Technology

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Pennsylvania School Board Association Schools of Excellence in Technology award recognizes districts excelling in educational technology.  Read about Parkland School District’s initiatives and use of technology in the article published in the PSBA Bulletin or the Technology Exemplars Web Site.

Parkland’s Open Campus Initiative Update

Opening Day Video Presentation

Parkland to Pilot Open Campus Approach in Fall

Parkland Technology Wiki

Parkland Earns High Marks for Web Safety

Parkland Teacher Creates iPhone/iPad App for District Information

 

We believe a quality information technology system supports learning by:

  • Enhancing instruction, supporting and enriching curriculum, and aiding students in the achievement of the Pennsylvania Academic State Standards.
  • Creating technologically literate graduates prepared to meet the challenges and expectations of the global information-age society.
  • Encouraging life-long learning and enabling students to become independent learners, critical thinkers, and contributing citizens.
  • Facilitating the students’ ability to access, analyze, synthesize and present information.
  • Fostering a positive orientation to the future, enabling students to handle new technologies and constant change.
  • Providing equitable educational opportunities for all students.
  • Offering on-going professional development to enhance the technological skills of staff, administration and the Parkland community.

We believe a quality information technology system provides administrative support by:

  • Providing access to information through our district-wide voice, video, and data network.
  • Supporting the efficient and effective operation and management of the district.
  • Strengthening communication with parents and our community.
  • Maintaining continuous attention and resources for technological growth.
  • Seeking out, evaluating, and incorporating new technologies where appropriate.

Fulfillment of this vision will enable all Parkland students to reach their academic potential and will support our staff in carrying out a quality educational program.

 

The Parkland School District infrastructure encompasses 13 buildings over a 72 square mile area.

Features of our data network

  • 1000 Mb (1 Gb) Internet connection through CLIU 21
  • High-speed Internet 2 connection through CLIU 21
  • 1 GB full duplex ethernet between all buildings
  • 220 TB Storage Area Network (SAN)
  • Virtualized server and desktop environment
  • District-wide energy management solutions
  • Computer access in every room in all buildings
  • Ratio of students to computers is 2:1
  • Laptop computers for all teachers and professional staff
  • Computers located in classrooms, labs and library
  • Computer platform matches need. We use both Windows and Macintosh computers.
  • More than 650 “intelligent classrooms”  – all instructional areas – equipped with either an interactive whiteboard and projector or interactive whiteboard projector.
  • Acer netbook or Google Chrome laptop carts in all buildings
  • Cisco centrally managed wireless network  (802.11n) in all buildings
  • Cisco core router
  • 3Com edge switches

Elementary Schools

  • 5 computers per regular classroom
  • Library mini-labs
  • Drop-in computer lab
  • 2 iPod Touch carts in each building
  • Special area computers for art, music, gifted, learning support
  • Variety of applications that integrate technology into the curriculum (e.g. Compass Learning Odyssey, Scott-Foresman SuccessNet, mClass DIBELS)

Middle Schools

  • 5 computers per regular classroom
  • Drop-in computer lab
  • Classroom computer labs for Information Technology and Technology Education
  • Library mini-lab
  • Special area computers for art, music, gifted, learning support and family consumer sciences
  • Emphasis is on Information Technology and Project Lead the Way
  • Lab-oriented classes are offered in each grade; projects from all curricular areas are integrated with information technology skills, with projects becoming progressively more challenging each year

High School

  • 2-6 computers per regular classroom at high school level
  • 13 computer labs at high school for art, business education, music, programming, technology education and Project Lead the Way
  • Mini-labs for career resource room, science, broadcasting, special education, technology education, family & consumer sciences, and driver education
  • Students use technology to participate in dual enrollment courses through a partnership with LCCC; online courses in World Languages (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese) are also supported

All schools have access to calculators, scanners, USB microscopes, Star Lab, laptop computers, and Classroom Performance System (CPS) units.

Features of our video network

  • 65 video channels on video WAN
  • Each school can broadcast four channels of programming.
  • AV equipment: TV/VCR, digital still cameras, digital video cameras, video projectors, desktop video publishing system in all buildings
  • Portable TV studio in all buildings
  • Video bulletin board system in all buildings
  • Video conferencing unit in all buildings (shared in elementary buildings)
  • Media distribution system: satellite, DVD, VCR, cable TV, internal channels in all buildings
  • Broadcast studio with video editing in secondary buildings
  • Parkland TV broadcasts to the community on both RCN (channel 65) and Service Electric (channel 264 or 102.9 )

Features of our voice network

  • Cisco VoIP phone system installed in 2013
  • Integrated with district communication and security systems
  • Aggregated outside lines
  • Auto attendant
  • Caller ID
  • Call Accounting
  • Faxes