Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s technology plan to receive discounts and rebates
Thanks to a recently completed technology plan, the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District is slated to receive as much as $140,000 in federal discounts and rebates.
The 106-page plan is the result of a partnership between school site representatives and Techmasters, an educational technology consulting firm that was funded by an Excellence in Education grant. In the past Excellence in Education refrained from technology grants due to the district’s lack of comprehensive technology plan.
and#8220;Excellence in Education was thrilled with the district technology plan and vision for the district,and#8221; said Laura Abbey Brown, executive director of Excellence in Education. and#8220;Techmasters helped the district leverage more technology funding from various state and federal sources.and#8221;
David Inns, TTUSD assistant superintendent of human resources, who oversaw the project, said he was pleased the district could take advantage of the federal E-Rate program.
and#8220;Basically the federal government assists school districts in paying its technology bills, including cell phones and Internet providers,and#8221; he explained. and#8220;For bills that have already been paid there will be sizable rebates. This goes back into the general fund and is earmarked for technology including upgrading the wide area network as well as wireless connections and servers.and#8221;
Some of those upgrades include enhanced Internet speed at Alder Creek Middle School, North Tahoe School, North Tahoe High School and the district’s transportation center.
Inns noted the technology assessment answered some important questions about specific school site computer hardware and software components. Ultimately this information will be crucial in Measure A funding.
and#8220;It’s important to know the age of the computers, which software is being used and the vision of how the technology is going to be utilized,and#8221; he added.
Rebecca Maas, a technology teacher at Alder Creek Middle School, was one of the members of the district’s technology plan committee.
and#8220;The plan is important since it was developed from a shared vision of educators, parents, community members and business leaders with goals and steps to work toward that vision,and#8221; Maas said.
She added that she was excited about implementing the plan to bring technology integration into the curriculum.
and#8220;It outlines steps to get the needed tools in the hands of both the staff and students to improve and#8211; and ultimately, transform and#8211; how we collaborate, teach and learn,and#8221; Maas said.
Visit http://www.ttusd.org to read the TTUSD technology plan.