat, Google+, YouTube, Blogs
                  Social media is running the world
                  Communication tool of our time – reaching out for our students & parents
                  Use Social media as a vehicle for capturing the attention of students glued to their PED’s
                  Allows instructors to connect with other educators
                  A willingness for educators to poke and prod
                  Ask students for help

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   Troubleshooting Your Own Tech
          o Saves on learning time
                  Understanding security issues
                  Know where the cords go
                  How to reconnect to WiFi
                  How to recover passwords
                  Turn a device on and off
      Finding and Sharing Files
          o How to share resources with each other
                  Documents
                  Spreadsheets
                  Presentations
          o Understand Permission and sharing documents
          o Using the “search” option to save time
          o Understanding file formats and extensions
      Embracing Curiosity
          o Technology is ever-changing
          o Rarely involves one right way of doing things
          o Educators need to get past their fear of unknown or lack of confidence
      Capturing Attention With Video
          o Video, Podcasting, audio, screen casting,
          o Flipped Classrooms
      Juggling Multiple Display Devices
          o Know how to use interactive equipment in the classroom
                  Projectors
                  SMART boards
                  Document Cameras
                  Digital Playback Devices
          o Management of Student Devices

      Perfecting Presentations
          o Turn data and related concepts into concise graphical representations streamlines learning
          o Learn to use a variety of presentation devices and software
          o Turn data
      Managing Learning and Students
          o Use Learning Management Systems as a central spot for posting course material,
              announcements, reminders, supplemental materials, links to library and web resources
          o Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas, Edmodo, etc.
          o Allows students to learn anytime, anywhere
          o Avoids student privacy issues and school policies preventing use of social media

Tech Skills Educators Don’t Need Anymore
      Printing documents
           o No more worrying about disc space
           o Use External devices and cloud space
      Carrying Flash Drives or a day planner
           o E-Mail Storage
           o Digital Calendars
      Editing Documents by E-Mail
           o Cloud Computing
      Signing in with Multiple Logins
           o Use Single sign in tool

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o   Choose an environment that allows programs from different vendors to share data both ways
                while protecting student data

Commitment to Staff Development
      The District’s Technology Committee is committed to the in-service education of faculty and staff in the
       areas of technology integration, skills training, basic computer maintenance, and in an understanding of
       ethical and acceptable use of the network and internet.

      The success of the District’s Technology Plan depends on sustained, high-quality teacher training and
       support. Technology training should develop long lasting, positive attitudes on the part of teachers
       toward using technology as tools for improved teaching and learning. Professional development may
       occur in a variety of settings and formats including:
          o Model Schools Program
          o Before and after school, summer workshops, user group meetings
          o Planning Periods, Team Meetings
          o One-to-One, Just in Time
          o Online courses or tutorials, Webinars
          o Conferences
          o Model Schools Program (MSP)
          o MSP Video Enhanced Integration Days
          o Superintendent Conference Days
          o Faculty meetings
          o Visitations to other schools or districts
          o Mentoring and/or collaborating
          o Teacher Center training
          o Regional/State activities

      Surveys are conducted as needed. The results from these surveys are used for planning technology
       purchases, to determine and schedule training, and to make decisions for a district-wide building
       project. Future surveys are planned to determine budget needs, project decisions and determine
       additional training needs.

      Primary responsibility for technology integration training and support for teachers.
                       Title                                       Current FTE Count
                   Director of Technology                          .2
                   Library Media Specialist 6 - 12                 .1
                   Library Media Specialist K - 5                  .1

           o   Compensation will be in accord with the Teacher's Contract and Model Schools Program
               (trainer stipends).
           o   Motivation will come from administrative focus, program requirements and peer support.
           o   Professional Development in the area of technology integration will directly correlate with the
               goals and objectives of the district CDEP and PDP plans.

