Technology Plan

Maranacook Area Schools Technology Plan

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Superintendent’s Letter of Endorsement

State Approval Letter 2014-2017

Executive Summary

Technology Timeline

1. Community and Parental Involvement

2. Vision

3. Technology Goals

4. Technology Assessment

4.1 Human Resources
4.2 Hardware / Software
4.3 Web based Services
4.4 Web site
4.5 Network and Facilities
4.6 Tandberg Video Conferencing Systems
4.7 Electronic Mail System
4.8 Data Management System
4.9 Maintenance and Repairs

5. Collaboration with Adult Literacy Providers

6. Strategies for Improving Academic Achievement and Teacher Effectiveness

7. Integration of Technology with Curricula, Instruction and Assessment

8. Technology Type and costs, and Coordination with Funding Resources

8.1 Economic Status
8.2 Summary of Funding
8.3 E-Rate Discounts

9. Supporting Resources

10.  Steps to Increase Accessibility

11.  Promotion of Various Curricula and Teaching Strategies

12.  Professional Development

12.1 Overview
12.2 Summary of Quickshops

13. Innovative Delivery Strategies

14. Accountability Measures

EVIDENCE INDEX

EXHIBIT A: Job Description of Technology Director
EXHIBIT B: Job Description of Information Technology Manager
EXHIBIT C: Hardware Inventory (not on web to ensure network security)
EXHIBIT D: Job Description of Ed Tech III Computer
EXHIBIT E: Employee Acceptable Use Policy
EXHIBIT F: Student Computer, Internet use, and Cyber Safety
EXHIBIT G: Profiles for Technology Literate Students K-12
EXHIBIT H: Student Computer, Internet use, and Cyber Safety
EXHIBIT I: Powerschool Information
EXHIBIT J:  Technology Status Report 1996-2001
EXHIBIT K: Technology Status Report 2001-2004
EXHIBIT L: Technology Status Report 2004-2008
EXHIBIT M: Technology Status Report 1996-2011
EXHIBIT N: Technology Status Report 1996-2014
EXHIBIT O: Job Description of Technology Integration Specialist
EXHIBIT P: Adult Education
EXHIBIT Q: School System Website Policy
EXHIBIT R: Quickshop Courses
EXHIBIT S: Student to Computer Ratio
EXHIBIT T: Technology Plan Status Report 1996-2017
EXHIBIT U: Rural Utilities Service Grant
EXHIBIT V: Professional Development Plan 2012-2013

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In this age of unparalleled advancements, the body of knowledge doubles so rapidly that one quickly realizes that the delivery of instruction must change to fit these needs. The present classroom model still found in countless educational environments throughout our country was inherited from the Agrarian Age, survived the Industrial and Service Age without significant alteration, and is finally being challenged by the Information and Communication Age.  In order to help our students to become thoughtful, informed, and collaborative global stewards, we must incorporate educational resources and information, provide efficient and effective delivery for educational services, and assist our students in meeting these ever changing demands. New technologies have been developed which show great promise for application in education. With excellence being our goal, the challenge that faces the RSU #38 Maranacook Area Schools is to move beyond having technology-using classrooms towards becoming a district that promotes exploration, problem solving, and communication through technology.

In order for our vision to become a reality, we must develop and implement programs that will bring our goals to life. Systematic planning is vital inorder to utilize fully the power of technology to facilitate problem-based learning. The Maranacook Area Schools (for the purposes of this plan, Fayette Central Schools is considered part of the Maranacook Area Schools) has already moved well beyond the use of computer as a delivery medium and have ventured into the newly-chartered area of technology as an instructional and presentational tool. Our present goal is to tap into the technology that offer slearning opportunities that are truly not possible in any other context. Such programs are far more justifiable in the educational environment considering limited school budgets. Our primary goal is to integrate new forms of technology into the curriculum at every grade level that will allow all learners to explore this tool through student and teacher developed multimedia presentations, telecommunications, collaborative online projects with peers from around the globe.

Through careful evaluation, the following ten goals have become the district focus:

GOAL 1. Use technology to integrate Maine Learning Results(MLR) along with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative with the curriculum in all content areas.

GOAL 2. Implement staff development opportunities in the area of educational technology.

GOAL 3. Keep student and employee Acceptable Use Policy for Electronic Resources current and in tune with laws. Abide by regulations outlined in CIPA.

GOAL 4. Maintain communication with all staff, students,parents, and community through e-mail system, traditional phone services(POTS), Powerschool, School Messenger Instant Alert System, Facebook, SMS text messages, Twitter, and the district web site.

GOAL 5. Provide increased access to one-to-one computing with teachers andstudents along with wireless networking and other mobile technologies for all grade levels.

