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Teacher technology to be updated

Soon 59 MacBook Pros, 33 projectors and 45 document cameras will make their way into classrooms at Pequot Lakes Schools.

All that equipment and more is part of a $99,913.07 technology proposal accepted at the school board’s regular monthly meeting Monday night, Sept. 17.

The proposal, presented by technology integrationist Brian Kazmierczak, reflects what Kazmierczak described as minimal needs for teachers in the district.

It intends to get every classroom a projector and every teacher an adequate computer.

Kazmierczak audited classrooms for machines and projectors to find out teachers’ needs.

He said currently some teachers can’t complete attendance on their computers because computers won’t support the updated attendance systems.

Older computers that are being replaced will be refurbished for student use or recycled, Kazmierczak said.

The board, along with school principals, also discussed ways to ensure that teachers are trained and using the technology.

Working with Sigma 7, the school’s IT professionals, it was decided that the school would use a uniform platform of Apple computers.

Though Apple computers are more expensive, Kazmierczak said they generally last longer than PCs and are more durable.

He added that using a uniform platform will allow for consistency in support, setup and maintenance in the schools.

Funds for the equipment will come from the district’s undesignated fund balance.

The technology in this proposal is strictly for teacher stations; Kazmierczak said the discussion on lab computers has already begun.