BENAVIDES ISD
Technology Plan

2013 - 2016




DANIEL CEBALLOS

SUPERINTENDENT


DISTRICT PROFILE

ESC Region 2
City, State Zip BENAVIDES, TX 783410916
Phone (361) 256-3003
Fax (361) 256-3002
County District Number 066901

Number of Campuses 2
Total Student Enrollment 362
District Size Under 500
Percent Econ. Disadvantaged 80.25%

Technology Expenditures $735,621.00
Technology budgets
reported in plan by category
Teaching and Learning Budget $90,800.00
Educator Preparation and Development Budget $27,000.00
Leadership, Administration and Support Budget $1,000.00
Infrastructure for Technology Budget $616,821.00
Total: $735,621.00
Technology Expenditure
Per Pupil
$2,032.10
Number of Campuses
with Direct Connection to Internet
2
Percentage of Campuses
with Direct Connection to Internet
100.00%
Number of Classrooms
with Direct Connection to Internet
40
Percentage of Classrooms
with Direct Connection to Internet
100.00%
Computer/Student Ratio 6 student(s) for every computer
Computer/Teacher Ratio 1 teacher(s) for every computer
Number of campuses that need to
complete the Texas Campus STaR Chart
2
Percentage of campuses that have
completed the Texas Campus STaR Chart
100.00 %
CIPA Compliance CIPA compliance was certified by the district on 01/15/2013.
The Board of Trustees for Benavides ISD held a public hearing on its Internet Safety Policy on June 19,2012 and adopted its policy on June 19,2012. The public hearing was publicized according to district policies and the adoption of the policy is reflected in the minutes of the board of trustees.

Plan Introduction

Plan Last Edited 03/25/2013

Plan status: approved  
Years Included in the Plan: 2013 - 2016  
Number of years covered by the plan: 3  
Years Approved for the Plan: 2013 - 2016  
Number of approved years: 3  

Does the district file E-Rate? yes

Technology Planning Committee
Sandra Perez, Elementary Principal
Adell Cueva, Secondary Principal
Lilia Gonzalez, Secondary Technology Teacher
Monica S. Wheeler, Secondary Teacher
Alma Vera, Elementary Teacher
Yesenia Hernandez, Elementary
Greg Perez, District Technology Coordinator
Olga G. Carrillo, Director of Curriculum
Emma Lou Salinas, Administrative Assistant
Ruella Escontrias, Parent


                                                                                   

Executive Summary

Benavides ISD acknowledges that our learning environment needs to be focused on the integration of technology programs and services into daily instruction. If Benavides ISD is to provide students with an environment in which they can address their personal and professional opportunities of this century, we must continue to design and implement effective and efficient technology plans of action that encompass:
• Seeking grant and other funding opportunities to sustain technology-rich district wide support
• Continuously updating the technology systems within the district

Like so many other school districts, Benavides wants to provide learning opportunities for all students pertinent to their future needs. As a rural, economically disadvantaged school district and community, it is even more important and urgent that Benavides ISD provide every student and staff member quality resources connected to a state-of-the-art telecommunication network by:
• Providing a rigorous and complex online curriculum in which we provide students with timely and global information on a consistent and cost-effective basis.
• Empowering every student with technological competencies to support them in meeting the challenges and opportunities they will encounter throughout the 21st Century.
• Providing training to teachers in order to address students’ personal and professional goals and expectations.
• Providing an environment that is safe, orderly, and drug-free to encourage positive self-image and a need for respecting others (CIPA).

Because technology is such an integral part of our learning process, Benavides ISD assures a dedication to student high expectations and accountability, and fiscal responsibility within our three-year e-Plan.

Needs Assessment

Assessment Process:
Benavides ISD continues to integrate technology throughout the district providing access to the global community and giving students the opportunity to gain the experiences necessary to access and create sophisticated products that will help them prepare for post secondary experiences.

The needs assessment for the Benavides ISD Technology Plan was developed by coordinating a variety of data sources to support findings and the development of improvement activities. Data was gathered from the following sources.

Infrastructure analysis - reports on both campuses were provided by the ESC 2 and the District's service provider.

