Chamberlain Technology Plan

Chamberlain School District 7-1

P. O. Box 119 301 East Kellam

Chamberlain

57325

 

Technology Plan

 

Approved Plan will be effective from

July 1, 2008- June 30, 2011

 

 

Technology Plan Submitted by:

 

Dr. Timothy Mitchell, Superintendent

605-234-4477

tim.mitchell@k12.sd.us

Bill Peterson, K-12 Technology Director

605-234-4471

bill.peterson@k12.sd.us

 

Adopted by the Chamberlain School Board November 12, 2007

Revision adopted by the Chamberlain School Board January 28, 2008

 

2. CSD 7-1 Technology Committee

 

Dr. Tim Mitchell—Superintendent

Bill Peterson—K-12 Technology Director

Debbie Johnson-Grade 7-12 Principal             

Andy Wilkins-Grade K-6 Principal

Susan Knippling—School Board

Business/Community Representative—Vacant

Ron Frary-High School Physics, Chemistry & Physical Science            

Karen Ristau-Grade 1 Teacher

Dan Kirsch-Grade K-6 Physical Education & Technical Support          

Tom Carruthers-Grade 6 Teacher                    

Peggy Hanzlik-Elementary School Media Specialist

Regina Dunn-High School Media Specialist Aide

Kathy Harn-K-6 Guidance Counselor

Lisa Schlaffman-Computer Teacher-Grade 5-8

Britney Larsen-High School Student

Mike Tyrell-Educational Director St. Joseph’s Indian School

Francesca Willard-Middle School Student Council Representative

Shelby Schreiber- Middle School Student Council Representative

 

Committee members meet every month during the school year (Sept-May) on the third Monday of the month.
3. Vision

 

School District Mission

It is the mission of the Chamberlain School District 7-1 to provide its students with well rounded opportunities designed to offer a quality education and to ensure that every child has experiences that promote growth and meet their individual needs.  Through mutual respect within the total school community, our children will grow and learn in a safe and secure environment where faculty, staff, parents, and students together are enthusiastic about the teaching/learning process.  The overall program is designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity, require students to demonstrate that they have learned how to learn and enable them to become productive and effective citizens in the real world.

School District Vision

We believe that the most promising strategy for achieving the mission of the CSD 7-1 is to develop our capacity to function as a professional learning community.  We envision a school district in which staff: Unite to achieve a common purpose and clear goals; Work together in collaborative teams; Seek and implement promising researched-based strategies for improving student achievement on a continuing basis; Monitor each student’s progress; and demonstrate a personal commitment to the academic success and general well-being of all students


 

Technology Plan Vision

Chamberlain School District 7-1 includes the integration of 21st century skills as part of our overall vision for student achievement and all stakeholders act as role models for such integration.

 

The district promotes, facilitates and directs stakeholders to develop broad and inclusive plans for curriculum, resources and operations that integrate 21st century skills into every aspect of learning, teaching and administrating.


4. Needs Assessment

 

Did you base your technology plan goals and objectives on a needs assessment? 

Yes No

 

The Chamberlain School District 7-1 utilizes technology for communication among staff with the use of e-mail and web pages.  Each staff person either has a desktop or laptop computer.  The kitchen has one computer for communication and administration and two computers to record and serve lunch.  The Maintenance Shop has a computer as well as computers in each building with key personnel having e-mail accounts.  The District Transportation Director has his own computer but has a district e-mail account for communication.  We were a Pilot Site for the Classroom Connection Project in the fall of 2006.  The district, with the help of the state, purchased Gateway Tablet computers for the entire 9 through 12 staff and student body.  Plans are now to purchase Gateway Tablet computers for all certified staff  Pre-Kindergarten through twelve to increase access to technology.

 

Many of the current teaching staff support WebPages where assignments and class activities are posted.  Parents are given these web page addresses and encouraged to use the pages to keep up with their children’s schoolwork.  The district also fully implements the DDN Campus Parental Portal allowing parents to access information including class schedules, grades, attendance, discipline, and reports.

 

We have scheduled class time for computer skill development including keyboarding for all students.  During the summer of 2006 the K-12 Technology Curriculum Committee developed K-12 Technology Curriculum in alignment with the ISTE Standards.  With the adoption of K-12 South Dakota Technology Content Standards the committee will now focus on alignment to these standards.  These standards focus on technology integrated into the curriculum.  We also will be preparing 8th grade students for the administration of a Technology Competency Test required under Title II. We host monthly Technology Staff Development Sessions that in 2007-2008 will focus on utilizing internet resources to help teachers integrate technology into lesson plans to promote a higher level of student achievement.  At the 7-12 level it will specifically focus on support of the Classroom Connection Project of which we are into our 2nd year.  In the K-6 they will focus on teacher use of the Laptop Carts that are available for classroom use.

 

The Chamberlain School District 7-1surveyed our school staff, students grades K-12, parents, alumni, and members of the business community annually.  The surveys allow participants to give input in the areas of hardware, software, curriculum, how much time is spent individually each day on a computer, what is seen as being needed in the future for hardware, software, curriculum integration, and classes to prepare for the future.

 

After analyzing the data gathered, the technology committee formulated the following goals and objectives.  We meet annually to review additional data and revise the goals and objectives included in this plan.

 

 

5. Consolidated Application

  • List your district’s consolidated application/school improvement goals as listed in your consolidated application under Title II Part D (Enhancing Education Through Technology)

Performance Goal #1

 By 2013-2014, all students will reach high standards, at a minimum attaining proficiency or better in reading/language arts.

 

2007-2008 Measurable Objectives to Meet Goal:

To improve reading skills of students in grades K-12 so that 86% of 3rd grade, 85% of 4th grade, 82% of 5th grade, 82% of 6th grade, 87% of 7th grade, 82% of 8th grade, 72% of 11th grade students perform at the proficient or advanced levels in reading as measured by the Dakota STEP in the Spring of 2008.

 

All parents will be informed and involved in all aspects of our Title I program by the end of the 2007-08 school year as determined by flyers, agendas, sign-in sheets, newsletters, the newspaper, and parental input.

 

All staff will be involved in revising and implementing Professional Development Growth Plans and all aspects of the CSD 7-1 Professional Development Action Plan by the end of the 2007-08 school year.

 

Performance Goal #2

All students will graduate from high school.

 

2007-2008 Measurable Objectives to Meet Goal

All parents will be informed and involved in all aspects of our Title I program by the end of the 2007-08 school year as determined by flyers, agendas, sign-in sheets, newsletters, the newspaper, and parent surveys.

 

All staff will be involved in revising and implementing Professional Development Growth Plans and all aspects of the CSD 7-1 Professional Development Action Plan by the end of the 2007-08 school year.

 

Chamberlain High School will achieve a 98% Graduation Rate for the 2007-08 school year.

 

Performance Goal #3

 All students will be educated in learning environments that are safe, drug free, and conducive to learning.

 

2007-2008 Measurable Objectives to Meet Goal

Increase awareness/knowledge of the dangers of substance abuse/use with staff and students by 20% by May 31, 2008 in the following areas: alcohol, tobacco, inhalants, marijuana, and other drugs.

 

Reduce physical and verbal violent incidents and referrals by 5% by May 31, 2008 in the following areas: playground, lunchroom, hallways, buses, before/after school, school events, school parking lots, and restrooms.

 

To increase the number of parents and community members involved in reducing violent, destructive, and disrespectful behaviors in students by 10% by May 31, 2008 and promote school activities by 10% by May 31, 2008 and increase school and community members involvement in planning and evaluating Safe and Drug-free activities by 10% by May 31, 2008.

 

Performance Goal #4

By 2013-2014, all students will reach high standards, at a minimum attaining proficiency or better in mathematics.

 

 

2007-2008 Measurable Objectives to Meet Goal

To improve problem solving skills of students in grades K-12 so that 75% of 3rd grade, 72% of 4th grade, 75% of 5th grade, 75% of 6th grade, 87% of 7th grade, 74% of 8th grade, 65% of 11th grade students perform at the proficient or advanced levels in Math as measured by the Dakota STEP in the Spring of 2008.

 

All parents will be informed and involved in all aspects of our Title I program by the end of the ’07-’08 school year as determined by flyers, agendas, sign-in sheets, newsletters, the newspaper, and parent surveys.

 

All staff will be involved in revising and implementing Professional Development Growth Plans and all aspects of the CSD 7-1 Professional Development Action Plan by the end of the 2007-08 school year.

 

  • What professional development activities, as stated in the district technology plan, will be addressed as a part of this funding source?
  • What other technology activities, as stated in your district technology plan, will be addressed as a part of this funding source?

 

Technology Plan Goal: Provide effective staff development for all teachers, principals, administrators, school library personnel and support staff

 

Title II Part D: Educational Technology

 

Title II Part D funds will be utilized for:

Classroom Connection Training (Year Two)

Stipends for participants and professional, technical and purchased services required for training--Training Date: August 6‑7, 2007

Additional training dates: Dec 5, 2007 and Jan 16, 2008

Professional Development and Technical Support Package: John Hohn, Inc.

                                Purchased services as per contract with John Hohn, Inc.

