Technology and Media Services
Sandra Andersen, Department Head Technology and Information Services, Technology Specialist
District Technology Vision Statement
Students will achieve the 21st century skills needed to effectively compete,connect, communicate and collaborate in a global society by developing a culture of digital citizenship. The school community will use current and emerging technologies to voluntarily and continuously improve and expand their teaching and learning in and away from school.
The Educational Technology Plan for New Jersey
All students will be prepared to meet the challenge of a dynamic global society in which they participate, contribute, achieve, and flourish through universal access to people, information and ideas.
GOAL 1: All students will be prepared to excel in the community, workplace and in our global society using 21st century skills.
GOAL 2: All educators, including administrators, will attain the 21st century skills and knowledge necessary to effectively integrate educational technology in order to enable students to achieve the goals of the core curriculum content standards and experience success in a global society.
GOAL 3: Educational technology will be accessible by students, teachers and administrators and utilized for instructional and administrative purposes in all learning environments, including classrooms, library media centers, and other educational settings such as community centers and libraries.
GOAL 4: New Jersey school districts will establish and maintain the technology infrastructure necessary for all students, administrators and staff to safely access digital information on demand and to communicate virtually.
For more info on state goals and programs, visit http://www.nj.gov/education/techno/state_plan.htm
District Technology and Information Services Department
Instructional Technology and Information Literacy directly support students and teachers in fulfilling the curriculum goals of the New Providence School District. Teachers and students have access to many technological devices, software applications, and online databases that will enhance the learning experience by increasing productivity and creativity. All students in the New Providence School district have access to the Internet with parent permission and after signing the district's "Internet Acceptable Use Agreement".
The primary components of instructional technology include mobile laptop carts, iPads, classroom computers, multimedia instructional tools, and a suite of software applications on all K-12 instructional computers. All K-6 schools have a computer curriculum that focuses on building technology skills as well as using technology to complete curriculum based projects.
Middle School offers students specialized classes in computer applications. Departmental high school computer labs have software appropriate for computer science, art, photography, broadcasting and CAD. Students at the high school level also continue to develop their page layout and graphic design skills by participating in the publication of the school newspaper and yearbook.
In order to foster information literacy, there is an online resource center in each of the school libraries as well as a wide selection of books, including e-books, magazines and audiovisual resources. District librarians provide weekly instruction for grades K-4 on information literacy skills and whole-class instruction for grades 5-12 when research based projects are assigned. Lessons on acceptable Internet use, web site evaluation, plagiarism, and copyright law are presented throughout the middle and high school years. In addition to teaching information literacy and research skills, district librarians continue to encourage literature appreciation by offering reader advisory services for pleasure and informational reading.