Guidance--Survey Section B: Instructional Technology Vision & Goals

All districts are required to have a technology plan which aligns to the district mission. In this section, districts will be asked to provide the District Mission Statement and the Executive Summary of the Technology Plan. Districts will also be asked to describe the planning process used to develop the instructional technology plan (ITP).

Question 1:
Please provide the district mission statement:

Guidance:  If the district has an instructional technology mission statement, it should also be included. Response is limited to 100 words.

Question 2:
Please provide the executive summary of the instructional technology plan including vision and goals.

Guidance:   The goals should be related to instructional technology. Response to this question is limited to 500 words. 

Question 3:
Please summarize the planning process used to develop the instructional technology plan. Please include the stakeholder groups participating and the outcomes of the instructional technology plan development meetings.

Guidance:   This section is necessary, in part, to document stakeholder involvement in the development of the plan. It is recommended that the district hold a minimum of three stakeholder meetings. Stakeholders provide valuable insights and the process of involving stakeholders offers the district the opportunity to communicate the goals and objectives of the instructional technology plan and secure critical feedback. NYSED recommends that instructional technology staff, curriculum directors, directors of pupil personnel services, teachers, and library media specialists participate in the development of the technology plan.

Please keep in mind that consultation with stakeholders, including a public hearing and the public posting of the Smart Schools Investment Plan (SSIP), is required to apply for Smart Schools Bond Act funds. The Smart Schools Bond Act Investment Plan requires engagement with the following stakeholders before submission of the Smart Schools Investment Plan: “Parents, Teachers, Students, Community Members, and Nonpublic Schools within the district, if applicable." Please see Smart Schools Bond Act Implementation Guidance, pp. 1, 18 http://www.p12.nysed.gov/mgtserv/smart_schools/docs/Smart_Schools_Bond_Act_Guidance_04.27.15_Final.pdf portable document format (752 KB).

Note:  Your response is limited to 500 words; however, if you would like to present this information in a table, tables can be copied and pasted.  They can also be created within the survey itself by clicking on the table icon in the text editor.

EXAMPLE: 
Technology Plan Development Meetings
Date Purposes Participants Outcome
April 2016 Gather Input from High School Parents on Technology Needs High School Parents Provided District Leadership with Clear Picture of Parent Perception of District Technology Needs
  

Question 4:
Please provide the source(s) of any gap between the current level of technology and the district's stated vision and goals.

Guidance: Please review the district’s instructional technology vision and goals and choose the factors that need to be addressed in order to meet these goals. Check all that apply:
Access points, Cabling, Connectivity, Device Gap, Network, Professional Development, Staffing, Other and No Gap Present.

Please note “Staffing” as a gap in this question is defined only in terms of technical support staffing and/or technology integration staffing, not overall teaching or administrative staff in a district.
  
4.a: Please specify if “Other” was selected in question four.

Question 5: 
Based upon your answer to question four, what are the top three reasons causing the gap?  If you chose “No Gap Present” in question four, please enter N/A.

Guidance: In 2015 this question said “..top three challenges”.  It has been changed to read “reasons” in order to obtain better data in 2016. The sources of the technology gap are not the same as the symptoms resulting from the gap – i.e.  the reason for a “Staffing” gap is not a lack of staff. It may be caused because the district cannot raise additional funds from its local tax base to hire additional staff because other expenses are a higher priority or the district is unable to exceed the 2% property cap threshold. “Connectivity” may be the identified factor contributing to the gap but its “cause” may be a lack of affordable internet access because the district is located in an isolated area not served very well by existing providers, etc.

Response is limited to 100 words.