Technology Plan 2017-2020 - Francis Howell School District

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Technology Plan 2017-2020 - Francis Howell School District

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Technology Plan 2017-2020
Approvals: District Technology Committee April 12, 2017
FHSD Board of Education May 18, 2017

FHSD Technology Plan 2017-2020
Table of Contents  Introduction……………………………………………….......... 3  Mission, Vision, Values……………………………………….. 4  District Technology Committee……………………………5  Information Review and Analysis…………………………7  Goals, Strategies, and Action Steps………………………14  Dissemination, Monitoring, Evaluation………………..19

FHSD Technology Plan 2017-2020
The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) is one of the largest school districts in the state of Missouri. The District boundaries include several municipalities stretching across the southern half of St. Charles County, covering 167 square miles. FHSD consists of 3 high schools, 5 middle schools, 10 elementary schools, 3 early childhood centers, 2 alternative education centers, and 3 district buildings with over 17,000 K-12 students. FHSD has approximately 1,200 certified teachers and administrators, and 1,000 support staff. FHSD does outsources food services (Sodexo) and transportation services (First Student). The FHSD Technology Department (Technology) oversees the purchasing, implementation, and maintenance of the District network, infrastructure, and computer resources. The Technology Department is comprised of the following positions: Director of Technology, (.5) Administrative Assistant, Technology Services Manager, Information Services Manager, Senior Network Engineer, Network Engineer, Systems Administrator, (2) Software Support Specialists, Help Desk Support Tech, Programmer, and (12) Building Technicians.

FHSD Technology Plan 2017-2020
The current FHSD Strategic plan is for 2011-2016. The District is currently in the process of strategic planning. The mission, vision, and values provide a brief and cohesive statement of the District’s purpose, its vision of the future, and its commitment to achieve the vision. The following are the mission, vision, and values of the 2011-2016 FHSD Strategic Plan: Mission
• Preparing students today for success tomorrow. Vision
• Every student will graduate with college and career readiness skills. Values Francis Howell School District is committed to the following:
• Providing a consistent and comprehensive education that fosters high levels of academic achievement
• Operating safe and well-maintained facilities • Providing a safe learning environment for all students • Recruiting and retaining a high quality staff • Promoting parent, community, student, and business involvement in support of the school
district • Ensuring fiscal responsibility • Developing responsible citizens • Operating as a professional learning community • Making appropriate use of technology FHSD Technology Mission • Provide support for 21st Century learning. • Deliver professional development for technology. • Ensure all students have access to technology. • Make appropriate use of technology. • Provide for a technology-rich curriculum. • Enhance online learning opportunities.

FHSD Technology Plan 2017-2020
The FHSD District Technology Committee is one of the District strategic committees commissioned. The Technology Committee is comprised of stakeholders including teachers, staff, Technology, Academics, Board of Education members, and parents. The Technology Committee meets monthly during the school year. During the 2016-2017 school year, the Technology Committee developed a new District Technology Plan for 2017-2020.
The Technology Committee examined these five technology focus areas (TFAs): 1. Student Learning 2. Teacher Professional Learning 3. Resource Distribution and Use 4. Administration and Data Management 5. Technical Support
During the Committee meetings, the members discussed the following questions regarding the five TFA’s:
• What is it that we value? • What do we see as priorities? • What do we want to see in this area?
TFA 1 - Student Learning: • Security • 21st Century learners; life-long learners • Equality in the schools throughout the district per grade level (i.e., integration) • Social media responsibility • Collaboration opportunities • Engineering By Design (EBD) and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) • Putting tech skills in a progression-al continuum in the curriculum • Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship certification • Social media responsibility • Promote and enhance Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) program. • Continue the emphasis on technology enhancing curriculum • Hour of Code • Further integration of STEAM
TFA 2 - Teacher Professional Learning: • Timely • Differentiated • Collaborative • Mentor supported • Admin supported • Teach tech that supports FHSD initiatives • TeachFest (formerly 21C Fest) • New teacher orientation • Hotwire information