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Technology Investment Plan
      Top five planned instructional technology investments in priority order over the next three years:
          Anticipated Item or         Estimated       Cost                          Potential Funding
          Service                     Cost                                          Source
   1      LMS                                         Annual                        CoSer
   2      Professional                                Annual                        MSP
          Development
   3      Interactive White                           One time                      Smart Bond Act
          Boards
   4      Mobile Devices                              One time                      Smart Bond Act
   5      Staffing                                    Annual                        Smart Bond Act, Local

Assessment Plan
      Evaluate the hardware in the district yearly.
      Recommend purchases for new equipment based on the evaluations.

      Evaluate software / on-line subscriptions used in the district yearly.
      Make recommendations based on the evaluations.
      Analyze test scores in the district to determine what type of software should be purchased. In
       curriculum areas that need more attention based on test scores, order appropriate software.

      Survey the teachers and staff annually to determine technological needs, both instructional and
       equipment, in the district.
      Encourage staff members to attend In-House and Model Schools Training
      This Technology Plan will be reviewed yearly by the Technology Planning Committee to make
       recommendations for improvement.

Administrative Applications
      Effective and efficient communication is a constant challenge within any large organization. Although
       enhancing interactions between school sites and various administrative offices does not appear on its
       face to directly benefit children, such improvements will have a profound impact on learning. By
       streamlining every facet of our administrative system, we will be better prepared to respond to all types
       of requirements generated from the school sites.

      The district relies on our District Technology Coordinator, Network Administrator, On-Site Building
       Coordinators, and Model Schools contractors to augment its staff with System Engineering (SE)
       expertise. The SEs is used primarily to help plan and establish implementation procedures for
       upgrading network components.

      Additionally, the district has benefited from the School’s E-Rate program for maintenance cost relief for
       the following network components (and present and future applications will include the same):
       o Servers
       o Cisco Routers
       o Cisco Networks Switches.

      By moving away from the seemingly endless paper trails that slow productivity, we will provide timely
       and responsive service to the school sites. Therefore, the district is in the implementation phase of the
       following Administrative Initiatives:
       o SchoolTool SIS
       o Attendance
       o Grading & Reporting
       o Student Discipline referral system

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o   AIS, IEP, RTI, Assistive Technology, Student Record Keeping
        o   Integrating e-mail, voice mail and fax mail with the district’s system

Hardware Selection
   The Technology Planning Committee will be involved in the development of criteria and in the selection of
   equipment. Computer hardware selection will be based upon the following criteria. Computer hardware
   equipment will:

   1. Provide sufficient internal memory to efficiently run present programs in addition to software that we
      may purchase in future years.
   2. Provide hard drives of sufficient size to hold present programs in addition to future purchases of
      software.
   3. Network together in the case of future computer labs.
   4. Receive ongoing vendor support through maintenance contracting.
   5. Provide reliable avenues for repair.
   6. Provide reliable avenues for future upgrading.

Software / On-Line Selection
   All software for consideration will first be installed at the District’s Tech Center. The software will be tested
   for its efficiency on the existing network system. Teachers/Staff can also preview the software following
   the criteria listed below.

   1.   Provide activities that promote problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.
   2.   Be consistent with curriculum goals NYS standards.
   3.   Easily integrate with the curriculum.
   4.   Be validated through research and testing.
   5.   Be easy for students and teachers to learn and operate.
   6.   Have the availability of effective teacher training.

Equipment Selection
   Technology equipment will be purchased that supports the instructional and administrative needs of
   students, teachers, and staff of the Thousand Islands Central School District. The following criteria are
   used:
   1. Equipment will be purchased that is compatible with the equipment and software presently in use.
       Other brands and types of technologies will also be explored and considered.
   2. Equipment will be purchased that is relatively easy to operate.
   3. Equipment will be purchased that is durable and can tolerate normal school use.
   4. Consideration of state bid list and price quotes from vendors will be used as guideline for purchasing
       equipment as well as regard to quality of machines.
   5. Vendors will provide prompt and courteous service to our school employees.

