For Curriculum Directors
Talking Points for Curriculum Directors as of January 16, 2014
State Education NetworkA common backbone between all k12 buildings increases the possibility that a teacher can move from one building to another with the same access to her/his files.
A common backbone makes it easier to share data and curriculum strategies between districts.
Sharing a backbone makes it easier to implement data center services that respond quickly to new curriculum/content ideas and opportunities.
Device PurchasingNext purchase window will be incentivized and is anticipated to open in April 2014 and run through at least the middle of July 2014. The devices that will be eligible for incentives will be finalized in January 2014. $7,000,000 has been set aside for incentives for the Spring 2014 bid.
Invitations to participate on the Bid Specifications Committee and the Bid Evaluation Committee will be sent out in January 2014. Bid Specifications Committee will consider adding items such as wired iPad keyboards, laptop carts, etc. to the bid.
The Apple PD sessions conducted in November and December were well-received. Additional Apple PD sessions are being planned for the Spring. Professional development for districts purchasing devices from Dell and Sehi in Summer 2013 is in the planning stages and will most likely take place this Spring.
E-RateSupporting the instructional staff by having robust data connectivity and adequate bandwidth to the Internet can impact the educational processes that take place at all times of the day in any place and at any pace. The E-Rate Activity has a goal to simplify acquisition of these resources, reduce costs by driving down prices with aggregated statewide bid processes and exploiting the E-Rate program to the greatest extent further lowering net cost to the school/district. If successful utilized the E-Rate Activity will help every school acquire enough Internet bandwidth to take high stakes online assessments and that will enhance the educational process year round.
Data Systems IntegrationThe vision of the Data Integration project is Common Data, Common Solutions. The approach taken to achieve that vision is to put into place an Enterprise Architecture for student learning. Considering the state education system as an enterprise, the project is attempting to plan and design a common information system to address the enterprise goal of creating well-educated students. By integrating all of the various data systems based on common data specifications, the project will be able to provide a dashboard of information at various levels (district, building, and teacher) to allow for easy identification of areas where educational goals are not being met. For curriculum directors, this means that consistent materials can be developed to address identified needs across the state.
Current project status:
• Developing connectors for the six identified Student Information Systems
• Designing a web-based administrative application which will allow districts to monitor and manage their integrations
• Planning to begin developing connectors for Special Education and Data Warehouse systems in the next two months
Michigan Technology Readiness Tool (MTRAx)The statewide rollout of the MTRAx application which was completed in December saw excellent participation from the K12 community with nearly 98% of local districts representing almost 96% of the student population participating.
If your district has a tech plan that is expired or will expire this year, you will complete your updated tech plan in MTRAx. Further details will follow, expect that the application will be ready to start building tech plans in April 2014. An updated technology planning process is scheduled to be developed, starting in June of 2014.
MTRAx is being further developed with instructional enhancements to be used to assist in the determination of the readiness of teachers and students for online assessments. Further updates will follow as the work progresses. Targeted rollout for these enhancements is spring of 2014.