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2014 Technology Levy Projects

In February, 2014, our community passed a second Instructional Technology Levy. As a result of this funding, exciting things continue to happen each day to support student learning using our technology resources.

Click the headings below to read details of our past, present and future projects.

Completed Projects

Promise Made:  The 2014 Instructional Technology Levy promised to expand the use of Classroom Enhanced Sound Systems, first used in a limited number of classrooms across our district in 2012.

Promise Kept:   Completed, Summer, 2017
Classroom Enhanced Sound Systems have been installed in the core instructional spaces at our new Black Diamond Elementary school. (These sound systems were already installed at Enumclaw Middle School, Thunder Mountain Middle School, Southwood Elementary, Westwood Elementary, Sunrise Elementary School, Kibler Elementary School. Completion date was Winter, 2017.
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Promise Made: The 2014 Instructional Technology Levy promised to replace aging staff laptop computers.

Promise Kept: Completed, Spring, 2017
As part of a systematic approach to equipment replacement, we have replaced aging staff laptop computers at two of our schools, Southwood and Westwood, during this 16-17 school year. Devices recovered in this replacement that are still functioning well are used as backup devices for other schools, whose schedule for replacement comes further in this process.
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Promise Made: The 2014 Instructional Technology Levy promised to provide laptop computers for students to use in their learning.  

Promise Kept:  Completed Fall, 2017
In Fall of 2017, all students in grades 6 - 12 have been issued a district Chromebook laptop computer device. These tools are providing exciting and engaging ways to change and improve the learning experiences and skill sets of our students for their future!
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Promise Made: The 2014 Instructional Technology Levy promised to provide laptop computers for students to use in their learning.

Promise Kept: Completed, Winter, 2017
Kindergarten Chromebook Tablet Sets:  To provide access to our youngest learners, each Kindergarten classroom in our district has received a small group set of Chromebook touchscreen tablets. These devices, intended to enhance student learning, are available for teachers to provide engaging skill practice in literacy and math, beginning research skills, and early technology proficiency skills (such as how to log onto a device, how to create a basic document, etc.)  This project will expand during the 17-18 school year in first grade classrooms to continue access for these students as they move throughout our system.
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Promise Made: The 2014 Instructional Technology Levy promised to provide laptop computers for students to use in their learning.

Promise Kept:  Completed, Fall, 2016
Chromebook Laptop Carts:  In order to provide more access to students to technology devices, we have completed the first phase of systematically replacing aging laptop computers at each of our eight schools.  This first phase has provided one classroom set of Chromebook laptop computers, in a portable cart, at each school for checkout use by teachers of students in grade levels which do not currently have a laptop provided to them.  This project will continue for the next few years as we continue to replace aging computers with faster, more reliable devices for student use.
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Promise Made:  The 2014 Instructional Technology Levy promised to expand the use of Classroom Technology Equipment to support learning across our District.

Promise Kept:   Completed, Fall, 2016
Classroom Projector Replacement:  As a part of our classroom technology equipment, projectors are provided to allow teachers and students to show content from online, from the teacher’s or a student’s computer, or from student work samples onto the large screen in the classroom. In Fall, 2016, we have completed the first phase of replacing aging projectors across our district’s classrooms, beginning at Enumclaw Middle School and Thunder Mountain Middle School.  Projectors recovered in this replacement that are still functioning well will be used for parts and as backup devices for other schools, whose schedule for replacement comes further in this process.
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Promise Made:  The 2014 Instructional Technology Levy promised to expand the use of Classroom Enhanced Sound Systems, first used in a limited number of classrooms across our district in 2012.

Promise Kept:   Completed, Winter, 2017
Classroom Enhanced Sound Systems have been installed in the core instructional spaces at the following school sites: Enumclaw Middle School, Thunder Mountain Middle School, Southwood Elementary, Westwood Elementary, Sunrise Elementary School, Kibler Elementary School.

A body of research from across the country about classroom sound systems has demonstrated effectiveness in the form of increased learning for various groups of students. Initially, the research focused on students with learning difficulties, those with mild hearing loss, special education students and those with attention difficulties. It also focuses on the physiological development for listening of younger students (age 15 and younger) who demonstrate a need for a higher input signal and less "competing" noise in the classroom setting. As this technology has become more widely used across the country, the evidence continues to demonstrate that these systems have a positive impact on learning results for all students.


To view a short video about the use of Classroom Enhanced Sound Systems, click below:

http://swift.enumclaw.wednet.edu/district/sclassrooms/documents/download/Why+Enhanced+Sound+email.wmv?id=292053
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Promise Made: The 2014 Instructional Technology Levy promised to provide laptop computers for students to use in their learning.  

Promise Kept:  Completed Fall, 2016
In Fall of the 2016, Classroom Chromebook carts were deployed to each 5th grade classroom across our district to enhance and support student learning. After learning how to effectively and appropriately use these devices in their elementary setting, students will be more prepared to receive and effectively use their own district-provided device in middle school and high school.
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Promise Made: The 2014 Instructional Technology Levy promised to provide laptop computers for students to use in their learning.  