GOAL 6. Maintain a web site that allows all students, staff and community to get relevant and current information regarding district events, calendar, job opportunities, curriculum, internet resources, policies, classroom information, etc.

GOAL 7. Continue to use the Student Information system, Powerschool to organize and store student records involving historical grades, attendance, lunch records, transcripts, report cards, health information, and assessment scores.

GOAL 8. Maintain Keyboarding classes in each elementary school in the districtfrom grades 2-5.

GOAL 9. Continue to work with the State of Maine Dept. of Education on implementation of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative at the middle and high school levels.

GOAL 10. Explore available and current Assistive Technologies (AT) to provide the best learning environment and tools to all learners.

  • The Technology Timeline represents a visual depiction of the goals, activities, costs, and timetable for our goals which we hope to achieve in the next three years.

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STANDARD 1.  Community and Parental Involvement  

The Maranacook Area School District has spentmany years working with parents, students, the business community and K-12educators identifying qualities of the ideal learning environment and thecritical skills, roles, and learning outcomes that every student willachieve.  We have collectivelydetermined that education throughout the district will focus on:

Real world skills that our children will require for success in life when they leave school (such as reading, writing, mathematics, thinking, problem solving, and interpersonal skills etc.) and

Real world roles that all children will one day be expected to undertake (such as that of democratic citizen, worker, learner, friend, family member, and caretaker of the natural world)

We are working to ensure that all students inour district will be:

  •  Effective communicators
  •  Good thinkers
  •  Collaborative workers
  •  Knowledgeable about human achievements and problems
  •  Self-directed learners
  •  Creative and effective problem solvers.
  •  Global citizens who respect and care for themselves, others, and the natural world

We have in place Powerschool, a student information system, which will allow parents to have access to information about their children in terms of attendance, grades, historical records, etc. This system also allows community members to view the daily bulletin outlining events and activities of that day. Out district web site, www.maranacook.org also has information about the district in general and also each school has a site highlighting policies, curriculum, teacher information, etc.

School Messenger Instant Alert System is another technology we have in place to improve parental communication. The system allows us to send a message to everyone’s phone at the same time alerting them of important meetings, upcoming events, school closures. Besides phone alerts, we also use the system to send SMS text messages, Facebook posts, Twitter, and RSS feeds.

Below represents the folks that have served on our district technology committee and assist in planning for budgets, systems, hardware, web site, and other related areas.

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RSU #38 TECHNOLOGY PLANNING COMMITTEE  

Donna Wolfrom, Superintendent of RSU#38 Schools
Michael Cormier, Superintendent of Fayette Central School
Ryan Meserve, Director of Special Education
Brigette Williams, Director of Business Services
Jan Kolenda, Technology Director and Professional Development Coordinator
Dwayne Conway, parent and Principal from Maranacook Community School
Cathy Jacobs, Principal from Maranacook Community Middle School
Jeff Boston, Principal from Readfield and Wayne Elementary Schools
Pia Holmes, Principal from Manchester and Mount Vernon Elementary Schools
Nancy Godfrey, Principal from Fayette Central School
Nancy Harriman, District Curriculum Coordinator
Susan Trott, Media Specialist from Maranacook Community High and Middle Schools
Nate Savage, Technology Integration Specialist 9-12 Maranacook Community School
Norm Robichaud, District Network Manager
Diane MacGregor, parent and Technology Integration Specialist K-8
Janet Adelberg, Elementary Media Specialist
Sarah Caban, parent and District Math Coach
Barbara Bourgoine, District Literacy Coach
Linda Gatti-Fyler, computer teacher from Readfield and Mount Vernon Elementary Schools
Mary Ann Florek, parent and computer teacher from Manchester and Wayne Elementary Schools

EVIDENCE:

EXHIBIT I:  Powerschool Information Sheet

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STANDARD 2.  Vision Statement 

  • Technology will enable learners to become effective, efficient and productive in their life pursuits.
  • Students and staff members will develop the competency necessary to use technology as a tool to create, access, synthesize, evaluate, andcommunicate information.
  • Students will be assisted by technology to achieve curriculum outcomes.
  • Students will acquire lifelong learning skills through involvement in meaningful real world experiences that will allow students to produce a product they value.
  • Teachers will be supported as they use technology to create instructional materials, develop and deliver instructional plans and evaluate student learning.
  • Teachers, as users of technology, will enhance instruction by being facilitators/coaches for learning.
  • The technology will support and enhance administrative services and business functions.
  • Parents and community citizens will be able to access district information and communicate with teachers. The technology infrastructure will allow users to communicate between schools, homes and to interact with worldwide information.    

