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New KCSD tech plan to be five-year guide

Posted: June 14, 2011 2:34 p.m.
Updated: June 15, 2011 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) technology plan includes five sections that address students, professional development, instruction, communications and technical support -- guidelines that KCSD Director for Technology Phyllis David said the school district will look toward during the next five years.

During last week’s Kershaw County Board of School Trustees meeting, David presented the board with an overview of the district’s blueprint for technology.

But one thing worth noting, said KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan before the discussion began, is that the school district does not receive any funding for technology.

“The thing that always amuses me about this thing is that we don’t even get any money from the state for technology … that’s the sort of interesting discussion. But we’re still required to put this fairly lengthy plan together,” he said. “In some other states, you’d have to put this together in order to get your technology applications. It’s just one of those bureaucratic things that we have to do.”

Among the highlights of the new five-year plan, said David, were importance/access to online resources, adequate staffing concerns, district social media policy, “Who to Call” lists and technology telephone help desk.

Regarding the access to online resources, David said the district currently sits well with that, as it uses the 1:1 laptop/student ratio in high schools.

But when addressing social media – which includes Facebook and Twitter – David said the district has to “raise that some kind of way.”

“I think we have to come up with a policy. There’s really not a lot of policy models about Facebook, and that’s probably the toughest one right now,” Morgan said. “There’s some teachers who use a tremendous use of Facebook, but there’s also a lot of possible pitfalls.”

Julie Putnam, the KCSD instructional technology coordinator, said the implementation of “Who to Call” lists would also prove to be beneficial for administrators and staff members.

“This was a great recommendation to have a directory of instructional leaders so that if an administrator or staff member wanted additional help with things, they would know how to call for that help,” Putnam said. “For example, I’m the eChalk contact, so if an administrator was having a problem with eChalk or needed some training, they could look down the directory and see that I was the contact person and could get right in touch with me.”

The school board’s next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the school district office board room, 1301 DuBose Court, Camden.

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