This document outlines a framework for introducing technology into Arizona K-12 education on a sustaining basis, so that within the next two decades Arizona graduates will be recognized as the most advanced and competent students in the United States.
It is important to emphasize that this is NOT a tactical or operational plan — those are the provinces of existing organizations. This plan focuses on strategic issues related to the effective introduction of technology into the Arizona school system. It is our hope that this plan will provide useful guidelines and a direction that can be incorporated into the various tactical and operational plans by the stakeholder organizations (e.g., Arizona Department of Education (ADE), school districts, legislature, etc.).
There are three levels to the vision: one, five and twenty years into the future.
The one-year vision focuses on buy-in and setting the stage.
The five-year vision focuses on demonstrating the effectiveness of technology in education by transforming teacher training practices and the classroom curriculum.
The twenty-year vision focuses on Arizona being recognized as a national leader in producing capable and knowledgeable graduates.
Elements of the one-year vision include:
• Stakeholder organizations contribute to the creation and adoption of a statewide strategic plan for K-12 technology.
• Legislation provides ongoing funds for 100% classroom technology adoption of hardware, software, training and support.
• Training and professional development is provided through multiple sources including the ADE regional training centers.
• Advocacy support networks and programs for plan implementation are put in place.
• The results and processes are measured and reported.
• A message is sent to the global business community that Arizona is now a step ahead in the race to create the next century workforce development system.
Elements of the five-year vision include:
• Every classroom in Arizona has at least one multimedia-networked computer for every four students.
• Teachers know how to use technology to support learning of academic, arts and skill subjects within the standards based curriculum.
• Technical support assures 98% operability.
• Master teachers use authoring tools to develop technology- supported curriculum.
• Absenteeism, classroom disturbances and dropouts are down by 50% as measured by state administrative system, which tracks all Arizona students.
• On the average, Arizona students are learning at one higher letter-grade level.
• Students are learning in three years what used to take four.
• Disparity between student-school performance caused by local conditions has evaporated.
• Enrollments of K-12 graduates in post-secondary schools is up by 25%.
• Employers report a major improvement in the number of qualified entry-level employees.
• A second statewide 15-year strategic plan is created to address all levels of formal education and informal learning.
Elements of the twenty-year vision include:
• Based on full adoption of current technology by 2003, Arizona K-12 schools maintain a lead in adopting the newest, most effective, learning technologies of the 21st century.
• Net-centric simulation, intelligent interfaces, virtual reality and many other emerging technologies combined with breakthroughs in the understanding of cognitive learning processes have been woven into school curriculum.
• The lines between formal and informal learning have blurred into a continuum.
• The teaching profession has been revitalized, enhanced, and transformed.
• By linking schools, homes and businesses with video and digital communication, new learning communities have emerged that are richly interactive and participative, creating their own personal learning and working futures.
• Life-long learning is a reality.
• Arizona is a world leader in attracting and growing businesses that depend on workforces with the highest skills, knowledge and work ethic.
To realize the above vision, the following mission statements, relating to advocacy, framework and support, need to be carried out by the stakeholder groups:
• Develop an advocacy program for complete technology adoption in Arizona schools, directed toward the legislature and the public at large (this includes supporting selected legislation, disseminating success stories, holding forums for exchange of ideas and solutions, promoting collaboration among stakeholder groups, etc.).
• Develop a set of guidelines and a framework that can be used by the ADE and school districts to give a unified direction to the introduction of technology into Arizona schools (this includes this strategic plan, etc.).
• Define the types of support required to introduce and sustain the effective adoption of technology into Arizona schools (this includes training services, continuing hardware and software upgrades, technology integration clearinghouse, etc.).