$6 million for improving instructional technology across all schools
PSD classrooms will receive resources annually to provide learning environments that more closely resemble 21st century workplaces.
Funds allow schools to update computers and other technology for student use in classrooms. In 2011, the district refreshed nearly 6,000 computers; SmartBoards were installed in all 5th-grade classrooms; students in 5th- and 6th- grades, along with 7th-grade language arts, received classroom sets of Netbooks; and the "Techcellence" one-to-one laptop initiative for 9th-graders was implemented. For more information, read the Technology Integration Program Overview.
Teachers receive training and professional development annually on technology applications and new teaching tools provided in classrooms. In 2011, teachers were trained on SmartBoards, Netbooks and laptops as applicable by grade level.
$1 million is used to improve the district technology infrastructure to support the network and software, which provides connectivity efficiency for the Internet and other applications, including the PSD website and Student Information System.