Technology Mission & Vision

CSC Technology Committee

Charter – April 2014 (updated inventory: Nov 2016)

 

Background

Consistent with its charter, in the Fall of 2013 the CSC decided to take a deeper dive on a few issues of long term importance to Steck and make recommendations to the school administration. Given the ubiquity and influence of technology in every aspect of today’s society, the school’s investment in technology and applying it in the classroom was identified as one of these key priorities. As such, a smaller committee of CSC members was established to investigate the issue and develop a set of recommendations for the full CSC and the school administration to consider, adopt and begin implementing.

 

Technology Committee Members

Colin Wheeler (parent), Andrew Menard (4th grade teacher), Mirriah Elliott (Administrative Assistant), Jonathan Almon (Steck librarian), Jessica Harwood (Steck GT specialist), Sarah Dorweiler (5th grade teacher)

 

Scope

The committee initially reviewed a number of different areas for technology investment at the school, including purchasing additional Promethean Boards, looking into more advanced Audio-Visual equipment for the school auditorium and trying to enhance student learning with individual computers. In the end, the committee determined that the greatest need and opportunity was increasing the number of computers in the classroom. This focused effort would satisfy both district requirements around testing, as well as provide new opportunities for enhanced learning experiences for the students. As such, the committee focused its initial efforts in this area.

 

Please note for the purpose of this charter, the term “computer” will be used as shorthand for any internet-enabled device. i.e. tablet, iPad, laptop computer.

 

As the introduction of computers in the classroom is a relatively new phenomenon, and with school technology budgets having been very limited, the CSC felt it was appropriate to take on the initial responsibility for outlining a technology investment roadmap for Steck. However, it is the committee’s view that, assuming there is adequate funding, the implementation and long term sustainability of this effort ultimately rests with the school’s principal, teachers and support staff.

 

Therefore, the technology committee would like to see the CSC continue its support for this initiative in the coming years, but also find ways to work closely with the school administration and teachers to help build capacity and ensure that this critical effort gains traction toward the recommendations outlined below.

 

Mission

Develop a strategic roadmap for Steck to increase availability/access to and application of technology-assisted classroom teaching and curriculum development. Both students and teachers should benefit from the investments in terms of planning and monitoring performance, skill development, enhanced learning experiences, and improved academic performance.

 

Vision

Establish technology-assisted learning and curriculum development as an integral part of teaching and learning at Steck.

 

Current School Inventory

30 MacBook Airs (PARCC compatible)

30 iPads (3 PARCC compatible)

94 Chromebooks (PARCC compatible)

7 MacBooks (PARCC compatible)

5 Dell Laptops (PARCC compatible)

 

139 PARCC ready devices

22 Teacher Laptops (PARCC compatible)

Price/Unit

Quantity

Total Price

Macbook Air 11″

$911.00

30

$27,300.00

MacBook Air 13″

$1007.00

1

$1007.00

iPad 2 16GB

$399.00

3

$1,197.00

iPad Keyboards

$61.00

3

$183.00

iPad Stands

$105.90

3

$317.70

Apple Adapters

$28.00

4

$112.00

Dell Laptops

$554.00

5

$2,770.00

Chromebooks

$273.50

30

$8,205.00

Chromebook Cart

$1,404.79

1

$1,404.79

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DPS Requirements

Testing – All DPS schools are required to be in a position by 2015 to simultaneously test a full grade on computers. Currently, the school has met this requirement.

 

Curriculum – To the committee’s knowledge the district has not set any standards or requirements with respect to technology-assisted curriculum/teaching.

 

Steck Requirements

Testing – To meet the district’s resting requirement. See above.

 

Curriculum – Steck has not set any standards or requirements with respect to technology-assisted curriculum/teaching.

 

Recommended Strategy

The Technology Committee recommends a technology investment strategy that is phased over five years to ensure that the school not only meets the current minimum requirements for testing by 2015, but also aims to provide 30 computers/tablets per class for grades 1-5 at Steck. We view this technology roadmap achieving certain milestones over time, which we could classify as “Good”, “Great” and “Extraordinary”.

 

Good 60 computers (enough computers for single class testing) + a tablet cart of 5 iPads

Great 90 computers (testing + 30 computers per class for grades 3-5)

Extraordinary 150 computers (testing + 30 computers per class for grades 1-5)

 

Related Technology Considerations

Wi-Fi sensors, electrical capacity at the school, training

 

Estimated Costs

Depending on the type of devices the school purchases, the cost of supporting each of these phases will vary and, of course, the school could also purchase a combination of different devices over time.

 

Good Requirements met

 

Great Gap of 30 Chrome Books x $275 = $8,250

Gap of 30 tablets/iPads x $500 = $15,000

Gap of 30 computers x $1,200 = $36,000

 

Extraordinary Gap of 90 Chrome Books x $275 = $24,750

Gap of 90 tablets/iPads x $500 = $45,000

Gap of 90 computers x $1,200 = $108,000

Potential Funding Sources

3A/3B

PTA Funding

Corporate/Foundation Grants

Student-run technology fund drives

 

Planning & Implementation Guidelines

There will be a number of important considerations with respect to launching and sustaining a technology investment strategy at the school over the next few years. We have classed these into the following categories:

 

  • Regular Audits of Technology Inventory & District Requirements
  • Strategic Budgeting/Funding/Purchasing Cycles
  • Teacher Training & Professional Development
  • Classroom/Curriculum Application & Best Practice Sharing
  • Routine Planning for Future Technology Needs

 

In the phased timeline below, we have tried to include activities that would address each of these areas of strategic planning and implementation.

 

Proposed 5-Yr Implementation Timeline

 

2013-14

  • Move quickly to meet ’15 testing requirements
  • Investigate computer use in other schools
  • Solicit feedback/input from PTA on roadmap/funding requirements
  • Decide on hardware preference(s)
  • Build technology investment strategy into school budgeting process
  • Set up teacher led task force on applying new technology to teaching and curriculum development

 

2014-15

  • Upgrade old MacBooks as needed
  • Work with PTA to design and execute technology funding drives
  • Identify and approach relevant grant makers/corporate sponsors
  • Begin setting up teacher workshops
  • Set up a Back to School focused event on technology led by Jonathan
  • Begin formalizing how technology best practices get shared among teachers

 

2015-16

  • Purchase 30 more computers
  • Submit grants for purchasing more computers
  • Sustain PTA technology funding drives
  • Expand curriculum applications

 

2016-17

  • Purchase 30 more computers
  • Submit grants for purchasing more computers
  • Sustain PTA technology funding drives
  • Expand curriculum applications

 

2017-18

  • Purchase 30 more computers
  • Submit grants for purchasing more computers
  • Sustain PTA technology funding drives
  • Expand curriculum applications