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    2009 - 2014

    Thomas Crowe

    Superintendent of




    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ....................................................... 4 OVERVIEW ........................................................................ 7 INTRODUCTION ................................................................ 9 INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY ...................................... 15 STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ............................. 22 INFRASTRUCTURE ........................................................... 25 BUSINESS PROCESSES ...................................................... 31 TECHNOLOGY SERVICES GROUP SUPPORT ...................... 34 SCHOOL HOME COMMUNICATIONS ................................ 37 GOALS, OBJECTIVES, AND STRATEGIES ........................... 40 PLAN INITIATIVE ALIGNMENT ......................................... 53 PLAN EVALUATION ......................................................... 57 APPENDIX A - FIVE YEAR COST ESTIMATE ...................... 58 APPENDIX B GLOSSARY ................................................ 60 APPENDIX C NEEDS ASSESSMENT REPORT .................... 63




    Over the past 3 years McKinney Independent School District has

    made tremendous progress integrating technology into teaching and

    learning, and improving business operations using technology. The

    2005 Technology Plan achieved a number of improvements

    throughout the district, impacting all campus facilities, providing

    students increased digital content and access, and modernizing

    district administration activities.

    Highlights of progress from the 2005 Technology Plan include the


     Implementation of on-line programs targeted at specific instructional

    objectives, such as Brainpop / Brainpop Jr. for grades K-6. Implementation of on-line courses.

     Building-wide wireless coverage at all campuses. Each campus has

    access to at least one set of laptops on a cart.

     Laptop carts with appropriate equipment and software for Middle

    School Science labs.

     Piloting of the utilization of iPods for instructional delivery purposes

    targeted at our Bilingual program.

     Implementation of a new Student Information System, Business

    Information System, Special Education System, Instructional

    Management System, and Clock System,.

     Upgrade of the district Storage Area Network, including capacity

    expansion to 65 TeraBytes.

     Piloting teacher websites and internal campus websites, including

    some use of Web 2.0 tools.

     Providing access to campus specific technology needs through the

    ―wishlist‖ program.

    This 2009 Technology Strategic Plan prepares a strategic, deliberate

    direction for the district‘s continued use, implementation,

    modernization, and application of the wealth of technologies that

    are available to today‘s modern school districts. The plan focuses

    on cost effective initiatives that optimize the investment of all


    A carefully developed approach--balancing modernization and

    upgrade needs with sustainment and operational considerations

    was used to create the recommendations contained in this plan.

    Maintaining such a balance represents a challenge for any

    ambitious school district. Through skilled implementation by MISD

    staff, the district‘s strategic goals should be met and exceeded within

    allotted budgets and in the most cost effective manner possible.

    ; Research has shown the potential for quality improvement in

    educational processes through skillful provision and application

    of educational technologies. The recommendations that follow

    are consistent with and support the provision of needed

    Systems, Spaces and Services.



    ; Instructional technology will be transformed through the continuing deployment of Smartboards for our elementary campuses and data projectors at our secondary campuses, providing large image displays supported by document cameras in every classroom. Large image display enables all students to see and comprehend images being displayed by teachers, leading to enhanced learning outcomes. A wireless infrastructure is now in place at every campus, and plans to continue providing mobile laptops are included. Wireless laptop carts enable creation of temporary 1:1 computing environments in the classroom where every student can interact with technology individually, again leading to enhanced learning outcomes. Enhancing our mobile assets will also allow us to prepare for the expansion of on-line testing.

    ; Management of technology assets will feature proactive automated monitoring and remote problem correction. Instructional and system software will increasingly be centrally maintained for consistent support and optimal reliability. Selected instructional content will be delivered digitally using video streaming and centralized campus media retrieval systems.

    ; Staff professional development will be supported by the on-going implementation of our Teacher Technology Proficiency program as well as the development of Administrator Technology Proficiencies. Professional development efforts will include a focus on technology usage for items such as the web portal, the data warehouse, and teacher and class web pages. A number of other professional development initiatives are presented for consideration and possible implementation.

