Technology Planning Committee Notes 4/2/19

Posted by Julie Morgenthal on 4/3/2019 2:00:00 AM

Technology Planning Committee Notes 04/02/2019

Technology Committee Members in Attendance:

Ellen Trzaskowski

Karen Netzer

Aurelia Ionescu

Leslee Jonovich

Patricia Lacina

Drew Miller

Julie Morgenthal

The Technology Planning Committee met in the Crockett Computer Lab. After much discussion and review of teacher survey responses, the Committee was leaning toward the Hitachi Interactive model projector to replace our current projectors. However, there were some doubts because the Committee Members had only had a limited opportunity to see the projector in use. We had a previous, voluntary meeting for Committee members to see an older model Hitachi Interactive installed at Tillman. However, the older model is not exactly the same as the newer, laser models. So, we invited a Hitachi representative to come to the meeting and answer questions about the interactive projector. He also allowed the committee some additional time to try it out. The alternative option to the interactive projector is an interactive flat panel. Crockett has one of these panels in the library. The librarian at Crockett, Ms. Erwin was willing to stay after and give us a thorough demonstration of the product. Thank you Ms. Erwin! The committee also had an opportunity to try out the panel a second time.  

We had walked all of the classrooms and taken photos of our current installations. The Committee looked at the photos as well as a spreadsheet outlining the quality of the whiteboards in all of the classrooms. We have to consider all factors for cost. This includes the overall quality of existing whiteboards, placement of existing whiteboards, and cost of new whiteboards. We also have consider demo of existing Smart Boards, room repairs, etc.  Based on this, we decided we needed more pricing information on installing interactive projectors versus panels in every classroom, and costs for the other variables outlined above. We are doing that research now and should be able to provide the committee with more detail at the next meeting.

The next meeting is on April 18th at 4:00 PM at the Balsz District Office Governing Board Room