ERA ISD Technology Plan for E-Rate Year 17
2013 - 2015

Jeremy Thompson
SUPERINTENDENT

DISTRICT PROFILE
ESC Region: 11
City, State Zip: ERA, TX 76238
Phone: (940) 665-2007
Fax: (940) 665-5311

Number of Campuses: 1
Total Student Enrollment: 451
District Size: Under 500
Percent Econ. Disadvantaged: 36.00%

Technology Expenditures: $133,013.00
- Teaching and Learning Budget: $35,423.00
- Educator Preparation and Development Budget: $1,200.00
- Leadership, Administration and Support Budget: $11,880.00
- Infrastructure for Technology Budget: $84,510.00

Technology Expenditure Per Pupil: $294.93
Number of Campuses with High-Speed Broadband Internet Access: 1
Percentage of Campuses with High-Speed Broadband Internet Access: 100.00%
Number of Classrooms with High-Speed Broadband Internet Access: 38
Percentage of Classrooms with High-Speed Broadband Internet Access: 100.00%
Computer/Student Ratio: 2 student(s) for every computer
Computer/Teacher Ratio: 1 teacher(s) for every computer
Number of campuses that need to complete the Texas Campus STaR Chart: 1
Percentage of campuses that have completed the Texas Campus STaR Chart: 100.00 %

PLAN INTRODUCTION
Plan Last Edited: 11/21/2013

This is an Updated plan. The plan editor entered these comments about the changes since last year's plan: new plan

Technology Planning Committee:
Mr. Jeremy Thompson . . . . . . Superintendent
Mrs. Deeann Black . . . . . . Technology Coordinator
Mr. Jereme Dietz . . . . . . . High School Principal
Mr. Autry Hardy . . . . . . . Elementary Principal
Mrs. Leann Spears . . . . . . Librarian
Mrs. Melissa Chaffin . . . . . Elementary Teacher
Mr. Michael Parkhill . . . . . Science Teacher
Mr. Ken Coleman . . . . . . . JH Computer Teacher
Mrs. Keri Heskett . . . . . . . Computer Teacher
Mrs. Courtney Stevens . . . . . Instructional Technologist

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The coordinated integration of technology systems into the curriculum of the Era Independent School District will establish a creative renaissance of intellectual growth within the community. The Era ISD recognizes the importance of technology as an educational tool for innovative teaching and learning that maintains a competitive education environment. Students will be enabled either to join the work force or gain entry into an institution that grants baccalaureate degrees.
Planning for the implementation and integration of technology to achieve campus and district goals is an ongoing process. With the help of this technology plan, the Era ISD will be able to purchase equipment and provide staff development. All of this is needed in order to integrate technology into the curriculum. The technology director will seek out and coordinate mechanisms to support the technology plan. The technology plan will be funded by, state technology allotment, grants, district money and Erate funds.

NEEDS ASSESSMENT
Assessment Process: A comprehensive needs assessment utilizing teacher surveys, interviews, meetings, inventories and the Texas District STaR Chart was conducted to analyze the current status of technology in the district and determine future needs. Items analyzed included: infrastructure, hardware, software, programs, technology resources, staff development, and technical support.

Existing Conditions:
The following technology is currently in place:

* District Wide connection to the Internet via 25 MB Wireless Bandwidth
* Wireless Infrastructure to handle BYOD and Campus mobile devices
* Implemented HP Managed GB Switches.
* District Wide Web-Based Library Automation System
* Phone and Intercom System
* District Website Maintained using Centricity 2
* Web-based Student/Business Software Program (TxEIS)
* Two network drops in each elementary classroom.
* One network drop in each secondary classroom.
* Each classroom is equipped with a ceiling mount data projector, DVD/VCR combo, speakers & subwoofer and PC.
* Two computer labs in the high school building with networked printers and data projectors.
* One computer lab in junior high building with networked printer and data projector.
* One computer lab in elementary building with networked printer and data projector.
* Technology hardware District Wide such as 4 digital cameras, 4 scanners, 7 laser printers
* 4 Toshiba Network-Copier-Scanner-Fax Machines.
* 1 Teacher computer for emailing, gradebook, attendance and research in each classroom.
* Each classroom has access to networked laser printers.
* District Wide Anti-Virus Program installed on server for live virus definition downloads.
* 1 Cisco Router, 2 Dell Windows 2003 Server, 1 Dell Windows 2008
* 3Com Switches on the network.
* District Telecommunications Service consists of 2 fax lines and a phone system with separate extensions provided for each faculty and staff member.
* Written policy in place on Acceptable Use of the Internet.
* Wireless access points are mounted throughout each building.
* 172 Chromebooks
* 30 IPad Mini's for grades K-5
* Campus Wide Mobile Video Conferencing Unit.
* 6 Mobi Interactive Tablets
* 1 Interactive White Board
* 4 Netbook Carts
* 16 Document Cameras
* 2 CPS Units
* 9 IPADS in Special Ed Classroom
* 10 IPADS for Administration and School Board Members
* Off-Site Backup System

