The Technology Services team supports learning through the integration of innovative technology resources to facilitate and promote authentic learning experiences and business functions in our learning community
All PVUSD schools incorporate cutting edge technology tools to differentiate and personalize instruction, increase academic rigor, and support a positive student-centered learning environment for all. This will help to ensure that PVUSD students are digital learners prepared to use technology in meaningful ways and graduate ready to be successful in college and careers.
Having successfully piloted the GoGuardian web content filter for several months, Technology Services has now purchased and implemented GoGuardian as the primary web filtering program for all take-home Chromebooks.
GoGuardian is a Internet content filter designed for the education market. It’s robust features help our Technology Services Department monitor and block potentially harmful Internet content for students on District owned devices. There are hundreds of new websites created every day, and many of the traditional filtering services do not adjust quickly to this ever growing number of websites. No web content filtering system is 100% accurate but GoGuardian is one of the top-rated systems for educational web filtering.
Technology Services staff has access to advanced content analysis and detailed activity-tracking which allows our department to inform site administration of student browsing history if students are attempting to access potentially harmful web sites. School site administration can help educate students on best practices with Internet access, also known as digital citizenship, which is becoming increasingly more important in our ever-changing digital world.
During this event, District leaders and educational experts shared field-tested change and adaptation strategies that are necessary as technology becomes more ubiquitous in today’s classrooms. The 50 participants learned best practices in changing classroom culture, effective change management strategies and developed the mindset needed to evoke change in their schools. The agenda can still be viewed online at http://tinyurl.com/pvusdagenda
Dr. Michelle Rodriguez delivered the keynote presentation to an enthusiastic audience along with other guest speakers that included Alan November (Education Technology Consultant), Angela Larkin (Google EDU), and Terry Walker (Superintendent, Irvine USD). Some of the presenters were not physically in the room and instead were “Skyped” into the presentation from their location in New York City or Southern CA. PVUSD is an identified leader by successfully coordinating this outstanding event and bringing educational leaders together to collaborate and focus on preparing students for success in the 21st-century work environment.
The homework gap is a valid concern for many PVUSD students and families. It refers to students who are unable to complete Internet based classwork at home because of inadequate or non-existent home Internet access. The homework gap greatly impacts students’ ability to participate in digital learning opportunities, career and college readiness skill advancement and digital literacy. To address this problem, from January through May of this year, PVUSD is piloting the distribution of personal hotspots and equipping Internet enabled buses for routes in regional areas where home Internet access is limited. We are utilizing Kajeet SmartSpots for the individual student hotspot and Kajeet SmartBus for the buses.
Three teachers (Mintie White, Pajaro Middle and PVHS) were eager to participate as they use digital, web-based resources in their classrooms and would like for their students to continue the activities outside of class. While Pajaro Middle and PVHS students already take their student Chromebooks home each day, the fourth graders in the Mintie White pilot will also need to take their Chromebooks home to ensure they have a reliable computing device to utilize the Internet. One class was able to take their Kajeet SmartSpots home over Winter break and the other two classes have been distributed recently. Students are able to share the work they are doing in school and show their families how they navigate the web, providing digital literacy and Internet exposure to the entire household.
School bus 227 and 234 are presently equipped with a Kajeet SmartBus wireless access point and bus 142 is being installed at this time. These routes service students from Hall, Ohlone, Rolling Hills, Amesti, Macquiddy, Pajaro Middle, Lakeview, Renaissance and Watsonville High. Some students are on the bus for over an hour to and from school.
Since these devices are intended for educational use of the Internet, they have a filter that restricts access to websites that are not specifically educational in focus. To ensure there is sufficient bandwidth available for educational use, most streaming and social media sites are blocked, including YouTube and Facebook.
We will be collecting feedback from the teachers and students as the pilot progresses to gather information and data about the impact these devices have on student access to Internet resources. The Kajeet Administrator Console also offers reports detailing sites visited, searches and time spent on specific educational sites. This is yet another innovative way that PVUSD is looking to leap our students into 21st century learning!
Technology Services continues to add local businesses to the list of organizations that agree to place a sticker in their window indicating that PVUSD students are welcome to access the business during regular business hours and, without the requirement of purchasing anything, sit in the facility and utilize the wi-fi network for school work. However, there are many businesses that would like to sign up for this program but have not been contacted yet.
We have posted a signup form and a nomination form (http://tinyurl.com/BusinessWiFi) to assist with an easy access for businesses to participate in this program.
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