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TECHNOLOGY at NNPS
Technology Vision: It is the vision of Newport News Public Schools that technology will facilitate, encourage, support and transform learning in schools and workplaces.
The use of technology is continually advancing Newport News Public Schools (NNPS) into the 21st Century. The ultimate goal of the our investment in technology is to ensure that students can access, assimilate, apply and adapt to existing and emerging technologies as life-long learners in a global community. When this occurs, NNPS will produce graduates who are able to understand and use technology to reach their full potential in life.
Major components of our Technology Plan include:
Technology Highlights at NNPS
(Adrin Snider, Daily Press / March 23, 2009)
21st Century Classroom: Fifth grade teacher Christine Steigleman uses a smartboard to teach students at Hidenwood Elementary. The board allows teachers to track students' progress by monitoring their answers to problems. Students can work on the board along with the teacher during the course of classwork.
Technology is an integral component in integrating 21st Century Learning into our Smart, Safe Schools. Since the inception of its first technology plan, NNPS has progressed through a series of requisite steps of installing network infrastructure and computer systems, conducting staff development in basic technology tools, and implementing instructional software and learning tools.
All schools are outfitted with a suite of software, hardware and the necessary infrastructure to conduct daily operations within the school, across the division, and over the internet. Computers have been provided to each classroom and computer labs, a laptop for every teacher, as well as a desktop or laptop for every administrator. Technology staff, both on-site and centrally located, supports this equipment and the infrastructure.
The Technology Operations staff works closely with Instructional Technology, part of the Department of Innovation and Development. Instructional Technology Coaches are licensed teachers who work directly with classroom teachers to promote and integrate technology directly into our classrooms.
To ensure a reliable, redundant, and secure computing infrastructure, NNPS has implemented a one (1) Gigabyte, three (3) ring, redundant, fiber-optic network with an intrusion prevention system (IPS) implemented at the gateway of the network. Firewall, web and email filtering, and virus protection systems are continually monitored and updated to ensure data security, protection against virus, malicious software, and denial of service threats. A managed wireless solution has been implemented, and backup power solutions are in place where feasible.
More highlights include:
TECHNOLOGY AT NNPS
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