FHSD Technology Plan 2017-2020
TFA 3 - Resource Distribution and Use: • Having access to the right device for specific needs • Student and teacher • Quick turnaround for setting up devices to use • Continued follow-up • Refresh devices • Plan to regularly manage, maintain, and optimize • Equality and equity • Virtual environment – VDI • BYOT improvement strategy – i.e., setting minimum requirements • Investigate SMART board replacements • Software audit – every 2-3 years • Device agnostic • Establish district technology key performance indicators • Green computing certification
TFA 4 - Administration and Data Management: • Parent access to student data (elementary) • Streamline teacher input into system • Badge credentials for younger students – QR codes • Data driven policies • Security • Accessibility of data to end users • Resource and capacity planning • Scalability • Data privacy and security – IT Data Governance Program; external audit; establish a disaster recovery site • Apply to become a Trusted Learning Environment district certification • Create a public data dashboard for technology key performance indicators (KPI)
TFA 5 - Technical Support: • Speed of resolution • Self-service model • Professional development for technology • teacher tech support • Knowledgeable, well trained technicians • Good interpersonal skills • Tenacity and drive (persistence) • Time • Community of practice (forum for support with software) • Software vs. hardware • Setting expectations on resolution • Timely ongoing communications • Establish effective self-guided tech support for end users • Increase communications around technology
Items for consideration pending future revenue sources: • 1:1 program • Districtwide learning management system (LMS)

FHSD Technology Plan 2017-2020
The Technology Committee reviewed and analyzed a variety of different information, data, and topics. The information gave Committee members further understanding of current and projected trends in educational technology, and the status of FHSD Technology at the present.
Technology Department The FHSD Technology Department is responsible for the District network services, phone systems, software and database systems, devices, multimedia systems, and Information Technology (IT) data governance and security. The Technology Department is comprised of 24 staff members. The positions in the Department include Director of Technology, (.5) Administrative Assistant, System Administrator, Sr. Network Engineer, Network Engineer, Information Systems Manager, Programmer, (2) Software Support Specialists, Help Desk Technician, Technology Services Mangers, and (12) Building Technicians.
Technology Budget The Technology operating budget (without salaries and benefits) information was presented to the Technology Committee. One chart provided the five-year history of the Technology Budget in order to ascertain the current and history trend of resources devoted to District technology. Another piece of information was the current Technology operating budget. This included the breakdown of budget allocations so Committee members have a better understanding of Technology expenditures.

$4,000,000 $3,500,000 $3,000,000 $2,500,000 $2,000,000 $1,500,000 $1,000,000
$500,000 $0

Technology Budget 5-year History
$2,891,174 $3,316,920 $3,362,858 $2,453,998

FY13 $2,891,174

FY14 $3,316,920

FY15 $3,362,858

FY16 $2,453,998

FY17 $2,719,415


Tech Budget FY17 $2,719,415 • Contract Renewals $1,181,975 (43%) • Leases $1,167,050 (43%) • Network Communications $244,500 (9%) • Supplies $125,890 (5%)

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Network Communications

Supplies 5%

Contracts 43%

Leases 43%
Contracts Leases Network Communications Supplies


FHSD Technology Plan 2017-2020
CoSN Horizon’s Report 2016 For over 13 years, the New Media Group and the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) annually publishes the Horizon’s Report for K-12 education. CoSN is the national educational technology leader’s association. The Horizon’s Report examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and utilization in schools. The Horizon’s Report forecasts from current and emerging trends to create a fiveyear timeframe. The following is a chart summarizing the trends, developments, and challenges from the Horizon’s Report:

FHSD Technology Plan 2017-2020
ISTE Standards for Students 2016 The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the association for instructional technology. ISTE created the first set of technology standards for students in 2007. In 2016, ISTE published an updated set of standards to establish a more modern set of standards for technology skills and integration for students. The ISTE Standards call for students to be empowered learners, digital citizens, knowledge constructors, innovative designers, computational thinkers, creative communicators, and global collaborators. Empowered Learner
Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences. Digital Citizen Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical. Knowledge Constructor Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others. Innovative Designer Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions. Computational Thinker Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions. Creative Communicator Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals. Global Collaborator Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.
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