Technology Alliance Group hosted an event, “Technology in Our Schools” on Sept. 18, 2015 from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Pickford Film Center located on Bay Street.
The panel consisted of Executive Director of Technology Alliance Group Meg Weber, Bellingham Public Schools Executive Director of Technology Kurt Gazow, Bellingham Public Schools Director of Career and Technical Education Jeff Tetrick, Kent Public Schools Chief Information and Digital Strategy Officer Thuan Nguyen and Comcast Representative Kathy Putt. Audience members included local sponsors, school district staff, and businesses coming together to discuss technology within the school system.
The panel began with introductions from each member and then a discussion on the significance of technology in our schools. Topics that were discussed ranged from how technology implemented in schools allows kids to gain unique skillsets to how a one-to-one ratio of technology in schools can benefit kids after graduation.
Panelists discussed the significance of technology and how they are working to bridge the digital divide in Bellingham schools. As the panel concluded, questions were asked by attendees.
In Bellingham Public Schools, a Student Technology Think Tank is currently working on a recommendation for Superintendent Greg Baker regarding a one-to-one technology program for the district. The current technology levy expires in 2016 and a renewal of the expiring technology levy will go to voters on the February 2016 ballot. A one-to-one program would require an increased investment from our technology levy, and provide powerful tool for learning for our teachers and students.