As our world becomes increasingly technology dependent, it becomes even more necessary for students to utilize educational technology to become successful citizens. The Goshen Central School District believes that learning must incorporate technology-rich experiences that allow students to easily collaborate, communicate and think critically – the essence of 21st century learning.
Technology Mission Statement
The Goshen Central School District technology mission is to integrate technology to enhance student achievement and literacy; to support standards-based instructional goals and delivery as well as technological literacy for the staff; provide administrative functions and data access through technology; and augment communication within the district and with parents and the community.
The desired outcome of technology integration throughout all aspects of the educational process is to ensure that our students are technologically literate, well-equipped for the work place and/or post-secondary education.
District Vision of Technology
In the Goshen Central School District, we envision technology:
- Promoting lifelong learning by engaging, challenging, and nurturing diverse learners.
- Supporting the educational process as a tool to access information, analyze and solve problems,
think critically, and communicate ideas.
- Being an integral part of the way we work, teach, and learn.
- Promoting 21st Century Skills
- Meeting student individualized learning needs.
- Being approached in an ethical, responsible, and innovative manner.
IT infrastructure upgrades come to Goshen Schools
In February 2017, district residents approved a capital improvement project that made much-needed improvements to the district – including instructional technology infrastructure upgrades in each school building.
More than $4.2 million was spent to improve high speed broadband and wireless connectivity and to install a VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) phone system. Approximately $1.3 million of the total cost was allocated to the district by New York State through the Smart Schools Bond Act, which was approved by voters in 2014 to provide school districts with funding for new educational technology and infrastructure improvements.
With the district moving toward an internal 1:1 device/student model and the growing necessity of enhanced technology-based security, these improvements will provide a reliable, high performance, secure, managed network system that will fully support our students’ 21st century education.
The VoIP system replaced the existing telephone system whose reliability has been severely diminishing over the years, which will improve district-wide communications and security.