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Technology Plan

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Technology Integration Services (Tech Plan)

(Version 1.23 – Last Update 1/24/2023) 

Introduction

This plan serves as a comprehensive roadmap for effectively integrating Technology to support student learning and success. It addresses governance, infrastructure, and security measures to ensure the district's safe and responsible use of technology resources. The plan covers all technology-related activities, including procurement, support, and review and update processes, and applies to all staff, students, and stakeholders who use or have access to technology resources.

 

The plan includes specific goals and objectives for technology integration that align with the district's mission and vision, including providing access to Technology and digital resources for all students and staff, supporting student-centered learning and personalized instruction, providing professional development and training for staff, ensuring robust and reliable technology infrastructure and network security, and complying with state and federal regulations.

 

The plan will be continuously developed and updated through a comprehensive planning process that includes input from various stakeholders, including teachers, students, administrators, IT staff, and community members. The district recognizes the transformative power of Technology in education and is committed to using it responsibly and ethically, including regularly monitoring and updating network security protocols, implementing data privacy and security protocols, and providing cyber security training for staff and students.

 

This plan serves as a guide for the effective integration of Technology in our district and will be regularly reviewed, monitored, and updated to ensure alignment with current best practices and industry standards, as well as the changing needs and priorities of the district. Overall, the ultimate goal of this plan is to use technology to support student learning and success and align with the district's mission of providing high-quality education for all students.

 

Technology Plan Vision

The vision for this plan is to utilize Technology to create a fair and inclusive learning environment for all students, with the ultimate goal of developing compassionate, collaborative, and creative problem-solvers who are resilient, well-informed, and civically engaged advocates for equity and social justice.

 

The plan focuses on integrating technology in instruction and assessment to provide academic, emotional, and social support necessary to accelerate the achievement of underperforming subgroups while also increasing overall student performance. To achieve this, the district will invest in robust and reliable technology infrastructure, including 2:1 student-to-device ratios, access to online resources, and Learning Management Systems (LMS) to support student-centered learning and personalized instruction.

 

Network security and data privacy protocols will be implemented, and teachers will receive professional development and training to effectively integrate Technology into the curriculum and instruction, with a particular emphasis on ensuring equal access for special needs students through assistive Technology, universal design for learning, and accessibility features. The plan will be regularly reviewed and updated to align with current best practices, industry standards, and the district's changing needs and priorities and will be executed in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations. Overall, the technology plan aims to leverage Technology to support student learning and success and create an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all students.

 

Network Infrastructure

The San Lorenzo Unified School District (SLZUSD) is committed to maintaining a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure that serves the needs of approximately 10,000 users, including students and staff. To ensure efficient network operations, the district will implement industry-standard solutions and best practices for server infrastructure, network switching, and wireless infrastructure.

 

For the server infrastructure, SLZUSD will implement high-availability solutions such as redundant power supplies and network connections, load balancing and failover mechanisms, and server virtualization technology. Regular maintenance and updates, including security patches, software updates, and regular backups, will be scheduled and monitored to ensure optimal functioning and compliance with relevant laws and regulations for data privacy and disaster recovery. Additionally, the district will implement a comprehensive disaster recovery plan and a cost-effective and scalable cloud solution.

 

For the network switch infrastructure, SLZUSD will conduct a thorough assessment of the current network, identifying potential bottlenecks or areas for improvement and selecting network switches that conform to industry standards for reliability and performance. Advanced features such as Quality of Service (QoS) and Power over Ethernet (PoE) will be implemented to prioritize critical network traffic and simplify the network infrastructure. Regular maintenance and updates, including firmware updates, security patches, and software upgrades, will be scheduled and monitored to ensure optimal functioning. The district will continuously monitor the performance and security of the network and make necessary changes if required to provide the network infrastructure is reliable, efficient, and able to meet the current and future needs of the organization while maintaining a high level of security and performance.

 

For the wireless infrastructure, SLZUSD will conduct a wireless site survey, identify coverage and capacity requirements, determine optimal access point locations, and select access points that support the latest standards and security protocols. Compliance with laws and regulations related to data privacy and security will also be ensured. Regular maintenance and updates, including firmware updates, security patches, and software upgrades, will be scheduled and monitored to ensure optimal functioning. Additionally, the district will implement robust security measures such as firewalls, VPNs, and intrusion detection/prevention systems and conduct regular security assessments and penetration testing to protect data and resources.

