2010 Excellence in Technology Award
Seneca Valley School District was awarded the 2010 Excellence in Technology Award by the Pennsylvania School Board's Association because of the positive impact technology has had on instructional practices, administrative operations, increased parental involvement, and community support. The prestigious award was bestowed after school officials submitted an application outlining initiatives the district recently made to support technology integration across the district in three main areas: communication, instruction, and infrastructure.
Some examples include the district's one-of-a-kind Cyber Service Program, the Engineering Certification Program, district-wide WiFi, the AlertNow Parent Notification System, a personalized URL system to collect student information, and a computer-based benchmark assessment system that enables the district to assess each student in kindergarten through grade 11 at multiple points throughout the school year.
"Technology filled the gap that had prevented us from reaching a lot of students in the past," said Dr. Donald Tylinski, superintendent.
Numerous pages of the application were dedicated to the various educational software and classroom resources the district uses, including Smartboards, projectors, Skype, and Destiny, just to name a few. Online tools and web-based resources are routinely accessed to assist every department from special education to school safety to career planning. To support current and future technology initiatives, the district is also upgrading its technology infrastructure, including improved Internet access speeds, a new student/financial information system, a completely overhauled network infrastructure, and a new district-wide phone system.