East Penn School District - April 28 – 30, 2013
The East Penn School District, located in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, is nestled in the heart of the Lehigh Valley's metropolitan area. Named the Lehigh Valley’s Green School District, East Penn serves 8,011 students in 10 buildings consisting of 7 elementary schools (Grades K - 5), 2 middle schools (Grades 6 - 8), 1 senior high school (Grades 9 - 12) and a cyber learning program (Grades 9 - 12). The district is widely recognized as a leader known for its academic excellence, variety of Advanced Placement courses, online and mobile applications, Arts programs, National Merit Scholars and a nationally recognized robotics program.
Since 1999, the Da Vinci Science Center, located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, has honored individuals in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey who have a passionate quest for innovation and reverence for science’s artistry. To date, 21 East Penn teachers and students have been inducted into the Da Vinci Science Center’s Hall of Fame.
The East Penn School District is a leader in educational technology with an emphasis on online computing applications that support project based learning and problem solving skills using various mobile technologies. With our Virtual Learning Environment, Moodle, providing a hybrid model of on-demand learning, the district is “open” 24/7. East Penn has created a digital world that is available through the use of online lesson assignments, databases, videos, glossaries, blogs, wikis, forums and discussion groups.
By using innovative technology, the East Penn School District accepts the challenge of providing students with the skills required for 21st century learning. The Superintendent of Schools drives this commitment to technology with a supportive School Board and focused Strategic Plan. Below are some of the technology based highlights of the district:
- Hybrid learning delivered via Moodle
- Digital Student Portfolios using Mahara
- Online registration, delivery and tracking of Professional Development
- World Language Assessment via Moodle
- International Connections via Moodle and ePals
- Use of iPods in ESL
- STEM (Digital Pinball Machine)
- Google Docs and Sites
- Award Winning Website
- iTunes Channel
- School District App creation
- District Dashboard
- District e-Folio
- Digital Bulletin Boards
- Automatic Software Deployment
- Internet Safety Online for parents and students
- Dual Wireless Networks: Prepare for BYOD