Equipment Maintenance
   Upon arrival at the school building new equipment will be unpacked and tested by District Technology
   Coordinator, Network Administrator or by a vendor representative. The purchase order authorizing
   purchase of the equipment will then be cleared and sent to the business manager’s office to initiate
   payment of the vendor. An asset tag will be attached to all new equipment. The serial number and other
   relevant information will be recorded in the school’s inventory.
   1. Teachers or other school personnel having difficulty with equipment will contact the building person
       with the responsibility of troubleshooting equipment. The building troubleshooter determining if school
       personnel or if outside maintenance help will be needed can repair equipment on site will make a
       decision.
   2. If determined that outside maintenance is required, a contact will be made with the vendor by either
       telephone or by written request.

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3. The schedule for routine maintenance and cleaning of computer equipment will be reviewed by the
      District Technology Coordinator and Technology Support Specialist

Equipment Replacement
   1. Equipment will be replaced after the District Technology Coordinator & Network Administrator
      determines it is no longer appropriate for use by students in that particular setting. If equipment is still in
      good working order, attempts will be made to place it in another area of the building where it could be of
      benefit to those using it
   2. Inoperable or non-repairable equipment will be stored to be included with other items for the BOE
      approval of removal of these obsolete items.
   3. New equipment will be purchased that has a warranty to insure any malfunctions occurring during the
      prescribed warranty period will be handled promptly by the technology vendors.

 Funding and Budget
   Funding for implementation of this Technology Plan will come from a combination of sources: multi-year
   agreement with MORIC/Madison Oneida BOCES, local funds, federal funds, E-Rate discounts and
   rebates, CoSers, state aid, and grants.

Time Line for Purchases
   Technology Planning Committee reviews the needs of staff and determines where computers, printers and
   related technology, such as, science probes, digital cameras, document cameras, scanners, SMART
   Boards, etc. should be placed.

   Thousand Islands Central School participates in the Model Schools program as well as the Common
   Learning Objective CoSer through the Regional Information Center at the Madison Oneida BOCES, which
   is used for staff training and software purchases.
   As an incentive to attend training, staff members are given stipends to participate in the Model Schools
   Program.

Essential Components of the Electronic Network
      Hardware
      Software & Web Tools
      Network Equipment
      Telecommunication Links
      Telephone Equipment
      Professional Development
      Staffing and Support

Monitoring and Evaluation
The intent of technology integration in education is to improve instruction and to increase learning and student
achievement in all subject areas. Toward this end the District will measure the effectiveness of the technology-
integrated curriculum by an increase in the percentages of students who:

   1. Meet or exceed proficiency on the New York State 3-8 Tests, Common Core Assessments, and
      Regents Exams
   2. Use technology in creating high quality portfolio projects which demonstrate the achievement of New
      York State Learning Standards
   3. Produce higher quality work in all classes as evidenced by local test scores and exhibitions
   4. Graduate from Thousand Islands High School on time and utilize technology for post-high school
      employment, training, or education.

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Progress toward effective integration of technology in various subject areas will be tracked by teachers through
a variety of measures, such as pre-tests, quizzes, post-tests, writing samples, and/or portfolios. Teacher
lesson plans require evidence of technology use.

Evaluation of the impact technology has had on teaching and learning will answer three questions:

   1. To what extent has technology improved student performance?
   2. To what extent has technology impacted academic rigor?
   3. Has technology increased the efficiency and effectiveness of Thousand Islands programs?

The District’s Technology Committee will continue to meet as needed to discuss and review the
implementation and evaluation process, provide feedback on phases of the plan, and make recommendations
for revisions. The Technology Plan will be reviewed and revised annually by a subcommittee working under the
direction of the District Technology Coordinator.

