This plan was submitted on June 12, 2002
as part of the
state’s Consolidated Application to the U.S. Department of Education.
State of New Hampshire
Educational Technology Plan
NH Department of Education
Office of Educational Technology, Division of Program Support
101 Pleasant Street, Concord NH 03301
Visit the website at www.nheon.org/oet or contact:
Educational Technology Consultant
Educational Technology Consultant
Table of Contents
Goal 1: Access for students and teachers
Goal 2: Teachers Using Technology
Goal 3: Students Using Technology
Goal 4: Research and evaluation
Goal 5: Digital content and networked applications
The mission of the New Hampshire Department of Education is to provide educational leadership and services which promote equal educational opportunities and quality practices, as well as programs that enable NH residents to become fully productive members of society.
Educational technology is one component of a larger system for improved student outcomes. Technology should be integrated into the curriculum in such a manner that it cannot be separated from the learning process. Utilizing current educational technology can ensure the academic achievement of every student and guide the development and implementation of improved classroom practices.
Examples of NH school districts that have successfully met goals and objectives of this technology plan will be shared as a part of the dissemination of this plan. In particular links, will be provided on the electronic version of this plan to be posted on the New Hampshire Educators Online (NHEON) web portal available at www.nheon.org.
Goal 1: All students and teachers will have access to information technology in classrooms, schools, communities and homes.
The New Hampshire Department of Education (NH OET) will take a leadership role in developing guidelines for technology infrastructure for new and existing facilities. These infrastructure standards will be integrated with local district educational plans as well as those plans of teacher education programs. These guidelines will be based upon advances in technology and scientifically based research. The definition of technology tools extends beyond the computer workstation and includes personal digital assistants (PDAs), scientific instruments, robotic tools, interactive white boards, assistive technology, etc.
NH OET will continue to make this information available to schools, families, and communities through the NHEON web portal. The department will also encourage opportunities that will put technology tools and resources in the hands of students. Whenever possible, NHDOE will create partnerships with other community organizations in order to advance this goal. For example, NHDOE will encourage advantageous pricing for technology tools and for distance learning opportunities that can be available for all members of the community.
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[(# high end)/300] + [(# mid range)/150] + [(# low end/75] = # of personnel
4. The rationale for this formula includes the assumption that high end computers usually have a minimum one year warranty. Purchasing computers that are not a recognized name brand will impact technology support effectiveness and not a practice endorsed by NHDOE. Please note that schools that are using stand alone workstation configurations will probably require more support personnel than indicated by this formula, while application/terminal network models may require somewhat less.
5. School district technology plans will include a description of the steps the district will take to ensure that all students, including students with special needs, and teachers have increased access to technology. The description must include how the district will use educational technology funds to help students in high-poverty and high-needs schools or schools identified for improvement or corrective action under section 1116 of Title I, and to help ensure that teachers are prepared to integrate technology effectively into curricula and instruction.
6. School district technology plans must include:
a. strategies for meeting the above three requirements
b. methods for identifying the types of hardware, software, and services to be acquired during the period of the plan
c. provisions for addressing the interoperability of components.
7. School district technology plans will provide a description of how the district will use educational technology funds to acquire and maintain technology infrastructure. Any funds administered by the NHDOE used for the purchase of central processing units (CPUs) will meet the most current mid- or high-end levels as defined by the NH Technology Survey. Application/terminal networks should have workstations that function at the same levels. School districts should be aware that the older the technology the greater the impact on the support formula in Goal 1, item A.3 above.
8. School district technology plans must address an upgrade or replacement policy for hardware.
9. Combining a
generous grant from Tyco International, Ltd. with a cooperative effort from the
NH Department of Corrections and the NH Department of Education, the NH
Governor's Computers in the Schools (CITS) Program provides
1. As of June 30, 2004 each NH school district will have high bandwidth (T1 or better) access within their district to the Internet via broadband, wired, or wireless. Regional access will include connectivity to a two-way, multipoint, synchronous video conferencing statewide area network.
2. By June 30, 2004 each school will have an internal network (LAN) that has the capability to deliver high bandwidth Internet to each instructional area, office, and lab environment.
3. As of June 30, 2007 each NH public school district will be able to demonstrate that community access to technology resources exists either directly through the school building or from other locations within the community.
4. As of June 30, 2002 each school district receiving services or monies from federal educational technology funding, will be compliant with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).
