Why do students at CdM need technology in the classroom?
are the essential tool for today’s university student. Virtually every college student uses a personal
laptop or notebook. University students use their computers for research, communication, writing, note-taking,
and presentations. Furthermore, universities are increasingly providing digital content instead of text
books. Whether your child is a middle performer or a top performer, you need to prepare her or him for the new college environment.
How can smaller learning centers or academies help my child?
small learning environments to be one of the most successful models for elevating academic achievement. Interest-specific
academies have been shown to dramatically increase student engagement by tapping into real-world subjects. Interest-specific
academies are particularly successful for mid-performing students who have not performed at their full potential in the traditional
high school model. CdM introduced a Performing Arts and Multi-media Academy (PAMA) in the fall of 2007
specifically for students interested in careers in technology, performing arts, fine arts and media. This
is an internationally renowned and highly challenging curriculum designed for students who want to study at the university
level while in high school. The first PAMA class will graduate in 2011. This summer CdM PAMA students won the Hurley
Walk-the-Walk design competion. Future academies will be identified based on student, teacher, and
parent interest surveys.
Is there overlap between this program and “Measure F”?
The passage of Measure F created an opportunity to sell bonds to cover many of the deferred maintenance items for the school
district. Several infrastructure projects are slated for CdM High School and Middle School. These include some new technology
infrastructure as well as other electrical, plumbing, lighting and painting types of projects as well as a Middle School Enclave
and 350 seat Theatre. These funds do not cover purchase of computers or discipline-specific software of other items for the
Technology Plan. The Foundation’s funds are totally supplemental to and compatible with any funding from Measure F. Foundation
members are involved in the Measure F site committee for the Middel School Enclave and Theatre. Measure F improvements
are slated for some time in the future.
How much does it cost to fund this program?
Will it all be funded in one year?
The total Tech Plan, including equipment, furnishings and infrastructure is estimated to cost $600,000.
Almost half of that money has already been raised.
Do the High School and Middle School Administrators fully support this effort?
From the outset, principals of both CdM High School and Middle School have been the visionaries behind this strategic
plan. Our administrators and teachers have been involved in drafting every step of the strategic plan and support and wholeheartedly
endorse all the elements of this plan. The Administration has asked the Foundation to lead the effort to
raise the money to put the plan in place. They are committed to seeing this plan through to completion.
Having Technology at the school is great, but are the teachers prepared to fully use this new technology?
has developed a technology certification program. The Administration is in the process of having each of
the teachers become Level I certified, with a goal to have all teachers Level II certified. Level
I certification requires proficient use of technology (Spreadsheet, Presentation, Database, Video Editing, Teacher, Web Builder
System, Easy Grade Pro, Podcasting, Blogging) and Level II requires the ability to implement technology-based teaching techniques.
Our Administration believes nearly all CdM teachers have reached Level I proficiency and they must now pass the certification
test to prove it. Level I certification requires greater technology proficiency than many parents have.
Some teachers have reached Level III proficiency which means they are capable of teaching computer skills to other teachers.
In addition, the District is developing a program that will tie a schools’ district funded technology to the proficiency
of their teachers. So there is plenty of incentive for teachers to perform and improve their proficiency.
students just use the internet cafes to send messages to each other?
The Administration plans to use filters at all
internet café sites that will prevent students from accessing unauthorized sites including certain websites, MySpace
and other sites deemed to be inappropriate. Teachers will monitor students’ computers for inappropriate uses in the
classroom. This will keep students focused on appropriate school academic activities.