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The Calexico Unified School District is committed to being a driving force in the use of technology in the classroom. The district believes in acquiring better resources, expanding course offerings and learning experiences, and utilizing innovative instructional practices to transform the education of our students with an emphasis on students creating, producing, and building for the purpose of presenting to an authentic audience. It is the district’s goal to achieve our mission and vision by working with our stakeholders, which includes the District’s Technology Committee and the LCAP committees and community forums.

The goals below will be supported by the improvements made to the district’s infrastructure that began during the 2014-2015 school year using LCAP funding. During the 2014-2015 school year, a total of $700,000 was allocated to the district’s infrastructure to improve wireless connection speeds in our network. This funding completed the infrastructure upgrades for seven of the district’s schools. There is an additional $350,000 allocation in LCAP funds to complete the infrastructure upgrades to the remaining four schools scheduled for this current 2015-2016 school year.

For a complete review of the 2015-2018 Calexico Unified School District’s Educational Technology Plan, you may access it by clicking here. The following goals listed below are included in the tech plan and will be highlighted on this page with updates on our progress throughout the year.

 

Using Technology to Improve Teaching and Learning

Goal 4: The district will provide a one to one learning environment for all students TK-12. K-2 Classrooms will have a one to one iPad learning environment. Grades 3-12 will have a one to one Chromebook learning environment.

Year 1: By June 2016, 25% of classrooms will have access to a one to one learning environment. Progress in this goal will be targeted at both the elementary and secondary schools.

(Current Progress on this goal will be updated soon)

Student Acquisition of Technology and Information Literacy Skills

Goal 1: Alignment of Technology Literacy Skills

By June 2016, 33% of teachers will have been trained and will have begun implementation of the identified technology literacy skills in their classes.

(Current Progress on this goal will be updated soon)

 

Goal 2: Alignment of Information Literacy Skills

By June 2016, 25% of teachers will be trained and will begin implementing their grade appropriate Information Literacy Skills.

 

Internet Safety and the Appropriate and Ethical Use of Technology

The Calexico Unified School District recognizes that in addition to the access that some of our students have to online learning environments across the district with teachers that are implementing the use of Google Classroom or Edmodo that many more students are interacting online including but not limited through the use of web 2.0 tools (i.e. social media, apps designed for online interaction, etc.) through the use of their personal devices. The district embraces the opportunity in providing leadership in the crucial component of educating students in Internet safety and the appropriate and ethical use of technology.

 

By June 2016, initial training, implementation of the designated lessons, and documentation of CIPA compliance will be completed by 100% of teachers designated for implementation. The recommended timelines will be as follows: Two lessons completed during the first two weeks of the year. Three lessons completed during October. (Note: This goal was modified from the version on the original plan)

 

Update 1:  A district-wide training was provided on Thursday, August 20, 2015.

 

In addition to staff development in Technology Literacy, Information Literacy and Digital Citizenship as listed above, the district is committed to providing ongoing staff development in the areas of:

  • Engaging and Effective Practices using iPads for Instruction
  • Google Apps for Education
  • Academies to build the capacity of lead teachers and principals.

 

Infrastructure Upgrade and Maintenance

Wireless

By June 2016, 90% of the classrooms will have an updated wireless system installed with each classroom having at least one access point capable of supporting 802.11ac wireless standard.

By June 2017, our core bandwidth will be upgraded to 10GB

By June 2018, the 10GB bandwidth will be expanded to all school sites.

 

Bring Your Own Device

A pilot implementation of a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program is scheduled for the 2015-1016 school year.

For any questions, you may contact the Director of Instructional Technology at lpadillajr@cusdk12.org