Technology Levy Information
In the PCSD we believe that technology is a key component of helping students to become “Future Ready” as they prepare for college and careers. Just as textbooks were the mainstay in education in the past, we now use technology to provide many instructional resources. In order to make the best use of technology, it is critical that equipment and technical infrastructure be up to date and well maintained. To meet this need the Board of Education has passed a resolution asking that a 1.9 mill Education Technology Special Revenue Levy be placed on the fall ballot.
The Everywhere Classroom
How The Everywhere Classroom (TEC) Came to Be
As schools across the nation have struggled to close the achievement gap and to give every child a chance to become college and career ready, district leaders are turning to technology to provide equity and a personalized education to advance student learning. In the Parma City Schools we have worked for several years to roll out The Everywhere Classroom, an initiative which has provided a computer to every child in the district.
The original planning involved stakeholders from the community to ensure it aligned with the community-driven Strategic Plan. The planners identified technology as an important component in engaging each student and in providing them with the modern tools necessary for their work in the future.
The Technology Committee recommended a three-phase action plan to the Board of Education.
Phase One: In 2012 the Department of Information Services assessed the technology already in place in the district. The district focused on improving infrastructure by increasing bandwidth and wireless connectivity, while ensuring equal access to technology in our schools.Phase Two: In 2013 teachers received a MacBook Air and mini iPad for a year of intense training about how to use the equipment to improve student learning. In addition, classrooms were fitted with the equipment necessary to maintain wireless connectivity and enhance the learning environment.
Phase Three: In the fall of 2014, devices were put in the hands of every student. Professional development for teachers has been on-going, and parents were provided with opportunities to learn to use the equipment as well.
Please explore the links at left for answers to frequently asked questions, student and parent information, and more.