Needs Assessment

Review of 2010-13 Information and Technology Plan

We met as a technology committee on February 5, 2013 to go through our previous plan.  We had met many of our goals.  
  • We have continued to update our hardware, software, and infrastructure according to our 5 year life-cycle plan.  
  • We added wireless access in both our Elementary and Jr/Sr High buildings.  
  • You will see it's a goal to add more access points to get a higher saturation rate.  
  • We have maintained our same level of technical support.
  • We moved e-mail offsite to Microsoft Live @ Edu (now MS 360).
  • We sent teachers to interactive whiteboard and Moodle trainings at CESA's STAR Academy.
  • We set our filter to different filtering levels between students and teachers.
  • We have introduced Cyberbullying as a content area into our curriculum.
  • Every student in grades 7-12 has an e-mail account and cloud storage.
We did not meet these goals:
  • We did not connect both buildings by fiber.  We hope to address this through a referendum on May 21st (a $6.4 million remodeling of the Elementary building and some improvements to the Jr/Sr High building).
  • Run a pilot program using smartphones as computers.
  • We have not moved our antiquated phone system to a VOIP system.  We hope to address this through the referendum also.
Formulation and dissemination of survey for the Information and Technology Plan

On April 11, 2013 we met as a technology committee to discuss a survey that would be given to the students and community.  We also discussed allowing students access to YouTube.  After discussing that the Taglit survey was no longer available we decided to generate our own surveys.  The district purchased a Survey Monkey account because it gives us more options than the free version. The student survey was copied from the Taglit survey with some slight modifications.  We plan on doing this on a yearly basis, divide it by grade level, and add more questions concerning BYOD.  The community survey (intended for teachers also) did not have a great response.  It was posted on our website and Facebook for two weeks.  We need to do a better job of publicizing next time.  At our May 7th meeting it was discussed that a mailing may be necessary next year.  Lastly, it was decided that YouTube was educationally valuable to students and that it should not be filtered anymore.

Analysis of survey data for the Information and Technology Plan

On May 7, 2013 we met to formulate our goals.  Based on the survey results (student and community, technology committee member input, research of best practices, sample goals and objectives; the goals were formulated.  Please see the goals tab for our goals.  It was also discussed that Facebook should be unfiltered.  After looking at a survey of CESA 11 schools and it's validity in education for our district we decided to keep Facebook filtered.

Relevant research for the Information and Technology Plan

The following links were used to help establish our goals and objectives:

Assessment of telecommunication services, hardware, software

Our infrastructure begins with our fiber line which we upgraded 2 years ago.  We have a 1000mb router and are looking at upgrading from 50mb to 200mb for internet connection bandwidth.  This will give us great thru-put for showing streaming videos and other educational materials.  Our switches will maintain a five year rotation of being replaced as they are aging.  Nextgen is our Internet Service Provider.  WISCNET supplies us with an iBoss filtering appliance.  Currently, we lease a dark fiber line owned and maintained by Netxtgen to connect our two buildings with a 1000mb connection.  This has allowed us to consolidate resources and maximize efficiency.  Over the next 5 years, the school district will look into installing a school owned fiber line to eliminate the lease cost and ensure sustainability.  In addition to our ISP and filter which we submit as E-rate fundable, we submit our telephone and fax estimates.  All telecommunication services, hardware, and software are upgraded on a five-year cycle.  These items are reviewed by the Administration, Information Systems Administrator, and Technology Coordinator as to life-cycle, cost-benefit analysis, and emerging trends in telecommunication services. -- Last updated on: May 21, 2013