To provide one day a week of technical support and one, two hour professional development session for CSD 7‑1 staff each month (Third Wednesday of the month‑4:00‑6:00 PM)—Stipends provided for staff that attend training sessions

ESA Region 3‑Classroom Connections Professional Development Activities in:

                                Research and Instructional Planning using the Internet

Guiding students in using a computer to solve problems (Critical Thinking, Instructional Strategies)

Using the computer to adapt activities to students’ individual needs (Differentiating, Assessment for Learning)

Managing student attention to the lesson while in a classroom with laptops (Classroom Management)

                                Using technology to Motivate and Engage students in the classroom

To provide participant stipends, purchased services from Educational Services Agency 3 and to reimburse expenses to participants

Support Professional Development Activities‑CSD 7‑1 Technology Plan

To provide participant stipends, purchased services and to reimburse expenses to participants

To support Technology Committee activities including their participation in the Technology and Innovations in Education (TIE) Annual Convention

Tech Paths‑Curriculum Mapping Leadership Team Stipends

To provide Leadership Team stipends, purchased services for team training and leadership activities and to reimburse expenses to participants as well as cover any staff training expenses to fully implement Tech Paths‑Curriculum Mapping

Support Professional Development Activities‑Tech Paths‑Curriculum Mapping Implementation Plan

Purchased services and technical support contract (Technology and Innovations in Education‑Tammy Bauck‑Facilitator) and to cover any training expenses to fully implement plan


 

6. Three Year Goals

 

Three Year Goal-Improving Academic Achievement and Teacher Effectiveness: This will include the use of technology to improve academic Achievement of all students and the effectiveness of teachers

 

Goal:To improve individual and subgroup reading & math skills of students in grades

K-12

Goals need to tie to State Standards.Does your goal tie to State Standards?YES

 

Objectives:

  1. Teachers will analyze their curriculum scope and sequence and develop technology-rich lessons for their grade and curricular area utilizing the curriculum mapping process.

 

  1. Students will complete assignments integrating technology to enhance written and oral communication skills.

 

  1. Students will increase reading comprehension and problem solving skills by enhancing technology rich lessons planned by teachers.

 

  1. Technology Committee will recommend the purchase of software applications to enhance the instruction of reading and math.

 


 

Objective

Activity

Timeline

Projected Cost

Category and Source of Funding

Evaluation

1

Curriculum Mapping

Monthly Late Starts-2007-08 school year

$12,000-Stipends

$20,000-Facilitator

Title II Part D

Teachers will document and align curricula to SD Standards utilizing Tech Paths Software

2

Lesson Planning

2007-08 school year

$0.00

N/A

Teachers will demonstrate an ability to find high quality instructional content on the Internet and implement into lesson planning

3

Lesson Planning

2007-08 school year

$0.00

N/A

Teachers will demonstrate an ability to find high quality instructional content on the Internet and implement into lesson planning

4

Software Acquisition Plan

April 2008

$25,000

Title I Part A

Title II Part A

Title II Part D

Capital Outlay

Teachers will demonstrate an ability to find high quality instructional content on the Internet and implement into lesson planning

 


 

Three Year Goal-Professional Development: This may include teachers,

Principals, administrators, school library personnel and support staff to further the effective use of technology

 

Goal:Provide effective staff development for all teachers, principals, administrators, school library personnel and support staff

Goals need to tie to State Standards.Does your goal tie to State Standards?YES

 

Objectives:

 

  1. Technology Staff Development Sessions will be held the third Wednesday from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM in October, November, January, February, March, April and May for all staff.

 

  1. One in-service training activity per year (September Early Release) will pertain to the State mandated accountability program.

 

  1. Teachers may use one professional day for technology training related to their grade or curricular area.

 

  1. The district will support the implementation of the Classroom Connection Project with all 9-12 teachers and students in conjunction Educational Service Agency Region 3 (ESA 3).

 

  1. The district will support a Tuition Reimbursement Program for all staff.

 


 

Objective

Activity

Timeline

Projected Cost

Category and Source of Funding

Evaluation

1

Staff Development Mini-Sessions

3rdWednesday-Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr & May 2007-08

$4,200-Trainer

$8,400-Stipends

Title II Part D

Teachers will demonstrate an ability to find high quality instructional content on the Internet and implement into lesson planning

2

Mini Data Retreat

 

September 17, 2007-Late Start

8:00-10:00 AM

N/A

N/A

Teachers will demonstrate the ability to utilize data from e-metric to improve student achievement

3

Fall Pre-Service Day

August 28, 2007

$2,000-Facilitator

T-Cap

Title II Part D

Teachers will document and align curricula to SD Standards utilizing Tech Paths Software

4

Two Day Laptop Professional Development Workshop

August 6 & 7, 2007

$2,000-Trainers

$10,000-Stipends

T-CAP

Title II Part D

 

Teacher will demonstrate effective use of Laptops in the classroom

4

Region 3 ESA Laptop Professional Development Sessions

Quarterly during the 2007-08 school year

$1,000-Travel

$500-Substitutes

Title II Part D

Teacher will demonstrate effective use of Laptops in the classroom

5

Tuition Reimbursement Program

July 1, 2007-June 30, 2008

$30,000

Title II Part A

Teachers will demonstrate an ability to find high quality instructional content on the Internet and implement into lesson planning

 


 

Three Year Goal-Integration of Technology with Curricula and Instruction: This may include software and electronically delivered learning materials

 

Goal:Provide for a rigorous and relevant technology curriculum based upon the SD State Technology Content Standards which allows technology to be integrated at all grade levels and curriculum areas.

Goals need to tie to State Standards.Does your goal tie to State Standards?YES

 

Objectives:

  1. Teachers will analyze their curriculum scope and sequence and develop technology rich lessons for their grade and curricular area utilizing the curriculum mapping process.

 

  1. Students will complete assignments integrating technology to enhance written and oral communication skills.

 

  1. Students will increase reading comprehension and problem solving skills by enhancing technology rich lessons planned by teachers.

 

  1. Technology Committee will meet and review current Technology Curriculum and align to K-12 SD State Technology Standards.

 

 

Objective

Activity

Timeline

Projected Cost

Category and Source of Funding

Evaluation

1

Curriculum Mapping

Monthly Late Starts-2007-08 school year

$12,000-Stipends

$20,000-Facilitator

Title II Part D

Teachers will document and align curricula to SD Standards utilizing Tech Paths Software

2

Lesson Planning

2007-08 school year

$0.00

N/A

Teachers will demonstrate an ability to find high quality instructional content on the Internet and implement into lesson planning

3

Data Retreat

School Improvement Leadership Team Meetings

2007-08 school year

Data Retreat-August 21,22 & 23, 2007

$3,000-Stipends

Title II Part A

Teachers will demonstrate the ability to utilize data from e-metric to improve student achievement

4

Technology Curriculum Meetings

2007-08 school year

$1,500-Stipends

Title II Part A

Committee will document and align Technology Curriculum to the SD State Technology Standards

 


 

Three Year Goal-Improvement of Infrastructure and Technology: This may include wiring, networking systems, connectivity, hardware, etc.

 

Goal:Provide an up to date and well maintained infrastructure for hardware and software needs.

Goals need to tie to State Standards.Does your goal tie to State Standards?YES

Objectives:

  1. District infrastructure will be maintained adequately and enhanced wireless technologies will be implemented within the timeline of this technology plan.

 

  1. Software will be upgraded and adequate site licenses provided to allow staff and students access to up-to-date and technology rich learning materials.

 

 

Objective

Activity

Timeline

Projected Cost

Category and Source of Funding

Evaluation

1

Inventory

April 2008

N/A

N/A

Inventory will be submitted to K-12 Data Center and Copies on file in District

1

Hardware/Software/Infrastructure Acquisition Plan

April 2008

N/A

N/A

Plan Completed and submitted to Technology Committee for approval and then to School Board for final approval

2

Software License Acquisitions

July 1, 2008

$25,000

General Fund and/or Capital Outlay Funds

Technology Director submits vouchers for renewals and or new acquisition of software for the upcoming school year

 


 

Three Year Goal-Use of Technology to Promote Parental Involvement and Increase Communications with Parents: This may include wiring, networking systems, connectivity, hardware, etc.

 

Goal:To utilize technology to encourage family involvement because education of young people is a partnership between the school, the home, and the community

Goals need to tie to State Standards.Does your goal tie to State Standards?YES

Objectives:

  1. The Technology Committee will monitor student and parental portal use along with supporting regular activities to encourage portal use by all students and parents.

 

  1. The district, all district programs and staff will utilize K-12 Data Center supplied WebPages to communicate information to students and parents on a regular basis

 

  1. The district will implement a school communication network (SchoolReach) to supply regular and emergency announcements.

 

 

Objective

Activity

Timeline

Projected Cost

Category and Source of Funding

Evaluation

1

Technology Committee meetings-Review Reports and usage

Monthly Technology Meetings

N/A

N/A

Technology Committee will monitor usage and see an increase in the use of the student and parental portal

2

District, District Programs and teachers WebPages

2007-08 School Year

N/A

N/A

All staff and Program directs will utilize WebPages for distribution of information to students, parents and community.

3

Purchase and UtilizeSchoolReach

2007-08 School Year

$2,750

Title IV

Administration will utilizeSchoolReachCommunication System to make regular and emergency announcements to staff and parents


 

Three Year Goal-Optional: Include any additional goals the district has written that do not fit into one of the above categories

Goal:Provide relevant student learning that incorporates the diverse needs of our student population into a coherent strategy for lifelong learning.

Goals need to tie to State Standards.Does your goal tie to State Standards?YES

 

Objectives:

  1. Distance education offerings will be implemented to increase curricular offerings at all grade levels and curricular areas.