Technology Initiatives and Community Connectivity
      District plans to increase student and teacher access to technology in school, at home, and in the
       community:
      Thousand Islands is looking at strategies to increase access to technology for all students, teachers
       and community:
        o All classrooms have access to the internet thus making it possible to effectively communicate with
            parents and colleagues.
        o Teacher’s use of technology to share lessons with colleagues, share best practices, analyze data
            as well as using it as a tool to gain new knowledge will have an impact on student achievement at
            all grade levels.
        o The TICSD website is updated daily allowing parents, community, staff, and students’ easier
            access to district information.
        o Schools in the district communicate with parents through e-mail, websites, phone, School
            Messenger, parent portal, monthly newsletters, open house, and parent-teacher conferences.
        o Student are connected with school/classroom websites and printed materials.
        o Management Information Systems maintains a computer, peripheral and software inventory by
            school in an effort to develop and maintain a technology obsolescence and replacement plan.
        o TICSD will develop and maintain a prioritized list of technologies that will improve instruction,
            student learning, teacher access to technology and student access to technology so that when
            funding is available, TICSD can make well informed choices about which technologies will make
            an impact.
        o TICSD will review new technologies initiatives to insure that the appropriate training accompanies
            the initiative.

Instructional Technology Plan Implementation
   It is the goal of the Thousand Islands Central School District to accomplish the following:
         To continue to support teachers with the seamless integration of technology into instruction
         Provide a media rich environment in which teachers and students will research, synthesize, and
            publish information.
         Maintain and upgrade existing hardware and software to provide the best possible resources for our
            students.
         Continue to enhance the district Internet and resources to foster collaboration and increase the flow
            of information between students, parents, teachers, staff and administration.

   Projects for the 2015-16 school year:
       Smart Bond Investment Plan
       Develop a plan (CoSer) for the update of instructional technology hardware across the district
       Work collaboratively with MSP to train teachers in the use of instructional technology tools
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   Develop a plan for Online learning
          Evaluate and select a Learning Management System (LMS) district wide
          Increase the number of SMART Boards district-wide
          Evaluate & implement assistive instructional technologies
          Continue to increase the number of mobile devices to move closer to a one-to-one student to
           computer ratio
          Continue to improve electronic communication via website, School Messenger, Parent Portal, VOiP
          Continue to expand data storage, backup, and Disaster Recovery systems
          Continue to replace oldest network switches and improve network efficiency
          Evaluate the replacement of elementary school notebooks based upon battery life, and use
          Monitor and prepare for online PARCC assessments in terms of network/internet bandwidth and
           number of devices

   Projects for the 2016-17 school year:
       Work collaboratively with MSP to train teachers in the use of instructional technology tools
       Provides online learning opportunities for high school students.
       Implement the CoSer Instructional Technology hardware plan
       Continue to increase the number of mobile devices to move closer to a one-to-one student to
          computer ratio
       Implement LMS
       Update computers in the classrooms, labs, offices
       Replace elementary notebooks with new mobile devices
       Support Google Chrome implementation with two shared carts of 30 per school building and
          dedicated tablets for use with Special Education
       Complete the installation of SMART Boards in every classroom
       Replacement of elementary school notebooks based upon cost and battery life versus ease of use
       Implement a LMS district wide
       Provided training and support via Supt. Conf. Day and follow-up sessions
       Re-Evaluate the TICSD BYOD policy (PED)

   Projects for the 2017-18 school year:
       Work collaboratively with MSP to train teachers in the use of instructional technology tools
       Continue to increase the number of mobile devices to move closer to a one-to-one student to
          computer ratio
       Supported upgrade of security cameras and associated servers district-wide
       Reinstitute TICSD BYOD policy
       Implement Assistive Technology tools

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Acceptable Use Policy
Thousand Islands Central School District (TICSD) makes a variety of communications and information
technologies available to students and staff through computer/network/Internet access. These technologies,
when properly used, promote educational excellence in the District by facilitating resource sharing, innovation,
and communication. Illegal, unethical or inappropriate use of these technologies can have dramatic
consequences, harming the District, its students and its employees. This Acceptable Use policy is intended to
minimize the likelihood of such harm by educating District users and setting standards which will serve to
protect the District. The District firmly believes that digital resources, information and interaction available on
the computer/network/Internet far outweigh any disadvantages.

