Franklin Regional officials expect leaps in technology use
Late last year, Franklin Regional officials completed a plan to equip all five district buildings with wireless internet, and now officials have plans to increase the amount of work students do with technology, Superintendent Jamie Piraino said.
“I see Franklin Regional taking big leaps in how students are using technology in the classroom,” Piraino said. “In our elementary classrooms, there will be more opportunities to interact with it and ways to support the learning process and provide students with 21st-century skills.”
Since summer, staff have replaced the Apple computers in a computer lab at the middle school, replaced hardware and software in the portable television studio at the high school and upgraded the district network, said Brad Schrecengost, supervisor of technology. Also, electronic white boards have been installed in 22 classrooms, including two special education rooms.
Schrecengost said the computers used by teachers at the middle school and high school have been replaced by laptops. Fourth- and fifth-grade teachers will transition to laptops later this school year, followed by other elementary teachers next school year.
While Schrecengost estimates that more than 700 student-used laptops at the middle and high schools need to be replaced, he said he hopes that an expansion of the district's bring-your-own-technology program would cut down the number of replacement laptops the district must buy. Currently in place in at least eight high school classrooms, the program enables students to use their sown martphones, tablets and laptops in class.
Schrecengost said several other teachers are interested in allowing student electronics in their classes.
“A lot of teachers want to use BYOD,” Schrecengost said. “We've met with all of the high school teachers and talked about the program and how it works.”
He said more than 800 new devices have logged into the system on a given day. However, most of those devices are smartphones, Schrecengost said. The hope is that students will begin bringing in their laptops, he said, allowing some of the high school laptops to be repurposed for younger grades.
“We will get them technology,” Piraino said of the elementary classrooms. “We want to shift that focus and begin to invest in hardware and technology in the elementary schools. What that source of technology is — whether it is tablet or PC — we don't know yet.”
Daveen Rae Kurutz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8627, or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Vandalism, ‘turfing’ incidents are up in Murrysville
- Hunter departs top recreation post in Murrysville