Technology Referendum

Tuesday, November 5th

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How far we've come - instructional highlights

Computers - ratio goal of 14:1 down to 5.7:1
  • current ratio of __ to 1 (1566)

Technology instructional tools - goal to update/expand technology applications

  • SMART Boards - interactive white boards in __% of classrooms (189)
  • Student Response Clickers - allows all students to interact with content, __ sets
  • Mobile Learning Devices - __ laptops, 90 tablets, __ eReaders
  • Document Cameras - project actual images and content, __
  • Digital Cameras and Camcorders
  • Discovery Education - streaming educational content
  • Google Apps - cloud computing and storage
  • Moodle - platform for online learning
  • rSchoolToday Website - consistent communication throughout the district
Training - goal to include professional development to ensure effective use of instructional technology
  • Internal staff development sessions and outside training resources have been used to ensure that technology is used effectively within the classroom to enhance student learning

How far we've come - infrastructure highlights

Maintenance - goal of 5 year replacement cycle for computers
  • replacement cycle has been met over the past decade
Facility retrofits - goal to update infrastructure to accommodate new technology needs
  • servers, switches, wiring and electricity have been purchased to maintain uninterrupted access to network and Internet content
  • wireless access points have been added to high use areas to provide inside wireless access for mobile learning devices as well as guest wireless access
Training - goal to include professional development to ensure efficient and effective technology support
  • Technology support staff have attended sessions to keep them up to date on needed information

Future direction

  • 1 to 1 mobile device access for students to provide personal, any time, any where learning
  • 100% students access to and instruction on cloud computing and storage
  • Define and update classrooms, where appropriate, to "learning spaces of the future" both instructionally (ex. Flipped Classrooms) and structurally (ex. wireless equipment to maximize space and minimize cables)
  • Implement a learning management system to streamline content management and communication while providing an engaging learning environment for students
  • Implement wireless infrastructure in order to provide 100% wireless access across the district in support of mobile learning

Possibly Technology Referendum Outcomes

Please note:

* The operating levy that passed in November of 2012 will be used to support the district's general operating fund. It does NOT include funding for technology.

* Renewal of the current technology referendum is based on technology needs determined 10 years ago (2003).

If the technology referendum is renewed and expanded...

  • Students will experience innovative, personalized, any time, any where learning
  • Students learning will take place in up to date spaces
  • Students will learn and collaborate in the cloud
  • Instruction will continue to be student centered for all learners
  • Staff will be trained for efficient and effective use of technology
  • Infrastructure will be adequately funded for the future

If the technology referendum is renewed only...

* Infrastructure is currently under supported, therefore cuts to the general fund may still be necessary resulting in larger class sizes

  • Richfield schools will fall behind other districts who are voting to increase investments in technology (ex. Edina, Bloomington, Minnetonka)
  • The district will be less attractive to families considering moving to the area
  • Richfield students will have less access to new technologies and therefore be less prepared for higher learning and future jobs
  • Implementation of wireless access will be slowed limiting the progress of any time, any where learning for students
  • Computer replacement cycle would potentially increase from 5 to 8 years negatively impacting learning, productivity and communication

If the technology referendum is not renewed this fall...

  • All current and future technology costs will come out of the general operating fund resulting in $1+ million in cuts each year going forward
  • Due to maintenance costs of current technology, there will be little to no funding available for new technology