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Title: The Office of Instructional


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OIIT
The Office of Instructional Information
Technology
Technology in the Boston Public Schools
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Test Your Techie IQ
The Classroom Performance System (and
applications like it) are being used in K-12
classrooms.
What is a Blog? a. Short for "weblog, a blog
is a journal that is frequently updated and
published on the web. b. The new sci-fi movie
premiering next week starring Tom Hanks. c. An
internet "pet" which sits on the desktop and
jumps like a frog whenever an e-mail message
arrives.
3
Test Your Techie IQ
The Classroom Performance System (and
applications like it) are being used in K-12
classrooms.
What is a Podcast? a. A term to describe a
food fight involving beans. b. Radio shows or
other audio programs that are often episodic and
are downloadable over the Internet c. The launch
of Mork from Orks ship home.
4
Test Your Techie IQ
The Classroom Performance System (and
applications like it) are being used in K-12
classrooms.
What is a VoIP? a. The routing of voice
conversations over the Internet or any other
IP-based network as a replacement for traditional
phone service. b. The sound the internet makes
when it gets shut off at night. c. The
President's nickname for the Secretary of
Education.
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Test Your Techie IQ
The Classroom Performance System (and
applications like it) are being used in K-12
classrooms.
Is there an area of BPS technology that you are
most interested in learning about? a. Impact
on the classroom b. Staffing technical
support c. Infrastructure d. Future
vision e. I am equally interested in all areas.
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OIIT The Technology Team
The bringing together of two great organizations
to create one new technical support structure for
our schools.
Program Management Office
Application Development
Production Support
Data Records Management
Repair Center
Our mission is to provide the technology
foundation, vision, leadership, and support for
the members of the Boston Public School community
in the use of technology as a tool to achieve its
academic and operational goals to increase
student performance and close the achievement
gap.
Infrastructure Network Administration
Library Media Centers
School Support
Webmaster
Assistive Technology
Budget Planning
Professional Development
Curriculum Development
Curriculum Integration Support
TechBoston
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OIIT Spending 05-06
Resource allocation distribution established to
produce efficiency scalable central support to
schools.
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OIIT Spending History
Resource allocation distribution established to
produce efficiency scalable central support to
schools.
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District Technology Profile
15,000 Computers On Average 8 to 1 Student
to Computer Ratio On Average 1 to 1 Teacher
to Computer Ratio 178 Labs 100 Classrooms
Connected to the Internet Upgraded Wireless
Infrastructure (52 Sites All High
Schools) 34,241 Student Email Accounts Over 100
Customized MyBPS Tools
95 of Our Teachers Trained in Basic Technology
Competencies 20 of Our Teachers Identified
Themselves as Proficient or Advanced 220 Trained
School-Based Technology Support Teachers (TSTs)
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National Trends
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National Trends
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Infrastructure
Availability of capital dollars for hardware
acquisition has decreased, forcing the district
to revisit its model.
Computers by Fiscal year
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Infrastructure Hardware
Technology is a fundamental utility needed to
support teaching and learning in the Boston
Public Schools.
Mac OS 8.x OS 9.X 16
Windows XP 19
Mac OS X 1
Windows 95 15
Windows 2000 29
Windows 98 20
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Infrastructure
Availability of capital dollars for hardware
acquisition has decreased, forcing the district
to revisit its model.
Computers by Fiscal year
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Infrastructure
To provide the environment for safe, reliable,
and fast access to data, resources, tools.
2005/2006 Accomplishments Deployed 800 New
Computers. 9 Computer Lab Upgrades. Provided
New Data and Voice for 7 New High Schools
WREC/HPEC. Provided New Web Filtering Software on
All Machines for Safer Access Reporting to the
Internet. Built a Disaster Recovery Network for
BPS. Connected 16 Community Schools. 46,000
Emails Processed Daily.
Goals 2006-2007 Increase Speed of BPS
Network/Wireless Infrastructure. Upgrade Email
Service Microsoft Exchange. Upgrade/Replace 95
98 Machines. Upgrade Central Capacity to
Service and Track Calls/Support
Technicians. Provide Additional Data Storage
Capabilities to Schools.
Challenges More Computers Demand More
Bandwidth. 1,666 Computers Per Repair
Technician. Aging 95 98 Machines. Storage
Archival of Data Demands Increasing. Webmail.
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School Support
Provide quality support for the technology needs
of our schools.
2005/2006 Accomplishments Combined OIS
OIT. Created Cluster Support Team(CST) Needs
Assessment Model. Implemented Project Secure
which Ensures Computer Reliability in Labs
Libraries. Trained 220 School-based Technology
Support Teachers (TST) to Provide Professional
Development and Technical Assistance in Their