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STANDARD 3.  Technology Goals

Through careful evaluation of the Vision of Technology, the following nine goals have become the district focus:

GOAL 1. Use technology to integrate Maine Learning Results and the Common Core State Standards Initiative with the curriculum in all content areas.

GOAL 2. Implement staff development opportunities.

GOAL 3. Keep student and employee Acceptable Use Policy for Electronic Resources current and in tune with laws. Abide by regulations outlined in CIPA.

GOAL 4. Maintain communication with all staff, students, parents, and community through e-mail system, traditional phone services (POTS), Powerschool, School Messenger Instant Alert System, Facebook, Twitter, SMS text messages, and the district web site.

GOAL 5. Provide increased access to one-to-one computing with teachers and students along with wireless networking and other mobile technologies.

GOAL 6. Maintain a web site that allows all students, staff and community to get relevant and current information regarding district events, calendar, job opportunities, curriculum, internet resources, policies, classroom information, etc.

GOAL 7. Continue to use the Student Information system, Powerschool to organize and store student records involving historical grades, attendance, lunch records, transcripts, report cards, health information, and assessment scores.

GOAL 8. Maintain Keyboarding classes in each elementary school in the district from grades 3-5.

GOAL 9. Continue to work with the State of Maine Dept. of Education on implementation of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative at the middle and high school level.

GOAL 10. Explore available and current Assistive Technologies (AT) to provide the best learning environment and tools to all learners.

 

EVIDENCE:

EXHIBIT C: Hardware Inventory
EXHIBIT E: Employee Acceptable Use Policy
EXHIBIT F: Student Acceptable Use Policy
EXHIBIT G: Profiles for Technology Literate Students K-12
EXHIBIT I: Powerschool Information Sheet
EXHIBIT R: Quickshop Courses
EXHIBIT O: JobDescription of Technology Integration Specialist
EXHIBIT V: Professional Development Plan 2012-2013

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STANDARD 4. Technology Assessment 

4.1 Human Resources  

The Maranacook Area School District is comprised of seven independent schools located in sparsely populated rural towns. Each school has a variety of software, hardware and expertise available. MacBook Airs and iPad minis are used at Maranacook Community High and Middle Schools. MacBooks and iPads are used at the PreK-5 level.

Diverse projects have been taking place at each school in the district that directly involve technologies which enhance and extend the curriculum. District Technology Director is available for professional development, consultation, and technical advice throughout the district.  The Network Manager at the high school/middle school manages the network including all the hardware, Maine Learning Initiative repairs and imaging, and Powerschool for those grade levels. The Technology Integration Specialists offer support and learning opportunities to all staff at all grade levels. A computer repair technician is now employed by the district for 20 hours a week for all software and hardwaret roubleshooting and repairs.

 

EVIDENCE:

EXHIBIT A: Job Description of Technology Director
EXHIBIT B: Job Description of Network Manager
EXHIBIT D: Job Description of Ed Tech III-Computer
EXHIBIT H: Job Description of Computer Support Technician
EXHIBIT O: Job Description of Technology Integration Specialist

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4.2 Hardware/Software

Maranacook Area Schools has standardized all purchases based on the MacOS operating system. There are a few labs at the high school and some desktops that still utilize the Windows OS.

Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) has provided our teachers in grades 6-12 with Apple MacBook Airs and iPad Minis which has helped tremendously with the advancement of technology in the classroom. We have provided all teachers in grades K-5 with MacBook computers that were passed down from the MLTI buyout of our previous computers.

All workstations and monitors should comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star efficiency standards to control the impact on utility bills and heat generation, as well as, the standards for radiation to limit concerns about potential health risks.

Adherence to these standards will assist the district in achieving the following goals:

  • cost effective systems that meet the needs of the specific curriculum;
  • ability to integrate the widest range of existing equipment;
  • support the widest range of technology options and initiatives;
  • flexibility to incorporate emerging technology in the future.

POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) in our district is dependent on a Voice Over IP system for mail services. Communication with parents is a high priority and we use both e-mail and voice mail to accomplish this requirement.

EVIDENCE:

EXHIBIT C:  Hardware Inventory

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4.3 Web based Services

The Maranacook Area Schools has a districtwide First Class conferencing system that connects home, school, and community. This allows for all learners to have access to current research, developments and trends in education, share ideas and lessons with others, and keep in touch with colleagues around the district.

Internet connections are available by means ofthe Maine School and Library Network (MSLN) and the installation of the highspeed fiber network in each school. Every room in the district, as well as the central office, all have access to the Internet and e-mail services through wireless and Ethernet networking.  The Board approved a carefully worded Administrative Policy and Procedures document that deals with the Acceptable Use of Electronic Resources for both students and employees and a policy for Web publishing. We are also using OpenDNS internet filtering proxy server provided to us through MSLN2.

