Dozier Elementary Technology Plan 2009-2014


INTRODUCTION/OVERVIEW

Dozier Elementary’s goal is continue to provide and/or encourage technology growth through ongoing professional development and resources necessary for the successful integration of technology into our educational system. 

Dozier Elementary is a Pre K through 5th Grade elementary school in Erath, Louisiana and Vermilion Parish.   Our current faculty consists of a Principal, an Assistant Principal, one counselor, one curriculum facilitator, twenty six classroom teachers, nine “non classroom” educators and six paraprofessionals. Dozier has one technology specialist and one technology coach. Dozier Elementary has 554 students.

In the fall of 2009, Dozier Elementary was relocated back to the original school campus (415 West Primeaux) since Hurricane Rita’s 2005 flooding damages forced the school into FEMA buildings (12725 North Road, Erath).  In the years since 2005, the school has worked hard continuing to build their technology program in terms of equipment and staff development, despite the obstacles of being a displaced school and movement (four times) since 2005. Teachers have attended workshops, sessions and conferences. Of the 36 Educators during the 2009-2010 year, 29 have completed INTECH. Seventeen teachers have taken ETI or LaTel Courses. Others have participated in software workshops after school or those offered at the Central Office. Our goal for faculty and staff members is continued growth through professional development technology courses.

Dozier Elementary educators have access to many online resources through the district to enhance parent communication and lessons. Our district website, our own updated school website, JPAMS and OnCourse homework websites all offer connections for parents, teachers and town residents. JPAMS is a program for grading, which also allows parents to check their child’s absences or grades at any time. OnCourse websites offer children’s online homework daily and teacher information if needed.

 

The school website offers three calendars. The district calendar is linked. Also available are a school calendar and technology check out calendar for teachers to check out available technology equipment. All of which allow communication between the faculty members, parents and community.

 

Moodle is a new online service which is being used as a daily communication tool between administrators, faculty and staff members. Dozier Elementary has a school Moodle account in which the Principal and Assistant Principal communicate daily announcements. . In addition teachers are able to access information and documents from their supervisors at our district office.  The teachers are using the Moodle site to communicate by emailing faculty member via Moodle as well.

 

The Dozier Elementary Technology Specialist and Coach also maintain a separate Dozier Elementary Technology Moodle site with tech updates, notes and courses in an attempt for teacher and school wide technology growth each year.  The site has continuing and updated information on a regular basis.

 

In an attempt to share online technology projects with one another and parents, Dozier Elementary has an “Eye on Tech” website corner to share with the community. The site has been available for four years and includes student work, photographs and technology teacher sessions, all of which has enhanced the school technology program. One recent school wide project in the winter of 2009-2010 involved every classroom contributing electronic items (written passages, digital photographs or flip camera videos) for the 2060 Time Capsule program.

 

Fifteen Dozier Elementary Teachers currently have personal updated websites with two more to be started in the spring of 2010.  All educators have updated their OnCourse websites this past year. All of these resources and professional development will be used to provide students and with the technologies needed for successful technology integration.

 

Current Technology Infrastructure:

·         Dozier Elementary currently has one school server with individual teacher and student folders.

·         All classrooms, offices, and the cafeteria are networked with CAT 5 and have access to our Central Office servers as well as the Internet

 

Proposed Technology Projects and Upgrades:

·         Dozier Elementary will provide in house technology staff development sessions as needs arise for new resources or to help lessen the gap between new technologies and teacher’s knowledge.  (Sessions may be before, during or after school) Plans have been made for updates on Promethean Board sessions, school visitations and an Activotes session in the fall of 2010. Software sessions have been offered to the staff members. Sessions will be set up according to needs. (Kidspiration 3, Kidsworks Deluxe, Writer’s Companion, Inspiration 8, Timeliner 5.0, MS Office 2007 and more) Dozier Elementary’s Technology Moodle site has more information about software and to do online sessions. As a follow up to staff development teachers are allowed to go and observe teachers in our school or within our parish a lesson that involves the Promethean Board.

