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Susan FerdonTeacher um Kipling Elementary School
Your Name: Susan Ferdon

Name/location of Organization: Schaumburg Community Consolidated School District 54,
Schaumburg, Illinois

Web link of tech plan: http://sd54.org/plans/techplan0508/District54TechPlan2005.pdf

            CRITERIA                         Level of                         Comments
                                         Comprehensiveness
                                       1     2      3      4
                                                                 Pages 3 - 5
                                                                 70+ member committee included
                                                                 teachers, administrators, students,
Broad Based Support Process
                                                           X     school board, community
(who was involved in developing it)                              members, special ed., gifted, tech
                                                                 staff, engineers and technicians.
                                                                 Pages 8 & 9
                                                                 18 sources of data focused in three
                                                                 targeted goal areas: community
                                                           X     involvement,
Needs Assessment Breadth & depth                                 curriculum/instruction,
(is everything included)                                         professional development.
                                                                 Page 7
                                                                 Written using broad statements, yet
                                                                 specific enough to provide
                                                           X     direction. Recognizes depth and
Mission and/or Vision                                            breadth of learning as well as roles
                                                                 of school and community.
                                                                 Pages 10-16
                                                                 All targeted areas (above) are
                                                                 addressed; focus is on how
                                                                 technology will improve teaching
Goals and Objectives                                             and learning, not on specific
                                                           X     hardware/software. Strong
                                                                 emphasis on staff development and
                                                                 infrastructure. Strategies and
                                                                 Activities can be amended/revised
                                                                 if needed, without adversely
                                                                 affecting the focus of the plan.
                                                                 Page 11
                                                                 GOOD: Tied to NETS; goals are
                                                                 sufficiently broad.
                                                                 NOT GOOD: Objectives/activities
Curriculum Integration (if a school)
                                             X                   lack detail. Marked difference in
                                                                 specificity between curriculum
                                                                 goals/activities and goals related to
                                                                 other areas (staff development, for
                                                                 example).
Page 17-20
                                             A variety of procedures are listed
                                             for gathering assessment and
                                             evaluation data as it relates
Evaluation/Research components               community involvement, staff
                                     X       development and infrastructure
                                             goals. Indicators of success and
                                             measurement instruments are listed
                                             but those related to
                                             Curriculum/Instruction are not
                                             uniform or research-based
                                             (checklists, rubrics).
                                             This Technology Plan covers three
                                             years, 2005-2008. In Illinois,
                                             schools are required to complete
                                             three-year Technology Integration
                                         X   Plans, to be approved by the
                                             Illinois State Board of Education,
Multi-year Planning                          in order to be eligible for e-Rate
                                             funds.
                                             Pages 11-14
                                             Illinois Learning Standards listed
                                             (1B, 1C) are Language Arts
                                             Standards, unrelated to technology.
                                             NETS 2, 5 & 6 (student) are listed
                                             but actual connections are tenuous
Standards addressed
                                 X           and limited at best. Document
                                             states that staff development will
                                             be based on a variety of standards:
                                             NSDC, NETS-T, NETS-A, IPTS,
                                             Information Literacy Standards,
                                             but specific standards are not
                                             identified.
                                             Page 6
                                             District characteristics and
                                             demographics are provided.
                                             District 54 is a K-8 district
                                             comprised of 27 schools serving
                                             about 15,000 students. No site-
                                             specific information is included,
Facilities                                   but one-to-one laptop program has
                                 X           been instituted for students in
                                             grades 3-6. Even though the district
                                             is very large, some information
                                             about facilities could still have
                                             been included. Current Illinois
                                             forms used for tech planning
                                             includes a section about facilities.
Goals and activities support
                                                               hardware, software and
                                                               infrastructure concerns. Issues
                                                               related to reliability and security
                                                                 X
                                                               are addressed. 16 district tech staff
                                                               members were involved in writing
Maintenance and Support                                        the plan.
                                                               There are more Activities,
                                                               Strategies and Goals related to
                                                               Professional Development than any
                                                               other targeted area. Activities
                                                                 X
                                                               target specific learners/staff and
                                                               utilize a variety of instructional
Staff Development                                              models.
Briefly comment on the overall completeness/comprehensiveness of the technology use plan you
evaluated:

Overall, I believe the plan to be very good. Like any plan, its true effectiveness lies in the
implementation. Those goals and activities that lack specificity could very well be implemented in a
very comprehensive manner thus providing effective training, resources and opportunities for the
community, students and staff alike.

