Technology

5 Year Technology Plan Graph
 

The Bexley Technology Department supports and maintains district technology operations and support for teaching and learning. This includes network infrastructure, staff/student learning devices, and access to services that support their work. The technology department also includes staff charged with training staff on how to use technology as well as a database administrator supporting our student information system and data reporting.

 

Bexley Technology Plan: 2019-2021

 During the Summer of 2019, a three year technology plan was presented to and approved by the Bexley Board of Education.

Download the Full Technology Plan Here 

A summary of the district technology goals are detailed below: 

Technology Goals

Infrastructure Wave

Commitment: Develop and maintain a responsible network infrastructure that supports operations and communications.


No organization can function without an appropriate infrastructure. It is not why we come to work, but without it, we cannot function when we arrive. Our infrastructure includes the tools necessary to keep students safe and their identity and data secured and private. It is also the backbone of our communication and day to day operations.


As we embrace new initiatives, we must keep in mind the impact it has on the technology infrastructure. These are constant and iterative enhancements we must make to keep up with the demands of personal technology.



Year 1 Action

Measure for success

Evidence


Year 2 & 3 Focus

Create action steps and replacement cycle to address top issues in the infrastructure audit

Each area needing addressed has a plan for necessary supports

Document reviewing executive summary


Build an appropriate, future focused network

Begin Request For Qualifications (RFQ) process for a phone system replacement project

Choosing a strategy for phone replacement based upon RPQ results

Results of RFQ


Complete phone system replacement

Improve wiring documentation and replace wiring

High priority Ethernet wiring is all CAT6

Wiring diagram


Continue replacing and upgrading wiring where appropriate


Operations Wave

Commitment: Provide access, service, and support that creates the gateway for innovative instruction 

A K-12 technology department provides an enormous set of services to students and staff. The list is ever-growing, and without an appropriate way to manage this growth, the support suffers. Our time with students is incredibly valuable. Any effort to reduce the time required for teachers and students to prepare or support technology should be given special attention

 

Those future choices come with cost and prioritization. We are often asked to choose between resources we would describe as “essential,” “necessary,” and “important.” Throughout the next several years, we will have to prioritize and ask big questions:

  1.  How do we adopt individual access to a device?
  2.  Do we wish to invest incredibly large funds in maintaining SmartBoards?
  3.  Can we standardize our online tools and resources teachers use to improve experience and adoption?

We do not want to focus on the device or “things.” What is important to us is what it unlocks and allows us to do. If we do not provide the appropriate tools, we cannot successfully support the enhancement of teaching and learning.


Year 1 Action

Measure for success

Evidence


Year 2 & 3 Focus

Evaluate the appropriate grade levels to begin a 1:1 device program for students, including a multi-stage adoption plan

Two grade levels chosen and prepared for 1:1 environment

1:1 year one deployment plan


Deploy 2-4 grade levels of 1:1 devices

Develop a district service catalog, a database of all online services, applications, and programs along with detailed functions, uses, and costs

Comprehensive service catalog with public and organizational access

up to date service catalog


Use service catalog to manage and guide software choice and implementation

Structure an ITSM workflow for support and help desk management

Incident management has a separate workflow from all other requests

Workflow diagram and helpdesk instructions


Improve workflows and develop service level agreements

Learning Experience Wave

Commitment: Lead the growth and development of technology integration that will redefine and transform our learning environments and learning experiences


We want to teach in a space that allows for healthy and innovative uses of technology. We want that experience to be engaging and valuable to a student whose life after graduation will look much different than the world their teachers and parents were taught. Nearly all career paths include an element of using tools that today we call “innovative” that in such a short time will be merely a standard operating tool. 


We must invest in the integration of these experiences now and in perpetuity. We need to find avenues to embrace the learning of today like coding, automation, and robotics while knowing it is the foundation of tomorrow (artificial intelligence, neural networks, and quantum computing). Prioritizing innovative areas cannot take away from our standard classroom content either. The traditional power of technology integration was using the technology to help learn about core content, and in the process you gained a technical skill. Moving forward, we must enhance this beyond a skill, and let it become a craft or competency that engages students into a new understanding.


This does not come without a need for balance. We have students who need assistance with self-regulation of appropriate behavior online, and we have students who do not have access to a personal device or internet access at all. Our most difficult work is the moderation of these two extremes while creating a healthy experience inside and outside our classroom.


Year 1 Action

Measure for success

Evidence


Year 2 & 3 Focus

Find appropriate measures and create structure to address digital inclusion and “homework gap”

Access provided to students positively impact their experience in and outside the classroom

“Lessons Learned” document to discuss implemented initiatives and responses


Evaluate efforts and impact of direct access and grow initiatives

Increase personal and directed professional learning avenues for teachers

Teachers provide positive feedback of developed opportunities, which has translated into increased experiences for students

Department rotation schedule


Create a professional learning program focused on technology integration strategies and emerging technologies

Provide a use-case for technology integration specialists, to be recommended to the Superintendent for hire

District leadership are prepared and supportive of a technology integration position and its model

Technology Integration Specialist Job Description


Upon successful fulfillment, develop relationships and coaching model with staff

Work with area experts on student digital wellness resources to support social and emotional initiatives

In-class discussion of online etiquette and citizenship has increased and “healthy balance” promotional materials are distributed

Teacher resources repository and developed parent website


Increase teacher, student, and parent access to resources along with developed lessons for teachers

Director of Technology

Photo: Brad Pettit

Brad Pettit has been supporting technology in the classroom since 1999. He is a certified Project Management Professional, recognized by the Project Management Institute. Brad was the eighth educator in the state of Ohio to receive the Certified Education Technology Leader credential from the Consortium for School Networking. He has been working in a tech director role since 2010.

 

Technology Department Staff:

  • Reg Haymond - Desktop Service
  • Tracy Fowler - Network & Server Infrastructure
  • Pam Moenter - Student IS & State Reporting
  • Scott Bushman - Data Analysis & Training