·         Professional Development will continue to be encouraged at the State, Parish, Regional and School Level. Funding will be used if available when courses require payment. Teachers will be notified and encouraged to attend LACUE, as well as free conferences such Regional LACUE and courses offered by the district.  Emails or messages will be posted in Moodle to notify teachers of upcoming events.

·         Classroom computers or nComputing will be purchased for classrooms when funding is readily available through fundraising projects. Grants applications will be completed to try and acquire computers and/or nComputing systems. Suzette Stutes, a current 5th grade teacher has applied for a laptop through DonorsChoose.org.  

·         When and if funds are available through fundraising or grants, Promethean ACTIVotes will be purchased for the school. Teachers could use the current Technology Calendar to check out.

·         When and if funds are available through fundraising or grants, flip cameras or digital cameras will be acquired or purchased for teachers to use for multimedia projects.

·         Dozier Elementary Principal set up a “Dozier Digital Wish List” Site to help acquire more digital tools (cameras, flip cameras, etc).through donations online.

·         A few Dozier Elementary teachers have also registered for items through Digital Wish (See list here). School leaders and tech coordinators will guide teachers to set up accounts to help acquire more technology tools.

·         If funds are available through fundraising or grants, Dozier Elementary would like to acquire an additional Mobile Lab. Currently all teachers are being entered in the Discovery Channel Wireless Contest daily.  Grant sites and contests are being researched for more possibilities to gain more lap tops in the school.

Action Steps 1: Strengthen Leadership

Leaders at all levels will support systemic change through transformational leadership while monitoring effective use of instructional technology which supports standards-based school improvement efforts.

 

Current Status:

1.       One person from each school is appointed Technology Specialist to help teachers with technical issues and/or serving as the person to communicate technical problems at the school.

2.       Average of one Technology Coach at each school to help with technology integration activities, ideas and problems.

3.       Principal and assistant principal use technology regularly in their work and completely support technology integration into the classroom.

4.       School currently has a team of technology representatives to help with various technology tasks at the school level.

 

Benchmarks, Target Year 2014

  1. Educational administrators/leaders will be technology proficient according to state adopted standards found in the International Society for Technology in Education’s National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators (NETS-A).
  2. Current educational administrators/leaders will participate in leadership professional development offered by the Louisiana Department of Education.
  3. Current educational administrators/leaders will be encouraged to use technology to effectively monitor and evaluate teachers.
  4. All newly appointed educational administrators/leaders will participate in ongoing professional development designed to develop/strengthen leadership skills and provide support during the first years of service.
  5. Educational administrators/leaders will routinely model appropriate use of technology resources to support administrative and instructional functions.
  6. Educational administrators/leaders will include components of effective technology integration in the development of school improvement plans.
  7. Educational administrators/leaders and curriculum specialists will integrate educational technology into the state-mandated Comprehensive Curriculum.

 

Strategies:

 

Strategy

Timeline

Person Responsible

  1. Leaders will participate in ongoing professional development activities such as, but not limited to: LEADTECH, Educational Leader Induction, LA LEADS local workshops and/or inservices. 

Annually

School Leaders

  1. Monitoring the implementation of technology-based applications for maintaining and reporting student grades, attendance records, scheduling, and other necessary record keeping.

Annually

School Leaders

  1. School leaders will provide opportunities for teachers to gather and share ways in which that have integrated technology into the curriculum.

Annually

School Leaders

  1. Leaders will appoint and participate in school technology committee on a yearly basis.

Annually

School Leaders

  1. With funding available, leaders will allow teachers to participate in professional development technology conferences and share information gathered from meetings, workshops or conventions.

