What is an Education Technology Note?
An Education Technology Note (ETN) raises funds from property taxes to
support the School District’s technology plan to provide necessary
resources for all our teachers and students. The State does not
maintain a special fund for educational technology. The Operational
budget is insufficient even for basic needs, and mill levy funding is
insufficient to fund both building maintenance and our technology plan.
Thus, SFPS is far behind the nation’s best schools in terms of
technology availability and integration in the instructional program,
including for the Common Core State Standards PAARC assessments. A new
source of “sufficient and sustainable
” funding is necessary to
support our teachers with tools and strategies to increase learning
effectiveness, and for our students to become digital citizens prepared
for 21st century careers.
A fully integrated technology platform will provide the following:
- A best-practice technology capability for all teachers and students in every school, allowing us to access growing web-based teaching and learning resources and embrace evolving classroom strategies,
- Greater teacher-student relationship with technology tools to personalize learning and facilitate more individualized support,
- Expanded relevance to students’ “digital-native” world, opening up new, exciting, and supportive learning opportunities for various skill levels and interests,
- Deeper, more rigorous learning experiences and avenues
for creativity, innovation and collaboration among students and
teachers, better developing college and career-ready skills, and
- Professional development for all staff, and with an amendment to state statute, embedded educational technology specialists in each school.