District Administration May 2018 - 11

SPONSORED WEB SEMINAR DIGEST

KEVIN C. DORSEY, M.ED.
Director of Technology
Pennsbury School District (Penn.)

MANDY LUTZ
Educational Technology Specialist
Pennsbury School District

BRAD MCCORMICK, M.ED.
Supervisor of Educational
Technology
Pennsbury School District

ting the buy-in that we needed for this program to be
successful.
Brad McCormick: Before we bought all of these
Chromebooks, we tested a few different ones. We
have a video of my nephew actually trying to break the
Acer 731 to show how durable it is. From that point we
needed to start planning how to get all these devices
in hands of 5,500 students. They have the option to copay $40, which allows them to take the device home,
and we offer a $15 financial hardship payment for lower-income families. We also have a whole bunch of donors-from local businesses to PTOs-giving money
to pay for students who might not be able to afford
even the $15 payment.
We currently operate at a 98 percent rate, where 98
percent of those 5,500 students have a Chromebook
that they take home.
Mandy Lutz: We designated our William Penn Middle
School as our deployment center because it was a
place that we can store all of the 5,500 Chromebooks
securely. It had the ability to handle vehicle traffic
as well as the ability to handle the crowds coming
through. We had various times and different days over
the summer through a three-week period, so that folks
could come in and pick up when it was convenient.

Brad McCormick: Once we had Chromebooks in every student's hand, we needed to make the teachers
comfortable using the technology available to them.
Mandy and I are the PD team for our 800-plus staff
members, but luckily we have a lot of awesome teachers who are unofficial go-to PD. We run summer workshops where we offer various topics of presentations
in a.m. and p.m. sessions, so teachers can hit multiple
topics in one day.
Mandy Lutz: We wanted our Digital Citizenship Program embedded across the curriculum. Key departments designed the Digital Citizenship curriculum,
tying it in to the common sense media resources. At
the middle school level, our librarians reinforce digital citizenship through lessons on research and how
to locate reputable sites, understanding copyright,
citing proper resources, and working on social media
and online safety. Through the social studies program,
they're filtering out fake news and citing good sources
and plagiarism.
At our high school level, the librarians are covering
digital citizenship with each of the grade levels through
various classes, such as in ninth grade through the
English department, and in 10th grade through the
social studies department, to ensure each student receives appropriate training every year.

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