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Educational Improvement Plan


Using ePortfolios to Drive Student Achievement

 

The main goal of the Educational Improvement Plan is to utilize all aspects of  coursework in developing a practical and real-life educational change in cooperating school districts. The Educational Improvement Plan incorporates data driven research and theory.

 

The Educational Improvement Plan identifies a critical educational problem or issue in a school that is in need of improvement.  In this plan, electronic portfolios are identified as a method of driving student achievement and improving the technological skills of both students and staff alike.  The following table is a timeline of specific and sequential actions and outcomes that would help set the EIP in place.

 

E-Portfolio Project Timeline

Project Phase

Start Date

 

End Date

Person Responsible

 

Outcomes

Planning

 

9.09

 

06.09

Administrator; Portfolio Committee

  • Check that the presentation software is installed and operating correctly
  • Inventory technology needed to implement the project
  • Create and implement appropriate scheduling to support technology-rich, collaborative, project-based digital photography units 

Determination

09.09

12.10

Administrator; Portfolio Committee; Instructional Staff

  • Determine needs, develop learning outcomes and performance indicators

Assessment

09.09

11.09

Administrator, Technology Coordinator, Technology Department

  • Assess existing infrastructure, determine portfolio type

Budget

09.09

09.09

Administrator

  • Select a system based on budget

Develop Implementation Plan with Realistic Timeline

09/09

10.09

Administrator; Portfolio Committee;  

  • A sequential and feasible timeline that establishes resources and secures adequate training.

Essential Agreements

09/09

10/09

Administrator; Portfolio Committee; Instructional Staff

  • Create Essential Agreements with all staff who will be responsible for caring after the camera
  • Gather and maintain media and privacy release forms from students 

Goal-Setting

 

10/09

Ongoing as needed

 

  • Teacher and student goal setting
  • Introduce and Review the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Standards

 

Access

 

11/09

Ongoing and as needed basis to facilitate and implement the project)

Administrator; Instructional Staff;

  • Schedule student access to the technology. Arrange for a projection system for whole-class instruction and viewing. For the final session, arrange for the presentations to be electronically stored on the same device (e.g., external hard drive, server, or digital camera tape) for easy access and display.

Functions and Features

11/09

Ongoing and as needed basis to facilitate and implement the project)

Administrator; Portfolio Committee 

  • Establish and practice procedures for downloading documents, and for storing the image, text, and multimedia files. Saving them on a local drive rather than a server will probably make the saving process faster, but will not provide a backup, which most servers offer.

Rubric Development

04/10

Ongoing as needed

Portfolio Committee; Grade Level Teachers

  • Used to evaluate portfolios

Building Portfolio into Curriculum

04/10

Ongoing as needed

Portfolio Committee

  • Integrate academic curriculum to drive instruction

Professional Development

05/10

Ongoing as needed

Administrator, IB Coordinator; Peer Leaders

  • Provide in-house Professional Development and training sessions for teachers
  • Pre-surveys will be distributed to teachers and students to be used for evaluative purposes  

Full Implementation

09/10

Ongoing as needed

All Stakeholders

  • Implement e-portfolio pilot 

Continued Growth

10/10

Ongoing as needed

Administrator; Portfolio Committee, I.B. Coordinator

  • Revise and revisit plan

 

Budget

Though no monetary funds are needed t fund this project, human resources and physical hardware and software are needed.  All hardware, materials, staff and training that will utilized in order to fund this project are already on-hand and available at zero cost at the school-site.  Working in a centralized school district, schools do not receive independent budget allocations.  The following chart created shows the essentials needed in order to fund/implement this project.

 

Hardware/Software Item

Purpose

Person(s) Responsible

Cost

  • One Canon Pixa digital camera per classroom

 

Will be utilized to take photographs and capture images

Instructional Staff, Students, Parents

Zero Cost; On hand

  • One HP Laser Jet Photo printer or Dell printer per classroom

Utilized to print photographs, documents, publish digital projects, print electronic portfolios

Instructional Staff,

Students, Aide Staff, Teaching Assistant

Zero Cost; On hand

  • One scanner per classroom

Utilized to scan images, documents, student work

Instructional Staff,

Students, Aide Staff, Teaching Assistant

Zero Cost; On hand

  • One document camera

An efficient tool utilized to capture images and incorporate them into PowerPoint and Photo Story.

