The Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District (CRPUSD) is committed to the implementation and ongoing support of technology, both administratively and academically, that will incorporate and promote the increased use of information in an electronic medium. This system will be based upon the premise that students, teachers, administrators, and support staff are all knowledge workers, whose work involves the use and manipulation of information. Increasingly, this in-formation is in digital form traveling across networks and is the core of many large systems in the United States today including government, business, health care, and education. The creation of interconnected networks has blurred the lines between these entities, so that they no longer exist in isolation, but are part of a larger service community. As we develop our five-year tech-nology plan for the district, we must be cognizant of the way technology is used to deliver in-formation and services for the district. In order to be effective, our plan must recognize the need to develop and maintain a district infrastructure which delivers information and tools to our stu-dents, trains our staff, and provides data to our administrators and services to our community.
An important critical task for our district is to define hardware, software and network policies, procedures and standards. They should be flexible enough to take advantage of new technology while ensuring the educational value is applied evenly between the sites. The district should be diligent in evaluating and applying these standards to all sites equally, while taking into account the different educational needs and priorities of the staff and students. Failure to do so will result in inconsistent application of technology for learning across the district. Without common stan-dards, the opportunities for students to use the tools that technology can furnish, will vary from site to site and even room to room. In addition, the Total Cost of Ownership and Asset Manage-ment principles must be applied to the purchase, maintenance, and replacement of equipment and software. In order to maintain a consistent level of standards the district may consider the pur-chase of technology as a district function as a way of maximizing purchasing power and co-ordination between the different sites. Purchased hardware must contain industry standard com-ponents. The District has a responsibility to ensure that sites do not acquire non-standard tech-nologies as this will defeat the goal of maintaining consistent standards. A similar policy should be applied to donations. Donations should be evaluated before being accepted by the district for use at a given site.
A set of district policies, procedures and standards for site hardware and software installations will be established as a part of this plan. It is important to remember, however, that technology changes rapidly and a district yearly review of technology solutions is a must. As new technolo-gies emerge and are proven reliable, cost effective and useful, the district may see fit to take ad-vantage of these technologies by modifying district technology standards on an annual or bi-annual basis.
Currently, teacher and administrative staff training must be accomplished on a site by site basis. Experience shows that sites which have active technology advocates on leadership teams and technology committees will establish smoothly running programs that provide effective support for student learning and staff development. The district will establish mechanisms that assist other sites to emulate these programs in an effort to maintain educational standards and the use of technology.
CRPUSD uses state adopted software for instructional purposes whenever possible. The district is tracking the California Learning Resources Network (CLRN) system and using CLRN reviews wherever possible. As this resource becomes more robust, it is anticipated that it will become a key component in our software evaluation system. The district is also tracking CalSAVE pur-chasing systems to choose cost effective approaches to technology purchases. Total Cost of Ownership strategies will bring greater cost efficiency to district purchases.
Standardization will not only provide uniform access for teachers and students, it will assist the district in providing support. Common problems can be solved, and solutions posted on the dis-trict website. Software configurations, upgrades, patches, etc. will become uniform and can be disseminated by using management systems that can deliver and monitor software deployment and licensing compliance. The roles and responsibilities of district IT support staff and site per-sonal should be clearly defined when technology is involved, with a goal of maintaining district standards and policies. Students will be able to transfer from school to school within the district and expect to find similar opportunities and systems in place.
Network services for administration, centered in the Wide Area Network, provides necessary management services, from scheduling to reports for parents. With the addition of new curricu-lum components, these services will extend to all aspects of the educational system. Organiza-tional structures and data feedback will allow site administrators to make informed choices regarding governance and lead the process of instructional improvement and student progress.
The following chart identifies the technology hardware, electronic learning resources, and tech-nology support in the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District s reported in the 2003 Califor-nia School Technology Survey.
The Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District (CRPUSD) is committed to the implementation and ongoing support of technology, both administratively and academically, that will incorporate and promote the increased use of information in an electronic medium. This system will be based upon the premise that students, teachers, administrators, and support staff are all knowledge workers, whose work involves the use and manipulation of information. Increasingly, this in-formation is in digital form traveling across networks and is the core of many large systems in the United States today including
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