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Jefferson H.S. Technology Plan
Technology Committee, 1995
LAUSD Technology Vision Statement
All schools thoughout the District will have the means to provide a rich technological environment in classrooms for the purpose of enhancing and strengthening students' basic skills, creativity, problem solving abilities, and school-to-work career skills.
Jefferson High School Technology Vision Statement
In keeping with the mission and goals of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Jefferson High School is committed to graduating students who possess the skills needed to succeed in an increasingly complex information-based society. Our goals are to use technology to develop reading, writing and other authoring skills; develop career skills; and use technology to motivate students and help make the process of learning more rewarding for students and teachers.
The ability to process and manipulate information has already become the single most important determiner of economic success for individuals as well as states and nations. In this new information age, effective language acquisition sklls and the ability to gather and distribute information through electronic communication is vital. Students must acquire the reading and writing skills necessary to access, process, and effecitively participate in this expandling flow of information. Therefore, Jefferson High School's vision is to graduate students who are comfortable with and proficient in using educational technology in all its forms as information and resources and to possess the skills to interact with individuals or organizations and agencies through computer telecommunications.
JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY PLAN
The Jefferson High School Technology Plan has been developed in order to provide a set of guiding principles for the training of faculty and staff, development of instructional programs and teaching strategies, acquisition of hardware and software, and utilization of outside resources within the arena of educational technology. A technology advisory committee has been formed in order to recommend specific actions that need to be taken to meet short- and long-term goals.
- Students will use technology as a tool for learning, reading, writing, and research skills.
- Technology will be integrated into all courses.
- School-wide community will master technological skills.
- 4. Students will use modem connectivity to have access and to interact with world-wide information through technology.
- Technology through e-mail will be used as a communication tool within the school, the community, and the world.
- Students will develop ethical values with regard to the use of technology.
- Technology will be used to motivate students to learn.
- Students will use technology to create imaginative and innovative solutions to problems.
- Students will appreciate the value of technology.
- Optimize and utilize existing equiment and train staff to its efficient use.
Preliminary Action Plan, 1995-96
Following are action plans which the Technology Planning Committee believes can be achieved or begun during the 1995-96 school year and which lay the foundation for long term plans.
- Inventory school-wide technology.
- Conduct a survey of faculty, staff, students, and parents to determine degree of computer use.
- Conduct a survey of cluster feeder schools to determine computer use for instructional purposes and the degree of access for students.
- Provide staff development that raises all faculty and staff to at least minimum levels of computer literacy.
- Disseminate and explain the JHS Technology Plan to faculty, staff, parents, community, and students.
- Write grants to acquire computer equipment and software.
- Train selected teachers on the Internet.
- Encourage faculty and staff to attend technology seminars, workshops, and conferences, and to visit model technology sites.
- Establish a centralized teacher technology center.
- Establish a business-school partnership to provide technology and training for Jefferson High School.
- Establish a technology coordinatorship.
Action Plan for the Next Three-to-Four Years
The following activities can be achieved over a period of three to four years in order to fulfill long term goals.
- Connect all instructional computers to the Internet by cabling them to the file server.
- Seek funding to purchase network cards, cables, and pay for the installation. Seek and make use of volunteer experts outside the school to assess cabling needs and oversee the installation.
- Require all students to demonstrate computer literacy as a graduation requirement, either by completion of coursework or by examination.
- Make a recommendation to the Superintendent to update high school graduation requirements.
- Advance faculty computer literacy for classroom instructional purposes.
- Recommend computer literacy workshops and in-services to the Jefferson High Staff Development Committee. Use SB 1882 funds to provide these workshops. Work with Adult Education to provide computer literacy classes for faculty
- Advance parent computer literacy as a support for students.
- Invite parents to participate in faculty and staff workshops on computer literacy. Work with all available resources such as Adult Education and ROP to provide computer literacy classes for parents and community members.
- Acquire a minimum of one computer unit per classroom, cabled to the file server.
