LPS District Technology Plan

Littleton Public Schools

Technology Plan

FY2013 Through FY2017


I. Overview

This document represents the five-year technology plan of the Littleton Public Schools. It outlines

the philosophy, goals, and strategies pertaining to technology adoption, use, and improvement

within the school system. In addition it provides a snapshot of current status relative to the

goals. This document is intended to comply with the Massachusetts Department of Education's

"Local Technology Plan Guidelines".

The target audience for the Technology Plan includes a broad range of stakeholders including

school staff and administrators, town administrators, citizens, and the Massachusetts Department

of Education. This is a living document. Since technology, educational needs and opportunities,

and available resources are in a constant state of change, this document is expected to evolve as

necessary. At a minimum, it is expected that yearly updates may be appropriate to ensure that it

continues to reflect the current situation and needs of the town's schools.

II. Vision

Littleton Public Schools is committed to providing appropriate and effective technology integration

throughout the school system. Technology is a powerful tool which can support, enrich, and

extend student learning throughout the curriculum. Although we recognize the importance of

technological literacy in the modern world, in the Littleton Public Schools technology is primarily a

means for learning rather than a goal unto itself. Properly applied, information technology can

meaningfully enhance educational experiences, engage and stimulate student interest, help

faculty to function efficiently, and facilitate interactions with parents and the community.

Technological competency will develop and grow as part of an integrated learning experience.

III. Mission

Littleton Public School’s mission is to foster a community of learners who strive for excellence

and prepare each student to be a successful, contributing citizen in a global society. This

includes the use of technology and the acquiring of 21st century skills. Technology in the

Littleton Public Schools will enhance student learning and achievement through the

integration of technology into the district's instruction and curriculum as stated in the

common core and the district goals. The necessary technology will promote the skills,

knowledge, and performance of all district staff and will improve the efficiency of classroom,

building, and district management. Technology will be used as a vehicle for teaching,

learning, and communicating. The district will leverage the use of technology as an integral

part of the curriculum and use it to provide students with the skills they need to acquire,

manage, process, and communicate information.

IV. Goals

1. Accessibility of Technology

2. Technical Support and Staffing

3. Internet Access


● Accessibility To Technology

The Littleton Public School District grades 5 - 12 will strive to achieve a 1:1 ratio of students

to device using a BYOD method. Students not able to afford their own device will have

access to a district owned device. Grades PK-4 will have adequate access to technology

through mobile device carts and computers labs available in each school.

The Littleton Public School District has adopted a computer replacement cycle of five years or

less in order to provide students, faculty and staff with computers which are functional and

able to meet curriculum requirements.

Littleton will continue to maximize access to general curriculum for all students, including

students with disabilities through the use of e-learning, interactive resources and assistive

technology tools.

● Technical Support and Staffing

The Littleton Public School District will continue to provide technology leadership through the

appointment of a Technology Coordinator. The district will work to maintain a full time

technology aid at each school, one full time district technician, and one full time data

specialist.

An online technology help desk is currently used to track technology issues and provide

timely in-classroom support. The online help desk will also evenly distribute work to

technical staff allowing for quicker resolution of issues.

● Internet Access

By the fall of 2013 The Littleton Public School District will provide both wireless and wired

internet access in all classrooms in all schools. All internet access and electronic

communication for staff and students is appropriately filtered and monitored in accordance

with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) Community groups and local resources will

be contacted to ensure that all staff and students have access to an internet connected

computer outside of the school day. The Littleton School District Website will contain an

up-to-date list of places where students and staff can access the internet after school

hours.

Technology Integration and Literacy

● Classroom Technology Integration

Through the use of data gathered each year, the Littleton Public School District will

strive to achieve the following:

100% of teachers use technology every day, including some of the following areas:

lesson planning, administrative tasks, communications, and collaboration. Teachers

share information about technology uses with their colleagues.

100% of teachers use technology appropriately with students every day to improve

student learning of the curriculum. Activities include some of the following: research,

multimedia, simulations, data interpretation, communications, and collaboration

● Student and Staff Technology Literacy

Through the use of data gathered each year, the Littleton Public School District will

strive to achieve the following:

At least 85% of eighth grade students show proficiency in all the Massachusetts

Recommended PreK-12 Instructional Technology Standards for grade 8

100% of teachers are working to meet the proficiency level in technology, and by the

school year 2014-2015, 85% of teachers will have reached the proficiency level as

defined by the Massachusetts Technology Self-Assessment Tool (TSAT)

Technology Professional Development

● Assessment

The Littleton Public School district will continue to assess the technology literacy of all staff

on a yearly basis. Information will be gathered through the use of online surveys such as

the DOE's Technology Self Assessment Test (TSAT) as well as our own surveys and through

verbal and electronic communication throughout the school year.

● Professional Development

Professional development programs will be shaped according to the data which we gather throughout the

year. Offerings will be sustained and ongoing throughout the school year and will include group activities,

online professional development, and individual mentoring. By the end of 2011 at least 85% of the district

staff will have participated in at least 45 hours of highquality professional development that includes

technology skills and integration of technology into instruction. In the summer of 2012 the district offered a 7week,

14 hour Technology Education summer program. The district will continue to offer this program each summer. By 20142015

the district would like expand to offer a series of online “Moodle or iTunes U” type courses that staff members may complete at their own

pace. Professional development will also take place during the district wide halfday PD time. At least 4 out of the 12 days will be devoted to technology. Technology staff will continue to offer Friday morning “DropIn” sessions at each school. These are 30 minute technology minilessons provide by staff for teachers. As of 20122013, one school is offering it. By 20142015, all schools will be offering it. Courses offered will include Google Apps Basics, iPad Basics, iPad Intermediate, Google Drive, How to use BYOD in your classroom, Aspen Training, among others.