Staff development participation - sign-in sheets from training sessions in ESC2ube, vertically aligned on-line curriculum, TxEIS data management, and on-line instruction/assessment programs (DMAC).

Hardware and software services and programs - documented for staff and student accessibility.

Needs and requests - from administrators, classroom teachers,and support staff documented as data for accessibility planning.

The district's safety plan - reviewed to analyze accessibility to communication systems in time of emergency and crisis.

The district budget - reviewed to analyze past spending practices and feasability for future funding sources.

Review of 2011-2013 purchases - classroom computer updates, printers, IPADs, Promeathean Boards and projectors, Nooks, Kindles, e-book readers, district network equipment, wiring, and software.

Student performance with technology products - analyzed to determine the effectiveness of integrating technology into instruction (Grade 8 Simple Assessment Technology Proficiency Test).

Campus STaR Chart reports - both campus and individual

Existing Conditions:
Currently, the infrastructure houses a network system that provides equipment and wiring to support a district-wide telephone system, wireless access, Internet access for all facilities, data management system on both campuses, and district-wide email services.

Accessibility to technology is consistent across the district with all classrooms having up-to-date equipment for all students. Every classroom houses an interactive projector with components.

Software programs and upgrades have been continually addressed to meet the standards of TEKS Technology Applications.

DW wireless devices are in place.

The staff continues to build its capacity with technology proficiencies, but additional training and practice is needed.

The district has in place an emergency/safety plan that will be consistent across the district facilities. (Alert Now parent communication in place)

Technology Staff - 1 DW Coordinator

Focused spending for technology products and services has been effectively articulated during the implementation of the most current technology ePlan.

A detailed and accurate record of spending patterns and inventory control is available for review and analysis.

Technology Needs:
The following needs have been identified:

Continued support of upgrades for the wiring, servers, routers, and switches for the district-wide network (wireless) system.

Purchasing of hardware and training as needed.

Continued accessibility of computers, printers, and software in each classroom to help staff and students demonstrate competency of technology applications.

Ongoing staff development on the use of technology for instruction.

Address standards for the TEKS technology applications by establishing the levels of competencies for staff and students with progress documented on a district-wide data base.

Timely campus technical support (PC, infrastructure, components, software, etc.)

Spending for the 2014-2016 ePlan must continue to be focused and aligned with the District Performance Goals outlined in the District and Campus Improvement Plans.

Goals, Objectives, and Strategies

GOAL 1: GOAL 1: Ensure academic excellence for BISD students, staff, and administrators with equitable access to technology resources and programs in support of instruction and learning in the district and community.
OBJECTIVE 1.1:
Objective 1.1: Implement an aligned on-line curriculum that integrates technology resources for 100% of the staff and students.

Budget Amount $90,800.00
LRPT category: Teaching and Learning

E-Rate Correlates: ER01
NCLB Correlates: 01, 02, 03, 04a, 04b, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12

Strategies State/Status: Timeline: Person(s) Responsible: Evidence:
  1.1.1: Integrate technology into differentiated instruction curricula at all grade levels through a vertically aligned on-line curriculum.

LEA LRPT Correlates: EP07, EP09, LAS05, LAS07, LAS10, LAS14, LAS15, TL01, TL03, TL05, TL08, TL13, TL14

State: Revised

Status: In Progress

2013-2016
Curriculum Director
Principals
Technology Coordinator
On-line curriculum Principal Center to review lesson plans,
Observation of teacher/student use of technology such as:
Web Design, PPt Presentations, Excel Spreadsheets, etc.
  1.1.2: Incorporate strategies and applications acquired by teaching staff at professional development on the use of Internet-based Learning: DMAC, Tango, CSCOPE, Reading Plus, A+, Write to Learn, ESC2ube, Project Share, and miscellaneous software.

LEA LRPT Correlates: EP05, EP07, LAS10, LAS12, LAS14, TL01, TL02, TL03, TL04, TL05, TL07, TL08

State: Revised

Status: In Progress

2013-2016 Curriculum Director
Principals
Technology Coordinator
Principal walkthroughs
Lesson Plans
  1.1.3: Model and mentor the use of technology by teaching staff that builds the capacity of students to create sophisticated technology-based products through the use of PPt, Excel Spreadsheets, Microsoft Word, Window Moviemaker, Publisher, Photoshop, etc.

