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9. Action Plan

b. Other strategies

Guidelines / Requirements for compliance in this section (from the Peer-Response Rubric):

Other strategies focused on the following are present in the plan:


Narrative:

Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) strives to provide instructional technology resources for students, parents, and staff members. As identified in the gap analysis (Section 7a), the overall goal relating to technology access is to bring all schools to a high level of technology access.

To prepare for technology upgrade initiatives, technology “tiers” have been developed to identify school capabilities. The goal for GCPS is to eventually provide Tier 5 access to all schools, depending upon funding availability across multiple years.

Tier 1

Access capabilities: Tier 1 provides baseline access to Email, Internet, SIS, StART from school over a shared environment.

Technology: Novell network operating systems with a hub (shared) infrastructure

Tier 2

Access capabilities: Tier 2 leverages the existing bandwidth (T1 – 1.5Mb) to the school and increases speed to the classroom by providing a dedicated pipe to each classroom.

Technology: Move from hub (shared) to switched infrastructure

Tier 3

Access capabilities: Tier 3 provides significantly improved throughput to each student computer in the school and provides the network infrastructure to allow access to instructional applications over the network.

Technology: Increase network bandwidth to the school from 1.5 Mb/s to 100Mb/s

Tier 4

Access capabilities: Tier 4 provides more extensive capabilities for centralized management and for the overall security of the network.

Technology: Move from Novell to Active Directory

Tier 5

Access capabilities: Tier 5 upgrades the end user technology to the current standards and leverages the Tier III architecture, which provides the capability of accessing the latest, most effective instructional applications such as River Deep, NCS Learn, and Read 180.

Technology: Move to Pentium computers and Windows XP OS

Tier 7 Access capabilities: In Tier 7, a portal offers a secure single point of access for teachers to remotely access from home a limited set of key applications and email.

Gap analyses have identified the schools that are not yet at Tier 5 access. At the date of this report, only 34.3% of GCPS schools are connected at the Tier 5 access level. The priorities for determining which schools will be moved to Tier 5 access include mitigating risk to the network infrastructure, age of the technology in the schools, and special instructional priorities such as a focus on Targeted Assistance Schools.

New schools and those schools with upgraded technology also receive a "base technology package" that supports the planned activities at the school. For example, each newly constructed or upgraded classroom includes a teacher laptop, a desktop printer, a television, and two network connections. Each school receives Media Center and administrative office equipment that supports the specific school level (e.g. elementary, middle, or high). Each school can also purchase specific technology improvements or upgrades with local school funds in the pursuit of local instructional activities.

Follow this link for a list of what's included in a new or upgraded school

Each school works with its community to increase parent and community use of school technology. The following activities are common in many schools to increase parent involvement in student learning via technology.

To aid with the reading of the specific objectives, all of the plans are organized and separated by our seven Strategic Goals, as applicable to the scope of this instructional technology plan. Click on the following links to see the detail to each section:

  1. Ensure a world-class education for all students by focusing on teaching and learning the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum.
  2. Ensure a safe, secure, and orderly environment for all.
  3. Optimize student achievement through responsible stewardship of its financial resources and the proactive pursuit of all resources necessary to meet current and future demands.
  4. Recruit, employ, develop, and retain a workforce that achieves the mission and goals of the organization.
  5. Meet the continuing and changing demand for essential information through technological systems and processes that support effective performance and desired results.
  6. Provide and manage the system's facilities and operations in an exemplary manner as determined by programmatic needs and best management practices.
  7. Apply continuous quality improvement strategies and principles as the way the organization does business.

Technical support is provided through local school technology team members who can assist teachers and staff members in their instructional technology needs.

Technology support for local school technology teams and central office personnel is accomplished through the Information Management Division (IMD) Help Desk, which tracks support questions and assist in the problem-solving process. There are also a number of third-level support specialists who provide training and technology support on specific systems and applications.

 


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