Putting the Future in the Hands of our Students and Staff
Our world is driven by technology. We must prepare our students for this world by shifting how we teach. My Tomorrow has introduced more technology into classrooms to give students greater exposure to the tools that are used in college and the workplace. Digital devices and software add a dynamic element that keeps students interested, but it’s not just about using the latest technology. Students are also learning about “digital citizenship,” or making smart choices in their day-to-day lives and their social networks.
Mobile Devices in Classrooms
To make sure our students and teachers are ready for the tools of the 21st century, our schools are equipped with a variety of technology:
- 1 to 1 student laptops at grades 4-12
- Shared laptop carts for grades 2-3
- iPad tablets for preschool through 1st grade
- Classroom projectors or interactive display boards
The CPS-designed Digital Learning Truck — "Tech Truck," for short — rolled out in 2015-16 as an innovative mobile classroom equipped with standard classroom technology as well as new and emerging technology. The truck and its staff visit all CPS schools on a rotating basis to demonstrate new technology, software and applications. Teachers benefit from having access to one-on-one training on how to use and integrate applicable technology into their classrooms.
Student device repair is available at five school locations for students who need to swap their device during distance learning. Students are welcome to go to any of the five hubs for technical support. The first step is to contact the Family Technology Support Center at (513) 363-0688 to determine if the issue can be resolved over the phone.
If it can't be fixed with the help of a representative from the support center, there is another option. Students and families can drop off their CPS-issued device at one of five school sites and swap it out for another device. It's that simple.
Google Apps for Education
Cincinnati Public Schools has committed to Google Apps for Education to provide seamless access for parents, students and staff with the focus of supporting student success. Every student has a digital space to store their work and share with teachers and classmates. They can access this digital space from school, home, or anywhere, any time.
Schoology Learning Management System
Schoology allows teachers to engage students in exciting new ways, reaching them via their electronic devices.
Protecting Digital Devices
We're educating students, too, about the steps they need to take to stay safe in the physical and digital worlds. Please review our steps for protecting digital devices by being safe.
Family Technology Support Center
Technology throws a curve ball occasionally when software is going haywire or a laptop simply will not start.
For CPS students and their families, help is a phone call away by dialing the Family Technology Support Center, (513) 363-0688 or emailing. Tech support is available in English and Spanish from 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday through Friday when school is in session.
The Family Technology Support Center has been created to assist students and their families when they are not at a CPS school.
Some examples of available tech support include:
- Resetting passwords for Google, Schoology and PowerSchool
- Troubleshooting connection issues
- Logging into the computer
- Offering assistance with Google Meet, Calendar, Gmail and standard software
- Coordinating the repair of a CPS device that is damaged, broken or not working
Monitoring is a key to a student’s success. Tools that allow parents to follow their children’s progress also enable teachers to shape curriculum to meet students' needs, and testing provides valuable feedback on a student’s progress.
PowerSchool - Accessed through your computer, PowerSchool allows both parents and students to keep track of academic progress on a daily basis in a private and password-protected program.
K-12 Testing - Testing throughout the school year provides teachers opportunities to determine a student’s skill level and to adjust to a student's academic needs. Testing is required for students wishing to enter programs with advanced curriculum and is required for graduation and entrance into college.