Annually

School Leaders

  1. School leaders will model and use email and Moodle to communicate with all faculty members on a regular basis.

Daily use of Moodle, Email when needed

School Leaders

 

 

Evaluation Strategies and Timeline

 

Evaluation Strategy

Frequency

Timeline

  1. State Technology Survey and documentation of Professional Development workshops or sessions.

Annually

May

  1. Monitoring will take place with electronic programs such as JPAMS, OnCourse, Moodle, etc.

Daily/Weekly

May

  1. Documentation of meetings with dates and topics shared.

Annually

May

 

Action Step 2: Improve Teacher Training

 

Teachers will participate in effective professional development to ensure that technology and other educational resources available in schools are being used to enhance student learning.

 

Current Status:

  1. At this time, district workshops are offered for all staff at the parish training center during and after school as well as during the summer. Topics include the use of hardware and software for various administrative tasks relative to their job functions and teacher training.
  2. Technology Specialists and Technology Coaches attend training sessions alternating six weeks to enrich technology skills and become technology leaders.
  3. Annual three day Summer Technology Coaches Camp and a one day technology specialist workshop are held each summer.
  4. District inservices are currently held twice a year which include sessions on technology resources and integration.
  5. Onsite professional development workshops on various topics of interest or specific software are offered before or after school upon request.
  6. Regional Technology Conference sessions are offered for teachers through the TLTC IV Center.
  7. Funding provided for teachers and administrators to attend state and/or national computer conferences (LACUE, NECC) to develop leaders in technology integration are currently provided by EETT federal funds.
  8. Leaders will offer “in house” technology sessions to promote effective technology integration lessons for students.

 

Benchmarks, Target Year 2014

 

  1. Faculty and staff members will engage in professional development activities which mesh National Technology Standards, technology integration and the current Louisiana Comprehensive Curriculum.
  2. Teachers will engage in professional development that includes both online and face-to-face meetings either at the school/district/regional or state level. 
  3. Teachers will participate in professional learning that facilitates the integration of technology into student learning through study groups, district sessions, etc.
  4. Pre-service teachers will participate in technology integrated courses designed to model best practices in integrating technology into the Comprehensive Curriculum or locally adopted curriculum.
  5. All teachers and teacher preparation faculty will be trained in software that uses technology to perform administrative tasks efficiently.  (i.e., digital records, such as electronic gradebooks, lesson plans, attendance)
  6. Teachers who attend professional development trainings will share technology ideas and resources from the sessions they attend at faculty meetings, study groups during in school technology meetings.

Strategies:

 

Strategy

Timeline

Person Responsible

1.     Encourage technology professional development and sharing at the school level once teachers attend technology based workshops, sessions, as well as having the technology leaders in the school share information from technology sessions.

Ongoing

School and technology leaders

2.     Provide opportunities for educators through study groups, district sessions, etc. to enhance their educational technology knowledge and skills by developing and providing access to professional development programs, funding stipends and substitutes, and providing travel assistance.

Ongoing

School leaders

3.     Recommend and support participation in professional organizations such as LACUE, ISTE (formerly NECC) or others by providing financial assistance to staff, if funds are readily available.

Ongoing

School leaders

4.     Provide substitutes for technology specialists and technology coaches each six weeks to either meet for planned professional development at the central office or work within their schools with their teachers as needed.

Ongoing

School leaders

5.     Send regular email messages and use Moodle to promote productive educational websites, technology lesson ideas and resources, and instructional tools.  A school Moodle technology geared site for teachers and leaders has been set up to enhance technology integration and learning experiences for the Dozier Elementary.

Ongoing

School leaders, faculty members

 

 

Evaluation Strategies and Timeline

 

Evaluation Strategy

Frequency

Timeline

  1. Certificates, sign in sheets, etc. for Workshop/Sessions Conferences, and technology staff development at all levels.

Ongoing

Annually

  1. Tech Coach/Tech Specialist dates can be verified with Vermilion Parish Technology documentation sign in documents.

Ongoing

Annually

 

Action Step 3: Support E-Learning and Virtual Schools

In the past five years, there has been significant growth in organized online instruction (E-learning) and “virtual” schools, making it possible for students at all levels to receive high quality supplemental  courses or full courses of instruction personalized to their needs. Traditional schools are turning to these services to expand opportunities and choices for students and professional development for teachers.