Mandatory Review
To learn proper computer/network/Internet use and conduct, students and staff are required to review these
guidelines at the beginning of each school year. All District users shall be required to acknowledge receipt and
understanding of all guidelines governing use of the system and shall agree to allow monitoring of their use
and to comply with such guidelines. The parent or legal guardian of a student user is required to acknowledge
receipt and understanding of the District’s Acceptable Use policy as part of their review of the Parent and
Student handbook.

This policy will be reviewed and updated as needed annually by the TPC committee and approved by the
Board of Education in order to keep this policy current.

Digital Citizenship *
Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology
use. All users are expected to be aware of and adhere to these elements.
1. Digital Access: full electronic participation in society.
    Technology users need to be aware that not everyone has the same opportunities when it comes to
    technology. Working toward equal digital rights and supporting electronic access is the starting point of
    Digital Citizenship. Digital exclusion makes it difficult to grow as a society which increasingly use these
    tools. Helping to provide and expand access to technology should be goal of all digital citizens. Users need
    to keep in mind that there are some that may have limited access, so other resources may need to be
    provided. To become productive citizens, we need to be committed to make sure that no one is denied
    digital access.

2. Digital Commerce: electronic buying and selling of goods.
   Technology users need to understand that a large share of market economy is being done electronically.
   Legitimate and legal exchanges are occurring, but the buyer or seller needs to be aware of the issues
   associated with it. The mainstream availability of Internet purchases of toys, clothing, cars, food, etc. has
   become commonplace to many users. At the same time, an equal amount of goods and services, which
   are in conflict with the laws or morals of some countries, are surfacing. (This might include activities such
   as illegal downloading, pornography, and gambling. Users need to learn about how to be effective
   consumers in a new digital economy.

3. Digital Communication: electronic exchange of information.
   One of the significant changes within the digital revolution is a person’s ability to communicate with other
   people. In the 19th century, forms of communication were limited. In the 21st century, communication
   options have exploded to offer a wide variety of choices (e.g., e-mail, cellular phones, instant messaging).
   The expanding digital communication options have changed everything because people are able to keep in
   constant communication with anyone else. Now everyone has the opportunity to communicate and
   collaborate with anyone from anywhere and anytime. Unfortunately, many users have not been taught how
   to make appropriate decisions when faced with so many different digital communication options.

4. Digital Literacy: process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology.
   While schools have made great progress in the area of technology infusion, much remains to be done. A

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renewed focus must be made on what technologies must be taught as well as how it should be used. New
   technologies are finding their way into the work place that is not being used in schools (e.g.,
   Videoconferencing, online sharing spaces such as wikis). In addition, workers in many different
   occupations need immediate information (just-in-time information). This process requires sophisticated
   searching and processing skills (i.e., information literacy). Learners must be taught how to learn in a digital
   society. In other words, learners must be taught to learn anything, anytime, anywhere. Business, military,
   and medicine are excellent examples of how technology is being used differently in the 21st century. As
   new technologies emerge, learners need to learn how to use that technology quickly and appropriately.
   Digital Citizenship involves educating people in a new way— these individuals need a high degree of
   information literacy skills.

5. Digital Etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure.
   Technology users often see this area as one of the most pressing problems when dealing with Digital
   Citizenship. We recognize inappropriate behavior when we see it, but before people use technology they
   do not learn digital etiquette (i.e., appropriate conduct). Many people feel uncomfortable talking to others
   about their digital etiquette. Often rules and regulations are created or the technology is simply banned to
   stop inappropriate use. It is not enough to create rules and policy, we must teach everyone to become
   responsible digital citizens in this new society.