 

Overall, SLZUSD is committed to maintaining its IT infrastructure to industry standards through regular software and firmware updates, monitoring network performance, and capacity, and regularly testing disaster recovery procedures. To ensure the security of its data and resources, the district will implement industry-standard security protocols and comply with all relevant laws and regulations related to data privacy and security. Additionally, the district will upgrade its telecommunications infrastructure to improve reliability, VOIP telephone service, and Internet bandwidth with QoS mechanisms, redundant network paths, and load-balancing solutions to increase resilience and availability.

 

Ed-Tech Digital Tools and Content

The San Lorenzo Unified School District (SLZUSD) Technology Integration department is committed to continuously looking for ways to improve the utilization of Technology for both students and staff to meet their needs. The overall objective is to improve equity and use the power of Technology to level the playing field for all users.

 

The district's goal is to advance teaching and learning by implementing digital tools and content that support recommended digital literacy skills. The district will prioritize these skills based on their relevance to the curriculum and goals, research and select digital tools and content that support them, and implement them in the classroom, providing support for all student subgroups, including English language learners and students with disabilities. Additionally, the district will provide technology software tools and educational resources that align with the curriculum and goals and use learning technologies as cognitive tools to advance student learning and prepare them for college. Professional development for teachers on how to effectively use these tools will also be provided. The implementation of these tools and resources will be continuously monitored, with feedback from teachers and students used to make adjustments and improvements as needed.

 

The district will review and align the standards with the ISTE standards for students and prioritize them based on their relevance to the curriculum. Digital tools and content that support the standards will be researched, implemented in the classroom and support skills such as digital citizenship, online research, digital communication, and digital creativity. Teachers will receive professional development opportunities to integrate digital literacy skills into instruction and be supported in creating lesson plans that incorporate these skills.

 

A customized implementation strategy for digital literacy skills and content standards at each grade level will be developed, providing support for the integration of digital tools and content in the curriculum. The district's standards will be aligned with the appropriate grade level standards, and a tailored plan will be created for each grade. Digital tools and content will be researched and selected to support these standards and implemented in the classroom to meet each grade level's specific needs. Teachers will receive professional development and coaching on how to integrate these tools and content into their instruction, and lesson plans and activities will be created to align with the standards for each grade level. TIS will conduct regular monitoring and evaluation to gather feedback from teachers and students, and adjustments and improvements will be made as needed to ensure the effectiveness of the implementation.

 

Overall, this plan will ensure that students are prepared for the digital age and have the necessary skills to succeed. The district will align technology software tools and educational resources with the curriculum standards and support for all student subgroups, including English language learners and students with disabilities. The plan includes identifying specific technology needs, implementing the tools and resources in the classroom, providing professional development for teachers, monitoring and evaluating the implementation, and regularly assessing and updating the tools and resources to ensure they are meeting the needs of all users. The district will also ensure compliance with all relevant laws and regulations related to data privacy and security. By continuously monitoring, evaluating, and adjusting digital tools and content implementation, SLZUSD will strive to improve equity and level the playing field for all users to ensure their success.

 

Education Technology Professional Development

The Technology Integration department at the San Lorenzo Unified School District recognizes that professional development is a critical component of technology integration as Technology continues to evolve and integrate into education. This professional development program aims to empower teachers and staff with the necessary skills to effectively utilize and integrate technology into instruction, ultimately leading to improved student learning outcomes.

 

The program will align with the International Society for Technology in Education (ITSE) standards and incorporate adult learning theories such as Andragogy and Self-Directed Learning. Offerings will include workshops and training sessions on specific technology tools and their integration into instruction, online resources, self-paced learning opportunities, coaching and mentoring, and opportunities for teachers and staff to share their successes and challenges with technology integration.

 

TIS, in collaboration with Ed Services, will implement the program by assessing the current technology skills and needs of teachers and staff, developing a customized professional development plan, scheduling workshops and training sessions, providing ongoing support and follow-up through coaching and mentoring and evaluating effectiveness through surveys, observations, and student achievement data. To ensure sustainability, the program will regularly assess and update the professional development plan, provide ongoing opportunities for professional growth, encourage and support the sharing of technology integration practices among teachers and staff, and provide the necessary resources such as good internet connectivity, devices, software, and hardware.

