Frequently Asked Questions"
The U.S. Department of Labor conservatively
estimates that over 90% of all jobs today require the use of a computer.
The Department also estimates that currently almost half of all workers
are employed in industries that produce or are intensive users of
Students are now also expected to enter the
workforce prepared to: 1. select technology, 2. apply technology
to tasks, and 3. maintain and troubleshoot equipment. Visit the
Innovations web site for information about The Secretary's
Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS).
Speaking about education and the necessity
of integrating technology into the curriculum, Alan Greenspan
at the 2000 National Governors' Association Conference said ".
. . critical awareness and the abilities to hypothesize, to interpret,
and to communicate are essential elements of successful innovation
in a conceptual-based economy." To read his address in its
entirety, visit the Federal
Reserve Board's web site.
Pendleton County School System has an abundance of personal computers,
printers, and software for basic skills and accelerated learning.
We also have digital cameras, scanners and high speed Internet access.
E-mail offers the opportunity for communication with students, parents,
the community and other educators.
With our video conferencing connection provided
by Verizon, we have students taking virtual field trips to such
places as Florida, Georgia and California. Visit Verizon's web
site to read the article, "Sharks
in Pendleton County! Students Visit Florida Marine Lab Using Videoconferencing"
and the section Virtual
Classrooms: Our Technology at Work.
the county technology plan here or visit the central office
for a hard copy. The current edition places emphasis on standards
for the use of information technology with students. The plan places
a high emphasis on teacher training and staff development. Wayne
Hedrick continues to provide assistance with regard to integrating
technology into the curriculum on as needed basis throughout the
Your school technology plan is available in
your principal's office.
We plan to continue providing technical assistance
in the form of Trent Sites, county technician. His timely response
to computer repair requests results in less downtime for the computers
and labs when you are trying to use them.
standards for the educational use of technology were developed by
the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Standards
have been established for both students and teachers. We encourage
you to visit NETS
web site for more information.
(The National Educational Technology Standards
(NETS) Project is an ongoing initiative of the International Society
for Technology in Education (ISTE) and a consortium of distinguished
partners and cosponsors.) The student standards profile what
technology literate students should achieve at certain stages
in their K-12 education. Our county technology plan lists training
in this area as a primary goal for staff development.
State of West Virginia has established content standards for each
grade level. Each grade level has content standards that relate
to the integration of technology into the curriculum. This information
may be accessed at the WVED
web site. Correlations to content standards will be developed
at a later date.
Some examples and ideas can be found at the
lesson plans' section of the WVED
Verizon's ThinkFinity (formerly MarcoPolo) provides the highest
quality, standards-based Internet content and professional development
to K-12 teachers and students throughout the United States. Visit
The county technology plan states
that e-mail will be used by teachers and administrators to communicate
with parents, students, and the community. We strongly encourage
the use of e-mail. Each school has trainers who will train you on
the proper use of e-mail and set up an e-mail account for you with
the state department of education. See the following web sites for
examples of how students can use e-mail: Visit the Electronic
School's web site for examples of how students can use e-mail.
Connection for additional units, activities and related ideas.
Pendleton County Schools has a county
acceptable use policy, which encourages appropriate use of technology
and the Internet. See your principal for more information. The acceptable
use policy articulates appropriate use for students and adults.
These policies must be signed by the parent or guardian of any student.
Also, visit the
Federal Trade Commission's web site for information about privacy
For examples of proper netiquette, visit Albion's
web site. "The Core Rules of Netiquette" are excerpted
from the book Netiquette by Virginia Shea.
Internet is a worldwide network of computers. Anyone with a computer
and connection to an ISP (Internet Service Provider) can access
information from other computers all around the world via the Internet.
The Internet is changing the way teachers
teach and students learn, but teachers need the skills to use
the Internet effectively. Read about how technology and the Internet
are changing teaching styles at Education
Week on the web (American Education's online Newspaper of
Talk to your principals.
Also ask other teachers who you may feel are knowledgeable in the
field of technology to help you. Do not forget to talk to your principals
about areas that you would like to see addressed. Get to know the
members of your school technology team. If the issue is related
to computer repair, send an e-mail to Trent