Powerschool, our student information system, has provided our district with a valuable service in storing and organizing all our district data involving demographics of students and staff, attendance records, lunch records, current grades, historical grades, scheduling, andreports including report cards. This password protected system also allows for parents and students to access their child’s information from any browser with internet access. Parents have real time access to lunch info, current grades, historical grades, attendance, and demographics.

School Messenger Instant Alert System is another technology we now have in place to improve parental communication. The system allows us to send a message to everyone’s phone at the same time alerting them of important meetings, upcoming events, school closures. Besides phone alerts, we can also post to Facebook, send SMS text messages, post to RSS feed, and Twitter.

EVIDENCE:

EXHIBIT A:  Job Description of Technology Director
EXHIBIT B: Job Description of Network Manager
EXHIBIT C:  Hardware Inventory
EXHIBIT I: Powerschool Information Sheet

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4.4 Web Site    http://www.maranacook.org

Updating and improving the Maranacook AreaSchools’ web site has been a top priority. Our goal is to create a web site that is relevant, current, and informative. On our home page you will find a variety of links including the district policies listed according to national code, the district calendar which lists all upcoming events and meetings for the whole district. The School calendar, belief statement, and budget calendar are also just a click away. If you are interested in finding employment in our district, you may want to visit the Career Opportunities link where available jobs are posted along with all the necessary applications. The Adult Education website link is found on this page as well. You can access each individual school website from the district web site to more in-depth information about each school. This information varies depending on the school but may include general information about the school, lunch menus, photos, curriculum based web resources, directions to the school, and contact information.  We have over 100 teachers that have been trained to create, maintain, and publish their own classroom websites.

If you are a registered First Class e-mail user in the district, you can check your e-mail through a browser from anywhere in the world. No more excuses for not being able to check your mail! Powerschool is also linked on this start page.

EVIDENCE:

EXHIBIT A: Job Description of Technology Director
EXHIBIT B: Job Description of Network Manager
EXHIBIT C: Hardware Inventory
EXHIBIT E: Employee Acceptable Use Policy
EXHIBIT F: Student Acceptable Use Policy
EXHBIT Q: School System Website Policy

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4.5 Network and Facilities  

At this time, each school in the district has a data network in place. The networking operating system (NOS) supports low cost servers and the Windows and MacOS operating systems. A NOS has been selected for each school that protects previous investments. The NOS supports open standards, diverse clients, and provides expandability, reliability, and security. The preferred network operating systems are Windows Server (supports PCs, Apples, World Wide Web) installed at the high school setting and Appleshare (supports PCs, Mac, World Wide Web) installed at middle school and the elementary setting.  The preferred physical layer for networking is a category five unshielded twisted pair cable with appropriate terminal device in a star configuration. Each classroom should have at least four data outlets and sufficient electrical capacity to handle the hardware. The preferred data layer is Ethernet(10-100Mbps) with one network interface card per machine and compatible switches. This infrastructure allows for expansion and growth depending on the emerging technologies.

In addition to the wired network, we also provide wireless computing at each school. The middle school offers one to one computing for grades 7-8 through the Maine Learning Technology Initiative and one to one computing for grade 6 through local funding. Every teacher grades Prek-12 also has a wireless laptop in this setting. The high school has one to one computing with MLTI for every student in grades 9-12 through local funding. High School and Middle school teachers all have Macbook Airs and iPad Minis through the MLTI. Grade K-5 teachers all have MacBooks and we have laptops available for students to use in the elementary classrooms, as well as, a computer lab at each elementary school. 2-3 iPads are now available for student use in grades K-2. 5 MacBooks are available for student use in classrooms grades 3-5. Students at Fayette Central School have one to one computers using MacBooks.

EVIDENCE:

EXHIBIT A: Job Description of Technology Director
EXHIBIT B: Job Description of Network Manager
EXHIBIT H:  Job Description of Computer Support Technician
EXHIBIT I: Powerschool Information Sheet

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4.6 Tandberg Video Conferencing Systems  

Maranacook Area Schools now has an outstanding opportunity for state of the art technology services and connectivity provided through the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) grant. We have a system in place atthe Middle School, High School and each of the elementary schools. Our challenge is now one of providing content K-12 for such distance learning.  We are very excited about that opportunity. It is our vision that teachers will have opportunities to collaborate in intra-community work teams developing standards and benchmarks for student performance. Similarly, students will be working together with other students from around the state and world on collaborative products.

A challenging range of courses, experiences and extracurricular activities must be developed which recognize the needs,interests, and abilities of all students. Maranacook Area Schools’ vision is to employ these new technologies to create learning opportunities not possible in any other context.  This interactive network would allow staff to share expertise, resources, and increase our curriculum offerings.

