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arlington isd technology plan

Arlington ISD Technology Plan

Deann Thompson

February 10, 2010


The National Education Technology Plan (NETP) urges schools to strengthen leadership for technology, to consider innovative budgeting, to support e-learning and virtual schools, to encourage broadband access, to move toward digital content, and to integrate data systems.

-Patricia Hinchey

district background
District Background

The Arlington Independent School District serves over 63,000 students. AISD currently has 50 elementaries, 12 junior highs, six high schools, a pre-kindergarten campus, an immigrant education facility, and four alternative schools.

technology leadership
Technology Leadership

Partner with the University of Texas at Arlington

Provide a Summer Leadership Institute for Administrative staff

technology expenditures
Technology Expenditures

Teaching and Learning Budget: $6,154,966.35

Educator Preparation and Development Budget: $2,039,087.26

Leadership, Administration and Support Budget: $1,557,315.75

Infrastructure for Technology Budget: $38,187,505.58

computer ratios
Computer Ratios

Computer to Student Ratio: 3 students for every computer

Computer to Teacher Ratio: 1 teacher for every computer

current technology implementation
Current Technology Implementation

All classrooms, libraries, and office spaces are connected to local area, wide area and Internet networks

All classrooms and libraries have networked teacher and student stations

All classrooms and offices have access to management software such as grade book, attendance reporting, and student records

All employees have access to email

current technology implementation continued
All elementary campuses have two 30-station computer labs

In addition to numerous computer labs dedicated to specific courses, all secondary campuses have laptop labs for student use

All secondary campuses have a distance learning classroom that allows students and staff to participate in video conferencing activities

Instructional software and/or access to fee-based online resources must go through a district wide preview committee before district purchases are approved

Current Technology Implementation Continued
technology projects
Technology Projects

Increase student use of technology

Increase the number of AISD teachers who have successfully completed the Texas Teacher Technology Competencies Certification (TTCC) program

Move to a five-year replacement program for classroom workstations

Add to an online database of student assessment data with links to online lessons to help teachers where needed

Evaluate and expand existing video conferencing systems

technology projects continued
Continue the use of E-Rate supported networks for internet connections

Implementation of new business systems, including Grade Book, Attendance, Human Resource, Finance, and Payroll systems, to support next generation solutions for the district

Evaluate new technologies that can streamline administrative functions, provide better availability of data for decision making, and improve learning in Arlington ISD

Technology Projects Continued

“Teachers have more resources available through technology than

ever before, but some have not received sufficient training in the

effective use of technology to enhance learning.”

-National Education Technology Plan

professional development
Professional Development

Train 3-4 certified teachers at each campus to serve as campus based technology trainers

Require trainers to attend update trainings each semester

Assist the training team at each school to create an annual campus technology staff development plan

Require campus technology trainers, junior high and high school Technology Application teachers to complete the Texas Teacher Technology Competencies Certification (TTCC) program or obtain TA certification

Require teachers to attend at least 6 hours of technology staff development each year

Require new AISD teachers to attend a technology session at New Teacher Academy

Provide ongoing professional development and support to K-12 teachers and all district staff regarding district guidelines, content providers, equipment, scheduling, and funding of videoconferencing events


Currently have students from 4 high schools enrolled

Will be adding students from 4 junior highs this summer

internet access
Internet Access

Number of Campuses with Direct Connection to Internet: 76

Percentage of Campuses with Direct Connection to Internet: 100.00%

Number of Classrooms with Direct Connection to Internet: 3724

Percentage of Classrooms with Direct Connection to Internet: 100.00%

technology infrastructure
Technology Infrastructure

Move district from an eight-year to a five-year replacement cycle for most equipment

Tweak adjustment cycle to meet usage of equipment

Provide high speed data access and upgrade network infrastructure components on a rotating basis through all campuses and locations in the district

Use an on-line database to submit and track help requests for all systems in the district


Continue to evaluate Technology Plan on a yearly basis

Provide more opportunities for teachers to participate in online learning

Begin to expose teachers and students to online content

Work with community partners to create computer access for lower income families

Develop partnerships between networks

Involve students in planning process


Arlington ISD. (2009, December 18). Arlington isd e-plan. Retrieved from

Hinchey, P. (2006, August). An Analysis of the 2005 national technology plan: better for business than for children. Retrieved from

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology, Toward A New Golden Age in American Education: How the Internet, the Law and Today’s Students Are Revolutionizing Expectations, Washington, D.C., 2004.