Oregon City Technology Department and Gaffney Lane Digital Classroom Named Apple Exemplary Programs
The Oregon City School District is pleased to announce that it has been named an Apple Exemplary Program for Gaffney Lane Elementary School's Digital Classroom and the Technology Department's server virtualization project.
The Apple Exemplary Program designation is reserved for K-12 programs that have demonstrated a strong, well-articulated use of Apple products in K-12 education. The District received 2 of only 38 designations awarded nationwide.
"Gaffney Lane is in year two of its Digital Classroom pilot providing each 6th grade student a Macbook notebook computer to take home using technology infused curriculum," says Technology Director Micah Baker. "Gaffney Lane is recognized for its teachers adapting to the digital tools at an incredible pace, moving from novices to experts in just one year. Students tested at the 10th grade level of technology skill at the end of the 6th grade as well."
The Technology Services Department received recognition for efforts that not only streamlined operations, but saved the district considerable money as well.
"The Technology Services Department has used new technologies and software to streamline operations and use far less equipment to do the same job for less money," says Baker. "Server virtualization saves over $14,000 annually in electricity alone and reduces future server purchases by over $250,000 over the next three years."
The Oregon City School District continues to place an emphasis on technology to prepare our children for their future and to realize efficiencies that save money. A representative from Apple will make a presentation recognizing the Technology Department and Gaffney Lane at the February meeting of the Oregon City School Board.
Oregon City School District is an equal opportunity educator and employer.