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Ed Tech Prepares Students To Become Digital Citizens

According to PEW research, over 17 million workers are employed in STEM occupations and growing. With a district of nearly 12,000 students, NPS is continuously working to integrate technology into every grade level to help learners affectively participate, communicate and collaborate in a digital world that is constantly evolving.  

In line with the Strategic Operating Plan, the NPS Technology Department works to support educators, students and parents on this digital learning journey. Digital learning is any type of learning that is accompanied by technology or by instructional practice that makes effective use of technology. It encompasses the application of a wide spectrum of practices including blended and virtual learning. 

Each day teachers utilize technology to deliver instruction as well as integrate the use of technology as a resource to improve current practice. Last year, teachers participated in professional development sessions focusing on technology integration. Additionally, a number of tech coaches were Level 1 Google certified. This is professional development model will continue to be rolled out to educators. 

Additionally, NPS has developed a digital citizenship curriculum based on a successful pilot for grades 3-5.  The digital citizenship curriculum provides teachers, parents and students with access to virtual resources, videos, webinars, and training on a variety of topics from internet safety to privacy and security, relationships and communication, cyber-bullying and digital drama and self-image and identity. 

Other recent technology innovations include implementation of the Gaggle Safety Management system, which protects students when they are using school-provided technology and alerts school administrators when the child encounters harmful internet content. NPS also launched the 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative for NPS incoming freshmen, providing each student with a Chromebook. Additionally, as part of a pilot launched last year in connection with Sprint, all high school students who do not have access to internet at home now receive hotspots. 

Tech By The Numbers

At a recent Board of Education meeting, NPS Chief of Technology, Innovation and Partnerships at Ralph Velenzisi presented a technology update. To hear the full presentation click here.  

Fun Tech facts about NPS: 

  • NPS maintains 3200 Windows systems

  • There are 250 Macs in the district

  • NPS manages 11,400 Chromebooks, which are part of the 1:1 initiative (LINK HERE)

  • There are 800 iPads in the district

  • NPS Technology manages about 1,600 Cisco phone handsets

  • There are over 800 projectors and Smartboards throughout the district