Technology plays a major role within the Williamsburg Independent School District (WISD). Technology integration creates an environment where teachers and students become more proficient in using a wide variety of hardware and software tools to enhance learning, problem solving, communication, and productivity. We believe enhancing education through technology will greatly improve the overall “playing field” for our students by providing an opportunity to develop lifelong learning skills by accessing information, and by understanding and communicating through the use of technology. Students at all grade levels and curriculum should be positively impacted by receiving the educational experiences through technology and shall develop their abilities to become self-sufficient individuals. Through the daily use of technology, teachers will be able to provide learning opportunities for all students that encourages them to apply the skills and knowledge they gain to solve real-life problems in a dynamic world.
WISD Technology Plan.....
The Williamsburg Independent School District utilizes an approved Technology Plan that has met the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) standards and the initiatives defined in the KETS Master Technology Plan. The overall goal of the WISD Technology Plan is to promote, drive, and integrate the use of technology into the daily classroom instruction that ensures students graduating from WISD will be prepared for higher education, the military and / or the modern workforce.
WISD Technology Department Goals…..
- Enhance the educational experience for all students and teachers through the daily use of technology resources and high quality educational applications.
- Provide a secure, stable and user friendly network environment while maintaining a robust and flexible infrastructure.
- Establish and maintain a continuous improvement process that complies with or exceeds the KDE / KETS standards while staying within budget.
Recent Technology Accomplishments
- Partnered with Save the Children and incorporated 140 Chromebooks into the K-3 classroom environment.
- Utilizing Google Tools as well as Google Classroom in our curriculum.
- WISD has implemented a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. The WISD Board of Education supports school efforts in students using personal owned technology devices, while on or off school property, during attendance at school sponsored or school related events provided the student observes the conditions as defined within WISD BYOD Policy. (Only High School students’ grade levels 9-12 shall be allowed to use personal owned electronic devices. Middle School students’ grade levels 6, 7 & 8 shall not be allowed to use personal owned electronic devices at this time. The District will evaluate the ability to incorporate the Middle School grade levels in the near future.)
- The District replaced 100% of the Cat 5e network cabling system in the existing K-12 building with KETS approved structured cabling system consisting of 196,000 feet of Cat 6 10GX cable, 711 data drops, 16 48 port Avaya GX power over Ethernet (POE) switches, 32 single radio wireless access points, and a Avaya 2882 wireless security switch. All network equipment frames are connected using multi-mode or single-mode fiber optic cable as required.
WISD Technology Department Staff & Responsibilities……
The WISD Technology Staff consists of the DTC/CIO, and approximately 10% support from the WISD DPP.
Job responsibilities are as follows:
- Implementation & administration of the Kentucky Education Technology System (KETS) and project initiatives
- Network administration, engineering, planning, security, user training & systems functionality
- Accountable for daily activities of Enterprise network consisting 36 networked or web hosted user applications, 9 district servers, 336 workstations, and approximately 1000 users.
- Implementation & administration of the WISD Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program
- Financial planning & forecasting for district-wide technology initiatives
- Network Technician job duties - Manage approximately 350 yearly Technology work orders
- Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) / Technology Resource Teacher (TRT) job duties
- Provide technology Professional Development (PD) for all District faculty & staff
- Server & workstation maintenance / repairs
Hardware & software evaluation, purchasing & inventory
- Contract & vendor management
- Phone system maintenance / moves / repairs
- Computer imaging
- Systems Data Backup
- Asset tracking
- E-Rate application filing process
- ISTE / NETS Standards for Students, Teachers, & Administrators
- KDE Technology Standard 10 & 6 for all Teachers
- Technology standards testing for 8th & 12th grades
- WISD Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to all K-12 students
- Digital Citizenship (9 elements) material to all grade levels 4 to 12.
- Digital Drivers License for all MS & HS students
- Internet Safety program
- Deployment of Live@EDU / Office 365 / SkyDrive to all District students Grades 4 – 12 grades