CPS starts “High Technology” program for students
CINCINNATI (WKRC) – There are 56 schools in the Cincinnati Public School district. It’s the largest district in the Tri-State covering 91 square miles.
Kids heading to seven of those schools on Wednesday morning will find some new, unique high-tech opportunities.
Last year, Cincinnati Public Schools officials surveyed parents, staff, and community members to find out what improvements they wanted to see in the district.
The number one priority was strengthening neighborhood schools by putting in specialized programming.
On Wednesday, that long term plan goes into effect at schools like the West End’s Hays-Porter School, which now has a “high technology” focus.
“I don’t think that students today know a time when technology was not a part of their lives,” said Hays-Porter Principal Nedria McClain.
Technology is such an integral part of the world today that kids who don’t know how to use it can be left behind.
“There’s your traditional way of learning using pens, pencils, and books, but here at Hays-Porter School they have a new vision: Using technology to prepare their students for the future,” said Principal McClain.
The “High Technology Program” is part of Cincinnati Public School’s “Vision 2020” program.
“The students right now, are consumers of technology, by coming to Hays-Porter High Tech, with our technology focus, they will not only be consumers, but they will become creators of technology,” said Principal McClain.
They’ll have daily 90-minute blocks of reading and math using a blended learning method, and 30 minutes of teacher-led instruction, online programming, and project-based learning.
First and second graders will be given tablets to use at school. Students in third through sixth grade will have laptops.
Students will be taught programming, robotics, and coding.
“What they’re doing now, people are going to be doing 10, 15 years down the road and they’re going to say I’ve done that, I’ve been doing that for years. So, I really think it’s a great opportunity for them,” said Patrick Wilde, who is a 2nd-grade teacher.
The “high technology” focus is especially important at Hays-Porter, where a large number of students do not have access to the internet at home.
“By using technology as a tool, it will enhance learning,” said Principal McClain. “The students will be engaged and when they’re engaged it will ignite their curiosity, it will inspire and empower them to take charge of their learning and their future.”
Everyone is invited to enjoy an afternoon of “TNT or “Trying New Technology.”
A ribbon cutting will be held Wednesday afternoon from 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.