6. Digital Law: electronic responsibility for actions and deeds
   Digital law deals with the ethics of technology within a society. Unethical use manifests itself in form of theft
   and/or crime. Ethical use manifests itself in the form of abiding by the laws of society. Users need to
   understand that stealing or causing damage to other people’s work, identity, or property online is a crime.
   There are certain rules of society that users need to be aware in an ethical society. These laws apply to
   anyone who works or plays online. Hacking into others information, downloading illegal music, plagiarizing,
   creating destructive worms, viruses or creating Trojan Horses, sending spam, or stealing anyone’s identify
   or property is unethical.

7. Digital Rights and Responsibilities: those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world.
   Just as in the American Constitution where there is a Bill of Rights, there is a basic set of rights extended to
   every digital citizen. Digital citizens have the right to privacy, free speech, etc. Basic digital rights must be
   addressed, discussed, and understood in the digital world. With these rights also come responsibilities as
   well. Users must help define how the technology is to be used in an appropriate manner. In a digital society
   these two areas must work together for everyone to be productive.

8. Digital Health and Wellness: physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world.
   Eye safety, repetitive stress syndrome, and sound ergonomic practices are issues that need to be
   addressed in a new technological world. Beyond the physical issues are those of the psychological issues
   that are becoming more prevalent such as Internet addiction. Users need to be taught that there inherent
   dangers of technology. Digital Citizenship includes a culture where technology users are taught how to
   protect themselves through education and training.

9. Digital Security: electronic precautions to guarantee safety.
   In any society, there are individuals who steal, deface, or disrupt other people. The same is true for the
   digital community. It is not enough to trust other members in the community for our own safety. In our own
   homes, we put locks on our doors and fire alarms in our houses to provide some level of protection. The
   same must be true for the digital security. We need to have virus protection, backups of data, and surge
   control of our equipment. As responsible citizens, we must protect our information from outside forces that
   might cause disruption or harm.

* Ribble, Mike “Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship.” Digital Citizenship: Using Technology Appropriately.
GoDaddy, 2013. .

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Guidelines
This Acceptable Use Policy outlines the guidelines and behaviors that users are expected to follow when using
TICSD technologies.
   The network is intended for educational purposes.
   All activity over the network or using district technologies may be monitored and retained.
   Access to online content via the network may be restricted in accordance with TICSD policies and federal
    regulations, such as the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
   Students and staff are expected to follow the same rules for good behavior and respectful conduct online
    as offline.
   Misuse of school resources can result in disciplinary action.
   TICSD makes a reasonable effort to ensure students’ safety and security online, but will not be held
    accountable for any harm or damages that result from misuse of school technologies.
   Users of the network or other technologies are expected to alert the tech staff immediately of any concerns
    for safety or security.

Technologies Covered
 TICSD may provide Internet access, desktop computers, mobile computers or devices, videoconferencing
 capabilities, online collaboration capabilities, message boards, email, and more.
  As new technologies emerge, TICSD will attempt to provide access to them along with appropriate
   education as needed. The policies outlined in this document are intended to cover all available
   technologies, not just those specifically listed.

Usage Policies
All technologies provided by TICSD are intended for educational purposes. All users are expected to use good
judgment and to follow the specifics of this document as well as the spirit of it: be safe, appropriate, careful and
kind; don’t try to get around technological protection measures; use good common sense; and ask if you don’t
know.

Web Access
TICSD provides its users with access to the Internet, including web sites, resources, content, and online tools.
That access will be restricted in compliance with CIPA regulations and school policies. Web browsing may be
monitored and web activity records may be retained indefinitely.
   Users are expected to respect that the web filter is a safety precaution, and should not try to circumvent it
    when browsing the Web. If a site is blocked and a user believes it shouldn’t be, the user should follow
    protocol to alert a tech staff member or submit the site for review.