- Seek grant funds through the State or private sources to purchase computers for instructional purposes. Plan budgets for restricted and non-restricted funds to include the purchase of computer equipment.
- Acquire a multi-media lab to which all classrooms have access.
- Seek funds to acquire a multi-media lab.
- Establish a Jefferson High School BBS (electronic bulletin board service).
- Seek funds to purchase a BBS server. Contract with a computer products retail outlet to provide reduced cost modems for purchase by students, parents, and the community. Work with telephone company to install sufficient telephone lines to serve the BBS. Train a student BBS manager.
- Provide a bank of computers in the library for student use.
- Seek funding to increase the number of computers for student use.
- Articulate with feeder elementary and middle schools to develop a K-12 technology sequence.
- Work with the Cluster to develop an articulated technology sequence for the Cluster.
- Establish partnerships with businesses and the community to acquire equipment and software and take advantage of human and technological resources.
- Work with the Chamber of Commerce and service organizations to articulate needs and develop plans that will benefit both businesses and the school.
- Revise curriculum guides to reflect technological goals, objectives, and values inherent in the technology plan.
Plan for Monitoring and Evaluating
The Technology Planning Committee will be responsible for monitoring and evaluating the progress of the Technology Plan. In order to do so, the committee will...
- meet at least three times a school year, at the beginning of the year, in mid-year, and at the end of the year to assess the implementation of the Technology Plan.
- reassess the goals and activities of the Technology Plan in order to ensure that it reflects the current situation.
- review and update inventory of equipment and software.
- assess the progress of staff development with regard to faculty and student computer literacy.
- assess the degree to which technology has been integrated into normal classroom teaching.
- assess the degree to which technology has enhanced communication between the school and the community.
- assess the district's progress toward revising instructional guidelines, revising graduation requirements, and developing a district-wide technology plan.
(UPDATE 10/24/97) Action Plan for the Next Three to Four Years
The following activities can be achieved over a period of three to four years in order to fulfill long-term goals.
- Connect the four existing computer labs and print shop to the Internet and include a file server. Include a presentation device (projector, LCD panel) in each lab with a screen so that students can present projects.
- Acquire a minimum of one computer unit per classroom, connected to a local area network. Install 4 network "drops" in each classroom, and twenty "drops" for the library.
- Install a file server and laser printer for the eight largest departments and each academy.
- Install a separate administrative network which connects the offices of the dean, attendance, each counselor, ESL, Chapter 1, plant manager, textbook room, cafeteria, nurse, library, college center, career center, student store, social services, and other appropriate offices. Each office will include a computer and a bar-code reader to access student information via the student's I.D. card. Student information can be centralized and accessed via a web based system so that each office can obtain a more complete "picture" of each student. Information will include attendance and tardies, textbook,library and equipment fines, deans' and counselors' reports, class schedule, classes needed to graduate, present grade point average, nurse's reports and emergency information, parent reports, sports eligibility, resume, college and career information, and other relevant data.
- Create seven technology clusters which would involve installing ten networked computers in a secure classroom, with two scanners, two printers, digital camera and a presentation device (projector, LCD panel, etc.). These would be working classrooms were students could create projects and present them on a large screen. Arrangements can be made to check out these clusters and have classes switch rooms.
- T.A.s would be assigned to assist the teachers in the computer labs, project rooms, and cluster.
- Acquire a computer, network administrator to repair and maintain the curriculum and administrative networks.
- Acquire 400 portable word processors, 8 carts, and 8 printers and assign them to the seven largest departments. They will be checked out to classes to create reports, essays, resumes, etc.
- Develop and electronic portfolio system whereby incoming students can bring a record of their projects from cluster feeder schools. Students will continue to save reports, essays, and other projects completed in high school on their own disks, and on storage devices maintained at school. These portfolios could be used for college and job applications too.
- Institute computer and equipment repair courses and courses on network instillation and maintenance under the school-to-work program.
- Install a security system in each lab and cluster with motion detectors and a loud horn and/or camera. Install a central monitoring device in the main office.
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