Twenty-first-century education demands a practical, forward-thinking understanding of technology and a cooperative approach to integrating technology with the student’s home, classroom, and various student programs.
Sidney City Schools use technology to provide a strong foundation for the pursuit of excellence and lifelong learning. Technology is used to teach essential skills to learners of all abilities and cultures, to involve the skills and talents of our educational leaders and the community in promoting creative and critical thinking, and to help students, teachers, and the community fulfill their vision for education.
Along with supporting the day-to-day technology operations of the district, the Technology Department answers the technology goals of the curriculum agenda, supports the individual classroom needs of teachers, assists students with connecting their own devices to the learning systems, and maintains a sustainable technology operation.
By providing each of our students a Chromebook, we also enhance their educational experience by allowing them to research, collaborate, create, and learn beyond the walls of the traditional classroom.
Sidney City Schools has reached a 1:1 device status, where every student will have a school-issued device to use. Because of this, our students and teachers are able to leverage the Chromebooks as a tool for creative instruction and learning.
At the primary level, though there is one device per student, those devices are kept at school. At the intermediate school level, devices mostly remain at school with some chances for them to be taken home depending on the situation. In middle school, students are issued a device at the beginning of the year to keep and use between school and home; this practice continues through high school.
Being 1:1 with devices has allowed greater access to technology while preparing our students to succeed in the ever-changing, and increasingly-technological, world. It has also eliminated both the need for teachers to schedule computer lab time at school and the need for students to have a device at home.
All use of school and district technology shall be consistent with Sidney City Schools’s goal of maximizing the potential of every person every day by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication.
Director of Technology