The Hastings Public Schools will provide the technologies necessary for
students and other members of our community to become lifelong learners and
We believe that instructional and
other technologies, in addition to improving productivity, should also foster communication,
collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, and creativity among our
students, staff, and community learners.
We believe that technologies are a vital component in delivering instruction,
as well as in making classrooms more responsive to student interests and needs,
including those with unique student learning needs.
We believe that technologies should help give our students a global outlook,
make them more successful in processing information, and better equip them
for the demands of higher education and the workplace.
We believe that ongoing and evolving technology staff development and training
We believe that staff, students,
and the community at large will need to continuously adapt to changing
TECHNOLOGY GOALS AND STRATEGIES
To use technologies to improve
administrative efficiencies and support data-based decision-making by school
situations in which administrative efficiency and/or decision making may
be better supported through the use of specific technologies.
the software and other resources necessary to improve administrative
efficiency in selected areas.
the training and time needed to successfully use the new approaches.
To integrate instructional
technologies into the curriculum and to support instructional improvement.
facilitate, and expect staff to use technologies whenever and wherever
they may be the best instructional tools.
to expand and explore new instructional technologies.
that students and staff use technologies legally and ethically.
to expand the use of technology to accommodate different learning styles.
available software and hardware that supports identified curriculum needs
and instructional strategies.
facilitate, and expect the use of specific instructional technologies to
accelerate student learning.
the capacity for classroom wireless connectivity for the integration of
options for online, blended and hybrid classes/options at the high school
to expand on using technology tools to support career and college
To establish databases and data
analysis strategies for teachers to use in curricular and instructional
the necessary information to be readily accessible to instructional staff
to assist in data-driven decisions.
training on data-based decision-making for teachers and departments.
and instructional staff will analyze data to inform instruction and
individual student interventions.
To maintain and improve staff
development and technology training opportunities.
and promote minimum competency requirements for staff.
local technology standards for administrators and teachers aligned with
the ISTE (and Common Core) standards.
staff with access to technology self-assessment tools.
technology skills assessment tool provided by MDE to gather comparative
data for the district.
to offer training on an as needed and as requested basis to encourage the
use of emerging technologies as well as continued training in productivity
large-scale staff development approaches only when necessary and
appropriate (those that may involve upgrades and awareness level
technology training and staff development to support the school district
initiatives of collaboration, data-driven instruction, differentiated
instruction, and 21st Century skills.
to offer optional after school and summer technology training sessions.
to provide options for outside-of-district technology training opportunities
(TIES, SORLA, etc.).
to provide access to 24/7 technology training (Atomic Learning and other).
To use technology to encourage parental
involvement and to improve communications with parents and the community at
To ensure the equitable distribution of
instructional technologies throughout the school district.
to maintain and expand the district's web presence.
awareness and expand TIES SchoolView
as a parent/guardian portal into his/her child's school to view pertinent,
secure student information.
to expand varying means of electronic communication to the public
including social media.
electronic communication to parent(s)/guardian(s) using SchoolConnects.
to use technology tools to increase efficiencies for parents, students and
staff (for example, options for online payment, online registration,
online access to payroll information, etc.
stable, long-range funding commitments for instructional technologies.
to annually review and plan for upgrades of both hardware and software as
needed and as funding is available.
possible solutions provide access to students who may not have access to
technology at home.
To continue to explore emerging
technology tools and practices and implement to meet school district needs.
To continue to maintain and make improvements to our technology infrastructure, including (but not limited to)
servers, switches, wired connectivity, wireless connectivity, etc.
to maintain and potentially expand and upgrade our VoIP (Voice Over Internet
and expand options for videoconferencing throughout the district.
potential replacement of older technologies with new options as they
become available and affordable.
to provide awareness and offer training to fully utilize the tools that
are currently available.
a regular replacement plan for district and building servers.
efficiencies and other improvements that could result by the expansion of the
SAN for centralized storage of files.
for the replacement of switches and other technology infrastructure as
and set priorities for the expansion of wireless capacity throughout the
options for cloud computing applications.
options for server virtualization.
options for desktop virtualization.
to make improvements in use of FCC radios.
May 2014 Revision