LEA LRPT Correlates: LAS10, LAS11, TL01, TL02, TL03, TL04, TL05

State: Revised

Status: In Progress

2013-2016 Principals CSCOPE lesson plans,
Student Projects
  1.1.4: Purchase resources that are specific to the on-line curriculum lessons that support the rigor and relevance of state standards.

LEA LRPT Correlates: I04, I05, LAS10, TL01, TL02, TL03, TL04, TL05, TL14, TL15

State: Revised

Status: In Progress

2013-2016
Monitor each six weeks
Director of Curriculum
Principals
Teachers
Purchase Orders,
Invoices,
Inventory
  1.1.5: Increase and improve communication to parents and community on how technology is applied in all district classrooms.

LEA LRPT Correlates: I08, LAS09, LAS13, TL15, TL16

State: Revised

Status: In Progress

2013-2016 Technology Coordinator,
Curriculum Director
Agenda of parent meetings, Announcements to parents, District Website Parent Portals / Links / Alert Now
  1.1.6: Collaborate with higher education representatives, business and community representatives, and parent-community to support district’s Technology Applications Integration and Career & Technology Education for all students.

LEA LRPT Correlates: LAS07, LAS13, TL15

State: Revised

Status: In Progress

2013-2016
Director of Curriculum,
Principals,
Counselor
Meeting Agendas,
ESC2 Certificates
  1.1.7: Provide CTE classes at the secondary campus that reflect meaningful flexibility to earn a high school diploma with appropriate and rigorous foundation courses aligned to endorsement areas for college and career preparation.

LEA LRPT Correlates: TL01, TL02, TL03, TL04, TL05, TL08, TL09, TL13

State: Revised

Status: In Progress

2013-2016 Director of Curriculum,
HS Principal
Class Schedules,
Students' four-year plans
  1.1.8: Provide advanced academic opportunities to all students with emphasis on the integration of technology, including dual credit courses and distance learning opportunities.

LEA LRPT Correlates: EP08, I03, I06, I09, TL01, TL02, TL03, TL04, TL05, TL07, TL12, TL13, TL16

State: Revised

Status: In Progress

2013-2016 Curriculum Director,
Principal
CSCOPE lesson plans,
Course completion documentation
  1.1.9: Purchase upgrades for educational software supported by district such as: Reading Plus, Write to Learn, Accelerated Reader, Star Math, Star Reading, Tango, Read Naturally, OverDrive (eBooks), etc.

LEA LRPT Correlates: LAS10, LAS11, TL01, TL03

State: Revised

Status: In Progress

2013-2016 Technology Coordinator, Curriculum Director,
Business Manager
Upgraded version of software
Purchase Orders
Invoices
OBJECTIVE 1.2:
Implement and sustain an ongoing, differentiated professional development for staff.

Budget Amount $27,000.00
LRPT category: Educator Preparation and Development

E-Rate Correlates: ER01, ER02
NCLB Correlates: 01, 02, 03, 04b

Strategies State/Status: Timeline: Person(s) Responsible: Evidence:
  1.2.1: Provide appropriate professional development to teachers on the delivery of the standards, implementation of the projects, and rubric evaluations of the student products.

LEA LRPT Correlates: EP01, EP02, EP04, EP06, LAS03

State: Original

Status: In Progress

2013-2016 Curriculum Director
Principals
Agendas,
Sign-in Logs,
  1.2.2: Provide time for collaborative planning between teachers incorporating the use of technology into lessons where appropriate.

LEA LRPT Correlates: EP09, LAS08, LAS13, TL10, TL11

State: Original

Status: In Progress

2013-2016 Principals
Agendas


GOAL 2: Support staff productivity through technology professional development, technical support, effective planning, and collaboration with all stakeholders.
OBJECTIVE 2.1:
Align district technology plan with the District and Campus Improvement Plan Goals and Objectives.