 

  1. District technology tools will be available to students for the purpose of providing for life-long learning.

 

 

Objective

Activity

Timeline

Projected Cost

Category and Source of Funding

Evaluation

1

Presentations to students

2007-08 school year

$5,000-Tuitions for student participation

General Fund

Students will take advantage of opportunities delivered via Apex Online Learning, SD Virtual School and other Distance Education opportunities

2

Open Access-Scheduling

2007-08 school year

N/A

N/A

Polices, procedures and staffing will be implement to all open access to technology resources in the district

 

In support of our vision the CSD 7-1 supports:

 

Six Key Elements of 21st Century Learning

Emphasize Core Subjects.

ü       Knowledge and skills for the 21st century must be built on Core Subjects.

ü       NCLB identifies these as English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, foreign language, civics, government, economics, arts, history, and geography.

ü       Focus on core subjects must expand beyond basic competency to the understanding of core academic content at much higher levels.

Emphasize Learning Skills.

ü       Learning skills comprise three broad categories:           

o        Information and communication skills

o        Thinking and problem solving skills

o        Interpersonal and self-directional skills

Use 21st Century Tools to Develop Learning Skills.

ü       In a digital world, students need to learn to use tools that are essential to everyday life and workplace productivity.

Teach and Learn in a 21st Century Context.

ü       Students need to learn academic content through real-world examples, applications and experiences.

ü       Students understand and retain more when their learning is relevant, engaging and meaningful.

ü       Student learning should expand beyond the four classroom walls.  Schools much reach out to their communities, employers and parents to reduce boundaries to the real world.

Teach and Learn 21st Century Content.

ü       Emerging content areas that are critical to success in communities and workplace:

o        global awareness

o        financial, economic and business literacy

o       civic literacy

Use 21st Century Assessments That Measure 21st Century Skills.

ü       Use of high quality standardized tests that measure students’ performance of the elements of a 21st century education.

ü       Use of high quality standardized assessments for accountability purpose and classroom assessments for improved teaching and learning in the classroom.

ü       All levels must use new information technologies to increase the efficiency and timeliness of assessment.

 


 

 

7. Inventories

 

Public School Districts meet this requirement through the annual technology survey submitted to the K-12 Data Center at:

https://members.k12.sd.us/DDNAdmin?DDNSurveys.asp

 

__X__             Yes, We have submitted our inventory to the K-12 Data Center

 

It is the responsibility of Bill Peterson, K-12 Technology Coordinator to submit the survey as required on an annual basis.  A copy of the submission is kept on file in the Office of the K-12 Technology Director and the Office of the Superintendent.

 

 

Service or Resource

Projected Cost

Category and Source of Funding

Software

Accelerated Reader

$5,000

Title I Part A

Software

Accelerated Math

$5,000

Title I Part A

Software

DIBBELS

$5,000

Title I Part A

Software

World Book Online

$1,000

Capital Outlay

Software

Discovery Learning

$2,000

Capital Outlay

Software

Achieve 3000

$18,500

Title I Part A

          

 

 

Service or Resource

Projected Cost

Category and Source of Funding

Hardware

Gateway-Laptops

$183,000

Capital Outlay

Hardware

Hewlett Packard

$2,500

Capital Outlay

Hardware

Dell

$17,000

Capital Outlay

Hardware

CDW

$15,000

Capital Outlay

          

 

Service or Resource

Projected Cost

Category and Source of Funding

Telecommunications

MidstateCommunications

$10,000

General Fund

Telecommunications

Alltel

$15,000

General Fund

Telecommunication

State ofSouth Dakota

$0.00

N/A

 

 

Service or Resource

Projected Cost

Category and Source of Funding

Other Services

 

 

 

Other Services

 

 

 

 

8. Acceptable Use

Please find attached:

            School Board Policy IIBG-Student Telecommunications

            School Board Policy IIBGA-Staff Telecommunications

            School Board Policy IIGBA-District-owned Computers

Student Staff Acceptable Use Policy

            Student/Staff Handled Computer Acceptable Use Policy

            DDN Campus Parental Portal Acceptable Use Policy

Please find online at www.chamberlain.k12.sd.us/chs

 

The Administration and Technology Committee review these policy documents on an annual basis and recommend changes to the School Board for approval.

 

Access to District Provided Telecommunication Resources

The Chamberlain School District is providing Internet access to its employees, board members, and students.  The district’s Internet system has an educational purpose.  The district’s Internet system has not been established as a public access service or a public forum.  The district has the right to place restrictions on use to ensure that use of the system is in accord with its limited educational purpose.  These activities include professional development for teachers in the use of technology for instructional purposes, technical and instructional support for teachers, and the provision of Internet-based lesson plans.  Misuse of the Internet by students will be addressed in accord with the student disciplinary guidelines established by the school board.  Misuse of the Internet may result in restrictions placed on student use of the Internet.

 

Ownership of Software and Data

The district may not enter into any agreement with anyone that intends to collect, analyze, and/or sell individual or anonymous student use data for the purpose of commercial advertising and market research activities.  The collection and use of student data strictly for the purpose of evaluation and improvement of the educational site is acceptable.

 

The district will respect the copyright rights of students and staff.  Students own the copyright to their creative works, including such work created using district resources.  District Staff own the copyright to works created outside the scope of their employment responsibilities and without the use of district resources.  The district shall own the copyright on any work created by district staff within the scope of their employment responsibilities.  The district will promote respect for the copyright rights of others.  The district will provide instruction to staff and students on their rights and responsibilities with respect to the copyright ownership rights of others. 

 

Confidentiality

The district will protect against unauthorized disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal or confidential information of students.  The district will review contracts with third party providers of data management services to ensure compliance with federal and state privacy laws.  The district will develop regulations for staff pertaining to the transmission of student confidential information via direct electronic communications to ensure that such transmissions are in compliance with the federal and state student privacy laws.  The district will develop regulations for staff and students to ensure the protection of student personal information when accounts are established or information is provided by or about students on third party web sites.  The district will develop regulations addressing the disclosure of student information, posting student-created material, and posting pictures of students on the District web site.  The Student Acceptable Use Policy contains limits regarding student disclosure of personal information about themselves or others.

 

IIBG    Student Telecommunications

 

The Board recognizes that as telecommunications and other new technology shift the ways that information may be accessed, communicated and transferred by members of the society, those changes may also alter instruction and student learning.  The Board generally supports access by students to rich information resources along with the development by staff of appropriate skills to analyze and evaluate such resources.  In a free and democratic society, access to and dissemination of information is a fundamental right of citizenship.

 

Telecommunications, electronic information sources and networked services significantly alter the information landscape for schools by opening classrooms to a broader array of resources.  In the past, instructional and library media materials could usually be screened—prior to use—by committees of educators and community members intent on subjecting all such materials to reasonable selection criteria.  Board Policy IIAC requires that all such materials be consistent with district adopted guides, supporting and enriching the curriculum while taking into account the varied instructional needs, learning styles, abilities and developmental levels of the students.  Telecommunications, because they may lead to any publicly available fileserver in the world, will open classrooms to electronic information resources, which have not been screened by educators for use by students of various ages.

 

Electronic information research skills are now fundamental in the preparation of citizens and future employees during the Information Age.  The Board expects that staff will blend thoughtful use of such information throughout the curriculum and furthermore staff will provide guidance and instruction to students in the appropriate use of such resources.  Staff will consult the guidelines for instructional materials contained in Board Policy IIAC and will honor the goals for selection of instructional materials contained therein.

 

Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks just as they are in a classroom or a school hallway.  Communications on the network are often public in nature.  General school rules for behavior and communications apply.  The network is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others.  Access to network services will be provided to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner.

 

Independent student use of telecommunications and electronic information resources will be permitted upon submission of permission and agreement forms by parents of minor students (under 18 years of age) and by the students themselves. 

 

Access to telecommunications will enable students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards while exchanging messages with people throughout the world.  The Board believes that the benefits to students from access in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration exceed the disadvantages.  But ultimately, parents and guardians of minor are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media information sources.  To that end, Chamberlain Public Schools support and respect each family’s right to decide whether or not to apply for independent access.

 

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Chamberlain School District 7-1 will not allow any student to place personal information on any electronic database, web page or service listing attached to a network.  If a teacher or student wishes to post a picture, permission must be obtained from the parent or legal guardian and the picture will not be personally identified.

 

The Board authorizes the Superintendent to prepare appropriate procedures for implementing this policy and for reviewing and evaluating its effect on instruction and student achievement.

 

IIBGA  Staff Telecommunications

 

With the spread of telecommunications throughout the modern work place, the Board recognizes that employees will shift the ways they share ideas, transmit information, and contact others.  As staff members are connected to the global community, their use of new tools and systems brings new responsibilities as well as opportunities.

 

The Board expects that all employees will learn to use electronic mail and telecommunications tools and apply them daily in appropriate ways in performing of tasks associated with their positions and assignments.  Toward that end, the Board directs the Superintendent to provide staff with training in the proper and effective use of telecommunications and electronic mail.

 

Communication over networks should not be considered private.  Network supervision and maintenance may require review and inspection of directories and messages.  Messages may sometimes be diverted accidentally to a destination other than the one intended.  Privacy in these communications is not guaranteed.  The district reserves the right to access stored records in cases where there is reasonable cause to expect wrongdoing or misuse of the system.  Courts have ruled that old messages may be subpoenaed, and network supervisors may examine communications in order to ascertain compliance with network guidelines for acceptable use.

