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National Center for Technology Planning (NCTP)
Dr. Larry S. Anderson, Founder/Director
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BURBANK (CA) HIGH SCHOOL
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
BURBANK HIGH SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY PLAN
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
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
- 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
- A number of individual classrooms are equipped with one or
two desktop computers for use by individual teachers and
- 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
- 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
- Students will use technology as a tool for learning.
- Technology will be integrated into all courses.
- Students will master technological skills.
- Students will use modem connectivity to have access and to
interact with world-wide information through technology.
- Technology through e-mail will be used as a communication
tool within the school, the community, and the world.
- Students will develop ethical values with regard to the
use of technology.
- Technology will be used to motivate students to learn.
- Students will use technology to create imaginative and
innovative solutions to problems.
- 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
- Conduct a survey of faculty and staff to determine degree
of computer use.
- Conduct a survey of students to determine degree of
- Conduct a survey of feeder schools to determine computer
use for instructional purposes and the degree of access
- Conduct a survey of parents to determine degree of
computer use and commitment.
- Provide staff development that raises all faculty and
staff to at least minimum levels of computer literacy.
- Disseminate and explain the BHS Technology Plan to
faculty, staff, parents, community, and students.
- Contract to have all instructional computer equipment
serviced and repaired.
- Work with the Superintendent to establish a computer
purchase plan so that faculty and staff may purchase
computers, accessories, software, and modems at reduced
- Write grants to acquire computer equipment and software.
- Train selected teachers on the Internet.
- Encourage faculty and staff to attend technology seminars,
workshops, and conferences, and to visit model technology
- Establish a centralized technology information center.
- Establish a business-school partnership to provide an
Internet domain for Burbank High School.
- Articulate with City Library planners so that technology
plans for the school and the library are complementary.
- Empower the Technology Adviser to become the Internet
expert for Burbank High School.
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.
- Connect all instructional computers to the Internet by
cabling them to the file server.
Seek funding to purchase network cards, cables, and pay
for the installation. Seek and make use of volunteer
experts outside the school to assess cabling needs and
oversee the installation.
- Require all students to demonstrate computer literacy as a
graduation requirement, either by completion of coursework
or by examination.
Make a recommendation to the Superintendent to update high
school graduation requirements.
- Advance faculty computer literacy for classroom
Recommend computer literacy workshops and in-services to
the Burbank High Staff Development Committee. Use SB 1882
funds to provide these workshops. Work with Adult
Education to provide computer literacy classes for faculty
- Advance parent computer literacy as a support for students.
Invite parents to participate in faculty and staff
workshops on computer literacy. Work with all available
resources such as Adult Education and ROP to provide
computer literacy classes for parents and community
- Acquire a minimum of one computer unit per classroom,
cabled to the file server.
Seek grant funds through the State or private sources to
purchase computers for instructional purposes. Plan
budgets for restricted and non-restricted funds to include
the purchase of computer equipment.
- Acquire a multi-media lab to which all classrooms have
Seek funds to acquire a multi-media lab.
- Establish a Burbank High School BBS (electronic bulletin
Seek funds to purchase a BBS server. Contract with a
computer products retail outlet to provide reduced cost
modems for purchase by students, parents, and the
community. Work with telephone company to install
sufficient telephone lines to serve the BBS. Train a
student BBS manager.
- Provide a bank of computers in the library for student use.
Seek funding to increase the number of computers for
- Establish community and BHS library automation to access
Work with the City Library and the City Council to share
electronic library resources.
- Articulate with feeder elementary and middle schools to
develop a K-12 technology sequence.
Work with the Superintendent to develop an articulated
technology sequence for the District.
- Establish partnerships with businesses and the community
to acquire equipment and software and take advantage of
human and technological resources.
Work with the Chamber of Commerce and service
organizations to articulate needs and develop plans that
will benefit both businesses and the school.
- Revise curriculum guides to reflect technological goals,
objectives, and values inherent in the technology plan.
Work with the Superintendent to revise curriculum guides
in all subjects to include strategies for the uses of
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
- meet at least three times a school year, at the beginning
of the year, in mid-year, and at the end of the year to
assess the implementation of the Technology Plan.
- reassess the goals and activities of the Technology Plan
in order to ensure that it reflects the current situation.
- review and update inventory of equipment and software.
- assess the progress of staff development with regard to
faculty and student computer literacy.
- assess the degree to which technology has been integrated
into normal classroom teaching.
- assess the degree to which technology has enhanced
communication between the school and the community.
- assess the district's progress toward revising
instructional guidelines, revising graduation
requirements, and developing a district-wide technology