ThetNet Tech Team 2000 Meeting Notes
01/10/2000 at Latham Library
Attendees: Miranda.A.Clemson@VALLEY.NET (Miranda A. Clemson), William.J.Weyrick@Hitchcock.ORG, Polly Cole, Bob.Crossett@Thet.net, Peter.W.Blodgett@VALLEY.NET (Peter W. Blodgett), Martha.Rich@Thet.net, David.Kelman@Thet.net, Charles.L.Papirmeister@norwich.valley.net,
Next Meeting -> Monday February 7th at 6:30 - Latham Library Basement
Goal Candidates (running list):
- Staffing Issue - defining requirements and position candidates (**important**)
- The goal of adult community curriculum might draw our limited focus and resources away from our primary mission.
- Revise survey for both teachers & kids to assess value of technology in the classroom (?some from exit exam of computer literacy)
- How to provide for a larger community outside of the schools and libraries
- Under platform equity, include pervasive programs (i.e. MS Office) to the skills continuum of older students.
- Setting up more ways to handle those "big" web site questions
- Devise more way to get more pertinent information from and about the community
- Create an educational curriculum to have student create content for and possibly post to the www site.
* David - Add Martha's Library board affiliation to the Information and Certification page. (Maybe also add Bill and Chuck's work titles too).
* Martha to provide date that TA board adopted the time line in principle (4.1.1)
Action Items from 1/10 meeting:
* Martha - get Bill a date for the "Safe Computing" clinic
* David - bring Survey results to next meeting
* Omission from 12/6 meeting: 4.1.4 -> Improve use of
technology in school administration.
TES - Computerized Purchase Orders and Student records in the past. Currently using MacSchool for attendance
TA - has hired a business manager on a PC and intends to deploy scheduling, attendance and student records next year.
* Initial TA and TES surveys in 1998 were different. Both moved to a common survey form based on the Bellingham survey. The primary difference to Bellingham was adding a zero to the 1-4 answer range. Discussion included using the Bellingham survey for all populations.
* Survey's include: initial surveys in 1998, common surveys in 10/98 and 10/99, TA all students in 1999 and 4th grade students in 1999.
4.3.4 Promote equity for all students.
* Computers that are available for use are evenly distributed through-out TA and TES.
* computer use is minimal in primary grades, active in grades 3-5 and enhance in graded 6 - 12. We are not pushing access in the primary grades because the curricula does not require technology access.
* The vision was to add low tech (but numerous) workstations. In actuality fewer workstations were added but with more capabilities.
* In August of 1999 4 Windows based PC's were installed in TA. Much assistance is given to convert documents from Mac to PC and vice versa. Students are encouraged to work in a text mode for drafts and only do the formatting at the end. This allows for easier conversion.
4.3.5 Create adult community curriculum
* We questioned whether this goal might draw our limited focus and resources away from our primary mission. We want the community involved to assist with various parts of the plan vs. adult education. There does not seem to be much continued demand for classes at this point in time. Other computer educational opportunities do exist in the area.
* Not done.
* Fully outfitted lab with internet access has been used for three Adults on Keys Class. Open lab time was offered to the community.
* The lab was made available to other OESU schools. One Cabin Fever program was cunducted in the Thet.Net lab.
* This is an important item!! We need to define additional resources to provide maintenance of existing systems, education to students and staff as well as funding and grant writing work. These resources can be in the form of hired employees or contracted services.