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		National Center for Technology Planning (NCTP)
		Dr. Larry S. Anderson, Founder/Director
		Post Office Box 2393
		Tupelo, MS  38803

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Plan for the Uses of Technology

District Mission Statement

"The Burbank Unified School District is committed to the use of all available resources to provide quality instructional programs through which all students will develop their greatest potential, demonstrate mutual respect, work cooperatively to achieve clearly stated goals, value the learning process and prepare--in a safe and orderly environment--for a productive role in a democratic society. (Policy 6001, Mission and Vision, 9-6-90).

... To provide and enhance an educational system in which students will reach their fullest potential and function as active participants in the educational setting, the community, and as contributing members of a democratic society in which they are productive and self-supporting adults. Students will value learning, be critical thinkers, be technologically literate and make wise mental physical, academic and ethical decisions. They will demonstrate a respect for themselves and others and will work well together to solve problems and made decisions."

Burbank High School Technology Vision Statement

In keeping with the mission and goals of the Burbank Unified School District and Burbank High School, this school is committed to graduating students who possess the skills needed to succeed in an increasingly complex information society. The ability to process and manipulate information has already become the single most important determiner of economic success for individuals as well as states and nations. In this new information age, the ability to gather and distribute information through electronic communication is vital. Therefore, Burbank High School's vision is to graduate students who are comfortable with and proficient in using educational technology in all its forms as information resources and to possess the skills to interact with individuals or organizations and agencies through computer telecommunications.


The Burbank High School Technology Plan has been developed in order to provide a set of guiding principles for the training of faculty and staff, development of instructional programs and teaching strategies, acquisition of hardware and software, and utilization of outside resources within the arena of educational technology. A technology advisory committee has been formed in order to recommend specific actions that need to be taken to meet short- and long-term goals.

Statement of Existing Conditions

Some 24 desktop computers are networked to the student data system known as SASI by means of Novell Netware. Primary use of this network is to manage student information, but administrators and clerical staff can also make use of WordPerfect for word processing and Lotus and other financial management software for accounting, budgeting, and inventory purposes.

Two computer laboratories, each equipped with 30 desktop computers, are available for instruction. One laboratory, managed by the Business Department, is devoted to instruction in computer applications; the other laboratory, managed by the Mathematics Department, is devoted to instruction in computer science. A few computers in the computer science laboratory are networked via Novell Netware.

A number of individual classrooms are equipped with one or two desktop computers for use by individual teachers and their students.

Each of the four faculty workrooms is equipped with a computer and printer. Each also has a photocopy machine. Their use is limited by their location to instructional and classroom management purposes.

A number of television sets, VCRs, tape-recorders, and overhead projectors are maintained by the school. They are maintained and distributed by the Media Clerk.

Individual departments maintain and store VCRs, television sets, laser discs, and other hardware, including computer projection screens.

Sammons Cable Company has strengthened the cables running into the school, so that it is possible to provide cable drops for many locations throughout the school. At present, a cable drop is available in the library, the media storage center, and the principal's office.

All teacher workrooms and department offices and a number of classrooms have telephones, which connect to the central console in the Main Office. Some classroom tele phones are for emergency use only and do not connect directly with the outside. In summer, 1992, Pacific Bell was contracted to place all telephones on a Centrix system so that callers can dial individual telephones directly.

Burbank High has been adopted by CERFnet, an educational computer network that is part of the world-wide computer network known as the Internet. Through CERFnet, computer users at the school, both teachers and students, can conduct research and joint projects with other users on the Internet.


  1. Students will use technology as a tool for learning.
  2. Technology will be integrated into all courses.
  3. Students will master technological skills.
  4. Students will use modem connectivity to have access and to interact with world-wide information through technology.
  5. Technology through e-mail will be used as a communication tool within the school, the community, and the world.
  6. Students will develop ethical values with regard to the use of technology.
  7. Technology will be used to motivate students to learn.
  8. Students will use technology to create imaginative and innovative solutions to problems.
  9. Students will appreciate the value of technology.

Preliminary Action Plan, 1992-93

Following are action plans which the Technology Planning Committee believes can be achieved or begun during the 1992- 93 school year and which lay the foundation for long term plans.

Action Plan for the Next Three-to-Four Years

The following activities can be achieved over a period of three to four years in order to fulfill long term goals.

Plan for Monitoring and Evaluating

The Technology Planning Committee will be responsible for monitoring and evaluating the progress of the Technology Plan. In order to do so, the committee will