Technology Needs:
Findings from this needs analysis are as follows:

* Increase internet bandwidth.
* Move network to a VLAN network.
* Replace existing Cat 5 cabling to Cat 6 for faster speed to desktop.
* Replace Teacher computer to move to Windows 7 and 64 bit machines.
* Staff Development for teachers technology needs.
* Purchasing carts of mobile devices (Chromebooks)for a one-to-one technology in classrooms.




GOALS, OBJECTIVES, AND STRATEGIES

Goal 1: Utilize technology as a tool to foster improvement in academic achievement, curriculum integration and increased accessibility and innovation.

Objective 1.1: Move teachers toward roles of facilitator, mentor, and co-learner as needed for educating 21st century learners.
Budget for this objective: $0.00
LRPT Category: Teaching and Learning
E-Rate Correlates: ER01
NCLB Correlates: 01 02 04a 07 11 12

Strategy 1.1.1: Integrate the Technology Applications TEKS into all curriculum area in K-12.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: 2013-2015
Person(s) Responsible: Teachers, Principals
Evidence: Assessment of Lesson Plans, Objectives
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: TL03

Strategy 1.1.2: Establish expectations for technology proficiencies for new teachers. Create guidelines with a timeframe for faculty to reach advanced levels of proficiencies.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Principals, Tech Director
Evidence: Proficiency Certification
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: EP05

Strategy 1.1.3: Utilize the District website for “Technology Tips for the Week” where employees will learn and practice appropriate new technology skills.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Tech Director, WebMaster
Evidence: Era Website
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: LAS10

Objective 1.2: Graduate students with the technology skills to work collaboratively and communicate effectively and empower students for a digital world of information.
Budget for this objective: $9,000.00
LRPT Category: Teaching and Learning
E-Rate Correlates: ER01
NCLB Correlates: 01 02 03 05 08 11 12

Strategy 1.2.1: Increase student academic performance across the curriculum through technology integration into the classroom TEKS.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: 2013-2015
Person(s) Responsible: Teachers
Evidence: Lesson Plans, Student Portfolios
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: TL01, TL05, TL06

Strategy 1.2.2: Offer Technology Applications courses; offer a minimum of four courses annually.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Counselor, HS Principal
Evidence: Listing of course offerings
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: TL02, TL09

Strategy 1.2.3: Use Distance Learning Opportunities for expanding curriculum offerings and meeting the needs of all students.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Principals, Counselor
Evidence: Student Enrollment Form
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: TL13

Strategy 1.2.4: Provide flexible access to online library resources sufficient to meet Texas School Library Standards.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Tech Director, Librarian
Evidence: Database Usage
Comments: Destiny Online library program - $5,000 (2 yrs) Online Databases - $4,000 (2 yrs)
LRPT Correlates: TL10

Strategy 1.2.5: Offer United Streaming Videos and other online videos via a streaming video server.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Tech Director, Principal
Evidence: Statistics of Use, Generate a report of useage
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: TL11

Objective 1.3: Communicate with families and the community to encourage access to educational resources and promote parental involvement resulting in improved student performance.
Budget for this objective: $2,439.00
LRPT Category: Teaching and Learning
E-Rate Correlates: ER01
NCLB Correlates: 01 02 05 09 11 12