Beginning in September of 2008, Illinois moved to online TIP submission using a template
(http://iirc.niu.edu/). Illinois Technology Integration Plans, to be eligible for e-Rate, are required to be
data-driven. The fact that District 54 used so many sources of data (18) to guide tech planning made it
possible to identify a variety of goals and is one of the plan’s greatest strengths. Many Illinois districts,
including my own, are using only ISAT (state testing) data, which can easily result in a much narrower
focus.

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501ferdon techplancritique

  • 1. Your Name: Susan Ferdon Name/location of Organization: Schaumburg Community Consolidated School District 54, Schaumburg, Illinois Web link of tech plan: http://sd54.org/plans/techplan0508/District54TechPlan2005.pdf CRITERIA Level of Comments Comprehensiveness 1 2 3 4 Pages 3 - 5 70+ member committee included teachers, administrators, students, Broad Based Support Process X school board, community (who was involved in developing it) members, special ed., gifted, tech staff, engineers and technicians. Pages 8 & 9 18 sources of data focused in three targeted goal areas: community X involvement, Needs Assessment Breadth & depth curriculum/instruction, (is everything included) professional development. Page 7 Written using broad statements, yet specific enough to provide X direction. Recognizes depth and Mission and/or Vision breadth of learning as well as roles of school and community. Pages 10-16 All targeted areas (above) are addressed; focus is on how technology will improve teaching Goals and Objectives and learning, not on specific X hardware/software. Strong emphasis on staff development and infrastructure. Strategies and Activities can be amended/revised if needed, without adversely affecting the focus of the plan. Page 11 GOOD: Tied to NETS; goals are sufficiently broad. NOT GOOD: Objectives/activities Curriculum Integration (if a school) X lack detail. Marked difference in specificity between curriculum goals/activities and goals related to other areas (staff development, for example).
  • 2. Page 17-20 A variety of procedures are listed for gathering assessment and evaluation data as it relates Evaluation/Research components community involvement, staff X development and infrastructure goals. Indicators of success and measurement instruments are listed but those related to Curriculum/Instruction are not uniform or research-based (checklists, rubrics). This Technology Plan covers three years, 2005-2008. In Illinois, schools are required to complete three-year Technology Integration X Plans, to be approved by the Illinois State Board of Education, Multi-year Planning in order to be eligible for e-Rate funds. Pages 11-14 Illinois Learning Standards listed (1B, 1C) are Language Arts Standards, unrelated to technology. NETS 2, 5 & 6 (student) are listed but actual connections are tenuous Standards addressed X and limited at best. Document states that staff development will be based on a variety of standards: NSDC, NETS-T, NETS-A, IPTS, Information Literacy Standards, but specific standards are not identified. Page 6 District characteristics and demographics are provided. District 54 is a K-8 district comprised of 27 schools serving about 15,000 students. No site- specific information is included, Facilities but one-to-one laptop program has X been instituted for students in grades 3-6. Even though the district is very large, some information about facilities could still have been included. Current Illinois forms used for tech planning includes a section about facilities.
  • 3. Goals and activities support hardware, software and infrastructure concerns. Issues related to reliability and security X are addressed. 16 district tech staff members were involved in writing Maintenance and Support the plan. There are more Activities, Strategies and Goals related to Professional Development than any other targeted area. Activities X target specific learners/staff and utilize a variety of instructional Staff Development models. Briefly comment on the overall completeness/comprehensiveness of the technology use plan you evaluated: Overall, I believe the plan to be very good. Like any plan, its true effectiveness lies in the implementation. Those goals and activities that lack specificity could very well be implemented in a very comprehensive manner thus providing effective training, resources and opportunities for the community, students and staff alike. Beginning in September of 2008, Illinois moved to online TIP submission using a template (http://iirc.niu.edu/). Illinois Technology Integration Plans, to be eligible for e-Rate, are required to be data-driven. The fact that District 54 used so many sources of data (18) to guide tech planning made it possible to identify a variety of goals and is one of the plan’s greatest strengths. Many Illinois districts, including my own, are using only ISAT (state testing) data, which can easily result in a much narrower focus.