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Educational Technology Department

Making Technology Educational

Part of the Integrated Technology Support Services Department, the Educational Technology (Ed Tech) team seeks to improve student achievement through seamless integration of the district's Common Core Curriculum with a suite of i21 technologies designed to create an engaging and personalized learning environment.

The Integrated 21st Century (i21) Interactive Classroom

The i21 classroom is an engaging and personalized learning environment designed to optimize teaching and learning through the interconnected use of mobile computing, audio, visual and formative assessment technologies across the curriculum.

With this vision and funding through Propositions S and Z, San Diego Unified has taken a bold step toward transforming the learning environment in each of its 7,000 classrooms. Over five years (beginning in 2009), approximately 20 percent of classrooms per year will receive a suite of new technology tools. Coupled with these digital tools is a comprehensive professional development and support plan designed to support achievement for all students.

Supporting Educators Through Research-Based Professional Development and Consultation

The Ed Tech team provides a scalable and sustainable model of professional development to support the i21 Interactive Classroom Initiative. Additionally, Micro Computer Application Training Specialists are assigned to designated schools and can assist i21 Teachers/Administrators with Promethean Training.

Teacher Spotlight


Danny Cook Teacher Spotlight Article PDF Image Danny Cook

It’s the end of 5th Period at Challenger Middle School in Mira Mesa. Danny Cook is ready for his 6th period students to arrive. The bell rings, signifying the beginning of the passing period. Immediately, students start filing into the room and taking their seats. Long before the tardy bell has a chance to ring, all of Mr. Cook’s students are seated, adding content to their planners and notebooks, asking questions, and engaging in science discussion. It is clear that students are routinely ready before the tardy bell rings, excited to begin their science adventures. But today brings added excitement. Danny’s students are about to go on a virtual field trip with a real-life California State Park’s ranger, having conversation, asking questions, and taking a tour in real-time!

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Past Articles:
Teacher Spotlight link to PDF for Dena Hause   Link to Teacher Spotlight Cheeman Phillips