Technology

Instructional Technology

Teaching and Learning Department
25720 Maple Valley Black Diamond Rd SE
Maple Valley, WA 98038
425-413-3400

Technology Operations

18200 SE 240th St
Covington, WA 98042
425-413-3233

Supervisor:
Doug Eash
deash@tahomasd.us

The Technology Operations Department provides technical services and support throughout the district. This includes network design and management, hardware support and maintenance, software installation and support, and purchasing.

Tahoma Technology Plan

Editor's note: Failure of the Feb. 23, 2018 Technology Levy necessitates suspending implementation of the 2019-2023 Technology Plan and modification of technology planning for 2018-2019. This includes the move to take-home laptops for students grades 6-12. The Technology Plan guides projected technology levy spending. The Technology Levy provides funding for staff and student hardware and software, staff and student support personnel and training, classroom equipment, network hardware such as servers, switches, firewall, content filter, and wireless access points, operations support personnel, information management, and a myriad of other equipment and services.

Without the Technology Levy funding of $2.75 million per year, the district may need to delay the refresh of aging student and staff laptop and desktop computers, reduce classroom and infrastructure support personnel, re-evaluate software resources, and seek other sources of funding. The School Board will consider running a new Technology Levy in the November 2018 election.

The following technology-related goals are identified in the district Technology Plan to ensure that technology is embedded in the curriculum and that skills are taught in the context of district learning goals.

The district will:

  • Provide learning environments that are globally connected and provide opportunities for collaboration, communication, and creativity. Students will have the tools that allow for this learning environment whenever and wherever needed.
  • Acknowledge that the use of technology tools, both hardware and software, should not emphasize any particular device or application, but instead emphasize gaining the knowledge and transferable skills necessary to use technology tools now and in the future.
  • Continue to provide computing devices at a greater than a 2 to 1 student to computer ratio. These devices are deployed in a manner that allows access as needed in classrooms with emphasis on access in those classrooms that have a documented curricular need (such as middle school Social Studies and Language Arts).
    • Provide professional learning opportunities for teachers to effectively use technology tools in the classroom, use the tools for productivity, and use assessment data to inform and differentiate instruction.
    • Maintain existing technology infrastructure and update it as needed to provide 24/7 access for students and staff to meet their learning and work goals.
    • Establish effective communication structures with staff and community to ensure continued support of technology levies necessary for successful implementation of the district’s technology plan.

2017-18 Technology Highlights

  • Students at grades K-5 are block programming in ScratchJr. during the Project Lead the Way Launch classes. By year end, all K-4 students will have worked with coding in this program.
  • Project Lead the Way Launch grade 5 students are using VEX IQ robotics kits to explore robotics and automation
  • Project Lead the Way Gateway Design and Modeling classes at grades 6, 7, and 8 are in their third year. These classes use AutoDesk Inventor to introduce 3d design and hands-on modeling work, including 3d printing. All grade 3, 4, and 5 classroom now have classroom sets of laptops.
  • STRETCH time at both Maple View and Summit Trail Middle Schools include sessions in which students program original "Choose You Own Adventure" games."
  • All classrooms at Tahoma High School are equipped with interactive projectors, document cameras, and voice amplification sound systems for staff.
  • As LCD projectors at secondary level reach the end of useful life, these projector are being replaced with wall-mounted, short-throw interactive projectors.
  • The video on demand server is currently used for the secondary Language Arts Springboard curriculum (6-11), school announcements and presentations.

Curriculum

  • The TSD K-5 Scope and Sequence of technology skills is complete.
  • The K-5 Scope and Sequence lessons are in use and being incorporated into appropriate curriculum.
  • Digital Exploration/Computer Fundamentals classes at middle school exphasize online safety and cyberbullying prevention, digital citizenship, and programming.
  • Appropriate online safety and cyberbullying prevention lessons are in place at a variety of grade levels.
  • Technology integration into the curriculum is ongoing, with emphasis in core content areas such as Language Arts and Social Studies.
  • Middle School math classes utilize laptops with the CPM math program.
  • Digital Art classes are in session at both middle schools.
  • Investigation and adoption of digital resources includes textbooks.
  • Technology classes including multimedia, web design, computer repair, computer programming, and AP (Advanced Placement) computer programmimg have seen increased enrollment at the high school.
  • Robotics classes at middle school and high school.
  • Robotics clubs art secondary school including national competitions (Bear Metal)

Support

  • A Help Desk model for technical support is now in place.
  • Ongoing professional development is in place for use of productivity software.
  • Ongoing professional development is in place for use of software with students.
  • Professional development in using technology with students is ongoing at all grade levels.
  • Professional development readying the secondary staff for student take-home laptops in fall of 2018.
  • Two instructional technology coaches, one for elementary and one for secondary, work with teachers and students integrating technology into instruction.
  • Elementary schools have technology teacher leaders to assist with professional development, “how to” questions and integration of technology into curriculum and instruction.
  • Secondary schools have designated technology teacher leaders for tech help, teacher web site work and Skyward training.
  • Technology Operation department supports all technology tools and maintains infrastructure.

Hardware Tools

  • Over 7,000 computing devices for K-12 student use.
  • Multiple mobile computer carts at every school.
  • All secondary Language Arts and Social Studies classes are 1 to 1 with laptops (Chromebooks).
  • Wireless access available in all classrooms and learning spaces.
  • Instructional stations that include an LCD projector, document camera and computer are present in all learning spaces.
  • All K-5 classrooms have either an interactive projector or an interactive whiteboard.
  • Kindergarten classes have 6 iPads plus access to mobile computer carts.
  • Grades 1 and 2 classrooms have 6 in-class, permanent laptops plus access to mobile computer carts.
  • Grades 3, 4 and 5 are 1 to 1 with laptops.
  • Up-to-date infrastructure with virtualized servers running Microsoft Server 2016 on Dell hardware.
  • High speed internet access available for all computing devices.
  • High speed fiber connections between schools and to the internet.
  • Internet content filter with varying degrees of filtering depending on grade level.
  • All certificated staff have laptops for mobile access and productivity.
  • VoIP (Voice over IP/internet) phone system in place.
  • BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is allowed at the high school.
  • Automobile Technology has classroom set of laptops for diagnosis and repair information.

Software Tools

All grade levels

  • Office 2016 including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, One Note, Skype for Business.
  • Internet Explorer and Chrome web browsers available for staff and students.
  • G Suite (formerly Google Apps for Education) is known as GoTahoma. This is used for word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, collaboration, creative projects and communication grades 3-12.
  • Google Classroom is used by teachers to manage student work and communications in GoTahoma.
  • Discovery Education subscription for access to digital content (video).
  • Assistive software such as Snap and Read and CoWriter for assisting students with reading or writing difficulties.

Elementary only

  • Reading software (Raz-Kids) at grades K, 1, 2 and 3.
  • Type to Learn keyboarding software for grade 2-5.
  • Think Central as part of the K-5 math curriculum.
  • DreamBox online for math intervention/differentiation K-5.
  • Pixie for presentations including audio and video.
  • Starfall/More Starfall for K-2 reading and math skills.

Web Accessibility

Tahoma School District is in the process of ensuring all of its web pages and content are accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. If you are experiencing difficulties gaining access to a Tahoma web page or information posted on the district’s website, please contact the Tahoma Communications Office for assistance:

Kevin Patterson, director of communication, 425-413-3409.

Wendy Castleman, communications specialist, 425-413-3412.

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