Goal 3- all educators and students will have tools to access a comprehensive viable infrastructure when and where they need it



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Goal 3- All educators and students will have tools to access a comprehensive viable infrastructure when and where they need it.
All students and educators will have access to a comprehensive infrastructure for learning and productivity using digital tools, when and where they need it in order to fully support a society of learners in which learning is life-long and life-wide.





Objectives

Evidence of Success

Data Sources

State Action Plan (Strategies)




What the District should do.

(Infrastructure Outcome)

Documentation that shows proof that the outcome was achieved.

Instruments, Surveys, Inventory,

Focus Groups, etc.

What the Technology Initiatives Office will do to support the Goal and Objectives.





Internet Access












*Ensure students, teachers, and administrators have excellent, viable bandwidth and wireless connectivity in order to access the Internet, digital learning resources, productivity tools, online assessments, and data (educators).


*Target: 100 Mbps per 1,000 students and staff by 2014-15; 1 Gbps per 1,000 students and staff by 2017-18.

  • Transform2020 Plan-Strategies and Narrative

  • Transform2020 Survey Results: Teachers, Students, Administrators, Parents

  • Digital Readiness Results (SDE)

  • Documented interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • District Capital Plan Report

  • Inventory Report

  • Bandwidth Traffic Reports

  • Compliance Review Report

  • Transform2020 Plan

  • Transform2020 Surveys: Teachers, Students, Administrators, Parents

  • Digital Readiness Scale

  • Bandwidth Traffic Data

  • Interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • Network Activity Logs

  • Transform2020 Inventory

  • District Capital Plan

  • Compliance Monitoring Document

  1. Provide a portal of best practice lessons, Web resources, and experiences that provide students with opportunities to demonstrate creative thinking, collaboration, communication, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

  2. Research, develop, and implement tools to measure infrastructure. (Ex: Develop a Digital Readiness Scale tool to show where the school district is on the continuum for providing optimal services.)

  3. Collect, analyze, and report aggregate infrastructure data for schools, districts, state report card, and the state board of education.

  4. Develop a webinar series and guidance documents to support Web-based College- and Career-Ready Standards and resources, online assessments, the conversion from print-to-digital content, mobile learning (BYOD) and district-owned devices, customized learning, and all administrative and support services.

  5. Continue to support access through Alabama Supercomputer.

  6. Work to provide services at no cost to the district, i.e. non-E-Rate eligible services, base level Internet Services, connectivity, speed, email, webhosting, etc.

  7. Collect and analyze AREN Traffic Graphs.

3.2

Establish viable access points in every classroom so that all students, teachers, and administrators can access network and Internet-based resources. (Local Area Network, LAN). (SETDA, The Broadband Imperative, p.2)

  • Transform2020 Plan-Strategies and Narrative

  • Digital Readiness Results (SDE)

  • Documented interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • District Capital Plan Report

  • Inventory Report

  • Bandwidth Traffic Reports

  • Compliance Review Report

  • Transform2020 Plan

  • Bandwidth Traffic Data

  • Digital Readiness Scale

  • Interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • Network Activity Logs

  • Transform2020 Inventory

  • District Capital Plan

  • Compliance Monitoring Document

  1. Research, develop, and implement tools to measure infrastructure. (Ex: Develop a Digital Readiness Scale tool to show where the school district is on the continuum for providing optimal services.)

  2. Collect, analyze, and report aggregate infrastructure data for schools, districts, state report card, and the state board of education.

  3. Develop a webinar series and guidance documents to support Web-based College- and Career-Ready Standards and resources, online assessments, the conversion from print-to-digital content, mobile learning (BYOD) and district-owned devices, customized learning, and all administrative and support services.

  4. Continue to support increased access through Alabama Supercomputer.

3.3

Provide schools with external Internet connections to their Internet service provider that enables easy student and teacher access to online resources and tools, such as digital content, video-streaming, interactive digital textbooks, online assessments, and professional learning.

  • Transform2020 Plan-Strategies and Narrative

  • Transform2020 Survey Results: Teachers, Students, Administrators, Parents

  • Digital Readiness Results (SDE)

  • Documented interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • District Capital Plan Report

  • Inventory Report

  • Bandwidth Traffic Reports

  • Compliance Review Report

  • Transform2020 Plan

  • Transform2020 Surveys: Teachers, Students, Administrators, Parents

  • Digital Readiness Scale

  • Bandwidth Traffic Data

  • Interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • Network Activity Logs

  • Transform2020 Inventory

  • District Capital Plan

  • Compliance Monitoring Document

  1. Provide a portal of best practice lessons, Web resources, and experiences that provide students with opportunities to demonstrate creative thinking, collaboration, communication, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

  2. Research, develop, and implement tools to measure infrastructure. (Ex: Develop a Digital Readiness Scale tool to show where the school district is on the continuum for providing optimal services.)

