1. To meet the challenge of preparing all students in Arp ISD for a technologically challenging future by complying with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills guidelines as set forth by the Texas Legislature.
2. To better inform and utilize parents, community, and business leaders in the area of technology implementation. This goal includes a bi-annual school board presentation on Strategic Technology Planning.
3. Allow technology to be implemented K-12 in a sequentially valid plan that apportions equipment from simple to complex through the grade levels (i.e. Kindergarten should not utilize equipment more advanced than the high school campus.) This policy will require reapportionment of equipment at reasonable and predictable intervals.
4. To allow students K-12 to become more and more responsible for the use, care, and maintenance of equipment as they mature through the grades. Elementary students will be taught basic care of input and output devices. Junior high students will learn the computer system components and proper care of each. High school students will be taught to upgrade both software and hardware.
5. To more profusely Integrate technology tools in the curriculum as students move through the grade levels. New technologies, new techniques, and new skills will accompany each grade level in a logical, sequential, technology-infused curriculum.
6. To commit Arp ISD to providing all students the most effective, current and real-world technologies so that all students may gain valuable, relevant, and marketable skills.
7. To utilize technology in the district to meet instructional needs. Planning for technology will be driven by instructional objectives, student needs in achievement, and for curricular and instructional strategies. Hardware will never drive the Technology Plan.
8. Interconnectivity is a priority of the Technology Plan. The ability to share resources, information, and ideas is one of the most important assets a school district can offer, second only to a nurturing, caring spirit.
Arp ISD maintains high standards of ethical and acceptable use of all technology for educational purposes. To accomplish these standards the following policies will be followed:
All technology will be utilized for educational purposes (i.e. games without educational objectives are not permitted at anytime and may result in the loss of privileges to technology.) If there will not be an independent assessment over software content, it is probably not appropriate for the educational environment.
Faculty will be responsible for making sure that classroom substitute teachers are advised that computers will not be utilized by students unless specific written instructions have been left by the classroom teacher on proper/educational use of technology for a specific class period.
Failure to document use or failure to use technology for ethical and educational purposes will result in the reassignment or relocation of technology (microscopes, calculators, computers, video equipment, etc.)
The following practices have been found to reduce maintenance costs. All district equipment will be used following these guidelines.
Students of Arp ISD will properly utilize technologies. Proper use includes real-world problem-solving, independent and group productivity, research, design, and synthesis of ideas, and/or simulation exploration, experimentation, assessment and evaluation processes.
All students will understand basic and complex system design, maintenance, and acceptable use policies.
All students will be required to follow ethical use and copyright laws. Infringement of these policies will result in restriction or limited use of technology in Arp ISD. Technology tools are provided by the district for appropriate educational objectives (i.e. games such as Solitaire, will not be played during school hours). Students utilizing technology for unauthorized purposes may be restricted from or lose privileges to district technologies.
Students will maintain equipment and report any equipment failure, damage or loss to their teacher. A student's failure to report important damage or loss may result in restricted use or loss of privileges to technologies. Since technology equipment is school property, student violation or abuse of this equipment will be subject to disciplinary action as defined in the District Discipline Management Plan.
ACCESS TO DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES & THE INTERNET:
Students will have access to Internet resources in each classroom in Arp Schools for research, global projects and Web site development. Filtering Internet content has been provided by the district, but does not insure that children will be isolated from all inappropriate materials. Therefore, Arp Schools maintain an acceptable use policy for the Internet which allows students to have access only in the presence of a facilitator or instructor. Internet research and usage will be highly structured and criteria driven.
The Arp District Technology Committee invites parent and student participation in planning, training, and implementation. This committee meets regularly. You may bring your ideas, concerns, and suggestions to any committee meeting by contacting a campus technology coordinator. Recognizing the awesome power the Internet has brought to American homes and schools, this committee strongly recommends the ISTE policies for home use of the Internet:
Students attending Arp ISD will ethically utilize all media, resources, and equipment to enhance the educational goals of the state, district, and classroom while maintaining a respect for all classmates, instructors, and administrators. Students and Parents will be required to sign a User Agreement for Access to the Arp ISD network, Internet / World Wide Web before using these resources in the district. This agreement will be initiated by your childs home room teacher or sponsor. Violation of these policies will result in appropriate disciplinary action.
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