• EdTech Magazine Spotlights PPS’s Upcoming Upgrades to Classroom Technology

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    Portland Public Schools, thanks to the generosity of voters, has a head start on preparing for instruction in a post-pandemic world, an article in EdTech Magazine reports.

    A June 22 article spotlights PPS’s plans to upgrade its classroom technology and internet access as part of the voter approved 2020 School Bond. Writer Wylie Wong interviewed Don Wolff, PPS’s Chief Technology Officer, who talked about how PPS dealt with the technology challenges posed by online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wolff told Wong:

    “[Distance learning] changed our entire instructional model. Now, teachers can take what they’ve learned in the past year, and with new classroom tools, create more engagement and authentic learning in the classroom.”

    Technology updates funded by the bond, which were planned before they pandemic, will give PPS a head start on filling the technology needs that the pandemic forced school districts to confront. Wong writes:

    To remedy that, the district will install a new Wi-Fi access point in every classroom, along with a new mounted projector and screen, a Chromebox computer and an Airtame 2 screen-sharing device for teachers to wirelessly share videos and websites, Wolff says. Each room will also include a voice amplification system with a teacher microphone.

    Read the full article at EdTechMagazine.com.