Wednesday, February 18, 2009

SFUSD's technology plan

The SFUSD Education Technology Department is holding four community meetings around the city in order to allow parents, teachers and students to come and give their input into SFUSD’S new technology plan. Please call 355-7309 to reserve a seat to one of the dates/times listed below. You must call to reserve a space.

2/18 - Everett MS 6:30 to 8:00 2/19 - Marina MS 6:00 to 8:00
2/26 - Ulloa ES 6:30 to 8:00 3/5 - Marshall HS 6:00 to 8:00

or you can click on the link below to give your input in a survey.

4 comments:

  1. Do you have a link to the new plan? The plan document on the SFUSD website (http://portal.sfusd.edu/data/IT/MTP/SFUSD%20Tech%20Plan%20Final.pdf) is dated April 21, 2006.

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  2. Technology is a broad topic, but let's assume they're talking about web technology. Standardizing on Google Docs & Google Sites would be good start.

    The Google Docs Blog just had a posting about innovative ways teachers can use Google Docs:

    http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2008/12/teachers-shared-their-projects-and.html

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  3. I went to the presentation at Ulloa School. First, they described SchoolLoop, a new website system for schools, students and parents. Think CRM for schools. It seems very good and at $4.00/child/year, it's affordable.

    They talked about infrastructure, including upgrading the bandwidth (1Gb/sec) to schools and wiring to classrooms. Computers are always getting old and breaking down, which presents a big problem for teachers.

    Integrating web technology into the classroom brought some skeptical comments from the audience, even from some of the computer professionals. We also talked about online safety issues.

    The District must present the state with a plan sometime in April and these meetings are intended to gather community input for that plan.

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  4. There is currently no budget at all for the maintenance of computers in the classroom. There's no one to help teachers set them up or use them, and most of the computers I've seen in classrooms are old iMacs running system 9. A couple years ago I taught kindergarten in a classroom with one ancient PC running Windows98 (not that I think kindergartens really need computers for the kids). How do they plan to address these chronic problems? Greater bandwidth is the least of our concerns; who needs it when you can't even run a decent, modern browser or other applications?

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