Budget Amount $1,000.00
LRPT category: Leadership, Administration and Support

E-Rate Correlates: ER01
NCLB Correlates: 05, 06, 07

Strategies State/Status: Timeline: Person(s) Responsible: Evidence:
  2.1.1: Utilize funding from State, Federal, & Special Programs.

LEA LRPT Correlates: I03, LAS04, LAS06, LAS15

State: Revised

Status: In Progress

2013-2016
Curriculum Director,
Business Manager
Campus & District Improvement Plans,
District Budget
  2.1.2: Continue to fund personnel positions to provide technical support and professional development.

LEA LRPT Correlates: EP01, EP02, EP03, EP09, LAS01, LAS03, LAS04, LAS06, LAS10, LAS15

State: Revised

Status: In Progress

2013-2016 Curriculum Director
Technology Campus Liaisons
District Technology Coordinator
Tech Work Orders
Workshop Agendas
  2.1.3: Provide opportunities to parents and the community to inform them of technology accessibility and the use of Internet and links to adult literacy providers via school correspondence and website.

LEA LRPT Correlates: I03, LAS07, LAS09, LAS13, TL15

State: Revised

Status: In Progress

2013-2016 Director of Curriculum
Technology Personnel
Agendas,
Interest Surveys,
Sign-in logs,
Links on Website
  2.1.4: Provide an alternative plan for district students who are at risk of dropping out to recover HS credits via the A+ Anywhere Learning System and receive a HS diploma upon completion of required credits in students' personal graduation plan.

LEA LRPT Correlates: I09, LAS15, TL02, TL09, TL13, TL14, TL15

State: Revised

Status: In Progress

2013-2016 Technology Coordinator
Principal
Counselor
Teachers
Registration Logs,
Sign-in logs,
Course completion documentation
  2.1.5: Review the technology plan and assess the district's progress toward the goals, instruction, staff development, infrastructure, telecommunications services, hardware, software, other related services.

LEA LRPT Correlates: EP05, LAS02, LAS04, LAS05, TL06, TL07

State: Original

Status: In Progress

2013-2016 District Technology Coordinator
Technology Committee
Identification of objectives and strategies that have been accomplished, partially accomplished, or not started.
  2.1.6: Integrate planning for technology into all classroom, library,campus, and district planning.

LEA LRPT Correlates: LAS01, LAS02, LAS05, LAS07, LAS08, TL04, TL05

State: Original

Status: Planned

2013-2016 District Technology Coordinator
Technology Committee
Principals
Library Aides
Campus Improvement Plans
District Improvement Plans


GOAL 3: Upgrade the current network infrastructure and technology resources to ensure that internal connections and classroom accessibility support the challenging State Academic Content and Student Achievement Standards.
OBJECTIVE 3.1:
Use E-Rate funds to upgrade, extend, and maintain the current network infrastructure to ensure that all staff and students have increased accessibility to technology and teachers.

Budget Amount $616,821.00
LRPT category: Infrastructure for Technology

E-Rate Correlates: ER01
NCLB Correlates: 03, 05, 06

Strategies State/Status: Timeline: Person(s) Responsible: Evidence:
  3.1.1: Purchase wireless controllers and access points.

LEA LRPT Correlates: I01, I02, I05, I06, I08, I09, LAS15

State: Revised

Status: Completed

2013-2016 Technology Coordinator
Business Manager
Inventory,
Purchase Orders,
Invoices
  3.1.2: Sustain technical assistance for maintenance of classroom equipment and resources.

LEA LRPT Correlates: I04, LAS14, LAS15

State: Revised

Status: In Progress

2013-2016 District Technology Coordinators Tech Work Logs
  3.1.3: Purchase district-wide computer upgrades such as: IPADs, Nooks, e-Readers, upgrade classroom computers for student use, office desk computers, and adaptive devices as needed for students and staff with special needs.

LEA LRPT Correlates: I03, I05, I06, LAS14, LAS15

State: Revised

Status: In Progress

2013-2016 Technology Coordinator,
Business Manager
Purchase Orders,
Invoices
  3.1.4: Update Interactive Boards, Interwriter pads, IPADs as needed for student instruction district-wide.