Strategy 1.3.1: Communicate with parents and community through the Era ISD website, School Messenger and via email for collaboration, information sharing and support for student academic success.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: On going
Person(s) Responsible: Teachers, Principals, Tech Director
Evidence: SchoolWires $585 + ($1275 x.30)=967.50 x 2 yr = $1935.00. Erated Cost, Email Services $12.00 x 70 users = $504.00 (2 yrs) Erate Cost School Messenger $1072.50
Comments: Appendix A
LRPT Correlates: I08

Strategy 1.3.2: Create and maintain an Instructional Technology webpage to provide students, parents and community members education Internet links and educational information to facilitate learning & research capabilities.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Tech Director
Evidence: Era ISD Website
Comments:
LRPT Correlates:

Strategy 1.3.3: Teachers will be encouraged to develop and maintain a webpage containing instructional information.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Teachers, Tech Director
Evidence: Teacher Webpage Online, PDAS
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: TL16

Objective 1.4: Make software and online tools available for student academic success.
Budget for this objective: $23,984.00
LRPT Category: Teaching and Learning
E-Rate Correlates:
NCLB Correlates: 02 07

Strategy 1.4.1: Establish baseline results and assess student progress in reading throughout all grade levels using campus adopted assessment tools.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Campus Principals
Evidence: Assessment Printouts
Comments: Renaissance Learning license $1300.00(325 Students * 4.00) w/ WebHosting $400.00 = $1700.00 x 2 yrs = $2,400.00
LRPT Correlates: LAS08, TL05

Strategy 1.4.2: Provide Technology Application material for grades K – 6th
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Principals, Tech Director
Evidence: Online Subscription
Comments: TEA- Online Subscription for Tech Application - Connected Tech
LRPT Correlates: TL01, TL03

Strategy 1.4.3: Provide Study Island for TAKS preparation software online and use Brain Pop and OdysseyWare for an online curriculum for student academic success.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: 2013-2015
Person(s) Responsible: Campus Principals, Technology Director
Evidence: Reports from Study Island
Comments: Study Island Webbased Program $5071.00 x 2yr = $10,142 OdysseyWare $5000.00 x 2yr = $10,000 BrainPop $721.00 x 2yr = $1,442
LRPT Correlates: EP01, EP03, LAS01, TL01, TL07

Goal 2: Teachers and staff will possess the necessary skills set to effectively integrate technology into the teaching and learning process to help motivate students to learn and prepare to enter a competitive technology society.

Objective 2.1: Teachers will be qualified in the area of Technology Application as defined by the SBEC Standards.
Budget for this objective: $0.00
LRPT Category: Educator Preparation and Development
E-Rate Correlates: ER02
NCLB Correlates: 01 02 03 04a 07 11

Strategy 2.1.1: Administrators will evaluate staff in terms of SBEC standards via STAR Chart input.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Principals
Evidence: PDAS
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: EP02, EP04, LAS12

Strategy 2.1.2: Teachers will be encouraged to develop a link on their webpage containing how they use technology in their classroom.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: 2013-2015
Person(s) Responsible: Principals, Tech Director
Evidence: Teacher Webpage, PDAS
Comments:
LRPT Correlates:

Objective 2.2: Offer staff development opportunities in a variety of mediums to provide educators with necessary skills.
Budget for this objective: $1,200.00
LRPT Category: Educator Preparation and Development
E-Rate Correlates: ER02
NCLB Correlates: 01 02 03 04a 04b 07 11

Strategy 2.2.1: Train new staff members in all district standardized software such as Email, TxEIS and Attendance, Accelerated Reading, TAKS software, etc..
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: 2013-2015
Person(s) Responsible: Tech Director
Evidence: Handouts, Sign-in Sheet
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: EP02, EP04, EP08, LAS12

Strategy 2.2.2: Provide “just-in-time” professional technology training that is relevant, on demand, and just in time for effective use by using Instructional coaches and mentors.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Tech Director
Evidence: Document on paper, PDAS
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: EP09

Strategy 2.2.3: Designate staff development days for technology training.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: 2013-2015
Person(s) Responsible: Tech Director
Evidence: Handouts, Sign-in Sheet, PDAS
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: LAS03, LAS06

Strategy 2.2.4: Allow staff members to attend technology workshops at Region XI and encourage participation in statewide professional development.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Principals
Evidence: Training Certificate
Comments: Use $1,200 for 2yrs for staff development.
LRPT Correlates: EP01, EP06, EP07, LAS06

Goal 3: Increase the quality of communication to enhance and facilitate data-driven decisions making throughout the district.

