The purpose of this section of the Rye City School District website is to provide the community, students, parents, faculty and staff with information about our technology program.
The Rye City School District Technology Plan examines how technology is currently used in the District. It is a proactive visionary tool for the development of a planned integration of technology into new and existing curricula. The plan clearly sets the expectation that the District’s educational and operational needs should be the primary driver of technology usage and spending. This document lays out a plan for assessing existing facilities, integrating current technology effectively, and developing new facilities and programs throughout the District. It also includes strategies for achieving the vision and associated capital and operational funding requests. It is our goal to maximize the potential of technology and integrate it into the educational environment to coincide with the requirements, challenges and demands of the 21st century. The District’s technology vision statement emphasizes the vital role technology plays in enhancing education and connects the technology plan to the District’s mission statement.
“Technology fosters effective teaching, inspires student learning, improves communication and enhances responsible and responsive management. Students use technology in a responsible and ethical manner as it becomes more deeply embedded into the culture of school, home and the workplace. As our District explores and adapts to evolving technologies, life-long learning and global involvement are enhanced.”
Our vision is achieved through our commitment to and support of effective teaching, student learning, communication, responsible and responsive management, evolving technologies and global involvement. Through the use of powerful computer technology, our students and staff can easily connect to the people and information that they need to pursue learning in challenging and innovative ways. In addition, our use of computer technology enables us to deliver the highest levels of efficiency and effectiveness in our business/management applications. Technology is an integral part of our culture and will continually evolve to ensure that we prepare our students to live, learn and work in a global, knowledge-based society. Our students are actively using technology to make decisions, inquire, solve problems, communicate, collaborate and create new understandings.
Today, our technology-enriched learning environment is accessed by over 3,500 users and is supported by almost 1,000 desktops, 7 file servers, an e-mail server, a web server, a server to support human resources and finances, a server to support student services, and over 200 network applications to support K-12 curricula. Our District has built a fiber wide area network that provides high-speed connectivity between our buildings and to the outside world. Access to the Internet is delivered to each desktop and is available to all students, administrators, faculty and staff when they have a signed the Acceptable Use Policy on file. A dedicated professional team of network engineers and building computer aides support computer technology in our schools. A wireless network exists at the MS/HS campus to enable administrators, faculty, staff and students to register personal devices to be used to access the Internet for educational purposes.
Students are exposed to computers and computer applications beginning in kindergarten. Technology is used to support teaching and learning across the curriculum through the use of carefully selected applications that support local and state standards. We continue to support new initiatives which enrich learning for our students, including SMART Boards, SMART Slates, Senteo interactive remote systems, etc., to support our K-12 educational program. These tools are just a few that offer innovative ways for students to engage in collaborative learning. In addition, we have wireless laptop and netbook carts in all of our schools to enhance instructional programs. High school students are engaging in laboratory work using probes connected to laptops and desktops connected to SMART Boards. In many disciplines, textbooks are supported by electronic materials, and many are available on our network. In addition to many web-based applications, the District has created its own Google Apps cloud to further support collaborative opportunities and learning that can take place anywhere and anytime.
The student data management program, Power School, supports our ability to manage student data ranging from demographics to progress and achievement and helps the District improve instruction. Other programs, such as Finance Manager, enable enhanced bookkeeping, records management and report generation in both the human resource and business departments, and improve efficiency. Advanced library systems have streamlined the cataloging and tracking of library materials and support search engines that aid in research and reporting functions. The District’s Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone system is one of the many technologies used by the District to save money and improve efficiency.