E-Learning and Communications

● Course Delivery through Technology

Littleton Public Schools currently offers several classes for Middle and High School students via Virtual

High School (VHS). Littleton is currently looking for further opportunities to expand course offerings through

the use of technology. Littleton is also using the MOODLE platform to allow teachers to deliver curriculum

online.

● District Web Sites and Student Information System

As of March 1, 2013 Littleton Public Schools will convert over to Aspen SIS. By fall of 2013 all HS and MS

staff will be using the SIS for attendance, grading, and communicating with parents and students. Parents

and students will also have access to their own portal. The district will study the possibility of grading and

portal access for the K5

grade levels.

● Archiving of Electronic Communications

All Littleton email and communications are now being archived according to state and federal policies.

Littleton uses the service postini to archive all email. The district informs staff and students about public

records law through the acceptable use policies. Littleton also automatically attaches an email footer to all

email containing a public records law statement.

V. Strategies to Meet Goals

Instructional Technology Standards

As of 2012, The district has appointed a technology leader within each school. Each technology

leader will work to align technology curriculum with the competencies outlined within the

Massachusetts Recommended Instructional Technology Standards and the Common Core.

Technology leaders will work in cooperation with the Curriculum Director, Principals, Curriculum

Coordinators and technology staff to provide training, tools, and teaching materials. They may

also help to identify future professional development interests and capital needs for their

respective schools.

Littleton will develop strategies to annually assess the technical competency of students at each

grade level.

Professional Development

Guided by the Massachusetts Technology Self Assessment Tool, surveys, and feedback from

teaching staff, Littleton is currently developing a professional development schedule for the

2013-2014 school year. Funding and time have been allocated to provide regular classes during

and after the school day which will not be disruptive to teacher schedules. Topics currently under

consideration include Web Site creation, Google Apps, Smart Board Integration, Web-based

curriculum mapping and Electronic Grading.

Infrastructure

● Desktop Computers

Littleton has requested an annual capital expenditure of $40,000 to begin a computer replacement cycle.

This funding will allow the school district to cycle functional computers from our high and middle schools to

replace aging computers within our two elementary schools. Computers currently in need of replacement

are classified as 'type c' by the Department of Education, and on average are more than thirteen years old.

Littleton will continue to support 3 computer labs at the High School, 2 computer labs at the middle school,

one lab at both the Shaker Lane and Russell Street Schools. The district will continue to provide Type A

computers to all professional staff.

Network Infrastructure

The districts timeline to replace aging network equipment is such:

● All Schools February 2013 Firewalls will be replaced expected lifetime 10 years

● High School Cisco system installed in 2001 with care and replacement parts should last another 5

years. Complete wireless package to be added Summer 2013

● Middle School Spring 2013 All switches will be replaced, wireless system replaced expectant

lifetime 10 years

● Russell Street School HP Procurve switches and wireless installed in 2010, should last another 8 to 10

years.

● Shaker Lane Needs

complete overhaul. Summer 2013 recycled switches from the middle school will

replace the older hubs.. Summer 2014, wireless will be replaced. Summer of 2015, All switches will be

replaced.

The district continues to move many of our server needs to the cloud, including email, website,

SIS, and file sharing. We maintain a file server at each school for student/staff use. We also host

our own camera/surveillance servers.

● Enrichment Technology

Littleton uses innovative technologies each day to engage students, and educators. As a district we also

use a variety of technology based communications to connect with the community. During the past few

years, Littleton has added smart boards, video projectors, plasma TV's, Apple TV wireless switches,an

automated notification system, a vibrant VHS program, to our school district. Each program or piece of

equipment which we adopt is paired with high quality professional development to encourage educators to

take ownership of the technology and the curriculum. The Littleton Technology Team will work in

conjunction with administrators and educators to continually evaluate enrichment technologies

VI. Budget

The District Technology plan will continue to be funded through a variety of methods. Littleton

Public School's annual budget appropriation contains funds for salaries, including a Technology

Coordinator, technicians, and support staff. The annual budget also includes funds which are

available to administrators for supplies, materials, and for the maintenance and repair of district

technology equipment. Annual Capital requests made through the town warrant process will be

the main funding source for equipment and capital item expenses. The Littleton Public Schools will,

when appropriate, continue to request capital funds for necessary equipment purchases. The

Littleton Public Schools will also continue to work toward maximizing any additional other funding

sources such as E-Rate funds, State and Federal grants, as well as other private grants and

donations which may become available. Littleton Public Schools has recently implemented a district

wide Library Automation system. The system was funded through a combination of both public

and private funding. The Littleton Public School district has an ongoing practice of minimizing

operational costs in all areas, specifically technology operating costs including phone services,

internet costs, etc. This detailed attention to technology spending allows the district to make

more funds available to meet the goals and objectives of this technology plan, fund equipment

purchases, explore and fund new technologies, increase professional development for staff and

meet the needs of all students.