The Presbyterian Christian School's Technology Department is responsible for the purchasing, installation and maintenance of all systems related to network/wireless infrastructure, faculty/staff management, student information/management, classroom audio/visual, video systems, telephones, voicemail and software programs.
We currently support buildings on three campuses with 10G fiber backbone between the Elementary and Secondary Campuses.
Our ever evolving technology inventory includes latest technology in each classroom that consists of latest projector, in-ceiling speakers, audio amp/mixer and AppleTV. All faculty are equipped with an Apple iPad Air 2 (64GB), MacBook Pro 13.3" [500G Flash Storage, 8GB RAM] latest generation. We have Apple iPad Carts available for checkout by each teacher to enhance learning in the classrooms. The Technology Department is committed to providing excellent guidance and technical support to all staff and students. We have the state of the art infrastructure with a complete Cisco Systems backbone and internet services provided through cSpire fiber optics.
The mission of PCS Technology Department is to develop, facilitate, and support appropriate uses of technology in order to increase achievement, enhance productivity, inspire and promote learning.
The vision of Presbyterian Christian School is to provide all students with access to state-of-the-art information technology which will assist them in:
- Becoming proficient in reading, writing, mathematics, and critical thinking
- Being prepared for the next level of education
- Successfully attaining the skills and proficiencies required of today's work force.
In addition, all administrators, teachers, and school staff will use technology daily to effectively help students attain high standards and prepare for tomorrow's world of work.
In the 21st century, understanding and using technology will be an integral part of virtually every aspect of daily life. It is our responsibility to prepare students for this future. The classroom is the primary place where this preparation will occur; therefore, every classroom must be equipped with diverse technologies to support teaching and learning. Every teacher must be knowledgeable and skilled in the use of these technologies in daily instruction. When integrated into instruction, technology will support new strategies for teaching and learning by:
- Addressing diverse learning styles
- Accommodating individual learning rates
- Encouraging cooperative learning
- Helping students accept responsibility for their learning
- Providing the means to communicate globally
- Improving academic achievement in all areas
- Providing global access to information
- Meeting the curricular needs of all learners
- Providing access to the general curriculum
- Refining critical thinking skills and fostering creativity
- Providing a medium for expression and communication
- Collecting, assessing, and sharing performance information
- Improving the effectiveness of administrative tasks
- Providing skills and proficiencies necessary for the workforce
- Providing awareness and appreciation for technology
The use of technology in instruction changes the structure of the classroom. No longer will the teacher rely solely on the traditional lecture/seat work method of instruction. In a technology-rich, learner-centered classroom, the teacher serves as a facilitator of instruction, mentor, and coach. Technology will provide a record of the student's academic history and ways to manage learning progress and activities. Teachers have the data and information needed to individualize instruction and assessment as well as make other important instructional management decisions. Through technology, teachers and students will access a wealth of materials, services, and networks throughout the state, nation, and world. Technology does not replace the teacher, but rather supports and enhances the educational process. The goals of this technology plan can be reached when all faculty/students/staff are working from one identical, coherent platform. Our pilot program in two instructional labs for the past year has confirmed the benefits of Apple devices for education. To that end, we have selected Apple as the future devices to be used by all faculty, staff and students because of the many benefits, reliability and scalability.