Instructional Staff,

Students, Aide Staff, Teaching Assistant

Zero Cost: On hand

  • Memory cards/thumb drives-at least one per classroom

Store and transfer media and documents

Instructional Staff,

Students, Aide Staff, Teaching Assistant

Zero Cost; On hand

  • District Centralized Local Area Network connectivity

 

Utilized to upload/download photographs from web-based software, such as Kodak Gallery or Snapfish; used to access online multimedia tutorials; Provide uninterrupted network services with robust internet connectivity

Instructional Staff,

Students, Aide Staff, Teaching Assistant

Zero Cost; On hand

  • 100 Dell Desktop Computers

 

Part of the technological school infrastructure.  Used to manipulate information, receive, store, and transfer data, serves as a means of communication, and a catalyst for software and multimedia production.

Instructional Staff, Students, Administrator, Technology Coordinator

Zero Cost; On hand

 

  • 20 SmartBoards

Provides projection capability for demonstration and instructional purposes; Utilized to celebrate student work during Portfolio Day for parents/guardians

Instructional Staff, Students, Administrator, Technology Coordinator

Zero Cost; On hand

  • USB Cables- 1 per classroom

Transfers images from the camera to the computer

Instructional Staff,

Students, Aide Staff, Teaching Assistant

Zero Cost; On hand

  • Microsoft Photo Story 

Creates slideshows using digital photos; Adds stunning special effects, soundtracks, and photographers own voice narration to photo stories. Then, can be personalized with titles and captions; Shares stories using small file sizes, which make it easy to send in an email.

Instructional Staff,

Students, Aide Staff, Teaching Assistant

Zero Cost; On hand; Currently Installed

  •    Microsoft Windows 2000 desktop

The desktop’s operating system that is intended for home and educational use.

Central Office; Technology Department; Technology Coordinator

Zero Cost; Currently Installed; On hand

  •    Norton Antivirus Protection

 

Protects personal computer, files and security;

Central Office; Technology Department; Technology Coordinator

Zero Cost; Currently Installed; On hand

  • Office 2000

    Professional

Used for typing research papers, stories, narratives, writing pieces, and miscellaneous word processing projects, as well as photo editing and visual presentations aligned with state standards according to each grade level

Instructional Staff,

Students, Aide Staff, Teaching Assistant

Zero Cost; Currently Installed; On hand

 

The following chart identifies the human physical inventory needed to implement this project.

 

Staff Member Title

Role on Project

Start Date

Amt. of Time

Cost

Administrator

 

Oversee project; create schedules to provide adequate time to plan for projects and receive appropriate training and professional development; Create and implement professional learning initiatives for teachers to address technology standards and digital literacy in the classroom

9/09

Ongoing on an As Needed

Basis

Zero; in house faculty

Technology Coordinator

Promote the use of Assistive Technology “best practices” to ensure maximum learning opportunities and inclusion of all students; Serves as a leader in technology

10/09

Ongoing; As needed

Zero; in house faculty

Classroom Teachers

Educate students through building upon and refining their repertoire of skills; strengthen reading, vocabulary and writing skills; enhance student creativity and critical thinking skills; Utilize technology savvy teachers to spearhead a myriad technology projects/ideas in the school

09/10

Ongoing; As needed

Zero; in house faculty

Peer Leaders

Identify experts (teachers) to help colleagues with new

technologies.  By providing in-house experts, the school community will benefit from collegial sharing and the building of capacity.

9/15/09

On going; As needed

Zero; in house faculty

 

Aide Staff/Teaching Assistant

Will be trained and then utilized to scan and download documents to desktop computers in grades Pre-K through 5.

5/10/09

On going; As needed

Zero; in house faculty

 

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