Board gets technology update

The New Prague Area School Board heard an update from the district’s Educational Technology Action Team (ETAT) during their workshop meeting Monday, Sept. 9.

            Shawn Brandt, the district’s technology integration specialist, went over the progress the team has made to date. The team was established this spring and has met several times, with additional meetings set between now and the end of October.

            The team has been charged with

• Identifying the goal of education technology in New Prague Area Schools.

• Researching successful 1-to-1 learning environments used by other school districts.

• Determine the essential elements of those enivronments that best meet the needs of the district.

• Presenting two or three options to the school board and superintendent for discussion and to help them make informed decisions.

            At their July 31 meeting, the team reviewed information from a survey of the district’s technology status, reviewed the district’s mission, vision, values and priorities, drafted goals for a 1-to-1 learning environment and set action plans for future meetings.

            At the August 22 meeting, the team met with Apple K-12 reps regarding programs in place in Farmington and Spring Lake Park, purchasing and leasing options and product support. They also discussed the district’s technology infrastructure, including bandwidth and hardware needs.


Other discussion points

            The board learned that the middle school activity bus pilot project is up and running. There were 36 students from the Elko New Market area and 24 from the Lonsdale area who signed up for the bus. The district decided to combine the two into one route.

            Following the workshop meeting, the board held a regular meeting and went into closed session to discuss negotiation strategies for 2013-15 contracts.