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plan: 2009-2010    Major technoloy projects for the 2009-10 school year include:

  • Continue the successful tablet PC technology integration program
    • A cohort of ten teachers completed the 45 hour professional development program
  • Continue to evaluate, identify & implement new technologies to streamline effective instructional applications of technology integration.
    • Use of document cameras and flip video camcorders by classroom teachers continued to increase throughout the year.
  • Implement bandwidth upgrades necessary to maintain and develop applications across the division wide area network and internet
    • BCPS moved to a symmetrical 5mb DSL connection for internet connectivity, dropping the VITA 3mb line and the 3mb DSL internet line.  The connection has been stable throughout the year, and has adequately served the internet needs of the schools.
    • The School Administration Building T1 line was discontinued, and a 3mb business DSL line was added.
  • Encourage greater use of current structures for instructional data storage/access at all three schools, and expand authenticated student storage/access at both elementary schools.
    • Staff and students continue to utilize SharePoint services.
  • Encourage/assist administrative staff to increase applications for information storage/collaboration with each other, building staff and community.
    • Math curriculum and testing resource sites were enhanced in 09-10.
  • Expand to full implementation of PowerSchool student records system at BCHS, and Introduce PowerGrade program to upper elementary grade staff.
    • Teachers in grades 4-12 use PowerSchool for grade reporting.
  • Implement conversion from Symantec AntiVirus/Spam Filter to Microsoft Forefront products.
    • The transition was very successful, and staff have been pleased with Forefront's performance.  Updates are managed through Windows Updates.
  • Install major upgrades to:
    • PowerSchool - Student Records System
    • READ 180 - Remedial Reading Instructional Program
    • SuccessMaker Enterprise - Integrated Instruction Program
    • WinSNAP - Food Service Software
  • Begin transition to Windows 7 operating system in division workstations.
    • A number of Windows 7 machines were successfully installed
  • Continue participation in Blue Ridge East Technology Consortium to increase technology professional development opportunities for instructional staff.
    • BCPS continued to host the BRETC web presence.
    • BCPS participated in a grant writing project with other BRETC school divisions.
    • As the Ed Tech funding for BRETC was discontinued and the consortium's grant application was not funded, BRETC became dormant by the end of 2009-10.

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