 

By providing teachers and staff with the necessary skills and support to integrate technology effectively into instruction, the district will strive to improve student learning outcomes and keep pace with the rapidly evolving technology landscape. The professional development program will be continuously evaluated and adjusted to ensure it meets the needs of teachers and staff and aligns with the latest technology trends and best practices. The district will also ensure that teachers and staff have the necessary access to technology resources and support to implement what they have learned during professional development. Overall, this professional development program aims to empower teachers and staff with the necessary skills and support to effectively integrate technology into instruction, ultimately leading to improved student learning outcomes.

 

Student-Centered Learning using Technology

The Technology Integration department at the San Lorenzo Unified School District recognizes the importance of student-centered learning and the role that Technology can play in making learning more fun and engaging. The department is committed to working with teachers to implement research-based strategies based on well-known frameworks such as the SAMR or TPACK to integrate Technology effectively into instruction.

 

One key aspect of this plan is implementing a learning management system (LMS) to support student-centered learning. The district has chosen Canvas, a feature-rich system compatible with many of our existing technologies. The goal of Canvas is to provide teachers with a centralized platform for sharing resources, communicating with students and parents, and tracking student progress. Additionally, students will have access to digital resources, assignments, and assessments, which will improve communication among educational stakeholders and create an inclusive learning environment.

 

To ensure the successful implementation of Canvas, the district will provide professional development for teachers on the use of the platform, including instruction on how to create and manage course content, communicate with students and parents, and use Canvas's analytics and tracking features. TIS will use a phased rollout approach to implement Canvas across the district, with a team responsible for implementing and maintaining the system. TIS will provide access information to Canvas for students and parents through the district's website. TIS will provide training and resources to ensure accessibility for all students and parents, including English language learners and students with disabilities.

 

Implementing Canvas will be continuously monitored and evaluated, with feedback from teachers, students, and parents used to improve the system. TIS will develop a plan for sustainability to maintain and upgrade Canvas, ensure it is up to date with the latest features and functions, and provide ongoing professional development for teachers and staff. The district will also allocate a budget for maintaining and upgrading Canvas to ensure long-term sustainability. The district's goal is to empower teachers and students with the tools they need to make learning more fun, engaging, and effective.

 

Safety and Digital Citizenship 

The San Lorenzo Unified School District places the safety and well-being of its students as its top priority, and digital citizenship is an essential aspect of this commitment. Our technology plan includes specific measures to educate and promote responsible digital behavior among students and staff.

 

The district will provide regular instruction on online safety and responsible digital citizenship, covering topics such as cyberbullying, protecting student privacy, and appropriate online behavior. We will also establish policies and procedures to address issues such as cyberbullying, online privacy, and plagiarism and ensure compliance with relevant state and federal regulations, including California Data Privacy laws and the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

 

To ensure that students and staff are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to navigate the digital landscape safely, the district will provide regular professional development for teachers and staff on online safety and responsible digital citizenship. This will include opportunities for teachers to learn about the latest research and best practices and integration of instruction on the topic at all grade levels. Additionally, the district will provide support and accommodations for English language learners and students with disabilities. It will develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure the safety and well-being of all students.

 

The district will also regularly assess and update resources and instruction to ensure effectiveness and compliance with regulations and will set aside a budget for maintenance and upgrade of resources. Feedback from teachers, students, and parents will be continuously gathered to improve instruction and policies, ensuring that the district is meeting the evolving needs of its community.

 

Evaluation and Feedback Plan for Technology Implementation

The San Lorenzo Unified School District (SLZUSD) technology plan strongly emphasizes continuous improvement through regular evaluation and feedback. To ensure that the technology plan remains relevant and effective in supporting student learning, the district will conduct regular reviews and assessments on a schedule established by the district. This may include analyzing student achievement data, engagement data, and feedback from students, teachers, and parents. Additionally, input and feedback will be gathered from all stakeholders, including students, teachers, parents, and district administration, and analyzed to identify areas for improvement and enhancement. To stay informed about new and emerging education and technology trends and best practices, the district will research and benchmark the technology plan against similar plans and best practices from other districts and schools. Based on the review and assessment results, the district will develop a comprehensive implementation plan for the continuous improvement process, including timelines and responsibilities, and use data and feedback to improve the technology plan continuously. This ongoing process will ensure that the district's technology plan is aligned with current best practices and industry standards, as well as the changing needs and priorities of the district and that it effectively supports student learning and success.

