"Making sure our students have the 21st century tools they need to succeed: It’s a community obligation," says Frederick County Public Schools’ Deputy Superintendent Dr. Steven Lockard.
To help launch the new FCPS Technology Now initiative that will keep students moving forward, the school system is dispatching a Mobile Tech Lab into the Frederick community on Wednesday, April 30 to allow students to demonstrate the power of modern learning technology. FCPS aims to achieve a 1:1 ratio in which every student and teacher has access to needed technology and resources—anytime, anywhere.
"While the name Technology Now speaks to equipping our schools with up-to-date technology resources," says Dr. Lockard, "the devices or hardware are simply a means to an end. We recognize that it’s not about a device itself, rather what we do with it that will make all the difference. The most important resource in the classroom has been, and always will be, the teacher. We are seeking collaboration and support to provide the technological tools teachers and students are telling us they need, and our purpose is to ensure student success. We expect that a 1:1 environment, providing a device to access the Internet for each teacher and student, will increase academic achievement and help students compete globally, add 21st century experiences that lead to career and college readiness, increase staff capacity to lead, teach, innovate and support students’ success and increase staff capacity to improve operational efficiency and manage resources cost effectively," Dr. Lockard explains.
While the Board of Education is working with the Board of County Commissioners to fund Technology Now, FCPS is also seeking outside funding through business partnerships, grants and foundations to ensure that the program is sustainable over the long term. There is a technology fund in place through the Community Foundation of Frederick County to support Technology Now. The fund enables the public to donate contributions.
The Mobile Tech Lab will visit US Silica, the Advanced Technology Research Facility and other local businesses in the morning. Afternoon destinations are open to the public: 1:45-2:30 p.m. at City Hall in downtown Frederick, and 4-6 p.m. at the Baker Park gazebo.