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Building 21st Century Schools

Moving to the 21st Century School District with Technology

Mineral County School District serves 592 students in four schools.  There are 76 fulltime teachers that provide instruction to students in core as well as elective courses.  Mineral County School District is committed to continual, progressive and comprehensive professional development in all curricular and instructional areas. 

Title II- D funds have been focused on the following: 

100%   of the funding from Title II-D provides support for instructional process in the classroom which includes professional development opportunities and instructional opportunities for all members of our school district staff. 

More than 30% of the funds received go towards fulfilling the needs of professional development. 

40% goes towards hardware and or software support and the remaining 30% is spent on specific training materials.  The district has subscribed to Atomic Learning to serve as a local platform for training not only staff but also providing this to our students and parents alike.                        

  Entering into the 21st Century, students are being challenged to learn and process information, instruction through the use of White Boards and or Smart Boards provide teachers an additional avenue to access the active minds of students.  Through this additional medium we believe that teachers have additional tools and students have additional access to instruction that includes the use of high tech audio, video and world-wide connections in our ever flattening world. Mineral County has been provided hardware support through the Yucca Mountain Project.  These computers are now being added to each classroom where students can complete projects within the classroom environment as well as in Lab settings.                         

In an effort to provide ongoing, sustained, and intensive high-quality professional development teachers are regularly invited into the labs to introduce them to the components of every technology element currently available as well as exploring new technologies that are still in the prototype stage.  Teachers, given the infrastructure, the opportunities for professional development are consumers of new and more technologically based teaching and learning environments.  We are looking at the possibility of offering a summer Tech Academy to provide teachers and others to learn additional software and trouble-shooting methods.   60% of our funding is currently being spent on professional development.                           

Students begin their experiences with technology in school through the uses of the following web-ware:  Compass Learning, Accelerated Reader, Lexia, and other currently used web-ware.  Students continue and beginning in grade four they are provided direct instruction with technology.Students are being challenged to imbed their learning into real assignments that compliment the instruction in the core classes.  Grades 4 – 8 are filled with instructional units designed to ensure that students are skilled in productivity tools as well as learning to navigate the internet in order to find accurate resources. 

1. Students will master basic skills and acquire basic knowledge necessary to function in a rapidly developing technological age.  a. A technology literacy curriculum has been outlined below. b. Students will be afforded the highest quality of technological equipment,software, and instruction as  MCSD can provide.   

Implementation/Evaluation:   In any given year, the entire student body will accomplish the benchmarks appropriate to their grade as presented in the curriculum section of this document during the course of their studies in the core curricular areas.    

2. Staff will participate in ongoing quality training as required to ensure the effective implementation of technology.  Ongoing staff development will be provided by Oasis Online Services and the District Technology Committee. Teachers and staff will be expected to become proficient in various Microsoft Office     software, i.e., Excel, Power Point, Outlook Express, as well as updating data on Power School and the development and construction of personal web designs.   

Implementation/Evaluation:   Teacher training could be provided by, but is not limited to: Mineral County School District staff, Oasis Online Services staff, public education institutions, private business sector, community members, colleges or universities, conferences, workshops, visitations and seminars.   

3. Instructional technology will be integrated throughout the curriculum. 

a. The District will review or create training opportunities for the integration of technology in all curricular  areas. 

b. A technology component will be included in the review process for all grade levels and departments. 

c. The District will devise implement and review for planning an assessment to ensure continual curriculum alignment in terms of technology at all grade levels. 

Implementation/Evaluation:   Each department at the middle/high school level and each grade level in the elementary will be required to state where these technology benchmarks will be integrated into their existing curriculum.    

4. Students/staff/community will have equitable access to a variety of current technologies.  

a.       All students/staff shall be provided instruction in the effective use of appropriate technologies. 

 b.      The District and community will actively seek revenue support from all possible sources. 

c.       Resources will be made available for community use. 

d.      MSCD will provide ongoing access to Power School, an Internet interaction component.  e.       Our plan is to utilize this program/software to better communicate with both parents and the community.                                 

 i.            grades,                              

  ii.            class assignments,                             

 iii.            tests/quizzes,                           

   iv.            e-mail communication, attendance, and  related data  communicated to parents, via Power School, on a daily basis.                               

 v.            Each school building will have access to one (or more) networked multimedia stations/labs with Internet access. Technology training opportunities will be publicized in appropriate venues to provide community members with an opportunity to attend some of the training sessions. 

5. All equipment will be kept in good working order to ensure the smooth day-to-day delivery of instructional objectives and administrative functions. 

a.       A maintenance plan will be developed by the MCSD Technology Committee and administered by our outsource provider, Oasis Online Services. 

b.      Technology support personnel will be provided by Oasis Online Services, beginning September of 2008 and thereafter.   

Implementation/Evaluation:  Oasis will provide MCSD with an onsite technician. Technology related problems/tasks will be reported to Oasis via an online help ticket. Help tickets will serve as a means of logging service requests.  At the end of each semester, the Technology Committee will review the log to determine if requests are being met in a reasonable time and/or if additional help is merited.  

Online internet connectivity, troubleshooting, annual cleaning and routine maintenance of all equipment will be performed by Oasis Online Services.