IV.A.2.b. Ensuring Access for All Students.
All students and departments are included in both physical plans for technology
and for teacher/ department plans for integration into the curriculum. All classrooms
with have a networked computer to provide access to Internet and Intranet resources.
The plan includes 18 multimedia carts which can be checked out by teachers within departments
to deliver lessons around campus. Over 400 AlphaSmart word processors are being purchased
with carts to provide access to more classrooms. Besides integrating technology into the industrial arts classes and upgrading the three computer labs, the
Project Room will provide priority access to core class on a sign-up basis, and it
will be available after school. Extending the hours of the LMC after school will
provide more access for students to complete projects, class assignments, and practice skills.
IV.A.2.c. Appropriate Level of Resources.
This project, in conjunction with the local bond issue and other matching funds,
will provide the infrastructure and equipment to: Bring the Internet and Intranet
to every classroom. An additional 247 new computers for classrooms, upgrading labs,
upgrading LMC Add 455 AlphaSmart word processors Eighteen multimedia carts with a
laser printer, scanner, and LCD viewer will be distributed amongst various departments.
The Project Room will provide more access and multimedia resources.
Technical support from the district will be augmented by students who are being
trained as part of their career development experience. Future expenditures of categorical
funds, general funds, and contributions from a growing list of corporate collaborators will provide parts for maintenance and repair and will bring us to a ratio
of 4:1 students to networkable computers. IV.A.3. Library Media Center.
The Library Media Center (LMC) will be open all day and after school until 7:30 p.m.
and will also be open half day on Saturdays to provide more time for student use
and to encourage parents and members of the public to use the Center. After-hours use will be made possible by hiring a 4 hour Aide and by a group of parents
who have insured that four of them will assist on a regular schedule through out
the year. Library use time is augmented by teachers who are part of the Urban Classroom Teacher Program (UTCP). These teachers each give 42 hours of after school student
support each semester. A peer tutoring program is being developed which will add
to this support. Extended use is made possible through the assistance of the Newton
LAPD substation, and the cadets being trained there, whose presence increases general
The LMC now contains a Teacher/Staff Tech Center consisting of two Macintosh
computers, a black and white scanner, and a printer. It also houses a student media
center consisting of three Macs, four Windows computers, a color scanner, and two
printers. Another IBM Windows unit runs CD-ROMS for book and periodical searches. One
of these computers have Internet access via a shared phone line.
The technology lab for staff will be networked to both LAN and WAN. Student
and public use computers will be upgrade and networked. A CD-ROM tower will be installed.
The alarm system is being updated.
Teachers and students can from core classes will have priority on any given
school day to utilize LMC resources and work with a certificated librarian. The LMC
will allow students to complete portfolios and senior projects. IV.A.4. Incorporating Information Literacy Skills.
All entering students will be required to complete the freshman Introduction to Computers
course. Besides learning basic skills ( operating system skills, keyboarding, word
processing, spreadsheets, databases, multi-media use, communication) societal and ethical issues, and information literacy will be emphasized. Students will learn
how to access, evaluation, and use information from CD-ROMs and the Internet. Across
the curriculum, students will be trained to use correct references for technology
sources in citations and bibliographies. Every class will integrate information literacy
into the course of study. Students will evaluate information from diverse resources
for use in class projects. Assessment will include electronic portfolios and the
required senior project portfolio.
The staff will share effective practices during articulation meetings with feeder
middle schools. Practices will also be shared during monthly Cluster Technology
Meetings, Instructional Cabinet meetings. IV.A.5. Disabled access.
The network throughout the school brings access to all classrooms including all
special education classes. Course work will be supported through assistive and adaptive
technologies such as screen readers and word prediction software. Other access issues are addressed above in section A.2.b. Ramps and elevators provide access to the
Library Media Center, labs, Project Room, classrooms, and offices. Ten computers
and Alpha Smart word processors will also be used in special education classes.
Special education classrooms will be wired for full access to the Intranet and Internet.