Current Status:

 

Benchmarks, Target Year, 2014

1.  All teachers will work in Moodle or other online communication resources. Teachers will also use email to communicate with leaders, other teachers and parents.

2.      All school and district administrators will have experienced online professional development either as a student or instructor.

Evaluation Strategies and Timeline:

Evaluation Strategy

Frequency

Timeline

School Technology Survey

Annual

Annually in the spring of each year.

Certificate or signup sheet showing proof of attending online learning course.

Ongoing

Annually

In Moodle, leaders can monitor forums, sign in dates and times, etc.  Lessons can be monitored by leaders set up for educators.

Ongoing

Annually

 

Strategies:

·         Inform district and school administrators, teachers, and students of e-learning opportunities provided for them by the district and state.

·         Create e-learning opportunities that support goals and benchmarks provided by the state, district, and local levels.

·         Encourage teachers and principals to participate in state initiatives that provide e-learning experiences.

Action Step 4: Encourage Improved Access and Technology Usage

Most public schools, colleges and universities now have access to high-speed, high-capacity hardware, software, and broadband communications. However, improved access, usage and integrated, interoperable data systems that are current and well-maintained could empower educators to transform teaching. 

 

Current Status:

 

 

Benchmarks, Target Year 2014

1.    Students, teachers and administrators will have access to computers and appropriate connectivity in educational settings.

3.    At least eighty percent (80%) of all instructional spaces in PK-12 classrooms will exhibit a minimal ratio of 4:1 student-to-networked computer, one networked teacher computer, one networked printer, and a large screen display.

4.   At least eighty five percent (85%) of students will use software packages including a productivity package, virus protection, and software that promote open-ended reasoning and higher-order thinking skills.

5.    Students will use age appropriate technology to conduct research, to solve problems, to analyze data, to collaborate, and to communicate with experts and peers

 

Strategies:

 

Strategy

Timeline

Person Responsible

1.       Promote Internet Safety sites and information available to teachers and parents. Parish link located on the school website. Librarian (and/or teachers will promote internet safety lessons)

Ongoing

School leaders, webmaster, librarian and/or teachers

2.       Promote timely and sustained teacher technology support with adequate school and district staff and resources.

Ongoing

School and technology leaders

3.       Maintain high-speed, reliable Internet access and equipment for both teachers and students.

Ongoing

District technology leaders

4.       Provide the funds, technology, bandwidth and storage capabilities to facilitate communication and the collection and sharing of district created resources.

Ongoing

District technology leaders

  1. Continue to seek local funding such as property tax and sales tax.

Ongoing

District technology leaders

6.       Use data from both administrative and instructional systems to understand relationship between decisions, allocation of resources and student achievement.

Ongoing

School and technology leaders

 

Evaluation Strategies and Timeline

 

Evaluation Strategy

Frequency

Timeline

School Technology Survey Report Data

Annual

In the spring each year

Classroom observations, evaluations and other forms of documentation (including student work and/or in online electronic lesson plans).

As designated by system

At the end of each year

Technology Proficiency Self-Assessment

Annually

In the spring each year

APPENDIX A

NEEDS ASSESSMENT Data

 

List the school’s strengths and weaknesses as identified by data collected.
Percentages listed are the percentage of teachers reporting the item as a strength or weakness.

 

System’s Strengths

System’s Weaknesses

1.  Projectors in all classrooms

2.  Dozier Elementary has a number of software programs that are useful for students in the classroom (MS Word, PPT, Kidspiration 3, Kidsworks Deluxe, Timeliner, Writer's Companion are available to all).  Most have Graph Club from INTECH.