Objective 3.1: Utilize technology in the administrative offices to acquire information, to coordinate business, student and personnel record sharing, and to perform document-processing applications.
Budget for this objective: $11,880.00
LRPT Category: Leadership, Administration and Support
E-Rate Correlates: ER02
NCLB Correlates: 09 10 11 12

Strategy 3.1.1: Share district-related data with teachers, parents, and the community within the security standards as allowed within the PEIMS data standards.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: 2013-2015
Person(s) Responsible: Administration, Principals
Evidence: Publication of the District Report Card
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: LAS08, LAS13

Strategy 3.1.2: Use data management software for assessment and curriculum to analyze cumulative district TAKS tests and district benchmark tests statistics using DMAC.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Administration, Principals
Evidence: DMAC Report
Comments: DMAC program $5940.00 x 2yrs = $11,880
LRPT Correlates: TL04, TL07

Strategy 3.1.3: All staff will utilize electronic means to communicate student progress, including email communication, and electronic newsletters on the website.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Administration, Principals, Teachers
Evidence: Hits on website (counter), Posting of current news on website, Email printed out
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: TL11

Strategy 3.1.4: The Era ISD website will be maintained with information including current employment opportunities, and resources for adult literacy.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Tech Director
Evidence: Hits on website
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: LAS09

Strategy 3.1.5: Use distance learning services through the Video Conferencing Unit to provide educational services to community members, faculty and students.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Tech Director
Evidence: RETN sign-up sheets
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: EP08, LAS15, TL15

Objective 3.2: Educational leaders will inspire and communicate a shared vision for integration of technology.
Budget for this objective: $0.00
LRPT Category: Leadership, Administration and Support
E-Rate Correlates: ER01
NCLB Correlates: 04a 05 11 12

Strategy 3.2.1: Promote a shared vision using community members and Tech committee to create a Technology Plan that clearly defines expectations for technology use. Have Technology plan written before Erate Form 470.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Tech Director, Principals
Evidence: Give each teacher Technology Plan.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: LAS01, LAS02, LAS04, LAS07

Strategy 3.2.2: Advocate risk-taking and continuous innovation in technology. Create a method of sharing best practices for technology integration.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Principals
Evidence: Increased use of technology, Time for sharing ideas and lessons will be built into faculty meetings.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: EP01, EP08, LAS01, LAS10, TL12

Goal 4: Increase or maintain capability and stability of the Local Area Network, Internet Connectivity, and emerging technologies as appropriate.

Objective 4.1: Era ISD will provide a technological infrastructure to support an efficient informational and educational network for communication, data, resources sharing, and Internet access.
Budget for this objective: $14,486.00
LRPT Category: Infrastructure for Technology
E-Rate Correlates: ER01
NCLB Correlates: 05 06 11 12

Strategy 4.1.1: Maintain Telephone Service, Voice Mail, Internet Access, Filtering and Firewall Services, digital transmission services (Wireless/Fiber) and apply for Erate for these services.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Administration
Evidence: Improved communication capabilities, Phone, Internet Access Contracts, Erate Reports
Comments: Digital transmission Internet Access including Transport - $13,200 x .30 = $3960.00 x 2yrs = $7,920.00 (Erated Cost) - Filtering - $800.00 x 2yrs = $1,600.00
LRPT Correlates: I01, I06

Strategy 4.1.2: Research and look to change and reroute fiber connections between buildings on campus and replace Switches.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: 2013
Person(s) Responsible: Superintendent and Technology Director
Evidence: Quotes
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: I01, I05, I06, I08