  3. Collect, analyze, and report aggregate infrastructure data for schools, districts, state report card, and the state board of education.

  4. Develop a webinar series and guidance documents to support Web-based College- and Career-Ready Standards and resources, online assessments, the conversion from print-to-digital content, mobile learning (BYOD) and district-owned devices, customized learning, and all administrative and support services.

  5. Continue to support access through Alabama Supercomputer.

  6. Work to provide services at no cost to the district, i.e. non-E-Rate eligible services, base level Internet Services, connectivity, speed, email, webhosting, etc.

  7. Collect and analyze AREN Traffic Graphs.

3.4

Provide internal wide area network (WAN) connections from the district to each school and among schools within the school of at least 1Gbps per 1,000 students and staff.

  • Transform2020 Plan-Strategies and Narrative

  • Transform2020 Survey Results: Teachers, Students, Administrators, Parents

  • Digital Readiness Results (SDE)

  • Documented interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • District Capital Plan Report

  • Inventory Report

  • Bandwidth Traffic Reports

  • Compliance Review Report

  • Transform2020 Plan

  • Transform2020 Surveys: Teachers, Students, Administrators, Parents

  • Digital Readiness Scale

  • Bandwidth Traffic Data

  • Interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • Network Activity Logs

  • Transform2020 Inventory

  • District Capital Plan

  • Compliance Monitoring Document

  1. Research, develop, and implement tools to measure infrastructure. (Ex: Develop a Digital Readiness Scale tool to show where the school district is on the continuum for providing optimal services.)

  2. Collect, analyze, and report aggregate infrastructure data for schools, districts, state report card, and the state board of education.

  3. Continue to support access through Alabama Supercomputer.

  4. Work to provide services at no cost to the district, i.e. non-E-Rate eligible services, base level Internet Services, connectivity, speed, email, webhosting, etc.

  5. Collect and analyze AREN Traffic Graphs.




Network Security










3.5

Provide Internet security tools to enable teachers, administrators, and students to access digital content safely, including managed firewall, SPAM and Virus Protection, and email/web-hosting services.

  • Internet security tools provide reasonable online security.

  • Transform2020 Plan-Strategies and Narrative

  • Transform2020 Survey Results: Teachers, Students, Administrators, Parents

  • Digital Readiness Results (SDE)

  • Documented interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • District Capital Plan Report

  • Inventory Report

  • Bandwidth Traffic Reports

  • Compliance Review Report

  • Transform2020 Plan

  • Transform2020 Surveys: Teachers, Students, Administrators, Parents

  • Digital Readiness Scale

  • Bandwidth Traffic Data

  • Interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • Network Activity Logs

  • Transform2020 Inventory

  • District Capital Plan

  • Compliance Monitoring Document

  1. Provide a portal of best practice lessons, Web resources, and experiences that provide students with opportunities to demonstrate creative thinking, collaboration, communication, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

  2. Research, develop, and implement tools to measure infrastructure. (Ex: Develop a Digital Readiness Scale tool to show where the school district is on the continuum for providing optimal services.)

  3. Collect, analyze, and report aggregate infrastructure data for schools, districts, state report card, and the state board of education.

  4. Continue to support access through Alabama Supercomputer, and offer free non-E-Rate eligible services upon District request to ASC for the following:

    • Base Level Managed Firewall service

    • Base Level SPAM & Virus Protection

    • Statewide Level Content Filtering

    • Note: ASA can provide Web Application Firewall service to Districts to provide secured access to LEA STI servers from the outside world.

  1. Work to provide services at no cost to the district, i.e. non-E-Rate eligible services, base level Internet Services, connectivity, speed, email, webhosting, etc.

  2. Collect and analyze AREN Traffic Graphs.

  3. Develop a webinar series and guidance documents that include an emphasis on safety, appropriate use, and legal liability of school leaders concerning student and faculty use of technology and resources. (THE Journal, http://thejournal.com/articles/2011/05/23/principals-call-for-mobile-and-social-technologies-in-schools.aspx)

3.6

Develop procedures and implement security policies that meet but do not exceed the intention of the online safety regulations (Child Internet Protection Act) to ensure safe and reasonable, quick access to online digital content.

  • Internet security tools provide reasonable online security.