EVIDENCE:

EXHIBIT U:  Rural Utilities Service Grant

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4.7 Electronic Mail System

Maranacook Area Schools has been using the First Class e-mail system for the past 20 years. We have 100% usage of all district employees. It is the expectation that all employees check their mail at least one time a day since all communication is done in this format. This system is also web based so anyone can access the e-mail from at home or anywhere in the world where there is web access.

4.8 Data Management System

Beginning in the Fall of 2003, the district implemented the student information system, Powerschool. This system has afforded us the opportunity to have equal and ready access to valuable information regarding staff and students. An employee, with proper system privileges, can log into the system over the web and access information on any student in their school or in some cases, in the whole district. This system stores general demographics about all staff and students, medical information, historical attendance and grade data, current grades, lunch information and balances, schedule, and much more. Powerschool also allows parent and student access to view fees owed, attendance information, and current and historical grades.

EVIDENCE:

EXHIBIT A:  Job Description of Technology Director
EXHIBIT B: Job Description of Network Manager
EXHIBIT C:  Hardware Inventory
EXHIBIT D: Job Description of Ed Tech III-Computer
EXHIBIT E:  Employee Acceptable Use Policy
EXHIBIT F:  Student Acceptable Use Policy
EXHIBIT G: Profiles for Technology Literate Students K-12
EXHIBIT H:  Job Description of Computer Support Technician
EXHIBIT I: Powerschool Information Sheet
EXHIBIT O: Job Description of Technology Integration Specialist

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4.9 Maintenance and Repairs

A district employee is on staff with the responsibility of maintaining all hardware and upgrading all software. This arrangement has allowed us to have a “turn around repair time” of less than one week. MLTI maintains all computers for students and teachers grades 6-12.

EVIDENCE:

EXHIBIT H:  Job Description of Computer Support Technician

STANDARD 5. Collaboration with Adult Literacy Service Providers

Maranacook Area Schools provides many services in the area of adult education that work towards the problem of adult literacy. Adult Basic Education offers services to those that need help with reading or math at any stage. Tutors and assistance are available. Adult Education program now has a website that is updated as needed to include current and relevant information.

EVIDENCE:

EXHIBIT P:  Adult Education Catalog

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STANDARD 6. Strategies for Improving Academic Achievement and Teacher Effectiveness

The following strategies for improving academic achievement and teacher effectiveness through technology integration are being followed in the district:

1. Articulate specific goals for using advanced technology to improve student academic achievement (see Standard 3).

2. Identify necessary technology (see Standard 4).

3. Attempt to Increase Accessibility (see Standard 10).

4. Assess how technology is integrated into curricula, instruction, and assessment (see Standard 7).

5. Provide ongoing professional development opportunities (see Standard 12).

6. Use of Powerschool (Student Information System) to store and organize data for easy distribution and analysis.

7. Regularly review and update the Profiles for Technology Literate Students K-12.

8. Provide many and varied professional development opportunities in the area of educational technology.

9. Maintain all hardware so that it is always in working order (see Standard 4).

EVIDENCE:

EXHIBIT A:  Job Description of Technology Director
EXHIBIT B: Job Description of Network Manager
EXHIBIT C:  Hardware Inventory
EXHIBIT D: Job Description of Ed Tech III-Computer
EXHIBIT E:  Employee Acceptable Use Policy
EXHIBIT F:  Student Acceptable Use Policy
EXHIBIT G:  Profiles for Technology Literate Students K-12
EXHIBIT H:  Job Description of Computer Support Technician
EXHIBIT I:  Powerschool Information Sheet
EXHIBIT N: Job Description of Technology Integration Specialist
EXHIBIT V:  Professional Development Plan 2012-2013

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STANDARD 7. Integration of Technology with Curricula, Instruction, and Assessment

Maranacook Area Schools has a board approved, working document of the Profiles for Technology Literate Students K-12 which is aligned with the Maine Common Core and based on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)standards . This document is updated whenever it is found that students need to learn the skills at a younger age or as new skills need to be added. The profiles are posted on the web for easy access by staff, students, and community. Professional Development opportunities are designed around the identified skills within this curriculum and delivered to district staff through Quickshops.

In order to provide a curriculum that isintegrated with technology, we have created the position of TechnologyIntegration Specialist. The two technology integration specialists (K-8 and9-12) support teachers as they work towards changes in their teaching style anduse of new hardware and software.

