Santa Cruz City Schools Improves Educational Technology Through New Fiber-Optic Network
SANTA CRUZ CITY SCHOOLS
For Immediate Release
February 4, 2014
Contact: Kris Munro at 429-3410 x 249
SANTA CRUZ CITY SCHOOLS IMPROVES EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY THROUGH NEW FIBER-OPTIC NETWORK
BROADBAND NOW 800 TIMES FASTER, PROVIDING SUPPORT FOR STUDENT ATTENDENCE tools, ACADEMIC testing and cloud-based COMPUTING FOR students and staff
SANTA CRUZ, CA – Santa Cruz City Schools is pleased to announce the district has connected all of its school sites to fiber-optic broadband networks. The capacity for connectivity speeds has been increased by at least 800 percent to benefit classroom teachers, librarians and other users, including students.
“This significant improvement in connectivity allows teachers to readily integrate web resources into daily instruction, bringing new, powerful learning opportunities for students,” said Kris Munro, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services.
The improved broadband is of particular importance as the district prepares to administer the new California state tests of the Common Core curriculum, which will be administered online to students in grades 3-8 and 11 beginning this spring.
“This new broadband capability, along with new investments in computers, will help support teachers and students during our field tests,” said Jennifer Wildman, Director of Curriculum and Assessment. “The expansion of our instructional technology will also contribute to the opportunities our students have for 21st century learning as we implement the new Common Core State Standards.”
These improvements in educational technology have been driven by the district’s Technology Committee. Through the work of the Technology Committee over the past five years, Santa Cruz City Schools has adopted new web-based tools for student attendance, for testing and tracking student progress, as well as cloud-based tools for students and staff.
“This new high speed network will provide needed support for the innovative ways our classroom teachers and librarians are using online technology for instruction and collaboration,” said School Board Member Deb Tracy-Proulx, who co-chairs the District Technology Committee.
About Santa Cruz City Schools
Santa Cruz City Schools serves approximately 7,000 students, K-12, and is comprised of an elementary and a secondary district, governed by one Board of Education. With schools located at ten campuses, the district serves students residing in the City of Santa Cruz and in county locations from Davenport to Soquel. For more information, visit www.sccs.santacruz.k12.ca.us or www.facebook.com/santacruzcityschools.