At the end of the last school year, we announced the broad strokes of our future technology plans for classrooms, teachers, and students. Over the summer, we’ve been working to further develop and begin action on those plans, and we are now ready to share more details in order to help you plan for the future and its impact on you, your students, and your school.
While our Instructional Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) group will continue to meet and advise us as we move forward, we want you to know that the plan is now known as the SVVSD Learning Technology Plan, or LTP for short.
Here’s an overview of what is in the works and what the plan will mean for teaching and learning in the district.
SVVSD Learning Technology Plan
Why Are We Doing This?
After the 2011 mill levy override ensured a consistent stream of funds for technology refresh, we convened the ITAC group to help us better understand the best way to invest those dollars. They first did some thinking and planning around what we would consider to be the essential environments and activities that would best promote learning environments that will be ripe for the types of learning that must happen in St. Vrain. The group generated a collection of considerations – actions and attributes that the group felt was essential for framing their work. These considerations were largely formed from their understanding of the technology skills required by the new Colorado academic standards.
The specific plans derive from those initial conversations around what students and teachers needed their technology to help them accomplish.
What will change?
Currently, each school has a set of desktop computer-based labs that are available for student use.
As we move forward, each school will continue to have physical labs, with Mac mini computers replacing any existing iMac computers. In addition, carts of Chromebooks in the schools will reduce demand on labs for many tasks and ensure sufficient capacity for future assessment needs.
Currently, each classroom has a Citrix thin client available and some classrooms have mounted projectors.
As we move forward, each classroom will have a Mac mini computer and a mounted projector. (Note: The installation of the mounted projectors will follow the bond construction effort.)
Currently, students have access to a mix of laptop carts, computer labs, and other mobile devices such as iPads and iPods.
As we move forward, each classroom in grades PreK-5 will have a dedicated number of iPad mini devices and each student in grades 6-12 will have an iPad mini assigned to them.
Currently, teachers have access to a thin client, with some schools providing laptops for teacher use.
As we move forward, every teacher will be assigned an iPad mini.
(PDF Version Learning Technology Plan – Final)
When will these changes occur?
In our elementary schools, some of these changes have already begun as half of our schools have updated Mac desktop machines in their computer labs and 90 of our PreK and K teachers have received their teacher iPad mini to prepare for the GOLD assessment.
Our middle schools will see many changes to their sites over the next 18 months. In February of this year, every middle school teacher will be equipped with an iPad mini and will have opportunities to engage in professional learning about the iPad as an instructional tool. In the fall of 2014, middle school students will receive an iPad mini.
In our high schools, changes will begin to occur in the summer of 2014 as Chromebook carts are delivered to schools, followed by a fall deployment of classroom Mac desktops and a spring influx of iPad mini devices for each teacher.
These are just of a few of the changes in store. To see a more comprehensive look at the rollout plan, take a look at this document or use these presentations to see a summary of changes in elementary school, middle school, and high school.
What will the district take away?
While there are many laptops, iPads, iPods and other devices in the district that will not be refreshed or replaced beyond their current life, DTS will not be removing them from schools (with the exception of classroom thin clients). These devices will live out their functional lives in the schools where they are now before being recycled at the end of their useful lifespan.
One other change that is significant is that DTS will not be approving additional school-level purchases of technology beyond this plan unless a school can demonstrate plans for refreshing and sustaining that technology.
How will our district do this thoughtfully and intentionally?
In just a few short weeks, Westview Middle School and Coal Ridge Middle School, our two middle school readiness sites, will begin distributing iPad mini devices to teachers in their buildings. They’ll be helping us work through the processes and procedures that will ensure a well planned rollout to the remaining secondary schools.
How can I give feedback and follow the progress?
We’ll continue to share our process and progress on the Instructional Technology blog as well as through the ITAC committee blog. As always, we welcome your questions and comments via email or telephone. Please don’t hesitate to contact an instructional technology coordinator to share your thoughts.
We are excited to implement this plan with you.