 

Technology Procurement 

The San Lorenzo Unified School District Technology Integration department understands the importance of a cost-effective and efficient technology procurement process. To achieve this, the department will conduct a thorough technology needs assessment, allocate a budget for technology procurement, and prepare and distribute a Request for Proposal (RFP) to reputable vendors with a reliable track record. The department will also evaluate and select vendors based on established criteria such as cost, functionality, scalability, ease of use, and vendor reputation. The department will negotiate fair and reasonable contracts with selected vendors and coordinate the seamless integration of new technology with existing infrastructure. Additionally, the department will establish a maintenance plan for new Technology, continuously monitor usage, solicit feedback from all stakeholders, and regularly evaluate and replenish Technology as needed. To save money, the department will also use programs such as E-Rate and piggyback on pre-negotiated consortium pricing. The district will work closely with the IT staff and legal team throughout the procurement process to ensure that the procured Technology meets its needs, complies with all relevant laws and regulations, and is supported by its existing infrastructure. The department will regularly review and update the procurement plan to adapt to the changing needs of the school district and any changes in laws, regulations, Technology, and vendor performance.

 

Chromebook 2:1 

The San Lorenzo Unified School District (SLZUSD) aims to provide students with 24/7 access to Technology and web-based software by implementing a 2:1 Chromebook program. This plan includes providing every student with two Chromebook devices: one for use in the classroom and one at home. The goal is to ensure students have access to the resources they need to succeed in the digital age. To achieve this, the district will conduct a comprehensive Technology needs assessment to identify the district's specific needs in terms of student access to Technology and web-based software. A budget for implementing the student Chromebook program will be allocated, and vendors will be procured and evaluated to provide the devices. The district will also coordinate with the vendor to ensure seamless integration with existing infrastructure, establish a process for students to check out the devices from school and take them home, and create a maintenance plan for the devices. Usage and feedback will be monitored, and the district will evaluate the program regularly to ensure it meets its goals.

 

Additionally, the district will implement monitoring, filtering, and security measures to protect students and staff from cyber threats. A comprehensive digital literacy program will also be developed and implemented, as well as ongoing technical and pedagogical support. The plan will also be regularly reviewed and updated to ensure compliance with laws and regulations and alignment with district policies and procedures.

 

Staff Devices

The goal of the San Lorenzo Unified School District is to ensure that all staff members have access to the necessary technology and resources to perform their jobs effectively and efficiently. This includes providing staff members with working laptops, increasing productivity and efficiency by allowing them to access and work on documents, communicate with colleagues, and perform other job-related tasks from any location. Also, laptops will enable remote work and flexibility in schedules, especially in emergencies or inclement weather. To achieve this goal, the district will conduct a comprehensive Technology needs assessment to identify the specific needs of staff members and allocate a budget for implementing the staff laptop program. The district will procure and evaluate laptops from vendors, coordinate the implementation with the vendor and ensure seamless integration with existing infrastructure, establish a maintenance plan for the devices, monitor usage and solicit feedback, and evaluate the program regularly. Additionally, the district will implement monitoring, filtering, and security measures to protect staff members and students from cyber threats and provide ongoing technical and pedagogical support to ensure that staff members can use laptops effectively and efficiently. The district will also regularly review and update the plan to ensure compliance with laws and regulations and alignment with district policies and procedures.

 

An Acceptable Use Policy 

An Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) for staff and students is important for several reasons. Firstly, it helps to protect the school district's network and information from cyber threats by setting clear guidelines for the acceptable use of Technology. Additionally, it aligns the use of Technology with the school district's educational goals, promoting digital citizenship and responsible and ethical behavior online. Furthermore, it helps to protect the school district's reputation by ensuring that staff and students do not post inappropriate or damaging content online. An AUP also helps ensure compliance with state and federal laws, such as laws related to student privacy and copyright, and provides a framework for using the district's technology resources, including web publishing and social media.

 

Additionally, an AUP helps ensure transparency between the school district and its community by clearly outlining the responsibilities and expectations of staff and students regarding the use of Technology, web publishing, and social media. It also promotes professionalism among staff members and helps keep students safe by providing guidance on using social media, such as how to protect personal information and report inappropriate behavior. Overall, an AUP for staff and students that includes guidelines for web publishing and social media is crucial for protecting the school district's network and information, promoting digital citizenship, protecting the school district's reputation, and ensuring legal compliance, transparency, professionalism, and student safety.

 

 
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