Promise Kept:  Completed Fall, 2016
In Fall of 2016, all students in grades 8, 9, and 10 have been issued a district Chromebook laptop computer device. These tools are providing exciting and engaging ways to change and improve the learning experiences and skill sets of our students for their future!
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Promise Made: The 2014 Instructional Technology Levy promised classroom sets of Chromebook laptop computers, called Chromebook Student Devices: Phase I.

Promise Kept: Completed Winter, 2016
Fifteen classrooms, from Enumclaw Middle, Thunder Mountain, and Enumclaw High School, are the first classroom environments to house classroom sets of Chromebook laptop computers. The teachers in these classrooms (called Connected Classroom Teachers) have participated in extensive professional development for nearly a year in preparation to make use of these devices for learning with their students. This initiative is the first phase of a larger project to bring computer devices to all students in grades 8, 9 and 10 in future phases. These "Connected Classrooms" serve as a training ground for our students and staff to implement best practices for making purposeful use of technology that supports the academic learning standards for their subject area and the important student skills for success such as communication, collaboration, creativity, digital citizenship, and problem-solving.
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Promise Made:  The 2014 Instructional Technology Levy promised to support the professional development of our staff through the support of a teacher on special assignment for instructional technology.

Promise Kept:   Completed, Fall, 2015
A technology TOSA has been hired to help support the professional development of our teachers and the implementation of digital tools and computing devices in the classroom.  A first phase of this project has included the training and support of fifteen classroom teachers from our middle schools and Enumclaw High School whose classrooms will first implement classroom sets of Chromebook computers with students.
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Promise Made:  The 2014 Instructional Technology Levy promised to expand the use of licenses for online digital tools and resources to support student learning.

Promise Kept:   Completed, Fall, 2015
As a result of levy funds, our district has been able to expand the use of digital resources in support of student learning.  Some examples of current online programs that support our students and staff include the following:

Microsoft software licensing for staff and student use  gr. K-12
Safari Montage online video content for classroom instruction gr. K-12
Destiny Library software gr. K-12
Apex Learning software - gr. 9-12
Typing Agent keyboarding program - gr. K-8
IXL Online Math program - gr. 4-8
Reflex Math online fluency program - gr. 2-5
STAR Reading software - gr. 4-8
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Promise Made:  The 2014 Instructional Technology Levy promised to expand the use of Classroom Enhanced Sound Systems, first used in a limited number of classrooms across our district in 2012.

Promise Kept:   Completed, Fall, 2015
Classroom Enhanced Sound Systems have been installed in the core instructional spaces at the following school sites: Enumclaw Middle School, Thunder Mountain Middle School, Southwood Elementary & Westwood Elementary.

A body of research from across the country about classroom sound systems has demonstrated effectiveness in the form of increased learning for various groups of students. Initially, the research focused on students with learning difficulties, those with mild hearing loss, special education students and those with attention difficulties. It also focuses on the physiological development for listening of younger students (age 15 and younger) who demonstrate a need for a higher input signal and less "competing" noise in the classroom setting. As this technology has become more widely used across the country, the evidence continues to demonstrate that these systems have a positive impact on learning results for all students.

To view a short video about the use of Classroom Enhanced Sound Systems, click below:
http://swift.enumclaw.wednet.edu/district/sclassrooms/documents/download/Why+Enhanced+Sound+email.wmv?id=292053
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Promise Made:  The 2014 Instructional Technology Levy promised to provide a computer lab in the upstairs of the Enumclaw High School library.

Promise Kept:   Completed, Summer, 2015
In order to make the most efficient use of technology levy dollars to support computers for the Enumclaw High School Library, we have implemented a cost-effective and flexible solution.  Costly electrical upgrades would have been needed to support a traditional computer lab in this building.  Rather than upgrading the electrical system with a transformer, we have made use of computers known as “zero-clients” to refresh an aging lab space and have added three additional lab spaces in the EHS library.  These devices, which use considerably less power and cost significantly less than a traditional computer lab, have provided a solution of nearly twice as many devices as originally hoped for (approximately 120 new devices), without additional transformer needs. In addition, these devices can easily be removed and re-used in a new or renovated setting in the future of Enumclaw High School. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Promise Made:  The 2014 Instructional Technology Levy promised to provide additional laptop computers for student use in our district.

Promise Kept:   Completed, Spring, 2015
In order to support required online state testing and to provide more equitable access for students to computer devices, two traveling carts of laptop computers were added at Kibler Elementary and Sunrise, our two largest elementary schools.  These additional computers helped to give classrooms of students at these two schools more equal access to use devices for learning on a regular basis.   

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Current Projects in Process

First Grade Chromebook Tablet Sets:
To provide access to our youngest learners, during the 17-18 school year, each first grade classroom in our district will be receiving a small group set of Chromebook touchscreen tablets. These devices, intended to enhance student learning, will be available for teachers to provide engaging skill practice in literacy and math, beginning research skills, and early technology proficiency skills (such as how to log onto a device, how to create a basic document, etc.)

 

Upcoming Projects