Jackson County School System

"Student Success through Leadership, Character, and Performance"

Mission Statement

The Technology Department relentlessly strives to provide a technologically enhanced learning and working environment for students, teachers, administration and parents, the stakeholders, of Jackson County Schools.  Reliability, availability, resiliency, flexibility, and efficiency are imperative characteristics for this pervasive technology environment to immerse our stakeholders in 21st century educational and learning environments.  The technology based systems and processes must be adaptable for the ever evolving world of technology to allow for growth and progression into the future.  Professional development and training are critical services to be provided to ensure integration and implementation of technology into the curriculum and learning environment.

Vision


Students and teachers are able to use network resources with personal equipment (BYOT)
  • Laptop/netbook computers
  • Tablet computers
  • Smart phones
  • Any personal computing device that can be used to access Internet/network based “learning” resources
 
Technological resources are reliable and efficient, available when needed
  • 7X24 availability for district based technology resources
  • Teacher websites/blogs/resources
  • E-mail
  • Computer labs
  • Wireless “labs”
 
Online, “cloud”, resources are used for assessment, remediation, acceleration, and testing
  • Achievement Series/Performance Series
  • Georgia Virtual School
  • Successmaker
  • Read180/Earobics
  • Accelerated Reader/Math Facts in a Flash
  • Study Island
  • Rosetta Stone
  • MediaCast (streaming repository of video/voice media as well as “live TV”)
 
Daily use of technology in the classroom is ubiquitous across the district
  • Personal computing devices are utilized by students
  • SMART technology is utilized by both teachers and students
  • All levels incorporate technology appropriate to grade level
  • Available to every student
  • Backbone upgrade from a shared to dedicated 1Gpbs architecture, building toward a 10Gbps where feasible
 
Teachers transition to “facilitators” of learning by incorporating technology
  • A paradigm shift for many teachers
  • Provide problems for students to solve, allow learners to find their best means
  • Guide/Assist those who are “stuck”
  • Display/model technological resources that are useful
  • Learn from students other effective methods/resources
  • Attend professional development/training sessions to increase knowledge
 
Students are “self learners” as they learn to use technology as a means to access knowledge and solve problems
  • Students can function at their own pace
  • Comfort with using the technology
  • Self-initiate the search for knowledge based on the goals provided by the teacher
  • Individualized methods for solving problems, finding information
  • Introduces self reliance while also enhancing group organization
 
Communication between all stakeholders is greatly increased and efficient
  • E-mail for communication between any/all stakeholders at any time
  • Phones in every classroom
  • Teacher/Administrator web presence, web sites, blogs, resource lists (traditional web page, social networking such as Facebook,Twitter; Novell Teaming, in-house service)
  • Available 7x24
  • Cellular phones for administrators and key central office personnel allow for instant communication, particularly in cases of emergency/crisis via voice, e-mail, or text (Verizon Wireless Blackberry)
  • Mobile data access for technology personnel to be able to recover/repair systems from anywhere (Verizon Wireless Hot Spots)
  • Student Information System (Infinite Campus) provides a platform to improve the efficiency in mass communication with stakeholders such as callout services for events, updates, truancy over VoIP lines.
 
 
Wireless network access is pervasive at all facilities in the Jackson County School District
  • All access is filtered in accordance with CIPA requirements for all stakeholders
  • Students, Teachers, guest users each have isolated wireless networks
  • The wireless network can sustain heavy loads and provides coverage not only within the school’s walls but common areas as well
  • Accessible 7x27
  • No use of external wireless services allowed, to maintain CIPA compliance
  • Stakeholders are educated about proper “digital citizenship” and the potential online dangers
 
Computers are effectively distributed within the district to allow for maximum access for all stakeholders
  • Models of use derive best deployment practices for schools
  • BYOT will allow for greater classroom access, reduces the need for classroom computers in higher grade bands
  • At the high school and middle school level, no classroom computers, more labs.
  • At the elementary school level, maintain 2-4 computers/classroom
  • Coordinate the use of labs to maximize computer utilization
  • Eases the ability of the district to maintain “modern” computer availability to stakeholders
 
Interactive “white boards” and peripherals are an essential component of the classroom
  • SMART boards in every classroom
  • SMART document cameras in every classroom
  • SMART response systems, in proportion to student levels
  • Dedicated computer for each SMART board
  • Dedicated SMART response transceiver for every classroom
  • SMART XE response systems for high school mathematics and physical science classrooms
  • SMART Slates for classrooms, provided tablet technology remains incompatible
 
Digital/Electronic media are the de facto source for information
  • Stakeholders need to consider online/Internet resources as the primary source
  • Phase out the use of text books
  • Digital/Electronic resources are available 7x24
  • By using personal technology in class, students can continue learning away from school
  • Reduction in paper use, copier/riso materials for stakeholders
  • Need to educate stakeholders in safely backing up electronic work
 
The District continually monitors and adapts technology to utilize developing trends that effectively improve learning
  • Professional Development must continually evolve
  • Research and test only those technologies that are proven to be effective
  • New technologies need to be as “user friendly” as possible
  • Teacher attendance of training must become mandatory
  • Teacher/student feedback critical
  • Maintain Internet access levels to ensure enough bandwidth exists to accommodate the needs of our stakeholders