Houston Independent School Technology Plan for 2006- 2010
Introduction Technology is a common word within the walls of every school sponsored by the United States government Shaping the lives of students with technology has developed into a plan that each district must follow for success Technology is not functionally without human interaction Planning is construction and implementation is learning
Technology Plan an (Overview) Houston Independent School District
E xecutive Summary The plan build upon a series of directions that the district is trying to taking with technology. Student learning and elevated instruction is one goal that the plan hopes to accomplish. A five year timeframe is used to define the plan
Creating the Plan Five Strategic Goals G1: Increase student achievement G2: Increase management efficiency G3: Improve public support and confidence G4: Create a positive district culture G5: Provide facilities to standard program
Timeline Year 1 February 2006 to June 2007 Year 2 July 2007 to June 2008 Year 3 July 2008 to June 2009 Year 4 July 2009 to June 2010 Year 5 July 2010 to June 2011
Findings F1 The goals are known by staff and do influence their planning F2 A program management office is being planned F3 Major applications are being used (SAP, People Soft, and Chancery) F5 The HISD Portal is a good tool for enhancing communication and collaboration desired by staff F6 HISD information systems operate independently F7 Information systems should interoperate
Findings F8 There is a need for unified student record that provides access to all of the data about students F9 User support needs to be enhanced with the technology support systems F10 Effective Data management in all schools F11 Technology should undergo a refresh period F12 District wide standards should be used
Recommendations within Plan Organize HISD technology resources around five program areas: Strategic Management and Accountability Learning Support and Planning Unified Student Record Administrative Systems Technology Systems
Implementation will address the following Technology Initiatives Instructional Information Solutions- Contribute to learning support and planning by providing timely access to information in a format that facilitates use for instruction Student Information Solutions – Support student data management by managing and delivering the software systems used to enroll, schedule, grade and document academic progress
Implementation will address the following Technology Initiatives Accountability Information Solution – Support accountability reporting by providing automated information systems that assist in collecting, analyzing and reporting information Administrative Information Solution – Automate the administrative systems for efficiency and reliability
Implementation will address the following Technology Initiatives Technology Infrastructure Solution – Provide infrastructure that connects teacher, students, support staff, and parents to the information they need Data Governance Solution - Implement a data management process driven by a vision for a common data architecture and policy for data integrity, quality, and security
Implementation will address the following Technology Initiatives Central Support Organization Solution – Continue the implementation of best practices for the technical support Help Desk. Portal Solution – Continue the implementation of the employee and community portals.
Implementation will address the following Technology Initiatives Cross Department Collaboration Solution – Establish a model of cross departmental collaboration and teamwork by further solidifying and refining the program manager structure. Emerging Technologies Solution – Monitor emerging technologies that can be applied to teaching, learning, and the operation of the District.
Implementation will address the following Technology Initiatives Technology Standards Solutions – Establish baseline standards for instructional and administrative technology for all schools and departments. Technology Equity Solutions – Establish a technology equity process that prioritizes technology dollars to bring all schools and offices to standard, in order of greatest need
Technology Programs: Focus and Organization The programs defined by this plan provides the goals and purpose of the district. These goals correlates to the Long- Range Strategic Plan for Technology
The Plan The plan will move HISD toward its goals through the application and use of technology.
Texas Long Range Plan for Technology Texas led the nation in it’s implementation of the Texas Long Range Plan for today’s school. The intent of the plan is to provide Texas student and teacher with a road map that will lead to leadership in technology within our schools.
The National Education Technology Plan The National Education Technology Plan was developed to tie in the goals of student achievement and technology The plan was developed so that states could monitor their outcomes, collaborate, to redesign structures, and hold themselves accountable for progress and results
Suggestions for Improvements The plan that HISD has put in place has many positive points There are some suggestions that should be made based on resources The first suggestions is that the district monitor school websites that are being used for public viewing. We should use well-executed markup that is consistent and easily understood by anyone working on your site, we should not “fake” markups or take shortcuts (Kaiser, 2006).
Suggestions for Improvements The district should implement a tracking system that can be used by the students. Pilter, Hubbell, Kuhn, and Malenoski (2007)suggestion that having students keep a track of their effort and achievement is a good classroom practice for teacher could contain some truth. Students seem to learn better if they have a road map to follow and they can compensate for their mistakes.
References Kaiser, S. (2006). Deliver first class web sites. Collingwood, VIC Australia: Sitepoints Pitler, H., Hubbell, E., Kuhn, M., & Malenoski, K. (2007). Using technology with classroom instruction that works. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.