EVIDENCE:

EXHIBIT A: Job Description of Technology Director
EXHIBIT D: Job Description of Ed Tech III-Computer
EXHIBIT G: Profiles for Technology Literate Students K-12
EXHIBIT I: Powerschool Information Sheet
EXHIBIT R: Quickshop Courses
EXHIBIT O: Job Description of Technology Integration Specialist
EXHBIT V: Professional Development Plan 2012-2013

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STANDARD 8. Technology Type and costs, and Coordination with Funding Resources

Economic Status 

RSU #38 Maranacook Area Schools is made up of four small, rural elementary schools grades K-5, one middle school grades 6-8 and one high school grades 9-12. We also manage the technology at the Fayette Central School which is a K-5 school and educate the majority of their middle and high school aged students that have choice in schools. The area does not have many commercial businesses or industry. The lack of businesses make partnerships between schools and industries very difficult.

Like most Maine Schools, RSU #38 has worked under financial constraints, especially during the past several years of reduced State support to schools. Local property taxpayers have been increasingly reluctant to take on what is believed to be an inequitable applied tax.  Although our local budgets have passed, extreme fiscal responsibility and tight margins have been the order of the day.  The economic status of people within the District varies considerably from neighborhood to neighborhood.

Our free-and-reduced lunch numbers reflect this economic inconsistency. Data from 2012-2013.

%of Free/Reduced                        #Students

Manchester Elementary School                   25.14                                                      175

Mt. Vernon Elementary School                    46.29                                                      121

Readfield Elementary School                       40.58                                                      175

Wayne Elementary School                             32.31                                                      65

Maranacook Community School                   29.9                                                        408

Maranacook Community Middle School     38.75                                                      289

Fayette Central School                                     37.14                                                      70

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Summary of Funding 2009-Present

MANCHESTER MT. VERNON READFIELD WAYNE MIDDLE HIGH DISTRICT WIDE
2009-2010 $2,100 $2,250 $3,650 $1,825 $4,200 $8,592 $3,400
2010-2011 $2,275 $2,175 $2,725 $1,400 $4,275 $16,315 $8,000
2011-2012 $2,775 $2,175 $2,775 $1,650 $1,975 $46,318 $14,100
2012-2013 $1,525 $1,175 $1,525 $900 $1,925 $42,570 $14,250
2013-2014 $4,829 $3,074 $4,028 $2,266 $23,575 $138,678 $14,250

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E-Rate Discounts 2012-2013

Name of School Zip Code Entity R/ U Total Students # of students eligible for NSLP % students eligible for NSLP Discount % from Matrix
Mt. Vernon Elementary O4352 4128 R 132 64 49% 70%
Wayne Elementary O4284 4086 R 71 31 44% 70%
Readfield Elementary O4355 4131 R 166 65 39% 70%
Manchester Elementary O4351 4127 R 173 50 29% 60%
Maranacook Community Middle O4355 16038786 R 289 104 36% 70%
Maranacook Community High O4355 4132 R 408 122 30% 60%
Fayette Central 04349 4124 R 70 26 37% 70%

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STANDARD 9. Supporting Resources

All hardware and software services arecompleted in house by our Technology Support Technician and Network Manager. Powerschool, our student information systemhas provided our district with a valuable service in storing and organizing allour district data involving demographics of students and staff, attendancerecords, lunch records, current grades, historical grades, scheduling, andreports including report cards. This password protected system also allows forparents and students to access their own information from any browser withinternet access.  We also outsourcework with a private consultant as needed.

EVIDENCE:

EXHIBIT A: JobDescription of Technology Director
EXHIBIT B: JobDescription of Network Manager
EXHIBIT D: JobDescription of Ed Tech III-Computer
EXHIBIT H: JobDescription of Computer Support Technician
EXHIBIT I: Powerschool Information Sheet
EXHBIT O: JobDescription of Technology Integration Specialist

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STANDARD 10.  Steps to Increase Accessibility

Recognizing the importance of increasing accessibility of technology to all students and teachers, Maranacook Area Schools has implemented the following strategies:

  •  Maine Learning Technology Initiative has provided one to one computing for students in grade 6-12, as well as, their teachers. With local funds, we have purchased laptops for grade 6, 9-12 students. File Servers are in place at each school in the district to allow for easy accessibility to storage of files.
  • District Payroll deduction program offers all employees the chance to purchase computers and have the cost deducted, interest free, from the paycheck.
  • Software used in the schools is cross platform.
  • Elementary students have access to five MacBook laptops in each classroom setting. Fayette students have one to one access to a laptop.
  • Middle and high school students can take home their MLTI or school owned laptops.

All students and staff have equal access toall computers in the school. All rooms and labs are handicapped accessible.Appropriate purchases are made for students with special needs. The laws involved in the use of technology to assist all learners are in place.  In order for the Maranacook Area Schools to meet the needs of all learners, we have provided staff with professional development activities and resources to increase awareness of software andhardware that could better meet the needs of all learners.