  • Transform2020 Plan-Strategies and Narrative

  • Transform2020 Survey Results: Teachers, Students, Administrators, Parents

  • Digital Readiness Results (SDE)

  • Documented interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • District Capital Plan Report

  • Inventory Report

  • Bandwidth Traffic Reports

  • Compliance Review Report

  • Transform2020 Plan

  • Transform2020 Surveys: Teachers, Students, Administrators, Parents

  • Digital Readiness Scale

  • Bandwidth Traffic Data

  • Interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • Network Activity Logs

  • Transform2020 Inventory

  • District Capital Plan

  • Compliance Monitoring Document

  1. Provide a portal of best practice lessons, Web resources, and experiences that provide students with opportunities to demonstrate creative thinking, collaboration, communication, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

  2. Research, develop, and implement tools to measure infrastructure. (Ex: Develop a Digital Readiness Scale tool to show where the school district is on the continuum for providing optimal services.)

  3. Collect, analyze, and report aggregate infrastructure data for schools, districts, state report card, and the state board of education.

  4. Continue to support access through Alabama Supercomputer, and offer free non-E-Rate eligible services upon District request to ASC for the following:

    • Base Level Managed Firewall service

    • Base Level SPAM & Virus Protection

    • Statewide Level Content Filtering

    • ASA can provide Web Application Firewall service to Districts to provide secured access to LEA STI servers from the outside world.

  1. Work to provide services at no cost to the district, i.e. non-E-Rate eligible services, base level Internet Services, connectivity, speed, email, webhosting, etc.

  2. Collect and analyze AREN Traffic Graphs.

  3. Develop a webinar series and guidance documents that include an emphasis on safety, appropriate use, and legal liability of school leaders concerning student and faculty use of technology and resources. (THE Journal, http://thejournal.com/articles/2011/05/23/principals-call-for-mobile-and-social-technologies-in-schools.aspx)




Equitable Access to Digital Devices










3.7

Ensure that every student, teacher, and administrator has 24/7 access to an Internet Connected Device (ICD) with viable access points (as described in Objective 3.2) and appropriate software and Web-based resources for research, communication, multimedia content creation, and consumption.

  • Transform2020 Plan-Strategies and Narrative

  • Transform2020 Survey Results: Teachers, Students, Administrators, Parents

  • Digital Readiness Results (SDE)

  • Documented interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • District Capital Plan Report

  • Inventory Report

  • Bandwidth Traffic Reports

  • Compliance Review Report

  • Transform2020 Plan

  • Transform2020 Surveys: Teachers, Students, Administrators, Parents

  • Digital Readiness Scale

  • Bandwidth Traffic Data

  • Interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • Network Activity Logs

  • Transform2020 Inventory

  • District Capital Plan

  • Compliance Monitoring Document

  1. Provide a portal of best practice lessons, Web resources, and experiences that provide students with opportunities to demonstrate creative thinking, collaboration, communication, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

  2. Research, develop, and implement tools to measure infrastructure. (Ex: Develop a Digital Readiness Scale tool to show where the school district is on the continuum for providing optimal services.)

  3. Collect, analyze, and report aggregate infrastructure data for schools, districts, state report card, and the state board of education.

  4. Develop a webinar series and guidance documents to support the conversion from print-to-digital content, mobile learning (BYOD) and district-owned devices, customized learning, and all administrative and support services.

  5. Develop guidance documents to assist the districts in developing policies for student use of both district-owned and mobile devices belonging to the student (BYOD).

  6. Continue to support access through Alabama Supercomputer.

  7. Work to provide services at no cost to the district, i.e. non-E-Rate eligible services, base level Internet Services, connectivity, speed, email, webhosting, etc.

  8. Collect, analyze AREN Traffic Graphs.

  9. Work to provide funding for an ICD for every student and educator.

  10. Work to provide support and fund instructional technology integration specialists/technology coaches at the school level (1:50 teachers) to increase teacher technology integration effectiveness and better prepare students to be college- and career-ready.

3.8

Locate and promote the use of high-quality, cost-effective, complete and supplemental managed interactive, digital content curriculum materials and text aligned with Alabama’s College-and Career-Ready Standards.

  • Transform2020 Plan-Strategies and Narrative

  • Transform2020 Survey Results: Teachers, Students, Administrators, Parents

  • Digital Readiness Results (SDE)

  • Documented interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • District Capital Plan Report

  • Inventory Report

  • Bandwidth Traffic Reports

  • Compliance Review Report

  • Transform2020 Plan

  • Transform2020 Surveys: Teachers, Students, Administrators, Parents

  • Digital Readiness Scale

  • Bandwidth Traffic Data

  • Interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • Network Activity Logs

  • Transform2020 Inventory

  • District Capital Plan

  • Compliance Monitoring Document

  1. Provide policies/checklists for selecting high quality, CCRS-aligned open educational resources.

  2. Provide high-quality and appropriate professional development not only in the use of technology tools but also the creative strategies for incorporating technology-based resources in the learning environment.