The NH OET has encouraged the alignment of teacher and teacher educator standards to National Education Standards for Teachers (NET-S) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) technology integration standards. This process will continue. The Levels of Technology Implementation (LoTi) survey is currently used in NH to assess educator progress with technology standards, based on integration into content areas. The NH OET will continue to explore assessment and evaluation tools for the purposes of gauging professional staff capacity to effectively integrate technology in the classroom. These assessments will include teachers, administrators, school support staff, and state-level leaders. Incentives for professional development that emphasize technology integration and student assessment will continue to be encouraged.
The NH OET will take a leadership role in developing guidelines for professional development and staff support for the integration of technology into the classroom. These guidelines will be based upon advances in technology and scientifically-based research, as well as student assessment data in support of the following Goal 3.
Technology tools will enable us to better meet the needs of our diverse student population. Standards for technology tools for use in NH education will include universal usability and interoperability. The NHDOE will promote, and provide whenever possible, quality educational tools equitably statewide.
A. Student Standards
A. Dissemination of Research and Evaluation Information
Goal 5: Digital content and networked applications will transform teaching and learning.
No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB; 2002) offers New Hampshire an opportunity to comprehensively plan for improved educational outcomes throughout the state. Although this plan directly addresses the state’s educational technology vision, it provides the initial steps for the NHDOE to combine efforts with local centers for a school support delivery system.
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While E2T2 dollars are focused upon high poverty LEAs, the NHDOE believes that those dollars will be most effective if they can be used within consortia of school districts that include the most needy as well as districts capable of leading the way with technology integration. Consortia of institutions of higher education, vocational centers, business and industry, profit and non-profit organizations, as well as school districts from all levels of economic need will form support centers located throughout NH. This vision includes ten centers throughout the state. These centers would have the capacity to provide:
1. Professional development opportunities, especially assistance to educators with initial steps to take advantage of distance learning opportunities. Support center staff would have to include those with significant and diverse expertise in areas of technology integration. A minimum of 50% of professional development offerings should be delivered by educators currently employed by school districts in the region.
2. Easily accessed sites where equipment and experts for a variety of technologies, including synchronous, multi-point video conferencing are located. This specifically includes bandwidth availability to host websites that mirror state initiatives such as on-line testing/surveys.
3. Staff to aggregate LEA technology purchases including hardware, software, and connectivity. This would include working directly with LEA curriculum and technology directors, as well as staff at other local educational support centers and NH OET staff.
4. Assistance for districts to applying for grant opportunities and to assist with e-rate applications. This would include working directly with LEA business administrators.
5. Assistance with state and federal assessments and evaluations, facilitated by technology tools, offering data to inform decision making by all stakeholders.
6. Data warehousing services, file servers, and filtering solutions.
7. Coordination of programs provided by individuals and organizations that meet the needs of students, families, and community members.
8. Organizing and staffing an Oversight Committee to include stakeholder representation from:
c. school instructional staff
d. ancillary school staff
f. school boards
g. institution(s) of higher education
h. business and/or industry (optional)
i. non-profit organizations (optional)
9. Ensuring that the Oversight Committee meets regularly to be certain that identified local needs are being addressed. The Oversight Committee must actively seek input from teachers, school staff, parents, and students to determine ongoing needs of students and families.
10. Local Center Oversight Committee members will participate on the NH State Technology Council on a rotating basis. Technology Council terms will be staggered to maintain continuity and allow for growth. Policy for specific stakeholder representation will be developed.
11. Organize and oversee a local needs assessment process and implement strategies to strengthen community relationships (see www.communityschools.org/tech.html ).
These educational support centers as funded with E2T2 dollars will initially be focused upon assisting high need school districts with the integration of technology into the curriculum. However, these centers can expand their offerings with funding from other sources such as other federal funds, foundation support, support from business and industry, and ultimately NH state dollars. The local educational support center model is currently used with many of the special education, vocational education, and distance learning dollars available to NH. Local educational support centers having an educational technology focus are a step forward in creating a comprehensive educational support system. Activities currently conducted regionally will be tied to the centers begun as a result of this plan.