 

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Chamberlain School District 7-1 will not allow any student to place personal information on any electronic database, web page or service listing attached to a network.  If a teacher or student wishes to post a picture, permission must be obtained from the parent or legal guardian and the picture will not be personally identified.

 

The Board directs the Superintendent to specify those behaviors that are permitted and those that are not permitted, as well as appropriate procedures to guide employee use.  In general, employees are expected to communicate in a professional manner consistent with state laws governing the behavior of school employees and with federal laws governing copyrights.  Electronic mail and telecommunications are not to be utilized to share confidential information about students or other employees.

 

The Board encourages staff to make use of telecommunications to explore educational topics, conduct research, and contact others in the educational world.  The Board anticipates that the new systems will expedite the sharing of effective practices and lessons across the district and will help staff stay on the leading edge of practice by forming partnerships with others across the nation and around the world.

 

IIGBA              District-owned Computers

 

The school district will check out district-owned equipment, such as laptop computers, to staff and students.  Equipment will be used to fulfill requirements of school programs.  To ensure laptops are used to their fullest benefit and in an appropriate capacity, the Superintendent, or a designee, will develop a Laptop Use Agreement.  The Laptop Agreement will:

 

  1. State the length of time that computers are to be checked out;
  2. Provide an avenue for staff, students and parents to acknowledge responsibility for the care and use of district property;
  3. Set forth guidelines for appropriate laptop use, including considerations that inform users how to properly care for laptops;
  4. Inform staff, students and parents of the consequences of violating the laptop use agreement, which could include restricted laptop privileges; and
  5. State that abuse, damage, negligence, or loss of this equipment will result in an assessment of cost to the staff member or to parents of students checking out the equipment.

 

A Laptop Use Agreement must be filed prior to laptop checkout.  Students must have a parent or guardian sign the Laptop Use Agreement.

 

The Superintendent is responsible for establishing and maintaining a system to inventory laptops and to maintain a record of signed Laptop Use Agreements.

 

CHAMBERLAIN SCHOOL DISTRICT 7-1

 ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

Terms and Conditions for Use of Telecommunication Resources

 

Please read the following carefully before signing this document.  This is a legally binding document.  An Acceptable Use Agreement is required to be submitted for each school year.  The building principal is responsible for prescribing a procedure for the Acceptable Use Agreement to be reviewed with all students on a quarterly basis.

 

The Chamberlain School District (CSD 7-1) is pleased to be able to offer access to the district computer network for electronic mail and the Internet.  To gain access to e-mail and the Internet, all students must obtain parental permission and must sign and return the attached student authorization form to the appropriate building principal.  Employees must sign and return the attached employee authorization for to their immediate supervisor.  While our intent is to make Internet access available to further educational goals and objectives, students and employees may find ways to access other materials as well.  We believe that the benefits from access to the Internet, in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration, exceed any possible disadvantages.  Ultimately, parents and guardians are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow on the use of Internet just as they do on the use of all media information sources such as television, telephones, movies and radio.

 

This educational opportunity also entails a certain amount of responsibility.  It is important that employees, students, and parent/guardians read and understand the following guidelines from the CSD 7-1. 

 

With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting.  The CSD 7-1 Board considers the Internet an extension of the school library and media center where materials can be checked out at the user’s discretion.  School Board Policy IIAC requires that all such materials be consistent with district-adopted guides and that they are used to support and enrich the curriculum.  Questionable materials exist on the Internet. It’s the duty of the user to use the Internet in a responsible and ethical manner.

 

When access to the Internet/e-mail is granted, it is extremely important that rules be followed.  Misbehavior could result in temporary or permanent loss of access to the Internet or e-mail privileges.  Violations may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension/expulsion for students and termination of employment for employees.  When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.

Student Responsibilities

Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks just as they are in a classroom or school hallway.  Communications on the network are often public in nature.  General school rules for behavior and communications apply.

 

The network is provided for students to conduct research and communicate with others.  Access to network services is provided to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner.  Student signature and parent/guardian signatures are required.  Access is a privilege, not a right, and entails responsibility.

 

Individual users of the district computer networks are responsible for their behavior and communications over those networks.  It is presumed that users will comply with district standards and will honor the agreement they and their parent /guardian have signed.

 

Network storage areas will be treated like school lockers.  CSD 7-1 reserves the right to review, monitor, and restrict information stored on or transmitted via CSD 7-1 owned equipment and to investigate inappropriate use of resources.

 

During school, teachers will guide students toward appropriate materials.  The school will also require the full support of parent(s)/guardian(s) to support the rules outlined in this agreement. Outside school, families bear responsibility for guidance on the Internet just as they do with information sources such as television, telephones, movies, radio, and other potentially offensive materials. 

 

Employees Responsibilities

The use of Internet and other telecommunication networks is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use may result in cancellation of those privileges.  Appropriate school principals will deem what is inappropriate use, and that decision is final.  Employees who are granted access must remember that they represent CSD 7-1 and as such, must respect all rights of others, protect integrity of the information technology and observe all relevant laws, regulations, and contracts including software licensing agreements and copyright laws.

Internet Rules

 

1.      CSD 7-1 makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the services it is providing.  CSD 7-1 will not be responsible for any damages you suffer.  This includes the loss of data resulting from delays, nondeliveriesmisdeliveries or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or your errors or omissions.  Use of any information obtained via CSD 7-1 designated Internet System is at your own risk.  CSD 7-1 specifically denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through its services.

 

2.      Security – Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users.  If you feel you can identify a security problem on Internet/e-mail, you must notify the building principal.  Do not demonstrate the problem to other users.  Do not use another individual’s account. Files, data, or information of others must not be improperly accessed or misused.  Attempts to login to the Internet as a system administrator will result in cancellation of user privileges.  Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems will be denied access to Internet.  The user will be held personally responsible for all activity on their account.  Password sharing is strictly prohibited.  If you feel someone has accessed your account it should be reported immediately and a new password will be issued.

 

3.      Vandalism – Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges.  Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware, software or data.  This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.  Programs that infiltrate computing systems and/or damage software components are prohibited.

 

4.      Use of the Internet/e-mail for private, commercial, financial gain, or illegal activity is prohibited.

 

5.      Materials that are obscene, offensive, threatening, or otherwise intended to harass or demean recipients must not be transmitted or accessed.

 

6.      Anonymous and/or false communications are not allowed.

 

7.      Personal information must be given only in an instructional context or in the performance of CSD 7-1 business and with permission of school personnel.

 

8.      The illegal installation or transmission of copyrighted materials is prohibited.

 

9.      Any action that violates existing Board policy or public law is prohibited.

 

10.  Students are prohibited from scanning images, downloading files or printing materials without the permission of school personnel.

 

11.  Students are warned of the existence of credit card fraud, electronic forgery and other forms of illegal behavior.  All users should take steps to ensure they do not participate in such activities

 

12.  Activities Strictly Prohibited:

Access or use of any other e-mail program or account other than the one issued by the school.

Forwarding unconfirmed or non-educationally related e-mail messages.

Use of chat rooms, sites selling term papers, book reports and other forms of student work.

 

13.  Those employees with access to telecommunications supplied by CSD 7-1 through a home computer are responsible for the enforcement of this agreement with any parties that use that access.  Violation of any terms of this agreement through remote access will cause the district to terminate that privilege for that employee.

 

14.  All materials posted on Cub TV or the Chamberlain School District 7-1 Web Page (http://www.chamberlain.k12.sd.us/) must be done so in compliance with Chamberlain School District 7-1 Web Publishing School Board Policy IIBG.  No pictures of students or students’ work that is posted can be personally identified or if parental permission is not received.

E-mail Etiquette

 

When writing e-mail keep the following in mind:

 

Write in complete sentences.

Check spelling and grammar.

Messages should be concise and to the point.

Address e-mail messages the same way you would address someone in person.

Only print e-mail messages that are needed for a reason.

Do not "attack" someone using an e-mail message.  If you have an issue with someone, address it in person.

Only use upper-case words when trying to make a point.  Sending an e-mail in all upper case is the equivalent of shouting at someone.

Just like any other communication resource, personal use should be limited to outside the instructional day.

E-mail is not private.  Do not send anything by e-mail that could not be posted for anyone to see.

Clear your e-mail directory on a regular basis.  Delete unneeded messages from the Inbox, Sent Items and Deleted Items.

 

CHAMBERLAIN SCHOOL DISTRICT ACCEPTABLE USE AGREEMENT

STUDENT AUTHORIZATION FORM

 

Please return this form to the Building Principal.  Keep a copy of the policy for future reference.

 

I understand and will abide by the Chamberlain School District Acceptable Use Policy.  I further understand that any violation of the regulations above is unethical and may constitute a criminal offense.  Should I commit any violation, my access privileges may be denied and/or appropriate legal action taken.

 

Student’s Name (please print) _____________________________________________

 

Signature: _____________________________________________________________

 

Date: ____________________________

 

As the parent or guardian of this student, I have read the Acceptable Use Agreement.  I understand that this access is designed for educational purposes.  I recognize it is impossible for Chamberlain School District to restrict access to all controversial materials and I will not hold the Chamberlain Schools responsible for materials acquired on the network.  Further, I accept full responsibility for supervision if and when my child’s use is not in a school setting.  I hereby give permission to issue an account for my child and certify that the information contained on this form is correct.

