In a cooperative partnership with a community
that values excellence in education, the Peters Township School District
will utilize existing and emerging technologies to provide educational
opportunities, expand and improve communication, access information, and
optimize administrative operations.
The Peters Township School District has made a
significant investment and commitment to technology integration and
utilization at all levels. The District uses technology to support and
enhance the educational process, to facilitate district operations, and
to communicate and store data and information at various levels.
Currently the Technology Department in the District consists of two
service areas -- Educational Technology and the IT Department.
Educationally, the District recognizes the positive impact
that technology can play in the attainment of educational excellence and
the pursuit of personalization of the educational process. Educational
technology helps to facilitate the curriculum, enhances instruction, and
optimizes resources that can be used to meet the needs of our students.
In addition, there is a focus on staff development to enable staff to
use technology successfully in the teaching and learning process. An
articulated K-12 scope and sequence for technology literacy is being
developed that meets both PA Technology Standards and the ISTE NETS
Standards for Students and that can be integrated into all aspects of
the district's curriculum.
Information Access and Communication
Information Access and Communication through technology is
another important facet of Educational and Informational Technology. The
District uses technology to enhance communication with parents and the
community to increase their involvement in the educational processes.
The school district's web site is a vital medium through which the
District provides a wealth of information to residents and staff. In
addition, the school district is expanding its information services by
using a variety of online services.
The District uses an integrated student information system, PowerSchool
to enhance communication between h ome and school. Power School allows
teachers to provide students and parents K-12 with access to student
schedules and grades through a designated portal.
Teachers use a variety of Web 2.0 tools such as Moodle,
Blackboard, blogs, wikis and other web applications to provide students
and parents with access to handouts, presentations, audio files and
more. Links are often provided through teacher powerschool pages, school
staff directory pages, or via email.
Email News Blasts
is a voluntary system in which parents and community members can sign
up for news about events and important information from a district and
individual school basis. To support this, the district uses Comcast
Cable Channel 19 and Verizon Cable Channel 39 to display important
district and school information.
Telephone Alert System: The District uses Global
Connect to contact parents/guardians and staff via phones. Phone data is
extracted from the District's student infomration system, Power School.
The District also maintains a Twitter and Facebook presence
to provide additional information to students, parents, and residents.
The Peters Township Technology Department is pleased to
announce that the Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association
awarded the District's web site the Award of Excellence in 2008 and the Award of Honor in 2005 in its Excellence in Education Communication Contest . The web site was also recognized as a "Cool School Site" in 2005 by EducationWorld.com and Finalsite.com.
At times the district will involve parents of students and
community members on advisory committees for technology. These
committees are helpful in providing valuable information, expertise and
recommendations to our department.
Strategic Plan: Educational Technology Report
In Spring 2008, the District revisited its Educational
Technology Plan through the Strategic Planning Process. Volunteers from
the community and the school district worked cooperatively together to
identify goals, strategies and objectives that will strengthen the
district's use of technology to support instruction and curriculum. The
members of the committee included:
Jack Moore, Yvonne Weaver, Cindy Chapman, Sudha
Darairaj-Krishnasamy, Diane DeChicchis, Carol Munne, Ted Taylor IV,
Julie Ann Sullivan, Bruce Marks, Melanie Bleiweis, Mary Matsurra, Paul
Suchko, Tracy Dabkowski, Tim Beck, Brian Welden, Lora O’Brien, Suzan
O’Brien ,Kelly Gustafson Doug Cervenak, Nina Zetty, and Toni Sulkowski.
View a copy of the Educational Technology Report (pdf format)
Currently the District is updating this plan. A committee
of interested parents, community members, and staff is meeting in May
2010 to revise the current plan.
Each K-3 elementary school has one lab of 28 HP computers.
The average classroom has 2 computers plus a teacher's pc laptop
station. Each library has about 8 computers for card catalog and
Internet search purposes.
