K&J SHOW – Technology Plan at Lake Placid Schools

Picture yourself standing in front of a line of computers at Best Buy, or Target, Wal Mart, your local neighborhood computer store… trying to decide which piece of technology is going to be right for you, There are at least 10 or 12 choices of laptops, and another 4 or 5 desktop versions and each has a completely different price point from $300 all the way to one or two thousand.. and then there’s the row of flat screen monitors, all different of course, and a row or two of peripherals like modems, extra keyboards and mice, special removable hard drives, the wireless routers we use to connect to the internet, oh and then we can’t forget ink and printers, and network hubs, the wire, and then in the isle next to that, about 100 different choices of programs all screaming “Buy Me” with big colorful boxes…

Ok –  So we’re in the store and even the advice we get from sales staff only makes the job of deciding what we need more difficult right… because they always give you like at least two or three reasons why each of these things could be the right one…

AUDIO – 091912 – K&J SHOW – LP Technology Draft Three Year Plan

And now picture a committee consisting of 12 members of theLake PlacidCentralSchoolSystem…  Just so you don’t feel so overwhelmed the next time you find yourself thinking you need to upgrade keep in mind that even some of our local school systems are having a tough time identifying the needs and the costs associated with the concept of keeping up with technology…  This is Superintendent Randy Richards… (Speaking at the Meeting)

A new phone system for example – and manuals in French for example…   The Draft Three Year District Technology Plan is 98 pages… Richard’s Presentation to the board – an hour and 5 minutes..   The bottom line –

According to the report, there are 14 conditions essential to effectively leveraging technology for learning  including a Shared Vision, Empowering Leaders, Implementation Planning, Funding, Access, Skilled Personell, Learning and Technical Support, Curriculum Framework, Student Centered Learning, Assessment and Evaluation, Community Engagement, and others…

There’s one thing that everyone agrees on and could easily be picked out of the presentations… The School needs new Mobile Computer Carts complete with the appropriate equipment to provide for the needs of educators working with students in the classroom so that when needed, they can roll the carts in – hand out the laptops and refer everyone to the particular topic – whether it’s programming, use of the computer, or accessing an online reference…

 

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