 

                        ______ Internet ONLY (Allowed for all students K-12)

 

                        ______ E-mail Privileges (Optional for Grades 9-12 only)

 

                        ______ No Internet or E-mail Privileges for my students

 

 

Parent or Guardian’s Name (please print) ____________________________________

 

Signature: _____________________________________________________________

 

Date: ____________________________

 

 

If you do not want your students picture or work displayed on Cub TV or the Chamberlain School District 7-1 Web Page (http://www.chamberlain.k12.sd.us/) please notify the Building Principal.  If a picture or student work is displayed it will not be identified and will be done so in compliance with Chamberlain School District 7-1 Web Publishing School Board Policy IIBG.

 

 

CHAMBERLAIN SCHOOL DISTRICT ACCEPTABLE USE AGREEMENT

EMPLOYEE AUTHORIZATION FORM

 

Please return this form to the Building Principal.  Keep a copy of the policy for future reference.

 

I understand and will abide by the Chamberlain School District Acceptable Use Policy.  I further understand that any violation of the regulations above is unethical and may constitute a criminal offense. Further, I accept full responsibility for supervision if and when my student’s use Internet in a classroom/school setting. I recognize it is impossible for Chamberlain School District to restrict access to all controversial materials but I will to the best of my ability do my part to control access of the students I supervise.  Should I commit any violation, my access privileges may be denied and/or appropriate legal action taken.

 

Teacher’s Name (please print) _____________________________________________

 

Signature: _____________________________________________________________

 

Date: ____________________________

 

 

CHAMBERLAIN SCHOOL DISTRICT 7-1

 ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

Terms and Conditions for Use of Handheld Computers

 

Please read the following carefully before signing this document.  This is a legally binding document.  An Acceptable Use Agreement is required to be submitted for each school year.  Each teacher is responsible for prescribing a procedure for the Acceptable Use Agreement to be reviewed with all students on a quarterly basis.

 

The Chamberlain School District (CSD 7-1) is pleased to be able to offer access to Handheld Computers for teacher and student use.  To gain use of a Handheld Computer, all students (must obtain parental permission)/employees must sign and return the attached student/employee authorization form to the appropriate district personnel.  While our intent is to make Handheld Computers available to further educational goals and objectives, students and employees may find ways to use Handheld Computers in ways that do not support the educational value and intent.  We believe that the benefits from access to Handheld Computers exceed any possible disadvantages. 

 

This educational opportunity also entails a certain amount of responsibility.  It is important that employees, students, and parent/guardians read and understand the following guidelines from the CSD 7-1. 

 

When access to Handheld Computers is granted, it is extremely important that rules be followed.  Misbehavior could result in temporary or permanent loss of access to the Handheld Computers.  Violations may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension/expulsion for students and termination of employment for employees.  When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.

Student Responsibilities

 

Students are responsible for good behavior while utilizing Handheld Computers just as they are in a classroom or school hallway.  Communications with Handheld Computers are often public in nature.  General school rules for behavior and communications apply.

 

The Handheld Computer is provided for students to complete classroom projects, conduct research and communicate with others.  Access to a Handheld Computer is provided to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner.  Student signature and parent/guardian signatures are required. Access is a privilege, not a right, and entails responsibility.

 

Individual users of the district provided Handheld Computers are responsible for their behavior and communications.  It is presumed that users will comply with district standards and will honor the agreement they and their parent /guardian have signed.

 

Handheld Computers will be treated like school lockers.  CSD 7-1 reserves the right to review, monitor, and restrict information stored on or transmitted via CSD 7-1 owned Handheld Computers and to investigate inappropriate use of resources.

 

During school, teachers will guide students toward appropriate use.  The school will also require the full support of parent(s)/guardian(s) to support the rules outlined in this agreement at school and at home.

 

Employees Responsibilities

The use of Handheld Computers is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use may result in cancellation of those privileges.  Appropriate personnel will deem what is inappropriate use, and that decision is final.  Employees who are granted access must remember that they represent CSD 7-1 and as such, must respect all rights of others, protect integrity of the information technology and observe all relevant laws, regulations, and contracts including software licensing agreements and copyright laws.

 Handheld Rules

 

15.  CSD 7-1 makes no warranties of any kind, whether expressed or implied, for the services it is providing.  CSD 7-1 will not be responsible for any damages you suffer.  This includes the loss of data resulting from delays, nondeliveriesmisdeliveries or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or your errors or omissions.

 

16.  Security – Security on any computer system is a high priority, especially when the system involves many users.  If you feel you can identify a security problem with your Handheld Computer, you must notify the classroom teacher.  Do not demonstrate the problem to other users.  Do not use another individual’s account or Handheld Computer.  Files, data, or information of others must not be improperly accessed or misused.  Attempts to use a Handheld Computer not checked out to you will result in cancellation of all user privileges.  Any user identified as a security risk or having a history of problems with other computer systems will be denied access to a Handheld Computer.  The user will be held personally responsible for all activity on their Handheld Computer.  Handheld Computer sharing is strictly prohibited.  If you feel someone has accessed your Handheld Computer it should be reported immediately.

 

17.  Vandalism – Vandalism will result in cancellation of privileges.  Vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware, software or data.  This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.  Programs that infiltrate computing systems and/or damage software components are prohibited.

 

18.  Use of the Handheld Computer for private, commercial, financial gain, or illegal activity is prohibited.

 

19.  Materials that are obscene, offensive, threatening, or otherwise intended to harass or demean recipients must not be transmitted or accessed.

 

20.  Anonymous and/or false communications are not allowed.

 

21.  Personal information must be given only in an instructional context or in the performance of CSD 7-1 business and with permission of school personnel.

 

22.  The illegal installation or transmission of copyrighted materials is prohibited.

 

23.  Any action that violates existing Board policy or public law is prohibited.

 

24.  Students are prohibited from scanning images, downloading files or printing materials without the permission of school personnel.

 

25.  Activities Strictly Prohibited:

Access or use of any other software programs and/or games other than the those issued by the school.

Forwarding unconfirmed or non-educationally related messages.

 

26.  Those employees with access to a Handheld Computer supplied by CSD 7-1 are responsible for the enforcement of this agreement with any parties that use the Handheld Computer.  Violation of any terms of this agreement through home/personal use will cause the district to terminate that privilege for that employee.

 

27.  Because home use and 24/7 access have such great benefits for students, CSD 7-1 will allow students to take Handheld Computers home.  If it is lost, broken or stolen such that it can not be returned to school in good condition, the student is responsible for replacing the device.  Some teachers, due to the type of activities they will be utilizing the Handheld Computers for in their classroom, may have the students use them in the classroom only.  The student is still responsible for breakage outside the normal operating use.

Handheld Computing Etiquette

 

When using Handheld Computers keep the following in mind:

Handheld Computers should only be used in the classroom when the teacher gives permission.

Students should not use Handheld Computers to play games or engage in other unrelated activities during class time.

No games or other nonacademic programs can be installed on the Handheld Computer.

Follow the “Commandments” of Handheld Computing posted in each classroom.

 

CHAMBERLAIN SCHOOL DISTRICT ACCEPTABLE USE AGREEMENT

Handheld Computing

STUDENT AUTHORIZATION FORM

 

Please return this form to your Classroom Teacher.  Keep a copy of the policy for future reference.

 

I understand and will abide by the Chamberlain School District Acceptable Use Policy for Handheld Computers.  I further understand that any violation of the regulations above is unethical and may constitute a criminal offense.  Should I commit any violation, my access privileges may be denied and/or appropriate legal action taken.

 

Student’s Name (please print) _____________________________________________

 

Signature: _____________________________________________________________

 

Date: ____________________________

 

As the parent or guardian of this student, I have read the Acceptable Use Agreement for Handheld Computers.  I understand that this access is designed for educational purposes.  Further, I accept full responsibility for supervision if and when my child’s use is not in a school setting.  I hereby give permission to issue a Handheld Computer to my child and certify that the information contained on this form is correct. If you select Classroom Use the student will only be allowed to utilize the Handheld Computer in the Classroom.  If you select Home Use the student will be allowed, if the teacher allows, to utilize the Handheld Computer at home.  Selecting both allows Classroom and Home Use.

 

                        _________ Classroom Use

 

                        _________ Home Use (Refer to Rule 13-Student Responsibility)

 

                       

Parent or Guardian’s Name (please print) ____________________________________

 

Signature: _____________________________________________________________

 

Date: ____________________________

 

 

 

CHAMBERLAIN SCHOOL DISTRICT ACCEPTABLE USE AGREEMENT

EMPLOYEE AUTHORIZATION FORM

 

Please return this form to your Immediate Supervisor.  Keep a copy of the policy for future reference.

 

I understand and will abide by the Chamberlain School District Acceptable Use Policy for Handheld Computers.  I further understand that any violation of the regulations above is unethical and may constitute a criminal offense. Further, I accept full responsibility for supervision if and when my student’s use Handheld Computers in a classroom/school setting. Should I commit any violation, my access privileges may be denied and/or appropriate legal action taken.

 

Teacher’s Name (please print) _____________________________________________

 

Signature: _____________________________________________________________

 

Date: ____________________________

 

Chamberlain School District 7-1

Campus Portal Acceptable Use Policy

Chamberlain School District 7-1 has developed a Campus Portal as a means to further promote educational excellence and to enhance communication with parents and students.  The Campus Portal allows parents and students (Grades 9-12) to view school records anywhere at any time.  In response for the privilege of accessing the Chamberlain School District 7-1 Campus Portal, every parent and student is expected to act in a responsible, ethical and legal manner.  The Campus Portal is available to every parent or guardian who has a student enrolled in the Chamberlain School District 7-1 and every student in Grades 9-12 enrolled in the Chamberlain School District 7-1.  Parents and students are required to adhere to the following guidelines.