Grades 4-6 have one stationary lab of 30 Hewlett-Packard
PC computers, three HP mobile wireless labs and three mobile "The
Writer" labs to facilitate keyboarding instruction. Two Dell "netbook"
wireless mobile labs were added in Fall 2009. The library has 7 PC
computers, and houses one of the mobile PC labs. There are also 2-3 PCs
located in each of the classrooms for student use. All teachers have pc
Middle School has two stationary labs of 28 HP computers with flat
screens, 1 mobile HP wirless laptop lab and one mini science mobile lab
of 15 HP pcs. The library has 15 stationary computers and one mobile HP
wireless lab. The Tech Ed classrooms have 18 iMac computers and a mini
lab of HP deskptops. PC computers are distributed among student
workstations in the science classrooms and in various locations
throughout the school. Teachers use HP laptops.
The High School currently has eight labs of 28 computers
each for curriculum implementation in Business Education, Fine Arts,
Media Technologies, World Languages and Technology Education. There are
also mini-labs in all Science classrooms of 6 computers each. The
library has an HP wireless mobile lab of 30 computers plus an adjacent
lab containing 30 new computers. Labs are updated on about every 4-5
years. All teachers use HP laptops taht have wireless capabilities. Each
Art room has a 17" iMacs for production purposes. The HS earned a
$188,223 grant from PDE for Classrooms for the Future so that teachers
and students can access computers and related technologies more readily
in the core subject areas. The money was used to purchase 8 mobile
Lenovo laptop labs complete with printers, wireless access, and Smart
Each school library received a 17" iMac as a donation from
PTA Area Council in 2007. These computers are used to create and publish
podcasts and videocasts to the internet .
In 2008-2009 each school was provided with several mobile
web cameras. The HS has additional web cams purchased through the CFF
grant. The district received 2 polycom videoconferencing units that are
used for virtual field trips and global connections using internet 2 via
the Intermediate Unit 1 KITS project. An additional videoconferencing
unit is being purchased in 2009-2010 to expand the use of video
conferencing for the schools.
All computers located within each of the buildings are
wired for network and internet access. A variety of online and
internet-based applications are used to support teaching and learning
such as Grolier's Multimedia Encyclopedia, United Streaming Videos,
various Web 2.0 applications, and more.
staff uses computer-related peripherals to support curriculum and
instruction. These include Smart Boards, computer projection devices,
document cameras, digital and video cameras, and the Classroom
Performance System ("clickers.")
Each building is equipped with a LAN which is 100mbs
Category 5 wiring to the wiring closet. Each room is then connected to a
100mb switch. Wiring closets are connected together via fiber optic
district has a high speed Wide Area Network (WAN) and all buildings are
connected to the central office via a gigabit fiber backbone network.
This gigabit network is controlled with Alcatel networking equipment at
each location. This WAN allows all staff and students have access to
district network resources.
The district has a direct 10mb fiber connection using the
Intermediate Unit 1 KITS network. All students and staff have access to
the Internet. Currently the district is using Astaro software for
content filtering and as a firewall. Implementation of a 3 year plan to
increase wireless access in all buildings began in spring 2009.
Technology Awards and Grants
The Technology Department encourages students and teachers
to participate in and take advantage of technology grant and competition
opportunities. We are proud of their efforts and accomplishments!
Keystone Integrators: The
Pennsylvania Department of Education encourages local schools to
recognize teachers who actively utilize technology to support learning
in their classrooms. Each district superintendent then nominates one
Keystone teacher to represent the district. From across the state, a
smaller group of Keystone Integrators are then recognized. The District
has had 6 teachers invited to be state Keystone Integrators since the
inception of the program
ING Un Sung Heroes Grant: Renee
Brown, PTMS Language Arts Teacher, was awarded an ING UnSung Heros
Grant 2009. Grants are given to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching
methods and techniques that improve learning.Each year, 100 finalists
are selected to receive a $2,000 grant,
payable to both the winning teacher and his or her school. At least one
grant is awarded in each of the 50 states, provided at least one
qualified application was received from each state. Winners are
selected by Scholarship America, a national non-profit educational
support and student aid service organization.