Schools. Expanded Call Center to Support
Educators 7am 5pm. Upgraded Technical Skills of
the Staff Supporting Schools.
Goals 2006-2007 Increase Communication and Direct
Support to Schools, Teachers Educators. Integrat
ion with Curriculum Instruction. Create Unique
Teaching Learning Opportunities. Showcase Best
Practices Repeatable Models. Create More Online
Learning Opportunities for Teachers
Students. Work with Teaching Learning to
Develop a Library Model with Simmons.
Challenges Supporting the Diverse Needs of the
Schools. Maintaining Technical Expertise. Providin
g High Standards While Not Being a Barrier to
Innovation. Library Support Programs.
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TechBoston…inspiring the next generation of
technology leaders
Provide access to cutting-edge technology
resources and opportunities that positively
advance the academic and career aspirations of
BPS students.
Challenges Limited Time Available in Teachers
Schedules for Professional Development. Resources
Needed to Cultivate Relationships with Higher
Education Institutions. Building Industry and
Community Awareness Around the Value of Hiring
High School Interns.
2005/2006 Accomplishments 1500 High School
Students Enrolled in IT-Related Courses Supported
by TechBoston. 300 Middle School Students
Learned Engineering Concepts through
Robotics. 20-25 Students Participated in Web
Design IT Support Training through TechBoston
Consulting Group. Partnered with Higher Education
Community in 2 NSF Grants to Bring Additional
Resources to District. 35 Students Enrolled in
After-School College IT Courses for College
Credit Conducted Accuplacer College Placement
Assessment Pilot with 200 Students and 12
Teachers. 300-350 High School Students Attended
College Campus Visits to Observe IT Program of
Study. 100 Students Participated in Job Shadows
in IT Professional Organization. 500 IT Focused
High School Students Participated in BATEC
College Fair. 150 Middle School Girls Attended
Girls Get Connected Conference.
Goals 2006-2007 Train Teachers to Master
Engineering Concepts on MCAS Tech/Engineering
Frameworks through Robotics. Increase Number of
IT Courses Aligned with Higher Education Course
Offerings. Increase Number of Technology-Related
Internship Placements for High School
Students. Enable TechBoston Consulting Group to
Assist with Technology Initiatives with the
Boston Public Schools.
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Professional Development
Enhance instruction by supporting all learners
through effective use of technology and other
media.
2005/2006 Accomplishments 30 Curriculum-based
Technology Professional Development Courses
Offered. Over 650 Educators Enrolled in
Fall-Winter Professional Development. 10 Courses
Offered Online. Online Registration Module
Launched. Implemented Robotic and Engineering
Professional Development to Support Updated
Technology and Science Standards. Trained 85 of
BPS Middle and High School Math Teachers to
Integrate Technology into the Math Curriculum
with SELECT Math Grant. Provide Technical
Assistance to All Read 180 MS Teachers in
Support of Readers and Writers Workshop. Taught
105 Teachers in Lexia in Support of Primary
Harcourt Brace Curriculum. Initiated Kurzweil,
Text to Speech Software, Program at 5 High
Schools to Support Universal Design for Learning.
Program Expanding to 250 Users.
Goals 2006-2007 Increase Online Professional
Programs. Create Just-in-Time Modules. Increase
TSAT Usage to Identify Technical Levels for
Better Service to Educators. Embed Technology
through Curriculum Departments. Identify
Communicate Curriculum Best Practices.
Challenges Professional Development Matches the
Technical Level of the Participant. Time
Professional Development Demands on Teachers
Especially Highly Qualified. True Curriculum
Integration Not Just an Add-On. Universal
Design Strategies Embedded.
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Application Development
Technology tools to support increased
productivity, efficiencies, and individual
learning experiences.
2005/2006 Accomplishments Program Management
Office Established. New Assignment Algorithm to
Run Feb 22. New Registration System. Highly
Qualified Educator Reporting System. Program
Management Module. Reengineered Web-Based Special
Education System. Deployed New Secure
Development Environment. Functional Enhancements
to --ISSP --WSIP --Budget School
Planning --Transportation Routing
System --Attendance --ETF (Special Ed)
Goals 2006-2007 Improved Communications. Increase
Access to Authorized Data. Upgrade MyBPS
Infrastructure. DataMart Reporting Analysis
Tools. Retire Mainframe- Legacy systems. Support
Teaching Learning/Operations with Continued
Enhancements Functional Requests. Provide New
Processes, Algorithms Reports based on BPS
Needs State/Federal Mandates.
Challenges Data Only Accessible to a Small Set of
Analysts. Homegrown Applications Not
Interoperable with the Standard
Applications. Costs of Build vs. Buy. Maintaining
our Investment vs. New Functionality.
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Application Development
Technology tools to support increased
productivity, efficiencies, and individual
learning experiences.
21
Technology Planning 1996-2009
LINC (Learning and Information Network for the
Community)
LINC III
LINC II
LINC I
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Technology Planning 1996-2009
LINC (Learning and Information Network for the
Community)
LINC III
LINC II
LINC I
Future Plans
  • Project Refresh
  • Technology Equipment to Meet Evolving
    Educational Needs.
  • Curriculum Integration Online Learning
    Opportunities for Teachers Students.