Strategy 4.1.3: Continue to use the Off-Site Backup System for backing up districts data.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Technology Director
Evidence: Maintan and evaluate weekly backup report.
Comments: Cost is $1.00 per Gigabyte for data. 60 GB monthly = $720.00 x 2 = 1440.00 2 years
LRPT Correlates:

Strategy 4.1.4: Budget for needed hardware and software based on needs assessments. Video Conferencing Unit, Technology & Media Services, etc..
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing (2013-2015)
Person(s) Responsible: Tech Director
Evidence: Purchase Orders, Inventory
Comments: Region Eleven Telecommunication Network (RETN) $800.00 x 2 = $1600.00 (2013-2015) Erate Cost - Technology Media Service $2.25 x 428 ADA = 963.00 x 2 = $1926.00
LRPT Correlates:

Strategy 4.1.5: Replaced Wireless Infrastructure in all buildings on campus.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: 2013
Person(s) Responsible: Technology Director
Evidence: Bids, Purchase Orders
Comments:
LRPT Correlates:

Objective 4.2: Maintain and update guidelines for acquiring, implementing, maintaining, and replacing technological solutions.
Budget for this objective: $70,024.00
LRPT Category: Infrastructure for Technology
E-Rate Correlates:
NCLB Correlates: 05 11 12

Strategy 4.2.1: Look into replacing teachers workstations with laptop computers.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Fall 2014
Person(s) Responsible: Tech Director
Evidence: Purchase Orders, Inventory
Comments: 40 Laptops x $800.00 = $32,000.00
LRPT Correlates: I05, I07

Strategy 4.2.2: Keep Software Updated (Operating System, AntiVirus, etc..)
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Tech Director, Principals
Evidence: Purchase Orders, Software License Certificate
Comments: Add Microsoft Desktop Education Open Licensing (MS Office, OS, etc.) Cost: 56 employees * $54 = $3024
LRPT Correlates:

Strategy 4.2.3: Continue the technology target of a student to workstation ratio of 3:1 and a 1:1 ratio for professional staff.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Ongoing
Person(s) Responsible: Tech Director
Evidence: Inventory
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: I04

Strategy 4.2.4: Purchase Chromebooks for core curriculum classrooms in Secondary.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: 2013-2014
Person(s) Responsible: Technology Director
Evidence: Quotes
Comments: Chromebooks $250 + $30 Management = $280 * 25 = $7000.00 (1 Classroom Set) Purchase 5 Classroom Sets = $35,000.00
LRPT Correlates:

BUDGET
Total amount of Title II, Part D formula funds received for the current year of this plan: $0.00

Method of application for formula funds:

Budget for year 2013
- Telecom cost: $7,243.00
- Telecom source: Local
- Materials cost: $0.00
- Materials source: NA
- Equipment cost: $67,000.00
- Equipment source: Local & Federal
- Maintenance cost: $0.00
- Maintenance source: NA
- Staff development cost: $600.00
- Staff development source: Title IID Funds
- Miscellaneous cost: $23,651.50
- Miscellaneous source: Local
- Total: $98,494.50

Budget for year 2014
- Telecom cost: $7,243.00
- Telecom source: Local
- Materials cost: $0.00
- Materials source: NA
- Equipment cost: $0.00
- Equipment source: NA
- Maintenance cost: $0.00
- Maintenance source: NA
- Staff development cost: $600.00
- Staff development source: Title IID Funds
- Miscellaneous cost: $26,675.50
- Miscellaneous source: Local
- Total: 34,518.50

EVALUATION
Evaluation Process:
Era Independent School District will continuously monitor all technology implementations as part of the ongoing evaluation of our technology plan. This plan will be revisited and revised annually by the District Technology Committee. The Technology Director routinely corresponds with the committee to allow for constant communication.

Evaluation Method:
The district collects information on an ongoing basis in order to continually improve the learning opportunities for students. The Texas STaR Chart is used as a working document for all technological decisions made by the district. Other methods of data collection include teacher surveys and observation. The collected data plays an integral part in creating our professional staff development offerings in the area of technology. Ongoing review of student learning, through the use of technologies put into place in the Era ISD will be done through testing, surveys, and continued observation by teachers, administration and the district's technology director. APPENDIX
Attachment item A:
Era ISD website