Hands-on-Learning Grants: Peters
Township School District teachers earned two $10,000 Hands-on-Learning
grants from the PA Department of Education in 2005 and 2006. The money
was used to fund the purchase of handheld computers such as PDAs to
enhance curriculum and learning. The Physical Education Department at
PTHS earned their competitive grant to support implementation of
electronic heart monitors in their classes, while the third grade
teachers and librarian at Bower Hill Elementary School purchased a
classroom set of PDAs to promote reading and writing skills.
HP Grant: In 2006 a team of
science teachers at Peters Township High School was named the recipient
of a $35,000 award from Hewlett Packard. The teachers were provided with
tablet pcs, multi-function printers, digital cameras, digital video
projectors, staff development, and a $500 stipend. The grant facilitated
the integration of technology across science disciplines. In 2007 the
team expanded to a total of 15 teachers and was awarded a competitive
grant worth $81,000 at the National Educational Computing Conference in
Keystone Integrator Digital Camera Mini-grants:
Two teachers from Bower Hill Elementary School were awarded digital
cameras from the PA Department of Education in Fall 2006 as part of a
state-wide initiative to encourage teachers to implement digital
literacy in their classrooms. Staff development was also provided. The
awards were valued at approximately $1000.
Best Buy Te@ch Grant: In 2007
and 2008 Best Buy awarded $2500 each to two different teacher
applicants in the district. The purpose of the grant was to promote
technology implementation in the classroom. In 2007 grant monies were
used to purchase digital cameras and accessories to support the Middle
School's science department's outdoor classroom project. In 2008 the
grant provided funding for a special music, art and literature program
at Bower Hill Elementary.
Inspired Teacher Award: In
February 2007 a 4th grade teacher at McMurray Elementary School was
awarded one of 30 annual scholarships by Inspiration.com. The $750 award
was used to defray costs for advanced coursework in technology.
Classrooms for the Future (CFF) Grant:
In 2008 as part of a state-wide initiative, the PA Department of
Education awarded the Peters Township High School $188,223 towards its
grant to implement one-to-one computing in the school. Eight classrooms
worth of equipment including laptops, wireless points, projectors, and
Smart Boards will be used by core classroom teachers to integrate
technology into the curriculum.
Visit our Parent Quick Links page to quickly access programs and services that the district offers online.
Parents of students in grades K-12 can access their child's
grades on line 24/7. For detailed instructions on how to access and
navigate the Power School page, check out our PowerSchool page!
New!! The Pennsylvania Attorney General's
Office has launched "Operation Safe Surf" to provide parents with
valuable information on safe internet use for children. This site has
helpful links and videos for all interested parents. Visit Operation Safe Surf.
Internet safety organization and curriculum for schools
Equips today's youth to make wise on-line choices www.webwisekids.org
Free,interactive internet safety resources from the
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Boys &
Girls Clubs of America www.netsmartz.org
Information guides for parents to use with children on internet safety http://www.getnetwise.org
Help, education and use of the internet information
A site that provides parents with the skills and knowledge
to help keep their families safe online. It also contains strategies to
empower girls to learn how to become technology leaders and to use
online resources safely. Visit LMK.
"Stop Bullying Now!" includes information on cyber bullying
ABC News Special report on Sexting
Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
Report to Parents on Cyber Bullying from National Association of Elementary School Principals (pdf file)
Technology Acceptable Use
School Board Policy 5114.7 defines official policy and
procedures for use of technology in the Peters Township School District.
School Board Policy 5114.71 defines policy and procedure for the use of
personal technologies while on school property. All student users are
advised to read these policies and/or to review them with their parents.
The policies are available for review on the district website.
Before students can use district computers on the district’s
network, they are required to electronically log in and agree to abide
by the District’s Technology Acceptable Use Policy. There is a summary
of the policy on the computer screen that the student can read each time
before clicking on “agree.” It is assumed that the parents of all
students will agree to this procedure, otherwise the parent is to notify
the school office that his/her child will not be permitted to use
district technology-related equipment.
Peters Township School District adheres to certain
guidelines for the submission of information to be included on the our
web sites. Visit Web Guidelines
Director of Instructional Technology
Tel 724 941-6251 ext 7222