The educational support system model will enable services to be tailored to unique local needs. The centers will provide a mechanism for sharing information, troubleshooting, and implementing solutions locally. This model for educational outreach will also facilitate partnerships between schools and community-based organizations.
a. Coordinated training to school districts in the use of the resources provided from the NH OET, including those available through the NHEON web portal.
b. Provided state of the art technology resources for educators to work with. This includes a base of common assistive technology options.
c. Provided access and introductory training for professional development programs funded through federal technology programs. These opportunities will be for all administrators and educational staff in public and non-public schools in NH. However, centers must be able to demonstrate that high need school districts are given priority training and that technology leaders in high need school districts have been trained as turnkey trainers for their LEA.
d. Worked with partner sites to engage in project activities and assist in the creation of online resources available to all NH educators through the NHEON web portal.
e. Worked together with the NHDOE and statewide providers to provide frequent high quality professional development opportunities to NH teachers. While some of these opportunities may be directly funded by NHDOE, centers will be encouraged to continue successful efforts begun with funding from previous rounds of Technology Literacy Challenge Fund.
f. Maintained a web presence through the NHEON web portal, including the statewide professional development calendar. This will require a staff position with specific administrative responsibilities for updating portions of the resources available through the statewide portal.
g. Delivered services equitably across hardware platforms.
h. Worked together with all partners to implement the NH State Educational Technology Plan.
Before the start of the following summer, local educational support centers must:
a. Identify and recruit persons and organizations willing to offer programs and services for students and families in the region or to assist with operations.
b. Negotiate agreements with persons and organizations to provide services.
c. Form an Oversight Committee to determine hours of operation, security, and procedures for dealing with other needs such as providing for substitute teachers and child care needs.
d. Develop a schedule of programs and activities to be offered and maintain updates on the state Professional Development Calendar.
e. Establish a procedure to coordinate and monitor programs and activities.
f. Establish a procedure to assist regional school districts without an approved technology plan to develop one.
g. Implement and maintain a process that encourages referrals to programs and services offered within the region and alerts the Oversight Committee to the need for programs not already offered. This procedure should enable the staff of the local educational support center to evaluate and make recommendations of programs to the Oversight Committee.
h. Oversee janitorial and security services for ensuring that facilities are clean and safe for participants.
While some of the above responsibilities may be contracted out, general administration responsibilities by the local educational support center include:
a. Oversee payroll for program
b. Purchase/order materials and supplies
c. Provide regular reports to the Oversight Committee and NH OET
d. Regular participation as a member on the NH Technology Council.
1. Plans will correlate to and reflect the vision of the State of New Hampshire Educational Technology Plan. Plans will be referenced to components of the electronic NHDOE Technology Planning Guide available on the NHEON web portal. The NH Local Technology Planning Guide is currently under revision. These revisions include the school district technology plan objectives outlined above as well as requiring district technology plans to:
a. Provide a description of how the district will use technology effectively to promote parental involvement and increase communication with parents, including a description of how parents will be informed of the technology used.
b. Provide a description of how programs will be developed, where applicable, in collaboration with adult literacy service providers.
c. Provide a description of the process and accountability measures that the applicant will use to evaluate the extent to which activities funded with educational technology dollars are effective in integrating technology into curricula and instruction, increasing the ability of teachers to teach, and enabling students to reach State standards.
2. The NH OET will encourage and support districts in their efforts to update Local Tech Plans annually using the electronic Technology Planning Guide.
3. All school districts receiving educational technology dollars administered by the NHDOE will complete an annual online NH Technology Survey. The electronic Technology Planning Guide will correlate with the annual online Technology Survey and with the district technology plan. These will be available on the NHEON web portal. District data within this online survey/planning system will be updated on a yearly basis.
4. Beginning September 30, 2004, school district technology plans will be submitted to the NH OET through an online technology plan interface. The OET will approve both public and non-public school technology plans. All school district technology plans will be reviewed within 45 days of receipt. Reviewers of technology plans will include both NH OET staff and qualified educators from NH.
5. School district technology plans will be integrated with Professional Development Master Plans of the school district and form the basis of a comprehensive school improvement plan.
7. Each school will identify at least one contact person to serve as recipient of regular electronic communications (ETNews) from the OET.
8. NH OET will update the Technology Planning Guide at least annually to reflect current best practices for technology planning. The Technology Planning Guide will include criteria for hardware, software, integration support ratios, and professional development activities based upon well-researched best practices.
9. NH OET will develop an “online tech tools reference area” categorized by types of tech tools (wireless laptops, digital cameras, PDAs, etc.) with descriptions of effective educational uses and research citations.