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Definition of Technology

For the purposes of helping better administer grants through the PTSA and the Lowell Alumni Association, the Technology Committee will establish guidelines defining which requests fall under the purview of the technology committee, and which do not.

For this plan, technology is defined as: digital hardware and software used to support the teaching and learning across the curriculum. This includes: desktops, laptops, netbooks, handheld computers, printers/scanners, and software/applications; local networks and the Internet; and digital peripherals such as LCD projectors, document cameras, and interactive white boards. Supplies such as toner cartridges, bulbs, etc. are not considered to be technology as defined by this plan.

 

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Lowell High School Site Technology Plan

Below is our current Lowell High School Site Technology Plan. You may find a downloadable copy of this in our Technology Committee Locker.

 

The latest copy of our plan is Revision 1.0.00.001 as of January 20, 2010.

 

The Lowell High School Technology Committee has developed a site-specific technology plan that is intended to complement the SFUSD 2009-12 Master Technology Plan. This plan is intended to address the current technology shortcomings specific to Lowell, and identify methods to overcome them within the specific Lowell community. The Plan is also intended to cover a multi-year time horizon to allow for planning, budgeting and fundraising. The specific goals of this plan are to:

  • Identify and Manage Lowell’s technology strategy milestones consistently and effectively.
  • Provide support to faculty and administration on technology issues.
  • Foster open communication with the District Information Technology Department (ITD) and influence their priorities and policies as Lowell’s technology needs evolve.
  • Help to create a Technology Culture at Lowell by working with faculty and administration to develop a network of school administrators and teachers who have successfully integrated technology into their curriculum and instruction.

 

PHASE 1
A.    Refresh Existing Technology in all Existing Computer Labs

  • Inventory existing assets.
  • Replace hardware in existing labs, including the library, S-105, and S-106, plus room 334 if needed.
  • Redeploy usable inventory from those areas to department faculty and classrooms as needed. Support mini labs in “T’s.”
  • Equip all computer labs with stationary mounted Audio/Visual equipment including LCD projectors, and speakers.
  • Design and implement a communication plan advising the faculty of the computer lab refresh and provide support as needed.

B.    Improve Accessibility to Computer Labs for both Student Drop-In and Scheduled Classes

  • Identify and deploy a volunteer staff to support the student drop-in computer labs, improving access to both students and classes throughout the day.
  • Design and implement a school-wide scheduling plan to make labs and computers more readily available.

C.    Software Inventory and Analysis

  • Identify existing software currently used on campus- includes network, local, web, and licensing.
  • Determine what programs are district-wide, campus-wide, and department-only uses.
  • Implement district-wide programs and standards where applicable.
  • Create a system to evaluate software requests and prioritize them.

D.    Communication

  • Publish the plan within the Lowell community.
  • Gather input from the Lowell community.
  • Create an ongoing system for judging technology requests from faculty and administration and communicate that system effectively.
  • Design and implement a communication plan advising the faculty of the computer lab refresh and provide support as needed.

 

PHASE 2
A.    Projector Inventory and Consolidation

  • Identify existing assets and determine obsolescence
  • Recommend a projector deployment model enabling teachers and students access to projectors in all instruction environments.
  • Identify the number of projectors required to support the deployment (Include equipment recommendations and costs associated.)

B.    Seek Out Possible Pilot Programs to Create Opportunities for Technology Based Curriculum

  • Approach faculty members with a specific interest in technology and encourage and support them to further a technology culture.
  • As possible, write grants to raise private funds for specific technology/curriculum ideas. This type of program would be completely voluntary on the part of any participating faculty. Provide continued support for such programs if established.

C.    Improve Support and Staffing Related to Technology

  • Research issues related to technology staffing.
  • Explore possible use of college students to provide support as part of their studies.
  • Determine whether a revitalized computer club could be established to further support the community.

 

PHASE 3
A.    Printer Inventory and Consolidation

  • Move toward a networked printing model maximizing departmental and geographical needs of the community.
  • The solution will include improved technologies – scan/fax/remote printing and managed care services.

B.    Technology Refresh Strategy for Campus

  • Identify existing assets and determine obsolescence.
  • Budget and plan for future refreshment to maintain the campus inventory and minimize repair costs.
  • Fill in any hardware and software gaps after first short-term refreshing. Most probable priorities are:

1.    Mobility Labs for use in classrooms
2.    Additional classroom computers
3.    Department computers