 

  1. Parents and students will not share their passwords with anyone, including their children or classmates.
  2. Parents and students will not attempt to harm or destroy data of their own children, of another user, school or district network, or the Internet.
  3. Parents and students will not use the Campus Portal for any illegal activity, including violation of Data Privacy laws.  Anyone found to be violating laws will be subject to Civil and/or Criminal Prosecution.
  4. Parents and students will not access data or any account owned by another parent or student.
  5. Parents and students who identify a security problem with the Campus Portal must notify the district office immediately (234-4477 or tim.mitchell@k12.sd.us), without demonstrating the problem to anyone else.
  6. Parents and students who are identified as a security risk to the Campus Portal will be denied access to the Campus Portal.

 

User guidelines and system requirements can be found at http://www.chamberlain.k12.sd.us/. Please review them before signing and returning this document.  You are required to sign and return this agreement before you receive access to the Campus Portal.  Students must both sign and have a parent signature to gain access the Campus Portal.

Please return this form when completed to the Office of the Building Principal

 

Please fill in all blanks (Print)

Parent(s) Name:                                                                                                                                                                 

Email Address:                                                                                                                                      

Children Information

Name:                                                                                                                                      Grade:                                                  

Name:                                                                                                                                      Grade:                                                  

Name:                                                                                                                                      Grade:                                                

I have read the Campus Portal Acceptable Use Policy and I agree to abide by and support these rules.  I understand that if I violate any terms of this Acceptable Use Policy that I may lose my privilege to use the Campus Portal, and may be liable for civil and/or criminal consequences.

 

Student Signature:                                                                                                                               Date:                                       

 

Parent Signature:  _________________________________________________________ Date: _______________          

9. Distance Learning Policy

 

Distance Learning-The Next Three Years

As we start the planning for a successful two-way video learning experiences to be implemented in the Chamberlain School District 7-1 it can be daunting. We feel it's often best to start with simple, informal sessions rather than leaping into full-scale course delivery. Another option for getting started is to participate in some of the many programs now being provided by various providers who specialize in videoconferencing.  We plan to start this introductory process immediately.

We believe that effective use of videoconferencing technology for interactive learning requires practice and planning as well as attention to a few important instructional strategies. Two-way video works best as an interactive medium, but because we all have years of experience watching video rather than communicating with it; instructors must make extra effort to involve and engage learners. The following is a list of strategies to consider when designing two-way video instruction:

Training in the appropriate utilization of these strategies must be provided to ensure successful videoconferencing in the Chamberlain School District 7-1.  Effective communication skills are a key ingredient to successful videoconferencing.

We have two rooms in which our DDN V-Tel equipment is available.  These rooms are accessible to all staff, students and community for scheduled sessions.  We have used DDN for special programming and teacher training on a regular basis.  In compliance with our Consolidated Application we have scheduled numerous teacher training sessions along with multiple elementary and middle school programs.  It is our goal to become an active producer and consumer of high quality videoconferencing programming.  The training component will be a key for our future success.

 

 

 

 

 

Distance Learning

Digital Dakota Network (DDN)

Video Operations/Policy Manual

 

March 2007

 

Chamberlain School District 7-1

PO Box 119

Chamberlain, SD  57325

605-234-4467

Bill Peterson, Site Coordinator

www.chamberlain.k12.sd.us

bill.peterson@k12.sd.us

 

 

DDN SYSTEM INFORMATION

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Purpose of policy manual.

The purpose of this policy is to outline the administration, use, operations, and scheduling procedures regarding the video conferencing portion of the Dakota Digital Network (DDN) in the Chamberlain School District 7-1.

 

What Is The Digital Dakota Network?

The Digital Dakota Network (DDN) is a state-supported digital communication system that delivers high-speed data connectivity to all public schools in South Dakota.  In addition, the DDN Video delivers high-quality video conferencing capabilities to high/middle school facilities within South Dakota.  This system, created by Governor William Janklow, is a cooperative effort between the state of South Dakota and private contributions.

 

The objectives of the DDN Video are to provide a seamless statewide educational delivery system.  Benefits of using the DDN Video include sharing educational resources; broadening course offerings; allowing teacher collaboration; saving time, travel and other resources; and removing geographic barriers.

 

The DDN video equipment is intended for use in K-12 education.  Whether being used for the receipt of delivery of distance learning classes or as a multimedia instructional tool for in-site classes, each school district will retain local control of the use and scheduling of their DDN Video classroom.  This means the Chamberlain School District will determine what classes and programs they will participate in.  There may be opportunities via the DDN Video for evening staff development and community educational programs, but this will also require the district to provide access to their facilities for these programs.  School districts will not be required to provide after-hours access but are encouraged to make available to their community the potential educational opportunities offered by this network.

 

How Does It Work?

The Chamberlain School District 7-1 has been provided two video conferencing systems (VTEL LC5000).  One is located at Chamberlain High School (1000 Sorenson Drive) and the other at Chamberlain Middle School (306 East Kellam).  The technology uses video CODECs (Coder/Decoder) and digital compression to provide fully interactive (two-way) videoconference services utilizing a portion of the bandwidth capacity on the Digital Dakota Network (DDN).

 

Videoconference rooms are connected either in a point-to-point (one site to one site) conference or a multi-point conference by network control equipment located in Pierre or Mitchell.  The DDN Video can link a number of sites into a single conference, or several combinations or sites into separate simultaneous conferences.  For example, nine point-to-point conferences could be conducted at the same time several multi-point conferences were happening.

 

A central scheduling and control system is used to connect sites and schedule conferences.  Users will submit schedule requests to a central scheduling site through a web-based system, via fax or telephone.  Sites are only connected to the specified sites during the time scheduled.  At the completion of the scheduled time, a session will end and all conference sites will be disconnected.

NETWORK ACCESS

The priority use is for K-12 public education.  K-12 public schools and technical institutes will have connections within the DDN Video at no charge for educational activities directed toward K-12 students, staff, or parents.  Those not affiliated with the DDN Video may have access to the DDN Video on a fee-based usage.  (See Section B Item 5 “Other Users of DDN”)

 

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

South Dakota Department of Education (DOE)

DOE’s primary role, regarding the video component of the DDN Video, is to provide staff development, training, and assistance for public K-12 school districts to make effective educational use of the system.  This includes:

·        Conducting programs for teachers to effectively use distance-learning technology.

·        Providing staff assistance to public K-12 educators using the DDN Video.

·        Providing information regarding K-12 DDN Video class offerings.  This is available via the “Online Distance Learning Clearinghouse”

http://www.ddnnet.net/

·        Assisting schools with the development of distance learning instructional policies. 

·        Serving as the content manager of K-12 programming.

 

Digital Dakota Network Staff

Digital Dakota Network (DDN) includes a network administrator, technical and operations staff.  The network administrator supervises the overall functions of Digital Dakota Network (DDN).  The DDN Video has combined some of the State’s finest resources available to provide a competent and experienced staff for the operation of the network.  Day-to-day operations of the DDN video will be the joint responsibility of the Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI) and the State of South Dakota.

 

Technical Staff

MTI and the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications will employ technicians trained and certified in all aspects of compressed digital video.  Offices will be maintained in Mitchell and Pierre to provide a timely response to problems encountered in the use of the network.  This technical staff will be the first line of assistance to schools operating as part of the DDN video.

 

Operations Staff

The staff provides policy implementation, centralized scheduling, billing, and reporting functions as for operation of the DDN video.  This group of trained professionals will assist schools in maximizing the Impact of this valuable new tool for education.

 

Chamberlain School District

The Chamberlain School District 7-1 has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the South Dakota Department of Education (DOE) to define the responsibilities of DECA and the District in the installation, use, and maintenance of the video component of Connecting the Schools.  In addition, each school district will:

·        Determine community public access for use if the room after priority educational times.

·        Designate a site coordinator for each DDN video room location (see responsibilities listed below).

·        Provide site coordinator contact and classroom capacity information to DDN Video.

·        If originating distance-learning classes, the district will provide course/event requirements to receiving schools.

·        If receiving distance-learning classes, the district will follow the course/event requirements of the originating school.

·        If sending or receiving distance learning classes, the district agrees to comply with data gathering requests from DECA.

 

Site Coordinator

These individuals are the front-line contacts for the DDN Video users.  They are designated by each school to be accountable for the site’s operations.  Site coordinator responsibilities include:

·        Serve as liaison between users, DDN Video Network staff, and other sites.

·        Arrange for and provide logistical assistance for participants, including receiving advance materials from videoconference organizers, placing it in classrooms, and returning literature to videoconference organizers (provided that a stamped, self-addressed envelope is supplied by the organizer).

·        Provide operational support for the classroom.

·        Monitor classroom facilities when in operation and report all technical problems according to the reporting procedure within 24 hours.

·        Assist with remote testing and troubleshooting of DDN Video equipment in coordination with DDN Video technical staff.

·        For each videoconference scheduled, the site coordinator will assure that the classroom is accessible and working order.

·        Provide instructions on how to contact the site coordinator during regular business hours, and post a current list of support personnel and telephone numbers in the classroom and inform participants about problem reporting procedures and phone location.