3.  District programs available to all include United Streaming, JPAMS, OnCourse, Ebasco, Moodle etc.

4. School Technology team including 4 tech reps, a technology coach and a technology specialist and the leaders.

5. Strong community involvement

6. All but two K-5 Classrooms have set ups with no less than 5 computers (some include nComputing) and printers. 

7. Most classroom teachers are using technology daily (especially in reading centers)

7. Current and updated website to strengthen community ties.

8. Administrators, teachers and staff members use online communication through email/Moodle daily.

 1. Needs more teacher professional development either at the school, district, regional, state or national level workshops.

2.  Not every classroom has Promethean Boards. All teachers need to be trained to receive one.

3. Teacher awareness of National Technology Standards.

4.  Some teachers are still using 2000 machines that are fairly slow.

5.  Student technology skills in terms of an overall system

 

APPENDIX B

Dozier Elementary School

TECHNOLOGY PLAN DEVELOPMENT TEAM MEMBERS

 

List the names and position/affiliation of team members serving on your school’s Technology Plan Development Team.  Team members should include teachers and staff from various areas and levels, an administrator, a parent and/or community leader, and a student if grade appropriate.

 

Dates of Meetings:
(Keep Sign-in sheets on file at the school) 

 

All documentation of meetings and online communication is also available in the Dozier Elementary Technology Moodle account.

 

NAME

Position / Affiliation

Karla Toups

Principal

Natalie Hebert

Assistant Principal

Ashlie Bernard

Pre K Teacher and Tech Rep

Cecile DuBois

Kindergarten Teacher, Tech Rep

Lori Porter

4th Grade Teacher School Tech Coach and Tech Rep

DeEtte Bigot

5th Grade Teacher, Tech Rep,

Mary Delcambre

Parent

Stacy Bodin

Dozier Elementary Technology Specialist

Meeting/Communication Dates

NOTE: All specific online communication (via email/Moodle) is all located in the Dozier Elementary Technology Moodle account.

 

Faculty Review Assurance

WE HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE THIS 9TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2010, THAT WE HAVE REVIEWED AND ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY PLAN FOR DOZIER ELEMENTARY.

 

Name

Position / Affiliation

Signature

 Karla Toups (Committee)

Principal

 

 Natalie Hebert (Committee)

Assistant Principal

 

 Stacy Bodin (Committee)

Technology Specialist

 

 Ashlie Landry (Committee)

Pre K, Tech Rep

 

 Cecile Dubois (Committee)

K, Tech Rep

 

 Lori Porter (Committee)

4th Grade, Tech Rep & Coach

 

 DeEtte Bigot (Committee)

5th Grade Tech Rep

 

 Mary Delcambre (Committee)

Parent

 

Glenn Roy Leblanc

Counselor

 

 Angie Detraz

Pre K

 

 Claudell Thibodeaux

Kindergarten

 

 Ellen Hebert

Kindergarten

 

 Hope Hebert

Kindergarten

 

 Cindy Hargrave

1st  Grade

 

 Amy Champagne

1st  Grade

 

 Sadie M. Suire

1st  Grade

 

 Regina Caillouet

1st  Grade

 

 Pam Cheek

2nd  Grade

 

 Jenny Domingues

2nd Grade

 

 Rebecca Yates

2nd Grade

 

 Debbie Hebert

2nd Grade

 

 Stacy Broussard

3rd  Grade

 

 Melanie Alleman

3rd  Grade

 

 Melissa  T. Romero

3rd  Grade

 

 Lauren H. Landry

3rd  Grade

 

 Maleigha Viator

4th Grade

 

 Kay Lurry

4th Grade

 

 Jennifer Toups

4th Grade

 

 Andrea P. Bernard

5th Grade

 

 Jill S. Viator

5th Grade

 

 Suzette Stutes

5th Grade

 

 Rachel Romero

SPED

 

Allison Migues

SPED

 

Fran Nunez

Speech

 

Karen Bodin

Enrichment

 

Barbara Lapoint

Reading

 

Joddy Landry

Reading