Teachers in this district have access to all hardware and software that is used in any school for evaluation purposes. We work directly with Maine CITE in an attempt to offer broader understanding andwider availability of assistive and universally designed technology for ourstudents.

In an effort to provide our community members and parents with district information on our web site, we offer a text only alternative site for each page of our websites.

EVIDENCE:

EXHIBIT C: HardwareInventory
EXHIBIT D: Job Description of Ed Tech III-Computer
EXHIBIT G: Profiles for Technology Literate Students K-12
EXHIBIT I: Powerschool Information Sheet

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STANDARD 11. Promotion of Various Curricula and Teaching Strategies that Integrate Technology

Besides integrating the LearningResults/Common Core with technology skills, our district is actively involved in aligning all the Learning Results/Common Core with our existing curriculum. 100% of the district professional staff is involved in this process.  We have established committees in each of the content areas and have ongoing meetings to determine all the necessary performance indicators, define instructional strategies, identify resources and are beginning to develop assessment tools.  RSU #38 has established the alignment of Maine’s LearningResults/Common Core as a top initiative in the district.  In order to support this endeavor, time has been allotted for this important work both on workshop days and as release time.

EVIDENCE:

EXHIBIT A: Job Description of Technology Director
EXHIBIT B: Job Description of Network Manager
EXHIBIT C: Hardware Inventory
EXHIBIT D: Job Description of Ed Tech III-Computer
EXHIBIT E: Employee Acceptable Use Policy
EXHIBIT F:  Student Acceptable Use Policy
EXHIBIT G: Profiles for Technology Literate Students K-12
EXHIBIT H: Job Description of Computer Support Technician
EXHIBIT I: Powerschool Information Sheet
EXHIBIT N: JobDescription of Technology Integration Specialist
EXHIBIT P: Adult Education Catalog
EXHIBIT V: Professional Development Plan 2012-2013

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STANDARD 12. Professional Development

12.1 Overview

As the interest and availability of technology has increased within the district, it follows that many educators are becoming excited about the opportunities for improved instruction and learning, in addition to the enhanced personal productivity that technology offers. So often in the educational setting, hardware is placed in a classroom without the necessary teacher training. The result is teacher frustration, the overuse of this technology as a reward, or merely implementing skill and practice types of instructional software that require very little technological knowledge.   Teachers are encouraged to use technology to create instructional materials, develop and deliver instructional plans, and evaluate student learning. The curriculum is enhanced through the selection of appropriate software, activities involving telecommunications that require solving meaningful, real life problems, and demonstrating knowledge through multimedia presentations that integrate with any theme or topic of study.

Our district plans to promote the use oftechnology as a tool for learning through the following:

  • The position of Technology Director to provide training, consistency and coordination of services across the district;
  • The positions of Education Technician III for each school for purposes of teaching keyboarding and other skills outlined in the Profiles for Technology Literate Students to grades K-5;
  • Technology Integration Specialist at all grade levels;
  • Early release days, substitute coverage of classes for training purposes, site visits, workshops, mentors, graduate level courses, reflective practice groups, and training;
  • Use of the Internet to provide teachers with the resources, activities, and information available throughout the world;

The district Professional DevelopmentCommittee budgets for Quickshops in any content area. We have utilized this funding in the area of educational technology.

12.2 Summary of Quickshops

1998-1999 – 20 different participants spending
70.5 hours total in Quickshops

1999-2000 – 18 different participants spending
57.5 hours total in Quickshops

2000-2001 – 27 different participants spending
78 hours total in Quickshops

2001-2002 – 50 different participants spending
106 hours total in Quickshops

2002-2003 – 46 different participants spending
156 hours in total Quickshops

2003-2004 – 66 different participants spending
202.5 hours in total Quickshops

2004-2005 – 81 different participants spending
227 hours in total Quickshops

2005-2006 – 107 different participants spending
256 hours in total Quickshops

2006-2007 – 145 different participants spending
613.5 hours in total Quickshops

2007-2008 – 184 different participants spending
904 hours in total Quickshops

2008-2009 – 118 different participants spending
424 hours in total Quickshops

2009-2010 – 113 different participants spending
449 hours in total Quickshops

2010-2011 – 129 different participants spending
661  hours in total Quickshops

2011-2012 – 144 different participants spending
814  hours in total Quickshops

2012-2013 – 78 different participants spending
291  hours in total Quickshops

 

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EVIDENCE:

EXHIBIT A:  Job Description of Technology Director
EXHIBIT D: Job Description of Ed Tech III-Computer
EXHIBIT G:  Profiles for Technology Literate Students K-12
EXHIBIT I: Powerschool Information Sheet
EXHIBIT R: Quickshop Courses
EXHIBIT O: Job Description of Technology Integration Specialist
EXHIBIT V: Professional Development Plan 2012-2013

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STANDARD 13. Innovative Delivery Strategies

  • Web Resources: Teachers are utilizing many web sites to supplement their curriculum andoffer the delivery of instruction in motivating ways. Teachers are sharing resources and also creating customized sites that fit their curriculum.
  • Classroom websites: Over 100 teachers in the district now havebeen trained to use the web authoring software Rapid Web Developer and now haveclass websites.
  • First Class E-mail system: Since First Class e-mail offers the users the chance to send e-mail and have it appear on the web, many teachers are using this to post assignment, syllabi, and newsletters. Students and parents especially appreciate this form of instructional delivery since it can be accessed from any internet connected computer.
  • Virtual High School now provides the coursework that we cannot afford to offer or time does not allow it. Students are able to take advanced and specialty courses at no cost to them, and a reasonable cost to the district.
  • Powerschool: The student information system allows us to give all staff, students, and parents ready access to information about their progress in the educational system. As we strive to meet the requirements of Maine Learning Results, this system will offer us the opportunity to store, analyze, and report on assessment data that was impossible to do in the past.
  • Tandberg Video Conferencing System: Delivering speakers, virtual field trips, connecting with other teachers in district, across state or world!

EVIDENCE:

EXHIBIT A:  Job Description of Technology Director
EXHIBIT B: Job Description of Network Manager
EXHIBIT D: Job Description of Ed Tech III-Computer
EXHIBIT H: Job Description of Computer Support Technician
EXHIBIT I: Powerschool Information Sheet
EXHIBIT O: Job Description of Technology Integration Specialist

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STANDARD 14. Accountability Measures

Teachers have begun to shift from their roleof content providers to the role of managers and facilitators of learning. Theyrealize that all teaching must be meaningful, solve real problems, provide for experiential and reflective practices, and be motivational in order for true understanding to take place. As technology continues to create varied learning experiences, it is important to recognize the significant changes as they mightoccur.

The Technology Plan Status Report Exhibit J clearly shows all the work that has been done in the district since we started creating a technology plan in 1996. This report is reviewed and updated.

The staff of Maranacook Area Schools will recognize growth in the use of technology if they see:

  • Students using computers on a regular basis for meaningful learning activities teachers taking part in online Internet based activities;
  • Teachers attending Quickshops to learn technology skills needed for technology curriculum;
  • Teachers presenting new material using presentation software and a projector for whole class instruction and board presentations;
  • Teachers including online resources into curriculum materials;
  • Substitute teachers available to allow classroom teachers to work with technology specialists;
  • Internal site visits allowing for collaboration and learning fromeach other;
  • Students on site visits to other schools in the district;
  • All students of a particular grade meeting online for a “realtime” chat over a shared research project;
  • Teachers telecommunicating and sharing ideas;
  • Teachers enthusiastic about new learnings;
  • Software applications, and productivity memos and interschool mailappear on district e-mail service;
  • Collaboration between school and community to establish acommunity web resources
  • All computers being used as tools for learning;
  • More grant writing for other innovative projects involvingtechnology and learning;
  • Extending relationships with other students and adults initiated through telecommunication by promoting face to face interactions.          

EVIDENCE:

EXHIBIT A: Job Description of Technology Director
EXHIBIT B: Job Description of Network Manager
EXHIBITC: Hardware Inventory
EXHIBIT D: Job Description of Ed Tech III-Computer
EXHIBIT E: Employee Acceptable Use Policy
EXHIBIT F:  Student Acceptable Use Policy
EXHIBIT G: Profiles for Technology Literate Students K-12
EXHIBIT H: Job Description of Computer Support Technician
EXHIBIT I: PowerschoolInformation Sheet
EXHIBIT J: Technology Plan Timeline1996-2001
EXHIBIT K: Technology Plan Timeline 2001-2004
EXHIBIT L: Technology Plan Timeline 2004-2008
EXHIBIT M: Technology Plan Timeline 2008-2011
EXHIBIT N: Technology Plan Timeline 2011-2014
EXHIBIT O: Job Description of Technology Integration Specialist
EXHIBIT P: Adult Education Catalog
EXHIBIT Q: School System Website Policy
EXHIBIT R: Quickshop Courses
EXHIBIT S: Student to Computer Ratio
EXHIBIT T: Technology Plan Status Report
EXHIBIT U: Rural Utilities Service Grant
EXHIBIT V: Professional Development Plan 2012-2013

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