    ; Infrastructure sustainment and upgrade will proceed on a measured pace to recognize the fast-changing nature of information technologies such as wireless and broadband. One of the current initiatives that will meet this need is the expansion of our Internet Service from a fractional T3 to a 100 Mbps connection. Other needs such as bandwidth monitoring, improved Internet filtering, and increased data storage will only increase with student growth and reliance on technology based resources.,

    ; School home communications remains an on-going priority, and they concentrate on engaging students‘ parents or guardians. Improving communications between schools and teachers, and homes and parents/guardians, will involve a combination of automating and sending out school level information with posting details about ongoing school and class activities for parents/guardians to access at their convenience. The web portal presents significant opportunity toward improving these communications, and ultimately will provide some productivity enhancements as well. In addition, teacher web pages to support increasing the information flow between schools and homes will be researched.

    ; A summarized set of goals, objectives, and strategies with suggested accountability measures and implementation timelines are included to organize the various strategies contained herein for monitoring, state reporting, and corrective action as required.

    ; A separate section illustrating how plan strategies align with the Texas Long Range Plan for Technology, the No Child Left Behind act, and E-Rate program is included for quick reference.



    ; The summary cost estimate included at the end of this plan

    summarizes the estimated implementation costs of all the

    planned improvements. These costs are primarily to be

    supported by anticipated bond technology funding, although

    there may exist some limited opportunities to secure

    maintenance and operations or grant funding for some of the

    requirements contained in this plan. The charts indicate the

    expected funding source for each initiative.

    ; Appendix C describes some of the key steps taken during the

    planning process.

    ; Finally, the technology needs assessment summarizes the

    district‘s needs for technology based on discussion with campus

    and district leaders as well as meetings with the Technology






    This technology master plan is divided into six primary functional

    areas, followed by a comprehensive cost estimate covering the six-

    year planning period. For clarity and organizational purposes, the six

    sections include the items as indicated below. Some items defy clear

    categorization into any of the six sections, and they receive treatment

    in the appropriate areas.


    This section includes all technology items used in the learning

    spaces. Items range from desktop and notebook PCs to various

    audiovisual devices such as document cameras and data projectors. STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    Professional development refers to ongoing efforts by staff members

    to stay current in their fields of employment. Rapidly emerging

    technologies in education warrant a focused effort to keep staff

    members effective and proficient.


    Although often taken for granted, a robust technology infrastructure

    is essential to underpin ongoing activities elsewhere in the district.

    This area covers all the ―back-office‖ operations and cabling, servers,

    telecommunications equipment and services, and related assets

    required to provide reliable, high-speed connectivity to all users in

    the district.


    Core business processes that must occur centrally operate on

    central systems such as the Student Information System, Food

    Services, Library, or personnel system. Other activities include

    operation of central data services such as a Storage Area Network

    or Data Warehouse. These and other systems are included under

    the business processes section of this report.



    To support all of the ongoing and new initiatives necessary to MISD,

    the Technology Services Group staff must expand to sustain an

    acceptable level of service at best value to the MISD taxpayer.

    These issues are addressed in this section of the plan. SCHOOL HOME COMMUNICATIONS

    Increasingly, school home communications present an area of

    opportunity for winning community and parent support for school

    district activities, as well as for improving administrative efficiency in



    areas involving students. These include attendance, grade reporting, additional fees, and special activities of all types.


    This section organizes the technology improvement strategies under goals and supporting objectives formatted suitably for submission to the Texas Education Agency. The overall implementation timeline is shown to understand the relative timing and duration of the strategies to be implemented.


    This section illustrates the alignment of the technology improvement strategies for use in submitting the district‘s e-plan to the Texas

    Education Agency, and includes correlates to the Texas Long Range Plan for Technology (LRPT), No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and the E-Rate (ER) program.