·        Provide equipment training to local users, faculty and staff.

·        Ensure that local site rules are adhered to.

 

HOW TO CONTACT PEOPLE

Site Coordinators

Site coordinator contact information is posted on the DDN web site at DDNnet.net.

This site includes a contact list for each DDN video site.  Chamberlain School District 7-1 Site Coordinator information follows:

 

            Site Coordinator:          Bill Peterson

            Telephone:                    234-4471

            Fax:                              234-4479

            E-mail:              bill.peterson@k12.sd.us

 

Technical and Operations Staff

Digital Dakota Network (DDN) Video staff can be reached for normal business and scheduling assistance from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday by calling 1-888-356-2030.  Electronic submissions are possible via the DDNnet.net home page.

 

A trouble line has been established to assist with any problem users may encounter with the electronic classroom.  Trained personnel will be available during scheduled conference times by calling 1-800-567-8345.

 

 

ISSUES TO CONSIDER

Time Zones

South Dakota is divided into two time zones.  All scheduling is done in Central Time.  The appropriate time zone should always be indicated on registration and marketing materials.

Guidelines for Number of Sites and Participants

As with any face-to-face meeting, the more participants involved, the less chance each has to interact.  Likewise, it is often harder to hear the presenter in large meetings due to ambient noise in the room.  Such environmental noise impacts audio on the Network in much the same way.  Fewer sites and participants can increase interaction and reduce distractions.  However, if less interaction is required, specific periods are set aside for interaction, or when the network’s audio mute (privacy) function is used properly, the quality of interaction increases for larger videoconferences.  When any class size grows to a point of concern it is suggested that each receiving site make local classroom facilitators available for monitoring and student assistance.

DDN Video Classroom Capacity

Videoconferences must not exceed the listed studio capacities.  Under special circumstances overflow or other seating arrangements may be possible on a per-site basis.  Chamberlain High School site capacity is 25.  Chamberlain Middle School site capacity is 15.

 

Advance Material Mailing/Faxing Coordination

If materials of any type need to be mailed, faxed, or electronically transferred to a site prior to a class, it must be pre-arranged between the sending teacher/presenter and site coordinator.  Requirements and procedures regarding these types of materials for K-12 classes should be dictated in the course syllabi or instructional policies of the sending school.

 

Security

While the DDN Video does not offer encryption or “scrambling” capability, there are several security provisions inherent in the system.  The DDN is a digital closed circuit interactive communications network.  Sound and picture are converted into a digital stream immediately by the computer system located at the local site.  The journey of this digital stream takes it through many of the state’s telephone companies to the DDN hub locations in Mitchell or Pierre.  The hub locations use several powerful computing systems to combine this data into groups that have been pre-designated by yet another group of scheduling computers.  The combined data is then shared among an assigned group.  The video conferencing equipment at your site is then capable of receiving and decoding the digital signal into sound and picture.  Unlike standard computer network systems, these data signals cannot be split or taped.  Any attempt to intercept or decode that digital stream between intended sites would alarm the system and destroy the content.  Conference security cannot be compromised at any location between the originating and receiving site.

 

The DDN staff monitors the activity of the network through computer driven menus that show only the status of the connection.  No hub location has the ability to actually see or hear the conference.

 

The signals can be intercepted at the local sites after they are decoded.  Some locations may tap off picture and sound to allow for distribution to multiple rooms or the Principal’s office for student monitoring.  Sites using these monitoring systems are very rare and those concerns must be addressed at local levels.  If you have a security concern, check with the local site prior to the conference to see if additional monitoring has been added to the standard VTEL setup. 

 

It is technically possible to add an additional site to a conference without your knowledge.  That practice would be a violation of your trust and the professional ethics of the DDN staff.  The DDN will not schedule an additional site(s) to observe or monitor a conference without permission from the originating site.

 

DDN SCHEDULING PROCEDURES

 

Remote Access to DDN Schedule

The master schedule is maintained by DDN Video central scheduling.  However, the network scheduling system is web-based and may be accessed for review and requests submitted at DDNnet.net.  Remote users may browse the database for available times as well as other read-only functions.  Email or fax notification will be made to site coordinators when their site has been scheduled for a class or program.

 

Event Start and Stop Times

The Digital Dakota Network schedules in 10-minute increments.  Conferences will begin or end on the hour or at :10, :20, :30, :40, :50 minutes after the hour.  Conferences are scheduled for whatever length of time needed (i.e. 50 minutes, 70 minutes, 90 minutes).  Please Note:  For fee usage will be billed in half hour increments (30 minutes) regardless of actual time used (i.e. a conference lasting an hour and 10 minutes will be billed at an hour and a half.)

 

Hours of Operation

The DDN Video Network hours of operation have been set from 7AM to 10PM CT Monday through Saturday.  All requests to begin at times that do not fall into the regular school day require site approval.  Requests for network use outside of the hours of operation will be considered pending approval from theDDN Network Administrator.

 

Scheduling on Traditional Holidays

The DDN video technical support will be closed on the following traditional holidays, with actual days of observance dictated by State of South Dakota guidelines.

§         New Year’s Day

§         Memorial Day

§         Independence Day

§         Labor Day

§         Thanksgiving Day

§         Christmas

 

Scheduling on Non-traditional Holidays

The DDN video technical support will be open for educational events on the following non-traditional holidays.  We will be closed for non-educational users on these holidays.

§         Martin Luther King Jr. Day

§         President’s Day

§         Native American Day

§         Veteran’s Day

 

Inclement Weather Closure

If adverse weather causes an educational facility to close then the DDN Video classroom at that site is considered closed.  It is the responsibility of the site that hosts program origination to contact DDN video operations and advise of the closing.  If the Chamberlain School District 7-1 is closed due to weather, both sites will be closed.

 

EVENT PRIORITIES

Intent of Priority Status

The purpose of designating use of the network is to allow the fullest access possible to public education.  The time periods set below are not meant to be exclusive of other non-education events but rather to indicate the possibility of preemption during time periods set aside for student, staff, and parental programming.  Other events may be scheduled during times set aside for specific activities, but, do so with the understanding these events may be interrupted or canceled by educational activities at the discretion of local school district administration.

 

Designation of Time Priorities

 

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. central time

Administrative conferences for education and government

 

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. central time

Programming delivered to K-12 students and staff, originating from K-12 schools or other educational institutions/entities

 

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. central time

Administrative conferences for education and government

 

5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. central time

This period is open to all users.  Although K-12 education continues to be the highest priority, lifetime learning opportunities, career enhancement seminars, and business and industry training are considered vital to the State’s economic development efforts.  Those events can occur during this time period based on site approval and availability.  See section B Item 5 “Other Users”.  A per site per hour fee will apply to non-educational users during all hours of operation.

 

Preemption by Governor

The Governor is authorized to preempt scheduled events as well as schedule outside of the regular hours of operation, i.e. Sundays and holidays.  Such authority would be exercised in critical times such as tragedies or acts of God that significantly impact the entire state.

 

SCHEDULING PROCEDURES

 

Events may be submitted to DDN Video scheduling by three methods:

Ø      Electronic Submissions (Preferred Method)

A request form may be submitted on line at DDNnet.net.  This is the preferred method of scheduling.  A confirmation of the request will be returned via email to the sender within 24 hours.

Ø      Faxed Submission

A fax line has been designated for scheduling requests on the DDN.  The form may be printed from the DDN website.  Submit the completed fax request to (605)773-6581.  A receipt confirmation of the request will be returned via email to the site coordinator within 24 hours.

Ø      Telephone Submission

It is recommended that voice submissions be used only when short timelines are necessary and the program is a single event (see ad-hoc and last minute scheduling).  Immediate confirmation and scheduling can be obtained by voice submissions.

 

There are three scheduling processes used by DDN Video users to submit requests.  Following is a general discussion of each process.  Detailed instructions are available at DDNnet.net.

 

Educational Advance Scheduling

This process is for educational users to schedule DDN video sessions for upcoming semesters.  Typically, sessions are scheduled during this process are for semester or yearlong courses.  Deadlines for advance scheduling begin approximately 4 months before a semester and are listed below.  Additionally, educational users will have priority to schedule video sessions for events occurring between 60 – 120 days outs.

 

Scheduling deadlines for each semester

Fall Semester and year-long classes . . . . . . . . May 15th

Spring Semester  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . September 15th

Summer Semester . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 15th

 

First Come – First Served Scheduling

This scheduling process is used for scheduling events no more than 60 days in advance.  Time of receipt of the scheduling request is the priority during this process.  Non-educational users will be limited to using this scheduling process for DDN Video sites.

 

Ad-Hoc or Last minute Scheduling

DDN Video sites may be scheduled at the last minute via telephone.  The Ad-hoc/last minute scheduling process is used for new requests or modifications to a session scheduled to occur in less than 48 hours, not including Saturday or Sunday.  The user is required to call all sites to verify site availability and alert the site coordinator that an Ad-hoc/last minute request is in the process.  The request is not submitted through the DDN video scheduling web site.  Instead, the user makes the request by calling the DDN Central Scheduling at 1-888-356-2030 and provided the information from the Ad Hoc/Last Minute Scheduling Checklist (see Attachment 1).  For requests within 48 hours, not including Saturday or Sunday, DDN Video sites have the right to accept or reject the request. 

