BLOOMINGTON — A Lombard-based technology firm that provides consulting services will assess District 87's technology resources and services to see how well they meet current needs, are prepared to meet future needs and compare with best practices.
“This will give us a good feel for how we've progressed,” explained district Superintendent Barry Reilly. He noted that the district has been involved for several years with its one-to-one program, providing laptop computers to students.
“This is an opportunity to get third-party feedback” to identify gaps that might exist and how they can be filled, said Reilly.
The contract with Single Path was approved last week by the District 87 board of trustees. Single Path will be paid $195 per hour, up to $9,500, for the work, which will include written findings and prioritized suggested solutions.
The work also will include interviews with administrators, staff, students and parents to evaluate how the technology network aligns with curriculum needs.
Among questions to be asked in the interviews are what technology skills are important for students to develop and how can the district be more helpful to teachers in developing curriculum ideas and activities that use technology.
Reilly said the first phase is an audit of the district's infrastructure. The second phase will be a “gap analysis” to give the district “an opportunity to fill any gaps we have.”
The work is to be completed by Oct. 15.