    This section proposes an evaluation process for use in monitoring the technology improvement strategies.


    This section quantifies the various plan initiatives for financial planning and budgeting purposes. Regardless of the bond election outcome, these estimates reflect the relative scope and financial impact of identified technology improvement actions. Unless otherwise indicated, sustainment of these initiatives is presumed supported by ongoing maintenance and operations funding.




    This plan was prepared through the McKinney ISD Strategic

    Technology Committee. The McKinney Independent

    School District (MISD) Strategic Technology Plan

    encompasses the broad areas of technologies used for

    instruction and the administration of district operations. The

    MISD Board of Trustees provides the vision, leadership,

    and oversight of these and all other district activities, with

    particular focus on accountability to the citizens. Key

    supporting areas such as staff professional development and school home communications are included because they can significantly impact the success of the district and its technology plan implementation efforts. This plan was made possible with the support of the following MISD Board of Trustees:

    Lewis Isaccks President

    Lynn Sperry Vice President

    Wade Johnson Member

    Poe Member

    Mark Rude Member

    Maria McKinzie Secretary

    Dick Stevens Member

    In addition, the MISD Superintendent, Mr. Tom Crowe, provided the leadership and direction to help fully development the concepts and strategic tenets of this plan.

    A brief overview of the planning philosophy and the plan development effort follows.


    The identification and arrangement of strategic priorities for systematic implementation required a focus on the strategic goals of MISD. Taken in the context of a rapidly advancing technology landscape, coupled with increased ongoing accountability measures, the planning philosophy must reflect these interacting forces. The four strategic goals identified by MISD for this planning project are: 1. Student and Teacher instructional

    achievements that:

    ; Use technology resources that are ubiquitous in curriculum and


    ; Are aligned to the TEKS

    ; Are aligned to the State of Texas Technology Plan

    ; Are aligned to the U.S. Ed. National Technology Plan ; Explore both new technologies and new uses of existing

    technologies along with a plan for refurbishment/replacement

    that maintains at a minimum the current level of technology

    resources throughout the district



    2. Long term objectives for all departments

    and areas of MISD that utilize technology:

    ; Vision and Assessmentwhat are the issues? Where are the


    ; Each department evaluated their current business operations

    and processeshow can efficiency and effectiveness be

    improved? What technology (applications, hardware, etc.) is

    needed to accomplish?

    ; Business case for the use of technology including ways end

    user productivity will improve, operating costs will be reduced,

    prioritized timeline for implementation, and how the technology

    will be funded. (refurbishment plan for existing technologies

    and/or purchase of new hardware/software)

    The above strategic project goals provide the general direction that

    MISD intends to pursue through implementation of the strategies

    identified in this plan document. Upon development of the plan

    strategy initiatives, five new technology goals and numerous

    supporting objectives emerged. These are explained in the section

    titled ―Goals, Objectives, and Strategies.‖

    The planning team must seek the proper balance between

    ―curriculum driving instruction and technology integration‖ and

    ―technology innovation influencing instruction and driving

    curriculum.‖ Accordingly, the planning thought process recognizes

    this dynamic interaction and strives to extract from each the

    appropriate impact on selected programs of change for

    implementation over the planning period.

    Numerous research studies exist throughout the education

    community covering a variety of technology integration in education

    topics. While some of these efforts have delivered impressive

    results, others show mediocre returns and finally other studies are of

    questionable value. Nevertheless, the general consensus related to

    the value of technology in education is positive, particularly when

    supported with the proper teacher professional development and

    support environment. This research was examined in the context of

    the experience of the TSG within MISD and the consultant team, and

    used to inform many of the recommendations contained within this

    planning document.

    Finally, this plan is intended to be a changing document--as

    initiatives are completed and new ideas are created, the plan should

    be updated to include adjustments to its strategies as newer

    technologies emerge or results are achieved.


    The committee met on eight times on the following dates:









     The process utilized by the committee consisted of the following steps:

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