 

SITE FEES

 

DDN Video Network Hourly Rates

Users nor covered under other contract-for-use agreements may have access to the DDN Network on a rate structure, which allows usage by the hour.  This rate has been set by estimating the actual cost of providing this service by the Bureau of Information Technologies and is set at $30.00 per hour per site for in-state conferences.  This rate will be billed on half-hour increments with fractional periods rounded up to the next half-hour.  For example, a forty-five minute conference would be scheduled and billed as one hour.  Interstate conferences may incur additional charges.  Contact DDN Central Scheduling at 1-888-356-2030 to discuss interstate fees.

 

Billing of Facility Use Fees – Administrative Rule

The Chamberlain School District 7-1 provides access and use of their site at no charge.

 

OTHER USERS OF DDN

 

The State of South Dakota recognizes the contribution that is made to out educational system by many outside of the K-12 public education world.  The funding required for the operation of the DDN Video is allocated each year by the legislature.  These tax dollars are set-aside for K-12 public education in our state.  Because of the nature of these funds, non-public educational users of the system must contribute to the support and operation of the Network.

 

South Dakota University System

Offering students a head start on their college career and the opportunity for adults to obtain an advanced degree without leaving their hometown are greatly desired options brought to communities by the DDN Video.  Toward this end, the DDN Video has entered into an agreement with state universities that allows access to the Network for educational purposes with an annual fee for the service.  This use is restricted to interactive videoconferencing.  Access will be accomplished through the DDN Video classroom (formerly the RDT Network studio) or the Governor’s Electronic Classrooms located at each of the state universities.  The former RDT Network facilities located on the campus of state universities will continue to be scheduled for usage through the DDN master scheduling system.

 

Private and Tribal Higher Education Systems

South Dakota’s private and tribal post-secondary facilities will have access to the DDN Video via ISDN and other network facilities.  A per hour fee for service or an annual network management contract will be necessary for these non-public facilities.  Direct connections to the DDN Video via fixed or full time network infrastructure is possible under special provisions.  These provisions would require systems engineering plans that meet the state videoconferencing standards and infrastructure to a DDN Video hub location.  All requests for this type of service will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

 

South Dakota Technical Institutes

As part of DECA, the State’s technical institutes will operate under the public school policies.  The former RDT Network facilities located at the technical institutes will continue to be scheduled foe usage through the DDN master scheduling system.  These studios will continue to be operated by the State of South Dakota and are subject to the policies that govern the operations of the former RDT Network.

 

Private, Tribal, Home, and Parochial Schools

The State of South Dakota realizes that public education is not the only type of school system in operation and that those other school environments may benefit from the advantages and opportunities brought by the DDN.  Other non-public schools in South Dakota operating independent distance learning systems may have access to the DDN Video under special provisions.  These provisions would require systems engineering plans that meet the state videoconferencing standards and infrastructure to a DDN Video hub location.  Additionally, annual network management fees or an hourly access fee would apply.  Decisions regarding access to the DDN will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

 

Government

This network is designed and intended for use by public school districts, however, government operations of the State of South Dakota may be conducted on the DDN Video.  State government will be allowed to conduct business and administrative conferences on the network during special times set aside by the network administrator outside of regular class time.  Emergency operation of the DDN Video will provide unrestricted access to the executive branch of government at the demand of the Governor or appropriate government official.  (See “Preemption by Governor” Section B Item 2)

 

Business and Industry

The DDN provides some locations in the state that serve as the primary business and industry video network in South Dakota.  These sites are located throughout the State and are available for booking at all times.  Site locations and rates are available by calling (605)773-3333 or from the web at state.sd.us/bit/tele.rdtn/rdtn.htm.  Business and industry may use the DDN video Network during the non-educational use time (5:00 – 10:00 p.m.).  This use is subject to site availability and approval.

 

For-Profit Educational Programming

For-profit entities must receive approval from the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs prior to offering educational programming during the 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. time period.  This can be accomplished by contacting the DECA Office of Technology at (605)773-6118.

 

DDN Ad-Hoc Scheduling Checklist

 

The Ad-hoc scheduling process is used for new requests or modifications to a sessions scheduled to occur in less than 48 hours, not including Saturday or Sunday.

 

Contact the DDN Central Scheduling at 888-356-2030

 

The DDN Scheduling staff will request the following information:

 

1.      Name

2.      Phone Number

3.      DDN Reservation number if modifying an existing request

4.      Name of session

5.      Session date

6.      State time

7.      End time

8.      Anticipated number of participants

9.      Origination site

10.  Remote site(s)

11.  Have you checked for site availability?

12.  Who did you talk to at each site?

 

For Ad-Hoc scheduling requests, the requester MUST call each site to notify the site coordinator about the last minute request and to check that no other activity is scheduled in the site’s DDN classroom.

 

NOTE:  For requests within 48 hours, not including Saturday or Sunday, DDN sites have the right to accept or reject the request.

 


 

10. Children’s Internet Protection Act

 

Introduction

It is the policy of the Chamberlain School District 7-1 to (a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use, or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254(h)).

 

Definitions

Key terms are as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

 

Access to Inappropriate Material

To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filter”) shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information.

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or any material deemed harmful to minors.

Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled or, in case of minor, minimized only for a bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

 

Inappropriate Network Usage

To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Chamberlain School district online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging and other forms of direct electronic communications.

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes; (a) unauthorized access, including so-called “hacking: and other unlawful activities; and (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.

 

Supervision and Monitoring

It shall be the responsibility of all members of the Chamberlain School District staff to supervise and monitor usage of the online computer network access to the Internet in accordance with this policy and the Children’s Internet Protection Act.

Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of Timothy Mitchell, Chamberlain School District Superintendent or designated representative.

 

Adoption

The Chamberlain School Board adopted this Internet Safety Policy at a public meeting, following normal public notice, on July 9, 2007.

 

 

CIPA definitions of terms:

Technology Protection Measure.  The term “technology protection measure” means a specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are:

1. Obscene, as that term is defined in section 1460 of Title 18, United States Code;

2. Child Pornography, as that term is defined in section 2256 of Title 18 , United States Code; or

3. Harmful to minors.

Harmful to Minors.  The term “Harmful to minors” means any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:

1. Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion:

2. Depicts, describes, or represents, in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or lewd exhibition of the genitals; and

3. Taken as a whole lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.

Sexual Act; Sexual Contact.  The terms “sexual act” and Sexual contact” have the meanings given such terms in section 2246 of Title 18, United States Code.

 

11. Collaboration with Adult Literacy

  • Describe your districts collaboration or development with adult literacy service providers to maximize the use of available technologies, training facilities, and project related resources.  If this is not applicable, please state as such. 

 

The Chamberlain School District 7-1 has established a working relationship with the local Adult Literacy Council.  The district makes available technology, training facilities, and other related resources upon request.

12. Evaluation

 

Technology implementation is a continuous process that adapts to the organization’s changing circumstances and includes on-going evaluation.  Effective evaluation will force planners to rethink and adapt objectives, priorities, and strategies as implementation proceeds.  Continuous evaluation also facilitates making changes if aspects of the plan are not working.

 

Evaluation will be conducted in the following ways:

1)      Observation—Both positive and negative—By those using the technology

2)      Interviews

3)      Informal and formal meetings and planning sessions

4)      Written/On-line Surveys

5)      Curriculum Review Process

6)      Standardized Test Scores

 

The Technology Committee is responsible for collecting data to assess the effectiveness of this plan and its implementation.

 

The District Technology Committee will annually review the technology plan and make recommendations.  The committee will make necessary revisions and make recommendations to the School Board of any technology areas that need to be addressed.  The Technology Acquisition Plan will be presented to relate any hardware purchases that need to be made and the Software Acquisition Plan will relate any software purchases to be recommended.  Our district does not require the School Board approval although we do keep the School Board informed on all areas of our technology plan.

 

We will also use the results of the teacher, staff, student, parent, and alumni survey to monitor our progress on staying current with hardware and software.  Surveying past graduates will keep us informed and be used as an evaluation of our plan on student performance in the areas of preparing them for college needs or job market requirements.

 

Our plan, has been formulated to be a workable document therefore, we feel the following areas need to be reviewed annually:

 

Inventory

On an annual basis the technology coordinator will update the room by room inventory of district hardware.  Based on the need for teacher requests (Wish Lists) hardware upgrades can be assessed and implemented.

 

Infrastructure

The technology committee needs to be aware of changes and upgrades to infrastructure and they need to be examined on a regular basis taking into consideration the changing technology as well as the needs of the district.

 

Needs Assessments

The technology committee will be responsible for creating a process (online surveys) that allows an annual assessment of the technological needs of the district and make the needed revisions to the technology plan upon the result of these assessments.

 

Goals and Objectives

On an annual basis the technology committee will examine whether the district goals and objectives have been met and review the need for new or modified goals and objectives.  This may also require a revision of the action plan.

 

Vision

The technology committee will review the district’s vision statement in light of changing technology and student needs on a regular basis.

 

Professional Development

As new staff members enter the district and existing staff members seek new challenges for students, the technology committee will need to examine other training options for teachers and administration.  The technology committee will need to examine regularly other training options for the teachers and administration.

 

Curriculum Integration

Curriculum integration needs to be examined on an annual basis as course offerings change, student competencies increase and technology is updated.

 

Action Plan

The Action Plan will need to be reviewed and revised annually to find those areas that have been met and to identify new areas that require updating.

 

Student Performance

Student performance will be examined as achievement test scores are evaluated.  We will search for a tool to provide us with the ability to accurately evaluate the influence of the technology plan on student performance.