LEA LRPT Correlates: I01, I03, I09, LAS15

State: Revised

Status: In Progress

2013-2016 Technology Coordinator
Business Manager
Purchse Orders
Invoices
Inventory
  3.1.5: Maintain an obsolescence plan for all technology hardware.

LEA LRPT Correlates: I07

State: Original

Status: In Progress

2013-2016 Technology Coordinator Obsolenscence Plan
Inventory


Budget

Total amount of Title II, Part D formula funds received for the current year of this plan: $0.00

Method of application for formula funds: Local Application

Budget year 2013

Budget item Cost Funding Sources with amount per source
Staff Development $9,000.00 Title II,Part A - $5,000
Local - $ 4,000
Telecommunications & Internet Access $88,154.00 Local Budget - $ 9,348
E-Rate - $ 78,806
Materials & Supplies $30,600.00 Title I, Part A $ 23,500
SCE - $ 7,100
Equipment $103,053.00 E-Rate - $ 92,748
Local - 10,305
Maintenance $14,400.00 Local - $ 1,440
E-Rate - $12,960
Miscellaneous Expenses $0.00 N/A
Total $245,207.00

Budget year 2014

Budget item Cost Funding Sources with amount per source
Staff Development $9,000.00 Title II,Part A - $5,000
Local - $ 4,000
Telecommunications & Internet Access $88,154.00 Local Budget - $ 9,348
E-Rate - $ 78,806
Materials & Supplies $30,600.00 Title I, Part A $ 23,500
SCE - $ 7,100
Equipment $103,053.00 E-Rate - $ 92,748
Local - 10,305
Maintenance $14,400.00 Local - $ 1,440
E-Rate - $12,960
Miscellaneous Expenses $0.00 N/A
Total $245,207.00

Budget year 2015

Budget item Cost Funding Sources with amount per source
Staff Development $9,000.00 Title II,Part A - $5,000
Local - $ 4,000
Telecommunications & Internet Access $88,154.00 Local Budget - $ 9,348
E-Rate - $ 78,806
Materials & Supplies $30,600.00 Title I, Part A $ 23,500
SCE - $ 7,100
Equipment $103,053.00 E-Rate - $ 92,748
Local - 10,305
Maintenance $14,400.00 Local - $ 1,440
E-Rate - $12,960
Miscellaneous Expenses $0.00 N/A
Total $245,207.00

Evaluation

Evaluation Process:
The Benavides ISD Technology Plan will be monitored twice each school year and revised annually by the Technology Committee. The District Curriculum Director and District Technology Coordinator will facilitate the evaluation process by reviewing all data that benchmarks the progress of each goal, objective, and strategy with Technology Committee members. Progress of each activity will be assessed according to the standards outlined in the evidence section for each strategy. Edits and updates will be made during each monitoring period with reports articulated to the Superintendent and Board of Trustees through interim reports.

Evaluation Method:
The effectiveness of each activity in the Technology Plan will be measured by standards established by the technology committee.

Professional development opportunities will be documented by title, presenter, participants, and session evaluations to monitor the effectiveness of the trainers, content of the training, and requests for future PD topics & needs.

Administrators will document data that is incorporated into the STaR Charts to determine the extent to which staff and students meet technology competencies.

8th grade students participation in an online assessment that includes a blend of interactive, performance-based questions and multiple-choice, knowledge-based questions used to measure and report technology literacy and skills for middle school students through TCEA & Learning.com.

Campuses' needs assessment and documentation supporting necessary revisions for future technology services and updates.

Appendix

Attachment item A:
Technology Coordinator for ESC 2

Attachment item B:
Technology Plan - Texas ePlan

Attachment item C:
E-Rate application

Attachment item D:
State Technology Planning Support

Attachment item E:
Technology Planning and E-Rate Support

Attachment item F:
STaR Chart

Attachment item G:
No Child Left Behind

Attachment item H:
Technology Resources

Attachment item I:
8th Grade on-line Technology Assessment


BENAVIDES ISD does not discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, color, age, or national origin in its educational programs, activities, or employment as required by Title IX, Section 504 and Title VI.