Technology Transformation Updates

TECHNOLOGY TRANSFORMATION IMPROVEMENTS MILL LEVY ELECTION


On April 10, 2018 Alamogordo Public School District voters were asked to go to the polls to consider a mill levy  for the purpose of capital technology improvements to public schools in the District. This would include: purchasing and installing education technology improvements, excluding salary expenses of school district $7 Million Line Artemployees, but including tools used in the educational process that constitute learning and administrative resources, and which may also include: (1) satellite, copper and fiber optic transmission; computer and network connection devices; digital communication equipment, including voice, video and data equipment; servers; switches; portable media devices such as disc and drives to contain data for electronic storage and playback; and purchase or lease of software licenses or other technologies and services, maintenance, equipment and computer infrastructure information, techniques and tools used to implement technology in schools and related facilities; and (2) improvements, alterations and modifications to, or expansions of, existing buildings or tangible personal property necessary or advisable to house or accommodate any of the tools listed in this subsection.
Passage of this referendum authorized the district to impose a property tax of $46 per $100,000 of assessed value of the property allocated to the District under the Property Tax Code for the property tax years of 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023
.

HOW THE FUNDS ARE TO BE USED:
               
$7 Million dedicated to making vast improvements to the educational technology infrastructure and educational programs for ALL APS Students, including:
    * Increased baseline connectivity with new satellite and fiber optic transmission lines for high-speed access
    * Upgraded hardware including computers, tablets, smart boards, servers and network connection devices.
    * New software, tech support services, maintenance and training to implement modernized systems in APS schools and related facilities.

What is Ed Tech?
Education Technology (also known as “EdTech”) refers to an area of technology devoted to the development and application of tools (including software, hardware, and processes) intended to promote education. (Lazaro, 2018)

The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) defined educational technology as “the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using and managing appropriate technological processes and resources.”

“Technology can be a powerful tool for transforming learning. It can help affirm and
advance relationships between educators and students, reinvent our approaches to learning and collaboration, shrink long-standing equity and accessibility gaps, and adapt learning experiences to meet the needs of all learners.”
              ~ U.S. Office of Educational Technology

Providing classrooms with access to digital tools will allow students to create, collaborate, invent, and explore in ways that educators cannot conceive while using only pencils and paper. Technology tools permit students to break down the barriers of the four-walled classroom.
Students can take a field trip to see the Great Wall of China without ever leaving the class,
co-create a presentation for class from the comfort of their home, and experience the
human body from a molecular level through the use of Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality.

Technology is not intended to replace a sound instructional framework or content knowledge, but rather allows educators to leverage technology tools to amplify student learning. Through the use of technology, teachers can easily differentiate for varying levels of ability, engage all learners at the exact same moment, and give more timely, specific feedback, while preparing students for future careers.



For more information on the Education Technology Transformation
at Alamogordo Public Schools, please contact:


Whitney Anderson
Coordinator of Innovation & Instructional Technology
(575) 812-6031
Whitney.Anderson@aps4kids.org
OR
Steve Van Duyn
Coordinator of Technology
(575) 812-6030
Steve.VanDuyn@aps4kids.org



 

Collected and Estimated Annual Revenues for $7 Million Mill Levy 2018-2019

2018

Taxes that were collected in

November & December     $359,775.84

2019

January                    $282,805.41
February                    $15,312.70
March                         $14,054.31
April                           $32,452.63
May                          $135,050.63
June                         $214,722.63

Total Estimated Remaining
to be Collected for 2019 
                                $694,398,31

As we transform our educational technology implementation at APS, we want to hear from you!

Please follow the links below to help us with our future planning:

http:bit.ly/APSTechPlan
(Elementary/Middle school Parents)Elementary Survey QR Code

http://bit.ly/APSParentTechSurvey
(High School Parents)

http://bit.ly/APSEDTECH
(Community Members)

 


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