  3. Provide professional development opportunities for teachers to develop effective challenge-based lessons and units that require students to demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

  4. Provide Professional Learning designed to help teachers move from static, text-based resources to effective, dynamic, interactive, adaptive, multimedia/digital content powered by devices that engage, challenge, and empower students to learn in a variety of ways.

  5. Provide Professional Learning Train-the-Trainer and End-User training that promotes professional growth in the use of current and transformative technologies and digital content specifically geared to engage learners and improve student achievement.

  6. Provide a portal of best practice lessons, Web resources, digital content, and experiences that provide students with opportunities to demonstrate creative thinking, collaboration, communication, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

  7. Develop a webinar series and guidance documents to support the conversion from print-to-digital content, mobile learning (BYOD) and district-owned devices, customized learning, and all administrative and support services.

  8. Work to provide funding for digital content.

  9. Continue to support access through Alabama Supercomputer.

  10. Work to provide services at no cost to the district, i.e. non-E-Rate eligible services, base level Internet Services, connectivity, speed, email, webhosting, etc.




Technical Support










3.9

Provide an adequate number of qualified technical support personnel to support technology use in the schools. (Recommended ratio is 1 technician: 500 devices.)

  • Transform2020 Plan-Technical Support Data

  • Transform2020 Survey Results: Teachers, Students, Administrators, Parents

  • Digital Readiness Results (SDE)

  • Documented interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • District Capital Plan Report

  • Inventory Report

  • Compliance Review Report

  • Transform2020 Plan

  • Transform2020 Surveys: Teachers, Students, Administrators, Parents

  • Digital Readiness Scale

  • Interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • Network Activity Logs

  • Transform2020 Inventory

  • District Capital Plan

  • Compliance Monitoring Document




  1. Develop a guidance document to assist districts in developing a district and local technical support section, containing both guidelines for employees and student helpers, and procedures for managing technical support.

  2. Work to provide support for district technicians above the financial support for technology coordinators.

  3. Provide professional development to teachers and administrators for handling minor technical problems.

  4. Research, develop, and implement tools to measure infrastructure. (Ex: Develop a Digital Readiness Scale tool to show where the school district is on the continuum for providing optimal services.)

  5. Collect, analyze, and report aggregate infrastructure data for schools, districts, state report card, and the state board of education.




Financial Support








3.10

Develop and implement a financial support strategy for the maintenance of existing systems, replacement of out-of-date systems, and broadband access both internally and externally. (Recommended:

      1. permanent line item in each district budget to support technology;

      2. capital plan funding to include technology infrastructure in new constructions and remodeling.)

  • Financial Records and Transform2020 Technology Plan show at least 20% of the operating budget for:

          • technical personnel

          • maintenance

          • upgrades for both fixed and mobile devices

          • bandwidth and wireless connectivity

  • Transform2020 Survey Results: Teachers, Students, Administrators, Parents

  • Digital Readiness Results (SDE)

  • Documented interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • District Capital Plan Report

  • Inventory Report

        • Compliance Review Report

  • Transform2020 Plan

  • Transform2020 Surveys: Teachers, Students, Administrators, Parents

  • Digital Readiness Scale

  • Interviews with teachers, students, and administrators

  • Network Activity Logs

  • Transform2020 Inventory

  • District Capital Plan

  • Compliance Monitoring Document

  1. Provide guidance documents on the total cost of ownership budgeting for technology by districts.

  2. Assist the districts in researching and submitting applications for federal, state, private, and other technology availability funding.

  3. Monitor that districts spend state technology instructional funds only for technology purchases and high-quality professional learning.

  4. Provide professional development for district and school administrators on the value of technology within the learning environment.

  5. Research, develop, and implement tools to measure infrastructure. (Ex: Develop a Digital Readiness Scale tool to show where the school district is on the continuum for providing optimal services.)

  6. Collect, analyze, and report aggregate infrastructure financial data for schools, districts, state report card, and the state board of education.

References:


Technology Readiness for College- and Career-Ready Teaching, Learning and Assessment. (2102). Retrieved from www.setda.org.
Horizon Report. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.educause.edu/library/resources/2012-horizon-report.
The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs. (2012). Retrieved from www.setda.org.
National Education Technology Plan (NET Plan): Transforming American Education, Learning Powered by Technology. (2012) Retrieved from http://www.ed.gov/technology/netp-2010.
California Educational Technology Blueprint. (2012). Retrieved from www.cde.ca.gov/eo/in/documents/efftmemo.pdf


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