Email
TICSD District may provide users with email accounts for the purpose of school-related communication.
Availability and use may be restricted based on school policies.
   If users are provided with email accounts, they should be used with care. Users should not send personal
    information; should not attempt to open files or follow links from unknown or untrusted origin; should use
    appropriate language; and should only communicate with other people as allowed by the district policy or
    the teacher.
   Users are expected to communicate with the same appropriate, safe, mindful, courteous conduct online as
    offline. Email usage is monitored and archived. There should be no expectations of privacy. District
    management and or his/her designee has the right to review email at their discretion.
   A Disclaimer will be attached to all TICSD owned E-Mail:
       o Pursuant to School Board policy and administrative procedures, this e-mail system is the property of
           the Thousand Islands Central School District and is to be used for official business only. In addition,
           all users are cautioned that messages sent through this system may be subject to the Freedom of
           Information Law and other laws of the State of New York and also to review by the school system.
           There should be no expectation of privacy when sending or receiving e-mails.

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Social / Web 2.0 / Collaborative Content
  Recognizing that collaboration is essential to education, TICSD may provide users with access to web sites
   or tools that allow communication, collaboration, sharing, and messaging among users.
  Users are expected to communicate with the same appropriate, safe, mindful, courteous conduct online as
   offline. Posts, chats, sharing, and messaging may be monitored. Users should be careful not to share
   personally-identifying information online.

Mobile Devices Policy
TICSD may provide users with mobile computers or other devices to promote learning both inside and outside
of the classroom. Users should abide by the same acceptable use policies when using school devices off the
school network as on the school network.
   Users are expected to treat these devices with extreme care and caution; these are expensive devices that
    the school is entrusting to your care. Users should report any loss, damage, or malfunction to tech staff
    immediately. Users may be financially accountable for any damage resulting from negligence or misuse.
   Use of school-issued mobile devices, including use of the school network, may be monitored.

Personal Electronic Devices (PED)
The display and/or use by students grades K-12 of personal electronic devices shall be prohibited from the
time students arrive at school until the end of the regular school day. Grades Six to Twelve students’ electronic
devices are to be off and in lockers from 7:35 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
   Examples of a personally owned device shall include but is not limited to: MP3 players and iPods; iPads,
    Nooks, Kindle, headphones, and other tablet PCs; laptop and netbook computers; personal digital
    assistants (PDAs), cell phones and smart phones such as iPhone and/or Droids, as well as any gaming
    devices, and other devices with similar capabilities.
   If any school staff member hears a cell phone, ipad, ipod, or any other electronic device ring in a backpack
    or locker, they have the right to search the backpack or locker and take the device to the office.

Violations to Personal Electronic Devices (PED) Policy
    1st electronic device violation will result in the device being taken to the office and may be picked up by
       the student at the end of the day
    2nd electronic device violation, the device will be brought to the office, the student will serve a one-hour
       after school or a one-hour in school detention, and a parent/guardian will be notified that they need to
       pick up the device in the office.
    3rd offense, the student will not be allowed to bring any electronic devices to school, the device will be
       brought to the office, the student will serve a one day In-School Suspension (ISS), and a
       parent/guardian will need to pick the phone up in the office.
    4th offense, the student will not be allowed to bring any electronic devices to school, the device will be
       brought to the office, a parent/guardian will need to pick the phone up in the office, and a
       Superintendent’s Hearing will be scheduled.

Security
Users are expected to take reasonable safeguards against the transmission of security threats over the school
network. This includes not opening or distributing infected files or programs and not opening files or programs
of unknown or untrusted origin. If you believe a computer or mobile device you are using might be infected with
a virus, please alert the tech staff. Do not attempt to remove the virus yourself or download any programs to
help remove the virus.
   Create strong passwords and change passwords regularly.

Guidelines for Publishing Student Work, Images, and Names
The district has an obligation to protect student safety and to balance this with the need for open
communications when using the Internet.

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