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Technology Planning 1996-2009
LINC (Learning and Information Network for the
Community)
LINC III
LINC II
LINC I
Future Plans
  • Project Refresh
  • Technology Equipment to Meet Evolving
    Educational Needs.
  • Curriculum Integration Online Learning
    Opportunities for Teachers Students.
  • Wireless Mobile Technology Infrastructure.

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Technology Planning 1996-2009
LINC (Learning and Information Network for the
Community)
LINC III
LINC II
LINC I
Future Plans
  • Project Refresh
  • Technology Equipment to Meet Evolving
    Educational Needs.
  • Curriculum Integration Online Learning
    Opportunities for Teachers Students.
  • Wireless Mobile Technology Infrastructure.
  • TGH_at_School Expands --Interactive Engagement with
    Families

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Technology Planning 1996-2009
LINC (Learning and Information Network for the
Community)
LINC III
LINC II
LINC I
Future Plans
  • Project Refresh
  • Technology Equipment to Meet Evolving
    Educational Needs.
  • Curriculum Integration Online Learning
    Opportunities for Teachers Students.
  • Wireless Mobile Technology Infrastructure.
  • Interactive Engagement with Families.
  • BPS Data Center to Advance Data-Driven Decision
    Making.

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Technology Planning 1996-2009
LINC (Learning and Information Network for the
Community)
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Technology Planning 1996-2009
LINC (Learning and Information Network for the
Community)
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Technology Planning 1996-2009
LINC (Learning and Information Network for the
Community)
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Technology Planning 1996-2009
LINC (Learning and Information Network for the
Community)
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Strategic Planning Framework
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OIIT
The Office of Instructional Information
Technology
Technology in the Boston Public Schools
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